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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

) #1 of 67 Restaurants in Hays $$ - $$$ American, German,
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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11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Busy busy busy restaurant. I tried the dill pickle soup! It was creamy and dill flavored. Has pieces of pickle in soup. It was good, not an overwhelming pickle flavor as you might imagine. Food was excellent. Salmon burger, homemade mac n cheese were excellent....More

Thank Erica S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Gella's was a great choice for dinner. We enjoyed the Amber Queso with both pork rinds and kettle chips. Since I enjoy trying unusual things, the Dill Pickle soup fit the bill, yum! Hubby also had their burger and pronounced it the best burger he's...More

Thank fluffb1732
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have extended family who live south of Hays, and so for about 40 years I have traveled to the Hays area. I'm quite used to the regular stream of chain restaurants available, so imagine my surprise when I hadn't been to this area for...More

Thank NateS-DC
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stop at Gella's every time I drive westbound I-70 between Maryland and Colorado. It's a lively place, with excellent beer and better -than-average food. The menu has something for everyone - including vegans - and the service is friendly and efficient. Apparently a new...More

Thank Sydney J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food and drink is very good but the Brownell Brown beer is my favorite. Worth the short drive from I-70 to downtown Hays. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Woofcat
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to Gella's while driving to Colorado for a vacation. It is located several miles off of I-70 but is worth the drive. My wife had a hamburger which she said was good. I had "fish and chips" that consisted of a fairly large...More

Thank n0uzn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Large family group attending. Two of the group ordered grilled chicken breast. When they arrived, they were just unbreaded chicken strips pounded out to the width of a full breast. One complained and was brought a second "breast." Same thing but we were assured they...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're making the long trek across the plains of Kansas you'll need to stop for libations at some point. LB Brewing is not to be missed. Be prepared to sample their multiple award winning brews from American Wheat to Hefeweizen. The menu at Gella's...More

Thank dsrtgrl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome food and beer. Always enjoy the atmosphere and selection of beer. Can be busy on weekends so might be best to make a reservation.

Thank 1960rhoffman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family eats at Gella's quite often. The menu is full of a wide variety of selections including gluten free options. I have never had anything that wasn't excellent. The service is friendly and helpful. A very popular place with the locals.

Thank jeannineb538
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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
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
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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