Blue Monk | Buffalo, New York
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Blue Monk
World Class based on 54 ratings
Type: Restaurant

727 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York United States 14222 [ print map ]
716 882 6665 | twitter

Mayor: swoopjones (58) | Affiliated user(s) here swoopjones | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 75

Blue Monk

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Beer Available At Blue Monk (arranged by most recent)
Community Beer Works Singularity (Rakau) , Founders Mosaic Promise 98, Glazen Toren Saison díErpe-Mere 96, Grimm Pulse Wave 95, Smuttynose Smuttlabs Oktoberfest 82, Galaxy Hop Something Huell Melon IPA , Galaxy Galactic Nova IIPA , Mikkeller Hop On And Drinkíin Berliner 88, Community Beer Works Summer Jam 2015 , Community Beer Works Singularity: Equinox , Community Beer Works / Great Lakes Francois , Grimm Super Symmetry 94, Grimm Afterimage 98, Schuppenboer Tripel 81, KoekeDam 85, Dogfish Head Choc Lobster 84, Schneider Weisse Tap X Mathilda Soleil 97, Cantillon Zwanze (2015) 98, Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden - Pomegranate 84, Almanac Pumpkin Sour (2015) 96
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54 reviews for Blue Monk
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  84%
 Selection  88%
 Food  84%
 Value  75%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier  (100) Capital City, Ohio | July 18, 2013
This was our lunch stop on our way back west on 7/7/13. Cool Belgian cafe environment. Service was adequate. Very good beer selection. We enjoyed Bon Chien 2011, Founderís Rubaeus, New England Gandhi-Bot and Community Beerworks Frank. Paper menu was inaccurate due to quick turnover, but itís a short walk to the chalkboard. Food was pretty solid as well. The chorizo breakfast burrito was nothing special, but the poutine more than made up for it. duck frites with duck gravy, duck confit and cheese curds. Divine. Great place overall.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
ATTWNone  (12) , | March 26, 2013
Here for many Friday happy hours. Tap selection is constantly rotating, so you know the beer is fresh. Until recently, had a majority of selection leaning toward Belgian styles, but have now balanced it out with more domestic ales. Top notch gastropub food as well. Definitely worth a stop if your in Buffalo, in itself a very good beer town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning  (60) Hamilton, Ontario | March 17, 2013
After a lovely Senators win yesterday against the Sabres, we went to The Blue Monk for dinner. The Duck Frites were great, my fish and chips were excellent, and Lisa had an ultimate grilled cheese which was real good. Selection was very good with about 30 taps, all of which were US micros and Belgians. Nice to see some stuff I had never heard of including Community Beer Works. It was really busy but the wait staff kept their cool and did a great job. We will be back!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Miked1687  (8) Buffalo, New York | March 11, 2013
Blue Monk is in a hip part of the city - the food is normally wonderful (try the braised short rib sandwich - amazing), and the beer selection is always great. Lots of imports and rarities. The bartenders are knowledgable, and are there to help. Prices are a little high for bottles, but sometimes itís worth it for the things you can only find there. I definitely frequent it, and am a huge fan.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
SoberDave  (18) Escondido, California | February 11, 2013
Really nice place, full of Belgians, beers that is. A little short on stouts but good food and good times.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff  (188) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 26, 2013
very nice place, you want an eccentric selection of brews- come here, but bring your wallet, some brews were very expensive.. . . very friendly knowledgeable bartenders .. a great place, lots of awesome interesting brews. a must stop
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis  (608) Sunnyvale, California | December 10, 2012| Updated November 19, 2013
This place is the real deal. Bar atmosphere, with two levels, tables and standard bar seating. Pretty good food. Pretty helpful and friendly staff. And then the taplist. Beers from all over NY, the USA and the world, including a ton I had not tried before. Prices are reasonable, and they do four-beer flights, but they choose the beers, not you, which is a bit of a bummer. Didnt even get a chance to look at the bottle list, but I spied some interesting selections in the coolers. All in all a great place that is worth the hype.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (254) Washington D.C., Washington DC | October 22, 2012| Updated May 24, 2013
Wow! Great place in a desolate city. Went here for my birthday and was amazed at the tap list of 32 - nearly half Belgian - that apparently rotates all the time. Good bottle list with a couple of cheap finds even. The ambiance was super busy - this after the cab driver tried to tell me not to go there because it was small. Big props for the Fela Kuti music. Food was also amazing. Had some pork to die for, and a great burger between me and the lady. Top notch place that makes it worth going to Buffalo for.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut  (207) Between JAX and SGJ, Florida | July 2, 2012| Updated December 1, 2012
I can see why this rates so high. Cool space with padio seating and small bar. I bet it fills up at peak times. Beer selection was excellent and trended toward belgian styles but you could find most beer cultures represented. I enjoyed some lovely beer from stillwater. Food was excellent. My wife got a mussel bowl, i got the ultimate grilled cheese. Both were excellent. Marinated olives too. Excellent. Service was attentive except for the 10 minutes waiting for the hostess to seat us in a virtually empty resturant. Overall enjoyable and certainly seems like the best thing in town.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
frylock  (80) Atlanta, Georgia | June 2, 2012
Great place in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Selection is hands down the best in the area the focus being mainly on European beers, but plenty of Americans are represented as well. There will be beers here that you will find no where else in Western NY. The place is a little small and can get overly crowded, which is the only bad thing I can really say about it. Good mussels and frites too.

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