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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 - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Omaha, Nebraska
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife loves Rock Bottom and when we travel we always look for one. We visited the location in Des Moines and were very disappointed by the lack of beers. Rock Bottoms are known for their regular beers, and selection of seasonal and special brews. On our visit they had a very limited supply of just a few regular brews.... More 

Thank Bob S
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not our first visit but probably the last. Becoming too "hit or miss" and over priced to risk again. As other reviews mention, nice decor, craft brewery, pleasant atmosphere in bar. Recent visit they were already out of favorite item on menu, the ale chicken, early in the evening. Ordered other entrees that were served with seasonal vegetables - slimy... More 

Thank whirligig
West Des Moines, Iowa
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Enjoy Rock Bottom for quick and satisfying meals with craft beers. Always friendly and accommodating. Easy on and out with central location.

Thank srgauger
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

For a restaurant chain, Rock Bottom always delivers decent bar and grill food. The bar offers a variety of speciality crafted on site beers. Relaxing atmosphere with friendly staff. Great place just to hang out for an afternoon or evening.

Thank Barry H
O'Fallon, Missouri
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238 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

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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168 reviews
89 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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190 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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87 reviews
64 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

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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
Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?