Two Rows Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 75
Beer Avg: 3.12
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by Onslow:
3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
great grub, great quality made beer, the 3yr aged barleywine was fantastic and ian ,the brewmaster, is one hell of a nice guy. a great place to go for any reason.. rerate after afew more visits after the Houston BA tastings and th FA Cup incident awhile back .. service can be hit or miss but usually good ... food is always top notch .. beers are average but fresh and never not tasty .
..Houston's only brewpub by the way.. which is a shame, a huge city and only one brewpub... try the barleywine and go on sunday for the cheap chicken wings, which are awesome!!
02-09-2009 18:45:40 | More by Onslow
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the second floor of the Village Arcade, they had an extensive, curved front with fermenters visible in the far right facing window. A wide patio fronted the many doorways with seating available by checking in with the m.d.s. The m.d.s. was a wood and glass counter to the left of the far left facing entry. Further left of the entry was the restaurant area with the brewhouse to the extreme left. By turning right at the m.d.s. and heading to the extreme right, we encountered the light marble-topped, oval racetrack shaped bar. Mug Club mugs hung above the bar. The kitchen with its wood fired pizza oven was along the back wall on the right. Just enough monitors to keep me in the loop while remaining unobtrusive. Lavs hidden behind the big screen TV.
Beers: Honey Blonde Light; Dos Rows Vienna Lager; Route 66 Amber Ale; India Pale Ale; Old Town Wheat; Oatmeal Stout; Barking Fish Porter; Barley Wine; SW Freeway Jackhammer Ale.
Uncle Red's was a seasonal fruit beer.
Mom: Most def! A clean, friendly well-lighted place for beer.
12-20-2009 17:25:45 | More by woodychandler
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located near Rice University, this place is in an upscale area on the second floor of a nice strip mall and caters to the younger college crowd. The football games were playing on large screen TV's when we went in, and artifacts of college boosterism were much in evidence in the decor. There was also a large covered outdoor balcony area.
The American IPA they brew is pretty decent. Service was nice but a bit slow on a busy Sunday. The menu is large with grilled items, burgers, pizzas, dinner salads, etc., and the grilled chicken and fish we had was pretty good. A brunch is offered on Sunday.
They will validate your parking for free so seek out the parking garage around back. Parking can be a pain in this mall otherwise.
11-08-2009 23:13:26 | More by rfabian
2.3/5 rDev -32.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
I had a few beers here on a Friday afternoon. Not a lot of people were there, and the service was great. Most of the bar tenders did not seem to know a bunch about the beer they had, but they were friendly and quick.
I sat at the bar, and I got a couple of free samples. I had four beers, the O'fest, Whiskey Stout, Oatmeal Stout, and the Amber. The O'fest was not right, it had a very off putting smell. The Whiskey Stout was good and sweet. The Oatmeal Stout was good, but watered down a bit. The Amber was typical hops and malt. Overall, I would drink these beers again, well maybe not the O'fest, but the others were just fine.
For lunch, I had a pizza that was average, but went well with the Oatmeal Stout. The atmosphere was very good. There were lots of big screen tv's to watch games, and a nice patio outside.
This is a place I would visit often if I lived closer to downtown and Rice Village. If you are in Houston it is the only real brewpub, and one worth a try.
After visiting Two Rows several times over the past year, I come to the conclusion that that the beer is utterly mediocre. Everything just seems like bad homebrew. The only beer worth anything is the barelywine (which is very good). Don't bother with anything else. The food is mostly mediocre as well. No that it is bad, just a few steps above Applebees. An OK burger, wings, and pizza but nothing out of the ordinary. The pizza lunch special is a good deal though. It does not seem like they try very hard. Try it for yourself, but I have been disappointed for the most part.
09-20-2008 17:17:51 | More by champ103
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in here early on a Friday afternoon, mostly because my grandson was hungry. It is located in a shopping mall in Rice Village, on the second floor. Very few people in the restaurent, so it was nice and quiet. As you enter, there's a restaurant area on the right and a bar area on the left. Tables and booths in the restaurant area. The bar is sort of U-shaped, with some tables in the area also. Brewing equipment visible through the windows at both ends of the establishment. Lots of TVs, as well as a pool table. Also a patio outside overlooking the street and the escalators. Not where I'd want to sit, but the patio was busier than inside.
When we were there, seven beers were on tap. They had a blonde, a brown, an IPA, a hefe, a stout, a barley wine, and a dunkelweiss. The IPA also was offered in cask. I had the cask IPA, and it was very good. Tried the barley wine also. While it was also good, it was served in the world's smallest snifter, and cost $5.75, as compared to $3.75 for the pints.
Extensive menu of pub food. The five adults all enjoyed their meals, and my grandson ate all his macaroni and cheese.
Service was average at best. Even though the place was quiet, it seemed to take a long time for both our drink orders and food orders to arrive. Our server also was not quite sure of the beers that were available.
Still, it was a clean, quiet place, where we had good food and good beer.
04-30-2008 14:29:59 | More by lordofthewiens
3.64/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
I live on the Northwest side of town and don't get downtown much, but i had a friend visiting the city and we decided to meet here for a couple of beers. It was a Wednesday night and the place was pretty crowded. I ordered the IPA which i found to be decent enough if a little on the weak side. My buddy ordered the amber which had a bit of a strange aroma and didn't really match the style. We each had a couple of beers before moving on to the next place. When we received our tab i was shocked that it was only $4. Apparently, Wednesday is $1 pint night. Really can't complain too much for $1.
Overall, i thought the place had a nice atmosphere with several flat screens to watch the games, and a good crowd. I'd go here again for dollar pints. Why not?
04-30-2008 14:12:26 | More by Rustoleum
1.58/5 rDev -53.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1 | $$
I went here on a Wed night with my wife and it was a fullhouse. We had to wait about 25 minutes to be seated that wasn't really a big deal. After being seated we waited another 20 min before asking if we had a server so we could order drinks as nobody talked to us after being seated. This kinda blows my mind that they brought us our beers in plastic cups. WTF what kind of selfrespecting brewpub would serve their own beer out of a plastic cup to people sitting inside. We order our meals and apitiser and wait another 30 min for that to come to the table. Half way through that our meals come to us mine was barely warm and wifes cold with undercooked sides. We speak to the manager about the subpar food and admits that our complaints being a regular problem and his answer for plastic cups is because it was dollar pint night and they can't wash the glasses fast enough. He takes our food back to the kitchen and just reheated it and brought it back out to us missing side items. I say this is BS and walkout of the place. Anyway about the beer I ordered their IPA and its was just OK nothing really worth getting excited over. My wife hade their seasonl that to me tasted like a Budwieser. Overall I'd say avoid this place its the beer isn't worth it for good beer go across the street to the Gingerman way better service and beer.
03-13-2008 21:24:51 | More by armock
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was the least busy place in Rice Village when I visited it on Tuesday night. There were about 4 or 5 other bar restaurants I passed on the way, and they were all packed. Maybe it is because it is located on the top floor and sort of away from the action.
I tried an Oatmeal stout and their IPA, both were fine. I had the Chicken Fried Steak dinner, it was also good, not great, but decent pub fare.
This is the only true brew pub in Houston, it is worth checking out if you are in the area, but I am sure how far out of my way I would go to make it back there.
08-10-2007 03:24:17 | More by gixxerman
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Amazing to think this is the only brewpub in Houston. (BJ's has begun to have their beer contract brewed by St. Arnold.)
Two Rows is in the Village shopping center near Rice and West U. This shopping center can get quite crowded most nights, especially weekends. Expect a wait at Two Rows most nights. Oh, and make sure you have them validate your parking if you park in the garage. Or prepare to pay around $10.
The atmosphere is decent, with plenty of space in the dining area but things get a little more crowded at the bar.
The food menu is pretty diverse, with a whole range of sandwiches, pizzas, entrees, and such fare. I recommend their barbeque ribs, which are spectacular. Avoid the cajun chicken pasta.
Now, as far as beer goes, I've found that Two Rows is pretty much hit or miss. And since I've been in Houston it seems that they have more beers that miss than ones that hit. They have a number of beers that lean toward the light side, which obviously is meant to pander to their non-beer-afficionado crowd, but I think it's done to excess. They do, however have a decent Steam beer, and their IPA (or Hopzilla as it's often called) is good most of the time but I've also had it when it wasn't so good. Sometimes there is a barleywine available, which is decent, and I have also had their whiskey barrel stout, which may or may not have been a one-time deal. In any case, it was way too much whiskey and not enough stout. The bartender will give you a free sample of a beer, and I suggest you take it.
Value can be a strong point for Two Rows if you play it right. The bbq rib dinner is a lot of food for a good price, and I'm sure some other dishes are too while others maybe less so. On Wednesday and Sunday Two Rows offers $1 pints, which is a great deal. Of course, it's also no secret and you can expect a crowd on those days. Furthermore you can join Two Rows' Mug Club, whereby get your own ceramic logo mug that hangs above the bar waiting for you to come in and drink from it. The mug costs $35, and most of the time your beers will cost $2.25, versus $3.75 for normally-priced pints. However, there's no savings on $1 pint days. But the mug pays for itself eventually and it's yours to keep whenever you decide to take it. Not a bad deal.
01-28-2006 23:57:32 | More by VoodooBrew
3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to go to this place a lot when I was in college at Rice right around the corner. I guess I never thought too much of it since I was under age most of the time I was in school. Lately though, the place has grown on me. They have a fairly wide range of craft brews, some of which are seasonal. Also, the pizza is pretty good. It's hard to do much wrong with a good beer and a good pizza. The service almost spoils it sometimes. The waitstaff is almost exclusively college students, and they are usually quite slow and hard to get ahold of when you need something. The crowd is mostly college students as well. The restaurant has a serious sports theme, which is ok. I'd rather focus on the beer, but when your team is on the big screen it's fun to be with a loud crowd. Overall I'd say I really like this place, although they could improve in a few areas. It would be nice if there was more competition in this town.
12-11-2005 05:29:30 | More by skittlebrau
Two Rows Restaurant & Brewery in Houston, TX
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.