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Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill

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Artisan's Brewery & Italian GrillArtisan's Brewery & Italian Grill

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 29
Beer Avg: 3.27
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1171 Hooper Ave
Toms River, New Jersey, 08753
United States
phone: (732) 244-7566

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Reviews by MadCat:
Photo of MadCat
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Formerly Basil T's, now Artisan's. It is a very interesting place, I can't say I've seen another like it. They serve gourmet food (it really is delicious), have an impressive wine selection, brew their own beer, and have a cigar lounge. Whats not to like?

Atmosphere: Very nicely decorated, lighting ranges from decent to mood lighting, feels like a high quality restaraunt.

Quality: Food is high quality, beer is decent

Service: Not the fastest, but it was still good, and the waitress knew something about beer (not sure of the extent of her knowledge, but she pronounced Hefeweizen correctly).

Selection: Four beers on tap, for this visit it was a light ale, an IPA, a Pilsner, and a Hefeweizen. 2 pages for the food menu, plus a page of specials.

Food: Absolutely amazingly good. Real good stuff. They serve smaller portions, and they're not cheap, but they are all made well. They have burgers/sandwiches for $10 or less, and a good selection of entrees starting at about $17, though they had a $10 anniversary menu when we went. You won't be disappointed.

Value: Food is quite good for the price, though not cheap, but the beer could either use a price drop or a quality increase. Not bad beer, but not something I go out of my way for. The food, however, I would.

MadCat, Jun 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%

Vibe: The place has both a dining room and a lounge—I sat in the lounge area, which resembled more of what you would expect from a pub with seating along the bar and a tables around it. The dining room looked more formal and had white tablecloths on all of the tables.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware, including snifters.
Service: It wasn't that crowded when I went so service was rather quick. Our waiter offered his recommendations regarding his favorite beers and menu items.
Selection: The place had a total of five of its own beers on tap—three of which were year round beers and two were seasonal brews. They also had an extensive list of bottled beers.
Food: I stopped in for lunch and tried their Buffalo Chicken Wrap, which was just like having chicken wings, except that my fingers didn't get dirty from the hot sauce. I added on a cup of the soup of the day (sweet potato), which was also interesting.

metter98, May 04, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

InspectorBob, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Stopped here for lunch, I sat at the bar, which is in a seperate lounge room. I guess the lunch crowd prefers the dining room, as I was the only person at the bar the whole time I was there. Bartender was friendly and service was fine.

They had 6 beers, 3 regulars: Light, Red Ale, IPA, and 3 seasonals: Porter, Maibock, and Nut Brown. They serve their beers in 18 oz mugs, I had the IPA and Brown, which were both good.

The lunch menu was burgers, sandwhiches and wraps. I understand their dinner menu is nicer Italian food. I had a cheddar bacon burger and fries, which were fine, but nothing special.

jmdrpi, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev 0%

Starting in January 2010, the place will be called Artisan's Brewery and Italian Grill. No changes on ownership, chef, or brewery - just a name change.

Stopped in during a mid afternoon ride in the area. It is located in a strip mall area, but set aside as a stand alone building. The building is in the Italian theme with the restaurant half the place with white tablecloths, wall murals, and generally upscale.

The bar area has a nice tiled floor area and a large 20 stool bar shape in a squared edged U-shape. There is a private cigar room off the the back of the bar too. Several hi-tops and a few regulation tables fill the rest of the room. The brewing tanks are partially visible from the bar area. The area is a bit dark too.

There were 4 beers on during this visit, the standard offering Artisan's Lite beer and West Coast IPA, with two brewers specials - a Wild Hoppy Elf and a Porter. I had all the beers except the Lite, and the Porter was my favorite and the IPA my least favorite.

Service was somewhat slow, but friendly. Waitress knew the beer names but not much more. Food was decent as we stuck to burgers and pizzas. Not sure how the dinner entrees are. They do have a four course Early Bird from 2:00 - 6:00 for $12.95 which give you a salad, soup, entree, and dessert. Not a bad price for the area. There are different nightly food specials too.

Not a bad place to stop if in the area.

Gavage, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of tjd112
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

This place has a nice Italian restaurant atmosphere, even though it is located in a strip mall, you have your choice of seats or to sit at the bar, which offers a good view of the brewing tuns. There were only 3 beers on tap when I went there, a light ale, a West Coast IPA, and an Irish Red Ale. The other beers offered were basically the swill you find at any bar at the Jersey Shore. Tried the Pasta Fagioli as an appetizer and a Neapolitan Pizza as a main course. The service was extremely friendly, and if you would like to take some beer home, they offer growler fills.

tjd112, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Atmosphere: Basil T's is located in what looks like an old Olive Garden in a central Jersey strip mall. Luckily, large signs direct you there and no jug handle turns to navigate. The restaurant is large and undergoing renovation, blocking parts off. A bar, multiple seating areas, a closed-off cigar bar and banquet area are all plainly visible. En route to our table, we passed brewing central, where the brewers were hard at work cleaning the tuns. It is much nicer on the inside than it looks from the outside.

Quality: Even for lunch, the place seemed a little stuffy and uptight. My fidgety monsters didn't help that. Food, especially for the aforementioned monsters, was delivered promptly.

Service: Our waitress visited regularly, brought the boys' food out quickly and was generally attentive. She even rattled off the beer list, though I fear that she may have missed one or two.

Selection: Five beers on taop. A hefe, smoked dunkel lager, lite, O-fest and pumpkin. I tried the first two; one was good and the other wasn't. Only 5 on though? A little light, and at $5 per glass, a little pricey.

Food: Food was a pleasant surprise. Pizza was hot and quite good. A reasonably authentic menu is loaded with Italian offerings. Portions were big for relatively low prices.

akorsak, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of turtyl
2.17/5  rDev -39.4%

I went by Basil T's while I was visiting the Jersey Shore, about a half hour south of Tom's River. This was, by far, the closest brewpub around so I thought I would try it out.

Basil T's is located, like everything else in NJ, it seems, in a strip mall. It looks like it used to be a Johnny Carino's or something. We sat at the bar and ordered a sampler. Available was a Light Lager, an IPA, an Irish Red, an "English-style ale" a Dunkelweizen, and what was apparently some sort of bock.

The red and the English ale were decent. Te IPA wasn't balanced very well. The light lager had CLEAR signs of dirty tap lines and some sort of infection. It was hazy and very sour. The same thing was going on with a few of the other ales, but they had more body and flavor to them and, thus, more to hide behind.

Pity, really. It's one of the only brewpubs and places to get beer in the southern half of Jersey. It could be a beacon for beer, but instead it's an example of how not to serve craft beer.

turtyl, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

Like the 'Original' in Red Bank, this Basil T's...which importantly is owned by a different group...attempts to cater to the upscale crowd, with its prices and cigar room. The food is ok, while I found the service to be a lot friendlier and down-to-earth than that of its former sister in the north. The first time I visited this place a few years ago, the beer wasn't impressive at all, but I visited again after Dave Hoffmann of Climax fame came onboard, and the quality was getting decidedly better. That was also a while ago, so I think I'm due for another visit. As such, my quality ranking might be a little outdated...at least I hope.

donniecuffs, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Close to home, a regular place to eat/drink with my family. The restaurant is very clean and nice looking. Has a very nice, homey feel to it. Brewing equipment is easily seen as you walk into the place. The hosts/hostesses are always friendly, as are the wait staff. The food is damn good (definitely stop by on a Sunday for Big Vic's Sunday Dinner - it's out of this world). Whether you want pizza or another Italian dish, you can't really go wrong. I also recommend the cheese assortment appetizer with the fresh honey - amazing. The beer is good, nothing spectacular or mind-blowing, but it's good. If you're there in October try the Pumpkin Porter. The Irish Dry Stout, Tom's River Red, and Dopplebock are worth a shot too. They provide an assortment of tasters for a select bunch of beers and growlers, as well. Overall, a great place... the food is outstanding.

TMB0424, Jan 18, 2009
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Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill in Toms River, NJ
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