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KUEric (119) San Francisco, California | March 7, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A very industrial look + feel. Has a very BBQ joint feel in its layout but it wasnít a Texas BBQ place.
The night (Thursdsay) I went it was pretty empty which surprised me. Just some convention folks in town, a couple of first dates and a regular or two. I liked the games you could play, always up for that. The service was a great sitting at the bar, very friendly guy. Food was good, I really liked the condiments selection for what its worth.
I really liked the selection/beer list. There was a lot of local and new (somewhat rare?, iím not from the area, but rarely rated) brews on tap.
after4ever (234) Brier, Washington | February 7, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
You can slowly absorb all the nice touches in evidence here if you get here before 11:30. Thereís air everywhere. You can walk from place to place. Reclaimed semi-industrial/warehouse space. Or at least going for that look. Itís nestled on the landing between two partial staircases that join Terry and Boren between Thomas and Harrison. So it has a nice patio with picnic tables, and it also boasts second-floor views. Thereís a long foyer with a few tables, kitchen to the right. As you move into the main dining room, thereís a huge bar commanding the room, surrounded by dining tables, picnic tables, and a highboy counter bar.
Theyíre cultivating something of a reclaimed/recycled vibe with the materials; even the bits and pieces that canít be any older than the restaurant are somewhat distressed or antiqued to give them a vintage or antique feel. Lots of bare wood, a little bare metal. It definitely works with the old-looking window panes; itís an urban feel with a homey vibe thanks to the warmth of all the wood. But all this bare material means it is PUNISHINGLY LOUD--just from chitchat!--when itís packed.
When itís slow, though, you notice the leather on the stools, and the friendly energy from the staff. This is the kind of place that makes you realize what a disappointment it is when service is only ordinary. ícause you can have pleasant and informative conversations about the food here in no time, and the people are so nice you feel good just sitting down and asking whatís tasty.
They steer you to the pretzel, and rightfully so. Itís a big squishy warm delightful thing. The "super hot" mustard is definitely mustard, but itís only super hot if you need a glass of milk after you eat Grey Poupon. Itís a great Dijon with a tiny extra kick. The apple mustard has great sweet flavor, and the beer mustard changes all the time. They mix it with whatever porter or brown ale is pouring when they come out with a pitcher to make more. And the staff know this and can explain it. Dig.
While I waited, I scoured the beer list, though did not partake. They offer schooners (12 oz) and pints (20 oz--imperials). There are a couple dozen taps, with a fairly adventurous focus on smaller batches from the PNW and a few things from elsewhere. Most of their selections are good, though it didnít seem like the list was put together with any particular beer philosophy in mind, they just grab interesting kegs as they come available. The bottle list is maybe three dozen things, virtually all of which are widely available. Theyíre all good, though. I didnít really look at the prices for some reason.
The burger is a nice size, cooked exactly to order, plenty juicy, with fresh crisp toppings. The burger of the week as of this writing comes with lavender goat cheese. Couldnít really taste the lavender, though there was a noticeable sweetness in the background. It was a perfect little burger. The side salad was barely big enough to fill the plate next to the burger, but they brought it on a separate plate anyway, and charged $5 for it. Maybe because they had to carry and wash two plates, I dunno. The blue cheese dressing was immaculately tossed, but the salad itself comprised just a few shredded bits of lettuce, maybe 10 bites. Thatís 50 cents a bite for a plain salad. $23 for a burger, a pretzel, and iced tea. A bit much. Their real estate costs must be high down here, but, címon. $23 for that meal makes this a one-and-done place, as good as it is. Theyíre packed all the time, though, so their prices will stay where they are, no doubt. No hard feelings, though itís a pretty great place.
Dogbrick (793) Columbus, Ohio | June 4, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
(Visited 03/2013): Brave Horse Tavern is a Tom Douglas restaurant in the South-Lake Union area of downtown Seattle, on Terry Ave.
The interior of the brick building is open with a tack room motif and many communal tables, plus bins full of delicious looking pretzels. The place is perpetually overflowing but has a great vibe. Bar games like beer pong, darts and shuffle puck (or whatever it is called on the west coast) make for a lively crowd.
Brave Horse has around 20 beers on tap, including local breweries like Elliott Bay, Schooner Exact and Elysian, including some rare stuff. Bottles from the likes of Logsdon as well.
Service on a packed evening was good all things considered. Our server kept up and made good beer recommendations.
The food at Brave Horse is great, including the aforementioned pretzels, which have a variety of yummy dipping sauces. Our meals were top notch as well.
All in all this is a great spot that has a solid mix of food, beer and energy. I would definitely make it a point to visit here again.
BrewDad (451) Olympia, Washington | January 15, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place rocks. Super fun place, great food and a terrific tap list. a must see while in Seattle. be sure to try the pretzels and get many of the flavors to test. Peanut butter and bacon on a pretzel is tasty. I love the beers and they have a great rotational.
22415brewery (32) Washington | October 9, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Seattle culinary master Tom Douglasí newest venture into lifestyle restaurants brings us Brave Horse Tavern in the up and coming South Lake Union neighborhood. Impossible to park and difficult to navigate (especially with the S.L.U.T. rumbling by every 10 minutes or so). An interpretation of what a tavern might have been in the pseudo-seattlite version of the old west. Thereís beer pong, communal picnic table seating, and the throngs of .comíies sucking down the latest local and predominantly west coast beer list. The menu is simple, but food quality is excellent. A housemade pretzel with a peanut butter and BACON dip really shined with my fresh hop ale from Double Mountain. Burgers are reasonably priced and look top-shelf. The beer-pong crowd gets pretty loud, but never out of hand and thereís always the Sunday chickín dinners. Donít be fooled by the name or the decor, this place is definitely meant for the dot.com pops.
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