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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap RoomThe Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
BA SCORE
95
world-class

42 Reviews
Reviews: 42
Visits: 162
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: 27
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1856
United States
phone: (802) 244-7827

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thereservoirvt

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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 162
Reviews by Hibernator:
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had originally intended to go to The Alchemist for a beer and lunch, but they didn't open until 3 PM. My Plan B was The Reservoir, which I knew was right down the street.

This place is located in the center of town. The inside is a big open space filled with tables and chairs. Nice dark wood with a simple modern decor. The bar area is pretty limited with seating. They may have live music, I did notice a PA system set up.

The Reservoir has a really good selection of beer. You can expect about 30 diverse drafts. They offer an organized beer list with information on the beers as well as BA ratings, which I thought was pretty cool. They also feature the 'Vermont Sampler' which is four 5 oz. samples from any Vermont based breweries. You gotta appreciate the allegiance to the plentiful VT beer scene.

Draft highlights included Allagash White, Delerium Tremens, Dogfish Head Red & White, Hill Farmstead Abner, North Coast Old Rasputin, Ommegang Hennepin, Shed Mountain Ale, Smuttynose IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (2008), Victory Hop Devil and Southern Tier 2X IPA. They also offer about 30 or so bottles with some desirable speciality imports.

Food was really good and we're talking super fresh food, which simply tastes so much better. I would say one of the best features of this place is the emphasis on quality. The beer I had was fresh and served in appropriate glassware.

This place is solid and certainly worth checking out of the in area. (1,458 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ajlvt
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of garyloveman
4.31/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow, what a tap list. (21 characters)

Photo of dailyminefield
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of smb71481
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TedStrosser
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cherche
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Doug537
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mikeynas
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Good food, good beer.

The place to go in Waterbury. (53 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Arrived for VT beer and coincidentally the 5 year anniversary for Hill Farmstead and their tap takeover. It was heaven. Would easily drive there again solely for beer and a hotel room from philly. (198 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of byronic
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The place was packed when we arrived on a Friday afternoon. We were told it would be a 30 minute wait for a table, and that we could head back to the bar. The bar was crowded and loud, but the folks were friendly. We looked over the tap list, which was amazing, before squeezing up to the bar to order. The bartender was friendly, but rushed and served us quickly, politely and then moved on to the next.

After about only 15 minutes we were seated, again in the bar, for our meal. The menu is nice, a good selection. I was really in the mood for a burger, so I went for the Vermonter. I was asked how I wanted the burger, and I said "a little pink in the middle" (I was told the meat was ground on site...safe to leave it a little pink). When we got the food, I found my burger was perhaps more pink than not, but damn it was tasty.

The food went down pretty fast, and when we were finished, we felt eyes on us. The staff were looking at us. It was obvious they wanted us to move away from the table so they could seat someone else. So, we settled the bill.

The noise, the crowd and the rush...those are the downsides. The beer and the food, those are the upsides. All in all, I liked it, but would prefer to go at a quieter time. (1,249 characters)

Photo of JakerLou
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.