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Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

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117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
+1 785-621-2739
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Russell, Kansas
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is just overrated. My steak was cooked incorrectly two times in a row. The service is average.

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Thank jwc1995
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing. They have great food and their beers are second to none. If you like dark beer their oatmeal stout is very good! I have had their Ruben sandwich and their burrito and both of them was very good. Highly recommend you stop in and try this place!

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Dhahran
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Read Trip Advisor, and stopped at Gella's. It was 350 miles from the beginning of our trip and 350 still to go! Great casual brewery and restaurant in restored brick building in a cute downtown area. Chicken fried steak was excellent, also a good range of burgers etc. Beer is highly recommended Great IPA. Prices reasonable for this genre. Popular... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the few non-chain restaurants in the area. It is about 10 minutes off of I70 in downtown Hays. It is clean and pretty big inside. Arrive before 6pm or make reservations (if your party is 8 or larger). All of us liked our food (ribeye, salmon cakes, burger, kids sandwich, mac n cheese). Service was average.... More 

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Thank Kerander
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd like to be on board with the other reviewers, but I can't. Sat at the bar and ordered a vodka/soda and a rum/diet. Not sure there was actually any alcohol in it. So don't order a mixed drink. Stick with beer and wine. Food followed suit with a very missable burrito. Maybe some of the other items are better.... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Hays and this restaurant receives so much hype! I have eaten here on multiple occasions and it is just okay. The food is just okay and the atmosphere is very noisy. If my husband and I are going out for dinner this is the last place on my list because of the noise level. Not a beer... More 

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Great Bend, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place never displeases! The sunflower seed pesto chicken is amazing and filling. I love the raspberry wheat ale the most. If you bring children they serve the kids meals in little car shaped boxes which is so cute! The house is always packed so get there early or call ahead. Great place to take work contacts, family or friends.... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The beer is outstanding here and the knowledge of the bartender was amazing. I recommend the American Hefeweisen. The food was good not great. The macaroni and cheese was very good though. It is a higher price range. The atmosphere is good as well. I do recommend subscribing to their newsletter.

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Thank razzer72
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the opportunity to eat at Gellas Diner and Lb Brewing Company. The food was superb, especially for a brew pub. My steak was high quality and cooked just the way I asked (rare), and the sides (Mac and cheese) were a bowl of gooey goodness. We had dessert and should have taken it with - it was so large... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're staying in Hays for the night, and like a good beer with your meal, I recommend stopping here. Gella's is a pub located in downtown Hays. They are just a bit on the pricey end, but for the quality of food and drink you get, it is absolutely worth the little extra money. They have their own brews... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, German, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 East 11th Street, Hays, KS 67601
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Hays
  • Phone Number: +1 785-621-2739
Description
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?