Frisco Taphouse & Brewery

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Frisco Taphouse & BreweryFrisco Taphouse & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
21 Beers
63 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Taps: 52
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

6695 Dobbin Rd
Columbia, Maryland, 21045-4755
United States
phone: (410) 312-4907

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Place added by: ScarletLady on 11-22-2005

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had planned on visiting Frisco Grille due to the information on this site. There was a concert down the road at the Merriweather that I was heading to later in the evening.

Anyhow, just of MD-175, tucked away in a strip mall is the Frisco Grille and Cantina. Upon entering, there is a hostess and a take-out counter for their tex-mex food. To the right are some tables and a small bar area. To the right of the bar, up for easy viewing is their LCD monitor that features their current tap list. The clientele are friendly and in high spirits here, great staff too.
A good selection of beers from the mid-atlantic area, as well as some other craft beers from other areas of the country. Legacy, Starr Hill, DFH, Avery, J.W. Lees, Otter Creek, and more all on draft when I went. The food looked great, but I did not have any.
If you find yourself heading to a concert, going to a business meeting, or whatever while in Columbia, MD, you have to stop here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BigPatBMF
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Excellent beer selection, staff, and food. I always like going to this place to try something new.

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

I love this place.
A good friend of mine works here so I'm a bit biased on the service. The food is fantastic and the beer choices are always phenomenal. If you're in Columbia for any reason you have to go here after your visit to Perfect Pour of course.

Photo of Klebe
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Good bar food, nice beer selection. Updated electronic draft board. Lower rating due to server inability to describe anything about the beers that our party were considering.

Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev -5%

Good food, fifty usually well selected brews on tap. Hep even for the hop hound but a few choice selections of other styles. Good wait staff. Noise level high, poor sound system contributes to white noise effect. Parking limited compared to table/bar space.

Photo of wrightst
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Frisco Taphouse, in my opinion is one of two beer gems in the Columbia / Elkridge area of Maryland. See the beer store Perfect Pour for the other. By gems, I don't mean to say the best of their kind in the area. I mean to say that, in my travels, I've yet to come across any place like them. Central Maryland beer fans, you need to know how good you have it. One of the best brewpubs I have ever been to is Frisco Taphouse.

Frisco has almost everything in a tap house. Their own good beer, good food and great beer selection. Routinely offering 50 taps of varying styles, you can always count on something you've never had, and something you know and love. the tough part is choosing which mood you are in. I've logged over 2000 beers and can depend on finding something new every time. I often show up and learn of a brewer new to me.

Service is very good, and the bartenders are especially friendly and knowledgable. Not sure what a gueze is? Ask; they likely know.

The only criticism that the place deserves is their beer pricing. Although they often offer rare or generally expensive beers, you only know for sure what your beer will cost once you get the check. This includes the electronic board menus and the on-line beer list, both of which are always up to the minute accurate. Regulars get the "feel" for what they are in for, but everyone else is in for a surprise. And the prices tend to run high. I don't think they even have a happy hour. Oh, you can ask about the price ahead of time - it's just not listed for ease.

I choose my restaurants by beer first, food second, so these idiosyncrasies are very bearable, and merely keep the place from being perfect.

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

While it might be a bit pricey, the food is really good and the beer selection is awesome. The bartenders don't push Push (their own beer) on you. They will give you a free taste of anything if you ask, and just ask how much a beer is going to cost if you want to know.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place has gone through a lot of changes over the years, and even a lot of changes just within this year. They have knocked down a few walls that separated one area from the rest of the place, and they plan on expanding next door.

This was the first bar that I ever went to expressly to sit down and have a beer. I had been to bars before with friends, but they were all super local places for fundraising events or to pick up a special bottle. I had gone to try the Stone RIS at a Wednesday night Stone Tap Takeover. I've always met someone to talk to there while I drink. Wednesday brewery nights are the best and you get a some glass from the brewery to take home.

The atmosphere is very nice. It is well-lit and the layout is very broad and open.

I joined their Beer Club for $2 the first time I was there. I wish they had better perk intervals, but at 50 beers you become an "Official Member of the FBC" and get an FBC shirt. Then, at 100 you get an FBC mug to take home (I don't think they do that anymore), but you get all future pints in a 19 oz. mug (I don't think this counts for the yellow-colored drinks on their board, which are the specialty or high ABV ones).

Their own beers (Push Brewing) are decent and they sometimes collaborate with local breweries like DuClaw and Heavy Seas, among others.

The selection is excellent and they are displayed on 2 giant LCD screens above the center of the bar. They have 50+ taps, rotate often and have one of the best selections in MD. However, some of the pricing can be quite ridiculous, but some beers are also quite cheap, so it kind of balances out.

I haven't had any of the food, but I have looked at the menu and everything is quite pricey. They don't have any cheap finger foods.

Service is ok, but if you are the ends of the bar, it can be harder to get service. They are good at getting beers you might like though.

Photo of MerriweatherRaven
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Disclaimer – I am a Frisco apologist:
I’m from Columbia and love that Frisco is a truly a local establishment. I have been frequenting the place since it was still Frisco Burrito at its old location and remember when the current owners dad (my old eye Dr.) would close his practice at lunchtime every day to poor beer. My friend’s bands used to play at the old location and I hit my 100th in “the book” and joined the Beer Club and shot gunned my Natty Boh some time ago.

Frisco anchors the “craft beer corner” of Howard County and at Frisco, the focus is the Beer. The atmosphere is sophisticated, but not pretentious. The staff is attentive and knows their beer, but is not overbearing or unapproachable. They also seem to have very little turn over on the staff which speaks to the kind of people they hire and place it is. The food is a tad pricey, but usually worth it. Try the Steam Sammy. I’ve always loved the beer board (the 2 huge LCD screens that show the live updated beer list and the live on line beers list (no outdated paper menus here.) It’s a great place to “hide out” and “work” during business hours if you can be so lucky.

My only gripes are the tight parking and lack of TV’s for sports. I know it’s not a “sports bar’ but it would be nice if it were easier to catch a game on the TV. Otherwise, the place is fantastic and a wonderful comfortable place to get a beer.

Photo of BierMeJohn
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was back in the area for a week and went here twice. As everyone else has said the beer selection is great. The two huge vertically turned flat panel TVs that serve as the tap list are really cool and a great way to keep up with changing taps. The place was much bigger than I loft it would be and I overhead one of the waiters telling patrons that weren't close enough to see the tap list that there was free WiFi and they could use that to go you their website and view the tap list on there... a minor hassle but a pretty cool idea!

I've seen a couple reviews that said the food was terrible so I played it safe and got the queso and chips.... I gotta say they where really good, but it's impossible to screw that up! As I was sitting there I overheard the people next to me raving about how good the food was... So the second time I was there I decided to be more daring with my food order. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was delicious and went really well with my Terrapin Monk's Revenge! I would advise anyone who goes there to give there food a fair shot as it seems like they've improved from some of the earlier reviews.

Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Atmosphere is very cozy. When you walk into the place its clean and the dining room and the bar are one and the same. There is a family style table in the middle of the dining room that seats about 18 people. A little noisy for watching the game on their flat screens which are all across the back of the bar but great for hanging with friends and making new ones. Everyone is very friendly and happy.

Service is solid but can be slow during lunch (they don't understand you only have an hour). The staff is happy and knowledgeable about the beers they have on tap and make good recommendations.

Food is terrible and can only be listed as bar food at best. I had the Mahi Taco's and they were not very good and its hard to screw up fish taco. The other person I was with had the Taphouse Chicken and they were not impressed with their meal either. Do yourself a favor and eat somewhere first and then go to Frisco.

The Beer!!! This is why you come to Frisco!!! 50 beers on tap with many more in bottles. This place really knows good craft beer. They have an electronic beer menu behind the bar which lists all their beers on tap and what's "on deck" next. Meaning, the next keg that gets kicked the keg on deck is opened next. For good quality craft beer I rate this place a 5! perfect!!!

Value - The beers are a little pricey but hard to find another place with the selection that they have.

Events - They have lots of beer specials and brewery events and keep their events calendar updated. I hate when a place doesn't keep their website or calendar up to date.... what's the point.

Summary - Outstanding place to socialize with friends and met new people while having some of the best beer you ever had on tap. Again, watch for events, happenings, and specials has they do alot. Just make sure you eat before going because the food is not very good.

Photo of rmerling
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a cool taphouse and I love that they change out their taps and bottle selection frequently. The selection of beers is pretty good as well and they seem to really try for a wide variety from across the country in addition to regional brews. The food is good and a bit more "upscale" than what you would get at most bars I've visited. The service has been great when we've gone there on weekend nights and our servers have always been very knowledgeable with the current beer selection and gladly offer recommendations. This seems to be a favorite for locals and we have apparently been here enough to notice that there are some regulars that like this place. The only downside that I have found going here is the lack of parking on busy nights because they are on a small lot. I definitely recommend this place and would encourage others to check it out and pass up the more expensive visit to Victoria Gastro Pub down the road.

Photo of SwashbucklingTurkey
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Frisco has become a biweekly pitstop for me. The beer selection is out of this world. I am continuously surprised to see new beers on tap that I have only ever seen in bottles. The staff is very knowledgeable and are quick with suggestions. They have over 50 taps and a bottle beer list with some pretty cool stuff on there.

I usually stop in on Wednesday nights for pint night where you can get a glass just for ordering a beer by the featured brewery. They go quick so I usually get there around 7. This last week was Dogfish with over 20 beers which didn't disappoint.

Parking can be pretty iffy but I usually have great luck on the side street next door.

The food is average but the servers say there is a new menu in the works. My favorite is the wings.

Photo of khodre
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Fantastic Place in Columbia, MD to drink some crafted beers. 50 Taps (2 are Nitro) and 2 Casked dafts. They have an updating Electronic billboard and website so you can look at the beer list even if you can't see the screens above the bar.

The servers are friendly and mostly know their stuff. The bartenders are great and if you go regularly, remember what you do and don't like and can suggest accordingly.

Parking as mentioned in other reviews is a bit tight on popular nights. Wednesdays are brewery nights and they put on several (6-8) beers by that brewery. This coming week it will be Allagash.

All styles are pretty well represented on the tap menu. They do a good job to have at least one of a particular style available. The tap list rotates pretty well. Some rarer beers can come on tap and sell out quite quickly.

The food is average. The guac and chips and buffalo burger are the best (to me) on the menu.

Photo of goobles
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Let me begin by saying that I was a bud light drinker, and craft beer newbie; until my first visit to Frisco Taphouse back in November. I feel like my taste buds have completely changed, and my eyes have opened for the first time... I have been reborn.

Frisco is huge. Every time I walk in I feel like I'm inside of Costco; but they sell beer... and lots of it. Stop imagining a giant garage(Costco was a metaphor you dummy). In all seriousness this place feels so inviting as soon as you walk in. The decor is a really nice blend of modern and contemporary, and there are people all around seeming having a great time. In my opinion the noise level inside is perfect. Its not too loud so that you cant hear yourself speak, but its loud enough so that your private conversation isn't heard by the entire bar/restaurant. However, one downside is the size of the parking lot. You might have to park 50 yards away on a side street, but its been a warm winter, so I don't mind the walk.

I'm not gonna lie, back in November the service was somewhat lacking, but as of the last month and a half I don't have a single complaint. The bartenders and servers are prompt, VERY friendly, and actually know their stuff. Every visit I learn something new(I feel like I'm enrolled in beer science 101, and I love it). I still remember the first thing I learned is what an IBU is, and Maybe some of you other guys are already beer savvy, but like I said, as of November I was a newbie.

The food, Its honestly pretty damn good. There was defiantly room for improvement, and as of last week I got my third burger that Iv'e ever had from Frisco... Holy crap... ask and you shall receive! I asked my server why it was so good, he said they have new burger buns, I didn't notice but I sure as hell could taste it. He also explained to me that there is a brand new food menu coming out within the next two months with lots of tweaks and new menu items. He continued to explain how Frisco will be brewing their own beer within the same time frame. I'm really looking forward to it. Even if it leaves me bankrupt.

I highly, highly, highly, recommend this place to anyone, cheers.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a new location for Frisco and the new digs are great, though still the same (if larger) fairly loud "pub" atmosphere. Tile floors and high ceilings make for a fairly noisy experience, but that's part of the fun of the place. Let's just put this number out there: 50. Fifty taps--and all of them are very good quality craft and/or unusual import beers. Most of the higher gravity variety. So that's fun, but I found some wonderful choices on their rotating tap list. I won't begin to list them (as I understand they do change), but the web page is up-to-date. The bartenders know their beers and can make some great recommendations. A lot of local/regional breweries represented and I found it a great way to try imports without worrying about the bottle skunk or off flavors, since it's all on tap. A large selection of bottles, if you want too; but all-in-all a nice place. The food was OK (on the better side) for pub fare, but I did notice that there was little on the menu I wouldn't love to order. Great selections. A tad on the pricey side (especially for some of the beers that come in at, say, $10 a glass) but hey, what a way to go!

Photo of williestile
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

A great selection on draught and in bottles. The higher alcohol and more rare beers came in 10oz servings only. I go out with a designated driver, so this limitation is unnecessary, especially at pint prices. The fajitas and Frisco shrimp were bland with plain sides. The buffalo burger went over reasonably well, and the fries were fresh cut ocean style. Overall, worth a look for the beer selection. The prices are high, but not unreasonable for the area. Food is unremarkable. Eat somewhere else, then come here for your beer.

Photo of adamonis
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As a frequent patron of Frisco Taphouse, felt I should pay homage to a great establishment. I unfortunately did not know of Frisco Taphouse (Grille) until a week before it moved to the new location. I was on the way to try it out in the old building, disappointed to see it was closed for a week during the move. Made it there the first night opening and watched as the tap list grew and grew.

I joined the Frisco Beer Club, with the goal of reaching 100 unique brews to fill my book and get one of those fancy mugs to show off to others. I recently hit 100 and celebrated the 100th chugging a PBR with the friendly bartenders and manager.

Always a good rotating selection, although some stick around for a while. The service can be slow at times, definitely on Wednesday's pint night. I make it just about every week - a different brewery every week, giving you a chance to sample a few (usually 5 or so) from that brewer, and you leave with a beer glass from that brewery.

Food is good (try the spicy steak sammich) and all the servers/bartenders are very pleasant. Bartenders are very knowledgeable, the servers not so much, but they try - at least they are friendly. The only downfall is that it hurts seeing a large bill every week, but it's worth it. Try it if you get the chance, I feel lucky to have this place right around the corner from my job.

Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've stopped in to the Frisco Taphouse 3 times now as it's on my way home from work. The draught and bottle list are pretty nice and also available online. They always seem to have two cask ales available which is pretty cool.

The food so far has been mediocre at best. I've had the fried catfish sandwich and burrito and I wouldn't order either again.

Definitely a cool place to stop in and grab a beer. I recommend the Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge from Bockor. A very fine sour at a reasonable price.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place! Over 50+ beers on tap. Has given me a chance to try a few new craft beers per trip before I seek out my next purchases at some of the local specialty shops.

The beer selection is fantastic. Electronic display lists all current (as well as "on tap" or upcoming) beer offerings. Yellow vs white script designates stronger beers that are served in (I believe) 10 oz goblets as opposed to pint glasses.

The food has been good. I have had the buffalo burger a couple of times. I come here for the beer though.

The big detractor (according to some of my younger coworkers who go there on weekend nights) is the tight parking out front.

Overall, the place is kid-friendly (which is good for me, or I'd never get out!) The wait staff are knowledgeable about different beer styles and have made several good suggestions. I'm proud that Columbia has a good taphouse that celebrates the craft scene!

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.8/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Frisco Grille recently changed locations to a little bit further down the road. The new place was built specifically for them. It is still a bit in the developmental stage (I hear they are adding a few new TVs soon). They do have a bunch of TVs behind the bar, including 2 large rotated flat screens displaying the current beer list.

Anyway, a place like this, with a very good selection of beers, is almost unheard of in Columbia. That makes this place excellent in my book. Anywhere around here usually has just bud light and miller light on their beer selection, but Frisco offers neither and replaces them with 50 rotating taps and many bottled beers.

The most interesting thing about their 50 taps is that when one keg finishes that one is immediately replaced with a new beer. Therefore, the list of craft beers is never stagnant.

The food is pretty good. I highly recommend the skirt steak.

The servers are friendly and are, for the most part, fairly knowledgeable on the selection of beers.

Photo of Bslied
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Having been frequenting Frisco Grille for the last 6 months or so I can happily say I've found my beer nexus here in Maryland. I was even more excited when just after Thanksgiving they moved into a bigger space with more taps. I really like the concept of 40 rotating taps. You never know what to expect when you go here. One visit they had 5 beers from dogfish brewery in DE, and the next a cacophony of christmas beers from Belgium. This makes the experience different every time. Increasing the taps from 20 to 40 was like a gift from the owners. There were; however, two things that I was not happy about.

1) The food stayed the same. While the food is "okay", they still serve up this random tomato compote with every burrito except now they charge extra for cheese and sour cream. With a space revamp they could have tightened up the menu.

2) While the bartenders are still very knowledgeable and provide good recommendations, the new waiting staff are CLUELESS. A few of the old girls still remain, but I fear going to a bigger space required adding waitresses that don't know nor care about good beer. When asked questions they either dodge the issue, plead ignorance, or stare at you like it's your fault you don't know what the beer is. I have taken to researching the beers I haven't had prior to coming to avoid these awkward moments.

Overall I love this place and will continue to go back. With a revamped menu and knowledgeable staff they could push the envelope with this concept.

Photo of maryekline
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The new location is gorgeous, the beer selection is jaw-dropping (I counted no less than 6 Belgian Christmas brews alone), service continues to be prompt, friendly and knowledgeable and the food is the tasty Cal-Mex menu from the old Frisco with a few classic American additions. The more open layout will take some getting used to, but it's a lot of fun staring at that enormous beer board and seeing nothing but great beers. We were there during a football game and didn't find the place noisy at all. Looks like they now have a private dining room for special events as well, which I'm sure we'll find an excuse to take advantage of. Great reboot, everybody!

Photo of bigterp
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just moved down the street to 6695 Dobbin Road. Much larger space. MUCH LOUDER PLACE. More beers on tap (about 40?). DID I MENTION IT MUCH LOUDER? Looks to have the same menu. I MENTIONED IT HAS THE SAME MENU. The couches off the side of the bar look cool. And the communial table looked popular. I SAID POPULAR, NOT POPLAR. Unfortunately it's lost the corner bar spirit. Give it a while to see if they recapture it (yay), or if it become Churchkey (which I think they're aiming for), or the Greene Turtle (WHAT DID YOU SAY?).

Photo of kramertoneman
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been patronizing Frisco for a little over a year now and make a point to stop in at least 2-3 times a month. It's a great neighborhood establishment here in Mr. Rouse's suburban utopia.

Aside from its strip mall location, the atmosphere at Frisco is inviting and friendly. The bar draws in a diverse crowd and I often find myself conversing with fellow patrons. The bar area can get a little claustrophobic, especially during special events, but this should be remedied when they move to their new location down the street. I'm told that they will begin brewing their own beer once they get settled!

They do an excellent job of rotating a wide variety of brews among their 19 taps (plus a cask and weekly firkin). I've never ordered bottles, but they seem to have a decent selection there as well. Bartenders are very knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations and/or give you samples.

There are some cool weekly events like Wednesday Pint Night (pint glass + brewery reps) and Firkin Thursdays. They also have a beer club which is strangely under-advertised. Drink 100 beers and receive a 19-oz mug to keep, a t-shirt, and get all future beers served in a 19-oz mug. Not bad if you live in the area and make this a regular stop.

Frisco's food is pretty appetizing. True to their namesake, they have burritos, as well as tacos, enchiladas, etc. Aside from their southwestern fare, they have salads, steak, and some seafood options. I always enjoy their bison burger with beer-battered onion rings.

Food is reasonably priced, but the beers can get a little pricey ($5 minimum on drafts). As far as I know, there are no happy hour/drink specials, which is disappointing. Still, the selection makes it worthwhile and we are talking Columbia prices here.

Overall, Frisco Grille & Cantina is well worth a (repeat) visit. They provide great service, good brews, and some tasty vittles. I'm sure that I am not alone in looking forward to their new location and in-house brews!

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Frisco Taphouse & Brewery in Columbia, MD
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