The Back Abbey | Claremont, California
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The Back Abbey
Good based on 16 ratings
Type: Restaurant

128 N Oberlin Ave
Claremont, California United States 91711 [ print map ]
909 625 2642

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 a.m.

Mayor: Barreras (2) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 25

The Back Abbey

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Beer Available At The Back Abbey (arranged by most recent)
Samuel Smiths India Ale 80, Dubuisson Cuvťe des Trolls 43, Poperings Hommelbier 90, Achel 8 Bruin 98
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16 reviews for The Back Abbey
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  74%
 Selection  80%
 Food  83%
 Value  62%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr  (2123) Washington, Washington DC | September 12, 2013
Small, rustic place, crowded when we visited, but service was good despite that. Mainly Belgian beers, a few Germans - a small but well chosen list. Food is decent enough. Very pricey. Itís unusual, from what I can tell, to see Belgian stuff in quantity on the West Coast, so that would be your main reason to visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
GT2  (666) Oceanside, California | June 14, 2013
A serious Belgian beer bar in Claremont village right in the middle of things, though slightly hidden if you donít know where to look. Pretty much always packed. The problem here is that the beer and food while good, is not good enough to warrant the cost. The frites were good but not outstanding, the sauces good but not outstanding. The burger not up to gastropub standard given the ingredients and price. Patty was gritty, not cooked as specified, with store bought paper tasting buns. Salad overdressed. Beignets were oily, not much flavor besides butter. Service was okay. The beer list is annoying because they ONLY have Belgian beer on tap and mostly duplicates of sweet blonde Belgian ales rather than variety. Some odd german beers and maybe one English beer. But it is ironic to overcharge for imported not fresh Belgian beers in the middle of BEER MECCA that is southern California! No flights available and no samplers even though the beers are expensive and have no flavor profile notes on the menu. Ambiance cozy, packed, can be overwhelming. No lagers on tap, nothing really hoppy. Also only serving beer in itís matching glassware gets annoying such as saison dupont in an 8oz becher. For $10. Like Womencantsail said, large format bottles of these beers are cheaper than the tap Pours here. Come on.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
mgdo5756  (3) Napa, California | May 26, 2013
Outstanding selection of Belgian beers, on tap and in bottles. Good food and good atmosphere. What a find!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras  (25) Diamond Bar, California | November 20, 2012
This place was very enjoyable. The food was the highlight of the night. I had a burger that was cooked wonderfully and tasted the same. The beer selection was good and there were many diverse beers to choose from. The waiter was semi helpful but did not seem super knowledgeable. Overall a very nice place that I will frequent again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 12, 2012
Visited a dozen times now, usually when people are visiting from out of town. This place is about 2 1/2 miles from my house right next to downtown Claremont Located right near the Claremont Colleges. Luckily this place is on the edge of all that and on a quiet street so you can always find somewhere to park. Inside youíll find some tables and a bar with some seating outside on the patio. Very nice place, if it wasnít jam packed ALL THE TIME. I guess thatís good for them but it sucks for customers.

You seat yourself so no waiting for service, which is kind of sparse to begin with. Iíve never had to wait more than a few minutes but Iíve only been early in the evening (no later than 6). For the most part itís college students in there with a few locals mixed in.

The food is quite good and they use "seasonal" ingredients (what ever is available at that time). The basket of fries are awesome, until you see the bill. Prices are ridiculous. A beer and a decent sized meal will cost you $20. But as mentioned before they are always busy so obviously people are paying these prices.

The beer selection is pretty good. You can get any beer style you want so long as itís Belgian. Unfortunately they donít have a lot of lambics but they usually have one or two, even if they are St Louis. People have spotted bottles of Westvleteren but Iím not sure if they are for sale or for show.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | April 27, 2012
This place is sort of hard to find if you donít know itís there. In the alley thatís across from the 21 Choices/parking garage (and some other restaurants), itís a bit tough to find if youíre not looking for it. The restaurant itself has a nice rustic feel inside. Low lighting with a short l-shaped bar, a long table in the center with some tables around the walls. The problem is that itís very cramped inside, and not in a cute, cozy sort of way. There is also some seating outside, but the tables were all full. My friends and I took a seat at the bar. The place has about 20 or so taps and a fairly long bottle list. All the taps and most of the bottles are fairly easy to find Belgian beers with a few German, English, and other imports. The problem is that the prices are through the roof. I mean, $9 for a pour of Aventinus? You can buy a 500ml bottle for 3 or 4. The food is good, but similarly overpriced. The fact that I paid $11 for a 6 oz burger and a few bites of lettuce with some dressing is rather laughable. The staff seemed somewhat knowledgeable, but nothing "beer geek" about them. That said, you canít really fault them for that. The food came out fairly quickly, which was good, but they were not all that attentive. Overall, this could be a cool little place, but they really need to work on their pricing. There is no reason for their beers (nor their food, to be perfectly honest) to priced the way that they are. I do not think Iíll be going back.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
amlove  (6) California | February 1, 2012
Great place with a great selection of beer. The food here is delicious, and the staff is very helpful. Ive been here many times and its always a good experience.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger  (49) Lake Arrowhead, California | November 9, 2011
Great beers, great food, pretty pricey though. I would rather go to Eureka Burger unless you are set on drinking only Belgian brews. I took a date there before 2 beers each and dinner was over $100.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
gd4evr  (31) Mar Vista, California | May 4, 2011
What a great find! The Back Abbey is among the best beer places Iíve been to. A bit pricey but not a gouge. Very good place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
Injemanze  (3) Anaheim, California | February 16, 2011
Outstanding beer selection, excellent food, walking distance from my alma mater, what more can I say.

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