Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
Good based on 95 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1516 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States 19102 [ print map ]
215 569 9525 | twitter | food menu | beer menu


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Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant

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95 reviews for Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  71%
 Selection  64%
 Food  74%
 Value  70%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (1885) Washington, Washington DC | December 7, 2011
Large place, pretty empty on a Wednesday at lunchtime. Beers were mostly OK, service was good, and burgers were delicious. Worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 16, 2014
Visited May 31, 2014.

Despite the fact that there are half a dozen breweries in the city limits I only made it to this one because Triumph closed unexpectedly a few months back. This was one of the later stops in the day on the way back to the train station. The beer may not be enough to make me come back but I still had a good time. This is a really interesting place. They have seven taps running and they were served in wine glasses, which were considered half pours. Half the menu was hoppy and then there was a Berliner. The name sounds awfully familiar (I know itís a pun on a JFK saying but Pegís has used it multiple times). The service was decent. The place overall was very busy and there was some kind of a scavenger hunt going on so there were a lot of drunk people in the place. Fun crowd, fun place. but the beer is just meh.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois  (853) Tourist Town (West), England | March 31, 2015
Visited on Tuesday 26/11/13 around 6.30pm. Downtown bar located up a staircase which leads to a single room venue with fairly basic decoration, wooden floors and tables and 7 or 8 stools around the bar. 5 of their own beers were available plus one guest. Service at the bar was fine although the place was pretty quiet for prime time post work. 3 beers were available in the sampler but these were 8oz pours so not overly ticker friendly. House beers were pretty mediocre but not disasters, averageing at 3.1 for me. The place had that feel of 10 or so years ago it was likely a beer destination, but not the case today. If youíre in the area and want some ticks then no harm done, but not a place to seek out for me. Happy hour was 5 - 7pm.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (803) San Diego, California | July 12, 2013
A nice Philly brewery with plenty of house beers on tap, and a nice collection of bobble head tap handles. The service was friendly and prompt, and the beers good and adventurous. I did not try any food.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog  (792) Phoenix, Arizona | July 30, 2005| Updated November 12, 2007
Revisited November 2007, this time for dinner. Still holding on to itís groovy atmosphere with quality, hearty brews, this time I learned they also offer pretty good brews. Holding on to a high rating for me! Cool little upstairs brewpub with a quirky collection of nodding heads behind the bar. They had some pretty good brews ... notably they were far more adventurous than the standard pale, amber, wheat, stout lineups of so many brewpubs. Top 2 in Philly.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 6/20
DiarmaidBHK  (748) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | May 5, 2011
Not my favorite place in the world. The place is called the nodding head because theyíre obsessed with bobble head dolls there. Ok! They only had three things on tap which was a dissapointment. The Berliner Weisse which everyone raves about didnít knock my socks off. I thought 6 bucks for a 3 beer flight was a tad on the high side, especially since nothing they had was over 5%. The place is loud and dark and dingy, but none of those in charming ways. The bar was really small and felt out of place in the room. Not a place Iím going to be rushing back to in the future.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 5, 2010
Phillyís most famous brewpub, extremely convenient location. Surprisingly set on the second floor of a smallish downtown house. Two main rooms with brown furniture that darken the place that could really use a severe lighting upgrade. There seems to be nice wooden accessories, church-like benches, but theyíre not very visible and the place leaves a dull first impression. The food menu is rather limited and its quality was average although the prices were very reasonable. Slightly confused service that was a bit slow on a seemingly quiet Saturday evening. We tried 4 different beers and they were all in the high 2s to low 3s range, not particularly memorable. Even though its location can hardly be beat, next time Iím in Philly, Iíll avoid and go straight to the beer bars, there are plenty within walking distance.
GT2  (650) San Diego County , California | July 10, 2012
Interesting, cramped, two story dive bar slash brewpub smack dab in the middle of downtown Philly. Service was mediocre to annoyingly slow, inattentive. Pretty sure they only had their house beers on tap, which looked interesting. However, most of them were not very good: diacetyl laden, soapy, astringent. Just not well made. They have food, but we did not eat here. Mostly burgers and bar food. Strange place with a quirky vibe. I would consider going back, but there are just too many other top notch beer bars in Philly.
theisti  (621) Leawood, Kansas | February 20, 2013
Visited mid-afternoon on a Monday for lunch and a couple of beers. The brewpub is located on the second floor of a cool old building on a side street in central Philadelphia. Based on the narrow staircase, I was expecting a cramped tiny space, but the stairs open up to a sizable bar and restaurant area. The bar itself is small, 8 seats, and well worn. There are tables and booths spread out through the three rooms, and seems designed to handle crowds. The service at the bar was great, very attentive and friendly. I had the bleu cheese and bacon mussels, and the session IPA and cask brown ale (they had 5 beers + a cask). Everything with fresh and tasty, enjoyed my time here.
Sammy  (593) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005
The best stop on a 4 day 7- pub tour of the city. This was one of my favorites. A couple of exellent beers, and an attempt at a fun environment. Its up a flight of stairs, a relatively spacious compared to Moonkís, and I was there during trivia night. It was F-this and f-that by the MC, Iíd rather have run the jukebox. The bartender made a good effort to take care of me, brew wise,. Its big city, there was only 1 of the 7 bars I am listing where it was not super-cliquey. I understand the food is good, but did not try it. Beer was very fresh and served in appropriate glassware.

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