The food is much more the draw than is the beer, which falls a little short for me. The marzen and blonde bocks are just so-so, and I’ve given both beers more than one try upon return visits, only to be left with the same bland, immemorable result. For a chain, the food offerings are well above average. I avoid the night crowds and prefer to go at lunch, when a seat is always to be found at the bar, and the apps and sandwiches are quite tasty and well-presented. Ahi appetizer and crab cake sandwich are highlights.
The best time to go i found was on a Sunday night around 8 o’clock. It will be pretty empty in the bar which means you can drink your beer in comfort. Don’t ever go on a Friday night it gets packed with old single people trying to hook-up. I guess that wasnt a good time for a girlfriend of mine to ask for samplers because the waitress gave us a look like oh please and then told us they don’t have any. Nice location.
I ordered a flight of all of the beers they had availible and the waitress forgot one of the beer. Worst of all, however, was when I began sampling, I found that all of the sample glasses smelled more like bleachy dishwasher detergent than like beer! As gently as possible, I broke the news to the waitress, who, to her credit, immediately consulted the barman; against her credit, left me with the four soapy drinks. The relayed response from the dishboys was: "I’m sorry but the dishwashing system is fully automated and so nothing can be done about it." I decided not to make a stink; drank my four samplers which, fortunately, didn’t taste like soap. The beer was about average and the food, middle of the road.
This was OK, not as good as the Seattle branch I visited last year. Lots of space and a few different beers on, it was pretty relaxing and seemed friendly. I didn’t try the food so can’t comment. Convenient for also visiting BevMo.
I was hesitant to try Gorden Biersch because I heard it was a "meat market." I went at lunchtime and it wasn’t too bad (although having valet parking in a huge parking lot is nothing short of absurd.) The decor is upscale and the space is quite impressive. The service was very good and attentive. The food is really good and did not take long to get after ordering. I tried the crab cake sandwich and a reuben, both of which were excellent. The real treat was the bread pudding...maybe the best I’ve ever had...and they serve half order desserts at lunch which I think is a novel idea. Anyway, the beers were average to slightly above average but nothing offensive. Although, it was somewhat interesting trying 6 lagers in one sitting. recommended.
Not a bad place to get a good bite to eat. Back in the day when i worked less than 3 blocks from this place, it was frequently visited...well, by me! I found their service was average, though very good every say 4 trips or so. The food is definitely worth the wait...and you will have to wait. Pretty quiet and laid back environment, the beer list is a bit lacking though. Very fresh, but not much in the way of diversity... still some very good food to be had!