Taphouse Grill - Downtown Seattle

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho  (268) Minnetonka, Minnesota | June 28, 2008
How you can give this place a selection rating of anything less than 15 is dumbfounding. I have a theory, though. The last three ratebeerians to give Seattleís Taphouse Grille less than a 15 selection rating, Enniskillen, fakepurseninja and sodoslew are all from Washington. So, their opinion is skewed by the region. You put this place anywhere else in the country and there is no argument. 15 out of 15. Maybe even 16 out of 15. You boys are spoiled. Enniskillen suggests no real rarities like Uber Tavern. Perhaps somewhat true. And to the local whoís had all of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer, which is obscure to most of us, those beers may not seem as cool and rare to you. I went to Uber Tavern and quite frankly, Iíll take Taphouse Grillís 160 mostly awesome taps over Uber Tavernís 17 mostly rare taps any day. THG is upscale, has a cool upstairs entry with video monitors of their menu and music which sets the mood before you descend the stairs toward the best tap selection of beers youíve ever seen. The selections change frequently, so youíll never see the same 160 beers twice. They have one macro, Bud Light, as well as Guiness and Sam Adams for the unadventurous. Pretty much everything else is worthy and thoughtfully selected. Conveniently located next to my hotel, the Sheraton. Highly recommended canít miss downtown Seattle destination.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
saxo  (144) HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark | July 29, 2012
Nice place with a very very impressive tap wall. When you sit in the bar you cannot even see them all at once. Selection is a mix of standard craftbrews, some industrial crap and some good new ones. Most are local. They do 4 6oz samples for $11.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty  (279) Nashville, Tennessee | August 20, 2007| Updated September 27, 2007
Oakes recommended this place, and lucky for me it was two blocks from my Hotel. For starters, they did an excellent job with the interior. Cool contemporary modern japanese interior design, with high ceilings and soft lighting. The chairs at the bar and the tables are comfortable. The taps are neatly displayed on a curved satin gold metallic wall. Just how many taps? 160 baby! The selection is a nice broad representation of styles and countries, with plenty of local and regional beers to choose from (see the beer list on line). I drank here three times, and there was always a diverse crowd, which was a mix of locals and tourists covering all ages. The menu is also very diverse (see website again). We ordered the Sushi sampler, which was not bad, but not mind blowing either. Since the sushi is prepared in the kitchen not visible to customers, I have to wonder if it is made to order or prepped in bulk. They also offer a sampler, in which you can choose any four beers on tap. I think they need to do a better job of listing prices and categories for beer. Overall, this is still a great place. You would be stupid not to stop in if you are in town, especially if you are limited on time. Itís a nice one stop place to sample many beers from the area, and it has a great atmosphere and interesting food to boot. My wife loved it)
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Crit  (143) Surrey, British Columbia | September 22, 2007| Updated March 27, 2009
Wonderful place. Great selection, great service. Many free tasters, and a few free glasses as well. The food was great as well. Somewhat pricey, but one has to pay for quality.Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable bartender, however I was there mid week in the afternoon.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
AWISLguy  (79) Wisconsin | November 11, 2012| Updated November 16, 2012
Right in the downtown main stores/mall area underneath the street that opens into a very large bar room. Significantly long section of 3 high taps - 160 in a long S shape. 25 seat bar with a long bar section right behind to wait along for seats to open. Then a large bar table area. Very nice range of selections of styles; goodly number of local IPAs. Monster 8 ounce samplers!
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Raleigh, North Carolina | May 17, 2012
Taphouse Grill is located in Downtown Seattle and has the appearance of being very upscale. From street level there is an entryway that takes you to the steps which lead to the restaurant and bar on the lower level. There is a long curved bar with well over 100 taps. While the ambiance is very nice and just a little intimidating at first at no time did I feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. I did not intend to eat there but the happy hour appetizer specials were too good of a deal to pass up. The selection of beers, while large, was very Yard House-like (mostly average selections but a few incredible ones if you search for them). While this is probably not the best bar in Seattle given the stunning number of choices, it is possibly the nicest ďbarĒ I have been to. Worthwhile if you are limited to Downtown Seattle and a great choice for a meal, beer lover or not.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu  (235) Victoria, British Columbia | December 25, 2007
The Taphouse has everything youíd like to see at Uber... only its located downtown?!?! Found in the basement of the Pacific Place Shopping Centre, Taphouse is accessible via street level on 6th Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets. 160 taps of local and American micro and expensive import beers. Its got more of a sports-atmosphere than Brouwers and nothing is terribly rare but the opportunity to have Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock, Snoqualmiw Porter, DFH 90-Minute, Diamond Knot Industrial IPA, Deschutes Obsinan Stout, Corsendonk, BR Hop Rod Rye, Lagunitas IPA, Alaskan and/or Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stouts... North Coast Old Rasputin, Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial and 30+ other worthy beers on DRAUGHT... Geez, I wouldnít like to be an investor in Uber or Duck Island right now... The Seattle Downtown is getting to be a mighty interesting place. Gotta love it!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (823) Columbus, Ohio | August 5, 2012
(Visited 03/2012): Found this place quite by accident as it was advertized in our hotel magazine and in walking distance. It is located on 6th Ave.

After descending a flight of stairs, the restaurant opens up to table seating then a long, winding brushed copper bar. TVs, hanging lights and artwork adorn the space. Nice view of all the taps staggered in a couple rows the whole way behind the bar.

As for the beers, Taphouse has a whopping 160 available, with a lot of handles devoted to craft beer. On my visit this included Alaskan, Deschutes, Pike, Elysian, Georgetown, Ninkasi, Big Al, Boundary Bay and many more. Flights are also available which is helpful.

Service during my lengthy visit was friendly and knowledgeable.

Food at Taphouse is pretty good. I enjoyed my burger.

Overall the chain-y nature of this place may turn some beer aficionados off but as far as spots in Seattle to try a lot of regional beers it is well worthwhile.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ryanolson82  (1) , | March 9, 2013
Best beer selection in Seattle by far. Always a fresh list of rotating seasonals. Staff is helpful and friendly.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
KUEric  (122) Scottsdale, Arizona | September 4, 2009
In town for a wedding and staying essentially next door. Had to go out with cousins to their swanky-type bar so I had to go here toesrds the end of the night (thankfully my one cousin is a lightweight and could only last out until 1130). So anyways, the place. You walk into a very nice carpeted entry room to go downstairs. I liked the setup a lot, A+ to the designer. There was a cool wavy bar facing the equally curved wall of 160 taps to the right of coming down the stairs. The dining room was quite large and noisy with some smaller rooms on the sides for a more secluded big group. Also if you swung left from the stairs you had pooltables nice new ones too. Everything was nice, neat, and new looking, which sounds great but this almost felt forced. Maybe it was the crowd (there was some comic or video game conference and man was there way too much star wars analysis happening 3 years removed from anything associated with the series). I loved the layout but it somehow wasnít working for me but Iím giving it the nenigit of the doubt there. As for the food I only had a reverse happyhour Cabot roll and it was quite good . The service was slow, but it was packed and the bartender couldnít take 3 orders wo a deuche saying your favorite, or your finest ipa, or suprise me, she was getting ticked about that. But she did knock a beer or two off the tab for bearing with the nerds all around me. Lastly, the selection 160 beers on tap! A lot of them nw hop bombs. Loved it!

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