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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap RoomThe Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
BA SCORE
97
world-class

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

Sammy, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -5%

After visiting all three of the Waterbury triad--also including the blue-collar Blackback and the shmoo-shmoo Prohibition Pig--I can pretty much aver that this place is the better of the three. It has the selection of the Pig (much more so, actually) without the annoying/snobby crowd, and the more wallet-friendly prices of the Blackback. All three are worth a visit, I'd say, but only the Reservoir and the Blackback are true beer destinations...the Pig is more of a tourist trap.

Atmosphere here is semi-oceanic/nautical, with a nice relaxed front section including a small bar that seats about 5 people, and a more "sporty" room in the back, with a larger bar, and dimmer lights. Easily the larger of the triad, and easily the best beer selection as well, with a heavy bias toward local VT goodies, including Lawson's and Hill Farmstead. Sampler flights are also available, but there are so many provisos to getting a flight that you might as well just stick to full pours. Servers were friendly, crowd was laid-back (at least in the front sections, where we sat), and prices were just fine. Food menu is pretty simple, with pub grub and good grill selections. Everything I've ever had here was good, as opposed to the other two bars...ProPig food is lousy, and Mad Taco (served at Blackback) is pretty bad as well. If you want food with your beer, the Reservoir is the place to go.

Definitely worth a stop-in if you find yourself in town. And if you're staying in Burlington or any nearby area, you should eventually make the 30-45 minute trip to Waterbury, for this little cluster of pubs as well as the nearby Alchemist.

Rifugium, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

Small-ish place with a seating area in the front and the full bar in the back. We showed up before dinner for a few drinks and they were happy to let us sit at a table instead of the bar. A few TVs around showing the usual ESPN, etc. Not real impressive to look at, but it feels comfortable.

They have 38 taps with the majority (maybe even 75%?) being from within Vermont. VT breweries represented included Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, Trapp Lodge, Fiddlehead, Rock Art, Switchback, Wolavers/Otter Creek, and a few others I can't recall. The other selections were high quality as well including Maine Beer, Founders, Allagash. I had a HF Edward and a Maine Mean Old Tom. Prices are a little bit on the high side, but no different than the other high end craft bars we went to in VT.

By the time we left there was quite a crowd for dinner, but we didn't try the food. Worth stopping if you are in the area.

nh2032, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of slander
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

slander, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4.2/5  rDev -5%

This place was recommended for food and decent beer by the good folks at The Alchemist tasting room. It didn't disappoint. They had a lot of nice local selections on tap, as well as many regional ones. They didn't offer a taster rack. Which, this being more of a bar than a brew pub, makes some sense. Still, that would have been great. The Hill Farmstead beers were the gems of the line-up. The Hill Farmstead porter was a very tasty pairing with the lamb burger. I recommend. The service was good ... the place was busy, so I cannot complain too much for not being more "johnny on the spot" with attentiveness. The only thing that kept this from being rated higher was, "What? No Heady Topper?" Definitely worth popping in, if you're in the area.

DWolf, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Hit this place on a Wedneday night in early December - far beyond this being full ski season. This place was PACKED!!! Two major rooms. The first being the dining room, but then you head back toward the back bar. Very cool ambiance. However, extremely loud (in both rooms). As we were waiting for a table, we hung in the back bar. Grabbed a few beers - nice selection of local love (grabbed a Hill Farmstead Nelson and later on an Edward) and free popcorn. Score!
The wait wasn't too long, but the dining area was packed and much like the back room, when things are in full sing, it's extremely loud.
The waitress was attentive without being ovrbearing. By the time we sat down, we were ravenous! Had one of their burgers, the parmesean fries, and a ceasar salad. Nice portions, good price, and tasty food.
This definitely a place that I would hit up again. If you're looking to have coversation go early, or after 8-8:30ish as that's when the dining area seemed to die down a bit and we could hear one another.

Jayli, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%

Stopped here last week on a beer-skiing vacations with my girlfriend. Nice place with a good atmosphere and a great beer selection. Was able to get a couple beers we had never tried before which worked out well. I had heard going in that they dont clean the tap lines regularly, but i found both the beers we had to be good. The menu is really nice, unfortunatley I picked the short ribs and they werent as tender and falling off the bone as i would like. My girlfriend enjoyed the meatloaf, which i would also say was good. We also shared a cesar salad which was great. All in all this is a good place to eat with a great beer selection. I would go back to try other things on the menu.

HopsHopenstein, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Takeanotherswing
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Went on a Sunday for Brunch, I came here for the beer actually. Two things on my mind were Double Sunshine and Abner. Mission Accomplished. It was good because it was pretty quiet after what seemed to be a loud crowd the night before. The main reason you come here is food and the great selection on local VT beers. Perfect selection for tourists. The housemade Chili was awesome, the waitresses were friendly and insightful. The burrito I had was humongous and delicious. I'd have to come back here again when in town. I suggest anyone to do the same.

Takeanotherswing, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%

Visited on a late Friday afternoon back in mid-July 2011 and sat out on the back patio. Outside patio was packed but remained comfortable with sturdy (non-wobbly) patio tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Atmosphere was slightly diminished by a loud and obnoxious group sitting directly beside us, but still was enjoyable.

Quite an extensive tap list with a lot of Vermont offerings (notables include Hill Farmstead and Trapp), alongside some Stone, Dogfish Head, and Allagash. A solid tap list, but if you're looking for rarities you probably wouldn't be satisfied here.

Service was quite good despite how busy it was on the patio. Quite friendly staff from our experience, and we were taken care of well. For food we had the Vermont burger and chicken sandwich and both were tasty and certainly above-average for pub food. Prices seemed fair and reasonable for food and beverage (including the Vermont Sampler: 20oz for $6).

I'd recommend this place for a relatively inexpensive lunch, and a pretty good tap list to accompany it.

Digimaika2, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Chincino
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%

I went to this place by myself and found it to be a quite enjoyable experience. The decor is interesting with lots of unique items places on the walls and throughout the bar. There was a lamp at the front of the bar that resembled the lamp from the movie, "A Christmas Story." I went here around noon so it was pretty empty at that time, but the bartender informed me this place gets very busy at night and there is often live music there. I sat at the bar and the bartender was very friendly and gave helpful suggestions about the beers. I had the Hill Farmstead beer Edward. There was a good beer selection here. Good atmosphere, good service, and good beer. Cheers!

Chincino, Oct 12, 2011
The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
97 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.