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4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
515-267-8900
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rock Bottom is one of my favorite restaurants

I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews. I have had a very good experience there every time except for once several years ago (on a busy holiday). They have a wide variety on the menu, and I like the atmosphere. I usually order a salad, and they have an excellent Cobb salad. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
77jackiec
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews. I have had a very good experience there every time except for once several years ago (on a busy holiday). They have a wide variety on the menu, and I like the atmosphere. I usually order a salad, and they have an excellent Cobb salad. They also have good sandwiches,... More 

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Our group of six "seniors" consider the quality of the food and craft ales we were served to be average, bordering on very good. However, it was off-putting when our waitress had to call a co-worker to our table several times to answer questions we asked about the food menu items and the craft ales. She explained several times that... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This used to be one of our favorite places. The last three visit have proven to be "fool me once, fool me twice..." The service has become awful. Our last visit we entered and the restaurant wasn't even one-quarter full. We were sat in an empty section and after waiting about 15 minutes, I had to get up and go... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

the french fries were good. we ordered a chicken sandwich and it was ok. they used to make the noon special from scratch and it was really good. but now it is more like box food that a bar would serve. it fills you up but more or less non eventful. we did not have the beer but it is... More 

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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Great service and food. On my stop here at the Rock Bottom I ordered a burger and had some pizza too. Fabulous!! Both the burger and pizza are some of the best I have ever eaten. I will be making a stop back at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery when I am in the area again. :)

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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98 reviews 98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is our 3rd time so obviously we love this place. They have a breadstick Jalepeno stuffed with cheese and it was delicious. They have great personal pizza, wings, pasta, steak all of it is great. I am not much of a beer drinker but I loved the Lemon Poppyseed Wheat Ale. Great place, sports bar brewery atmosphere with big... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We had lunch there today, ample parking. The staff was nice, sat in the bar area to watch sports, good amount of television. Wait staff was nice but a bit short staffed. It would take our server a while to get back to us. The wings were good, lots of sauce followed with thick blue cheese dressing . The nachos... More 

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West Bend, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Had dinner there 11/22/2014, no cheese on the nachoes, used to be pretty good, my daughter had the cob salad with ranch, started vomiting and diarrhea in the night, she is a nursing mom, so had to pump and dump, will never go back

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Johnston, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I love the pretzel here. You can nerver go wrong with this choice. They are typically not packed easy to get in and out. Staff is good, No servers have stuck in my head but over all a 4 star.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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175 reviews 175 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Well-rounded beer selection. Great nachos for appetizer - highly recommend. Burger was good, onion rings not as much (they were clearly dropped in the fryer right from the frozen bag). Service is good and plenty of televisions.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-267-8900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 25
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?