By this point in the evening I just wanted to get some food and get a good beer (not necessarily a tick) but the service was kind of slow, the beer was sub par, and the food was just alright. I can see how this would be a fun place to hang out with friends that just wanted to hang out and have a pint but if you’re looking for good beer and/or good food this probably isn’t the right place to stop. Scroll past.
In response to a few previous raters. There are many better breweries in the NYC/Long Island area, Southampton, Six Points, Brooklyn, even Blue Point, but, the beers here were very good. I’ve only been once, but of the 8 beers I had only 2 were sub-par, some of the others, including the Triple and Koelsch were very good, especially by brewpub standards. The brewer at this location knows what he’s doing. The food was decent although my burger was a little overcooked. The service was very friendly and quite efficient. The manager on duty even came over to chat and offer me five bucks off the next time I come in (since this was my first time). When I was there it was very quiet, but still, I’ve got no complaints about the service. The growlers are quite overpriced, but otherwise the prices were about what you’d expect. I saw five new styles in the tanks as well, so there’s no lack of diversity. Hopefully the next batch will be as good as what I had here today.
notalush (410) Lakewood, Colorado | September 21, 2005| Updated February 16, 2007
[this place has improved a great deal in the last couple of years - especially the beer -vthey have changed brewers twice, but the quality continues to improve - and their happy hour (with half price pints and appetizers) now gets me in here at least once a week - this place is not quite a must stop yet, but it’s getting there] Just to give you folks an impression of how bad the beer in this place is - I live about a ten minute drive from it and only visit it a few times a year. Every beer I’ve ever had here has tasted like piss-poor homebrew. The food is actually quite good, so, as a restaurant, it’s worth visiting if you’re in the area........just don’t drink the beer.
This is my local brewpub and although the beer isn’t the greatest, most of it is pretty decent and worth the trip if you’re in the area. The really good thing about this place is that on weekdays 4-7 they have 1/2 price appetizers and 1/2 beer. Also on Wednesday they have trivia night, if you’re into that. So it’s really worth it go to at these times especially. The food is pretty good and comes in large portions. They have a pretty good turnover of their beers, about a new one every week. Nice atmosphere and good service. Recommended.
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | December 1, 2014
Had lunch here the day before Thanksgiving. Not many people in the place, but the service seemed like they were distracted by something and it was very slow. Food and beers were mediocre.
Well this is the second John Harvard location I’ve visited (Union Sq in Providence was the first) and it may well be the last. Boring, pedestrian beers which like the Rock Bottom chain are named differently (and confusingly) at every location; the names are often the best things about them. Awful location along a 4-lane divided highway in the middle of Long Island sprawl, but it was just a few blocks from our motel so wtf. Dark, dark interior, "classy" painted signs around, careless if efficient service, food was surprisingly good. The only beer at this location I’d think about having again was the cream stout, and even that is nothing to write home about. Even WITHOUT mentioning Southampton there are better brewpubs, and places to drink on Long Island
beastiefan2k (261) HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland | January 18, 2006| Updated October 5, 2006
I used to go to college near this place and I have visited it often. So, I believe my rating better represents the place than the raters before me. This is an ok looking resturant, dimly lit, cool stained glass, and a good amount of TVs in the bar area. The food is usually average to above average. The beers are constantly changing, so you may catch good stuff or bad stuff. Usually the good stuff comes out in the colder months. The make a great imperial stout, barely wine, a strong holiday red, belgina style dubbels and tripels. However, I cannot recommend anything good that is made in the warmer months. So, if you catch it at a good time enjoy, otherwise go for the food.
I have been here a number of times, so this rating is a compilation of those visits. The brewpub is divided into three basic areas with the bar on the right, restaurant on the left, and retail shop and brewing equipment down the center. The service is usually good, although there is one time I can recall where it was absolutely miserable, but I’ll consider that an aberration. The beers are for the most part solid, nothing outstanding, but nothing dreadful either, and they do a very good job of rotating the styles. I’ve never come here and not been able to try something new. The food is good and comes in generous portions. This place is worth visiting if you are in the area, and is definitely a step up from TGI Fridays or Applebees.
Went there on a very crowded friday night. Went to the bar while waiting for a table. There was only one, very overwhelmed, bartender who could barely keep up with the orders, but she was very congenial anyway. Anyway, for $3 draft beers, I didn’t mind waiting 5 or 10 minutes for service.
For some reason, the beer is more expensive when you order from the table.
Decent beer, a comfortable crowd drawing heavily on Stony brook university, especially after doing a lot of drinking in the city, the price is right.
I plan on coming back. I only tried 2 beers this first time. I also got their nachos. A huge serving that I (almost) finished myself.