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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
+1 785-621-2739
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 30 min
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed a quick dinner here at Gella's on our way back to Colorado Springs from the East Coast. Great food selection, modern German fare, and GREAT beer. Do stop here for sure if you're in Hays, KS. I highly recommend.

Thank ediegretchen
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Always great food, beer and unique atmosphere! The staff is always super friendly! Highly recommend when people are traveling throug Hays!

Thank mandymK3685AN
Reviewed yesterday

Awesome steaks and so far everthing we have tried has been great. Take time to stop there, it is well worth it. Great atmosphere.

Thank Pat D
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were driving across the country and like to stop at local restaurants rather than the same old chains and/or fast food. We stopped here for lunch on a Sunday and got a good feeling after walking inside the restaurant. Because we were driving, we...More

Thank westtexgeo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place rocks, quick service, friendly, wonderful food. Large portions. Beer superb with wonderful selection. Can have it shipped home.

Thank Mowingnut
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend in Hay recommended Gella's if we were in town. A great recommend indeed! The menu offers a wide variety of items. I had a pulled pork sandwich. It was very good. You can never go wrong with fried pickles as an app. The...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 1 week ago

When traveling, my wife and I always refer to TA when it is close to meal time. We were approaching Hays at lunch time on our trip to Denver when I checked TA.. Gella's came up ranked #1 that was good enough for us. We...More

Thank Mongo1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There was nothing we ordered that wasn't perfect. Amazing food, great service, loved the industrial vibe. If we are ever back this way we would stop by again.

Thank realtlady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in Hayes city while passing thru Kansas. Great restaurant in historic district of town. Gobble stone streets. German flair to the menu. Great craft beer selections. Place was packed for a Thursday evening. Service was prompt considering how busy they were. Had beef stroganoff...More

Thank wjkenton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is awesome, the food is great (I’ve had the Reuben and chicken fried stake, Both are wonderful). The beer is good and so cheap. $7 for a flight with 8 beers!!!!! Tons of options for all tastes.

Thank AJ F
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May 29, 2018|
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Response from mrsk672016 | Reviewed this property |
They have a Facebook page. You can ask a specific question on there and they will answer.
May 30, 2017|
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Response from Momma12345678 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....their kids meals come out in a cardboard car. They have a kids menu too.
Rod D
July 23, 2016|
Response from TulsaTraveler13 | Reviewed this property |
Just got this. Is it still relevant? Really can't answer brewing questions but it is off highway 183
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
  • Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739
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Awarded the Great American Beer Festival's 2013 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer honors, the four storefronts the microbrewery and diner call home didn't always look like this. An aluminum facade hid these historic structures for decades as the elements took a devastating toll inside and out on the forgotten buildings. Acquired in 2000, these buildings became the first properties deeded for development as part of the Chestnut Street District's downtown revitalization effort.Along with stabilizing the collapsed ceiling in what is now the brewery, other challenges included replacing chiseled and damaged brick with limestone, unifying the storefronts with a steel I-beam and conforming the different floor levels of the four buildings to ADA standards. Whenever possible, designers incorporated original elements of the buildings into the design.The open kitchen buzzes with culinary activity, savory aromas and fiery spectacle. Acting in stark contrast is the cool calm of the steel brew tanks, tangle of hoses and the sweet scent of barley and hops. The industrial beauty of rusted steel, the cool glare of galvanized aluminum and the raw quality of weathered wood are all perfectly offset by the intimate chatter of patrons over plates of delicious food and pints of handcrafted beer.Historically inspired paintings created by graduates of Fort Hays State University's Art Department add color and culture directly to the authentic brick walls. The paintings are indicative of the signage that once appeared on the sides of downtown structures serving notice of the name of the company or type of services offered within. Patrons entering by the west door of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. Are greeted by the artwork entitled "Three Star Harvest". Taken from a 1930s photograph, "Three Star Harvest" is the silhouette of three Ellis County farmers eating lunch in a field. Diners in the second room from the west are treated to a rustic sign once prominent on Eleventh Street in the 1920s. FHSU graduate, Amber Hampton, interpreted historic photos to design both murals. The actual act of painting was a collaboration between Hampton and nationally renowned artist Kris Kuksi of Hays. Kuksi, a graduate turned instructor for FHSU's Art Department, enlisted students from FHSU's Basic Design Class to paint.From hand painted murals to industrial agricultural lighting, open spaces and references to early railroad cars, the brewery and diner convey an industrial farm look for a fresh yet traditional atmosphere that is Hays' alone.Look above the bar and you'll see that the brewery's designer took egg baskets and turned them upside down to create an ambience unlike any other. The black granite for the brewery's bar came from Sylvan Grove, located just east of Hays. The Company M&G Designs provided this granite for Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. As well as granite for the elevators of Chicago's Sears Tower. A glass wall separates the bar from Lb. Brewing Co.'S stainless steel tanks or "barrels" which produce 310 gallons of beer each run. Lb. Brewing Co. Is capable of producing 1,000 barrels of beer a year. A private banquet facility just off the bar can entertain up to 50 guests, and it's fully equipped to host a variety of functions. Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the diner and brewery.Centrally located downtown, the city's cultural centers, recreation parks, galleries, specialty shops and more are all within walking distance.
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