Nice weird, large and very dated run down place that gets wicked busy right on the water. Nice views if you are facing the right way. Service is dependent on where you sit, who is serving and how busy it is. Mine ranged from walk our to exorbitant tip in one sitting. Good selection of beers and good priced taster flight with some nice and rare occasional guest taps. I didn’t eat, but people around me were raving. A good stop with very average beer.
Really cool rather big place right on the water, with an epic view of the water. This place actually gets my vote for best brewery in town, ahead of Ft. George. The beer quality was certainly above average, with several beers -- mostly the IPAs -- being quite excellent. Prices are very reasonable for a sampler tray. Service is very attentive. Really a lovely place.
A dark but large place with a very impressive view of the harbour. Sort of an odd layout with a small bar in the middle, a large seating area near the windows/patio up front and then a hidden/dank smaller pub room that was hidden in back of the bar. Also includes a fairly tacky gift shop area that really made no sense at all. Service was perfunctory and the beer was actually pretty poor (although reasonably priced). If you’re in town you’d do better to stick to Fort George.
A little older and dusty...playful but gimmicky place with fun waitstaff that made the family forget we went out of our way to visit a beer place for me. Food was solid...beer was aggressive. Enjoyed it!
Big, slightly dingy old place right on the river with nice views. Service was odd, not very friendly and the two bartenders didn’t really know much about beer and ended up giving out miss-information. Selection of beer was pretty good, a nice variety of beers including a really great Kolsch. Just ordered a salad and soup but they were both very good. Value about average to slightly high, but I guess you are paying for the view. Overall a decent place that I would probably go back to if I was in town but wouldn’t go out of my way for.
My husband and I had always been fans of the Wet Dog, for years. So I arranged to have his 60th birthday party there on July 22, 2011. Too small a table, not enough chairs. We asked for more chairs and were refused. Some of the more assertive members of the party saw that there were un-used chairs by the kitchen entrance and grabbed a couple of those. The ’host/manager’ came over and told us to stop.
We asked if we could get another table moved closer (more people were joining us all the time) and were told no due to ’fire restrictions’. Made no sense.
Host comes over to me and sticks his face in mine and says, rudely, "From this minute on, I will speak to no one at this table but you!"
Several people cancelled their food orders, others did eat, but the restaurant lost money on us. I figure about 200 dollars.
A very large group left at a row of nearby tables and we then asked if we could move there....we were told no, and that we could only have ’leftover tables’. The whole rest of the time we were there NO ONE sat at those tables! Plus instead of letting my party sit there in a row they pushed the tables apart. Over 2/3rds of the restaurant was empty by this time. By this time I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.
We were also told that any chairs we borrowed took money quotas ’away’ from the servers working the tables...but the place was emptying out, so that was gibberish too.
One of my guests asked the ’hosts’ name as he and his wife were leaving, and the man said "Are you threatening me?!"
Also, our server, who was sweet as pie, asked that we feel free to complain, evidently this person is just as rude, arrogant, autocratic and dictatorial to them as he was to us, his customers. He treated us as though we were indigent, second-class citizens, and it was very much "my way or the highway". He lost my business as well as over 30 others that were there and all our friends and family that will hear the story. Thanks for reading this long review......beware the Wet Dog. What’s really sad is that 99% of the time the food is great, though the service is usually very slow.
There were more incidences but these are the highlights. Perhaps tourists are treated better.
2010-06. Visited on a Monday evening for a snacky dinner last June, they have a nice view overlooking the water. Bit of a ghetto entrance along the boardwalk but once inside it is cavernous and full of paraphernalia to absorb. We tried a 5-sampler but there were about a dozen on tap to choose from, most were pretty solid and I especially enjoyed the Poop Deck Porter. We ate the clam chowder with a side of warm bread and beer dog on a stick, both quite tasty. Service was friendly and fairly quick. Would return, given the opportunity.
(Visited 02/2010): Astoria Brewing/Wet Dog Cafe is located right on the water on Marine Drive and 11th in Astoria. Street parking is available nearby.
The exterior allows for a peek at some of the brewing equipment. Inside the place is spacious with a gift shop right inside the entrance offering glassware, clothes, knickknacks and food. From there the bar is on the right and displays all the available beers on a long chalkboard right above it. The rest of the space is devoted to seating. There is also an adjacent room that seems to be devoted to games. Nice collection of license plates from all over the country along with kitschy signs. Great view of the marina from any of the tables along the windows. Good music in the background too.
The beer selection is decent. Astoria carries 10-11 beers including one or two seasonals. The beers are available in a sampler of 5 and range from Blonde and Pilsener all the way to a Double IPA, Imperial Stout and Strong Ale. All the beers are at least average with a couple being pretty good.
Service on a weekday early afternoon was good. Our server knew about all their beers and even pointed us to the other brewpub in town.
Lunch was good although it came down to sharing a giant nacho appetizer. No complaints there.
Overall this place may not have world class beers but the location and atmosphere make this a no-brainer for a visit to Astoria, especially when the weather is nice.