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Elliott Bay Brewing Co.

Elliott Bay Brewing Co.Elliott Bay Brewing Co.

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 120
Beer Avg: 3.6

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Eatery ]

4720 California Ave. SW
Seattle, Washington, 98116
United States
phone: (206) 932-8695

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Hopmodium

Washington

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Great grub, no doubt. Healthy options available as well. Service is great as well. The only complaint I have ever had here has been the terrible country music that played all morning on the first day of this year, 2013. Really, that is the worst thing I have encountered here, even the customers seem happier than most. Ate here as a tourist, a prospective resident, and as a WS resident...love it and cannot see that changing. Great beer selection that does not rotate all to much despite seasonal favorites but that matters little when the beer is this good. Great prices as well, growlers filled properly and affordably so, bring your family here. Try the Demolition Ale on Beer Engine if that is still available, great way to try a beer if you are a true fan of suds. Last time I was there, Red van Boorian was on cask and it was friggin' great.

01-29-2013 05:23:44 | More by Hopmodium
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snaotheus

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Happened to be there on the day of a parade, and a large group of people dressed as pirates came in and broke into song from time to time. So that was weird, but whatever. At least I found a parking spot.

This was my first visit. The atmosphere was nice, small, friendly, professional brewpub. The quality of the beer was good, and the selection was fairly standard for a brewpub. They had three guest taps that were clearly geared toward non-beer people (framboise...).

Food was good but not spectacular. Nothing seemed unreasonably priced or anything. Overall, good solid place. I would go back.

07-22-2012 03:40:28 | More by snaotheus
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AdemT

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Consistently fantastic beer, no matter the style. I've been going here for more than a decade and I never cease to be impressed by the beer. The food is above-average pub fare, but the value here is the incredible beer. Service is generally really good, too. They do well-hopped beers as well as any brewery or brewpub in NW. My favorites are Demolition and their dry-hopped IPA, but I've recently become a fan of their hoppy Belgian-style trippel, Hop Von Boorian. Not sure why I never tried it before. Speaking of trying things, if you're curious about *any* beer on the menu, just ask for a sample and they will kindly oblige.

03-15-2012 02:03:09 | More by AdemT
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WaBeerBlog

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

As West Seattle homeowners, Elliott Bay Brewery is our local establishment and we go there at least every week or two. The food is served in generous, affordable, tasty portions (try the Ahi Tacos or something from their fresh sheet).

They usually have 10+ of their own fresh beers on tap (try the dry-hop IPA or Hop von Boorian), plus a couple guest taps from local breweries.

The service is exceptional, especially noticable when they are busy which is most of the time. Servers come around when you need them, food and drinks hit the table quickly, but you never feel rushed to turn the table over. Even if they are busy it's ok to linger over another pint and watch the game.

The only down marks I would give them are for noise, it can get quite loud when it's busy, and for too many kids at the dinner hour. I'm not a kid hater, but it's nice to go out for a quiet dinner sometimes and you aren't going to find it here. If you want quiet, try it at 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m. Any time of day, you will get a good glimpse of who lives in West Seattle, because they all come here. You should too.

(Responding to one of the other reviews, they DO brew onsite at this location, you just can't see it because it's in the basement. This was their only brewhouse until they opened Elliott Bay Burien, which has a larger capacity, but they still brew at both locations.)

10-11-2010 18:08:04 | More by WaBeerBlog
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

I stopped into EBBC based on its BA rating while in Seattle on business.

EBBC is in a fun, artsy area that I would have never happened upon had it not been for my beer quest. The atmosphere is very comfortable with lots of brick, high ceilings and comfortable wood booths. There's a moderate sized bar up front and a larger area of tables to the side and back. There's also a loft like second floor in the back. I really liked the feel of the place.

The beer selection features six regulars on tap and other seasonals including a variety of Belgians. The beer menu lists everything they ever have but doesn't clearly show what they have at the moment. I went with a Dry Hop IPA and a Hop Von Boorian. Both were enjoyable with a definite west coast flair.

The menu looked outstanding but I thought the food was a bit lacking. I went with the Ahi Tacos which are described as "flash seared to medium rare" but there was very little fish and it was cooked throughout. It wasn't quite worth the $10.95 price. The servers were nice and very attentive.

I'm glad I tried EBBC and I would recommend it for the beer, atmosphere and service but don't expect anything special from the food. It's good but no more.

05-22-2009 02:15:45 | More by GJ40
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bigkingken

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Elliott Bay is a few minute drive from downtown, but well worth the effort. Walking in, the place has a homey feel that so often eludes brewpubs that try too hard. Real wood booths and tables that are aged for character, a humble bar with regulars enjoying a pint of their favorites, and an upstairs with a view of a plasma tv. I loved the ambiance of this place.

Not an extensive menu, but all the classics done well. Since it's on the bay, I started with crab cakes. They were good, lots of crab and they stuck together well, but I'm not sure they were worth $9 for two.

The fish and chips were expertly done. The fish was moist, fresh and flavorful. The breading was made from their IPA and extremely light and crispy. Almost more of a tempura than a batter.

And a praline fudge brownie with stout ice cream is one of the best desserts I've ever had. The slight bitterness of the stout ice cream was necessary for the unbelievably rich brownie. I have a gigantic sweet tooth, and this brownie was almost too much for me. But I loved every second of it.

They offered six beers in their sampler, each of which was good, but the No Doubt Stout was exceptional. The deep roasted tones just screamed the name coal. It's exactly what I look for in a porter. Medium body, deep flavor... exceptional. Here's my only gripe. They offered a couple of other seasonal beers not on the sampler, as well as a cask conditioned stout, but I wasn't told this! A sampler should include every option available! That's more of a service gripe than a beer gripe, but I wonder what brewed goodness I missed out on.

The service was great except she could have warned me the sampler didn't include all their samples. But the glass never went dry and we were always taken care of despite a busy night.

04-01-2009 18:17:10 | More by bigkingken
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

The floorplan at Elliott Bay's original West Seattle location puts a premium on street exposure at the expense of elbow room, creating a long, skinny layout that can feel confining and crowded during peak hours. People typically gather near the front door, at the head of the bar, or outside on the sidewalk in wait for a table. And even as your hostess seats you, it feels like you're cramping other diners as you squeeze past them.

Of course, crowds are an indication of a worthy restaurant so it's not surprising to learn that Elliott Bay offers tasty, reasonably priced eats with their dozen or more house beers. They typically serve multiple IPAs including a dry hopped version, and Thursday (not Weds. as their website says) is cask night where one beer is poured from a firkin. House beers cover the standards, but also include Belgian-American hybrids and ales brewed with fruits or chocolate. The small brew house is isolated in a room only visible as you leave the building from the rear exit.

Much of Elliott Bay's agenda is similar at both locations. This includes their identical menu and environmentally sustainable practices. But each brewpub offers beers not served at the other and my explorations yielded greater beercraft at their West Seattle pub. The pub features exposed red brick, oil candles, and stylishly mismatched lighting fixtures including two brass chandeliers. There's also an upstairs loft for overflow seating.

Elliott Bay's location can be easily accessed from the West Seattle Freeway so it's not challenging to find. But to avoid crowds and waiting, consider a visit after the dinner rush. They offer a nice selection of desserts and a number of good ales to pair with them.

02-04-2009 07:02:12 | More by RedDiamond
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benito

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Elliot Bay is in the heart of West Seattle and pitches itself as "your neighborhood pub." The outside is a non-descript storefront; once inside, the place is cookie-cutter brewpub from top to bottom: large, spacious dining room with a second floor; long wooden bar with lots of TVs; pub fare on the menu. It's neither offensive nor West Seattle-specific.

They had about ten beers on tap when my friend and I visited, and we sampled a number of them. I struggled to find any that I liked, as the dry-hopped IPA, regular IPA, porter, demolition ale (another pale ale), mild, Belgian IPA, and Irish red all disappointed. In the interest of full disclosure, my friend said that the Red von Boorian--a take on an Irish red, I think (but there was no beer menu anywhere to confirm or deny this)--was the best beer she had tasted from any Seattle brewery. I respectfully disagreed.

We drank, watched the Final Four, and left. Elliot Bay is far enough off the beaten path that it takes an effort for a Seattle beer tourist to get there...I'll make a pitch for not putting in that effort and sticking with some of the other breweries around town.

04-11-2008 16:18:15 | More by benito
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$

Ok. Elliott Bay is nice. I hit this place a few times after visiting the Beveridge Place on California(check it out). I will say that I was never impressed with food, service or beer. It is a great place to have lunch but in my opinion there are many places better in Seattle. The place is nice, bar up front should be expanded, crowded up front and not that spacious. The beer is ok and the food is average. The IPA is good but they really need to expand and explore on the beer menu. Beer was always pretty typical and they never ventured off the beaten path to much. I have heard fro other friends they have really begun to expand the menu but this is based upon my experience there.

12-24-2007 22:32:05 | More by barleywinefiend
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

After arriving at the SeaTac airport from the east coast, I drove directly to the EBBC in West Seattle for lunch, and to sample some of their beers. I was pleased to see two beer engines behind the bar, but was a little surprised that they didn’t have any of their own beers on hand pump. I started with a Boundary Bay Scottish Ale which was one of two guest beers on cask, the second being the Maritime Imperial IPA listed on the beer menu under "Nitro Cask." The Scottish ale went perfectly with the butternut squash soup that came with the day's sandwich special. The sandwich (spicy chicken) was forgettable, but the soup and the beer were excellent.

The place itself is essentially one long rectangular room with a bar up front on your left, booths on the right, tables in the middle, kitchen in the back, and a small upstairs area that was closed. Two relatively small TVs, tuned to ESPN, sit at either end of the bar with the sound off as some sort of funky (but only minimally irritating) dance mix plays just loud enough to be heard over the chatter of the sizeable lunch hour crowd. Local art pieces (for sale) adorn the oversized brick faced walls and house beer banners are hung from the high ceiling.

My second beer was the dry hopped version of the Elliot Bay IPA. This IPA is aggressively hopped (but not over the top), with the piney bitterness of Chinook hops clearly dominating. Overall, I found this dry hopped IPA to be a nice example of an American-style IPA based primarily on citrusy NW hops. The other house beers included the Pilot Light, Luna Weizen, Alembic Pale, Elliott Bay IPA (the regular, not dry hopped version), No Doubt Stout, Hop von Boorian and Demolition IPA. The available house seasonal beers included the Scottish, Red and Noir “von Boorians,” each being Belgian-yeast-based brews with a unique twist. I finished with a 10 oz schooner of the Red von Boorian, a Belgian Red brewed with 20% honey malt that is mildly sweet but nicely balanced on the finish by the spice of Bavarian hops. This was by far the most interesting beer of the session and one that will ensure that I return again for more.

Guest beers included the two cask beers mentioned above, the Darkstar Porter and Lindermans Framboise. Bottled beer included nothing too interesting, other than La Fin du Monde.

Note that, according to Wikipedia, Von Boorian is the name of the German immigrant credited with founding the town of Burien, where many of the EBBC beers are brewed.

11-07-2007 02:04:16 | More by 86sportster883
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Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.