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River City Brewing Company
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 31
Beer Avg: 3.42
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
835 Museum Circle
phone: (904) 399-5684
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 14
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Another sales meeting, another dinner at a brewery/brewpub. I love the company I work for. This place, however, was a huge "swing and a miss".
We had a large group of people, but we started out in different factions. I was with a group of about 6 to start with. We made our way by water taxi to the waterfront brewery location. Getting off the taxi, the place is easy to find, but actually getting in the place is quite cumbersome. One entrance to the left, another to the right, about 50 yards away. You miss the initial entrance because all of the outdoor seating and action are in the middle. So, you see the place to your left, and you are force to walk passed the place and circle back. Inconvenient at best.
Once in the establishmetn, more confusion ensues. They have two upstairs area, but the two are not connected from the outside. So walking up one set of stairs, under the belief you can get to both upstairs area, was again, inconvenient. There is a central staircase that leads upstairs, but that staircase is part and parcel to the outdoor brew pub part of the operation. There is a completely seperate restaurant area. Neither seem to be accesible to the other except at the side entrance.
The beer: In a word, horrible. They had a pale ale, porter, red ale, wheat, and light beer on draft. I ordered a pale ale, a buddy ordered a red, and another buddy ordered the porter. I swear to you, the pale and red were identical in color, and the porter was only 2 or 3 SRM darker than the pale and red. The waitress even said "I know, it doesnt look like a pale ale. We get that a lot". What? What kind of self respecting brewery knowingly puts out a subpar product? The beers tasted close to the same and they all tasted horrible. Sour, pithy, green apple, etc.
Here is the real kicker. We had a group of 90 people in our party, which was in one of the reserved upstairs dining room. They didnt even serve their own beer!!! It was all bottled stuff like Yuengling and Corona and Heineken. Again, what self respecting brewery has a party, and doesnt even serve their own beer?
The food was actually decent, but nothing outstanding. Some co-workers ate the fried gator and they were almost unanimously having stomach problems later that night. Luckily, I didnt get any of those, so I was "safe". I am not even going to waste my time reviewing the beers because they are all horrible.
I would never come back here. Even when everything was free, I was miserable. This place needs an ass-kicking. They are taking up very valuable real estate and giving beer a bad name. This place and Hilton Head Brewery are tied for the two worst in the country.
10-07-2013 18:52:54 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
River city brewing company is in a great location on the south side of the st johns river in downtown Jacksonville, FL. In a few words this is an underachieving brewery which makes ok tasting beers for the masses. Their beers rarely offend however are simple. The cost is reasonable for the beer and food. The standard food menu is average but their Sunday brunch is excellent. Service isn't great or bad. The typical crowd is older usually at te happy hour and late night times. A great place to enjoy a drink is expectation it low or if you are also into wine or liquor.
06-07-2012 23:36:10 |
More by kylehay2004
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
It was Monday evening...A Monday night that included Monday night football just down the bay from this establishment....and it was dead. The only others here were a group of older people (mostly women) that were obviously in town for a conference of some sort. The tables were blan and the bar was small...not much going on which was a big surprise. The quality was mediocre at best...the food was ok, service was spotty, and the beer was eh. Our server was not overly knowledgable and seemed depressed to even be there....which I can;t blame her....there was not too many people there. The menu had much to choose from so the selection was average. The food was ok...the best was chips and salsa....but honestly...how hard is it to F up chips and salsa. The bill for four samplers and four appetizers came to $50 which I thought was reasonable.
12-08-2011 02:32:17 |
More by WoodBrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
While visiting JAX we ended up stopping by River City Brewing Company. The place was great visually, and we were seated right by one of the huge picture windows with a view of the bay. Awesome atmosphere, with a nautical theme to everything in the restaraunt. The waitress was very helpful initially, being able to describe all the the beer offerings available, including the specials, as well as a bit of a description of each, showing that she very likely has at least sampled the line-up. After that, she was basically off the grid. She delivered our beer orders, and then was nowhere to be seen for quite some time. I can understand this at times during extreme rush/busy hours, but this was early afternoon on a Monday. The place was at least 75% empty, and we waited forever just to order food. Once we ordered and received the food, it was extremely tasty. And overall, the prices were extremely reasonable. Three of us were able to eat and drink for under $40. On vacation from the LA area, that is absolutely amazing to me. Unfortunately, once we got the bill, we once again had to wait for our waitress just to pay. It seemed as though she had 7 breaks scheduled all while we were there. Other than service, this was a great visit. The bar area wasn't open while we were there, so I couldn't tell if they did growler fills or anything like that. Might be reason enough to further investigate on a return visit.
03-08-2011 06:17:49 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
River City Brewing is disappointing as a brewery, inconsistent in food preparation, had shaky service, yet remains an attractive destination largely due to its location, featuring great views of the St. Johns River and the Jacksonville skyline.
They do offer an attractively priced ($3.25) beer sampler consisting of about 3 oz. samples of each of their 5 beers: the house beers on tap were a Light Lager, Red, Porter (more like a brown ale), an interesting high ABV bourbon triple (?) and a (weak) Pale Ale.
Other beers are available in bottles.
Their venue has 2 distinct areas: the brewery/bar, and the upscale restaurant. The former has a far more casual atmosphere and furnishing. Customers their can order off a bar food menu, as well as the upscale restaurant menu. Both sections have many tables with fine views, but the view is a little better from the restaurant, and can be a lot better if one sits inside.
Dining with 3 other people, I got to see and sample a variety of food offerings. This ranged from inedible (a spinach side) to improperly cooked (burnt scallops) to extraordinary (the bread pudding with fruit and rum sauce). Service was somewhat formal but too inattentive. Bread was served with no plates, and delays were long even though the restaurant was not busy.
Worth a visit for the exceptional views and fine atmosphere, at least in good weather, but set your expectations low.
03-06-2011 14:50:42 |
More by chinchill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
I stopped in for dinner and beer when nearby for business.
It was a very relaxing atmosphere. my friends and I ate outside on the patio overlooking the river and attractively illuminated bridges and buildings. The food was very good. I had a salad with walnuts and feta that was delicious. Other dishes at the table looked good as well. The service was fairly quick and attentive.
I tried the beer sampler and decided the Porter and the seasonal were my favorites. The house style tended to be very mild flavors and aromas. Every beer seemed to be on the lightest/least offensive end of its style spectrum. I would consider the beer forgettable if not for the very nice porter and the bourbon aged barley wine. The best part was that the beers were very cheap, even after happy hour ended.
02-27-2011 05:31:44 |
More by Radome
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Atmosphere - I only went to the bar area but the rest of the place looks pretty decent. The bar area is where they do the brewing with the brew house is behind a glass wall by the entrance. Decent sized oval bar and some tables inside a a large seating area outside on the deck.
Quality/Selection - It seams like they cater more to the BMC crowd than craft drinkers. They only had four house beers on tap a Light Lager, Red, Porter, and a Pale.
Service - It wasn't bad but it wasn't better than average. With the 40 something year old bartenders complaining about their hangovers from the night before and that its too loud for a Saturday afternoon.
Food - Not all that impressive to say the least. I ordered a sandwich and it was like something I'd make at home to take to work for lunch. By that I mean the they used wonder bread.
Overall the other two brewpubs in town are better places to go for some local beer and food.
11-12-2010 01:54:58 |
More by armock
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This was a ginormous place overlooking the St. Johns River. Entering, the m.d.s. was just inside to the right with the bar area through a set of double doors still to the right. By going down a long ramp, we reached the octagonal wood and copper-topped bar. Further aft was seating on an outdoor wooden deck with its own bar for use primarily on weekends. The copper-jacketed brewhouse was to the right of the ramp and was visible behind glass. To the left of the ramp was their stage. Past the m.d.s. was a spiral staircase leading up to their private banquet facility. Further on was their opulent dining area with a panoramic view of the river.
Beers: Jag Light; Red Rooster; Jackson Pale Ale; Rip Tide Porter. Seasonal was a Summer Wheat.
12-16-2009 22:15:13 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
My visit to River City Brewing Company surrounded a bowl game in Fl. We stopped in to catch a basketball game and enjoy a few North Florida hand-crafted brews. While I will admit the selection was a little disappointing, I had the sampler, the atmosphere of the place and the friendly nature of the servers and owner was outstanding. The deck that oversees the St. James River is picturesque and the food was incredible. All in all, I'll give Anthony and his staff a pat on the back because of the atmosphere and service, but as far as a brew pub, this is much more of a restuarant than a brewery.
02-06-2008 19:08:29 |
More by wvukb
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great place to stop on the way to the airport, from 4-7 they offer a $2.50 pint special on the house brews. I had a few of their RipTide Porters, it was roasty, chocolaty and had a hint of coffee. I give it a thumbs up, I think any porter lover will enjoy it. I am not sure of the ABV, but it doesn't knock you over the head.
I sampled the Crab Bisque, it was awesome. A very generous amount of crab, and a quite delicious!
The view is of the St. Johns River and downtown is quite picturesque. Be sure to bring that camera along, you'll want to use it. There are 2 marinas right outside of the patio, but I don't think there is any public docking available.
You choices are pretty limited in Jacksonville, but I think this is a great place to check out during happy hour or for dinner. They have live entertainment starting at 5:00 Wed - Sat if you are into that.
09-24-2007 23:54:03 |
More by gixxerman
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