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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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Nodding Head Brewery and RestaurantNodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
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451 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 160
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

1516 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
United States
phone: (215) 569-9525

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Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was our first stop after checking into the hotel just around the corner upon our arrival in Philly for the first time. You enter the place via a stairway off Sansome Street.

We arrived there about 11:15 a.m. even before they opened the kitchen, but the bartender was really friendly and found a table where we could begin our tasting of their beers. We sampled about 7 beers in all, including a double IPA that was really hopped-up, much like a west coast San Diego style IPA. We loved it and felt right at home. The "Grog" was quite unusual. Everything we tried was tasty.

When it came time to order food, I asked the bartender about the roast beef (french) dip. He said some prefer it over the Philly Cheese Steak. That was enough to get my attention. He was right. It was an exceptional sandwich, just enough food so that we were energized to begin our walking tour of the historic sites to the east of the city.

We visited Noddinghead again that night. We ordered a pitcher, thinking it would be less expensive, and realized that we had paid about $4.00 a pint. Then I recalled how lunch too was a bit pricey. It's a great place. The service is friendly and they know their beers, but pay attention to your tab. It can get costly.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PotlandOR
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Sorry i had to see this place on it's way out. Fun space.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Who would have thought Center City Philadelphia had a brewery? On a second floor of a nondescript building on a nondescript stretch of Sansom Street? Well, here it is.

Go up the (steep) stairs and, voila, welcome to Nodding Head. Brewery tanks and a bar to the left, tables galore to the right and silly bubbleheads and other toys right in front of you by the hostess station.

The wife and I first sat at a high-top table but quickly realized the place was jammed and understaffed so we switched to the bar. They had six house beers on tap during our visit: Summer Nights Sour Brown, George’s Fault Belgian Ale, Goldihops, Black Party Rye Pale ale and a cask stout (plus Allagash White just because)

The food menu is classic bar grub. For some reason I thought they had pizza here but I was mistaken- it was Dock Street that does it. Mac and cheese, wings, rings, quesadillas… you name it. The hummus was great, though!

Service at the bar was fine, but as I said the rest of the place was understaffed. Would I go back? I’m not in a hurry, but maybe once or twice to check out new beers.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Finally made it here on a recent trip to Philly. You have to climb up a set of narrow stairs to the second floor where the brewpub is. Definitely an old place re-purposed. It has a nice old wood bar. Old wood floors. It is a little dark, but has a big old skylight in it. The beers were good. We definitely enjoyed them. We did have any appetizers, but the dinners we had were all well received. The fries were right up there with Monk’s. I had the salmon, and it was excellent. There were also very positive reports on the French dip and the meatloaf. Definitely worth the trip!

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Checked this place out on a recent visit to Philly, very knowledgeable staff eager to talk about beer! This combined with the interesting rotating offerings on draught made it a worthwhile visit. I didn't have a chance to try the food on this visit but will next time. Definitely worth dropping by this place if you are in the area, you won't regret it.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of krukster
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Went here on 8/9 during my latest trip to Philly. This place is average at best, and i wasn't all that impressed with their beers. They had a sour wheat beer which was very blah, bu their porter did seem to be pretty good. Service was fine in regards to getting a beer, but some of the waitresses were doing shots and drinking on the job. Seemed pretty unprofessional, and the place itself did not impress me.
There are a ton of other breweries / brew pubs/ bars in Philly worth seeing over this place. Not the worst, but probably would not stop here again.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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