caesar (370) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | September 9, 2008
Located near the riverside. Reasonable food, ingredients were actually not that good, but with a good dressing the salad was fine. Decent amount of taps. Beers were ok, and they did not have any specials on. Still quite ok.
Visited while roadtripping through Oregon and Washington. This is located within a restaurant. I visited around 10pm one night and the place seemed pretty upscale/dressy, and I felt a little out of place considering I was expecting more of a casual brewpub. Anyways, this is where they brew the smaller batch brews for Full Sail. Their taplist had a couple of extra Full Sail beers other than the regulars, but nothing much. Service was pretty poor, the bartender was slow and not very interested in telling what beers they had on tap. The whole experience seemed weird, I would recommend going to the real Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, that was a really cool experience.
This place is very attractive, right on the Willamette river. Very formal looking restaurant, high class looking bar. Very clean and well taken care of. BUT (here comes the rant) I didn't like anything else about this place. The bartender was cool, but the usual clientel was dissastrous. There were a couple huge bar flys that were haggling anyone who didn't buy coors light. I told them I couldn't stomach the stuff and they gave me the evil eye the whole time I was there. Another gripe is the inability to get a sampler tray, so you have to try like 1oz samples and then buy a pint pretty much. They had 3 casks which was good and some amazing full sail beers that can't be found in other places. The restaurant next door SUCKED! The food was ok tasting, but it was like $25 for a 5oz piece of fish with a tiny little side plate. I ended up going somewhere else later that night for food. My recommendation is to definately stay out of the restaurant and stay in the bar and get the happy hour deal. And the parking sucks here and the bartender gave me a free shot of bourbon. Good to get free stuff, but a shot of bourbon makes rating beers pretty damn hard, and it delays my trip home for another hour. *sigh*
Visited here as part of the RBSG ’04 pub crawl. This is part of McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant. The M&S by my office also has a &quo;Pilsener Room&quo;; unfortunately, the one down here features Bayhawk’s beers. Portland’s M&S wins big time w/ Full Sail.
Unlike others, I liked the food at the restaurant. Having a large selection of Full Sail’s brews was great too.
I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with this at least from the service level.
I like the riverfront location here and it has a classic pub feel to it. On the more relaxed side with a good bar seating area. They had one beer on cask with what looked to be another 10 on tap.
My principle beef though was that the bartender pretty much ignored me on a slower night. There were only a few of us at the bar and it took him a good 15 minutes to ask me what I wanted. On top of that, he then said that it was last call. It was 10:15 and they close at 11. Doesn’t make much sense to me.
I may give full sail another chance at some point in the future. But, there’s too many other places that are better.
fly (270) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 17, 2004
The atmosphere is a bit icy, but if you import your own crowd that definitely influences it. Nice snax served for cheap at happy hour. The taps have expanded since I first found the place. High enough ceilings that even the crowd of suits that lit cigars took a while to have their haze decend on me.
First of all, the address is wrong. The tasting room is in the restaurant next door. I talked my wife into going here and found a locked door at 307. This isn’t really Full Sail’s tasting room, it’s just a bar in a restaurant that has their beer. They can’t even be bothered to put a sign in the window to say that the tasting room is next door? The whole experience was really annoying. I saw another couple looking in the glass door of 307 and leaving as well.