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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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  • American
  • 7900 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda 20814 38.989173 -77.097282
  • (At St. Elmo Ave)
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  • (301) 652-1311
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Asiago Cheese Dip Smooth, creamy Asiago cheese melted with fresh scallions, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. Dive in with our homemade beer bread.  
Brewery Nachos Blue and white tortilla chips with vegetarian refried beans, melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, fresh tomatoes, jalapeños and red onions.  
Titan Toothpicks Our signature starter combines smoked chicken, Jack cheese, peppers and onions in hand-rolled, fried totillas. Served with guacamole, sour cream, fresh salsa and spicy chipotle BBQ sauce. We suggest hoppy Pale Ales all around  
Spicy Spinach Cheese Dip We blend spinach with melted Jalapeño Pepper Jack and onions for a spicy kick. Served with fresh veggies, focaccia and tortilla chips.  
Buffalo Wings Crispy wings tossed in hot sauce and served with cool, crisp celery and homemade Blue Cheese dressing.  
Seared Ahi* Sashimi-style Ahi tuna rolled in cracked black pepper and sesame seeds. Served chilled over Asian cabbage with pickled ginger, wasabi and Ponzu sauce. *Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.  
Ball Park Pretzels Two giant pretzels brushed with our Brown Ale, seasoned with fresh garlic and oven-baked to perfection. Served with our spicy spinach cheese dip.  
Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla A five-cheese quesadilla with chipotle-spiced chicken, walnut pesto, fresh Roma tomatoes and pico de gallo.  
Brewery Beer & Cheese Taster Spiced summer sausage and three Wisconsin artisian cheeses Gruyère Fondue, Gouda and 2-year Aged Cheddar paired with three tasters of our handcrafted beer. Served with horseradish mustard, lavosh crackers, grapes and Granny Smith apple slices. Perfect for sharing  
New England Crab Cakes Two handcrafted crab cakes served with our own remoulade sauce and fresh mixed greens.  
Calamari Diavolo Tender calamari strips lightly dusted with the perfect Parmesan-herb blend and served with a homemade spicy tomato Diavolo sauce.  

Soups & Salads

Tuscan Smoked Chicken Plum-marinated chicken, fresh Roma tomatoes, red peppers, carrots and greens topped with Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts and Gorgonzola. Tossed in our balsamic vinaigrette.  
Brewer's Cobb House-roasted, carved turkey breast, hickory-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, fresh avocado, tomatoes, egg and carrots elevate this classic. Served with your choice of dressing. Tastes great with our Wheat or Brown Ale.  
Chicken Caesar Grilled chicken, fresh Romaine lettuce and shredded Parmesan with our Parmesan Caesar dressing and house-baked croutons.  
Side Salads Our House Salad is hardly a side. Crisp lettuce, bacon, egg, cheese, Roma tomatoes, carrot strings and croutons.  
Blackened Salmon Caesar Our bountiful Caesar salad topped with a Cajun-spiced blackened salmon and our Parmesan Caeser dressing. Also available grilled or lightly seasoned?  
Brewery Onion Soup House-made with our robust Stout to give this favorite a Brewery twist. Topped with oven-melted Swiss cheese and two focaccia croutons.  
Pacific Coast Shrimp Salad Plump shrimp sautéed and skewered with lemons on mixed greens, avocado, fresh seasonal berries, asparagus, hearts of palm, dried apricots and fresh Roma tomatoes, tossed in our homemade dry-hopped Pale Ale vinaigrette. Topped with candied walnuts.  
Big Ale's Chili Brewed with marinated flank steak, ground sirloin, black beans, ancho, chipotle and poblano chiles and a touch of our Ale. Served with two types of Tabasco and the toppings on the side, so you can make it the way you like it.  

Rock Bottom Originals

Jambalaya with Red Ale Rice Tender shrimp, bronzed chicken and Andouille sausage in a spicy tomato and fresh poblano sauce. Served over our own Red Ale rice.  
Chicken Fried Chicken A juicy, buttermilk-breaded, seasoned chicken breast flash-fried and served on White Cheddar mashed potatoes with our country gravy and Brewery slaw.  
Smoked Chicken Enchiladas Hickory-smoked chicken in Taos seasonings and Monterey Jack wrapped in blue corn tortillas. Served with green chili, Ranchero sauce, Red Ale rice and black beans. Our crisp Light Lager is the perfect finish.  
Classic Mac N' Chicken Our famous homemade Mac n' Cheese loaded with juicy chicken and topped with crunchy Parmesan breadcrumbs. Served with your choice of a small House or Caesar salad.  
Smoked Salmon Fish & Chips Ale-battered, alder-smoked salmon served over seasoned fries with Brewery slaw, malt vinegar and homemade remoulade sauce.  
Mahi Tacos Beer-battered Mahi wrapped in three soft tortillas with our homemade pineapple slaw. Served with black beans, Red Ale rice and pico de gallo. Mahi available grilled. *Lunch portion comes with two tacos.  
Meatloaf and Mashers Made from scratch with sirloin and pork, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and seasonings. Served with White Cheddar twice-baked mashers and seasonal vegetables, plus your choice of Stout tomato sauce or Brown Ale mushroom sauce.  
Buffalo Fajitas Sizzling chipotle-spiced buffalo steak with sautéed onions, peppers and fresh grilled jalapeños. Served with Jack and Cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo, guacamole, Red Ale rice, black beans and warm tortillas.  
Barbecue Ribs & Chicken Combo A half rack of our dry-rubbed, hickory-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs and a grilled chicken breast, both basted with our original Stout barbecue sauce. Served with crispy fries and Brewery slaw. Sip a creamy Stout with this one - so smooth.  


Southwestern Shrimp & Chicken Spice-rubbed chicken breast, sautéed shrimp and Anaheim peppers tossed with fettuccine in our roasted red pepper cream sauce.  
Fettuccine with Shrimp & Artichokes Sauteed tender shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, fresh basil and garlic tossed with fettuccine in a white wine and roasted garlic butter sauce. Topped with Parmesan and kalamata olives.  
Chicken Genovese Seasoned shaved chicken breast tossed in our own walnut pesto cream sauce with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, and penne pasta. Enjoy this one with a clean, balanced Wheat or Gold Ale.  
Roasted Vegetables with Penne Fresh roasted asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, oven-roasted tomatoes and red onions, sautéed with garlic, shallots, red peppers and kalamata olives. Served over penne pasta with fresh Parmesan, basil and toasted pine nuts. Also delicious with chicken.  


Hickory Burger A mouth-watering half-pound of ground sirloin topped with melted Cheddar, hickory-smoked bacon and Stout barbecue sauce. Even better with one of our malty Brown Ales.  
Wild Mushroom Swiss Burger A half-pound sirloin burger topped with wild, woodland mushrooms and melted Swiss. *Available at lunch only.  
The House Burger Our signature fire-roasted tomato Stout ketchup makes this burger a true original. Topped with layers of melted Swiss and Cheddar, three types of mushrooms and our caramelized Ale onions.  
Brew Burger The traditional choice - a half pound of ground sirloin, served hot and juicy, loaded with your favorite stuff.  


The Reuben Thin slices of corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, caraway sauerkraut and authentic Russian dressing on lightly grilled marbled rye.  
Monte Cristo Freshly sliced ham, house-roasted turkey and Swiss cheese piled high on sourdough, then dipped in our Brown Ale batter, deep-fried and brushed with powdered sugar. Served with jelly for dipping.  
Grilled Chicken Fresh tomato, red onions and crisp lettuce atop a perfectly grilled chicken breast. Served on a toasted multi-grain bun  
Grilled Salmon Fresh, lightly seasoned and perfectly grilled. Served on focaccia with balsamic vinaigrette, our caper cream cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and onion.  
Honey Chicken A juicy chicken breast brushed with sweet honey mustard, grilled and topped with hickory-smoked bacon and melted Swiss cheese on a multi-grain bun.  
Brewer's Club Sliced house-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham and bacon, melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack, tomato and lettuce on ciabatta bread with our chipotle mayonnaise  
Pulled bbq Pork Tender pulled pork covered in our handcrafted chipotle BBQ sauce and piled high on a Kaiser roll. Topped with homemade apple slaw.  
Grilled Portobello and Fontina Melt Fresh grilled portobellos, spinach and melted Fontina cheese topped with honey balsamic tomatoes and onions. Served on focaccia with rosemary mayonnaise.  
Napa Chicken Salad Homemade with juicy chicken, honey mustard mayo, celery, onions, grapes and almonds. Topped with fresh tomatoes and served on grilled marbled rye.  


Pepperoni Not one, but two layers of seasoned pepperoni with a blend of four cheeses and fresh California tomato sauce.  
Pepperoni and Sausage Our own Pale Ale marinated Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted garlic and fresh basil separate this one from the pack.  
The Aegean A combination of Greek delicacies: Prosciutto, kalamata olives, Feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic, fresh rosemary and artichoke hearts on a Parmesan crust with four cheeses.  
Chipotle bbq Pizza Southwest-spiced chicken, roasted onion and peppers, chipotle BBQ sauce, and a blend of cheeses.  
Garden Fresh Pesto A farmer's market of fresh Roma tomatoes, zucchini, basil, walnut pesto and a blend of five cheeses plus fresh Mozzarella.  

Steaks, Ribs & More

Barbecue Ribs Dry rubbed and hickory-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, basted with Stout barbecue sauce and served with crispy fries and Brewery slaw.  
Pub Tips Our choice pan-seared beef tips are slow-simmered in our rich Ale demi-glace with woodland mushrooms. Served over White Cheddar mashed potatoes.  
Top Sirloin We chargrill this aged 11 oz USDA Choice top sirloin and serve it with White Cheddar mashed potatoes and vegetables. Goes really well with a smooth Stout.  
Texas Fire Steak Your choice of Top Sirloin or New York Strip, seasoned with crazy pepper and served sizzling with our smokin' jalapeno Brewery butter, roasted red bliss potatoes and vegetables.  
Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Steak can't really melt in your mouth, but this one comes darn close. Tender, hickory-smoked, USDA Choice filet, stuffed with roasted garlic and dressed in a rich, creamy Jack Daniel's® and Gorgonzola sauce. Served with White Cheddar mashed potatoes and vegetables.  
New York Strip Steak A big steak from the Big Apple. This thick, aged 14 oz. USDA Choice center-cut strip is mesquite-seasoned and char-grilled. Served with White Cheddar mashed potatoes and vegetables.  

Chicken & Seafood

Brown Ale Chicken Chickens line up to be dunked in our Brown Ale. Our pan-seared chicken breast is seasoned with crazy pepper and oven-baked with Shiitake mushrooms. Served with White Cheddar mashed potatoes and our robust Brown Ale sauce.  
Alder-smoked Salmon The Alder wood really enhances the taste of this fresh salmon fillet. Grilled and served with White Cheddar mashed potatoes, homestyle vegetables and a sweet, tart mango salsa.  
Grilled Mahi-mahi A grilled Mahi fillet, lightly seasoned with lemon zest and parsley, topped with a Mediterranean style sundried tomato and caper tapenade. Served with lemon rice.  
Herbed Lemon Chicken with Asparagus A tender 8 oz chicken breast, dusted with Panko bread crumbs and sautéed in lemon butter, white wine, garlic and parsley. Served with fresh steamed asparagus and our roasted red bliss potatoes.  
New England Crab Cakes Three handcrafted crab cakes served with our own remoulade sauce and fresh mixed greens. Accompanied by our Parmesan-herb fries.  

Homemade Desserts

Carrot Cake Your lips have never touched carrot cake quite like this. Buttery-rich frosting covers a luxuriously moist, delicately nutty carrot cake that practically melts on contact. Made with a whisper of Pale Ale in a pool of made-from-scratch caramel sauce.  
Chocolate Raspberry Passion Simply sublime. We start with a moist chocolate brownie, top it with rich vanilla ice cream and buttery naugatine, Stout hot fudge and raspberry sauce.  
Two Scoops Our vanilla ice cream is one of life's simple pleasures, especially after the perfect meal.  
Triple Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Decadence finally has a name. This chocolate lover's cheesecake combines cream cheese, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and our smooth Stout with a Semi-sweet chocolate wafer crust. Finished with homemade milk chocolate and sour cream frosting.  
Pint Glass Sundae A Rock Bottom Original! Scoop after scoop of delicious Starbucks® Mud Pie ice cream, freshly crumbled chocolate wafers, candied walnuts and Stout hot fudge made with a touch of our creamy Stout. Topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Served in a pint glass.  
Apple Pear Crisp Fresh Granny Smith apple slices and pears are coated in cinnamon sugar and nestled between layers of rolled oats, brown sugar and walnuts, then baked golden and served hot from the oven. Topped with vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce.  


Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
7900 Norfolk Ave
At St. Elmo Ave
(301) 652-1311
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