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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

121 Ratings
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.8%
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 PaulD
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

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

PaulD, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.63/5  rDev +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.

JMScowcroft, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of poop_brew
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

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!

poop_brew, May 29, 2013
Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

NHbeerfishing, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -17.8%

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 -5.2%

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 +3.8%

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 -0.7%

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 -5.2%

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 -9.7%

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 -5.6%

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 +12.9%

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 -10.8%

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 -6.5%

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
Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Stopped in here for the first time with my wife this past Wednesday for a night cap. We sat at the bar and didn't have any food, but the trays floating by looked and smelled great. Walk through the front door into a smallish dining area. There is a bar midway across the room that straddles the right side of the building and encompasses the kitchen behind it. 20 to 30 seats at the bar and maybe twice as many tables for dining. The beer selection is great and lengthy with a focus on VT Breweries. They've even got a mix and match VT sampler; 4 - 5oz VT brews for like 6 bucks if you are so inclined. Tap list when I was there included: Brooklyn Lager, DFH 90min, Namaste, Guinness, Harpoon Rye IPA 100bbl, Hill Galaxy, Edward, Longtrail Belgian White, Magic Hat Wacko, Mcneils Dead Horse, Old Rasputin, Hennepin, Otter Creek Copper, Rock Art IPA, Saison Dupont, Sam Summer, Shed MT Ale, SN Harvest, Ovila, Smutty IPA, Southern Tier 2xIPA, Stella, Stone Ruination, Switchback, Switchback Roasted Red,The Rez, Trout River Red, Trapp Helles, Long Trail Truck Driver, Weihenstephan, Wolavers wildflower wheat, Wolavers IPA, Woodchuck Pear Cider. And they have a good bottle list too. Ill go back again, and maybe eat there too.

johnnnniee, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Hibernator, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%

Waterbury, VT what a town for good beer enthusiasts! This is probably beer destination number 3 in town, well worth checking em all out. Larger place with large open area as you enter and towards the rear, multiple bar areas, in the warmer weather you can enjoy a nice outside deck/bar/eating area. Plenty of quality locals on tap, long Trail, Otter creek, Rock Art, Switchback, Trout River, Trapp, mixed in with BA worthy nationals, regionals DFH, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Sierra, Southern Tier,Victory and others,. About 35 high quality bottles also offered. Strong selections all over the place. Nice, comfortable and friendly spot for a visit. Well worth giving this place a try.

Billolick, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -9.7%

I visited this place the other weekend while I came to VT to try Heady Topper at the Alchemist. While drinking Heady Topper I started talking to a nice girl named Lucia who was sitting next to me and filling out a job application. She asked me if I knew about "The Res" and I told her that I walked past it on the way to the Alchemist but that was about it. She told me that she worked there and that they had 37 tap lines! I agreed to stop in the next night to check it out and say hello to her while she was working. The bar is very sports bar like but with really good beer available. The locals are plenty friendly and I had a good time. The wings were pretty tasty and they had 4x beer samplers. Caroline was a really nice and attentive barkeep. They also had an outdoor terrace area which seemed nice. Worth a stop if you have time but I'd recommend the Alchemist and the Black Back over the Reservoir.

koopa, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of monkeybutler
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

I moved to Waterbury over a year ago, back when this place was called "Waterbury Wings."

They had good wings, with an unbelievable selection of wings, but it wasn't a very interesting place.

I went in when Mark (the owner) had his soft opening, and I go in at least once a month, so I've seen the place at its best and worst.

Its main allure is that it's a great alternative to the Alchemist, which is a half-block down the road. It has a lot more seating, a bigger bar area, and it's just a better place in terms of size and comfort. It also has a bunch of TVs, which are absent from the Alchemist.

That's not a knock on the Alchemist - the fact is that the Alchemist is a world-class brewpub with a great selection of beer, a unique bar menu, and just not quite enough space to make it doable unless you get there early.

So, the Reservoir can't compete with Alchemist's beers, but it does a pretty amazing job in its own right. It's one of the few bars I've ever seen North Coast beers on tap. It has Victory on tap. Even Stone. I mean, those three in and of themselves are impressive in almost any locale - but we're in bumblefuck Vermont. I know. Because I live here. And while we are the "Recreation Crossroads" of Vermont, and it does get "busy" during ski-season, we're still 3+ hours from Boston, the closest real city. This entire state has considerably less than 1 million people. Our biggest town is Burlington, which might break 70,000 people soaking wet.

So, having Stone, North Coast and Victory is no small victory.

And of course, they have a full complement of solid Vermont beers.

So yeah, they do a pretty stellar job with the selection, even if they can't match a top-notch brewpub's offerings. (And I mean top-notch: look up my Alchemist review to see what I mean.)

The service is about as good as you'd expect given that it can get pretty crowded. I've never had a real problem with any of the servers. It's mostly populated with young ski-bum types that you'll find in any town near a resort area.

The food is really pretty good for the most part. They won "Waterbury's best burger" in a contest last summer- and they apparently butcher all their own meat, so they don't joke around.

My advice: get to the Alchemist early for a beer and get dinner there if you can - but if it looks crowded, eat at the Reservoir and come back to the Alchemist for an after dinner beer.

monkeybutler, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of youbrewidrink
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%

Great beer selection including many regional and international favorites. Youngs Double Chocolate Stout is usually on tap here. They offer the full beer spectrum so you can bring your American or (Canadian)friends with you.

There is a sports bar in the back with plenty of televisions and a quieter dining room towards the front of the building.

Perfect way to spend time when the Alchemist is not available Typical pub grub, good service and local flavor. They were even open on Easter.

This is not a destination, but a decent place to visit if you are in town.

youbrewidrink, Apr 27, 2009
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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
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