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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

Nodding Head Brewery and RestaurantNodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 438
Beer Avg: 3.76

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very good

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$

My wife and I visited Nodding Head well over a year ago during a trip to Philly (before I was reviewing for BA), and we had both really enjoyed our visit. Yesterday, we were bored, so we decided to head down to Philly for the evening. Our evening began with a visit to Nodding Head.

I really like the atmosphere of this place. It reminds me of a cross between a 1920's hotel lobby and an old train station. Very unique, old-world vibe with plenty of seating (booths, high bar tables, an awesome antique wooden bar, tables). Decor almost has an old Victorian feel, with tin wall tiles, old wallpaper, and high ceilings. Aside from the decor, they also have a huge display case filled with bobblehead dolls that featured everyone from sports icons to TV and movie stars to musicians.

Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable (I think it was the same woman we had a year ago), and our dinner was delivered very quickly, even though they were fairly busy. The food here is excellent! We shared the spicy hummus platter and also a cheese and sausage plate. Both were fantastic, and they have the best hummus EVER! Food is reasonably priced, but their brews are a tad pricey ($4.50 to $5.50 for a pint). However, all of our beers were extremely fresh and tasty.

As for the selection, they only had six house brews on tap during our visit. However, all were very different stylistically, so that was nice. The had the following brews on tap: O-Tay (organic buckwheat ale); 60 Shilling (Scottish ale); All Night Ale (British-style dark mild); BPA (pale ale); 700 Level (blonde ale); and Grog (English-style brown ale). I had the BPA and O-Tay, and both were well above average.

Overall, this place is a true gem in downtown Philly. Great food, brews and service paired with a very cool vibe and tons of space. Place was fairly busy for a Saturday night, but we were seated immediately, and our food came out promptly. This will definitely be a must-hit every time we visit Philly.

01-06-2008 20:51:16 | More by ffejherb
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-29-2014 01:23:40 | More by coombski
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-18-2014 13:10:14 | More by InspectorBob
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$

Went here quite a while ago. I remember the food was good, not too pricy. Okay service.. nothing I remembered, good atmosphere and the chocolate stout was world class... im going there again soon to relive the experiance. Much morw to see in Philly but dont wolrite off this place. That is all

03-15-2014 06:04:42 | More by pjkelley82
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.