This place has expanded since 2003. Big bar now, they even poured me free samples! Located right on the beach, you can sit outside and drink but only with a plastic cup. A little out of the way from the coastal highway, but worth it. Nothing needs to be said about the beer: always superb. Still a little touristy, but fine for the beer geek.
You can get a more stunning location and large spacious bar. Worth the visit even if you are not a fan. Service was efficient, but they were much to busy to really spend time with you. I don’t fault them for this as they had a 2 hour wait and and they had tons of staff, it is just too popular. I was there for a brewers dinner and the food was pretty good but pricey. A must if you can, the location cant be beat.
Really busy on a friday night, but the scenery was so nice I didnt mind waiting. Great place to come during a Portland heat wave; it was about 40 degrees cooler than the city today. Beautiful views of the rock with a little fog rolling in. Nice beachfront as well. Outdoor patio looked nice enough, but it was in fact a bit chilly. Inside has two main rooms and a side room that appears to be more for events, but that is where I was seated. Waitress was incredibly friendly and helpful; I think she was sorry for me for being alone at dinner on a Friday :). Anyway, service was great. Food was so so, and my Cascadian Dark Lager was also so so, but I know from experience that they have some winners in their beer lineup. All in all a great place to visit, just take care when ordering your food.
(Visited 02/2010): Finally got to visit this place after hearing rave reviews and trying a few of their bottled beers. Pelican is located right near the ocean (at least by looking at the map, it was dark when we visited) not too far off the 101 on Kiwanda. They have a decent sized lot out front.
The outside is appealing to the beer-lover’s eye with a large tank and windows allowing a view of some of the brewing equipment. The interior opens into a gift shop that sells bottles and clothing along with other goodies. Beyond that is the restaurant and bar. The bar wraps around with table seating the whole way. There are also separate banquet rooms. The brewing area is again visible from the bar and is pretty impressive in scale. A chalkboard above the bar reveals what brews are available. They also offer a 7-beer sampler.
As for the beers, they are just as good at the brewpub as what I have tried in the past. There are around 8 taps and they range from lighter fare like the Kiwanda Cream Ale and Bière de Garde to the Tsunami Stout. There are one or two seasonals such as the Bridal Ale as well. All of the beers are high quality.
Service on a weekday evening was very good. We sat at the bar and the bartender was punctual and knowledgeable about the beers.
It’s hard to avoid seafood in a place like this, but as we had been eating and drinking beer the whole day all we could manage was a split appetizer of spinach/artichoke dip. It was very good though.
Overall this place is awesome and well worth the drive from Portland.
WOW. One of the most stunning locations for a brewpub anywhere. It was a cool and foggy day and we still sat outside because it’s simply mind-blowing. The sand dune cliff, the offshore rock. Admittedly the geographic location IS the atmosphere. The interior is nothing special. However, service was very good. The beers are not necessarily exciting, but the stout in particular is excellent. Food was better than expected.
Oakes (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 11, 2006
Stunning beachfront location, with a big rock on one side (in photo) and a cliff on the other. Waves crashing on the shore in a storm...awesome. Pelican’s beers are among the best in the Northwest. Didn’t eat. They had a four-pack taster of their winter Barley Wine...wow. A little too slick for my tastes but it goes that way. The location and the beer is enough for me, though.
I’ll reaffirm that Pelican’s located in a perfect spot along a beautiful stretch of the Oregon coast. The sunset views from the front of the brewpub are legitimately stunning. The location alone makes Pelican a worthy stop. Beer-wise, Pelican offers a marginally above average experience. The dozen or so taps offered mostly widely-distributed, easy-to-find beer. Tickers shouldn’t expect to find a wealth of new beers. The Belgian pale was the standout of a ho-hum bunch. I’m not really sure where Pelican really excels as a brewery, as they seem to competently brew a very wide range of styles, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. Food’s relatively cheap and served in large portions. Overall, this is a pretty solid spot that I’d recommend to anyone considering a visit to the coast, not least because of the views. Worth a detour.
PRBeer (681) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 6, 2013| Updated October 31, 2015
So I’m from the east coast...taking my first craft beer drive up the Oregon coast...stopping in dozens of little towns and taking every beachside/clifftop loop road I can. Well after awhile you start to skip a few loop roads...as you start to get tired and they begin to all look the same. So it’s late in the day and I’m about to pass this one loop road when I see a sign that says "Pacific City"...well for no other reason than growing up near Atlantic City...I take the road. A short time later I come around a bend...see a great beach...a sea stack...a dune people are sliding down...so I park near the beach and start taking pictures. As I start to get back into my car I notice the parking lot is for a restaurant...as I walk over just to use the facilities...I notice to my amazement I’m looking at a brewpub. Well we ate...we drank...we were definitely impressed. Even more at the quality of the beers than the location and views as great as they were. To this day my travel partner does not believe I stumbled across this place by dumb luck! (of course for every hidden treasure tripped over...I’d hate to think how many treasures I missed over the years...fortunately not the Pelican!)
Larger, family style brewpub with a great view of the sea stacks on the OR coast. Really beautiful inn across the street if you are staying in Pacific City. 30-40 min wait when we were there on a Sunday night; pretty impressive. Food is a bit pricey and the menu is a tad outdated. Seafood options were limited and sandwiches and pizzas did not have any unifying theme. Marinara sauce served with rockfish was very strange. But everything was eaten and enjoyed. For beer, you can get a flight of everything they have on tap; and the beer quality is high. They excel at fringe styles like cream ale, brown ale, foreign stout. They brew to GABF guidelines so win a lot of awards and showcase clean palates and mild hop bitterness. Impressive list. Service was very friendly and the beer/food came out quickly. Now beware that in the men’s restroom the toilets spray water all over the place so be very careful.
Visited last year. Food was just great. Got a window view on the beach - saw a deer chasing tourists in the sand, or the other way round - or just scaring each other. You can buy many of their beers in bottles - only the IPA seems to be shipped out, so it’s a great opportunity to take back the unobtainable.