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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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Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
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 2 days ago

The place looks deceptively small from the street. Once you enter it the first thing that hits you is how big it is. Including the Brewery portion of it. Too bad that I dont enjoy beer. They seemed to have quite the selection. Elaborate menu...More

Thank kumarcheryl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the atmosphere, the beer was really really good. Definitely recommend the #9 Hefeweizen! And the chicken fried chicken is incredible. My husband and I come at least twice a month. Every meal I have here is always great. No complaining!

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a few days in Hays on business and this restaurant was recommended by the locals. Our service was very slow, seemed to enjoy ignoring our table! Finally ordered and received our food in a reasonable amount of time. I had the Salmon Patties...More

Thank g w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Driving across the vast expanse of nothingness in Kansas, we needed an oasis. A town with hearty food to satiate our hunger. The city of Hays was that oasis, a civilization amidst the endless agricultural fields and empty plains. And within this town, Gella’s was...More

Thank WilliamWillieWilson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in the old downtown part of Hays recently, called by locals ‘the bricks’, for the brick streets, and asked for a good lunch spot. We were directed to Gella’s and it’s a great stop. Good ambience, friendly, good food and service.

Thank gstephenson147
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is nowhere near as great as I was told it was. I got the Reuben and it was hands down the worst I've ever had in my life. The beer cheese pretzel was pretty good but unless you're there for the beer it's...More

Thank Megan L
Reviewed 13 March 2018

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 12 March 2018

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 11 March 2018 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 6 March 2018 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
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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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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, 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
  • E-mail
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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