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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
+1 515-267-8900
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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236 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I gave this restaurant just an average rating as even though my Bison Burger was nice, my drink was not good. I ordered a Long Island Iced tea, which didn't taste good. I asked the server to add more Coke and it was drinkable but I definitely wouldn't recommend it. On the whole though, service was good and our visit... More 

Thank esd3104
Indianapolis, Indiana
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160 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a work dinner here. Good food, big portions, good beer brewed there. Titan toothpicks were really good, as were the beef tips.

Thank Juice17995
Commerce Twp, MI
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183 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Travels during retirement brought us to Des Moines for a "cousin" visit and a stop at Rockbottom Brewery. The Chicken Waldorf Salad was super, even in the last few bites there was lots of chicken, cherries, Gorgonzola cheese, grapes and their wonderful candied walnuts -- the chips in the center of the salad were apple chips that were super. I... More 

Thank Audrey F
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94 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

I have been to another Rock Bottom, in Denver, with decent food and beers. This one, run. Run fast. We went on a Monday. Maybe 10-15 tables were full. You could have heard a pin drop. The manager on duty was running (literally) back and forth, barking at staff like this was a Saturday night UFC fight night busy. No.... More 

Thank jamescaje
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Their food is great and fresh. Beer list always has a good variety. Very good with groups, personal or business. Love the pumpkin spice beer each fall!

Thank Megan M
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80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Was seated right away by a bouncy hostess, and our server was attentive (although she was wearing WAY too much perfume)! She provided beer samples so we knew what to order, and our food was delivered quickly. I was disappointed, however, with paying $15.99 for the "lobster & shrimp tacos", which were very small and had only 6 small-medium sized... More 

Thank Mel M
Kansas City
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Was my first time at a Rock Bottom - I absolutely loved two things. First - the daily special provides a full pint of craft beer for 3 bucks. That's hard to find. Second - I had their bacon Mac and Cheese and it was one of the better meals I've had in a restaurant in some time. We were... More 

Thank kcrkcc
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch with our grandson. Ordered Calamari for an appetizer, and it was disappointingly tough. The server promptly took it away and put in another order meanwhile our entree, a bison buger which we split was brought out split and plated individually for us which was nice. The burger was good, not great enough to draw us back. The... More 

Thank jalwit
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

As soon as I walked in I felt like I was going to love this place! What an awesome idea to have the brewing equipment visible and illuminated behind glass. We were greeted by a friendly staff and sat in the bar side. My brother tried a burger, it was huge, and cooked perfectly to order. (Medium rare) I got... More 

Thank Ryan S
Fairmont, Minnesota
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Attentive staff. Nice selection of beers and wines. Food was delicious! I would definitely visit this brewery again!

Thank Stephanie H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $25
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-267-8900

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