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Roosterfish Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 189
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
303 N. Franklin St
phone: (607) 535-9797
Also home to Wildflower Café.
(Place added by: John)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped into the brewpub on a Saturday at lunch and expected a crowd based on the 60 or so cycles parked out front. That was not the case; there were only 5 or 6 tables full. My party of six wanted to try the HopWarrior, but they were out. We tried to get the Pale Ale and that was out also. Not a good start! After placing our order, I settled on the Brown Ale; more towards a porter to me. The heavy roasted malt taste was different,but welcomed on this hot day. The food took a long time; nothing but a few burgers. Other tables that came in after us got served faster by a different person, our lady did not seem all that sure of herself. Tried the IPA to kill time and was not disappointed.
When the food came, we were all happy with the outcome. Burgers were good and the salads tasty. The prices were good and the food/beers were of good quality. The only real knock I have is the availiblity of several of their marque beers and of the swag that they sell. We all wanted glasses and shirts, but our server told us they were all out, "the last week was crazy". I know sometimes things happen behind the scenes, but how do you miss an chance for free (for them) advertising? I will hit this place again when my wife decides she need to go wine hunting!
06-04-2007 19:13:05 |
More by mobud
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I finally decided to take the trip over to Watkin's Glen to check this place out, stopping in for a late lunch on a Saturday.
There are two sides to this place; one is a pub and the other is a cafe. Both have bar seating. The place had only a few other patrons when I arrived, probably due to my timing.
I waited for at least 15 minutes before I could get anyone's attention to even give me a menu. Both of the waitresses passed me, but I was ignored when I tried to get their attention. I think each thought I was the responsibility of the other. I'm not sure, but I was the only one sitting at the bar at the time so I was hard to miss. Whatever the problem was, once I finally got the waitress' attention, she was friendly and attentive. I asked a question about the menu and she didn't really have an answer, which is weird. Overall, the service was OK at best. I didn't need to ask anything about the beers, but hopefully the results would have been better.
The vibe was rural small town bar type of feel, but without any regulars or other patrons, so it really is tough to tell. Considering it was lunch time I guess that I cannot complain.
The Roosterfish beers that I have tried have ranged from very bad, to OK. The best so far was their brown ale, and typically I'm not that in to browns. There are 6 house beers plus Guiness on-tap.
I had the crabcake sandwich and it was OK. The onion “rings” that I paid extra to get with it were actually a small pile of onion straws that were so salty that they were impossible to eat.
I don't think I will be taking a second trip to Roosterfish of my own accord. There are quite a few beer places in the area, so I will move on.
04-21-2011 20:16:04 |
More by Hojaminbag
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited en route to Binghamton on a Friday afternoon that coincided with the Italian Festival (at least it wasn't a Nascar weekend).
Atmosphere: We entered in the bar area and were greeted by a dark look, standing in contrast to the sun outside. A long bar on the left is surrounded by tables. Further past the bar was seating. We ponied up to a table in the bar area, right beside the unisex bathroom.
Quality: Average, truthfully I was a little let down with the overall package.
Service: Service was a bright spot, stopping by regularly, bringing me two samplers as I tried to figure out if I wanted a growler.
Selection: 7 Roosterfish brews and 6 or so guests were available. I tried the IPA and found it to be a little buttery upfront. It gradually improved (I didn't take notes for a review, sorry). My growler choices were a Matehari Hoppy Ale or Roosterfish Hefe. The hefe had an awkward aroma and the hoppy ale wasn't too hoppy. I left without a growler. Some of the guest taps looked good (yes, I'm talking to you Ommegang Abbey Ale).
Food: Overpriced. We split a mozzarella stick app, three little squares for $9 bucks. Boo to that. The menu was varied, so maybe there were more gems somewhere.
08-03-2009 13:23:02 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Long time restaurant (Wildflower Café) is now known for the brewpub but it is good pub grub and a "happening" place in Watkins Glen - old-timey English phone booth out front. Music often on weekends and the place can get really jammed in the summer but off season is very pleasant way to spend an evening in a fairly British-type pub atmosphere.
06-28-2013 20:42:19 |
More by rmargeson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
The beers arent bad but are easily drinkable. The decor is being re-worked and has an Irish-pub tupe feel. Service was great and I enjoyed my pizza. Although there are a few macros on tap, loom for a guest beer. I had Cascazilla on tap (Ithaca Brewing) and that was good. The tap selection was a bit limited and the sampler costs $4 for 4 beers. One wasn't available as its being fermented. They were doing work on the bar and it got quite noisy at times. But I really dug the atmosphere of this bar with the classic rock and decor. If I decide to join my sister and move here, this will be a regular destination! But if Cascazilla disappears from the tap selection, hmmmm.
09-02-2006 14:39:35 |
More by PAYankeeFan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Roosterfish Brewing Company....Watkins Glen, NY.
After an awesome hike at the beautiful and nearby Watkins Glen State Park the wife and I came here to enjoy some brew before the trip home. Situated on a quiet block in the downtown area.
Small wooden area with lots of booths and a small bar with taps of the beer, warm service. Cool photos all over the place.
They listed all their beers but were missing their flagship Blonde. Oh well, I had the Brown Ale and the Hefeweizen, both were very well done, nice interpretations of the style and very fresh. I had pizza and ribs from the menu (hungry after the hike) and both were excellent. Wife enjoyed the chicken sandwich as well.
Service was attentive and very nice. No complaints at all.
Overall, really enjoyed the trip and this is worth a stop, great beer, good food and brilliant location. Do yourself a favor and do a double visit to the park and the brewpub, you shouldn't be disappointed.
10-20-2010 01:49:57 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A nice place to get away from all of the wineries up in the Finger Lakes. This place has 2 sides, the pub area and the Wildflower cafe. You can enter from either side. Not a huge place, but there are quite a few tables and booths.
Ordered the beer sampler. A nice 2 tiered holder was brought over. 9 or 10 beers all together. The typicals, a blond, pale ale, IPA, amber...the dunkel was really tasty. I ordered a second. Their Belgian golden ale seasonal was also a nice, spicey treat. The brown ale was dark and toasty, more reminscient of a stout than your typical browns.
The menu was decent. A few unique items. I ordered the corn and pepper cakes. Like a crabcake minus the crab. Really good.
If in the Watkins Glen area, this is your best beer option. Also, it is one of your only real decent food options.
10-22-2010 19:13:47 |
More by Nutleybeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to the Crooked Rooster/Wild Flower Cafe on a Friday afternoon. The place was basically empty, the crooked roaster portion had a few folks in it but the restaurant was empty. We did come in around 4 so that is to be expected. Typical bar/restaurant set-up nothing fancy or goofy; clean. Nice little watering hole. The food was good, as well as the RoosterFish brews. I had a 12oz of their pale ale and a 4oz sample of their IPA, Blonde, Nut Brown, and Amber. All good, with the Nut Brown and the IPA standing out. I wanted to try their dunkelweisse but they were out. The service was good and quick, but again we were the only ones eating at the time. The server that brought out the sampler notified me which beer was which. I only looked at the RoosterFish brews so I am not certain what other beers that they had. They offer 6 RoosterFish brew so there should be a beer for all tastes. The menu reached acrossed the board; typical bar type apps, salads and soups, chicken & turkey, beef, seafood, and veggie (other). I had their buffalo wings and the philly chease steak, all of which were good. The wings were grilled then coated in a thin yet tasty buffalo sauce. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have any growlers available, as I had made my decision to get the Nut Brown. I then asked for a pint glass and they were out of those as well. Oh well, no growler, no pint, no dunkelweisse. Other than that an enjoyable experience.
11-08-2008 01:32:44 |
More by Gmann
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Another great meal with my wife dinning in the window seats.... Besides tossing food at each other with a friendly lovers banter, it's a great time. This is a great laid back stop in the finger lakes, with a wide variety of patrons. The IPA is pretty good for regional standards, though you hop-heads won't be satisfied... We've been back several times - its definitely worth making the trip. Good variety of locally grown food (where possible), cooked better than expected (even if the garlic bread is a little stingy). Good options for veggie and meat eaters alike. Its really the only stop in town if you're looking for good beer options. A solid line-up of their own brews, as well as a reasonable variety of other craft/tasty beers...good food, good beer, good night.
08-21-2010 01:08:47 |
More by belindamatt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
There are worse things to do in life than walk through beautiful Watkins Glen on a fall day and gawk at the waterfalls and scenery and then go to the Crooked Rooster Brewpub for a beer. The Glen is a highlight of any trip to Watkins Glen, but on previous trips food and beer were problematic. Last time through we headed to Ithaca for our libations, not this time.
The Crooked Rooster has a local vibe with patrons standing at the bar and others playing darts off to the side. New York's non-smoking law makes the air clear and ideal for the non-smokers. The restaurant has a wide ranging menu and our food came in a timely fashion and was tasty. Service was friendly and efficient.
Our beer tasting was limited to the Black Walnut Nut Brown Ale. Blindfold me and I call this beer a Porter, but I also call it one fine beer. Full mouthfeel, plenty of roast and chocolate, a great coffe finish. I didn't want anything else, stayed with the Black Walnut all night. If the other beers are of this quality this is an outstanding brewer. Overall a very nice experience and can recommend without hesitation.
10-21-2006 14:40:04 |
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