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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap RoomThe Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
BA SCORE
98
world-class

140 Ratings
Ratings: 140
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: 27
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

(I had reviewed this place a while ago, but that was a mistake--I had confused it with the Blackback).

This is a straight-up medium fancy New England eating establishment that happens to have excellent beer on tap. The vibe is warm and gorgeous and Caucasian, like nearly everything else in Waterbury. The cuisine is comfort food, and it is excellent: easily the best poutine I've had outside of Quebec, and fried chicken that rivaled the best of the Midwest.

Lots of taps, nearly all of which were New England. Three dedicated Hill Farmstead lines, as well.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of rikatine
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of MTfish
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of easong
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.02/5  rDev -9%
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

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Made a quick stop here for a couple of pints after dinner at the Prohibition Pig. Must larger tap last than the Pig with some great quality and all of the regular VT locals that you'd expect.

The atmosphere was very much akin to an Irish Pub - nothing special at all. Service wasn't great but was passable. Didn't have any food to comment on the kitchen.

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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We went here for a Father's Day lunch, was the first time we had been here, I was quite thrilled to finally go as they have an impressive selection of brews.

Atmosphere - Lighting was perfect, decor was great, not much to say, this was spot-on. Started off pretty empty but filled up quite nicely by the time we left, noise was not at a bad level even with tons of kids there, including the three we had with us.

Quality - Quality of everything had the element that effort was put into it to give that quality vibe. Nothing to complain about and it felt clean and comfortable.

Service - Service was great, everyone was friendly and accommodating, never got a sense of anything otherwise, tipped well because I felt like a true guest being served.

Selection - Best beer selection in terms of not only local offerings but quality offerings from all over, there were rarities that you cannot get that they have available, enough said. The food selection is what you would expect, and enough of it to have something for everyone.

Food - Pub food but good local quality stuff, this is the stuff dreams are made of, everyone should eat like this when they go out. There are salads and smaller portions of stuff available for calorie-conscious, but this really isn't your jam if that's your goal, this is centered around the brews and heavier foods.

Value - I was surprised even with getting a beer sampler and a bomber of good quality beer that the prices were quite on the inexpensive side. You get a real bang for your buck here, would definitely go again.

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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A - I have only visited during weekdays after work so it's always a little slower

Q - Good food and beer, who can complain!

S - I haven't ever had "bad" service here.

S - Unreal beer selection, considerably the best in Waterbury

F - Traditional pub food with a Vermont feel. Unique tweaks on classic dishes. Excellent food.

V - Prices are reasonable, food is good and the beer is plentiful...I'll keep going back!

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Whenever we make the trip up to Alchemist for cases of Heady Toppers(every 3 weeks or so) it always leads to a few pints on Main Street Waterbury. The Resivoir always has Heady Topper on tap, but I usually have a couple cases in the trunk already so we focus mostly on the Hill Farmstead and Lawsons Finest offerings. Like Prohibition Pig and Blackback Pub they offer a number of craft beers with a few selections of the HF and LFL.
The food is pretty good here, I've had issues of order accuracy and got a burger that was way undercooked(they took it back and no charge). Otherwise it has been above average pub fare. The employees are nice and the surroundings are fine. If you are in the Stowe/Waterbury area I'd suggest hitting downtown Waterbury before Stowe because the prices are better and there are 3 places (Prohibition Pig, Blackback and Resivoir) that should have whatever Hill and Lawsons(if you havent tried these beers you absolutely need to) are offering at the time.

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3.64/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was more restaurant than bar. Smaller bar upping the ante for the eatery. Yes, some very good local selections including just the one HF that day. Cannot compare to the Blackfly or the Probition P. within a two-minute walk, but if they have something left that the other places ran out of, then why not. As very buzy eatery, I didn't feel as comfortable sitting around, and the kitchen added to the already humid air.If you are staying in the area multiple nights, this would be on your list as a choice.

The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.