Main Tap Tavern | El Cajon, California
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Main Tap Tavern
Good based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

518 E Main St
El Cajon, California United States 92020 [ print map ]
619 749 6333

Hours: 10am - 2am--Open at 9am on Football Sundays

Mayor: Marheb (2) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 50+

Main Tap Tavern

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Beer Available At Main Tap Tavern (arranged by most recent)
Oskar Blues Brewhouse Special Pale Ale , Golden Road Berliner Weisse 91
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10 reviews for Main Tap Tavern
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  67%
 Selection  77%
 Food  64%
 Value  69%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  78%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1171) El Cajon, California | March 3, 2013
Walked here from El Cajon brewing as itís just a few blocks down the street. Service was kind of slow, but we got there just as they were opening up the place. Pretty decent selection, almost all California and largely San Diego, beers. This place doesnít look like much from the outside, and the surrounding businesses donít either. But, inside, the place is well kept despite having a bit of a dive feel to it. And the service (after the initial shakiness) was pretty good and the woman working the bar was friendly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb  (304) San Diego, California | August 30, 2015
Un taproom aussi sauvage que chaleureux avec une sťlection des grandes ligues, spťcialement en fŻt. Pas grand chose peut rivaliser avec Áa dans líest de la ville.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322  (140) Chesapeake, Virginia | October 15, 2014
This is a great place and Iím glad I stopped by. Nice draft selection as well as bottles. Not very busy on a Tuesday night, but a very friendly place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23  (11) Alpine, California | February 18, 2013
For a dive bar in El Cajon this place is pretty kick ass. The beer selection was quite impressive. I had an Abyss and Port Hop 15. Also had the chicken fingers. The burgers looked good from what I saw. Quite on Presidents Day in the middle of the afternoon. They had angels share and other big beers on tap. Pretty impressive.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
rastachick  (10) el cajon, California | December 2, 2012
I visited this place and the bartender Mike knows his beer, very friendly and reasonable pricing nice quite atmosphere. Definitely coming back
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
vista755  (10) vista, California | February 11, 2012
Must say i was quite disappointed with the service here. I think its because im not a local and havnt ever been here it seems to be the same guys everytime and they just want to take care of there regulars. Which makes sense just they should take care of everyone.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Naven  (104) Poway, California | September 19, 2009
Letís be honest, El Cajon is a Sh*t hole. Yet, every god forsaken morning, I get up and travel to El Cajon to my office. Main Tap is a shining beacon of light in an otherwise grim bar scene in El Cajon. The place is clean, and comfortable, and the bartenders are friendly, which seems to be a rarity in beer geek bars these days. The taps are very good, although this is certainly not to the level of Hamiltons or Toronado, but it doesnít appear as though they are trying to be. They have a full bar, which is nice, and they even have some crap taps for those not quite initiated into the world of craft beer. Nice patio for smoking or lounging out back too. Food was a little greasy, but not bad. Really solid prices, especially during happy hour. All in all, a nice little spot.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74  (61) La Mesa, California | October 9, 2008
Nice looking place with a good selection of taps for this part of town. I arrived right at opening, so I was the only one there. Quick friendly service. Iíll definitely be back from time to time, as itís only a about ten minutes from my house.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
padrefan98  (38) (San Diego) Santee, California | October 1, 2008
Fordest and I checked this place out on a Thursday night. The bar and pool table area is well lit and very clean. The service was a bit slow but we received our beers with a smile. The selection was ok. The female bartender was knowledgable, but gave us the typical response (I donít make the rules) when asked about the glass sizes. Mostly locals but Chouffe and Allagash was a nice surprise. I am a little concerned with the tap lines cause the brews tasted a little dusty. As for the low value score, I was dissapointed in the 8 oz glasses for $5.50. Most bars in San Diego are serving the Belgians in 10oz or more glasess. This place has lots of potential. I understant the necessity to have BMC on tap but I didnít see too many pitchers of that bieng ordered. Lots of Whiskey and cokes. For the most part if they keep the website up to date this could become a favorite for that last minute check to see who has the best thing on tap for the night. Side note...The patio was quite confy with a nice circular fire pit table.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
fordest  (62) Santee/San Diego, California | September 26, 2008
Nice new place in East County. Definitely closest place to my house. Itís about time. Decent selection. Had Allagach Fluxus, Imperial Gonzo, Some Oskar Blues, Lightning and Coronado stuff. Crowd is a bit typical El Cajon, but then they do have a bit too much Macro stuff. Service was a little slow, maybe they didnít expect to be that busy tonight. Didnít try the food, although the menu looked pretty good.

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