Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 137
Beer Avg: 3.46
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 12
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by sulldaddy:
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Another beer spot stop on my recent Australian adventure.
The Redoak is very easy to find as it has bright red awning and tables out front of the restaurant. I visited twice during my stay in Sydney. Once at nite for dinner and a second to meet up with Dwarbi late afternoon.
The restaurant has a bit of an upscale feel to it. Walking in the bar area is to the left with several stools at bar and some high table and chair setups. The Fermenting tanks are in plain view out front near the entry.
The tables in dining area are set with glasses and extensive silverware prior to our arrival. There are red candles, and tablecloths and several other red items in bar. The floor is dark hardwood and the ceiling is white plaster with some engravings.
The sampler is 4 beers paired with 4 foods what a cool idea! There are only house beers available with about 16 to choose from. Several styles are represented including a rauchbier, pilsner, oatmeal stout, frambozen, scottish ale, and hefeweizen amongst several others. Some styles are served in bottles like the christmas cheer and also the belgians and cherry stout. Quite a lineup IMO.
The food is slightly highend for dinner with a shorter list of choices while the bar menu is more pub oriented. I ordered the pork belly for dinner and my wife had the pesto pasta. We also worked through the meat/beer pairing sampler. THe beers were bavarian pilsener, scottish ale, racuhbier, and oatmeal stout. My only complaint was that the tray/food was not labeled and the menus were long gone.
All were good and paired nicely except the bavarian pilsener. I found this one to be appley sweet and not hoppy at all. I didnt have enough to review but this didnt impress. The rauch was good and I ordered a glass of it for my meal (see my review of the beer).
THe service for dinner is very friendly and excited that we were into micro brews and that we found redoak so quickly! Service is also just a bit slow but not a big deal, as it was fairly busy.
The overall atmosphere is very accomodating even though it was a little loud on a Thur nite. When we returned on Saturday late afternoon it was quiet and the staff remembered us form the previous visit.
If you visit Sydney you MUST check this place out as it was the best selection of beer I found anywhere in the country and almost all I tasted were high quality.
You can find some of their bottled beers in various locations, there are some bottles in the Qantas terminal at Sydney airport.
12-07-2005 02:30:05 | More by sulldaddy
More User Reviews:
4.59/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Wow, I was blown away. This place is the bomb. The manager, (done gone and forget his name again like the fool I am) and the rest of the staff are super friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Price/value is excellent. Tried a variety of beers- all delicious. Brewmaster has won a lot of awards. It’s impressive that he can craft so well across such a wide range. I’ve never had a trout that was salmon red before. Customers were equally friendly Tried to convince them to step up to the modern world with wi fi. Any event, serious class act.
01-17-2014 21:05:50 | More by drpimento
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is the most award winning brewer on the continent. Hands down the best beer in the country as far as quality goes, and they make a ton of different brews. I'm not sure if you can get any of their beers outside of this place, which gives you more reason to go and visit. One of the better brewpubs I've ever been to in my life. Friggin' fantastic!
01-08-2014 03:35:22 | More by XsoldoutX
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
Found this gem on a Saturday, came in as it was opening. CBD is pretty vacated on the weekend so had a good chance to talk to the staff. Place was very clean, the atmosphere and decor were spot on. The beer was excellent, I would put it up against some of the best breweries I've been to in the states.
11-17-2013 04:33:58 | More by TrentonWLangkamp
3.3/5 rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Reviewed from notes taked during a visit to Australia in June.
While I enjoyed my visit to the Redoak café it was as much because of the dinner party I was with that evening.
The atmosphere was ok but on the noisy side in the bar area. When we were seated at the tables we asked that the sound at our end of the room be turned down a bit so we could chat, etc. While that did happen the sound eventually got loud again to the point that a member of our party was actually experiencing discomfort and left early. The physical arrangements were otherwise fine.
The quality of the beer, from my perspective, was again ok but lacking in that the three different beers I sampled were just ok. Also, one English member of the party was also fond of a good Bitter and we both agreed that while the beer given us as a Bitter, while ok, lacked some of the qualities we expected in an English Bitter and could have used more hopping.
The service was attentive and responsive but a bit limited by the size of the crowd. The young woman server was pleasant, helpful, and did do her best to be sure we had no long waits, etc.
The selection of beers looked quite good on the menu and there was a wide range of house brewed styles on offer. But those we sampled were just not quite up to snuff.
The food was the best part of the experience and the beer food combinations we picked did work well together.
On the whole I found this to be an ok place that did not quite live up to expectation. However, given the general beer scene in Sydney compared to what I'm used to in SE PA it has to be described as a place with potential that hasn't yet been realized.
08-27-2013 00:44:40 | More by drtth
4.61/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favourite beer venues in Australia. In Sydney, this venue, along with the taphouse and the lord nelson, are a must do for anyone visiting the city.
The food and drink are top quality with an excellent range of beers on tap and in bottles to choose from, along with an excellent whiskey and wine list.
All the beers I had were outstanding, with their pale ale, bitter, wheat and saison all very tasty and full of flavour
Food was also outstanding, with well matched beer and canape plates to choose from along with an excellent main and dessert menu.
Overall a great, classy, relaxing venue to have some good quality food and drink
07-11-2013 03:09:15 | More by admiral
3.73/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
*** EDIT WINTER 2011 ***
Things ease over time, as too the perceived quality of Redoak. Perhaps they're a bit jaded. Perhaps I'm a bit jaded. Perhaps the in-crowd has moved on, and they're struggling for relevance. (Note: since my last review the Local Taphouse at Darlinghurst has opened, as too Hart's Pub).
I tasted an Australian Ale, the Honey Ale, and an arbitrary Porter. Still 'good' but not as outstanding as before. I noticed with some dismay the appearance of three ciders, occupying taps that could have been taken by some more ales.
Yes, they are struggling for relevance, and are targetting a different market. The beers they had available all seemed to me a bit passe, and the sense of innovation that once set this place apart has headed North and East to other establishments.
*** EDIT 20 May 2007 ***
Held my 40th birthday drinks here, with 8 mates. Janet really looked after us, helping us select the sequence of tasting, and basically being a good sport putting up with 9 pissed experts.
Tried new editions of Kölsch and Eisbock, which were excellent, and also some old favourites like Organic Pale & IPA. I had not tried the DunkelWeiss before, and found it be excellent.
*** Original Review ***
This place is great. I haven't been here since joining BA, but Janet remembered me and, pointed out the new IPA on tap. I vaguely recall more than a year earlier asking her to consider brewing one, and what do you know ? That's service !! And what a beer !!
I sat at the bar with my mate, handed over the credit card to open a slate. and got stuck in... IPA, English Real Ale (hand-pumped), Honey Ale, Altbier, Wee Heavy Ale. A great cross-section, and all with significant merit.
I nearly got turfed onto the street when I ask her if there was any "Brett" in the Wee Heavy. She didn't follow, so I tried to convey the impression of Band Aids to her... ummm... let's say I had to do a bit of back-pedalling to get out of that one...:-)
Not to worry. The place was packed come 5pm Friday. The only downer is the smoking table at the front door, which, given this day's prevailing wind, blew the offensive plume across the bar... not good.
The award winning Special Reserve barley wine is available for $15 per 50ml. This equates to $75 per 250ml bottle (e.g. Thomas Hardy-sized). I didn't try it on this visit, but this is EIGHT TIMES the price I paid for the Hardy recently. It better be bloody good, I tell you....
09-23-2011 06:44:59 | More by vancurly
3.36/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Ah, Redoak, Redoak, Redoak... a venue that seems to be dividing the beer community at present.
Have had some lovely times in here before, Saturday endless lunches with varieties of beer to match and enjoy. However, haven't been recently to allow me to review.
Popped in around 4:30 on a Friday arvo. Place was far from full, and mrs heygeebee and I were able to find a seat. I ordered a 'standard' bitter, and mrs heygeebee asked for a tasting plate as she was peckish, but we were informed these were not available until 5 as the kitchen was between shifts. No biggie, I suppose. Time to look at the beer menu in detail. Pride of Place - 'Redoaks Eagerly Awaited Ciders' erm, by who, I wonder? Not I... There are still three to four times as many beers as ciders, tho a lot of beer in bottles What got me was that the tasting plates are now four nibbles, with two beers plus two ciders. Not good. Change of direction from Redoak management, methinks.
Didn't try to talk beer to the staff, but they were generic pleasant.
So, the bar area got full by five or so, the restaurant area was still empty, not too many suits in sight, and the venue is still really well appointed. It's still the best bet, if you like beer as we do, within a few hundred metres in any direction. Beers in general are still all OK, nothing to point out brew-wise, but not too inventive either. Served too cold, as is the usual complaint. Didn't have the food.
Getting home, checked the website - it's hopelessly out of date compared to what was on offer.
Redoak, where will you go?
08-03-2011 00:17:14 | More by heygeebee
Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe in Sydney, Australia
94 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.