The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 27
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.73/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Reservoir is 1/3 of the reason why I wished I live in Waterbury. If their amazing beer selection (including the VT trifecta of Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson's Finest Liquids on tap) isn't enough to chide you over, the fact that all the ingredients used in this establishment are fresh and bought locally from farmers and merchants in the Green Mountain State should be able to assuage any non-beer enthusiast to this restaurant as well.
I ordered the Shed Burger and asked my server how else I could make my burger a little more Vermontoise. She then pointed out that despite the fact that they have a burger named the 1/2lb Vermont Burger, the Shed Burger is probably as VT as it gets: The beef is from grass-fed Vermont-raised cows, which is flavored with Shed Brewing Company's Mountain Ale; sitting atop the beef patty is molten cheddar cheese from Cabot Creamery down the street; the leaf lettuce, onion, and pickles are all local-farm produced and picked; the English Muffin was apparently the way this burger was originally served by the chef at Shed Brewing Co.'s Brewpub (also made locally); and to top it off, she told me I could even go a step further and add Vermont Smoke & Cure Bacon for good measure.
I am proud to say that I have tasted Vermont at the Reservoir and it is delicious. The slogan on their website says it all -- Fresh Eats, Craft Beer. If eating an affordable world-class meal paired with some of the best brews America has to offer is your thing, then the Reservoir will definitely not disappoint. If good food and good beer isn't quite your thing, then you might as well go jump off a cliff because it appears that you hate life.
06-12-2014 02:57:31 | More by amano_h
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Had dinner here twice on our April 19-21 Lawson's 4th Anniversary trip.
First floor of the multiple-story early 19th century brick facade right in the center of the beer-famous town's small downtown area. Great old wide set of granite steps lead up to the entrance.
Dark inside, reminiscent of a 19th century tavern. L-shaped bar is in the back center, about a dozen tables and chairs in the main dining area filling the rest of the room. There is also a large back room and a smallish outdoor seating area but we did not venture there.
Menu is good if a little pricey, service ok to fun. We enjoyed the darkish atmosphere in the nearly full dining room on weekend nights. My wife preferred it to the Pig, which she had found a bit too noisy with a relatively unappealing (to her) menu last August when we ate there.
Beer selection is studded with brews from the Big Three local breweries: Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, plus other up and comers such as Fiddlehead.
This is probably the best choice in Waterbury for a beer geek's relatively "normal" dinner meal.
06-11-2014 20:05:46 | More by scotorum
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
My go-to Waterbury local for draft list. I like the roominess, I love the draft list and the food is good too! The most expansive draft list around IMO with the most amount of local beers from The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, Lawsons and others. I've always found the wait staff to be warm and welcoming as well.
06-08-2014 15:20:33 | More by BoldRulerVT
The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
97 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.