BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
3.05/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
My co-worker and I have been regulars at various BJ's locations as we've traveled. We got hooked on the happy hour specials. But either this location doesn't do quite the same specials or the chain is watering them down. So now we're at regular pricing and the attraction is wearing off.
I can't ever recall enjoying one of their own beers. I've tried them at times, motivated by the happy hour specials, but they've ranged from tolerable to mildly annoying. The Imperial Stout was tough to finish tonight. But fortunately they carry a decent number of guest beers. I had a Lagunitas IPA that seemed stale but a couple of Anchor Steams that were fresh and fantastic. As for the food, it's very ordinary. The happy hour portions have been reduced to the point that there's no deal at all. The pizza and boneless wings seem right out of a freezer. The Ahi Tuna app is decent but at full price, not nearly as attractive.
My interest in BJ's is waning with the decline of the happy hour specials.
11-07-2013 03:22:41 | More by GJ40
2.6/5 rDev -22.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$$
Can't add much to the other reviews, which are spot on. TGIF-esque with house made, non-exceptional beers. However, after driving around the local area to see what was on tap, was surprised to see GI Matilda on the guest list. Score... though a 12 oz. cost 8.25. WTF? The rest of the taps were boring: Stella, Lind. Framboise, Smithwicks, Guinness, Boddingtons, New Castle Brown, Pils. Urquell, Negro Modelo, and a cider. Plus the house list. If you are stuck in the area with no transportation, give it a shot. Otherwise, venture out a bit. Why it was so damn crowded was beyond me. People like their chains, I guess.
10-01-2011 05:06:47 | More by jwjon1
3.83/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
BJs is my "family brewpub". It is perfectly acceptable to bring your kids. They have a kids menu and crayons.
Their house beer is good, but nothing special. I always ask for the seasonal or the guest tap. The seasonals can be great, and the guest taps outstanding (at times).
The food is pub food, but great. I love the salads, the burgers, the pizza, the soups, the apps. Nothing fancy, but really quite good.
The happy hour specials ($2 off apps and $1 off beers) are worth the trip if you can find a seat in the bar between 4-7.
Everyone is very nice. Some waiters/waitresses are great, some are very new to waiting tables.
02-16-2010 05:38:45 | More by kazmanbrew
2.84/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$$
I visit this place while on busines. It was located in a mall area and was very crowded for a Thursday night. Many people were eating at 9-10 at night. It has a wood and brass decor, that is similar to other high end sports bar type eating places.
I was impressed that they had a cider on tap, as this seems to becoming a trend at BrewPubs. However, as with most chain brewpubs they concentrate on the location and the service. While I did not try the food the beer was nothing to write home about.
I would put this in a Granite City or Old Chicago realm. As in, don't go out of your way...but if you would like a decent beer (or cider) and are in the area, check it out. Otherwise don't bother if you are looking for new and exciting beers.
08-29-2008 19:10:22 | More by ndolover
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The San Mateo BJ's is perfectly acceptable for what it is - TGIF-style chain restaurant in a suburban strip mall serving better-than-average self-brewed beers, with a few respectable guest taps (February 2007 had Sierra Nevada Celebration, Lindeman's Raspberry Framboise, and Anchor Liberty Ale).
Standard selection of BJ's own beers (brewed in Roseville near Sacramento for NorCal BJ's locations), which won't knock your socks off but in general are very respectable. I think their brown ale ("Nutty Brewnette") is their best regular offering, but your mileage may vary. This location doesn't get as many seasonals or special brews as the Sacramento-area locations do.
Atmosphere is very TGIF. Loudish, some televisions in the bar. Service and food are hit and miss, but I prefer the beer and atmosphere here to Steelhead or Gordon Biersch, the only other two brewpubs on the peninsula. Not remotely worth a special trip, but if you're on business on the peninsula, you could do worse than to stop in here.
02-06-2007 20:23:32 | More by Talisker
4.15/5 rDev +23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Upscale corporate designed brewpub in a suburban mall. Atmosphere was actually quite pleasing with granite bar, wood panels, giant TV screens and lots of atractive eager young waitrons.
Excellent beers and a good selection. We had the Jeremiah Red, Tatonka Stout (Imperial stout) and the seasonal which was an Imperial IPA. All good beers and nicelly priced at happy hour.
Service was good, helpful, offered free samples etc. Not completely knowledgeable about the beer however.
Good food too: I had the roast beef French dip sandwich and my buddy had the BBQ beef. Filling foods at fair prices.
Other than the doofus next to me who ordered a Coors lite in a brew-pub; I was favorably impressed with this place.
12-29-2006 02:00:06 | More by joedon
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
BJ's is overall a decent chain, but there is a wide variation in the level of service and clientele. The one in Cupertino, last time I was there, is always packed and is immaculate. The one at Tanforan is a bit ghetto. This one, which is pretty much in Foster City where the old Cucina Cucina was, is somewhere in between. Not a whole lotta girls find their way here. The music is medium loud -- you can actually hold a conversation here. Service has been up and down for me. I actually like their style of pizza, heavy with a thick crust, but not a true Chicago pie crust. The appetizers are hit and miss -- tonight's brewhouse nachos smelled like feces to me.
Happy hour 4-7 daily, I think, and 10p-close Sun-Thurs. $3.95 a pint outside of happy hour. The Jeremiah red flagship is always good, but we all liked the creamy, roasty, chocolaty PM porter. Very nice, if just a bit estery by the time you get to the bottom of the glass.
WARNING: exercise extreme caution with special or seasonal beers. A few weeks ago, I had an "IPA" that was so bland and non-hoppy I made a little fuss, that it must be the wrong beer. Tonight we tasted the "belgian ale" and it had about 100 times too much Saaz -- harshly bitter. I'd definitely advise asking for a taste of their special or seasonal before you commit to a pint.
10-08-2006 08:35:32 | More by oggg
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I visited this new location on Sunday November 6, 2005. Being that it is a new location and a newer chain to the bay area it was pretty crowded. On Sunday's the bar area is filled with people watching NFL games. The food is BJs standard fare just like every other location. Most of the beers are the same too. This particular weekend they were serving a pumpkin ale that was about average.
One notable thing about this location is the impressive decor. Being a newly built location the decor is a bit more modern and pleasing to my eye than other BJs locations. The whole restaurant is very open with good viewing of all of the TVs from almost anywhere in the place. The service needs some work here. I'm sure servers were still learning the menu and the beers when I visited but it took a while for our server to even find out what the special or seasonal beer was that day.
11-21-2005 21:33:15 | More by BrewMaster
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in San Mateo, CA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.