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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry

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American, Bar, Pub
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4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
515-267-8900
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hampton
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Mel M
Kansas City
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Thank kcrkcc
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank jalwit
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Ryan S
Fairmont, Minnesota
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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!

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Thank Stephanie H
Iowa, USA
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The food selections were as varied as I have seen in a brewery-associated restaurant. Many menu items had a little bit of a twist away from the ordinary to make them sound interesting! My wife and I went for a couple Lumpy Dog brews and some tacos. We ordered the Cajun Fish and the Shrimp and Lobster tacos and shared... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

On a whim, we stopped by for dinner. The beer was cold and the food was good. We both had the Street Tacos. The sauce did have a bit of a bite, but it did not take away from the taste of the food. Our total bill seemed a bit high for what we ate, but as stated, the food... More 

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Stockton,IL
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We stopped for dinner and a beer. They hostess was great, very friendly, the food was great and they a great beer selection!

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Thank carguy58
Bel Air, Maryland
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162 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I thought the beer was good, but not great. However, the cooking staff here is really talented. I had the chicken tortilla soup as an appetizer, and really enjoyed all of the chicken and tortilla strips with the soup. I ordered the grilled bruschetta chicken as my entree. Again, this was very flavorful, and was a large portion too. I... More 

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Thank jerrys01
Iowa
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87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Good pub food and a decent variety of beers make this a worthwhile stop! The service was good as well, and the prices reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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
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

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