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The Half Barrel

304 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3314
+1 507-258-6606
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
304 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3314
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch during our annual shopping trip. The drinks were great! And the food was super great! My mom said her Reuben was the best she’s ever had and my fish tacos were also the best ever!! We will stop again next...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank swimnmom87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The half barrel is our go to place for a good old fashioned. They have this really great smoked whisky drink ( it is actually infused with smoke at your table!) Their selection of whiskies is excellent! The food at the Half Barrel is great...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lauriek50
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

My husband is a lover of whiskey and we found this place and it was true that it had quite the selection of whiskeys. They made him a smoked old fashion and the presentation was phenomenal as well as the drink. Really enjoyed the service...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Lori W
Reviewed August 31, 2018

We went downtown Rochester on Thursdays on First and decided to stop back to eat at the Half Barrel. We had an awesome meal the week before and had an amazing salmon sandwich and wedge salad. It was the bomb so we decided to try...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank nahelgemoe
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Solid food, well prepared, great variety of choices. Excellent beer options. Friendly service. Have been there for lunch and dinner and all were well done.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank rodbeer
Reviewed August 6, 2018

enjoyed dinner with a friend. busy place. the food was great and so was the drink. liked the atmosphere.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank wannabevacati0ner
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant in the popular young bar section of Rochester is particularly exciting if you are in the younger crowd. Their menu has some interesting items but is not particularly broad-based. But, it is a bar. I thought their staff was very attentive but the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank JJCjr
Reviewed July 26, 2018

My wife and I were looking for something for an early supper recently in Downtown Rochester and picked the Half Barrel Bar and Kitchen. I was GREAT! I had the Prime Rib sandwich with fries. Both were Great ! Our server, Alyssa was friendly and...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank jameslouie
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

They converted an old Italian restaurant into a bar type atmosphere. The decor is unique and nice. The drinks during happy hour were only a dollar off which is less than competitors in town. The food was ok and higher priced. The beer selection was...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank baseballslage
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

Not only did this place have good food, the service was excellent to. I had bruschetta which was a meal itself, my brother had the prime rib dip which was excellent. My husband had the chicken with cyan cream sauce and that was really good....More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank RanRen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 304 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3314
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-258-6606
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