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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry

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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
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good beers and food

The food is pretty good and the lumpy dog brown ale is great. They used to have a blue flour tortilla chicken dish but that is now gone. Plenty of other decent dishes to choose from.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Casey Y
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Des Moines
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Des Moines
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is pretty good and the lumpy dog brown ale is great. They used to have a blue flour tortilla chicken dish but that is now gone. Plenty of other decent dishes to choose from.

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Thank Casey Y
Level Contributor
21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent fish and chips. Wonderful chicken Waldorf salad. Great wait staff even though they were busy. Will come back.

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Thank Kristi H
Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places during the winter, largely because of the seasonal brew, Wicked Elf. It's a great beer... A little hoppy, a little dark and a little spicy. Their menu has been updated with lots of great dishes. My current favorite is the stuffed poblano pepper! (Great with Wicked Elf!). The wait staff is friendly and... More 

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Thank CARCOR2014
Des Moines, United States
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Go wash your hands in the restroom before you order. If they don't have the time to clean the restroom, you can imagine how clean the cooking and food prep areas are. Small portions. High prices. Go for a beer but .... don't eat.

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Thank Patrick W
Healdsburg, California
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188 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This restaurant/brewery hasn't even come close to hitting bottom. My daughter and I returned for a casual meal that included the autumn brewing of a pumpkin ale. The server was pleasant and provided good information when asked for recommendations. We will return again.

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Thank katyscat
Chariton
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Made reservations for a group of 18 and were squeezed in to a back area. Not all arrived at the same time so some had drinks, late arrivers waited and then had to flag down wait staff. Orders came out timely and correct but a lot of adult beverages missed by not enough attention from staff. Check out was painful.

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Thank Linda B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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116 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I got into town just in time for a nice dinner here, sitting at the bar. Good food, well presented, and good beer to go with it. I made one small special request with my dinner and it was immediately provided, with a smile. Very happy with the experience.

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Thank braumeister
West Des Moines, Iowa
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I thought a "brewery" would have all kinds of beer. WRONG!! They only have their own "craft brews" that they make in-house. Maybe it's the same for all such restaurants and breweries. It caught me and my group by surprise. Anyway, the food and ambiance is casual so it would be a great place to stop after a movie or... More 

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Thank BeverlyBray
West Des Moines, Iowa
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206 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Great micro brewery and excellent food, also a very nice atmosphere. The place is a lot bigger than it appears so they can hold many people. Everything I have ever ordered here is excellent and you get discounts if you join the club, it is worth the visit.

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Thank David W
Wiesbaden, Germany
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Great beers, great food and always friendly staff. We have been here several times and the food is always good. Burgers are excellent, appetizers tasty and quick with a good glass of beer to add, very enjoyable. Try a sample....many good ones, both seasonals and standards. Patio could be bigger and some work on the view/atmosphere would go a long... More 

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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, Pizza, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?