The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 27
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
4.76/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
We visited 3 times in 2 days... Day 1 in the afternoon we stopped in at all 3 of the "tri-fecta" and split a beer in each to see where we might go for dinner later that evening. We enjoyed a HF Citra on tap. We went back later that Sat night around 8:30. We were told there'd be a short wait to get a table, so we headed to the bar in back. My wife ordered HF Edward and before I got a chance to order anything, our table was ready. I settled up at the bar and we got a table in the back near the pool table. I was already giddy at the tap selection with Hill, Lawson's and Heady Topper on draft that I really didn't see past that. Our server, Chelsea, got us some HF Citra and I was already happy as a clam. Then we ordered the food. I got the fish tacos and my wife got the flank steak. My tacos were very good, but Christine was just in love with the flank steak. It was cooked perfect and she told Chelsea to march into the kitchen and tell the line, "This steak is f***ing incredible", which she promptly did. They jokingly replied back that they didn't appreciate such vulgarity in their establishment ;)
We both got another beer with dinner - Lawson's for me. We struck up a conversation with Chelsea as she was a beer person too, and we relayed our brewery adventures in Burlington to her and she relayed stories of Hill Farmstead(Chelsea is the "phone girl" that had Sean and his mother looking for her lost phone in the snow at HF.)
We could not have been happier with our dinner and beers.
We went back the next day to visit Chelsea again and get some baked mac & cheese to go. I enjoyed what I'd say was one of the best beer flights I'll ever have in my life - HF Edward, HF Citra, Lawson's Sip of Sunshine and Heady Topper.
This place was our kind of spot with a SUPER high quality beer list and high quality bar food at reasonable prices. Besides the heavy hitters of HF, Lawson's and Alchemist on tap, they also had Fiddlehead, Zero Gravity, Switchback, Lagunitas, Allagash, The Bruery(Humulas Lager), Brasserie Dieu du Ciel(Peche Mortel) and Jack's Abbey. I believe they had something like 38 taps online.
This will be our dinner stop(and probably more) for sure next time we are in town.
04-07-2014 16:39:47 | More by WWJPD
4.69/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Another of the trifecta of great beer bars in Waterbury.
Great food, typical bar food with good twists. Had an awesome burger- when paired with Double Sunshine, I was in heaven for about 15 minutes.
The tap list is unreal, all of the typical Vermont goodies, plus a ton of other great international and US craft selections. You can't come in and not find something that'll make you happy.
The service was great, very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable bartender.
Gets a bit crowded at times- the front part is the restaurant and is nice, but there's a divey back section to the bar that can get a little crowded, especially since were there a little bit past happy hour time.
Worth the stop a million times over.
01-24-2014 20:58:50 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.89/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Amazing selection of beers both on tap and bottles. Litteraly something for everyone (except the Bud fans maybe)! Seriously, I was tempted to go through the style guidelines only to try and see what they didn't have. Everything from double IPAs to sours. And quite a few sours at that (gueze, flanders red, oud bruin and even gose)! Our waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgable on the beers. Food was good. Not as outstanding as the beers, but good. The beer menu was the big draw for me.
01-22-2014 01:56:37 | More by maltman24
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
My favorite places are the ones where when I first go in it seems like the people don't like me but then after a few minutes they figure out I'm cool and treat me real good. This was one of those places, but my enjoyment of it was very particular to me. If you are a not an abrasive, "love him or hate him"-style weirdo like myself, then this joint might not work for you. If you are, well, welcome to a real nice joint, friend.
The tap selection was limited, but everything was Capital-G good, and frankly I'd prefer that to 25 taps where everything is just lower-g good.
The vibe was an entrancing mix of the vibrant and the dingy. The walls were green. Lots of bottles and piping and old plastic buckets all covered in dust with basement cobwebs clumped in the uppermost corners of walls. The dude behind the bar had a conversation with us about god remembers what. It was a very nice place and I hope someday to go back there again.
11-13-2013 04:01:45 | More by mynie
4.34/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
We ended up visiting the Reservoir three time on our three night stay in Waterbury. Twice to have a beer, and a third time to have a bite to eat. The tap list here is awesome.
On our first two visits we headed straight to the back bar and grabbed seats at the bar. We were served immediately both times even though it was a little busy. We had the Lawson's Triple Play, what else do you need. The bartenders were efficient and attentive. Gave us a taste of a couple of other local beers that we were considering. They offered food, and were right on our refills of beer. Asked for water, and got a nice mason jar that was kept full without asking. Love it!
On our last night, we had not tried the food yet, so we decided to go in and get a table. We got a cute little table upstairs in front of the window. Perfect. We ordered the cold meatloaf sandwich with a side of mac n cheese, and the poutine and another Lawson's. All the food was very good. The service was very good and friendly.
Would not miss going here on a future visit. Service, food, beer. Nothing lacking.
10-27-2013 20:05:05 | More by rikatine
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great atmosphere and a huge selection of rotating beers on tap, bottles and cans. Food was good but my burger was over done. Not to expensive and they feature tons of local ingredients beers and spirits. Great place to stop in for a quick drink and hang with good people. Plus they serve their beer in ball jars which i thought was cool.
10-16-2013 19:18:18 | More by MTfish
4.04/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
This is where I found the Hill-Farmstead on tap in Waterbury. Coming from CA, I wasn't looking for Green Flash or Bear Republic, but there it was, which is testament to the management's intention to be the number one craft beer pub in Waterbury. Broadest tap list in town. I will be back looking for Lawson's some day.
10-12-2013 21:07:48 | More by easong
4.02/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The final bar of the must try trifecta in waterbury. This joint is a restaurant/bar and is family friendly. I have never eaten here as I always just make my way to the back and find a barstool and see what hf and lawsons are on! Oh and if that isn't your thing they usually have a few cantillons on hand as well.
Was here on a busy Saturday night and the bartender took care of me in a timely fashion considering how busy the place was that night. Definitely the loudest bar of the three but hey I like that!
The bartenders were knowledgable and incredibly friendly. Stop into the rez when in town you won't regret it
10-07-2013 03:05:13 | More by sirsteve42
3.96/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Visited Reservoir a few times over a weekend in Waterbury.
Atmospherically, this place is much more a restaurant than a bar. Lot's of tables in the front and a few stools at the bar that wraps around to a much more rowdy back room that seemed to be filled with people I wouldn't normally associate with. Lot's of families visiting for dinner in the front room and some very drunk people in the back. Odd mix. Annoyingly loud and not very good band later in the night. We were hastled by a drunk guy for a while. Odd mix in this place.
I still can't figure out what this 'quality' department is looking at. Nothing was 'bad'.
Service was good as we sat at the bar every time we visited. Bartenders knew a decent amount about the beers but often seemed rushed. Friendly and helpful staff though and chatty when the opportunity arose. Once again, they put on the hockey games we wanted to watch.
Good selection on tap and in bottle with a good number of styles covered. Limited Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, but what they had was good. Some other Vermont goodies around too, and the bottle selection was fairly impressive for a Canadian visiting the town.
Food was OK. I had a polenta dish one night that I didn't really enjoy, but we split truffle fries which were pretty fantastic. At the very least, I learned that I don't really like polenta.
For all the drawbacks, I enjoyed Reservoir. The selection was more diverse than Blackback, which is always a plus in my books.
09-11-2013 01:05:56 | More by tbeckett
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
The atmosphere was you typical pub fare - friendly maître D'
Quality was very good! I got the seafood scampi - delicious
Service was very good - friendly kid did not mind a couple of switches in wants and want nots
Selection was vey deep - a little bit for everyone
food - was great - did not take very long and was expedited quickly!
Value - have paid allot more and gotten allot less
07-11-2013 23:47:50 | More by PaulD
The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
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