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Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

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American, Bar, Brew Pub, Fish & Chips
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115 S Fifth Street, Columbia, MO 65201-4230
+1 573-499-0400
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Today
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, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, 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
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    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fun & Food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Adagio_Travelers
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Champaign, Illinois
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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303 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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 NEW

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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Columbia, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Good food and many beer choices to fit many tastes. Food is good too! Outdoor seating is pleasant. I always take visitors from out of town for lunch and or dinner at Flat Branch. Us locals go there also!

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Columbia, Missouri
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Flat Branch is a bit of an institution for Columbia and rightly so. It was the first microbrewery here, has a great bar, and one of the two best patios in town during the spring, fall and most of the summer. The food is good but not great which is why I give it the average rating. Other competitors simply... More 

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

Hi Beoutdoors0723, Thanks for your patronage, and for your feedback. Flat Branch is a family friendly pub, and our menu tends towards towards the 'comfort food' end of the spectrum. We'd agree: if you're looking for fine dining, we're not the place. That said, our portions are large, the quality is very consistent, and our chefs continue to raise the... More 

Chicago
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family and i go here every visit. Environment is oerfect. Great for families. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The me unis amazing. All I day is do not go there gon there and not try the Jalapeño beer.

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

Hi DanKimMizzou, Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the great review. Just a minor correction... our Green Chile Beer is made with Anaheim peppers, not Jalapenos. We find it gives the beer a great chile flavor without over doing the heat factor. But even if you don't care for the Green Chile, we usually have 11 other house-brewed beers on... More 

Columbia, Missouri
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Flat Branch is good any time of the year. In the warm months, enjoy a great meal outdoors on their large plaza. If it's too cold, go inside and enjoy a great meal in an historic building.The menu is varied and well-prepared.

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Menu is pretty expansive and changes seasonally based on availability of ingredients. They usually always have some sort of sausage dish which are always good. It is a nice place for happy hour or even a family night out.

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Columbia, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We used to frequently eat there and the food has almost always been good. The prices have gone up considerably (fish and chips have gone from $8.99 to $11.99 with same to smaller portion size) in the past few years and the wait makes this a place I used to frequent as opposed to a place I frequent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 115 S Fifth Street, Columbia, MO 65201-4230
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 573-499-0400

Price and Cuisine

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

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?