Iíve been here numers times, usually in the middle of the day when itís not crowded. That is what brings the atmosphere score up a tad as I donít think I could stand being in the Block at Orange on a busy Friday or Saturday night.
The interior is decorated nicely and is kept clean. The bartenders are nice and somewhat accomodating. The food and beers are alright but over priced . They do a bit of experimenting in the beer styles as they have a strong ale, various fruit beers, quad, doppelbock, and eisbock (only for the beer dinner). The results arenít always spectacular though.
Sort of a lame idea: a San Francisco themed brewpub in the heart of Orange County.
Their beer is mediocre for the most part, with some beers being above average and others being downright awful.
Food is typical bar food. Nothing to really write home about. Service is decent to poor.
Visited on a rainy week day. Large space. Plenty of parking. Not sure about the name, the only connection to San Francisco is the name and the decor. Food was surprisingly good, and the beers ranged from okay to good for the style. All seemed pretty safe choices (except for a preview I got to try later from the brewer). Service was friendly, but a bit inattentive. Brewer seemed a bit brisk at first, but it turns out he was rushed. He later came back and talked for a while and shared a few upcoming beers. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
A quite large room with a long bar and a Golden Gate replica, making it look a bit corny I think. The menu is just like on any other brewpub, didnít try any of the food, but at least it looks nice. Dropped in on a slow day after lunch, and the service was a bit slow but friendly and I got one of the samplers for free. The beers range from uninteresting to good, and itís certainly a place I can return to if in the area. But then of course, thereís other places as well nearby. The Bruery among others.
We had a hard time locating this place in the mall, but once there found a big place. We seated outside, so didnít get that much of the Alcatraz/SF feel, which I find odd in Orange. A bit stressfull to be seated outside, since all the mall-goers were wandering by all the time - next time - Iím sitting inside. 7 beers on tap of decent to good quality and a bottled cider that I hadnít tried. The food was decent, and the prices cheap coming from Europe. A good stop driving south from LAX.
Stopped by here after spending the day at Disneyland. Took me just over 5 minutes to get here - a major plus when you are tired and have 2 tired kids along with you. Inside was kinda of neat with the Golden Gate Bridge over the dinning room. The rocky booths were a little odd, from the outside, it looked like they were booths with drop cloths over them - I thought they were doing work on the place. Service was great and fast - then again there was only 2 other tables when we were there. Food was OK I only ordered a burger. Beers were all mediocre. They even ran out of their seasonal earlier in the day and didnt have anything to replace it with. They also mixed up my Wheat and Strawberry Wheat beers - trust me, I think I can pick out that Strawberry smell and taste. I could understand the mixup if they were anything resembling busy - I think all the workers where watching sports.
OC post SAF tour: Funny that I have to come to the Orange CA location to rate my first beer from them when I live in Indiana (FYI, neither place is nowhere near Alcatraz!). The place has a large replica of the Golden Gate bridge and other SF decor. The beer menu is so-so with the Annihilator Doppelbock is best. I ate the Fettuccini Jambalaya which was VERY SPICY. The location is within a outside walking mall area.
The food was solid but unspectacular, and the beer was for the most part, pretty mediocre. Felt like everything was softened for the masses - any "brewpub" with a giftshop when you walk in seems to give you a feeling for what takes priority.
Having said that, the happy hour pricing is hard to beat for SoCal. The atmosphere is a bit cheesy with the Golden Gate Bridge and whatnot, but there are plenty of TVs, and the service was friendly.