United States > California > Palo Alto
mweston (1) La Honda, California | October 29, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
No one has reviewed the Rose and Crown for over two years, so I had to speak up. Iíve had many great beers here. I had my first sour (RR Supplication) during a 2010 SF Beek Week event. I had Lost Abbey Angelís Share for the first time. On my last visit (last weekend) I had Bittersweet Lennyís R.I.P.A. and Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest Ale, passing up the Highwater No Boundary IPA since I had already had it. The food is so-so, and the service is variable, but Iím not aware of other places in the area with such a good (and changing) selection of interesting beers.
bytemesis (482) Sunnyvale, California | August 28, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
It is what it is. So so service, unnaturally crowded at night, decent beer menu at high prices. They do have a pretty interesting "executive bottle" selection if you have the cash to spend. One of the places to get Pliny the younger in February, which is cool, but otherwise there are better places to hang out.
Berserkir (10) New York | August 15, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Best place in Palo Alto to go drink all night but still have a good selection. Four pints of Drakíes IPA served from a cask coupled with a dozen games of darts is a good way to spend the night.
TheBrewSherpa (47) Belvidere, New Jersey | June 29, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Drug my brother, who lives in the area to this pub and had a great time. I had Firestone Walkerís Parabola on tap, as well as Pliny and some other California beers. Will be headed back to SF in a month and will arrange a meeting of friends for darts and great beer at the Rose & Crown. If you are in the area, you would be remiss to not visit. Sure, itís far from perfect, but has all the charm you could want out of a great beer bar.
bnselby (11) San Francisco, California | August 16, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Good selection of British beers. Nice patio and some good events (e.g. comedy night). Hasnít changed in many years and is probably the best place to drink some real beers in downtown PA.
fidel (102) Livermore, California | May 22, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Classic British pub. They had a solid tap list when i was there. The bottle list was really nice, but pricey as bottle lists can be.
ervan (5) Redwood City, California | September 20, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Good place for your Pub type ales and English/Irish imports. Donít go looking for the rare microbrew, but quiz night is pretty fun.
t0rin0 (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 20, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited 4 or 5 times over the last 4 years. The place stays pretty much exactly the same (same bottled beers that dont move, same bartenders, same food menu, always full) but thats not necesarily a bad thing. 4 years ago I went to meet with some BAs for one of their first Bay Area meetups.
There are always a few interesting taps going. The owner has something to do with Palo Alto Brewing which is all contract brewed. They usually have at least 2 or 3 offerings on tap along with a dozen other interesting beers. The bottles are crazy expensive but where else can you find Anchor OBA or FW XI at a bar?
I dont go to Palo Alto often so Iíll continue to stop in when meeting someone in the area.
nickd717 (81) San Francisco, California | February 11, 2009| Updated August 5, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I go here pretty often but never for food, just beer. I mean screw food - Living in Palo Alto, itís probably the only decent beer bar within a 30 minute drive. The beer selection is pretty good and they do a solid job of offering seasonal beers. I would like to see at least some American brews on the menu however - I would say that 90% of the menu is imported. The decent list of Belgians is a plus however. It would be nice to see local breweries (Russian River, Bear Republic, Speakeasy, Lagunitas, etc) featured on their menu more often.
My main complaint, not that itís a major one, is that the service is average at best. Bartenders will sometimes sit there seemingly in a daze for minutes while people are waiting to be served. In addition, they are not very knowledgeable about beers on the menu. Last time I was there, I heard someone ask, "What is your favorite tripel on the menu?" to which the bartender responded, "I donít know, I havenít tried any of them." I really donít trust
k6rfm (4) Palo Alto, California | December 26, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Best place for a beer lover in Palo Alto. Can get crowded in the evenings; I always go at lunch or just after. Always something interesting on the taps. Dark pseudo-Brit pub inside, picnic tables outside.
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