Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 21
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by donniecuffs:
2.83/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Like the 'Original' in Red Bank, this Basil T's...which importantly is owned by a different group...attempts to cater to the upscale crowd, with its prices and cigar room. The food is ok, while I found the service to be a lot friendlier and down-to-earth than that of its former sister in the north. The first time I visited this place a few years ago, the beer wasn't impressive at all, but I visited again after Dave Hoffmann of Climax fame came onboard, and the quality was getting decidedly better. That was also a while ago, so I think I'm due for another visit. As such, my quality ranking might be a little outdated...at least I hope.
07-27-2009 16:10:30 | More by donniecuffs
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
04-26-2012 15:27:01 | More by jmdrpi
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Formerly Basil T's, now Artisan's. It is a very interesting place, I can't say I've seen another like it. They serve gourmet food (it really is delicious), have an impressive wine selection, brew their own beer, and have a cigar lounge. Whats not to like?
Atmosphere: Very nicely decorated, lighting ranges from decent to mood lighting, feels like a high quality restaraunt.
Quality: Food is high quality, beer is decent
Service: Not the fastest, but it was still good, and the waitress knew something about beer (not sure of the extent of her knowledge, but she pronounced Hefeweizen correctly).
Selection: Four beers on tap, for this visit it was a light ale, an IPA, a Pilsner, and a Hefeweizen. 2 pages for the food menu, plus a page of specials.
Food: Absolutely amazingly good. Real good stuff. They serve smaller portions, and they're not cheap, but they are all made well. They have burgers/sandwiches for $10 or less, and a good selection of entrees starting at about $17, though they had a $10 anniversary menu when we went. You won't be disappointed.
Value: Food is quite good for the price, though not cheap, but the beer could either use a price drop or a quality increase. Not bad beer, but not something I go out of my way for. The food, however, I would.
06-19-2011 05:09:47 | More by MadCat
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-30-2009 23:40:37 | More by Gavage
3.5/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has a nice Italian restaurant atmosphere, even though it is located in a strip mall, you have your choice of seats or to sit at the bar, which offers a good view of the brewing tuns. There were only 3 beers on tap when I went there, a light ale, a West Coast IPA, and an Irish Red Ale. The other beers offered were basically the swill you find at any bar at the Jersey Shore. Tried the Pasta Fagioli as an appetizer and a Neapolitan Pizza as a main course. The service was extremely friendly, and if you would like to take some beer home, they offer growler fills.
12-18-2009 18:55:52 | More by tjd112
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-24-2009 19:21:47 | More by akorsak
2.17/5 rDev -39.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
I went by Basil T's while I was visiting the Jersey Shore, about a half hour south of Tom's River. This was, by far, the closest brewpub around so I thought I would try it out.
Basil T's is located, like everything else in NJ, it seems, in a strip mall. It looks like it used to be a Johnny Carino's or something. We sat at the bar and ordered a sampler. Available was a Light Lager, an IPA, an Irish Red, an "English-style ale" a Dunkelweizen, and what was apparently some sort of bock.
The red and the English ale were decent. Te IPA wasn't balanced very well. The light lager had CLEAR signs of dirty tap lines and some sort of infection. It was hazy and very sour. The same thing was going on with a few of the other ales, but they had more body and flavor to them and, thus, more to hide behind.
Pity, really. It's one of the only brewpubs and places to get beer in the southern half of Jersey. It could be a beacon for beer, but instead it's an example of how not to serve craft beer.
08-06-2009 15:17:51 | More by turtyl
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
01-18-2009 19:19:51 | More by TMB0424
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the establishment on a Friday afternoon about 4pm. The dining area was virtually empty and we were promptly seated. Drinks and food were served in a reasonable time frame. The beers were tasty and well made. The food was good and priced appropriately. Because the dining room was so empty, the service was almost too good, because everytime I set my fork down, the waitress thought I was finished and was ready to takke my plate away. It was a good dining and drinking experiance. I can recommend them it you are in the area.
10-19-2008 19:15:42 | More by tgbljb
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The wrist is not broken. I know, 'cause I can stick my finger in my ear (the actual test they would have given me had I gone to the hospital, which I did not). Still, 3 weeks later, it should be feeling a lot better than this. And as I am a kayaking motherphucker, today we're going to test the waters some, so to speak. With all the Deliverance, Frankenfish and Anaconda references visited (plus an always watchful eye out for an angry 30 foot prehistoric crab), we wound through the salt marshes widening and deepening out to the bay, did some time on the beach there and rode the tide back in with very good momentum. The wrist? Yeah, pretty good all in all; but the real test is going to be lifting all them small sampler glasses...
The Jersey shore packed with beach bars 'o Bud, we're in no man's beerland down here. We are, however, midway between two brewpubs albeit both of them at least a half hour out north and south. And I've always been curious about the Basil T's down there, just never been close enough 'til now, so I guess it's T time. Sitting stand-alone on the edge of a mall parking lot not too far off approach for dirty Seaside Heights, it could've used to have been something chainy else.
Tuscany done like the other, bar ahead and dining to the left. Seated, a baker's dozen booths (wrapping an "L" on 2 walls) and tables (hopscotch in the center of the room) here and a far room through with a half dozen booths (3 and 3 on each wall) and a pair of tables between them. Seemingly real wood uprights and crossbeams through faux concrete arches, the walls the same, some done with murals, framed landscape & villa paintings, prints of floral and ornate mirrors. Plenty of fake flowers red everywhere potted on sills and all sides, blinded windows and some spots above.
I'm in sight of a walkway giving views of the brewing equipment behind a half wall, a hanging "Fresh Beer Made Here" sign listing tap selections. Continuing down to the other end, a looking glass image of the 2 front rooms (and what slander found there). Scoped out the bar while I was wandering about. "U" shaped seating 20 or so, dangling mug club mugs all around (they do boast Jersey's largest beer mug club), towers of taps on all sides, and a glass front cigar lounge to the rear for members only. 5 tables lay adjacent to the bar and another 5 raised bar tables elevated beyond them below the windows, spots and shiny tilings throughout.
As a change of pace, I ordered, well they call it a sampler, which provided 6 beers, a mix of regulars and seasonals, served in an awkward wrought iron holder that doesn't easily release the beers. The Basil's Lite Ale was grainy, with a hoppy finish, easy drinkin' and pleasant; the Helles Lager, straw colored, always a good Helles but I don't know that this was kept well; the Hefe weizen, not cloudy, not banana and clovey, although you got a slight, and I mean slight bit of that as it warmed, the West Coast Style IPA, copper color, nicely hoppy but not over the top at 6.2%; the Maibock Lager was past (beer board list the tap date as 5/23), and had no business being on in August, the English Extra Special Ale was just okay, although I'm suspect of it too. The Basil's Lite and the West Coast IPA being the best of the lot.
And food. A cup of pasta fagole and the Fettuccini Alfredo with grilled chicken as a change up. The Fette Alf was tasty and there was a lot of it in a big festive bowl (hooray!). I asked for some fresh ground pepper and was left with a foot and half tall pepper grinder. I guess it's self-service today. Jed had a personal pepperoni pizza (good) and D, a garden salad with grilled chicken, the pine nuts and Gorgonzola brought her joy, as did the extra flatbread.
Food was good, and service friendly and attentive, but the table card lists 3 of the 6 beers on as the April, May & June seasonals, why am I drinking them in August? They need to move the Maibock off (like) right now as I suspect it's holding up the Dunkel en waiting from coming on, and domino it does go. Quality of beer was not great and I'm putting it on the restaurant not moving it and not the off sight brewer who I know makes some very nice Lager style beers.
08-16-2008 13:25:52 | More by slander
Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill in Toms River, NJ
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