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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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 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol  (159) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | June 6, 2013
I have stopped in here a bunch of times now, figured it was time to write up a review. Heading up the stairs you are not really sure what you are going to find but it is much larger than it appears. Small bar with tons of tables and booths all over the room. I have been here when I am the only person in the place and also when it has been packed with people for a PBW event. Service has been all over the place on my visits. When they aren’t busy it is quite good but on my recent visit we had to wait over a half hour for service, twice. I still haven’t eaten here but I have heard some good things, maybe next time. Quality always seemed to be pretty good. Selection has been pretty good on my visits, I usually just order the Berliner as it is one of the best around. Prices are on par with all of the other places in the area. Overall a nice brewpub in the heart of the city.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois  (871) 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 you’re 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
AlutisLt  (45) 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  (65) 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  (1511) 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  (243) 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  (192) 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  (470) 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  (846) 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  (52) 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.

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