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Elliott Bay Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 135
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

view map and get directionsMap @elliottbay_beer

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Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

RedDiamond, Feb 04, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Seattle_Suds, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

aullrich, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of biggreenchris
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

biggreenchris, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Hopmodium, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

snaotheus, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of AdemT
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

AdemT, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of WaBeerBlog
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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.)

WaBeerBlog, Oct 11, 2010
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Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.