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Rock Bottom Brewery

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American, Bar, Pub
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7900 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2502
+1 301-652-1311
11:00 - 02:00
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Bethesda, Maryland
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69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Rock Bottom is a chain, and a big corporate headquarters makes menu decisions and sometimes limits their exceptionally good brewers. That said, the beers definitely vary from location to location and, especially in Bethesda, from year to year. Brewer Geoff Lively is a skilled and experienced professional. Left to his own devices, his beers would range on the sweet side... More 

Thank Bob T
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Great late-night happy hour every night at the bar from 10 pm. Friendly bartenders with good camaraderie & sense of humor. Can't beat the pepperoni pizza & the hoppy beer.

Thank Tom P
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

This is a nice hangout place during happy hour. The food is good. The staff is courteous, despite the fact that happy hour is usually pretty busy.

Thank SSPPanonymous
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Rock Bottom is a bar/restaurant with a good selection of beers on tap. The beers are unique and good. The food is not great however, so I wouldn't make it a place only to eat probably.

Thank dc_al_al
Parker, Colorado
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

Service was very good and the food, although not so unique, was well cooked and served promptly. Because this was a business function, we were able to get a private room in the rear of the restaurant.

Thank Flipperroni
Bethesda, Maryland
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Standard change bar and restaurant. Friendly Service, Lively atmosphere. Safe and reliable place for a drink or meal.

Thank Lauren P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Average American pub food, good for picky eaters and those not into more ethnic or adventurous eating

Thank Terry S
Cleveland, Oh
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1,345 reviews
560 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

This is similar to other Rock Bottom brewpub around the country. It is centrally located and it is fairly large, with large bars and several sitting sections. It is very popular and often crowded, especially between 5 and 8. The beer is consistently good and it is made on the premises. Usually there are about a dozen drafts to chose.... More 

Thank marcopolo111
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Never a disappointment. Always great service, food and drinks. One of my Bethesda favorites for sure.

Thank Melisa G
Rome, Italy
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Rock Bottom’s motto used to be something like “Proud of our beer. Crazy about our food.” You don’t see that anymore, and for a reason. It has been sad to see the quality and variety of Rock Bottom’s food deteriorate so much in the last few years. The menu used to feature buffalo fajitas—sizzling strips of buffalo meat with tortillas,... More 

Thank Clorinda99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7900 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2502
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-652-1311
Rock Bottom Bethesda is five miles north of DC, just off Wisconsin Avenue at the corner of Norfolk Ave and St. Elmo Ave. Yes, it's a lot of Avenues, but we're totally worth it. Just wait until you take your first sip of an award-winning, handcrafted ale from Brewmaster Geoffrey S. Lively. Not only does the beer speak for itself, but he started at Mile High Brewing...that's right, the Laverne & Shirley brewery. Possibly the best credential ever.And hey, don't forget to check out our recently refreshed menu of made-from-scratch entrees, appetizers, dinner salads, burgers and sandwiches.

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