JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | August 22, 2010
I guess Salinas must roll up its sidewalks on late Sunday afternoons because no one was out when I walked from my hotel to Monterey Coast Brewing (MCB).
MCB was a very pleasant surprise. Nice interior, excellent service, a pretty solid line up of beers, very good food... Iíd definitely recommend it.
Found this place after a visit to the Steinbeck Center. Eleven beers were on tap and four ounce samples of each beer could be had for $11.95. Since I was driving I had a couple of 4oz sample pours for $1.50 each and tried the pilsener my dad ordered.
The service was good. Both the waitress and hostess were very nice. The hamburger I had was okay, but the potato salad it came with was good.
In downtown Salinas, just down the street from the Steinbeck center. The decor is nice, kind of an old school western look with tons of wood. Big wooden bar is a particularly nice touch. The beers are pretty bad on the whole, but a couple were tolerable. Decent enough prices ($3.75/10oz, $5 pints, and about $11 for the flight of 9 beers). Service was quite friendly and quick.
Visited three times now, once during the artichoke festival a couple years ago, once on the way to Thanksgiving a year later, and once yesterday (12/26/2012).
The old town charm is gone during the week and more so when the parking lot is dug up into a large mound of dirt. Oh well, it was a Wednesday. The other times there was music outside and a car show. Service is friendly and helpful every time.
The soups are pretty good, especially the artichoke soup which I was lucky enough to try the first time I went. Cant comment on the rest of the food.
Beers have gone down hill sadly. They werent amazing before but they were average. Yesterday there was at least one that was infected. Hopefully they can clean up their act.
Visited with the extended family, which was a bit chaotic. Nice decor, surprisingly empty on a Saturday evening. Great and patient service. Decent food. Entirely average beer, but the cheap 4oz tasters let me find that out quickly.
Neat venue. Great decor with a pretty unique wooden bar. Crabcake sandwiches were delicious. Service was great. Beers were ok too. Highly recommended if youíre in the area.
IrishBoy (113) Bakersfield, California | April 17, 2010| Updated June 15, 2012
Ten of their beers on draft including two new specials I had to add. Many pretty good especially the Pale Ple and Chocolate Porter. Food was among the best I have had at a brewpub; Enniskillen and I had Grilled Salmon sanwiches with Ceasar salads. Excellent place in Old Salinas downtown. I will go back for the food and maybe some more special seasonal brews. Copper brew kettles and all tanks in view make it special when they are brewing.
June 2009: Visited with good friends from the area who are uber-beergeeks, and their lack of rave review was story enough. While decent enough, this place felt too "standard" for me, almost trying too hard with its brick-clad facade to fit the mold of "cool brewpub." The food was OK, but the beer was underwhelming. OK, so stop by if in the area, but not worth a special trip.
We stopped by on our way to San Francisco to get a meal, expecting nothing and came out satisfied. Itís a rather classical small town American brewpub: a restaurant in a single big room which can sit a bit more than a hundred I guess. Our waiter was friendly and attentive to our needs. I had an original, well-prepared polenta and vegetable mix which made a nice change of pace from the usual pub fare. Catherineís blackened (paprika) chicken pizza also was tasty. As far as the beers are concerned, most of them were not worth writing home about, but they were mostly clean, basic recipes. All in all, itís not worth driving too far out of your way, but is a satisfactory option if driving by.