Egan & Son's
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by donniecuffs:
2.53/5 rDev -28.7%
When I found out that this place had Cricket Hill brew their beer, but didn't give any credit to them, I lost a lot of respect for them. They have brewery equipment being displayed behind glass on the second floor, but it's only there for show, and with the yuppie/former-fratboy clientele jamming this place to the gills, and yapping it up at the bar trying to make like they "know A LOT about beer", this place really got on my nerves. On top of all of that, it put a dent in my wallet. The brewery equipment facade is symbolic of what this place truly is in terms of a brewing establishment...a sham. The only redeeming quality of this place is the food, which isn't that bad at all.
07-27-2009 04:03:27 | More by donniecuffs
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3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
This is a really good restaurant. I was rather impressed with the quantity of items on the menu and the quality of the food coming out of the kitchen. This is especially true for the Ribs and maple glazed chicken wings. I would highly recommend both. The only disappointing thing that I would really have to say is that they do not really advertise their own beer. I had a ask the server about it and even then it seemed like they were not really knowledgeable about it. Besides that fact the beer was good and I would recommend this place to anyone in the area.
09-07-2011 03:02:28 | More by tkepx182
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Egan & Sons is a beautiful restaurant. It really is something to behold. There's a chandelier in the dining room, and lots of wood and earth tones. Even the bathrooms are beautifully done. The impressive marble topped bar is no exception.
It's also nicely divided into different areas, making comfortable spaces, and a faux barrel vault ceiling above the bar makes it feel like its own special place even though it's really a walkway between the dining spaces (with the bathrooms in between).
That said, architecture and style are not the only things that make a place work. Let's start with the food. It's excellent, but a little pricey. Keep in mind, however, that when you go to a restaurant you're not just paying for the food, you're paying for the ambiance, the selection, the preparation, the serving, and the cleaning-up after your meal. Given the beautiful surroundings, I don't think it's too out of line.
I did, however, think that the service should have been better. Sitting at the bar there was a lot of banter between the servers that seemed unprofessional to me. Discussing where, or whom, you've slept with the night before is definitely not a good start. But OK, on to the beer.
I was interested in the house beers. I was never told that they weren't brewed on location, but I guess that's OK, they are still "house beers". Or are they? I had the Hopnotic IPA... hmmm? Isn't that exactly the same name Cricket Hill uses for it? Whatever.
Beyond that the beer selection was pretty limited. I think I counted three or four different types of light beer (Bud Light, Corona Light, Heineken Light... were Amstel and Coors there as well?). There were some good beers too, but nothing you can't find elsewhere quite readily.
Go for the food and the decor but don't expect much in the way of beer.
10-12-2009 23:15:05 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Been to Egan's twice in the past couple nights so I decided it's only fair that I put in my 2 cents here.
For a bar in the middle of Montclair, this place does really well with regard to parking. I applaud them for that. The atmosphere is quite nice, too: imported mahogany gives the bar a real Irish Pub feel. The outdoor patio is nice for the summer but a little small- no use complaining about that. All of the artwork gives the bar a really nice feeling and then you can look up and admire the mash tun in all of it's glory (I'm relatively certain that's what it is?). All in all, it's a nice bar.
Saturday night the bar was absolutely packed and at times I had to wait upwards of 20 minutes just to get a beer: as much as I can't hold that against the place it's still disheartening. What I can hold against the place is this- returning for a second visit on a weekend the bar was practically empty but on two separate occasions I still had to wait 2-3 minutes at an empty bar while the bartenders chatted/were caught up in conversation. I'm not saying that service there is awful, I'm just saying it's somewhat average.
They have nearly 20 taps but the selection isn't really all that impressive: I found myself sticking to Sierra's and Brooklyn Lagers. To supplement the taps, they have a bottle list of maybe a dozen bottles, some overlapping with the taps but all reasonably priced, at least. I'd still consider the selection to be slightly better than average because they have 4 of their own brews on tap--I tried the Pale Ale and certainly wasn't disappointed. Maybe even a bit surprised. Next time I head back I'll be reporting on those 4 beers without a doubt. (stay tuned).
I'd definitely recommend Egan's to anybody looking for a decent pub in Montclair. Cheers.
06-03-2009 21:08:49 | More by originalsin
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
What a disappointment...
I'd wanted to try this place for a while. My birthday provided the perfect excuse. And the wife and I both agreed the atmosphere was fantastic -- imported wood from a real Irish pub will do that.
I started with a Dark Ale which was only fair. My wife had the Pilsener, which disappointed her. She has good taste in "lighter" craft beers and loves her some IPA, but she had to choke this down. I moved onto the Light Ale and only found it slightly better than the Dark.
And then there was the food. When you give me a frozen patty for a burger, it better be amazing. And this one wasn't. I could have cloned it at home.
Unlike my wife, I'm willing to give the place a second chance. But that's it. Another disappointing venture will cross it off my list. I'm hoping this was just an off-night due to high traffic. We'll see...
02-26-2009 22:31:24 | More by sweathog
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Went there at night around 10:00 pm and the dimly lit, popular place was pretty packed with a pretty wide range of ages... From what I saw, two rows of beers on tap, including Palm, Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, plus the typical macros in bottled form...
Ordered a draft of the Sierra Nevada, which was very fresh, crisp, and cold... Service was decent from what I saw, as the bartender quickly got my drink... Selection was a little better than mediocore, but certainly not a well-stocked beer bar by any stretch of the imagination...
Didn't try the food there, but things seemed reasonable...
Would probably stop in here again...
10-09-2008 01:53:49 | More by dsa7783
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
Stopped in here on my last visit back to my old stomping grounds. Had not been in here before and jumped at the chance to try some new local brew. Place was nice, very comfortable and quite laid back on a Thursday. Menu was decent, I think somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 taps, with 4 being their own. Had an amber ale which I thought was more then decent. Food was a little pricey, but this was Montclair after all. The overall feel was great and this place is a decent stop for anyone. I was really surprised to see it sitting in the middle of town, but it was definitely worth the visit and you should stop in if you are in the area, I dont think you would regret it. Oh and you can bring home a growler, what more could you ask for right.
10-22-2007 23:10:30 | More by mikesgroove
Egan & Son's in Montclair, NJ
84 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.