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Carna Asada Quesadilla/Habanero Sauce

I'm from NY, but what I do know is good Mexican food when I have it. Theirs is good, very good. with the exception of one young waitress, Haley. I went there yesterday, and thought I was in a funeral home, so I took my order to go, when I got home I realized they didnt even get my order right, and I live on the east side but I thought the food would be worth the drive. The people were'nt friendly at all, it's like they did'nt even want to be their. I'm a very friendly person, so I said high to the bartender (Krystal) she looked at me didnt even smile and walked away, your there to do the job you were hired for, at least pretend your happy.
If people are working in a pub such as Gentle Ben's, a landmark. I was their in 1977 when I came to Tucson, now...the Margaritas are good, infact excellant but the service was horrible.

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Not the worst ever

But definitely don't see myself becoming a regular (if someone else buys I'll try to steer them somewhere else). With so many other places to grab a drink and food on University/6th St./4th Ave (the last two in easy walking distance) why waste your time?

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Food was OK. Beer -- run of the mill. Service was OK. Tucson isn't a great beer town, but it has much better than Gentle Ben's. They do fine with the student hordes, they won't miss my business.

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Brew good but food not so good

I really big beer lover. they brew beer that has great flavor. i don't go to eat here but i enjoy most all of brews. really lucky good.

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great beer and chow

i visited a while ago and sampled many beers.....to my delight they were really good, apart from being served chilled as us brits like our warm beer...marstons pedigree and bass pale ale are brewed on my doorstep in burton on trent, england..so i know a good beer when i taste one or two...my aim before i go back to blighty is to sample as many brews in all the brewerys in tucson, ready for when i move here in time for xmas....cheers !!

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it is so obvious that beerreview1 works for nimbus, it makes me ill. and so does nimbus beer. the end

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Maybe the worst excuse for a brewery EVER!

Where is the brewery? It's not there. The beer is brewed off site at a location now called Barrio Brewing. This place is an old run down dirty hut and the beer taste like the place looks too. The food at the location where they brew their beer is impossible to stomach. I review breweries professionally for a living and seldom do I run across one so poorly put together with no positives to write about. This place takes the cake and so does their University location known as Gentle Ben's! NOT AT ALL RECOMMENDED! Only a bum would go to eat and drink there but I don't believe they would work for the food or beer.

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A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon in September, just after the college crew arrived, my Wife & I went to Tuscon, took a walk, rode the trolley and at the dead head a passenger asked ""Where can I get a cold beer?"" The Motorman pointed towards a non descript brick building. It was Gentle Ben's.
We went in, sat down at the bar, were greeted and served promptly & pleasantly. The place was empty!
The ales were very good! I had some IPA, the Heffe & the stout. We also had a snack, which was excellant and the menu looked good.
Micro brews are an acquired taste.....so the Bud, Bud Lite, etc, etc, etc people generally do not like them.
Cannot attest to anything else but my visit was very good and I will be back, even though it is almost 2 hours from home, where Texas based Shiner Heffeweizen is called an imported beer!

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Good beer

The beers they make are good. The food leaves little to rave about and the service isn't the greatest. Stay away from this place anytime during weekend.

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Amazing Beer, Great Food

I am not sure where the other reviewers went, but this place has been a long time favorite of mine. The beer is really good and there is a lot of variety, I have to say the same for the menu. The service is good and the atmoshpere is casual. The only reason people may not like this place is if they are used to Budweiser or Miller beer and McDonald's food. As a long time fan of Microbrews (and food) I feel that Gentle Ben's is certainly worth checking out!

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I wish I would have read the reviews before I went!

Don't waste your time or your money in this place, You will be doing yourself a favor. The beer is about the worst I've ever had and the food is not much better.

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Upchuck Yuk!

What positive can be said for this place and its beer? Upchuck Yuck! Quite possibly the worst place that claims to be a brewer of beers. Far from it, not worth it, DON""T GO THERE, you will end up regretting it. I did.

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If its for the beer forget it.

Gentle Ben's re-opened at its new location some years ago and has never recovered. The beer is, as the previous reviewers state, below recommendation. Food and service depends on when you go, 11:15 AM in a nice sunny winter day outside on the patio? A pleasant experience. 1 hours later when you have to be seated in the foul smelling, awful looking interior and you are in for disappointment all around.

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This Place Needs Work In the Worst Way!

I think this place is supposidly a college bar? A Micro- brewery? A Food Serving Establishment? None of which they do well. For a college Bar it is booring. For a Microbrewery, they should give it up because it is by far the worst microbrew beer in Arizona. I was told by one of their servers ""the beer was fairly good three or four years ago, but the owner ran off the only good brewer the place ever had and the problem with the beer served today was Gentle Ben's has been through three brewers in less than a year due to the owner and that was why the beer was not so good"" Well I say to them ""OUIT BREWING UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT!"" And finally the food could be much better. I don't thik I would return to this place and would not recommend it to anyone!

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Not worth the visit

I've been traveling in Arizona the last two weeks making sure I visit all the Microbreweries in the state on my visit. I was not impressed with this place at all. The service was lousy, the atmosphere was certianly lacking and the place had a stinch that made me not want to be there long. My food was cold after a long wait for it to be delivered to my table. This was only highlighted by the beer I drank during my long wait, I feel bad to have to write it but, none of the beers I tried were very good when compared to most of the other brewery's I been to in Arizona. This place needs a new brewer in the worst way or just give it up and buy their beers from other Arizona Brewery's, they would be much better off.

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General Info
Perfectly located on University Boulevard, in the heart of the University of Arizona, Gentle Ben's has been serving up local beer, refreshing cocktails, and award winning food since 1971. Offering two stories of spacious patios and cozy inside seating, we are the perfect place for any event. Delicious food and relaxing atmospheres await you and friends on our downstairs level. As you make your way upstairs, we turn things up a notch. We have enormous projectors for any sporting event, a huge dance floor with a newly remodeled DJ booth for late night shows, and VIP bottle service for you and your friends to enjoy. Whether it's Monday or Friday, there is something for everyone at Gentle Ben's.
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Primary Phone: 520-624-4171

Phone: 520-884-9776

Fax: 520-884-9776

Regular Hours
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Thu - Sat:
Brew Pubs, Bar & Grills, Bars, Night Clubs, Restaurants, Sports Bars
Payment Options
Main Gate Square
Ward 6, West University
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Other Information

Parking: Garage

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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