Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
Good based on 94 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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Nodding Head Block Party , Nodding Head Georges Fault 61, Nodding Head Summer Nights , Brewers Art Le Canard 88, Nodding Head HopShine , Nodding Head Grog 74, Nodding Head BPA 85, Nodding Head Bullseye Bitter 48, Nodding Head Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse 51, Nodding Head Pepper Pale Ale , Lost Abbey Devotion 93, Lost Abbey Carnevale (2009- ) 98, Nodding Head 60 Shilling Ale 41, Nodding Head Lava , Nodding Head Bracket Buster , Nodding Head Rufus , Nodding Head Just Annuder Stout
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94 reviews for Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  71%
 Selection  64%
 Food  74%
 Value  70%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

MullMan  (29) New York | August 2, 2005
sort of open space during the mid-afternoon, but they have a nice wood bar. a big collection of you guessed it, bobble heads. staff had lots of Philly brotherly love, and so did the people at the bar. one guy told me a non-english speaking Chinese couple approached him with a Zagat’s guide from 1995 looking for Sam Adams. that Chinese wife was yelling at the husband, "ten year old book!! ten year old book!". then it hit me, this used to be the old Sam Adams Brewpub!! I like it better as the Nodding Head, as Sam Adams didn’t have much style/it didn’t impress me back then. the Nodding Head brews here aren’t fantastic, but they have some creative stuff. woth a visit on the tour of the city.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
AlutisLt  (42) Vilnius, Lithuania | February 1, 2015
Tuščioje tuo metu kabokoje (juk dar ankstyvas rytas) buvo kažkaip nejauku. Ypač kai į tave nuo sienos žvelgia didelė kolekcija figurėlių su judančiomis galvomis (štai iš ten ir bravoro pavadinimas). Išbandęs tamsaus alaus maža bokalą su sočiomis salotomis už 8 dolerius, išdrąsėjau (atsigavau po vakar dienos kelionių) ir nutariau barmeno paklaust ar yra aludaris. Jis tuo metu buvo užsiėmęs, bet barmenas pasakė kad jei palauksiu 15 minučių, jis prieis. Bet nereikėjo laukti net ir 5 minučių ir į salę įsliūkino Gordon Grubb – paprastas kaip 25 centai barzdyla su člapiais guminiais batais iki kelių, tiesiai iš cecho nuo gamybos. Prisėdo, susipažinome, pasikalbėjome apie bravorą, jis suorganizavo visų alaus rūšių samplerius. Gaila, kad lapelis su šio alaus vertinimais pasimetė kelionės metu, todėl galvoje beliko tik bendras vertinimas – eilinė kokybiška alaus darykla, bet be kažkokių super įpatingų (bent jau man) rūšių. Standartai – šviesus, tamsus, kvietinis, marzenas ir belgiško stiliaus. Bet manau amerikonams – tai pats tas pasirinkimas paprastam restoranui.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
boto  (60) Granby, Connecticut | September 18, 2014
Finally made it here on a recent trip to Philly. You have to climb up a set of narrow stairs to the second floor where the brewpub is. Definitely an old place re-purposed. It has a nice old wood bar. Old wood floors. It is a little dark, but has a big old skylight in it. The beers were good. We definitely enjoyed them. We did have any appetizers, but the dinners we had were all well received. The fries were right up there with Monk’s. I had the salmon, and it was excellent. There were also very positive reports on the French dip and the meatloaf. Definitely worth the trip!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1471) 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 it’s a pun on a JFK saying but Peg’s 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 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk  (197) Washington D.C., Washington DC | June 2, 2014
Nice place with a few good barley-driven beers on tap. Very friendly staff, and a nice space. Cool that they had the Lost Abbey beers here but Duck Duck Gooze, Cuvee du tomme went in like 20 minutes apparently. Kind of a cool set up in this upstairs place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj  (153) Boise, Idaho | January 27, 2014
Neighborhod vibe in the heart of the city.5 taps and 2 guest aps, good food and service
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2013
Welcoming brewpub on the second floor of a small building in the heart of Philly craftbeer happening places. Medium size place, a bit sloppy looking, a bit sloppy friendly service, no attention to details. I’ve only visited this place once but it felt like a local watering hole, borderline dive-bar. The problem was the beer. They had 4 or 5 of their own beers and one or two guests if I remember correctly. A few pints were decent enough to drink and get a rating out of, but one or two pints were ordered just stayed on the table, bad stuff, I didn’t even bother drinking enough of them to get a rating. The place is friendly, the type of places I could spend the night at if only their beers were of better quality. I’m not going back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (469) Ottawa, Ontario | August 21, 2013
Nodding Head is a good brewpub with 8 beers on tap which are quite decent. Pub food menu with interesting variations. 3 X 5 on. for 8$.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (772) 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 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
bob_w  (51) new york, New York | July 11, 2013
fairly relaxed, casual joint. many of their beers are "standard brew pub" offerings, but now and then they’ll have something interesting. standard pub fare.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
Quevillon  (235) Boisbriand, Quebec | June 25, 2013
Visited for the first time on June 18, 2013, for lunch. A pub on the second floor, not pleasant for those with mobility proble (not my case but still), the place is all wood, large enough and a little busy at noon. The beer selection is small and not super interesting, there was a cask, one other place that I visited in Philly offered it. The food menu was ok, mostly pub fair. The service was ok to, until at the end when she ask us if we wanted something else and we said no, before we ask separate checks, they where all ready made. Imagine if we wanted something?

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