United States > California > San Francisco
BlackHaddock (228) , England | May 23, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
6th Feb 2013: my wife and I visited the basement. We could only have a table if eating, (the place was very full) as the wife doesnít like sitting at the bar we were shown to a small unlit square at the rear. I had to stand by the kitchen corridor to read the beer menu it was so dark where they put us, smart, modern, comfortable but just too dark.
The barman helped a lot, but not one American beer I wanted on the menu was in stock (I visit Belgium often, so wasnít really interested in that selection, huge though it was), so I had three Canadian beers. All in good condition.
The food looked good from where we sat and as I blocked the service corridor beer searching I got a closer look on occasions.
All in all a cool place, busy and friendly staff, just a pity about their US selection stock.
Kristophe (61) , Sweden | February 7, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The basement was fully jammed with people when we were there, but the bartender was very nice and helped us get a table upstairs. Nice selection of beers and the food looked good, didnít eat anything though. Well worth a visit!
joeneugs (89) Livermore, California | July 4, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
I really love this place. Itís in a really nice area of North Beach thatís reasonably close to Fishermans Wharf, so itís a great stop if your entertaining visitors from out of town. The bar downstairs is what I imagine is a classic European beer cafe. Itís very dark, but not in a dingy way. Thereís lots of wood and the lighting is basically at a candlelit level although I donít remember seeing any candles. Other than the bar, they have a nice plush seating area with a good number of tables. Very classy. The guy at the bar was helpful and the tap list was very good if you like Belgians. There were a few German offerings as well, but no interesting American craft. Thatís the only down side in my opinion. The prices seemed okay and the bottle list was one of the best things about this place. Lots of great Belgian selections including some lambics that you canít find easily in other places. This seems like a nice place to take a date, and I plan to return with my wife soon.
Naven (63) Poway, California | April 8, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great space. I have never been to Belgium, but I would imagine this is what it would look like. Draft selection was interesting, but fairly small. Bottle selection was awful. The words "we are out of that" have never been told to me more times. The bottle menu is confusing and unnecessary. Food was outstanding. The mussels are as good as I have had. Service was friendly, if not slow.
Bartzilla (12) San Diego, California | April 1, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place was BUSY on a Saturday night, but no surprise there. Our table wait was about 45 minutes in which time I had an excellent beer off the tap, of which I forget now, but was a delicious sour Iíd never heard of. The food was outstanding. The mussels were perfect... demanding another loaf of bread to mop up the juices. And my carbonade flamande was melt-in-your mouth tender. My gal had the rabbit dish, which was also delicious. If I had to make one caution itís that several of my bottle choices were unavailable. I felt bad for the waiter having to run back and forth to, again, tell me Sorry. I took his recommendation to pair with my dinner and it was perfect (after giving up on my quest for a bottle of something unique). All in all, weíll definitely be back next time weíre in town. Just be prepared to wait your turn. Itís cozy and busy in there.
rudolf (100) Buffalo, New York | February 20, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in here during SF beer week. Limited tap selection but a very nice bottle list. Prices were a little wonky - some bottles that should be cheap were outrageously expensive, other bottles that should have been more expensive were extremely reasonable. Its a great deal if you know what bottles go for elsewhere. Service was tolerable for how busy it was but the bartender repeatedly poured beers like they were Spanish ciders (ie: held the bottle 2 or 3 feet above the glass & poured aggressively!) Whats up with that?
swoopjones (230) Buffalo, New York | February 15, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place, One bartender was great (10) the other sort of a pompus dick (2) so aerages out at 6. Crazy priced bottle menu 750ís of Cantillon at $19 and Unibroue i think were in he neighborhood of $40. Cool basement, Draft selecton was OK< bottle selecton was impressive. Anti Key Keg hurts draft availablility
flyer50 (48) Seattle, Washington | October 8, 2011
30 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 9/20
Horribly disappointing. They route you to the cellar when they open at 1700, then make it hard to head upstairs at 1800 when the upstairs and kitchen open. They offer absolutely NOTHING to eat until 1800 and smugly like to tell you that. Snottier and less friendly than most Belgian places.
lopezlopezlope (11) , | October 1, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
fantastic selection...owners are always there and are highly knowledgeable...this place is all about the beer and so am I, so it doesnít get much better than this place
drinktomymood (16) Virginia | October 1, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Waited outside for this place to open, and we werenít disappointed. Good tap selection, even better bottle selection. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and the bartenders, who we found out were the owners offered us a Vintage Orval, my husbandís dessert island beer! Love to see owners behind the bar, you know they really care about the place!
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