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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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(Place added by: scottum)
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2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Mikeluzzjr, May 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -32.3%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

vonnegut21, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

yourefragile, Mar 19, 2014
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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
Photo of maltman24
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%

Amazing selection of beers both on tap and bottles. Litteraly something for everyone (except the Bud fans maybe)! Seriously, I was tempted to go through the style guidelines only to try and see what they didn't have. Everything from double IPAs to sours. And quite a few sours at that (gueze, flanders red, oud bruin and even gose)! Our waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgable on the beers. Food was good. Not as outstanding as the beers, but good. The beer menu was the big draw for me.

maltman24, Jan 22, 2014
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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
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3.96/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

tbeckett, Sep 11, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

jmmy3, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

chippo33, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

mendvicdog, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

ari32, Jun 06, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

vtbeerandbud, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Kevincredible, Jan 24, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

rowingbrewer, Oct 29, 2013
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4.02/5  rDev -9.3%

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

sirsteve42, Oct 07, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

easong, Oct 12, 2013
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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
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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
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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.