Visited March 23, 2013, finally, after scrolling past for several years.
I was excited to try their food since I’ve heard good things about the restaurant. The beer is good but its the same stuff I can get anywhere for the most part but at higher prices surprisingly. The stuff that is tap only is the same as what I had a week earlier at the brewery in Paso.
We only spent about 20 minutes in this place to be honest. We walked in, found no hostess and had to wait for one of the servers to get her. We were seated and in 20 minutes a bus boy came by and gave us water but no one came by to take orders. We walked in at 8:40pm and the kitchen closes at 9 so we were a little worried that maybe they had shut down the kitchen already. The servers we talked to when we walked in said no, it wasnt a problem. Well, the problem was that 9:00 came and we still didnt have any service. We walked out and hit Taco Bell on the way back to the freeway.
Basically: fuck this place. That said I’ll most assuredly stop in again to check out Barrelworks but I no longer care about trying their food. If/when I make it back I may revise my score.
A very nice restaurant with the ability to be high end or casual. Food is high end, but I found it flavorless and lacking. Beer is all their own, with a library of old beers you can drink onsite for a premium. In all it wasn’t that great for me, I preferred their brewery store across the street.
Large restaurant with lots of tables and a large bar with wine and the usual Firestone beers and a couple of special ones. There is also some Firestone merchandise available. The people were friendly and the prices are pretty good.
bytemesis (1010) Sunnyvale, California | February 4, 2013| Updated April 24, 2013
I was soooo looking forward to my visit to the Barrelhouse today; my only chance to see it. Lo and behold, they were closed for Superbowl Sunday. I was kinda pissed. The taproom was closed too, but the owner was still there, and they had a couple of locals hanging around. They were very gracious and let me in to pick up some Sucaba, which I thought was pretty nice of them. Looked like a pretty decent place, with the lineup of regular FW beers in stock. Re-rate based on stopping for dinner. Food was quite good, and the place is pretty spacious inside. Plus you can duck into the barrelworks for some tasters (but you can’t bring them back!)
Easy to find as Buellton is not a huge city. Parking in front. Big restaurant with good selection of FW brews. Barrelworks was unfortunately closed at the time we visited the place. Friendly service, tasty food and decent prices. The giftshop was really small.
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..2.21.15 Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewpub Location. . . . . . . .Buellton, Isolated Facility Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal, Slightly High for food Tap Selection. . . .6 Core FW brands plus 10 rotating specialties Bottle Selection. .Core selection to go, possible reserve list Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes Beer Level. . . . . ..Very Good Food Level. . . . ...Good Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Extremely Knowledgable, Prompt Growlers. . . . . . ...Probably Noise Level. . . . ..Lively, Packed Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Modern, Dark, Tavern, Corrugated Metal Good for Kids. . ..Yes Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot Cash Only. . . . . ..No Recommended. ..Yes Comments: Enormous facility that holds FW Barrelworks, a separate place entity, plus two large casual dining rooms, a smaller central bar, and a tiny to-go store for merchandise and beer. Full menu with around 40 options ranging from mac n cheese and buffalo wings to large entrees like flatbreads. Our server knew the beers on tap perfectly and was very helpful...obviously very well trained on the beers and the menu. Food prices seemed a tad high for being in the middle of nowhere, but obviously this place is super popular for the residents in Solvang I’m guessing, so prices were a tad higher than expected. Beers were normal to cheap though.
We visited the brewery the first time in 2006 and once more late 2011. They have great barrel aged ales. The history of Firestone is quite amazing, nice pictures in the brewery are showing you some of the heritage. Very nice merchandising as well.
hard to separate this place (or atleast not give it a little nudge upward) because it’s connected to but separate from Barrelworks, which is one cool friggin place. The rest is nearly identical to the restaurant in Paso. Good stuff!
Very odd place. Run kind of strangely. Went in around 2pm on a weekend. Seemed to be family hour. Tons of tables with little kids and adults eating food and drinking iced tea. They have a huge sitdown restaurant space, but I guess because of the amount of people, they shoved all the families (and everyone else) into the bar area. I think my group were the only people drinking beer. The flight rules were a bit asinine (I’ll leave it at that). The waitress was extremely rude, non attentive and really seemed like she hated being there (at least on that day). In a group with a 34 year old, a 24 year old, a 23 year old and a 22 year old (and myself at 24), I understand the reason to card people. I find it odd that when she asked to see my ID, and my other friends went for their wallets, she said, "no I didn’t ask for yours’, just his" with a grimace. On a lighter note, the beer was Firestone Walker, which is great. I didn’t order the food, but a friend did and it looked pretty bland. Again, I didn’t taste it so I do not know. All that said, I don’t feel a need to go back to this place. For me the only Firestone walker place I feel a need to visit is the actual brewery in Paso, which is absolutely an EXCELLENT stop. This place, not so much. Maybe it was just an off day.
The place is a bit noisy, but looks cool. Mostly quick service as well. We got a lot of new beers, and a hearthy, delicious meal, and in general we had a blast here and in the barrel room. Did the barrel room first, which I highly recommend.