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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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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

Our family stopped in for dinner travelling through the area. Food was good and service was good, albeit a bit slow. The noise level in the place was a bit loud and it was difficult for me to hear the server. The bierock was okay...More

Thank gcfielding
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was here with my oldest son and he couldn't believe what a wonderful place Gella's is. Our server was prompt, got the order right, kept our drinks filled, and then gave us more to take with us. I especially wanted the green bean dumpling...More

Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

based on the ta reviews we decided to have dinner here last night. determining factors were the microbeers and the interesting sounding things on the mwenu. i had the stout as a beer and it was quite good. 2e had to try Gella’s Grebble as...More

Thank ldgaff
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gella’s is a delightful place for dinner. My filet mignon was perfectly prepared & quit tender. I ordered the mashed potatoes, my husband ordered the fries. Order the fries, they were tasty. For mashed potato lovers, these were not creamy nor buttery. We also took...More

Thank MammaDel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here based on the Trip Adviser rating in the area. We were not disappointed. The server was very friendly and helpful (Kaylor). I had 3 beer samplers, all very good. We both had the filet mignon, and both steaks were done perfectly. I had...More

Thank Rich D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful popular restaurant in downtown Hays. It is amazing how large it is. The service was great and the food even better. We had been on the road and both had steaks...one strip and one ribeye. Both were perfectly prepared. To top...More

Thank drlehman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly wait staff, good menu selection, tasty food, and delicious craft beer. There were families there as well as couples. Very congenial.

Thank Mary N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my wife. I had a couple brews and she had a chocolate martini. A couple appetizers (onion rings & fried pickles) and we were good for the evening. Our server, Shannon, did a great job! I wish the Downtown Brown was a regular....More

Thank Woofcat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is famous across the USA and rightly so. They are on several prestigious “best” lists. They have a “Travel Advisor” sign on their door and they do not disappoint. Now where do I start? You are seated and have water and your drink...More

Thank JoAnn S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was mediocre but the food made up for it. Also they had a handcrafted root beer and a cream soda which was amazing.

Thank Evan6060
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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids
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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