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River City Brewing Company
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
835 Museum Circle
phone: (904) 399-5684
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is an odd place to review because it is really like two separate establishments sharing the same building.
(note: for the numbers above, I will be referring to the restaurant, because the bar isn't really worth going to).
The restaurant is a nice, relatively upscale, location on the river downtown. The atmosphere is great; in no small part due to the excellent view of Jacksonville's attractive downtown skyline. As I recall the food is quite good; but I have to admit it has been a couple of years since I have eaten there.
The bar is about as different from the restaurant as one could imagine. It is a dark, dank, dive and on the weekends it is a meat market. Most people there drink buckets of macro beer and I really can't understand why they bother making their own beer.
The Beer itself is pretty average. They brew a handful of standard session beers and while none are particularly bad, none are very good either. The thing that strikes me most about the beer is that it in no way justifies coming to one of the shittiest bars in town.
If you come here for dinner you have the option of enjoying a decent beer with your meal (which is more than you can say for most good restaurants in Jacksonville), but it you come here to go to the bar, you will regret it.
09-24-2007 07:46:45 |
More by nickfl
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located right on the St. Johns River and directly opposite the touristy Landings, the RCBC seems to more of an upscale restaurant vs. a normal brewpub.
The bar is separate from the large dinning area. I was only in the bar, so Ill restrict my comments to that area. They have a copper toped island bar with seating for about 20. There are plenty of tables to seat about 80 more. There are a couple of different elevations, which add some visual interest, but the best part of the bars is the great view of the river. They have some good happy hour specials.
The bar menu is decent with a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees. I liked my oysters and the salad; the gumbo was ok but not a world-beater.
The bartender was fast, friendly and accommodating. Sparse crowd of about 15 in the bar and I was the only one drinking beer....
They offered 4 regular beers and one seasonal. The seasonal was the brown ale. The beers were ok, I did like the porter.
The restaurant section was packed so; Im guessing most folks view this as a dining and not a drinking location.
Since my hotel was close, the RCBC was made to order. I'm not sure if I would go out my way to come here.
02-07-2007 17:14:49 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5
When planning my trip to Florida, I had few expectations for quality craft beer, since my two previous trips hadn't turned any up. But as I researched I noticed that the Jax/ St. Augustine area had a few independent brewpubs (2 of 3 turned out to be chain pubs with different names), so I started to get a little excited for River City.
When I arrived I noticed a large "Miller Lite" banner outside, but with the Superbowl in town last week and the Daytona 500 next week I thought "no big deal." Inside the pub it seemed to have a neat nautical theme which I thought was a nice touch knowing they were attached to a marina. The ambiance took a turn sour since the restaurant is definitely geared up to be a shirt and tie affair. That's fine, I had a collar on my shirt. I was also very disappointed that the brew house was in the bar which didn't open until later (we were in at lunch), and wasn't even visable elsewhere in the restaurant. I use the term restaurant specifically because that's what this is. Ivery good restaurant that claims to be a brewpub. The small selection of beers were of a poor quality, and were of no major signifigance to the whole of the experience.
The service was very good, even though the wait staff was poorly educated about beer, and the food was excellent. But if you are in search of beer (good beer) search elsewhere.
02-21-2005 23:02:40 |
More by redmosquito
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is not your typical brewpub, more like an upscale restaurant. Great setting overlooking the waterfront and downtown Jacksonville. The food and service were excellent, the beers good but bot to die for. I would recommend trying this place out, but don't expect the Cheers atmosphere........Prost
06-30-2002 13:38:12 |
More by tigerpaws
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