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joet (84) Santa Rosa, California | July 5, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 8/20
The environment is always worth a visit. Right near the beach. Comfortable easy going garden/patio area that is a great place to meet friends. Beach Chalet has always been challenged by its more sophisticated rivals in the beer department. Still very enjoyable.
bvc (62) Kenmore, Washington | February 16, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Visited during SF beer week. Located within walking distance from my girlfriends aunts house where we were staying, so figured what the hell. Located on the beach, upstairs from a museum. Unfortunately we were there after dark, but I can imagine the view is pretty nice. Restaurant, slightly upscale feel with a bar on the back wall and behind that and behind glass was a brewhouse. Standard lineup of house beersÖblonde, red, pale, ipa, black ipa and so forth. Got a sampler and wasnít impressed by any of them, may had been 2 that I could handle even drinking a whole pint of. Full bar and didnít order the food but it looked good and I also heard from a person or two during our stay that it is good. If in the area, sure. If thinking of going out of your way for this, Iíd say pass.
brokensail (624) Orange County, California | December 25, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Nice restaurant location right on the ocean, upstairs from the museum, and right on the edge of the park. The service was pretty poor at the bar, and the bartender acknowledged he was giving us crappy service, but continued on with it anyway. Beers were pretty bad for the most part, with only one really being enjoyable. We got some garlic fries which were very good, but the food was pretty pricey on the whole.
If youíre looking to have a nice dinner in the city, thereís plenty of better places and plenty of other places to get better beer.
t0rin0 (975) Riverslime, California | November 12, 2012| Updated December 23, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
This was the last stop of the night on a beer tasting trip a while ago. The place is a real nice high class joint right across the street from the ocean. We went on a saturday night and it was packed. All kinds of people in there but the whole vibe was just too ritzy and high end for me. I felt really out of place not wearing a $150 shirt. Good place to go for a nice dinner (minus the noise) but not necesarily for beer sampling.
The food was wonderful, just really expensive. I think we each paid something like $25 / plate. The beer was pretty average, the ipa was decent and the light beer was decent for what it was supposed to be. Didnít like the octoberfest though. I think my brother pissed off the waitress and so she didnít come back except to give us our check.
Went here with doublewesternbaconcheeseburgerscantsail. This time I went to the bar so that we could order a flight and no food. The service was pretty bad there too. We were ignored for a good 5 minutes even though there were only 2 other customers at the bar. When the guy finally acknowleged us he cut me off mid sentence to talk to a (apparently) stand up comic that he knew. After ignoring us some more he admitted that he was being a dbag (said "sorry, but heís more entertaining than you guys") and then continued to ignore us. Pure garbage.
The sampler was listed on the menu as $10.64. Thought that was odd but thats actually what it was on the bill.
Sledutah (243) Utah | April 10, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
A nice big bar/restaurant above the Golden Gate park museum. Great views of the beach. Service at the bar was good. I had a bowl of clam chowder that was great. Canít say the same for the beer. It was average to below average. The IPA was the best of the bunch but it definitely wasnít a West Coast IPA. You donít get much farther West than on the beach.
BMan1113VR (346) Los Angeles, California | September 12, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Finally made it out here. Out of the way unless you are in the Sunset district. There is a parking lot, but it was (for some reason) extremely crowded when I was there. The restaurant is picturesque as far as looking out over the ocean, and being tucked into the back of Golden Gate Park (Iíve driven past this place many times over the years). Food was pretty good; actually better than the beer (which was subpar). Very pricy as well. The clientele seemed to be there for the food and not the beer. The Lake Chalet in Oakland also offers a similar experience.
otterbrau (1) | April 3, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
We had a few brews in the (enclosed) patio area behind the Beach Chalet proper- crowded with Sunday brunch customers.Bartender was attentive, amiable enough, willing to talk about the beers without being too chatty. Beers were good, but not terribly exciting. Liked the Rauch and Cal. Kind, didnít care for the Wit. We visited on a drizzly overcast day, so unfortunately no comment on the fabulous view others have written about. Still, seems like a decent place with decent beer.
mrhoppy (219) Santa Clara, California | January 2, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 8/20
The view is awesome. The beers are good. Food is pretty good. Surf music during the week.
IrishBoy (102) Bakersfield, California | August 3, 2010| Updated August 4, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Just happened to see this as I was leaving SF. Right at the end of Golden Gate Park on Highway 1, museum on the lower floor restaurant and bar up above. I did not eat the food just sampled 9 beers (one a cask version of the draft IPA). Barkeep very friendly and helpful.
Pivoyager (82) Gaithersburg, Maryland | November 25, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Beach Chalet overlooks the aptly-named Ocean Beach. Go up the stairs and you will find a busy, and somwhat classy, dining room bustling with families, tourists and waitstaff. You can wait for a table that looks out at the beach - and where Gidget and Moondoggie are no doubt hanging ten - or you can find a place at the bar to the right as you enter. You can see the brewing tanks from here as well.
Beach Chalet offers a variety of styles - about a dozen beers, one of which was on cask during my visit. A six-beer sampler runs about $8.00. They also bottle their beer to take home. ( I took home two by the way.)
The menu seemed a bit hoity-toity; of course, I am not some swell that descends from a Pacific Heights loft when in need of victuals. In any case, the food was pretty good - I chose the roast beef dip. Service was efficient, but hurried. Obviously turnaround is important, so you should have a few pints without lingering.
Beach Chalet is adjacent to Golden Gate Park and is accessible to Muni (the public transit system.) An enjoyable lunch with some decent beers.
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