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Rogue Ales Public House
Taps: 35 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
748 SW Bay Blvd
phone: (541) 265-3188
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$$
I'll start with the good: this place has Rogue beers on tap, including Crusty and Imperial IPA.
Unfortunately, the bad was really bad. We walked in on a beautiful summer day for an early lunch. Immediately upon being seated, we were given a shot glass full of a nasty wheat beer and asked to join Rogue Nation. To join Rogue Nation, we had to give out our name, address, email, and phone number. I'm not too keen on giving out marketing information so I pushed the pen and paper to the side and tried to enjoy my beer. Shortly after that, some guy named Danimal came by and took our pictures explaining that we'd be getting Rogue Nation cards as soon as we filled out the paper. This was extremely annoying. The food was the coup de grace - the two dishes we ordered from the meager selection the menu offered were pretty bad. So bad that the fish and chips had my significant other projectile vomiting on the streets of Eugene later that evening. I thought we might have been there on a bad day until I spoke with some friends that had also visited Rogue. They also complained about the food.
I've loved Rogue beers for a long time. I even used to get a keg of Dead Guy every year for my birthday. My visit to the public house and the brewery revealed that although Rogue knows how to make good beer, they need to work on just about everything else.
07-28-2009 16:54:15 |
More by HokieNoPokie
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
This place was the perfect storm of inadequacy. Not really being familiar with the two Rogue options in Newport, we picked the one "on the bay," and apparently chose poorly.
First off, yes, it's on the bay. But the place faces an old fishing or canning facility. It's a big, hulking, rundown building, completely blocking any view of the bay.
Despite that, we went in. The hostess greeted us and directed us to our seats. There were no beer menus on the table, so we grabbed one from an empty table nearby. The menu was more of a book, with descriptions of each beer Rogue brews. I asked if all of the brews in the "book" were available, and was told they were. Shortly thereafter, we noticed there was a chalkboard with the tap list, and all of the beers in the "book" were definitely not available.
Next, we didn't see a waitress for about 20 minutes. When she did come to the table, her first statement was that she had only been working there three days. Not a good sign. My wife asked for a cocktail menu, but she didn't know if they had one (despite that fact that Rogue distills its own spirits). She left the table to see if they had one. When she came back, we asked about taster trays. She didn't know if they had those, and once again left for about 5 minutes. Up until this point, we still hadn't ordered drinks or food. Eventually we got our food & drink orders in.
When the drinks came, the waitress told my wife to taste the cocktail she ordered, because the bartender thought it tasted funny. It did. We sent it back (but it was still on the bill at the end of the meal). Apparently, the bartender didn't even know how to make the cocktails, since the waitress had to come get the cocktail menu from our table to take to the bartender.
The waitress also knew nothing about the beer. You'd think that a brewpub manager would ensure that before turning a new waitress loose to work on her own, she was able to at least tell which beers are available, if not at least describe their basic characteristics. But I guess that was too much to ask here. Luckily, we are beer nerds, so we knew what we were looking at. We ordered taster trays, which were good but unremarkable.
We waited about another 30 minutes for our food to arrive. During which time, we noticed how well the menus stuck to the table. Gross. When the food did arrive, it was average at best.
The bill for 4 people came to about $120, which is steep for a place like this even when service & food is good.
I don't like to rant like this, but this was a truly awful experience. I don't know if this place operates this way all the time, but I don't intend on going back to find out.
02-27-2011 20:08:30 |
More by guajolote
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I live in Bremerton, and commute to my job in Seattle every day by ferry. One thing I've noticed over the years that I've been doing this is that there are certain people who simply annoy the shit out of me. No matter what I do, no matter how I change my embarkation/disembarkation procedure, ride a different boat, whatever, I invariably find myself near them. Rogue has become like those people to me.
Honestly, I want to like Rogue. I really do. I bet John Maier is a swell guy, and I know they do a ton in Oregon to help out other Oregon brewers. But goddammit, their brewpubs/pubs suck. The food is marginal, the service is typically lousy, and the prices are outrageous. I'm also not super fond of their beers, other than the Shakespeare. Now, please, do not interpret this as me saying they brew bad beer. I'm not saying that at all. I'm just saying it rarely appeals to me.
Atmosphere: This pub is located on the Historic Bayfront of Newport which is easy enough to find off of 101, seeing as how there are signs pointing you towards the Historic Bayfront approximately every quarter mile or so. Its on the end of the drag closest to the Newport Bridge, right next to a huge parking lot. Actually, I was quite impressed with the parking lot, as its the only place Ive ever seen 2 hour, 4 hour and 12 hour parking. Go inside and the first thing you notice is just how freaking small the place is. Assloads of tables, with very little room between them. If you could turn the weirdly constructed parts of the Winchester Mystery House into a pub, this might be it. Bad angles, narrow aisles, and only two toilets. You need to squeeze in the front door between the beer cooler, stacks of beer, and the ubiquitous trinket kiosk. The entry can really only handle about five or six people, and then you are backed up onto the sidewalk outside.
Quality: Im sorry, but Im never impressed with Rogues pub quality and this establishment did absolutely nothing to improve that. Im still trying to quantify the idea of quality, but for this review, I think Ill define it as an aggregate impression of all the categories (service, food, atmosphere and selection).
Service: The guy was new, and he wasnt very good. Newport was pretty busy that day, and the pub got hopping right around lunch time. I think there may have been three or four servers for the entire pub, and this was a pub that had multiple tables of four or more people. He took our drink order and then forgot to bring them. He took our food order and forgot to put it in. His lone saving grace came when the kitchen completely fucked up our pizza, and he got them to take 50% off the bill (which was still rather ridiculously priced).
Selection: Their menu was more varied than any other Rogue location Ive ever been to (this space had pizzas), including their kids menu which actually had six items instead of the usual three.
(Editorial aside: Their kids menu is such a joke, I wonder why they even bother. I mean, come on, $5 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Give me a break.)
The problem is that compared to most other brewpubs, this is still a very sparse menu.
The beer selection on this day was also bizarre. This is a Rogue pub, located about two or three miles from the actual Rogue brewery, and they were out of a ton of beers. There were maybe 10 beers on the board. I wanted a YSB, but ended up with a Shakespeare as they were out of that one and they forgot to take it off the board. Adding to the magic of that moment was the previously mentioned fact that the guy had completely forgotten about the beers until I reminded him.
Food: Its just not good. Its not bad, but its not good. Its mediocre pub food for outrageous prices. The only standout is their clam chowder, and even that pales in comparison to others. The pizza we ordered wasnt anything earth shattering or even complicated (sausage, pepperoni, onions and peppers), yet the kitchen still managed to forget to put the sausage on. Guys, this is one of YOUR pizzas (the Hot Stuff, if memory serves), and you fucked it up.
Price: Everything at any Rogue pub costs at least two dollars more than I think it should, with the sole exception of their beer. I do think, however, for the $4-$4.75 that they charge for the pints, you should get an imperial pint and not a shaker.
Ive got one more Rogue location to review, and then Im done with Rogue. I wont be eating at any of their establishments until they get off their asses and completely overhaul their operation. There are many better dining options in Newport, and Ill be availing myself of those the next time Im there. Hell, Id bet I could even get a Terminal Gravity or a Siletz beer somewhere
12-02-2005 16:50:55 |
More by Knuckles
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Went and stayed at the Rogue Bed and Beer over the weekend. The apartment was very nice, not like staying in a motel at all, we stayed for 2 nights and felt very much at home. The public house however sucked...pretty much didn't have one good thing to say about the public house. Waitresses were very rude, beer was served warm. I know the school of thought that a cold temp to the beer will hinder taste, however this beer was warm, there was no chill to it at all and it made the beer taste like crap. When I asked for a bottle of Rogue Brutal Bitter the waitress looked at me like I had lost my mind, stating that from the draft it is way better. I told her that I don't like warm beer, but I was told that they didn't have any bottled brutal bitter which seemed a bit wierd because it looked to me like they had tons of bottles in their cooler. Food was overpriced and not that great really. 2 times we went there we were told that we couldn't be served because of my temporary MT drivers liscence (I lost my real one before my Oregon trip) wasn't laminated and they couldn't see my picture that well. I drank beer at probably 25 other bars in Oregon and it was never questioned once. The attitude that I got was that Rogue is big now and they could really care less if they got my business or not. I had planned on buying a case of beer and/or souveniers from Rogue but I will never buy any Rogue beer again after the way we were treated there. On a good note they had a good selection of warm beer and below average food, and the atmoshere on the bayfront is pretty cool.
09-08-2007 20:08:18 |
More by loren01
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Dec 2007-I was very disappointed in contrast with Issaquah Brewhouse in Washington and Rogue Public house in SF. The bed and breakfast upstairs is a good value and very cool. The bed was not much better than a futon in my garage on comfort. First off, middle of December and no Old Crustacean. The servers were bad, the girl at the bar that night, terrible. She could care less about anyone except the local guys at the bar. The locals were not warming at all. The bartender made us feel like we were outsiders and we were staying upstairs. Attitude. She was more tuned in to the obnoxious guys at the bar, flirting and what not. They did not really care to serve you if you were not local despite us staying the night. My wife and I went to the small bar area to get a seat and the locals had placed all of their belongings on the seats, tables and everywhere else to see that no one besides their buddies would get a seat. We asked and people ignored us or said "seats taken".Obnoxious punks not to mention the guy who was walking around on his cell phone cursing in the dining area. You can not hold your patrons responsible for actions but in my opinion it is a reflection upon the atmosphere, staff and general feel of a restaraunt. This was AWFUL and a disgrace to Rogue in my opinion. I really held Rogue to high esteem after my visits to Issaquah and all of the GREAT beer I have consumed over the years. Not welcoming, bad service, rude, terrible. The charge 0f $75 for a 70z 6 year vertical of Old Crusty blew my mind! Get over yourselves and rip off patrons. Food was ok but I have had better at midnight diners.
09-24-2009 14:17:29 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Dropped in here on 31 Aug 2012 for a light lunch. First stop in Oregon (outside an airport) and stop #7 on the Aug-Sep CA-OR beer tour.
Mid Friday afternoon, not too busy, maybe a quarter full. About 20 tables, mix of 4&6 tops, two dining areas plus the bar area. Maybe 30 beers on tap. Lots of beer, merch and swag for sale. Service was a bit slow. Food was pretty good, but overall value wasn't too great, $30 before tip for one beer, an iced tea, house salad and seafood cocktail. For some reason Rogue is really into surfboards here.
As promised, a large B&W pic of the naked lady in the tub to the right of the bar.
11-11-2012 02:31:20 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I got to take a trip to the Oregon Coast in mid-March. No trip to Oregon would be complete with out enjoying Rogue Ales. I'll still believe Rogue Ales are among my favorites, but Rogue's Newport public house is forever off my list of places to go. We booked reservations for two nights in the B&B. We stayed there in the past and enjoyed it. A kitchen for cooking your own food, washer and dryer ,etc.; good stuff for a traveler. Not this time! The place has turned into a dump. The carpet has absorbed so much beer and puke that I gag just thinking of it. I had to take linens out of the dryer, and put their wet linen from the washer into the dryer before I could start my own loads. The dishwasher had dirty dishes in it, The blinds were missing or broken in the windows. The TV remote didn't work.
The tavern itself had a small gathering of local patrons who were both friendlyand not afraid to qualf down a few beers and talk to strangers. Unfortunately, the ventilation system could not keep up with the smoke. I smoked all the butts that I could in years gone by and can no longer allow myself to inhale something as unrewarding as tobacco. It costs more to drink a pint ($4.50) of Rogue in their tavern, than at other taverns ($3.75) that carry their beer.
But, the topper for me was when I ordered a pint of St. Rogue Red, and was given a Santa Claus red. I had a Santa at the Eugene house the day before, so my palette was ready for a malty less hopped up flavor that the St. Rogue offers. Ive been able to buy the St. Rogue in a little store in Idaho, twenty mile from my home. Plus, the last time we ventured to San Francisco we stopped into the new Rogue house there and thats where I enjoyed my first St. Rogue. I love that Beer, I can drink one on Tuesday and still catch myself smiling and thinking about it a week later. I guess she thought I wouldn't know the difference. I would have liked to do a sample tray, but my faith was gone. I thought about having dinner their and wondered if I ordered the Kobe Beef what would I end up with? The service otherwise was fine and friendly. We got growlers of Shakespeare Stout for the rest of our time there and stayed out of the bar.
Their beer is great and the two other Rogue Houses we stopped at told me that the St. Rouge was gone for the season and offered me the Santa. You can get around the higher prices by getting a growler.
My advice is drink Rogue beer and stay somewhere where you can see the Ocean, instead of a mural of it.And don't forget your growler. Luckily, one can go to Newport and avoid the Public House by going across the bay to the Brewery.
The ratings I entered are for the tavern, not the B&B. There are not low enough numbers for that!
04-07-2006 21:18:14 |
More by GrahamHunter
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Stopped by here for dinner and a few beers. We were excited to visit this place since we both like Rogue beers; although it seems like they get alot more respect on the east coast and out here they're just another brewery.
Beer selection was good, maybe 20 Rogue beers and about 5 guest taps (including BMC; man I sure wouldn't have that stuff at my brewery). Juniper PA and the I2PA were good and fresh, the Imperial Stout was too fresh and tasted as bitter as a pill. I felt that the beers were a bit pricey for it being wholesale; in fact, it costs more to order beers here than it does at any beer bar I've been to.
Food isn't all that good, and again it's overpriced for what it is. My halibut was dry and fishy, the risoto was steamed with the fish steam, and my veggies were cooked in a nasty sugary sauce. All that, and it costs $16; luckily the server was understanding and didn't charge me for it.
This is a good place to go with kids, as they have a nice kids menu with a free frisbee, plus the atmosphere is kid-friendly. Expect a busy restaurant with a slight wait for a table. Oregon really needs to ban smoking, too; the dining area is no smoking, but smoke still drifts in from the bar and the pool room.
Bottled beers to go are also a bit pricey, slightly more than the average beer store.
09-13-2006 15:25:55 |
More by rayjay
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Da Boss and i visited earlier today.
Atmosphere was OK, we sat outside to enjoy a mid-60's not overly windy day. Not much to look at out on the patio. Inside was your typical brewpub with a small amount of dining and bar seating. Quality was OK, the beers were good and the food was pretty average. Service was uneven, the server/bartender was all over us with the first beer and had us in a hurry to order lunch. The kid that brought the food failed to offer up a second pint, and of course the server/bartender was too busy for the next half hour. Selection of beers was awesome, with some guest taps available in addition to thirty some Rogue beers. Food selection was pretty good but both Da Boss and I thought that the food was pretty eh. We had fish tacos, the hot dog tacos and two pints a piece for $48 which is a bit pricey. Overall I was dissapointed in our trip here, I expected a bit more quality overall for the going cost.
08-14-2010 03:15:45 |
More by arizcards
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Public House in December on vacation to Oregon, knew about the rooms for rent so was able to reserve one for the night. Which waas a great call, the rooms are awesom and a super good value, I highly recommend checking it out.
Dinner was good food (gourmet pizz was awesome) at a decent price, and a great tap selection of Rogue ales on draft that I couldn't get in Ohio loved the beer selection.
Only problem was sevice was very slow at the meal, and even at the bar. Staff all seemed irritable and distracted maybe it was just one of those days.
But otherwise was a great experience and will go be in a Hearbest. Highly recommed to others. Make sure while there to visit the brewery/distillery across the bay, fun visit and the tours of both are awesome.
01-09-2008 16:02:50 |
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