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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

€€ - €€€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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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117 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601-3603
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Reviewed yesterday

Gella's is the BEST. A German touch in the food and it is done just right. I wish I lived close to this place. Hays is lucky to have such a good place to eat.

Thank Ron B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Saw good reviews of Gella's on trip advisor; asked hotel clerk if she liked it and she said it's great. It was! Convenient parking near building, pleasant greeting, industrial building fun vibe with view of beer tanks. We enjoyed restaurant side, quieter than sports bar...More

Thank Soxgirl58
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Who would have thought Hays, Kansas would have such a great sports bar. Food and service were very good. Wide had a half pound burger that Wes very good, and I had the bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp. Add a salad and a glass of wine...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We give Gella's 5 stars! The Breuben was very good. The corned beef tastes homemade and had high quality ingredients. Large portions and free refills on their homemade cream sodas and root beer, wow!!

Thank Brandy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a couple beers, the amber queso with corn chios snd a couple black and bleu salads. The service was fine but the food was average.

Thank TwinMom1995
Reviewed 1 week ago

A converted warehouse in downtown Hays is where you will find Gella's Diner. We stopped there for dinner and didn't have to wait long for a table. Busy operation and the wait staff looked to be students from the university. I ordered the Chicken and...More

Thank Jayhawkerr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently went for dinner and very much enjoyed the experience! They have 15 home brewed beers on tap at any one time. Had samples and loved the beer! A varied menu and wonderful food! Wait staff very personable! Would go back again!

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has a big warehouse style so is very noisy; lots of TVs showing various sports; service was good and we received our food in good time. Waitress was pleasant and attentive. The only downer was the brownie dessert which was dry and crumbly. Informed...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we traveled through KS we stopped over in Hays. We saw great reviews for Gella's and decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise! It's located in a quaint downtown area (brick paved streets and all) and had a nice vibe -...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have always enjoyed a visit to Gella's, but it is in the special occasion budget range for us. We had a gift certificate, so went there for a special occasion. From the time we hit the door, we were treated like our arrival was...More

Thank Henry A
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30 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
23 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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