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Cleveland ChopHouse And Brewery

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Cleveland ChopHouse And BreweryCleveland ChopHouse And Brewery
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 6.02%
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 36
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

824 W St Clair Ave
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States
phone: (216) 623-0909
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Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Returned from this place about two hours ago. Wife and I went for dinner and (of course) taste their beers. I got beef tips and mushrooms with white cheddar mashed potatoes, she got crab cakes with the same mashed potatoes and we each got a salad and they give everyone hot corn bread with honey butter. She also got a very nice Brown Ale soup which was based in onions and was very tasty.

Atmoshphere. What a great looking building, space in downtown Cleveland on the near west side of the city (West St. Clair to be exact). The ceilings are at least 30 feet from the floor and there, visible, are the large fermentation tanks of a copper appearance. As we arrived there was a tour just finishing with the head brewer Bryan. The place holds 300 according to the employees there. Upon entering (a nice heated area between the outdoors and the restaurant itself by the way...very classy....) the bar is to the left and the dining area is straight ahead. All cloth napkins, hard wood, plenty of space between tables, etc. Very very nice atmoshphere, maybe the best in Cleveland.

Quality. Very high. Many steaks high quality seafood options, a lot of the atmoshphere contributes to the quality.

Service. Excellent like you might expect from a high class place like this. Delivery of ordered food was very very quick and when I asked for a little extra time to enjoy/rate my beers that time was provided.

Selection. They only carry their own beers on draft (no bottles, alternate taps) and they have a heck of a wine selection too. Really nice. Incidentally, I take no points off for serving only their own on tap...I say more power to them! The problem with the selection is that the beers that they brew are in the C, B- range.

Food. It was very good. I mentioned some of it above but both my wife and I enjoyed the food that was served. The salad was tossed right in front of us and it was light and tasty.

Value: A bit pricey. Everything that we got with my beers was $75.00

adamette, Jan 23, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of ndolover
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I stopped off at this place during St. Patty's day and during March Madness.

Located in a brick building in downtown. It has the customary brass and dark wood feel.

I had the Isish Red and Sweet Stout. The Irish Red was good, but I really liked the Sweet Stout. Tons of sweetness that went well with the Steak!

The food was also good. Typical Steak house fare. I reccomend the creme brule!

The service was attentive. I was located in a shared table in the bar area as it was packed for St. Patty's day. Yet, my waitress was on top of things and seemed upbeat given the craziness around us.

If you are looking for the best craft beer in Ohio, this it not the place. However, the location, food, and beer combo can not be beat for downtown Cleveland. Hit this place if you have a chance.

ndolover, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Located in the Warehouse Distric in Cleveland, this place is quite spacious. When you enter, the place is dimly lit, very fitting for a steak house.

Ser: Our server was extremely pleasant, personable and quite knowledgable about beers and steaks.

Sel: There were about 8 beers on tap that I can recall. Several different styles to choose from. Samples are available before you purchase.

F: The food is quite good. Large portions for sides (salad, mashed potatoes, baked potato..etc). The steak was cooked perfectly (medium rare). There were zero complaints from our table of 8. All enjoyed their meals.

For a steak house, the prices are quite reasonable and the beer prices are around $5.00 per pint.

IronCitySteve, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of botham
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

Cleveland ChopHouse has the look and feel of an applebees without the sports bar aura, set in the warehouse district of downtown Cleveland. the bar is set parallel to the street, with doors that open onto the street and sidewalk seating when the weather permits. not much about the place calls attention to it being a brewpub, except for some tanks behind a window over the bar.

quality is good. the bartenders should learn how to properly pour a beer, but otherwise no complaints.

service was good. friendly staff and an easy-going bartender helped out the experience, although a bit more knowledge of beer was expected, especially at a brewpub.

selection was decent. five normal offerings with three seasonals. nothing too unique as far a styles go, with some good offerings and some bad ones.

food was good. the pizzas were quite tasty and went well with the brews of choice.

overall, the Cleveland ChopHouse seems to be a place catering to the office lunch crowd, with the 'brewpub' label being ancillary. the staff seemed like they were not used to customers who came for the beer, which is off-putting. worth a stop for those in the area, bt don't bother making a special trip here.

botham, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
4.11/5  rDev +3%

Nice, upscale, "Pre prohibition era" brewery. There's this cool ice strip on the bar so they can slide the beers to you. Although nifty, this makes writing a review a little hard because the side of your writing hand gets kinda cold. The music was played a bit loud and you really can't escape it. Really friendly staff who are willing to go the extra mile. The beers were average to above average with their Pilsner being one of the best Pilsner's I've ever had!

Be sure to get the sampler because at 5 ounces each at $9 for around 7-8 beers, it's a steal! Also, their happy hour is the best in town as far as the beer goes. Usually it's 22 ounces for $3!!! Also, nice wine list and wine storage rack...be we don't care about that....this is BEER ADVOCATE! Not Wine Sippers Anonymous.

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of fireqc
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

When I stopped at Cleveland last summer (august 2008), after a plane trip with no food, hungry is the word! At my surprise, I go to this place for lunch but in sunday it's an amazing and incredible buffet!!! The choice was amazing, the taste all of it! Big table with many desert on it...!! I really like the food! Two guy make pankake and other stuff... Anyway, that's the place to eat for sure!

I take the sampler but the beer is not impresive. Like usual filtered ales whitout a full taste.

I recommend this place to eat (sunday at lunch time if you're hungry) and if you want to taste beers, go downtown Cleveland you'll see a very better place for that.

FIRE...

fireqc, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Applesauce1
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

I was visiting Cleveland on a weekend in January. My friend lives on the corner of St. Clair and 9th, and he said it'd be a good spot for lunch. He was very right.

It was not crowded at all when we came in around noon. I wasn't expecting it to be though. The service was very, very good here. Nice people, food was served in a reasonable time, nothing to knock them about. I got a glass of the pale ale (excellent, one of the maltier APA's I've had). There was about 7 of their own beers on the menu. I didn't see any beers from other breweries. Anyhow, the food was amazing. I had lemon-artichoke chicken and mashed potatoes with a salad...excellent! Very reasonably priced too. I strongly recommend this place to anyone. Food was excellent, the beer was excellent, service was great. Go Cavs!

Applesauce1, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

I was in Cleveland for work and decided to stop by the Chop House for dinner.

This seems to be an upscale place with a large dining area. The bar is off to the left as you enter. There is also a small patio in front. This is a great old building that they have nicely restored.

I sat at the ornate black marble topped bar. I had a great view of the brewery kettles on display behind the bar. The bar area also has good table seating for groups.

Note that the bar top has in-set cold plates for folks to put their beer on. It is about 6 “ wide and maybe ½ inch deep.

The bartender was very friendly and seemed to have good beer knowledge. I liked the way he worked the crowd.

Food was fairly expensive but it was good. I liked the brown beer onion soup. The pizzas are decent with an interesting very thin crust. Happy hour is a relative bargain with $3 beers and ½ price appetizers.

They offer 6 house beers on-tap. I tried three different ones and was not over or under whelmed by any of them. They are solid offerings that seem to be true to style.

Redrover, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -14%

This chain is an upscale steakhouse that has a brewery in it, and I believe they are owned by Rock Bottom. This is a trendy little part of town and when I walked in the big wood rooms were filled with people. I headed to the bar on the left which had a nice jazz band tucked in the corner with a wall of wine coolers.

Behind the bar was the brewery and they had a big selection of 8 beers on tap but they were all pretty run of the mill. They had a light lager, Pilsner, American Wheat, APA and IPA with a stout, Irish Red and Saison on the other tap handles. They had micros in bottles but I didn't see them advertised anywhere. The bar had a metal tray that ran the length of the bar and was refrigerated and covered in frost. They would set the beers on there, I guess to keep them cold while you drink. It was neat but not really practical. They had several different glass types to use and some great big mugs seemed to be the most common. None of the beers stood out as good session beers or beers I would have to have more than one of again. I find it intersting that none of the beers have creative names and they are all named only the style.

The food is typical of chain steak house where you get big portions for more money. I got the vegetable pizza appetizer for 11 bucks and it was two full meals. I would be happy if they cut their portions in half and cut the price in half.

I would probably go back for the steak but there are better places in Cleveland to get food and beer.

rhoadsrage, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

My wife and I headed here for dinner on a Thursday evening. What a nice night. The decor was warm and inviting and you can walk by the fermentation tanks as you walk in (always cool in my opinion). The waitress was very attentive and seemed somewhat knowledgeable about the beers. The selection seemed above average and their Hop Diablo (a Belgain Strong Golden Ale) was top notch. The portions are generous and we didn't have much room for dessert. I ended up walking out with a growler of their Hop Diablo. I know this has some mixed reviews but we really had a good time. And with growler refills at about $8 for 2 liters, I'm sure we'll be back....

mattcrill, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of elmocoso
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Stopped here on our beer tour. It was pretty easy to find in downtown Cleveland. Pretty classy joint, In fact a little too classy. I felt kind of under dressed. I guess atmosphere is relative, but I'm not very classy, so I don't think i would go here too often, but if you are a member of the well-dressed, classy beer lover, than this is the place for you.

It was well built and we came on a Sunday, which is the "buffet" day. They were just tearing down, so it wasn't very busy. Service was prompt, and they had a cool chilled strip along the bar-top to rest your award winning pilsener.

Beers were pretty tasty and solid.

elmocoso, May 22, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

A nice brewpub. Great atmosphere for conversation with friends or the bar keep. I took a girl here and she was impressed with the ambience, beer, and with me. The atmosphere is a good attempt at art deco but a little too upity to be a true beer bar. But they intend to be a good resturaunt as well. Although I didn't eat here, I beleive the food to be very good. The beer is basic and a little average, but they do have a few varieties that the chains won't usually have. I tried an ESB, a pilsner, and a stout. They rave about the pilsner. Although it was very solid, I prefered the ESB. The stout was fair. The service is terrific. They make you think that you are their long lost brother. The selection was average; 6 or 7 beers, but I beleive that they rotate out quite regularly. They are a bit pricy. Plan on spending about 30-40 bucks per person for a cheaper entree and 4 beers.

BEERchitect, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Found this thru BeerFly, and had lunch there a few weekends ago. This is one of the Rock Bottom chain. Its located in the "Warehouse" district of Cleveland, not 5 minutes drive from the Jake, or too far from the Flats. The decor is swanky industrial, with bonus points for a kewl retro Love American Style-like crest logo and paintings featuring Chop House beers. There is an outside patio, a seperate dining area to the right, the bar and some tall tables on the left. For you cigar hounds they sell smokes as well.

There were 6 of their offerings on tap. I got the sampler. The samples are generous 6ozs. They are known for an award winning Pilsner (which was very good) and had a very interesting Irish Red as a special. The Stout was very weak and watery, perhaps good for breaking someone in, but I did not like it.

Food was, of course, a Reuben (albeit a turkey one) with fries and pickle spear. Turkey was lean and smoked, and the sandwich/lunch was pretty good - paired it with a pint of that Irish Red. While not cheap, its certainly not expensive.

If you are a brewpub fan like me, its worth a trip. You will probably find better beers at a good beer bar, but I always approach opportunities like this that this is the only place you can get these particular beers, so I gravitate to them. You can always go clubbing around the corner (in the evening) if you aren't quite slaked, but I'd give it a try.

BuckSpin, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of ken3c
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

My family plus In-laws had the Sunday brunch. Thank god they don't have blue laws and we could order some really good brews. The wife had a very good Stout and I had the special maple porter. Very tasty. I can still taste it 4 days later.

Anyway, the food was fantastic, the service was very good and the place was borderline elegant.

This brewpub is owned by Rock Bottom Breweries and the same brewer also works at the nearby Rock Bottom Brewery. He does his best work here. The beer is clearly more interesting.

ken3c, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

This place is awesome! It may not seem like it when first entering. In fact, it looks kind of like a Pizzeria Uno, but it gets better from there. (And, yes, it is part of the Rock Bottom chain, so quit your grippin' and give it a chance!) The bar is upscale/casual but the bartenders are pretty cool and most of them seem hyped about the beer. There's a neat little refrigerated section of the bar that dates back to the old days when they'd fill it with ice. Neat. The dinning room is a little bit stiffer, but hey, we make our own party don't we? The service is good, the food is great, and the beer is excellent. I'm sure they'll have it since it won a medal at the GABF, so try the Bohemian Pilsner. Primo! The specialties are nice as well. In fact, I tried every beer they had over a period of a couple of days and found no losers. And as an added bonus, the brewer was interested in someone at the bar asking about his beers and came out to talk to me even though he'd worked a 16 hour day. That, I appreciate. I had a great time, great food (although a bit pricey), and great beer. Highly recommended!

NeroFiddled, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Located in the Warehouse District of dowtown Cleveland, the Cleveland Chophouse is within walking distance of many attractions. Parking is either a pay lot of metered on the street.

The interior is kind of art-deco, with a very muted dark maroon atmosphere. There is a lot of wood and plush seating.

As for the brews, they have a selection of about 5-6, with a seasonal that rotates. I really liked the American Pale Ale. They have a sampler available as well.

We were there on a weeknight so they were not too busy, and the service was good.

This may not have been the best steak I ever had, but it was the best one in recent memory. The portion was huge, although some of it was fat. Still, the taste was superb. Overall, if you want a great steak and a good ale to go with it, check this place out.

Dogbrick, Jun 19, 2002
Cleveland ChopHouse And Brewery in Cleveland, OH
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.