5/29/12. Stopped in for lunch while visiting Jacksonville.
Well-lit place that has a facade of being fancy. I will admit when I walked in that I felt out of place wearing a homebrew t-shirt and jorts. They have fancy table cloths, nice settings, and everyone was at least somewhat dressed up (minimum business casual). There’s also an amazing river view out of the windows. However, once you sit down, you realize this place isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
The decor is borderline dilapidated and very much out of date. The bases of the tables are dirty and the wooden decor is cracking, old, and out of date. The whole place just seems like they tried to use fancy table cloths to cover how shitty it really is.
The real redeeming feature of our experience was our server. He was super attentive, very friendly, and actually knew all about their own beers.
The beer selection is just theirs and a few others. They had five on tap when I was visiting, and I tried them all.
The food was... miserable. I had a pulled pork bbq sandwich and my wife had the jambalaya. Mine was okay, but hers was miserable. It was like they opened up a can or pouch and poured it into a dish... and they said it was one of their house specialties/favorites.
The food is ridiculously overpriced for what you get. I even saw a sign for Sunday brunch for $27. You’d have to be batshit crazy to get that. The beers were surprisingly cheap, possibly because we were there at lunch time.
Overall... skip this place. We only went because we happened to be right by it, were hungry, and had never been. Unless they make a new beer for me to tick, I don’t see myself ever going back.
LL Bean style decor with finsihed wood walls and floor. Nice pation overlooking the river, plenty of space around a pentagon shaped bar. There are 5 taps, 14 bottles, and 5 taps of their own brews. Service and food were reasonable, and priced in the mid-range. Beer flights are available of their own stuff.
This is a great location on the river. There is a restaurant side and a bar side. The restaurant side is fancier, overpriced, and really not beer centered at all. The bar side is a bar, with some mediocre beers. This is completely avoidable unless you are in a hotel nearby and want to walk to a bar.
Decent location and nice view. Plenty of space indoors and outdoors with live music. House beers are plain horrible; 5 styles that were all watery and astringent. Wish I had read the other reviews here before I went!
The view and setting is wonderful. Everything else is horrid. I went a few years ago and the beer was so awful I vowed never to return. But curiosity and the view brought me back again a few months ago. The beer was just as awful.
In short, there is no reason to ever go here especially if you have even heard of ratebeer.com, which you obviously have since you are reading this. The establishment is your run-of-the-mill gimmicky microbrewery that makes 4-5 of their own beers just to say they do. Brewing equipment is old and unkept, the beer is served force carbonated with no head formation, and every single beer on tap (I tried all of them) was lactobacillus infected, which probably improved them all. Food is overpriced and pretty poor. If you have the unfortunate experience of needing to eat in downtown Jacksonville, go somewhere that is actually good like BB’s or Charthouse. Don’t waste your money here. And definitely do not come for the beer.
Awesome location on the water across from downtown Jacksonville. Thirty years, three name changes, and a couple bankruptcies ago this was a kick ass place to go... a real hotspot popular with the downtown yuppie crowd. I loved it. Now there is very little to draw any type of crowd. Expensive food, house beer that is an afterthought, and a bar that will suck any party mood right out of you. Corporations use it for an office party spot ( which was the reason for my attendance), but I imagine there is less of that in the current recession.