My wife and kids were visiting the coast from the Portland area (ergo; breweries are not an unusual venue for us). We decided to go to the Rogue Brewery for lunch. Not all was bad... Our server was excellent. He came by frequently to check on us and was prompt and courteous. I saw the prices on the menu (minus the beer prices) and was not alarmed, however, when the food came, I was less than happy with the portion to price ratio. We (me, my wife, and our 2 small children) started with a $6.50 appetizer of Bleu Balls (meatballs stuffed with bleu cheese)... Out came 3 moderately cooked, golf ball sized meatballs. I guess I expected 6 or so on the plate; at least one for all at the table. They were not browned and lacked taste (though mixed (I wouldn t call it stuffed ) with bleu cheese). In retrospect, I suppose less is better than more when it comes to mediocre food... I had Rogue s take on chorizo tacos for about $12. From the description, I expected... tacos, not a do-it-yourself plate of ingredients. All of the ingredients listed on the menu (the sausage, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa) were on the plate with four 4 (put your hands together to make a circle) warmed tortillas. The portion was equivalent to a hot dog sized sausage cut into small slices and spoonfuls of the other ingredients. My wife had one of the battered fish and chip (french fry) variations for about $11 and shared with our daughter). The portion was as you would expect anywhere; honestly, just about right for slightly overpriced fish and chips (seafood at the coast should be cheaper in general, with exception of finer dining establishments where one pays more for the ambiance). My son had a $7 corndog from the children s menu... That included a corn dog, a handful of ruffled chips, and a child’s sized drink (I thought it might include fries for $7... My fault for not asking I guess). Thank goodness it included the drink because they charge $2.50 for that (we paid for one in the form of a child’s sized water mixed with enough lemonade to slightly flavor it). My wife and I each had a beer (prices were not shown on the tap list) at $5.75 each... C mon, I pay less than that at a bar!!! I m not saying I should pay grocery store prices, but at least the beer should be cheaper at the brewery. Right?. It s made twenty feet from where I was seated!
Do the math and we paid over $50 for lunch not including tip. That was nuts... The atmosphere was fine, nothing great... We were downstairs, so we had a view of the bay which was nice, but the room itself was... bland. There s a ton of stuff that line the entry (shirts, glasses, various beers, etc.), but the eating area is a pretty empty area that with a concrete floor and some tables. It might as well be a school cafeteria. I m not saying it should be like the inside of a gaudy chain restaurant, but maybe a window into the brewery area or at least some of the merchandise they want to sell could be displayed so there s something to look at while you re eating. The service was fine, but the portion to value for the food and drink was criminal. Below, I gave the value a 1 because I can t I can t give lower... Do yourself a favor. Go buy a six pack at the store and cook your favorite meal at home or pick up a decent burger/fish and chips someplace else. Rogue... your beer is great; your restaurant needs some serious work.