Yard House

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BA SCORE
89
very good

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

7014 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251-1227
United States
phone: (480) 675-9273

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @yardhouse

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2006)
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Photo of Sludgeman
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Visited late on a Sunday night after a terrible day of traveling from the east coast. I needed food and beer. Yard House was a welcome oasis.

A - Nice open, clean, well lit, but not too bright. I like the all metal bar top.

Q - No complaints.

S - I was literally the only person at the bar, so service was excellent. Had a good conversation with the bartender (Drew) about beer, politics, and back east. Food came quickly and as ordered.

S - Excellenet selection. Something for everyone.

F - I had the ribeye, with garlic mash potatoes and lightly sauted green beans. The manager warned me that he thought the ribeye could be cut better and that I should get the fillet. Not a fillet fan, went with the ribeye. My expectations were not steak house high. The steak was fine, considering all the yummy beer available. The green beans were actually the best part of the meal.

V -- At about $26 the steak was a little over priced for the quality.

Photo of jale
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in an upscale area of Phoenix in a mall. Well over 100 taps yet nothing unusual or hard to find. Like others, I'm concerned about how long the beer sits in a huge distance of lines. Tried a Papago beer that tasted nothing like it did at the brewery. Like most places I found in Phoenix, you really need to hit most places during happy hour to save big on drinks. This is not a destination but a place to visit when your options are limited. The food was upscale and pricey, yet overall quite good.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've visited here a few times while out on business in Phoenix. The atmosphere was nice and the bar well set up. Just seeing all those taps so neatly lined up will bring a smile to your face.

Service was adequate. It was a busy night so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

The beer selection was well above average. I've been to places with lots of taps, only to find out most of them are dominated by macros. That wasn't the case here. Loads of craft brews, with a few West Coast offerings I can't find around here.

The food was very good and portions were of a decent size. It was a little expensive but worth it in the end.

Photo of DPFRD
3.88/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Look it, I hate to come down on a place with such a massive tap, but I need to.

Clean your lines even if the keg hasn't been tapped yet.

They have an unrealistic selection of beers on tap here.

I say unrealistic because I saw Delerium Tremens come onto tap one week and not leave for 6 months. I am under the impression that, matched up to the other 99 beers they have on tap there, DT doesn't get much needle time, so that keg just sat there for six months. Not so bad until you consider that their cooler is on the other side of the fricken restaurant and all the lines run up the wall, across the roof and down to the taps.

I calculate there could be 2 gallons of beer in transit at anytime, and I don't know about you, but when I am about to pay 7 bucks for a brew I don't want the possibility of it chilling in 20 meters of plastic tubing for the last 10 days to be a possibility, only thing is it's the reality here.

I'm in to craft and places pumping it, but this place just went overkill grabbed everything they could on tap and left the craft out of it, which is making sure you do everything possible to give you the best tasting beer.

Food is good, pricey and a seems like apple bees that got famous and now rolls a lex instead of a pinto. Not the worst decision of a place to go, but if you do grab something that seems like it flows often or your taste buds will pay.

Photo of Anthony88
4.47/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place is a great place to try out. It is unbelievable how many draft beers they have. It really bothered me that they didn't have any flights and at 6 bucks a beer it was a bit of a disappointment I couldn't try them all. They have windows to their keg cooler which was quite a site. Almost interesting to see just how they run the lines to the kegs, yet alone the 200 kegs. The food is mediocre, but a bit better priced than the beers. I definitely recommend trying this one out, expecially if you would like to try some craft beers on draft.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is pricey, pricey, pricey, but boy is it good! Wow! Over 200 beers on tap!? Are you kidding me? THe atmosphere is amazing. Parked out in front when I went was a Bentley and a Ferrari, thats how Scottsdale is. THey even have an alphabetical checklist of beers that you can check off like an old baseball card. Ive been here 6 times and Im only on the F's. The food is great, Id recommend the calamari or artichoke. All in all this is one of the cooler venues around East Phoenix area. Make sure you wear your good clothes, this is a nice joint!

Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I'm a little bit dismissive of the Scottsdale Fashion Square - not because I don't go there but precisely because it is the best shopping center in the Phoenix area. It has the air of monopoly and arrogance, and cleanliness that borders of sterility.

I would give the atmosphere a 4 if it were completely empty: lots of TVs, okay booths, uncomfortable tables, pretty decent patio that's relatively pleasant even in the hot months. But the crowd is pretty obnoxious and upper-crusty/trashy. The best place to sit is the patio, but this is A. where lots of annoying people sit, B. is not subject to the smoke-free restaurant ordinance, and C. is located about 50 feet from a valet-parking kiosk. And it's under a concrete roof, so the car noises are quite audible. Also, I've seen way too many people drinking glasses of wine or yards of Piss in a Glass beers to respect the clientele any more than I would that of Pink Taco, Z Tejas, or Kona Grill (in a purely beer-drinking sense here; I'm not that misanthropic).

The quality of the beer list is mitigated by the must-have Crap on Tap. Of the 100 or whatever taps there are plenty of passes; most fall under the category of "Okay But Not Something I'll Pay Money For Again". To further complicate the decision, some beers are starred, which means they are served in a goblet, obviously at a higher price. So going to the Yard House isn't necessarily an exercise in better beer drinking, which they would like to claim is the point of the huge tap list.

There's always one or two beers that I'm moderately interested in drinking. I have 660+ reviews here, so it's hard for me to find reviewable beers in many settings. There's often review fodder for me here, in the sense of having already reviewed a bottle but I can still review it On-Tap. Stuff like Gulden Draak, Old Crustacean, etc.

I've waited way too goddamn long just to get a water way too many times here - as in, I could have driven all the way home and got it from my sink as fast as the waitress brought it across the room. And don't even think about drunk driving here - booze as much as you want and then tell your server you're ready for a check. By the time your tab gets to the table you'll be sober as a judge.

The food is overpriced for the quality. I'm okay with the happy hour prices, but it's still a little greasy and doesn't quite fit a style. Kind of all over the map, with heavy Asian fusion leanings matched up against American Burger Joint. Again, not bad but pricey.

Basically it's a little disappointing that I can find the same number of beers that I want to try here as I can at Papago, with thirty lines. And the ones at Papago are always changing, and unique ales, while these are retreads I've never had on draft.

Photo of countmeoutt
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was in Phoenix for my honeymoon this past week so me and the wife hit up the Scottsdale yard house before the D-Backs game based on reviews from here.

It was situated in somewhat of a mall area in which I found a parking spot fairly easy. Walking in to the right was a large round/oval bar with i'd say about 100-120 taps surrounding it. I was surprised that a place that houses 100+ taps could carry at least 60 crappy ones. Luckily being an east coaster i dont get to drink alot of the west coast breweries too often so it was all good.

I ended up going with a Lost Coast Alleycat Amber and a New Belgium 1554 and the bernaise sliders for an appetizer and the wife had a widmer drop top amber and paulaner hefeweizen and some kind of sushi plate which she liked. We made it in time for happy hour which was cool. All craft pints were 3.50 and appetizers were half price.

The bartenders were okay. nothing bad to say about them. The atmosphere was cool but i feel it attracts a different crowd at night time. I guess the only bad thing i have to say is they had about 20 tv's on and they were ALL on golf...come on, who really wants to watch golf on 20 televisions.. Anyway, Yard House was a cool place to grab a quick lunch.

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My CouchSurfing hosts called me as I was returning from Chandler to find out where I was and where we might be able to meet. I then consulted my map and BeerFly lists as they listened to me read off cities and this was what we agreed upon. It was tucked away in the rear of the Scottsdale Fashion Square, so although I had the address, I initially overshot the place and had to double back.

Entering, the m.d.s. was to the immediate right with the long, oval-shaped, brushed aluminum (or steel)-topped bar at a right oblique. The back bar was an impressive oval-shaped, stainless steel collection of 130 total taps, although there were only 114 different ones with some duplication. The kitchen dominated the back left wall. Booths dominated the front wall while most of the seating in the center of the space was standard restaurant tables and chairs. Nathaniel was our server and I started off with a Four Peaks 8th Street Pale Ale, which I found not be doing it for me and I switched up.

Photo of NitroGen
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have visited the Yard House location in the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall a few times, but if you visit one you visit them all as they all have the same setup.

For the uninitiated, the first glimpse of the massive bar surrounding the interior rectangle back bar bristling with unlimited tap handles is likely to make any person who likes beer a bit weak in the knees and slightly feint.

The beer selection is massive and was impressed that they carry a few local brews, from Four Peaks, a local brewery. The beer menu is also impressive, extensive and very well prepared. The staff’s beer knowledge ranges from complete indifference to very informed, just like any other bar in the world.

PRO:
Huge Beer Selection
Room temperature glassware
Upscale and varied food menu

CON:
All pours from the tap have temperatures that are artic and take a long time to get to a reasonable drinking temperature.
No growler sales.
Prices – A bit steep for my pocketbook for visits on a regular basis. Happy Hour is the best bang for your buck.

Overall:
I am thankful that I live in an area with such a wide variety of choices available to go out and get some great craft beers, including the Yard House. If visiting the Phoenix/Scottsdale area I would recommend a visit, just do not do yourself a disservice and overlook the great locally owned brewpubs/breweries that are also available.

Photo of Floydster
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place located outside Scottsdale Fashion Square, stoppped by after eating dinner across the street at the new PF Changs

Had over a hundred taps like most Yard House spots, had some good Rogue brews, some rare Belgians like St. Bernardus and Lindenmans, also saw some Sea Dog brew, which you do not see very often

Prices are okay, but much better during happy hour (3.25 for goblets of the high ABV stuff, and 3.25 for normal pints)

Wish I would have tried some Old Crustacean, but I did not

Would go back to this place if I ever ventured into that area again

Would check out Papago first though, heard that place is amazing!!!

Photo of SidSales
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this place whilst over from the UK (16/09).

I was not aware that this place was in Fashion Square and next to the Mall until I read about it in my hotel room brochure.

One night at Papago and one night here about blew my liver away.

Well over 100 beers on tap but on checking the list most from from bigger breweries and quite a bit of lager shite. Only about 15 - 20 interesting beers that I had not tried before so bearing in mind I am from the UK and have only tried about 400 American beers that is not a very good selection in terms of rarity.

As a previous reviewer said, they took my card for the tab whilst sitting at the bar. Must check my statement.

I tried the following:-

Green Flash - West Coast Amber
Lost Coast - Alleycat Amber
Bayhawk - Beach Blonde - this was superb
Bayhawk - Hefeweizen
Portland - Oregan Honey
Sea Dog - Blue Pair Wheat - very strange but nice
Deschutes - Pale Ale
Lost Coast - Downtown Brown
Kona - Fire Rock Pale
Rogue - Old Crusty. An absolute fabulous headbanger at 11.7
Nimbus - Old Monkeyshine - Another fabulous headbanger.

All beers $5.25 a pint. RIP OFF PRICES. Stronger beers served in goblets. Not sure about the half yards.

The bartenders were very friendly and let me try a pint of Deshutes as they said it had won an award, also my last 2 beers were on the house as I was from the UK.
Cheers guys that saved me about $15!!!!

Not sure how often they change the beer range but will go back again next time I am in Scottsdale.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is the most "trendy" of the 3 Yardhouses in Phoenix, and with service I think it is the worst (Glendale is the best, hands down).

The menu selection looks great for beer choices, but you have to wonder why the have so many macros and why they don't rotate the micros very often. For initial impression of atmosphere and printed menu, they're looking great.

But it's extremely overpriced and sometimes the taps aren't so fresh. Moreover, the atmosphere is rather yuppyish but at least they play hard rock nonstop, and only hard rock. Spacious room is good, not smoky at all, and even when packed you can still hold a civil conversation with your tablemates.

Hit the late night happy hour for the best bang for your buck, if you can squeeze in that one hour timeframe into your busy schedule!

Photo of joedon
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stumbled across this place in Fashion Square Mall. I was actually looking for Rockbottom but the BA map seems to be outdated.

Have visited the Yard House in San Diego so knew what to expect. The atmosphere is a bit too sports bar/corporate to suit me.
Good quality beers and huge selection.

My complaint with the service is they want to take your credit card to open a tab if you are seated at the bar. The last time I handed over the card, someone stole my number and made some big fraudulent charges. I'm not necessarily blaming somebody at the Yard House but the timing was pretty much right on for when the charges were made. That said, the bar staff were friendly and efficient.

Good food as in prior visits. Just a bit too expensive though. Beer prices were also too high. I guess you need money to dine out in Scottsdale.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I hit this place while on a business trip to Scottsdale. It was within a mile of my hotel and easily walkable. The food was great, we got a couple appetizers and then I had an excellent pepper jack burger.

The beer selection is second to no place that I have been to. Understand that I live in West Virginia and our idea of a beer bar is one that has both Bud and Bud Light on tap. But be that as it may, this place has a LOT of beers on tap. 113 on the night of 1/11/07. It's a pretty trendy place in a very affluent area, and prices are reflective of that. Happy hour and late night are pretty reasonable, $3.25/pt (or a smaller goblet of some of the bigger beers). But after that it's $5.95. I'm pretty sure the prices are the same for anything you get. From BMC to Chimay.

Obviously they have so many beers that a list would be pointless. Check out the website. I thought all the beers were fresh. The bartender said that the lines are cleaned any time a keg is changed. They have an awesome keg room you can see into with about a dozen cooled pipes going up and over to the bar area, each of which must have several beer lines in it.

There is supposedly a 200 tap location elsewhere in the area, and they are building a 500 tap location in Vegas. I tried the following (not in this order):

Stone AB
Stone Pale Ale*
Delirium Tremens*
Old Monkeyshine*
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
DFH 60 Minute

*first time I had it.
As I said, all were fresh and all were good. Temp maybe a little cold but they warm up quickly.

The waitress knew enough about the beers to help out the complete noobs, but it was plain she was not an expert. There were several gents behind the bar, which we retired to after dinner. They were a bit more knowledgeable, but when I asked if they had any barleywines he started talking about wine. When I told him barleywine was a style of beer he said they didn't have any. All minor offenses though. This place is hopping, lots of sports on the TVs, beer is good, food is great, etc. I gave a $$ for value since if you average the prices of regular and happy hour prices it's not too bad.

Photo of gonzo138
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Had this bar refered to me by a friend. Located in a very upscale mall in a wealthy part of town. Inside is a metal covered trendy interioir. Has something like 112 beers on tap. No bottles though. Staff was attentive and nice (one guy gave us a free pizza because he got the order wrong), though some were lacking in beer knowledge (only one bartender realized belgian ales are supposed to have a decent head on them.) I got three good belgians on tap; Chimay Cinq Cents, Tripel Karmeliet, and Delirium Teremens. All served in goblets, though the goblets were a little on the cheap side, Ive seen much nicer barware, i was kinda expecting more from scottsdale. If you get there during happy hour which is something like 3-6 all beers are 3$, not to bad considering some of the choices on tap. Food here is expensive. Like 6$ for a bowl of soup, maybe Im just cheap but that seems like alot to me. But all in all a nice place i would definitely frequent more often if I lived closer to it.

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Yard House in Scottsdale, AZ
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.