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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
+1 515-267-8900
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11:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Rock Island, Illinois
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting the area for my husband's birthday. The hotel recommended this place to us. The hotel even gave us a coupon for buy 1 get 1 free entrée. We told the staff we had never been there before and we were treated like royalty. They brew their own beers right there on the premise. They gave us several... More 

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Thank mbztoy2
Clive, Iowa
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although this restaurant is nearby the house, we haven't been here a lot over the years. The Bears good the foods above average but nothing here really strikes my fancy that I want to go here often.

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Thank ja1800
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have only eaten at this location once. I was staying at a hotel in the same shopping complex. The food was good after a long day of driving. But the service was really slow. This place is good for an after work crowd that just wants a few appetizers and drinks. But the food service was glacially slow. I... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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203 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was impressed by the Rock Bottom Restaurant in Des Moines. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I ordered calamari with jalapenos along with my main entree, chicken fried chicken. Nothing better than comfort food on a cold Iowa evening. I also ordered the pecan pie. It came in a mason jar filled with ice cream. My only complaint... More 

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Thank sixthcents
Sioux City, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been at a Dance Competition in the area all day and needed a sit down dinner so we tried Rock Bottom. None of us had ever eaten before, but it was amazing! Great service and excellent food!

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Thank gr8lady02
Omaha, Nebraska
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

My wife loves Rock Bottom and when we travel we always look for one. We visited the location in Des Moines and were very disappointed by the lack of beers. Rock Bottoms are known for their regular beers, and selection of seasonal and special brews. On our visit they had a very limited supply of just a few regular brews.... More 

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Thank Bob S
Iowa
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Not our first visit but probably the last. Becoming too "hit or miss" and over priced to risk again. As other reviews mention, nice decor, craft brewery, pleasant atmosphere in bar. Recent visit they were already out of favorite item on menu, the ale chicken, early in the evening. Ordered other entrees that were served with seasonal vegetables - slimy... More 

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Thank whirligig
West Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoy Rock Bottom for quick and satisfying meals with craft beers. Always friendly and accommodating. Easy on and out with central location.

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Thank srgauger
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

For a restaurant chain, Rock Bottom always delivers decent bar and grill food. The bar offers a variety of speciality crafted on site beers. Relaxing atmosphere with friendly staff. Great place just to hang out for an afternoon or evening.

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Thank Barry H
O'Fallon, Missouri
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240 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I gave this restaurant just an average rating as even though my Bison Burger was nice, my drink was not good. I ordered a Long Island Iced tea, which didn't taste good. I asked the server to add more Coke and it was drinkable but I definitely wouldn't recommend it. On the whole though, service was good and our visit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1025
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-267-8900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?