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 94, 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

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol  (158) 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 arenít busy it is quite good but on my recent visit we had to wait over a half hour for service, twice. I still havenít 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal  (10) Marlton, New Jersey | June 5, 2013
Ambiance is great. Obviously older second-floor brewpub with display cases full of bobble-heads (hence the name). Service is nice and helpful, though thoroughly blase hipsters. The selection is mostly home-team beers which are mediocre for the most part (although I love them). The food is where this place really shines. If you like spice, try anything with their jerk rub. You wonít be disappointed. Priced pretty fairly (I recommend trying the beers first and then order a pitcher of whateverís good). Overall, a favorite haunt.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85  (244) Greenville, Indiana | May 25, 2013
Brewpub with the restaurant portion taking up most of the space - bar area was pretty small. Luckily wasnít too crowded during my visit. Good service and pleasant beers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
b727trijet  (341) Isleworth, England | March 6, 2013
Tried the cask 60 schlilling which was not bad. The Grog "brown ale" has over the years adjusted to a porter! The double IPA was good but not quite Green Flash standard! Large spacious bar with pretty worn out furniture. Worth at least one visit.
theisti  (580) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau  (78) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | December 7, 2012
Stopped in for a quick drink so my review could be lacking given the short time I spent here. However, I have been here years before when it was the Sam Adams brew house (can we say decades ago). With only 3 people at the bar looking for service i was surprised at how long it took for the bartender to recognize our needs. Ambiance could be promising under right circumstances although I do like the interior a lot. Selection of house brews limited. If it wasnít for the pubiness of the place Iíd probably not return.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686  (146) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 2, 2012
Divey type brewpub, but with a small phohibition type bar that we sat at upstairs which I liked. Service was good, probably because the bar was so small, and tender was knowledgable. Selection was decent, probably 6-8 of their beers on tap. Beers were fairly cheap and were able to get in small portions. Worth it if youíre walking past, but not much more than that.
rosenbergh  (500) Tampere, Finland | September 8, 2012
Visited Wednesday lunch time. It was quite busy but still the bartender had time to chat for a moment. 5 taps and 1 cask. I had the cask one (BPA) and it was tasty. Thereís nothing special about this place but nothingís fundamentally wrong either. Could visit again (if it was a bit closer).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409  (231) bloomfield, Michigan | August 14, 2012
big place with lots of cool bobble heads. did not eat but beer was good and you could do half size
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop  (161) The dub c, Pennsylvania | August 14, 2012
2nd visit was much better than the first! Made me realize that I actually like the place in the daytime...this is a lunch spot for a quiet beer...good natural light and not overcrowded. while the bartenders were friendly and fast here, i had trouble finding any other redeeming qualities about this place. it was dark, dingy, crowded, and stuffy. It appeared to be very dirty and was filled with a higher concentration of people with poor hygiene (to say it nicely) than most bars iíve been. the dart board setup (where drunks throw darts across the walkway at the back of the bar) was a nice touch as it added danger and excitment to my visit. i had a belgian chocolate stout which had little if any chocolate to the flavor or aroma and quite frankly it was of the VERY few times ive ever sent a beer back. the BPA was however fairly drinkable and i was able to choke down 2 pints before running for the door. i would not go back here. ever.

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