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Beachwood BBQ
World Class based on 60 ratings
Type: Restaurant (see listing)

131 1/2 Main St
Seal Beach, California United States 90740 [ print map ]
562 493 4500 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Tu - Sun, 1130am - 11pm

Mayor: brokensail (20) | Affiliated user(s) here beachwoodbbq | Taps: 22 | Bottles: 80

This is the Seal Beach location which carries house beers from the Long Beach brewpub.

Beachwood BBQ

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Beer Available At Beachwood BBQ (arranged by most recent)
Bagby ALT In The Family , Stone IPA - Persimmons , 32 North Landfall - Blackberry , Saint Archer Red Ale , 32 North Landfall - Black Currant , Beachwood / Left Hand Electric LadyHand , Beachwood Beer of the Dragon 89, Beachwood Down Under Thunder , Highland Park Brightside , Beachwood Amalgamator 99, Beachwood FV7 , Logsdon Kleine Stouterd , Freigeist Köpenickiade 53, El Segundo Malt. Hops. #231 , Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale 96, El Segundo Passionate Dog , El Segundo Mayberry IPA with Nelson and Apricots , Beachwood Pablo Escobeer , Beachwood / Drakes Pavel Czechop , Cellarmaker Mo’ Passion
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60 reviews for Beachwood BBQ
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  86%
 Selection  87%
 Food  83%
 Value  76%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
t0rin0  (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 12, 2012
I guess it’s high time to update my review of this place. First went in 2008 after having walked by a few times without realizing it. The food is amazing and the service is always good. The first time I went in I was very surprised at how they "only" had 15-20 taps but they were all interesting and in most cases good. Had some obscure Speakeasy beer and something called Cuvee de Raisin (I eventually figured out who made that one). Sadly I dont get back enough but will try to periodically.

Complaints include that its small so seating is an issue, parking sucks, and the prices are high (but the food and beer are worth it).

Also, I hear they have a good bottle list but in my dozen or so trips I’ve never looked, I just drink the draft beer.
3fourths  (1453) Boulder, Colorado | August 17, 2012| Updated December 18, 2013
fantastic taplist of local and regional and international beer. delicious and well-made food (grits with mushrooms, do it) with passionate and knowledgeable staff and one of the most extensive bottle lists I’ve seen in the states. best of all, they serve the kegs at cellar temperature rather than freezing cold like most places around.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail  (1134) Orange County, California | February 18, 2015
This place has become my local bar, essentially. It’s the closest place with good beer to the house. So whenever I come home from work and get off the freeway, I have to decide: left for Beachwood or right for home.

I think at this point everyone knows the restaurant is small. It gets busy on special events and pretty much any weekend. But they do a really good job with service here. Though maybe I’m biased...

The draft list is just about always solid and interesting. Part of the reason I like it so much is that there’s usually a good balance of new stuff, stuff you know is good, and stuff you’ve never even heard of before. Only real knock is that beers can be a little expensive, particularly for special stuff (and "festivals"/special events). It’s not exorbitant, but you’re not going to get any $3 beers here.

The food is solid. As the name implies, BBQ is the primary style here. But, they’ve got something for everyone and frequently do special food events, pairings, etc. Mac & Cheese night is a tough night to try to get a seat.

Anyway, one of the best beer bars/restaurants in the area and probably the state. I guess that’s enough of me being a Beachwood BBQ commercial for now.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (661) San Diego County , California | July 18, 2012
Very small, cozy location one block from Seal Beach pier. Great atmosphere, chill, amazingly knowledgeable staff. All cute women with great training on craft beer- great recommendations. Tap list is large, about 23 beers on tap and a good bottle list to boot. Keg rotation is ferocious so check their LIVE TAP LIST CAM ONLINE! . They don’t do flights, which sucks, but will do very small free tasters, 1-2 oz pours, to see if you like a beer. When I was there they had three house beers on tap brewed at the Long Beach location, four Hangar 24 one-offs, 3 Fonteinen Beersel Lager (hard to find), Victory Prima Pils, Boon Framboise, Green Flash Double Stout, others. Very impressive. We all had lunch. Decent brisket sandwich for $5, good collard greens, very good bleu cheese grits. Great BBQ pork nachos and sweet potato fries. Come hungry. And don’t come expecting to get 10 4oz pours of whatever is on tap. Prices were good ranging from $5-$7.50 for pints. Lunch menu was a deal with all $5 BBQ sandwiches. Staff was pleasant and patient. Also gave us a little tour of their sick tap system.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (434) , England | July 16, 2014| Updated May 31, 2015
Re-visited on 29th May 2015 and it was a whole lot better: beer quality was fine, children all gone and the place had a good vibe: my score has been raised: but please read my original review as well. Wandered in mid day on 15th July 2014. Interesting selection of twenty taps, only two of which were their own. The beers are listed by name and cost on boards behind the bar, which is where I sat. No mention on ABV or serving size, seems to me strange. Anyway the bar area is squeezed into a corridor with the kitchen at the rear, the main seating area sounded like a kindergarten and I did not look in. One of the staff tried to nullify the noise by putting on some music but this just intensified the sound from the children. My BBQ Chicken on Nachos were good as we’re two of my four beers. I thought the bar area sterile and uninteresting, staff and customers all fine at the bar, but those mums with kids were not needed. This is not a World Class destination by any means, mediocre at best, can not believe some of the scores on here for this place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR  (422) Los Angeles, California | August 6, 2008
I went there for the first time today and I love this place. Quite on the weekdays for lunch. Sat at the bar were the 5 other people were all talking beer. I started of with Black Butte XX on tap. I then had a pulled pork sandwich which was pretty decent (bbq is a bit out of its enviornment in SoCal). Great 22 beers on tap + 1 cask (Oak aged Arrogant Bastard). Some tap notables were Bruery Humulus Brune, Stone 12, Curator, Black Butte XX, and Boon Marriage Parfait. Bottle list was amazing, HotD Fred from the wood (which I had), plus two bottles that I will keep hidden (hint: one is a 375mL from Lost Abbey, and the other is a very special bottle from Firestone). Will return.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
msante79  (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | October 7, 2010| Updated October 19, 2010
Pretty awesome little place. Tap list is unbelievable. Lots of rare brews. Had the burger which was extremely solid. Cool bartenders and locals were cool as shit as well. Must stop, just wish it wasn’t so far from my hotel. Made a 2nd trip and this place is just awesome. Nonstop rare beers on tap
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11  (316) Rota, Spain | July 26, 2012
Love this place...when it’s not packed...which isn’t often. Always stop by when I’m in the area. Great service, stellar taps, and delicious food. Glad they’re expanding so everyone can at least get in the door and have a seat to enjoy what this lace has to offer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
auerbrau  (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | March 23, 2009
This place quickly jumped into my Top 10 favorite restaurants all time. I love the menus. The food menu is concise and focuses on excellent examples of barbeque-style foods and other similar fare. I had a really, really hard time choosing from the menu, because everything looked incredible. All the food was outstanding! I’m still buzzing off of it. The country pate and fried pickles were fantastic appetiziers. The salmon and chicken paired beautifully with the grits and the coleslaw. Just incredible. I loved the sauces too. Everything had a wonderful unique touch and was obviously well thought out. The items and menu just seem specially crafted, which all had a great from-scratch sense. The tap menu and bottle menus were fantastic and I wanted to ordered everything. Even better, the prices were incredibly fair. The decor and atmosphere were warm and homey and I wanted to settle in for a fortnight. This place is a MUST visit. I love it.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb  (304) San Diego, California | February 2, 2015
Un petit taproom fusionné avec un salle à manger. La sélection était composé de 4-5 bières maisons et une dizaine de futs invités, tous de qualité. Pour la cuisine j’ai été quand même déçu, le brisket était hyper maigre et les accompagnements plutôt triste. Je vais assurément y retourner pour avoir une autre expérience mais j’ai surtout hâte d’aller voir celui de Long Beach.

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