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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
+1 785-621-2739
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sauerkraut soup” (29 reviews)
“kettle chips” (18 reviews)
“reuben” (21 reviews)
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American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped for dinner on the first night of our annual Winter get-away to Colorado. After rushing around all day to get ready to go, and then being that it was the first night, we were both just a tiny bit frazzled. We've been to Gella's...More

Thank TajnMe
Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw this as a top rated restaurant on here, so figured I'd give it a try when I drove through Hays and I'm so glad I did because it has become our favorite place to stop! We've driven through hays a couple of times...More

Thank Julia M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for dinner. Soup bowl should have said “cup”. Brewbeun was dry. We remember the food was much better a couple years ago. Need to find a new place when we are in Hays.

Thank Greg L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gella’s has it all! The ambiance is amazing! My husband and I both had steaks and they were delicious! The grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes were yummy along with the creamy spinach ( bacon!). I was so impressed I. light souvenirs for my family from...More

Thank Memegalt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome food! Great beer choices! We were in Hays and choose to meet some friends here. I was surprised by the quality of the food as well as the atmosphere. Would highly recommend. It is a nice combo of German food favorites and upscale Brew...More

Thank LifeEnjoyerMN
Reviewed 1 week ago

4 of us went for dinner on a Friday night...the place is huge so good for groups...it’s a very nice setting...has kind of a brew pub atmosphere with character...very nice...2 of us had hamburgers and 2 had steak...I thought the hamburger was dry and very...More

Thank kcm m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beer selection and quality was great, however, my food was not. The bun of my burger was super dry. Sweet potato fries were good. Husband said his Reuben was just okay.

1  Thank Kate A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great selection of award winning beers. Large menu. The food was good but could be more flavorful/spicier.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving across the county we look for "off the freeway" places to eat. We found this one and it was really good. Service was great, Beer cold, food excellent and facility very nice. Definitely a local favorite with midwest people to talk with while tere....More

Thank Neal M
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

In for a birthday with friends and family. Food, beer, and service were great. Tried the bierwurst and sauerkraut soup, they were very good. Definitely going to be back.

Thank Rowdy_GRK
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31 May 2017|
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Response from Momma12345678 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....their kids meals come out in a cardboard car. They have a kids menu too.
Rod D
24 July 2016|
Response from TulsaTraveler13 | Reviewed this property |
Just got this. Is it still relevant? Really can't answer brewing questions but it is off highway 183
Brenton A
3 March 2016|
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Response from Barbara H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
  • Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739
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Awarded the Great American Beer Festival's 2013 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer honors, the four storefronts the microbrewery and diner call home didn't always look like this. An aluminum facade hid these historic structures for decades as the elements took a devastating toll inside and out on the forgotten buildings. Acquired in 2000, these buildings became the first properties deeded for development as part of the Chestnut Street District's downtown revitalization effort.Along with stabilizing the collapsed ceiling in what is now the brewery, other challenges included replacing chiseled and damaged brick with limestone, unifying the storefronts with a steel I-beam and conforming the different floor levels of the four buildings to ADA standards. Whenever possible, designers incorporated original elements of the buildings into the design.The open kitchen buzzes with culinary activity, savory aromas and fiery spectacle. Acting in stark contrast is the cool calm of the steel brew tanks, tangle of hoses and the sweet scent of barley and hops. The industrial beauty of rusted steel, the cool glare of galvanized aluminum and the raw quality of weathered wood are all perfectly offset by the intimate chatter of patrons over plates of delicious food and pints of handcrafted beer.Historically inspired paintings created by graduates of Fort Hays State University's Art Department add color and culture directly to the authentic brick walls. The paintings are indicative of the signage that once appeared on the sides of downtown structures serving notice of the name of the company or type of services offered within. Patrons entering by the west door of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. Are greeted by the artwork entitled "Three Star Harvest". Taken from a 1930s photograph, "Three Star Harvest" is the silhouette of three Ellis County farmers eating lunch in a field. Diners in the second room from the west are treated to a rustic sign once prominent on Eleventh Street in the 1920s. FHSU graduate, Amber Hampton, interpreted historic photos to design both murals. The actual act of painting was a collaboration between Hampton and nationally renowned artist Kris Kuksi of Hays. Kuksi, a graduate turned instructor for FHSU's Art Department, enlisted students from FHSU's Basic Design Class to paint.From hand painted murals to industrial agricultural lighting, open spaces and references to early railroad cars, the brewery and diner convey an industrial farm look for a fresh yet traditional atmosphere that is Hays' alone.Look above the bar and you'll see that the brewery's designer took egg baskets and turned them upside down to create an ambience unlike any other. The black granite for the brewery's bar came from Sylvan Grove, located just east of Hays. The Company M&G Designs provided this granite for Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. As well as granite for the elevators of Chicago's Sears Tower. A glass wall separates the bar from Lb. Brewing Co.'S stainless steel tanks or "barrels" which produce 310 gallons of beer each run. Lb. Brewing Co. Is capable of producing 1,000 barrels of beer a year. A private banquet facility just off the bar can entertain up to 50 guests, and it's fully equipped to host a variety of functions. Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the diner and brewery.Centrally located downtown, the city's cultural centers, recreation parks, galleries, specialty shops and more are all within walking distance.
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