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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.68/5
Based on:
45 Beers
1,301 Reviews
Place Score: 84
Reviews: 25
Visits: 33
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

200 Poydras St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-1641
United States
phone: (504) 552-2739

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 33
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located next to Harrah's casino, very easy to find with the big street sign. The place has the typical Gordon Biersch atmosphere which is clean and modern. There is a load of wood here and a bar that can seat about 15. Private room exists for special parties. Loads of TVs showing sports.

The beer selection has all the standard GB beers and on this visit I had the Maibock which was good. The service was prompt and friendly. I have eaten in other GB restaurants in the past, but I did not on this visit.

This is not a bad place to stop for a change in pace from the usual French Quarter bar vibe. (601 characters)

Photo of ajtorres311
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere and setting are nice and make you feel you are at a nicer place than it really is. The beer selection is mostly limited to what they make, which can be cool but also a bummer. The food, while very good, can get a bit up there in price! We went because we were staying a block a way. (297 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Gordon Biersch strikes me as a typical above average chain brewery. I went on a Monday night during a work conference. The crowd was sparse but had conventioneers and a couple families who had come over from the casino. I went to the bar and ordered a hefe and a bock. Both were good but not mind boggling brews. At $5.50 they seemed reasonable. The place was open and spacious although we decided to sit on the patio right outside the restaurant. They did set up tvs and fans outside as well, so that was a nice feature. Service was good and beer knowledgeable. There were a good six or seven taps of varying styles. Overall, I would pop here again, but there are better ways to experience New Orleans beer culture. This strikes me as a nice place to grab and after conference day beer. (787 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Came here with my wife and some of her colleges for a late dinner. A very big place on a somewhat busy evening. It took a long time to get a table, and we ended up going outside on the patio section.

The waitress took awhile to come over but she eventually did and took our orders. They had about 8 different beers on tap that they brew, but I just got the seasonal, a bock.

My wife and I split a pizza and each got a drink, 2 others split appetizers and one other got a steak. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, but the guy who got his steak had to get it custom made because they apparently ran out of the cut he had ordered so a kitchen staff member came out to see if he wanted a different cut same style or just order something else. I'd say that's good customer service and give them a higher rating, but our waitress just kept disappearing. In fact all of the outside waitress/waiters did.

Everything was pretty good but a little pricey. I'm sure they can easily get away with it though because it's located by all the convention centers, tons of hotels, and it's right next door to a Ruth's Chris. After we got our bill we went to the bar to pay because we hadn't seen the waitress in such a long time and we didn't want to just leave the money outside.

All in all I guess it was ok, but I'd be perfectly fine with not going back. (1,345 characters)

Photo of ksmi116
4.08/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We went here on the Saturday of Mardi Gras weekend, and it was one of the better late lunches that I've had.

The service was a bit slower than we wanted, but with a table of 10, it wasn't unbearable. The food was spectacular, and the 5 house brews (one seasonal making 6) were all well done. The seasonal was the Mardi Gras Bock, which went over well with those that ordered it (not my favorite style). The beers poured all come out to .5 L, which is definitely a healthy amount.

The beer that stood out to me the most was the Hefeweizen, which had a real nice blend of bananas and clove in it. and the Czech Pilsner was a fantastic example of the style.

With two beers, an appetizer, and an entree, my bill was about $50 (with tip), so I feel that this was reasonable. Definitely somewhere to stop if you are in New Orleans! (828 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We visited this place and had a couple of brews...one was a seasonal called Mardi Gras beer, but I'm not gonna review it....sorry....it didn't stand out enough for me to really remember it well enough to review.

Outside of this, I found this to be a pleasant restaurant to visit,albeit a little quiet for my liking, but the beer selection is decent, the beer is a little better than average and OMG, the garlic fries are to die for!! Loads of real freshly pressed garlic are used and man, with the beer, made for a real treat! Didn't have any other food but I recommend trying this place out....it's even attached to the Harrah's Casino so it's easy to find! (659 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in while in New Orleans on a Tuesday night (8/10/10) simply because it was close to my hotel and right off, noticed that it was your basic cookie-cutter chain with the exception that it was a brew pub. Typical chain feel, no real vibe to the place. The bar in the back looked like it seated 20 or so and had a couple of TV's but nothing out of the ordinary that would make it stand out. The food was what I expected, nothing exceptional and average at best but I thought was a bit pricey. The service was average, but had no knowledge of the beer at all.

I tried one beer while I was there, the Golden Export, and thought that it was a decent attempt at an English Pale Ale (Boddington's is what I thought of, but certainly not as good), but subsequently noted that it was a different style. But overall, a decent beer.

Overall, if I am ever back in New Orleans, I may stop in just to try the other beers, but I won't make a special trip. Average at best. (966 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This is a typical chain brewpub. Imagine an Applebees that makes beer. Connected to the Harrah's hotel and the casino. Pretty much what you would expect for such a place, and sterile overall. A big area in front for diners. The bar is towards the back, and a large patio outside. Brewing equipment can be seen to the left of the bar. Just a cookie cutter brewpub.

The service was decent. The bartender was fast and friendly, though did not seem to know a lot about the beer. I had some appitizers, fried calamari. They were tough as rubber, and had no flavor. Lots of other stuff on the menu. Steaks, seefood, bugers. Pretty much the same stuff at any other location.

On to the beer. There are a handful of German beers. Most everything is watery and bland. Nothing bad, just by the numbers. The best was the Schwarzbier. Everything else tasted almost the same.

Overall, this place does not have much character. I am not really a fan. Go to Crescent instead. (962 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

GB is in a pretty good spot, close to casino's and Bourbon St. It's a nice place, good to watch a football game. It wasn't super busy, we were seated right away, and our waiter was not very attentive. Several times we had to put conversation on hold to watch out for him to get some service. At a brewery/restaurant, I don't find it a good thing to keep patrons waiting for a brew. The selection was below par. They only offer about 4 beers year round, with 1 seasonal from what I could tell. The food wasn't bad. Had the garlic fries and I would reccomend going for the regular ones...garlic was the ONLY seasoning on them. Price isnt bad. Beers were $4 and the meals were below $12 for most things.

May go back, but likely not often. (737 characters)

Photo of LabBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Right next to the casino in New Orleans, just a few blocks from Burbon street. In terms of beer quality, this place was easily the best draft beer bar I visited in the French Quarter. Every other place that I visited ended up having what I would guess was dirty beer lines.

The lineup is probably what you would expect from a German brewery. Pilsner, Schwartzbeir, Marzen, Maibock (seasonal), Hefe. Not a single loser in the bunch and you can try them all for $5.50. I personally don't get super excited about German lagers, but I can't complain about the quality of any of them. If you want to go to a place where you aren't going to be disappointed with anything you order in the French Quarter this may be the place. (721 characters)

Photo of soupermirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice place for a decent lunch and a sample of six different beers. The beers were pretty good. We just beat the crowd so service wasn't bad althought the waiter did try to joke a bit with a sarcastic tone, he kept checking on us though. But back to the beer. I had the sample flight of the six beers brewed and really enjoyed the Lager, Hefe, and Schwarzbier. My wife who realy doesn't drink beer even like the Schwarzbier. The others (Marzn, Czech, and Seasonal) weren't bad either, but enjoyed the first three mentioned more.

If you want to try several beers and have some pretty good food this particular Gordon Biersch isn't bad. (635 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

This place is a typical chain found at the end of Poydras in the Harrah's complex. The patrons were mainly noisy sportfans. I came here on a Tuesday night, and it was surprisingly crowded. This is probably because it was Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Lots of tourists.

The service wasn't great. The bartender gave me a menu & then asked what kind of beer I wanted, when I looked up to tell him, he was gone. He came back a few minutes later & I ordered the Schwarzbier, the only brew I had. Based on that one beer, I thought the quality was good. The bar only has their 4 signature brews, a seasonal, and the few guest beers are all macros. I did like the outdoor patio behind the bar. There were windows cut out behind the bar so that people on the patio could place orders. (773 characters)

Photo of daythree16
3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Chain brewpub locate very close to the Harrah's casino. I've been here two or three times in the past couple of years, and it's always pretty good. The food is good and the prices are decent.

You get a free sampler of their offered beers when you first arrive, and the server has a cursory knowledge of each. The hefeweizen is always really good. Most of the beers are just ok. Not really the place to go if you want great beer.

Bottom line: Good place to have some decent beer if you're headed to Bourbon St. or just lost your ass at the casino. If you dig the "touristy" areas, it's probably not for you. (609 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I stopped in here right after I arrived in NO, since it was on my way to the convention center. There were a couple of tables by the front door and a large outside seating area in back behind the bar. Fairly large dining room and a separate bar area in the rear with some booths and the brewhouse visible to one side. Beers were decent, with 6 (including a seasonal Irish red ale) available during my visit. Prices were reasonable - my 23oz hefe was $5 - especially this close to the convention center. Service was adequate, but the bartenders seemed a bit uninterested in patrons. Food was mostly mediocre pub fare, but portions were large.

A pretty standard chain brewpub, not that that's a bad thing at all. (711 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

a simple place with simple yet enjoyable beers...the bisque is spicy and good and the pizza ain't bad either...the brew master is a nice guy and the bartender was cool as they come...lagers live here!

Seems to be quite laid back when I went, early afternoon, and the to go beers is a great feature considering it is New Orleans..

Is right across from a big casino and only a short walk from the French quarter and Crescent City brewpub...

the Hefeweizen really stands out and they try have a seasonal on tap ( i missed out by one week )..

..Overall: a nice simple place with some simple, good beer and some decent food.. if you are in the area and haven't really gone Gordon, give it a whirl! (697 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Noisy, busy, upscale, brick, metal, glass, expensive woods. This place was jumping when I went for a visit. Beers tended more towards the crowd pleasing M.O.R. side of the spectrum. Extensive and varied food menu, the gumbo was pretty good, but I would not say much better then that. Not much "Nawlins" style food, nor much of a NOLA vibe to the place, too bad. Food service was SLOW. Decent enough place for a beer and a bite, I'd go here for lunch perhaps but stay away for the crowded dinner scene. With so many other great food places in town this place seemed safe/Chain like, but lacking in much interest or character. Located at the ass end of Harrah's, unsightly, money sucking and tourist filled casino...bleh (718 characters)

Photo of Butch
3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I liked the place. Chain it may be, but I thought the food was good and beer was better. The whole place was clean and comfortable, the staff was friendly and welcoming.

The food was good, nothing spectacular, but good nonetheless. The beer was very nice. All of it (that I had) in the German tradition. Their Czech Pils was a bit weak on the hops, but their Golden Export was better than I expected. I loved the Rauch.

Recommended for a break form the Quarter (within an easy walk) or the expensive, upscale places in town. Good for folks who aren't after beer, but with good beer for us. I'll look for establishments in other towns. (638 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This iteration of the chain (and I wish to re-state for the record that I do not associate a negative connotation with the designation "Chain") was located right on the corner of Poydras and Convention Center Boulevard. The entry sat at an angle to the corner with the maitre d' station and a cabinet of logo items to the left. It took me a series of turns, passing through the restaurant area, before I reached the bar. It was an elongated-"U" shape, topped with marble and I took a seat at its far left end, overlooking the open-air patio in front of me. To my left were the brewhouse and a series of fermenters, all behind glass. On a left oblique, at about my 7 o'clock, were the lavatories.

Both the bar and restaurant areas were wide, expansive set-ups. The bar area had a shelf with stools in front of the brewhouse, a sea of high tables and chairs in the center, and a bank of booths along the wall opposite the restaurant section. As to the decor, it was standard Gordon Biersch - that entails the glass doorways with the name and a hand raising an overflowing hefe glass etched into the glass; the round logo with the initials separated by a wheat sheaf between them; lots of exposed brick and ducting; and quality wood stools on which to sit.

A note on the service. My first bartender, John, was a bit obtrusive. Does Woody like obtrusive servers? NO! This guy seemed to want to hover around like a helicopter and take me through each style of the sampler, despite my wearing a Stoudt's BC shirt and generally treating me like a newbie. Grrr. His relief, Michael, acted as though he could recognize a beer patron. He was very ebullient and outgoing and more like what I would expect from a Nawlins bartender.

Woody's Soapbox: I have been taken to task before for being "a chain apologist" and I refuse to back down from my stance that automatically thinking that a place should be the target of scorn simply because it is part of a chain is wrongheaded. My maternal aunt and her husband routinely visit her local G.B. in Washington, D.C. after I turned them onto the place shortly following its initial opening. This is despite their usually favoring wine on those rare occasions when they actually do partake. I steadfastly love the chains and just like the old Tareyton ad, "I'd rather fight than switch." In fact, I was the guy with the black eye at the recent grand opening of Iron Hill's Lancaster location. Just kidding about that last.

Beers: Golden Export (5.0) - not much to speak of, but golden lagers usually are not; Hefeweizen (5.5) - light on the esters, but still enough of that banana taste that I disdain; Czech Lager (5.6) - read Pils, but not hoppy enough to satiate me; Marzen (5.7) - passable, decent, but not mind-blowing; Schwartzbier (4.29) - really good, light-bodied with a pleasant roasted smokiness on the finish; and their seasonal, Dos Gatos - a Mexican-style lager with a fruitiness that was not unpleasant, but it was not my bag, either. (2,986 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in town for a conference the weekend before the BCS so the place was packed with noisy football fans. We had a group of 14 and were glad there are a couple of rooms off to the side so we could actually hear ourselves talk.

The beer is solid, not great but nice and a reasonable price for a tourist area ($4.75 for a 1/2 liter). The menu has a nice assortment of food, everything from burgers to chicken and steak, the salads looked pretty good. I had a "teriyaki flatiron steak" that was properly cooked medium rare as requested, wife had goat cheese ravioli, both of us were happy.

Location is very convenient to French Quarter and they don't kill you on prices, worth trying if you have a large group or are not a huge foodie. (734 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place was not a bad place to go and eat after racking up or losing money while at Harrahs Casino. The food was pretty decent and the beer was above average. The prices of the beers were about $5.00 which isn't too bad for draft. The sampler is the best way to go. I liked the fact that you could pick a sampler which was great. For a brewpub it was a good place to eat. They only have 6 beers to choose from but they weren't all that bad. The service was ok but the waiter didn't know much about beer. I probably would not go back. (536 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I really do like the atmosphere here, clean and has a very nice outside bar seats you can sit with a few pints.

The beer quality was pretty good. I had all the beers they had, and none were really lacking. The seasonal beer was a nice crisp festbier.

Service was good. It was slow, but not horribly. The waiter knew the beers well enough.

Selection is ok. I liked all the beers offered, but the only ale was their hefewiesen. Not to say that is bad, but with only six beers, some of the beers were quite similar in flavor.

Food. In my opinion, not good. It was overpriced, but did not stand out at all. It's do-able if youre on vacation, but i wouldnt want to come here often for the food. Go somewhere else.

Value is pretty good, between $3.50-$4.50 a pint.

Overall, they do make some nice beers, so i do want to go back... but it's not on my top list. (872 characters)

Photo of rousee
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

Standard brewpub look with lots of steel and dark woods. This place is larger than the other Gordon Biersch I have tried in Las Vegas. Extremely clean looking interior. This is a real rarity in many New Orleans establishments so it was a refreshing change in that regard. I didnt use the facilities but I can bet they were pretty clean and if you have ever seen some of the bathrooms at bars in New Orleans, you'll know why I am mentioning it.

The beer selection was nothing impressive and the beers were all just average or a tiny bit better than average. While the bartender was slightly mal-informed on the beer, the thing that needs mentioning here is that when I asked for a list of beers, I was told that I would need to try them all rather than looking at a list. I loved that. The samples were small but definitely enough to allow me to evaluate fairly which ones I liked the best. I was not charged for them either.

Defiinitely worth a stop to get out of the casino next door or before or after a riverboat ride as the Riverwalk is a short walk away also. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This GB located across from the casino in an area where the Central Business District and the Warehouse district seem to converge. It is only a few blocks from the quarter, but those few blocks make for a much more relaxing and dare I say more mature atmosphere.

There is a nice long bar at one end. The bar overlooks their patio, which was not open when I was there. They have some very cool garage door like windows that roll-up to bring the outside atmosphere in. The bar was nicely decorated with Gordon Biersch posters and they made good use of color.

The staff was very friendly. Our bartender was well versed in their beers and styles and she was very generous with samples.

The food was mostly standard brewpub fare, but they did have a few local twists. I liked their take on red beans and rice and thought their jambalaya was also quite good.

Unfortunately, the beers, while serviceable, were on the conservative side. I had a decent Hefe and a passable dunkel. I wish they would offer a few more beers, but I guess they are catering to the flocks of tourists instead of us BAs.

Still, this was an enjoyable stop and one that I would have no problem returning to. (1,191 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I have enjoyed both of my expiriences at GB, however I think they receive some flack because of their chain status and the fact that they only offer German styled beers.

Atmosphere- Okay, atmosphere does reasonably suffer from GB being a chain. The insides look much like any chain brewpub: moderately upscale, but still casual.

Quality- Every beer I've had at GB has been a very good to great interpretation of whatever German style they are brewing.

Service- Service was alright in New Orleans. We came during an off-time and still the service was a little too slow.

Selection- 6 beers: A light, hefe, pils, marzen, schwarzbier, and a seasonal which happened to be a dunkles.

Food- Standard brewpub stuff, not exciting, but very solid.

Value- Prices were on the higher end of reasonable. Plus I saw or heard nothing of drink specials. (857 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place certainly has a chain restaurant feel. Everything feels a bit too sterile and neat. There is nothing wrong with being clean, especially in a city like New Orleans. But Gordon Biersch - New Orleans doesn't seem to have very much of it's own character.

The bar was nice and big, and the restaurant was pretty busy for a lunchtime crowd. It seemed that most people weren't in the mood for drinking beers when we visited.

The food was good, the menu was varied with options that should please most people. The menu didn't seem to have too many New Orleans based specialties, but it had most all of the bases covered.

There were six beers available. One Wheat Ale (german style) was on tap, and the rest were lagers (also german based styles). I tried the Marzen, Schwarzbier, Hefeweizen and the Dunkels which happened to be the available seasonal. The selection seemed limited unless you are really into German Style beers. There was a light lager and a pilsner on tap as well as the other four mentioned.

All of the beers that I tried were good. They were clean (except for the expected banana and clove from the hefe) and they were brewed to style. But it didn't seem like they were trying to impress the beer nerds. I would definately come back to Gordon Biersch if I were ever nearby in New Orleans, since there seem to be few brewpubs in the city, but I would not base a trip around visiting here. (1,422 characters)

Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in New Orleans, LA
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.