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About Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Milwaukee

Welcome to Milwaukee's premiere Brewpub located on the scenic Downtown Riverwalk. Join us for our our every changing, made-from-scratch menu, along with some of our fresh handcrafted brews made by our own Brewmaster, David Bass. Whether you want to enjoy the day on our scenic patio, visit before a show at one of the local theaters, or simply catch a game ... Rock Bottom Brewery is simply the best choice for enjoying all that is "Brew City".

740 N Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Brewery, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
SUN 11am - 12am
MON 11am - 12am
TUES 11am - 12am
WED 11am - 12am
THUR 11am - 12am
FRI 11am - 1am
SAT 11am - 1am

Cross Street:
Wells Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 276-3030

Website:
http://www.rockbottom.com/milwaukee

Entertainment:
Weekly Year of Beer Events. Check our our Facebook, Twitter, or website for the latest events.

Catering:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery can offer your group a casual dining experience in a comfortable, entertaining atmosphere. All designed around a working brewery, Rock Bottom is the perfect place to host your group's next get together.
Contact: Erin Forsythe
Telephone: (414) 276-3030
Fax: (414) 276-8010
milwaukee.banquets@rockbottom.com

Parking Details:
Adjacent Surface Lot - Daily Rates Vary

CPS Parking Lot Across Plankinton Ave. - Hourly Rates Apply

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Rock Bottom has 3 private dining areas for your groups from 10 to 50 people or cocktail style up to 150. Each room is unique: from a view into our working Brew House to a view overlooking the Milwaukee River to and a room with pool tables and dart boards. The restaurant is also available for buyout.

Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Milwaukee Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Waterfront (22)
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Great Beer (18)
Good for Groups (15)
Live Sports (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Scenic View (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Fun (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Late-night Find (8)
People Watching (8)
Cozy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Authentic (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is good but the beer is excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Close to theatre venues. Food was good - something for everyone - adults and kids. Waitress very attentive and personable. Overall a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Ashley, our server was fantastic. One of the drinks ordered was not good and she cheerfully replaced it with another. She was right there to answer questions or refill our water without being a bother. Food was great- a great choice before walking over to the Riverside for a show.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We've been to Rock Bottom several times. On this occasion, it was an unusually quiet and sedate Sunday afternoon before the theater, which differed greatly from our other visits when it was crowded and lively. The one constant through all of our meals there has been the tasty and well-executed comfort food. The portions are quite generous, the food is generally well seasoned, and the proteins are cooked properly. My wife, an admitted finicky eater, had the pretzel-crusted chicken with cheddar mashed potatoes and green beans, and finished everything but half of the large portion of green beans. I thought the beans were 60-90 seconds short of any al dente, but this may be more indicative of my personal preference than anything else. I had the bacon cheddar burger with onion rings. The burger was cooked perfectly (medium) and the jalapeno ranch sauce served on the side was especially good as a dipping sauce for the onion rings. Our waiter, Wyatt, was very pleasant and attentive without hovering, and refilled beverages without prompts. I did not have of their beer on this visit, but I can state with confidence from previous visits that they have something for every beer lover and I have not yet had one I did not enjoy.

Rock Bottom is not fine dining in an ostentatious setting nor is it intended to be, but it is one of the better brewery/restaurants in this crowded niche. It also is reasonably priced (our bill came to $32). We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We took two teenage vegetarians and they both had few choices and settled upon the mac n cheese. They liked the mac n cheese, but I would have liked for there to be a few more healthy options for them. I had the pulled chicken tacos, and they were really yummy. We told the server we needed to get to a show, so he sped things up without making us feel rushed. I am glad we chose Rock Bottom for our pre-theater dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had reservations and we were seated right away. Service was slow and food was mediocre.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really good burgers. Menu had something for everyone in our group and everything tasted great. Fun place to people watch.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

First time for us both and it was a wonderful atmosphere with GREAT food. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This Rock Bottom needs retrofitting. It's dark and a little dank. The restrooms are always grungy.

However, you can't beat the price. It's fairly quick and the beer's good. That aren't too many places downtown that's in between almost fine dining and fast-food. This one fills the bill. You can be in and out fairly quickly. I fear it will out of business. It used to attact more of a younger crowd.

I think it needs a new location, a bright place, one with free ample parking. So probably , not downtown. I will miss the tables along the river in the warmer months if it does move. That is just pure gold - very pleasant.

The college age servers have always been pleasant.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious and the presentations on everone's lunch were very inviting.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything we had to eat was great! My husband got a flight of beer and enjoyed them all. The service was fantastic. Quick and on point. We went there before heading out to a concert downtown and we had plenty of time because the service was quick! Will definitely return!

Tags: Quick Bite, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was great as usual. The beer was exceptionally good and ice cold.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Been to Rock Bottom a number of times. Good food, great service. Will definitely return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We each had the shrimp and lobster enchiladas with black beans with lime rice was amazing! Service was excellent. Beer was really good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food has gone downhill since I was last here, I will not be back!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Took my new gf there on her birthday which was also our first date. Nice place, great food and great view of the Milwaukee river!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our table was ready at the time we requested and we were seated immediately. The place was busy since there was a concert at the Pabst Theater around the corner but the service was good and the food came out hot within a reasonable time. The food and drinks were very good and the price was reasonable. We often stop here when in Milwaukee and will continue to do so.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I chose Rock Bottom because it was near the theater a show was at that I was attending. I was on a date and expected it to be more dim and give more of a romantic feel. Moreover, it was definitely more of a bar feel and the food wasn't the best but it was okay.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Went there for my birthday with family. Food was delicious! Way too loud though, had to shout to people next to me and the server was mediocre at best she did the very minimum.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was good, wish you could select any beer combination for the flight but all in all good

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had a girls night out and started with dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery before seeing a show. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the chicken avocado sandwich. The food was great. The service was great. Check out this place when you are downtown. And they also have some great beer!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our post-show meal was outstanding. The service was very good and the taste was also excellent.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great. Beer was great. Parking was cheap and convenient

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Decent food at a decent price; attentive wait staff; good beer!

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We waited 20 minutes for a server and then another 10 minutes for him to bring our drinks. He didn't take our order until close to 45 minutes after seating. Our table was so dimly lit that we literally couldn't read the menu. Nachos were ok but we couldn't see what we were eating. Hostess was stupid and rude.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

SIx of us stopped in prior to a show at the Riverside Theater. Service was good, food was good and the beer was better. We finished with plenty of time to walk the short distance to the theater.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I took my friend here for her birthday dinner, amazing, there wasn't a person in our group that wasn't fully satisfied!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

major complaint was that most of the food was cold - drinks were fine and service was friendly

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We were able to be seated quickly, long wait for our food to come, my friend wanted a Bloody Mary & you were all out of the BM mix. Fish was good though.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

This restaurant is good for its bar scene, TV sports watchers, large casual groups. Good to walk into for a quick bite if you are out and about. It might be difficult to hear each other if the place is full. It is a large venue. It is on the waterfront, and if warm you can eat outside. Beer is good. Meal was average. prices average. Kids would be fine here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was awesome! We went for a late lunch and got our food fast!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

We enjoy the food here, but we don't come as often as we'd like because there is always a problem with the service. This time it was ok, but never was asked if we wanted another drink or dessert. It was my daughter's birthday, so we were looking forward to having something, but by the time she came back, and then never asked, we were frustrated and just wanted to leave. so even though you have a nice time, food is good, you still leave with an uneasy feeling which really ruins lunch. Disappointed is the overall review.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The restaurant is dirty, the bathrooms were filthy. One member of our dining party thought the food was so bad he couldn't eat it and refused to pay for it. We waited 40 minutes for food to be served that probably took 10 minutes to make. I would never go back. Even the river made outdoor dining awful with a bad smell from the river and uncomfortable chairs.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Outstanding

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Order the stuffed peppers they are awesome! Michelangelo was a phenomenal waiter! So fun! Highly recommend!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The kids ordered cheeseburgers all of the buns were stale and hard.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great meal with great friends! Excellent waitress.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great Beer, Waterfront, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Desserts are huge!!!!! I would have appreciated a warning. Marked our reservation a no show when were there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

great lunch options, good size portions! the waitress was nice. the parking was easy!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Pretty good food - enjoyed the less than 500 calorie options. Plus, not a bad flight menu (though limited choices, tasty beers)

Tags: Waterfront, Fun
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