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Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

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American, Fish & Chips, Brew Pub, Bar
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115 S Fifth Street, Columbia, MO 65201
+1 573-499-0400
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Description: Gold Medal winner for Best Overall Restaurant the last six years, Inside...
Gold Medal winner for Best Overall Restaurant the last six years, Inside Columbia Magazine Best of Columbia readers poll! Flat Branch Pub & Brewing opened its doors on April 18, 1994 in historic downtown Columbia Missouri. The pub gets its name from a nearby creek which was the water source for Columbia's first settlers. Flat Branch was Columbia's first brewery since 1841. The pub occupies a 1927 brick warehouse with a curved, barrel-trussed roof that was once a Hudson car dealership. We offer a diverse menu as well as award-winning hand-crafted beers on tap. Enjoy your stay in the upscale industrial setting of our restaurant, on our spacious outdoor patio, or belly up to Columbia's largest bar. Our fresh handmade food compliments our brews while still being delicious enough to stand on its own. Try traditional pub favorites like Catfish and Chips or Bratwurst and Kraut, or perhaps our signature Charbroiled Romaine Salad. Enjoy your meal with our in-house baked breads and desserts. After dinner, sip one of our many single malt scotches or small batch bourbons may be just the thing to wrap up an excellent evening. The managers and staff at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing are committed to providing the best food, beer, service and value in the Midwest.
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions

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  • 154
    Excellent
  • 118
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Our Favorite Place

As usual, Flat Branch never disappoints. Quick seating, delicious food, and very pleasant servers who serve efficiently. My only complaint was that the roasted caesar salad was not prepared well, way over-roasted and soggy. Not a show-stopper, though. We'll definitely be back again and again!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Bruce K
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St. Louis, MO
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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309 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
St. Louis, MO
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

As usual, Flat Branch never disappoints. Quick seating, delicious food, and very pleasant servers who serve efficiently. My only complaint was that the roasted caesar salad was not prepared well, way over-roasted and soggy. Not a show-stopper, though. We'll definitely be back again and again!

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Columbia, Illinois
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is my standing first choice for dinner when I'm in Columbia, MO. Really good assortment sandwiches and entrees and a very good selection of beers brewed on-site. For an appetizer I always go with the warm soft pretzels with spinach dip. You really can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches or burgers and they make some excellent sweet... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The pork tacos are good and they have a nice mix of microbrewery beers. It is a fun family atmosphere for a family gathering or watching a game.

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Springfield, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Was able to talk my husband into going here to have a late dinner. I've been here before on business trips and I've always loved the food. The portions here are very generous so we split an entre. It was wonderful and my husband enjoyed it very much. We then decided to split a dessert (which is probably enough for... More 

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Tom S, Owner at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, responded to this review

Hi Tammy B, Thanks for your visit, and thanks for the review! You're right, the pub can be a bit noisy at times. We've talked about adding ceiling fixtures to help keep the noise down, but we really don't want to obscure the great barrel truss roof that is the signature architectural feature of this late-1920's building. Plus lots of... More 

Columbia, Missouri
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The food here is decenthe but not great. Try the green chili beer it is really good. Great place to sit on the patio and have a couple of drinks.

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New Franklin, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

An example of perception.... I read reviews about good beer and poor food. I must say the opposite. I had a pasta chicken dish that was fantastic. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the sauce was rewarding and subtle, but not too much so to lack flavor. We enjoyed an onion ring appetizer and it was great too! I rarely... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My wife and I met another couple at the Flatbranch on a Thursday evening. We had not seen each other for nearly a year so we were happy to accept the 45 minute wait time and catch up with each other at the bar. We were able to get our drinks quickly and stood in the bar until our table... More 

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Minneiska, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I was here on a work trip and this place was suggested by the locals. Even on a Tuesday night it was packed. The Irish red beer and strawberry beer was great. Portions were big. We (4 of us) started with the spinach dip and the chokes and cheese dip, both I would suggest- also large portions. For my meal... More 

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Tom S, Owner at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, responded to this review

Hi Zane40, Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the great review. The Irish Red Ale is one of several rotating 'cask conditioned ales' that we serve on our British-style beer engines. Very authentic and pub-like. And while we are definitely a pub, we get lots of families and we're very kid friendly. In fact, we were nominated for Best Kid... More 

Quincy, Illinois
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

if you like a wide variety of beer from a microbrewery, this is the place to go. great beer selection and worth the wait. and wait to eat probably will you will on most days.so here's teh secret - if you can find a spot at the bar, grab it and eat there. the food is the same and wait... More 

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Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I visit the Flat Branch weekly. The food and brews are excellent. They usually have 10 or so different home made brews to select from as well as Bud Light for those who prefer it. Customer service is excellent. The bar area has TV's to catch the sporting events that are happening. The biggest downside is the popularity of Flat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 115 S Fifth Street, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 573-499-0400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
  • Cuisine: American, Fish & Chips, Brew Pub, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

Gold Medal winner for Best Overall Restaurant the last six years, Inside Columbia Magazine Best of Columbia readers poll! Flat Branch Pub & Brewing opened its doors on April 18, 1994 in historic downtown Columbia Missouri. The pub gets its name from a nearby creek which was the water source for Columbia's first settlers. Flat Branch was Columbia's first brewery since 1841. The pub occupies a 1927 brick warehouse with a curved, barrel-trussed roof that was once a Hudson car dealership. We offer a diverse menu as well as award-winning hand-crafted beers on tap. Enjoy your stay in the upscale industrial setting of our restaurant, on our spacious outdoor patio, or belly up to Columbia's largest bar. Our fresh handmade food compliments our brews while still being delicious enough to stand on its own. Try traditional pub favorites like Catfish and Chips or Bratwurst and Kraut, or perhaps our signature Charbroiled Romaine Salad. Enjoy your meal with our in-house baked breads and desserts. After dinner, sip one of our many single malt scotches or small batch bourbons may be just the thing to wrap up an excellent evening. The managers and staff at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing are committed to providing the best food, beer, service and value in the Midwest.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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?