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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap RoomThe Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
BA SCORE
95
world-class

42 Reviews
Reviews: 42
Visits: 162
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: 27
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1 S Main St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1856
United States
phone: (802) 244-7827

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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 162
Photo of jvodom
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

My brother and I ate there on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014. We were promptly seated. The service was a little slow all night. We didn't mind it except for when were waiting on beer refills. I ordered the burrito with chicken. It tasted good, but the chicken was fried. I am unsure if the menu said it was fried, but where I am from, that is not normal.
The beer selection was excellent. We did the VT beers flight. Lots to choose from. Just check their website for their tap list if you are looking for something specific. (523 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (566 characters)

Photo of maltman24
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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. (495 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (908 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of sirsteve42
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (619 characters)

Photo of easong
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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. (1,458 characters)

Photo of Chincino
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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! (668 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The place was packed when we arrived on a Friday afternoon. We were told it would be a 30 minute wait for a table, and that we could head back to the bar. The bar was crowded and loud, but the folks were friendly. We looked over the tap list, which was amazing, before squeezing up to the bar to order. The bartender was friendly, but rushed and served us quickly, politely and then moved on to the next.

After about only 15 minutes we were seated, again in the bar, for our meal. The menu is nice, a good selection. I was really in the mood for a burger, so I went for the Vermonter. I was asked how I wanted the burger, and I said "a little pink in the middle" (I was told the meat was ground on site...safe to leave it a little pink). When we got the food, I found my burger was perhaps more pink than not, but damn it was tasty.

The food went down pretty fast, and when we were finished, we felt eyes on us. The staff were looking at us. It was obvious they wanted us to move away from the table so they could seat someone else. So, we settled the bill.

The noise, the crowd and the rush...those are the downsides. The beer and the food, those are the upsides. All in all, I liked it, but would prefer to go at a quieter time. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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. (678 characters)

Photo of poop_brew
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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! (418 characters)

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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. (687 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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. (1,629 characters)

Photo of DWolf
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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. (748 characters)

Photo of woodchip
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This was the first stop on my VT trip back in Dec 2014. Everything was pretty decent with the exception of the service. I was too damn excited to get my hands on my first Lawson's beer (SoS) to care much. Overall, the experience was good. (238 characters)

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of monkeybutler
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (2,408 characters)

Photo of rikatine
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (565 characters)

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The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room in Waterbury, VT
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.