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“One of the best microbreweries I have been to” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rock Bottom Brewery

Rock Bottom Brewery
7900 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2502
301-652-1311
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Ranked #28 of 300 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Rock Bottom Bethesda is five miles north of DC, just off Wisconsin Avenue at the corner of Norfolk Ave and St. Elmo Ave. Yes, it's a lot of Avenues, but we're totally worth it. Just wait until you take your first sip of an award-winning, handcrafted ale from Brewmaster Geoffrey S. Lively. Not only does the beer speak for itself, but he started at Mile High Brewing...that's right, the Laverne & Shirley brewery. Possibly the best credential ever.And hey, don't forget to check out our recently refreshed menu of made-from-scratch entrees, appetizers, dinner salads, burgers and sandwiches.
Biloxi, Mississippi
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best microbreweries I have been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I visited Rock Bottom for the beer. They have at least 5 varieties of beer that they brew in house. I didn't have any food so I can't comment on that. The service was outstanding and the beer was delicious and very reasonably priced compared with the rest of the bars nearby.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great food and awesome beer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

This a great place to relax after work, holidays or whatever the occasion. The food is very delicouis, will wait a bit, but it's worth it. I do recommend the burgers, bourbonzolla, the A.M. Burger and hickory BBQ burger. The beers are the center piece of this place, I recommend the red ale to start off, the dark ale and kolshe. On Sunday's around noon they do have happy hour specials the beers are half off, they have selected meals and wines. It's very clean and waiters as well as the bartenders are ententive to the customer. The only down side it can be very crowded and loud around happy hour as well as the weekend.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Burlingame, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good Beer, Good Food, Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

When we travel, we frequently head to the Rock Bottom. Great beers and the food is generally good. Very much fits the picture of the microbrewery, but does a very good job with it. We go to bar trivia on Wednesday nights. Big fun!

Visited September 2012
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Odenton, Maryland
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Delayed Return Engagement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our first stop on a Bethesda bar/grill tour, having been here I a few years ago, and several Rock Bottoms in total.
Pleasant and attentive help behind the bar … even had cordial interaction with the manager on duty. Not real busy, but friendly dialogue with other customers (locals). We had several of the beers, of which the worst one was “good.”
Extremely disappointed that the signature item “Titan’s Toothpicks” were no longer on the menu, we had the “Sampler” and enjoyed it very, very much! (Looking to make a tour of Bethesda, we were not looking for the “big meal deal.”)
This is a place that just feels “right.” Wish it were closer to where we live, but have not been disappointed in three states!
(Should you venture to Bethesda, certainly stop here. Enter Black Finn expecting nothing and hoping for “good,” and if you are using the Metro, get some good times across the street at The Box!)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Beer beer beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This place serves a great selection of beer. The food is reasonable, standard fare but the choice of different beers makes this a fun place to drop in on. The bar area to the left is more bustling than the quieter large seated area to the left so there is a nice choice of options depending on your mood. The food is good value with larger than average portions. Wednesday night quiz night get's very busy but a friendly place to visit and makes sure you try one of the guest ales.

Visited August 2012
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