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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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35 Beers
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 ffejherb:
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of ohyeahitsmuff
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%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Knapp85
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%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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!

Photo of pwoody11
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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