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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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“sauerkraut soup” (25 reviews)
“kettle chips” (18 reviews)
“raspberry wheat” (10 reviews)
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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 6 days ago

Great food and awesome brewery. Stopped there quit by accident when looking for a local place to eat. We don't like to eat at the fast food chain restaurants while vacationing, we enjoy local places. Looked this place up prior to leaving Wichita and it...More

Thank J-Dawg45
Reviewed 1 week ago

We asked at the hotel for a recommendation for a place to go for lunch. We were given several and chose Gella's. And we are glad we did. I had the Brewben sandwich. I have been thinking about it and I believe that is the...More

Thank OscarMA95
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted some where with reasonably healthy options but that would also be quick as we were on an eight hour drive through to Denver. This fit the bill. The waitress was lovely, and service was good and fast. I had the sauerkraut soup which...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Local fare. Loved it. Wide variety on menu—something for everyone. Unique foods I plan to try next visit is sauerkraut soup! Nice, friendly staff.

Thank Cynthia Barron B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off the interstate in the old Main Street area of town. Standard brewpub fair but done well. The Beer Cheddarwurst Soup alone was worth stopping for. Fast, friendly service has us back in the road in good time.

Thank Allison R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is pretty decent. If you like beer there’s lots of options and it seems really popular. The atmosphere is nice. However they always seem to be out of certain things on the menu

Thank Christy S
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Gella’s is a good stop on the plains of Kansas. Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of competition for a micro-Brewery in western Kansas, but the beer is good and the food is above average. The staff and service is a little iffy, but...More

Thank rpi0610
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

I ate here on the recommendation of relatives. It is a brewery and restaurant that serves multiple unique dishes. I can't comment on the quality of the beer as I had whiskey. I considered the food pretty expensive with a steak dinner at 22 to...More

Thank Duane H
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

First time in Hays, we came on a recommendation. Food was okay, nothing really special. Service was not great, we came in after driving for 5 hours, our son was tired and upset, and the server could not have cared less. Didn't make for a...More

Thank Sean F
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Shannon took care of all of us by herself. Food filling, lots of options, good prices. Samples of soup to try. Veggie burger just fair, Ruben salty, salmon over beans great, very pleased generally.

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