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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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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 3 days ago via mobile

Our waiter was so rude. We waited forever to get in, there was a hair in the food, it was cold. I don't know if the gal was having a bad night or didn't know what she was doing. Will only return maybe in the...More

Thank ku684
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Coming to Gella’s is always a great experience! I bring my family here whenever they come visit! The place is beautifully designed and has a wonderful atmosphere. I love the sandwiches and the Mac and cheese is to die for! They have homemade cream soda...More

Thank Hannah D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to celebrate a special occasion. I ordered the chicken fried steak (not sure what they call it on the menu). It is the best one I have eaten in a very long time. Service was prompt and the wait staff was attentive without...More

Thank Henry A
Reviewed 1 week ago

So that we could eat here again we purposely planned to spend a night in Hays on a trip from Denver to Kansas City. We love this place for great beers brewed here and for great food. I had a stout and my wife had...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just passing through and happened to find Gellas. Not the traditional way of making the same old meals. It was hard for me to decide. We loved Gellas!

Thank Dolsen9999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was staying in LaCrosse (or is it Lacrosse) Kansas with family and headed to Gella's for dinner. Had been recommended. Got right in. Great atmosphere. We went with the Chicken Pesto, which was great. Couldn't resist an order of Kettle Chips. Good craft beer selection....More

Thank Moodman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was traveling through Kansas on my way to KC from CO and was recommended this place by a fellow Beer enthusiast and I was blown away by their quality of beer! They had many different varieties of beer but I decided on their award...More

Thank joshuakreid27
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 10 April 2018 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 8 April 2018

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
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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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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