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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

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Pre/post Theatre (18)
Special Occasion (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
Live Sports (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Scenic View (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Authentic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service we received for a group of 9 on a busy Wednesday night. Previous reviews made me a little nervous but it was a great choice. Julia provided great service for a group that ordered 7 different choices. We started with a order of Nachos which sere excellent. Everything was delicious. I would definitely bring a group here again.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Took my friend there for her first visit while she was in from out of town, we indulged with some great beers brewed on premises, they let us try samples to find ones that fit our tastes. We were able to choose from a great menu with tons of variety, everything sounded and looked delicious. We were very satisfied with the quantity and quality of the food. We were a smaller group and were able to be seated in a somewhat secluded nook in the back which made it very easy for us to hear each other and when we were being loud we were not disrupting too many people. We had a wonderful view of the frozen river and the snow falling outside from where we were seated and while we were somewhat particular with our orders and our manners, our waitress was good humored and had a nice attitude. She did a good job with a rambunctious table.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I used to love Rock Bottom. The service has really gone downhill. We waited almost 25 minutes for water and drinks. Some of our food was lukewarm, not really hot. This was the second time we were disappointed. Not like it used to be. Service used to be great and the food was hot and tasted great.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

We order two order of fish and chip, this was my third time at the restaurant, first two times food was great this time French fries were cold, I mean cold I told the server to feel and he agreed and bought us hot 🍟, fish pieces were small than usual. Overall not s good experience this time.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for dinner prior to holiday concert. Seated late even though tables were open and had reservation. Ordered a martini which was only half full in martini glass. Made the mistake of ordering steak and shrimp. Shrimp never came until meal was done and steak was cooked very well done when ordered medium. My girlfriend ordered a chicken dish with vegetables which were all cold when they arrived. We had no time to send anything back so we ate what we could and left. The best part of the entire meal was salad and soup we ordered. Will never go back.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding experience. Obvious that there is an amazing event coordinator.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We've gone to Rock Bottom for NYE the last 4 years. Unfortunately we will not be returning next year. It was not very busy while we were there, yet our service was very sub par. Accuracy was good, but zero attentiveness. (I've been a server for many years, so I can appreciate nuances, but not neglect). Our order was delivered by another server, incorrect, and part of it was missing.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Parking was great and free due to the cold on New Years Eve. I would have given 5 stars for food but my mashed potatoes were served cold. Otherwise the steak was delicious and our server was great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The light above our table 2 of the 3 lightbulbs were out, made it very dark and difficult to see the menu. It just made us feel like we were sitting in the dark. My food came out cold and our service was just ok.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fabulous food and great service! We liked the menu. Something for everyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My guests and I were so disappointed. We ordered Brandy Old Fashioneds which were horrible. We sent them back and the second time one was good and other was not. We declined sending it back a second time. The appetizers were good. However we all ordered steaks and were disappointed. One of our guests ordered medium and it came well done. It was sent back and the replacement was a different type of steak than what was originally ordered. Plus it came when everyone else was done with their meals. My husband’s potatoes were cold and my own were just warm. When the waitress delivered the food she warned us the plates were hot, yet she touched them with her bare hands. We think the food was sitting under a heating lamp for awhile. The waitress apologized and said not all the kitchen crew showed up for work. I felt like we went to Applebye’s but spent $100 more in the food.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was the perfect place to grab food before the concert at the Riverside. Glad we made reservations, as this place can get pretty busy. Excellent service and great food! No complaints here! We will definitely be back the next time we are in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Unfortunately I had a hair in my salad. The Manager did remove the charge for the salad and one beer from my bill.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always enjoy this place! After many business lunches, brought my kids for dinner after seeing Christmas decorations Downtown. Quick seating. Great food. Carrot cake could have been dinner. Fed all 6 of us. Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food is good but the beer is excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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vip
 (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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