Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -2%
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
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.
02-04-2009 07:02:12 | More by RedDiamond
2.98/5 rDev -26.6%
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
3.25/5 rDev -20%
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
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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 didnt 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
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Stopped in here during a night in West Seattle after sushi and walking around Alki Beach. They have a huge sign out front, which makes the place seem large from the outside. However, the inside is a narrow bar in which the kitchen cuts into the seating space, so they've made a second level/loft in the back. Seating down the middle is at high tables, and seating along the right side consists of high-backed booths.
I expected more of the brewpub atmosphere, but they don't appear to brew on premises, so they aren't playing up that aspect. Instead, it felt just like a regular beer bar.
I had the red and my buddy had a porter; I was highly impressed with mine, but he wasn't as psyched about his. The selection of beer was good for a brewpub, and the food selection was better, though we really didn't have much. We just had the pretzels and mustard, which incidentally were exactly what said I was looking for -- I was just joking at first and then amazingly found some on the menu. A perfect complement to the beer.
The service was so-so... moody waitress stopped by from time to time and seemed heavily distracted.
09-03-2007 22:43:23 | More by beals
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Besides having great beer, Elliott Bay in West Seattle was cozy, inviting, and family friendly. It's the perfect place to spend a lazy, rainy afternoon. The quality, freshness, and service was all commendable. I had a pint of the pale ale along with a pint of Hop von Boorian, a Belgian IPA (?!?), and I'd recommend both. My girlfriend ordered one of their several blends: No Doubt Stout with a splash of port. She absolutely adored it. We also ordered the Ahi tacos which were fantastic. Overall, Elliott Bay was an enjoyable experience.
03-14-2007 20:32:06 | More by wolffman17
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
Part of my holiday tour of Seattle beer establishments. Long and slender space w/ no brewing on premises. The atmosphere was mixed in that families were present and there was also a small belly up section up front w/ sports on the flat screen tv's and lots of 20-30 somethings gobbling down some brews. Overall it was a laid back atmosphere and excellent service.
They host some brews that are not made by them but the list was small and uneventfull. The dry hopped IPA was decent, but for the beer "experts" I was with, the overall feeling was the beers were just decent, including my thoughts as well. Food was well prepared and enjoyed by all.
Notes: Of the four stops we made in Seattle I was really surprised this was rated as the best brewpub in town. I guess it could mean that brewpubs aren't that good overall in Seattle or I was the oddball that didn't enjoy it all that much. Either way its not a must stop in my opinion. In a nutshell, great service, pedestrian beers, good food.
12-30-2006 07:56:18 | More by DogFood11
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
This was the first stop on my brewpub tour while visiting family for Christmas 2006 in Seattle. The bar is a decent size, not large but cozy enough. The service was really good, both women behind the counter stuck up conversations with us. I had a beer sampler, which was four of their staple beers plus their holiday Noale beer for 5 samples total. All five beers were very good. I ordered a basket of fries, which was a generous portion. The guys next to me ordered burgers, which looked excellent. Overall, the whole experience was really good and I would definitely head back.
12-27-2006 19:21:36 | More by morebeergood
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
Atmosphere - This place tends to be pretty lively. A good place for the locals as well as non-locals. The place is warm and inviting with high backed wood booths along the wall and tables. There is a small upsatirs area for larger groups.
Quality - The food and beer are all of high quality. They have their list of 6 or so beers that they have all the time but they also have a few selections that rotate in and out. All the beers I've had are of high qiuality.
Service - In all my experiences there the service has been friendly and top notch. The wait staff seems to be pretty knowledgeable about what they have and are willing to make suggestions if asked.
Selection - As stated above they have 6 or so beers that they seem to always have. They have other beers that they rotate in and out. Not the biggest selection in town but what they have is good.
Food - The food here is good. A good selection of burgers and other sandwiches. The shroomer is great and the california burger is good too. Nothing over-the-top great but it's all pretty good.
11-14-2006 04:58:58 | More by atomicbwax
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.