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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
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Beer Ratings: 2,216
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
1 Pine Avenue
phone: (562) 308-2255
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I've always heard about this place and wanted to go. Fortunately, we stumbled upon it whilst searching for pre-concert pints.
It was quite busy (then again, it was on a Saturday night) and it reminded me of BJ's, only a bit fancier. We were seated quite promptly yet the rest of our service was rather meh. It took awhile for the waitress to come check on us and ask if we wanted another pint.
Their food was rather forgettable. I split a sandwich with my girlfriend and felt like they forgot to put anything in it.
Fortunately however, the beer saved this place! It should be noted, look around for menus on the wall because the beer menu only lists their most commonly tapped selections. They have a couple seasonals and a couple offerings on cask! I tried the Black Seal Stout, Hop Bomb IPA , and Vanilla Stout on cask. All were great brews especially the Hop Bomb which completely took me by surprise.
Though I wouldn't say this is a place to seek out, it's surely solid place for a pint but not so much for the food...
05-14-2008 22:50:12 |
More by Brewlore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Went to Rock Bottom this weekend with my bf and a buddy before a concert. After being seated we were given the beer menu, but the hostess and our waitress both failed to mention that there were additional cask beers and seasonal beers available that were not on the beer menu.
The sandwiches were somewhat lacking and comprised primarily of bread, though the fries were quite tasty.
Had the Black Seal Stout first, which was fairly good. It had a nice head that lasted throughout almost the entire pint. Second on the list was a Vanilla Stout on cask that had an overall mellow flavor. It tasted only vaguely of vanilla. Finally I had the Hop Bomb. This was the best beer out of the three. Strong hop flavor and aroma. I was pleasantly surprised with this one.
The service was mediocre. We had a hard time getting the attention of the waitress and I had to wait quite a while for my second and third beers.
Overall, I would go there for a decent pint or two, but not for the food or service.
05-12-2008 22:53:57 |
More by beerlassie
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This is a chain "microbrewery" and I think that this detail should be mentioned from the beginning. My review is for the Long Beach location and, personally, I like it better than the closest Gordon Biersch.
When I went yesterday, they had 10 beers on tap. 6 regulars and 4 "seasonals". Unfortunately, I did not have time to drink a sampler set or eat any of the food so I ended up settling for just one beer which was the brown ale.
No complaints on the brown. Plus, there are plenty of TVs in the bar to occupy your attention while drinking. They also offer growlers if you are interested in taking some home with you.
05-11-2008 09:12:38 |
More by pinballwhizard
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Nice place in the Chili's/Applebee's/Elephant Bar vein. Lots of wood and brass and TVs that feature the inevitable sports channels. Staff is mostly young and good looking with great attitudes, though they don't know much about beer. They do have foods and desserts made with their beers and they had eight of their brews on tap: six regulars and two rotating/seasonal. If their beer were just better, this would be a much more essential stop in the great beer hunt. Instead, just head south along the coast a little ways to Belmont Shores to visit Belmont Brewing Company...
03-10-2008 23:59:30 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
If you are going to be down in Long Beach to drink beer, you should really go the couple of blocks down to the Yard House. Instead of getting Rock Bottom's 7 or so house beers, you will have a choice of over 100 on tap.
The Rock Bottom Beers are hit and miss. Sometimes the beer seems to be a bit stale. Some are pretty good, but I have yet to have one there that knocks my socks off in any way that I think I must go back there to try it again.
Last time I went there was a bad smell throughout the place.
11-21-2006 23:38:28 |
More by mkraus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to the Long Beach Rock Bottom with some friends on Saturday night. Restaurant was very crowded but we were able to get a table out on the patio almost immediately (it was something like 95 degrees out, so everyone wanted to be inside). Service was a bit slow and slightly inattentive, we had a brand new waiter. First beer I had was their American Dream Anniversary Ale, I think they classified it as an IPA but I would classify it more as an amber, solidly quaffable but not a really hoppy brew as I would expect from an IPA. Seemed to be our lucky night, just as we were in need of another round, our waiter comes by- apparently the bartender accidently poured our order twice- free brews!
Ordered the spinach dip as an appetizer, tasty but not enough dipping stuff to use all the dip. I ordered the meatloaf and mashers which was very good. Finished the evening with the Dominator Dubbel which was pretty good- strong malt flavor. All in all an excellent visit, I haven't always liked their food and the beers I've had have been solid but nothing magnificent. After this visit though, I'm ready to go back. And next time, I'll have to try the casks which I wasn't awre of.
07-24-2006 21:06:09 |
More by rgrace99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Long Beach Rock Bottom is right along Pine Avenue just about a block away from the entrance to the Convention Center. It is in a prime location of Long Beach and usually has street parking fairly close to it, except on busy nights.
As you enter the restaurant, it feels a tad bit cramped compared to other Rock Bottom's but it still has quite a bit of room in it. There is an outdoor patio with heat lamps which make it very nice all year round (not that it isn't nice all year round in LA). The bar area is pretty big and the restaurant is very accomodating and can be quite nice if you want to sit in an area and not be bombarded with loud noise.
I have been there a few times, but the most recent was quite a nice trip. Since it is so close to the convention center, you tend to meet a lot of people who are from out of town. My most recent trip was for a bachelor party. We all sipped on the Vanilla Stout and the Pelican Red that night.
I enjoy the fish tacos immensely and the food at Rock Bottom is quite consistent no matter which location you go to.
I would suggest this location if you are in the area. Forget about the Yard House down the road and head here. The service is fantastic and it is less of the 20-something college crowd.
04-21-2006 03:47:04 |
More by PuckLSHS
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
When I worked at my last job 5 years ago, the company's headquarters was a few blocks from the Rock Bottom, and I had several opportunities to enjoy this restaurant with a brewery attached, and always thought it was good, but too far from home to frequent. Well, a few weeks ago, 4 of us went to see Cirque du Soliel at the Queen Mary (a mile or so away) and we decided to come here for an early dinner afterwards.
The place is a nice restaurant in downtown Long Beach (note, parking is not free in downtown) on one of the two main drags that parallel the Pacific Ocean, almost directly across from the Convention Center. Nice atmosphere, big bar and decent restaurant size. We arrived off-hours and had to wait 20 minutes, so I bet this place gets really busy.
Beer was pretty good. About 10 choices from a blond to a stout, many of the typical brewpub styles. Two hand pumps (only one working today) with a really good cask conditioned vanilla stout. My fiancee and I did a side-by-side comparison of the regular stout the the cask, and there was a real difference in mouthfeel, flavor (love vanilla beer!) and temperature (the cask was at least 10 degrees warmer). Very good.
Food was very decent, but I was not blown away. Kinda pricey too.
I was all set to give them a 4 for service, but then they blew it big time. I asked for a growler of the regular stout to take home (from the dinner table, not the bar). No big deal- I've done this all over the country. They told me sure, fine, then disappeared for 20 minutes, and then came back with some cockamamie story about how they don't fill growlers with stout. I can't even repeat the reason because it was so strange that my brain couldn't wrap around what they said. Something about foam. Basically, I could tell they were making up crap so they could get out of doing it. I'm not sure why, but they lied to me. I suspect the truth was either 1) they didn't have the right equipment (a simple plastic tube to send the beer to the bottom of the growler), 2) they didn't have enough left in the keg and they didn't want to be bothered changing it out, or 3) they were just lazy. I just walked away feeling like they didn't care about individual customers ("we don't have to, we make up for it in volume"). So they get a 1.
Too bad about my experience with service, because otherwise I thought it was a decent place. I am making no plans to go back.
NOTE: as we were leaving, I saw a sign saying that their long-time brewmaster was leaving, and they were welcoming a new brewer to the fold. If she can maintain what the previous brewer was able to do, they are in good shape. With luck, it will be even better!
04-11-2006 15:38:42 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
I went here with my wife and daughter. It was a very trendy place with a young crowd, very loud and over served. We were sat at table next to the kitchen. There must have been a dishwasher nearby because I spent the whole time bring overcome by bleach fumes. The food was poor and over cooked. We got a sampler of the brews. The only one I cared for was the porter. It was good but I feel the others were of poor quality. It seems that the brew master doesn't sample his/her product or doesn't have the experience. All and all I would say a good place to skip.
12-15-2005 20:24:38 |
More by theautorestorer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Stopped in for a snack and a sampler. Only after I ordered did I discover that they also offered some cask conditioned samples, but that was my fault, not theirs. Service was quick and friendly but I was there during off hours so it probably wasnt the best test of that. The food was good - as it has been at most rock bottoms in my experience. I would say the beer was above average for other Rock Bottoms - most were tasty examples of their styles (see reviews for more details). Nice patio area for people watching on Ocean Blvd. The atmosphere inside is mostly chain - but it is a bit more inviting than some.
03-04-2005 00:18:04 |
More by rowew
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Long Beach, CA
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