BJ’s is your run of the mill chain brewpub along the lines of Granite City. If you like loud spaces with televisions everywhere, oversized portions, or want to take your friends somewhere that is not a proper brewpub then this is your place. I don’t see myself having any desire to return and a simple scan of the draft menu was enough to convince me to choose something else for the evening. Service, even when busy, is not awful but do not expect anything outstanding. The only way that I might come back is if someone needed to run errands at the mall across the street as a way to pass the time until they were done.
BJ’s reminds me of an upscale beer garden, which is probably detracts a bit from its overall ambiance. Beer gardens should be long tables and chairs that allow one to get down to the business of drinking beer. BJ’s is classier with plenty of wood on the floors and walls. Booths and tables are abundant, but the seating area around the bar is ample. Televisions are positioned around the entire restaurant. We were there on a Thursday night, and there were a large number of young parents with babies. Fortunately, BJ’s is noisy, so fussy children weren’t much of a distraction at all.
B.J’s house beer selection is more than adequate and includes a number of styles. There’s something for any palate, from light and fruity to hoppy and strong. The service is adequate and friendly, but not outstanding. I ordered the Hopstorm IPA and had a hefeweizen delivered to my table. The waitress disappeared immediately, so I ended up drinking it rather than waiting for a replacement. It was a cloudy gold color with fruity, estery yeast. Very refreshing and quite nice. Too bad it was 15 degrees outside. It would have been a nice beer to quaff on a hot summer day. To her credit, the waitress realized her mistake and brought me several samples to "help me" choose my next beer. I selected the Commitment Double IPA which turned out to be malty with caramel and dark fruit and hoppy with pine, grapefruit and herbal tones. Substantial ABV as well. There were over a dozen BJ beers on the menu in addition to many craft beer offerings.
The food was hot and delicious. Portions were acceptable. My salmon was prepared perfectly. My wife had a salad that she devoured.
Overall, BJ’s is worth checking out. It straddles a line between sports bar and restaurant, but it has a nice selection of craft beers. Their house beers are also very nice. We’ll be back.
Visited the Polaris location on a quick swing through Columbus. Lunch- pizzas, beers (Goliath and Abbey Normal), and some snacks. Food was pretty good- pub fare of pizza, sandwich, etc- and beer was decent and enjoyable. Service was lackluster at times, having to wait a while, but my wife and I got a good chat in, so I didn’t really mind. All in all, I would stop in here again.
Very corporate feel. I hate refridgerated glasses and preprogrammed "bartenders" who are more interested in pushing happy hour specials then in talking about their beers. They had a nice taplist outside of their own beers but $11.95 for an 8 beer taster is a bit much though the individual tasters are more expensive $1.95. If you’re stuck around Westerville this is about all their is.
This is not what brewpubs are all about, this is what an MBA might think a brewpub should be. I haven’t been there for a while, but last time I was there they didn’t even brew on premesis, they shipped in their beer from California, and the beer isn’t even that good. The food is just ok, this place is uninspiring! Go to a real local brewpub instead!
Meh. Limited brews on tap and only their own plus the usual American Lagers. Their beers are average craft beers at best. Imperial Stout, the Tatonka Stout was actually worth the buy as was their special seasonal Grand Cru. Those were probably the only two I would say that are worth getting. Food and service were solid.
IMO, brewpubs are polarized; either they are rather upscale, or complete dives. And, I’ve found, that the more upscale the brewpub, generally the less interesting their beer. With this hypothesis in mind, I was both dismayed and pleased by how nice the decor of BJs was. They had a pretty wide selection of beer; I even saw they medaled at GABF...although this was in 1996 (and the bar was risen considerably since then). The place was busy; service at the bar was glacial and uninformed. I had one beer - a "Belgian Wheat Grand Cru," which appeared to be a misunderstanding of Belgian styles; it tasted as though someone tried to make Blue Moon "big." Weird, and combined with the relatively lousy service, Flyer and I were motivated to move on to the Rusty Bucket on Polaris. While I’m kind of panning this place, I should mention that I’m planning on returning on Friday. The food looked good, and BJs is more desirable than other area dining options, like Cheesecake Factory.