The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap RoomThe Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

42 Reviews
Reviews: 42
Visits: 164
Avg: 4.29
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

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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 164
Reviews by slander:
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pouring effin’ rain; has been all day, but they’ve seen worse and in the not so distant ago. This was an easy enough ride from the local cannery, but then Ben got me spinning hunting out parking that wasn’t, even though I was already settles in at the bank (that’s where you go). And set out walking. Atop the hill; the Resevoir...

In, and through to the rear; I’m sure we can land some bar space or something as such. Varnished “L” shaped wood bar on the inside wall, seating 9 on stools affixed and piping footrails below. Fenced overhang tracing the bar all around shows caged booze within. Mirrored panel on the barback with stacked glassware fronting it and stems dangling. A single flatscreen above with shelved booze to both sides. Upright bottle cooler behind the bar with a blackboard listing some but not all of the tap selections.

Wall of blue & red over slat wood lowers adorned with ski signs, brewery placards, and Vermonty things. Random art, chalkboard drawings, and sticker corner. Slat wood floors, and white painted ceiling with infrequent cross beams pasted with VT license plates. Drop lamp chandeliers with $1 bills stapled to the ceiling extending out like the fan threw them there. Hey, popcorn machine! Hey, popcorn machine! and a pair of hightop roundies off the bar along the windows overlooking a small exterior deck with 9 baby tables, some of which got themselves umbrella’d up. To the rear, a few tables high & low, a cushy couch, pool table, Phil’s golf game (live), & Big Buck Hunter. Some bar counter space around the pool table corner, and flat screens mounted above.

And the front room; a mirror image of the rear bar, just shorter, with seating for four, and trophies lining the overhang above. Raised perch in the front corner with a few tables, 7 hightops on the near wall front to back adjacent to the bar, and a few low recs out over the floor pushed together for larger parties. Ski lift & trail signage, a snowshoe here, a sled there, a Reservoir Dogs movie poster, you know, the usual. And the quintessential ‘A Christmas Story’ leg lamp (it’s a major award!)

37 taps in all, handles everywhere pointing every which way. 12 tap tower on the end of the bar, a single next to it, a pair of threesies on the barback, another pair of threesies sunken off the stretch of the bar, and another row of 12 in the front room on a smaller piece of bar. Roughly ½ of them are VT offerings (Hill Farmstead Rakau Single Hop APA & Edward Pale Ale, Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, Magic Hat Single Chair Ale, Long Trail Harvest & Truck Driver, McNeill’s Extra Special Bitter, Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale & The Rez, Wolavers Oatmeal Stout, IPA & Pumpkin Ale, Rock Art Stock Ale, Shed Mountain Ale, Switchback Ale & Slow Fermented Brown Ale, Trout River Red, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin). The other ½ are a mix of craft east coast (Smutty IPA & Greg Noonan Tribute Black IPA, Clown Shows Hoppy Feet Black IPA, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Ommegang BPA, Victory Hop Devil, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA & Chateau Jiahu), and west coast (North Coast Old Rasputin, Sierra Nevada/DogFishHead collaboration Life & Limb), a few imports (Duvel Single, Stella, Weihenstephaner Hefe, Guinness, Labatt Blue), a localish cider (Woodchuck Pear Cider), a retro (PBR), and a macro (Bud Light).

They do a sampler of 4 VT beers in 5oz glasses for $6. I had at that, opting for the Hill Farmstead Edward (very good), Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager (excellent), and the Long Trail Harvest (tasty) & Truck Driver (butter). I guess I went 3 for 4. And then a pint of that Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager’ cause it was that good. Ben went with Smuttynose Greg Noonan Tribute Black IPA of roasty awesome. I will be drinking that around many towns, yes. Good bottle list, too. Somewhere in the range of 2-3 dozen offerings. Nearly 20 craft cans and bottles, including bombers. The remaining dozen are a mix of Belgians, a few meh imports, a pair of ciders, and a single each gluten free & N/A.

Sure, a snack, ‘cause the beef jerky I’ve had is not sustaining. Started with the soup of jour; a beef stew with portabella and turnips. It was excellent. Had a bowl, which is cup goodness X2. And then the dry rub wings, which were sufficient. Ben also started with the soup and then his cheddar fries arrived sans the cheddar. Um, where’s ma’ cheese? Do over. And now the cheddar extreme version; so much for a light snack before flatbread action, but we have some time yet.

Server Chelsea was playful and fun and wasn’t shy about sharing her beer likes & dislikes. Food was good, nothing crazy. The beer selection is solid, and they were in (mostly) fine shape. Good house, we got in at the right time as it’s filled in nicely thankfully behind us.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blisscent
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of garyloveman
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow, what a tap list.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of smb71481
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TedStrosser
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cherche
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Doug537
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mikeynas
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Good food, good beer.

The place to go in Waterbury.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of byronic
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
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