BJís reminds me of an upscale beer garden, which is probably detracts a bit from its overall ambiance. Beer gardens should be long tables and chairs that allow one to get down to the business of drinking beer. BJís is classier with plenty of wood on the floors and walls. Booths and tables are abundant, but the seating area around the bar is ample. Televisions are positioned around the entire restaurant. We were there on a Thursday night, and there were a large number of young parents with babies. Fortunately, BJís is noisy, so fussy children werenít much of a distraction at all.
B.Jís house beer selection is more than adequate and includes a number of styles. Thereís something for any palate, from light and fruity to hoppy and strong. The service is adequate and friendly, but not outstanding. I ordered the Hopstorm IPA and had a hefeweizen delivered to my table. The waitress disappeared immediately, so I ended up drinking it rather than waiting for a replacement. It was a cloudy gold color with fruity, estery yeast. Very refreshing and quite nice. Too bad it was 15 degrees outside. It would have been a nice beer to quaff on a hot summer day. To her credit, the waitress realized her mistake and brought me several samples to "help me" choose my next beer. I selected the Commitment Double IPA which turned out to be malty with caramel and dark fruit and hoppy with pine, grapefruit and herbal tones. Substantial ABV as well. There were over a dozen BJ beers on the menu in addition to many craft beer offerings.
The food was hot and delicious. Portions were acceptable. My salmon was prepared perfectly. My wife had a salad that she devoured.
Overall, BJís is worth checking out. It straddles a line between sports bar and restaurant, but it has a nice selection of craft beers. Their house beers are also very nice. Weíll be back.
Visited the Polaris location on a quick swing through Columbus. Lunch- pizzas, beers (Goliath and Abbey Normal), and some snacks. Food was pretty good- pub fare of pizza, sandwich, etc- and beer was decent and enjoyable. Service was lackluster at times, having to wait a while, but my wife and I got a good chat in, so I didnít really mind. All in all, I would stop in here again.
Very corporate feel. I hate refridgerated glasses and preprogrammed "bartenders" who are more interested in pushing happy hour specials then in talking about their beers. They had a nice taplist outside of their own beers but $11.95 for an 8 beer taster is a bit much though the individual tasters are more expensive $1.95. If youíre stuck around Westerville this is about all their is.
This is not what brewpubs are all about, this is what an MBA might think a brewpub should be. I havenít been there for a while, but last time I was there they didnít even brew on premesis, they shipped in their beer from California, and the beer isnít even that good. The food is just ok, this place is uninspiring! Go to a real local brewpub instead!
Meh. Limited brews on tap and only their own plus the usual American Lagers. Their beers are average craft beers at best. Imperial Stout, the Tatonka Stout was actually worth the buy as was their special seasonal Grand Cru. Those were probably the only two I would say that are worth getting. Food and service were solid.
IMO, brewpubs are polarized; either they are rather upscale, or complete dives. And, Iíve found, that the more upscale the brewpub, generally the less interesting their beer. With this hypothesis in mind, I was both dismayed and pleased by how nice the decor of BJs was. They had a pretty wide selection of beer; I even saw they medaled at GABF...although this was in 1996 (and the bar was risen considerably since then). The place was busy; service at the bar was glacial and uninformed. I had one beer - a "Belgian Wheat Grand Cru," which appeared to be a misunderstanding of Belgian styles; it tasted as though someone tried to make Blue Moon "big." Weird, and combined with the relatively lousy service, Flyer and I were motivated to move on to the Rusty Bucket on Polaris. While Iím kind of panning this place, I should mention that Iím planning on returning on Friday. The food looked good, and BJs is more desirable than other area dining options, like Cheesecake Factory.
(Visited 07/2007): Visited this place for the first time months ago but the crowds have not died down much since then. Located near Polaris/I-71, parking in the front and rear is scarce most nights.
The inside is spacious and pleasing to the eye, with lots of brick and windows. The garage-door patio is kind of cool too. The bar is located on the right side, and is standing-room on weekends. Restaurant seating takes up the rest of the place.
BJís serves around 8 different beers at any given time, from lighter fare like a KŲlsch to the Tatonka Stout. They also made a cider and their own root beer. The beers are above average for the most part, with the specials like Lastoís Oatmeal Stout being pretty good. They also offer craft beers on draught like Arrogant Bastard if brewpub beers arenít your thing. In bottles there is a pretty good selection too, with a good representation of Belgians in particular.
Service here is good. Bartenders and servers know the beer pretty well. Service is dinged for them forcing you to buy a new growler rather than refilling though.
BJís food is really good, if a bit pricey. Pizza is probably the biggest draw.
Overall, BJís is a welcome addition to the brewpub scene. Despite the fact that they are a chain and donít actually brew their beer onsite, it is great to have a place outside of the downtown area that represents craft beer.