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Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
88
very good

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Active Beers: 0
Beer Ratings: 0
Beer Avg: 0
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1805 21st Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee, 37212-3705
United States
phone: (615) 385-0050
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%

For the best beer and food combination Boscos is the place in Nashville. They do an excellent job for brewery food and their beers are better than most micro breweries in Nashville. Serves one of the only fresh hopped beer in the area. Should be a standard for any beer aficionado Well done Boscos... well done.

battarup, Jul 09, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Craft microbrewery, so a bit more pricey than some other options; however, you get what you pay for. Great beer, great service, and their food flies under the radar. Convenient Hillsboro (Nashville) location. Cozy setting, big tables near the rear for mid- to large-sized dining groups, smaller tables up near the bar.

ryrad23, Jan 21, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -17%

This place is a chain (the other locations are in Little Rock, Memphis, and another somewhere near Nashville, I think), and as such doesn't have much of a character of its own, in my opinion. The food is the real draw, if any, as there are some relatively tasty options on the menu (though, at the same time, there are some overpriced and otherwise disappointing options, too -- I'm looking at you, fish sandwich).

The service might be the low point. My experience at the bar showed a clear divide -- there are regulars, and then there's everyone else. The bartender didn't have any beer knowledge anyway (described the flaming stone beer as "sorta like an IPA"), but it still would have been nice to be able to get a beer between his long conversations with some of the other patrons.

As for the beers, nothing is going to blow you away, IMO.

akinsja, Nov 28, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

A - Its nice rectangular shaped room with a bar as you walk in on the right with a small bar-seating area. The rest of the brew-pub is seating for dinning. Decor is nice but very forced. You can see the brewery on the far side of the establishment through a small window. Not my favorite place but went mostly for the company.

Q - Pretty average. Limited numbers of brews that were pretty standard, APA, IPA, Pilsner, etc.

S - Our waiter knew very little about the brews and seemed either to be new or tiered of serving patrons. This might have been because we came in after the lunch rush, but still.

F - Food was a bit better. I had a very good Pollo Diablo pizza that was tasty and spicy.

Overall the place is a chain and offers something different to Macros but not the best.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of BeerNuggets
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%

A very clean and nice interior, but still a chain brewpub.

It wasn't really packed on a saturday, so we had a chance to check everything out. They had plenty of beers on the sampler, but there wasn't anything that really stuck out. It seemed like they had found their recipes and were sticking with them.

The service was average. They didn't pay too much attention to us even though there weren't that many people in bar area.

The parking was pretty tight in the back of the building and we felt that there were better brewpubs to give our money.

BeerNuggets, Aug 21, 2009
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2.38/5  rDev -37.9%

I was on a business trip to Nashville from NC, read some good BA reviews for this place. It was close to my hotel so I checked it out for dinner. Good news first (such as there is). I like the decor and atmosphere of the place and the food was fine (had the shrimp n grits). Now to the most important part, the beer. Oh man. Where do I start. I ordered the IPA. What was delivered to me was a beer with no head whatsoever (looked like a glass of iced tea). Obvious carbonation issues. The waitress said the bartender was having problems getting my friends beer to pour but that there was nothing wrong with my beer. Hmmmm. I tasted it. It was completely uncarbonated (no it wasn't the Cask beer that night). I told the waitress there was something wrong with my beer. She said no it was fine. Didn't offer to replace it. I choked it down. I asked another waiter if near zero carbonation was the indended brewing style of the brewer, he had no idea. I don't think he knew what carbonation was. The hops and malt used in this beer tasted disgusting. No refreshing hop aroma, no citrusy, piney taste, nothing but a vague bitterness and regret for ordering it. My friends said their beers (The Pilsner & Porter) were unimpressive but not vomit inducing like the IPA. I don't know what you BA's have been drinking but if you give this toilet water beer high ratings you need to get to the store asap, get yourself a sixer of Bells Two Hearted and LEARN!!!

lpb1970, Oct 16, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

I am reviewing this place as a visit later in the night after the Music City Brew-Off, not while I spent the day here for the Brew-Off.

The atmosphere was somewhat cold to me and "chain-like". Lots of wood and open areas with a semi-open kitchen. It seemed kind of a run of the mill brewpub to me.

Their beers were nothing really to write home about and were just a little bit above average. We tried the sampler and nothing really jumped out in my face and to my liking.

The serve staff was very helpful and willing to let you try any of the beer they had on hand before ordering a full pint.

They had the typical selection of beers, but had a great food menu. I had the fried grouper sandwich and it was very good.

Nice place but it just lacked something to me. Maybe its because it didn't have a warm feeling to it that I feel brewpubs need to have.

MMAJYK, Sep 30, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

I was in town and was seriously wanting to try some local brew. Naturally I did a look up on Beerfly and found this place. When I got their with my kids I was concerned that it was more of a college joint than anything else. That turned out to be wrong. My three kids all found the place to be enjoyable and enjoyed their food. I had the Bosco Burger and garlic parmesan cheese fries. The beer selection was very good. They offer a wide selection of beer as well as cask condition of one of the beers (it changes each week) and a small selection of bottle conditioned beers. I only tried the Isle of Sky Scottish Ale and the bottle conditions Bosco Bombay IPA. I really did enjoy both them. Unfortunately they don't sell the bottle condition to go but I was told that they are working on doing distribution of their beers. If you are in Nashville give the place a try, you'll find it to be an enjoyable experience in a state of crazy beer laws.

edmedina, Aug 23, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Good location, good beer, good food. Parking can be a bit thorny at lunch and in the evenings, especially if you have a truck or van. Had the TN Cream Ale and the Bombay IPA. Cream Ale is not my favorite style, but this was pretty good. The IPA is excellent. Blackened Grouper sandwich was cooked perfectly. The place can get packed at happy hour and late in the evenings and service can be slow at those times. Lunch service has never been bad for us, nor has dinner service. They almost always have a firkin at happy hour, so 5 is a good time to stop in for a quick one.

beer2day, Jul 10, 2008
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%

Visited on a work trip on 4/28/08

I only had one beer due to how I was feeling and the fact that the service I got was a bit slow.

I went for the cask beer and wasn't disappointed. They had a very good IPA on cask. And any place that serves cask beer, especially a good cask beer gets two thumbs up in my book.

I would like to go back when I feel better and give the service another shot.

I didn't have any of the food but there was a ton of people in there and a bunch of regulars, so I would guess the food is good.

Parking in the back was a bit of an issue, but that could have been due to the happy hour crowd.

Loki, May 08, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

I first heard about this place in an airline magazine listing the supposed best brewpubs in various states, so decided to check it out as I visit Nashville a few times per year. We went on a Saturday afternoon after lunch hour. The bar was small, tucked in a corner, and filled up so we grabbed a booth. The greeter appeared kind of quiet and sullen and made me wonder if I should worn something better than shorts and sandals into this place. The server was more upbeat and attentive at first, but less so after we were served.

A friend and I had the 8 beer for $8 sampler, which was hit or miss. In particular, the "stone" beer tastes little better than a Budweiser, the IPA was a corn sugary disappointment (for me, my friend liked it better) and some of the others were unremarkable. The dunkelweizen was my favorite so I ordered a pint of that, although the Irish red was the epitome of a session fightin' ale and would have been great if we decided to spend the rest of the evening here.

We also ordered a spinach and artichoke dip that was good and ample for the four of us. Beers were $4.50 a piece. The restaurant was spacious, with paintings on the walls, half of pears, half other things. I got some snobby vibes but it could have been a lot worse. Not a bad visit, probably good for a date, but not necessarily a place I'll seek out again.

boston2bburg, Apr 25, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev 0%

Went this past weekend with my wife and sister-in-law. We were there a little after 9:00 and the restaurant was about half full but the bar was still prety crowded. We were seated promptly but nothing else was real prompt after that. Service definitely wasnt terrible, but it could have been quite a bit better.

They have an open view into their brew room but it is back in the back of the place and not very prominent. They offer a nice selection of beers (5 standard and 5 seasonal, I believe) and they give you recommendations on what food to pair it with. I had two seasonals, the HopGod IPA and the Baltic Porter. Both were very good and I have also been pleased in the past with the beers. I am a big fan of the Bombay IPA and their Flaming Stone is a unique beer you should try at least once.

The food is pretty good. It is an eclectic menu of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta. I had the Palermo pizza this time and it was tasty. Food is a little more expensive than I am used to, but that seems to be the norm in Nashville.

Overall a good place to check out if you are in Nashville. I feel the beers are a little better over at Blackstone but the food is hands down better at Boscos, and the beer aint bad.

ckeegan04, Mar 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

My wife and I went this past Saturday(2/16). This was our fist time and we went on the recommendation of my friends in Free the Hops. The food was very good. We had the Spincah and Artichoke dip for appetizer. It was fresh and hot. I ate the Pollo Diablo Pizza. It had just the right amount of spice and my wife had the Palermo which was a bit too saucy for me considering the pizzas have an extremely thin crust. We split the sampler of house brews. My wife favored the Isle of Sky and the 90 Schilling. I was a fan of the Bombay IPA and the Porter. I ordered the HopGod bottle conditioned ale which paired wonderfully with the spicy pizza. Would I go again? Yes, after I give Blackstone Brewpub a chance. I need something to compare it to in Nashville. The proximity to Vanderbilt University and Belmont make it a haven for college folks, which were absent due to the Florida Gators basketball game being in town.

tiger88, Feb 18, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

A colleague and I stopped in here on a business trip to Nashville. Overall, I was very pleased with Boscos - it was good enough to warrant a return visit a couple days later at the end of the trip. It is located south of the medical center by Vanderbilt - it was a bit farther then it looked on the map, but the walk back the hotel (at the north end of the University) was safe, if cold.

We sat in the bar both times, so I can't really speak to the quality of the dining room service - the bartender/waiter both times that we were there was friendly and knowledgeable. I first went there for the Cask-conditioned Ale; they were serving an IPA that week. I enjoyed it, and would have had another had I not wanted to try the other beers on the menu. Remember that the cask-conditioned selection is only tapped on weekdays!

The brews that they had available when we were there included a normal IPA, an Alt, A Scottish Ale, a Roggenbier, a Stock Ale and a Porter. Between the two of us we tried them all. I found them to be good representations of the styles, though my companion was complaining about the American brewers' tendency to aggressively hop everything - she felt that especially the German Alt was way too hoppy to be an authentic representation.

We ordered from the bar menu the second time we went - the food was good, but we weren't ordering anything spectacular.

So, overall - yeah, I'd go back there. I'd call a cab next time, though.

lekeiner, Nov 25, 2007
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%

Man, did I want come to this place! I was a little misled by their address, though, and decided to cab it over only to discover that it was only about a mile from West End Avenue. Whoops!

They had a wide, windowed front with their logo on both sides of the building on the second floor. They had a zigzag entryway that took me right then left and finally presented me at the m.d.s. with the horseshoe-shaped, laminated blonde wood bar to the extreme right. The bar was extremely packed on a Friday night in late December 2006, but I was able to squeeze in next to a couple of Mug Club members who were very helpful in directing me around during my visit. Besides the couple mentioned earlier, we were joined by an outgoing woman in her late-20s who was quite vociferous and even made a notation in my notebook.

The dining room extended the full length of the space on either side with the exception of the bar area on the right. The kitchen was about three-quarters of the way aft on the left with the washrooms opposite on the right under the "Exit" sign. I liked the copper cones that were inverted and which doubled as overhead lighting. Speaking of copper, the copper-jacketed brewhouse sat in the second floor, visible behind glass.

My big draw was the Flaming Stone Beer and I will post a review of that separately. Sadly, no growlers at this location, but Little Rock came through like a champ. I liked most of their beers, but I just kept coming back to the Flaming Stone, much to the amusement of the Mug Club members.

woodychandler, Oct 24, 2007
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2.53/5  rDev -33.9%

I was expecting a great experience from this place before I went. However it greatly disappointed. The service was not good at all. We waited for a long time for even a server to ask what we wanted. After not getting what we ordered the server came back 10 minutes later and asked if we wanted anything. I mentioned that I ordered some beers a while ago. She eventually got them but left quickly not allowing my friend to order. Our waitress gave out tickets for the daily cellarman drawing to the entire bar, except for my party and a few others.

The atmosphere was ok but nothing special. They had some nice beers, (the flaming stone, was light, but very flavorful). However, their IPA has nicely hoppy, but way too harsh(centennial hops were the likely culprit).

I think we would have had a nice time but for the service. If that was better the place would have been tolerable, bordering on enjoyable.

IPAcraig, Aug 22, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

This Boscos is just outside of the downtown Nashville area past Vanderbilt University with other shops, restaurants, and stores associated off beat neighborhood. Seems to be far enough from the Broadway tourist district to be comprised mostly of locals, at least that's how it seemed near happy hour. The shiny brewhouse is up on the second floor and the whole place is well decorated, and most importantly today, the air conditioning is very cool in the Southern heat.

Most of the beers were very good with one a couple of klunkers. The Bombay IPA was a clear favorite of mine, a very well done American IPA, and evidently a local favorite since many people were ordering pints of the same. The Stout and Isle of Skye were close behind. Both wheat beers I tried were under par but servicable. The Bombay was going on cask at 5:30 and all the regulars were there for a pint (cask rotates--one a night when offered), but I wasn't able to handle another pint before heading to other pubs yet that evening.

At least 5 veggie options on the menu, including a bean and goat cheese tamale which I was talked out of by the bartender for a thin crust California pizza, which was very good.

Overall, a great stop, friendly with lots of personality for a place that's a mini-chain. The wait staff seemed more interested in talking to each than the customers on occasion, but not bad. Boscos is well worth the stop.

FightingEntropy, Aug 17, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

A short drive from the downtown area of Nashville, Boscos is easy to find off a small town type of main street area that is dotted with small shops and coffee houses. Vanderbilt is also here so there is a younger vibe to the area. The brewpub was hopping as a lot of the tables were filled but there were a few bar stools available. Big modern warehouse restuarant feel that was warm and inviting. The bar was not too big for a place this size, as only about 15 stools were there.

There were 8 beers available. A Scottish Ale, Hefe, their Famous Flaming Stone Beer, Amber, Milk Stout, Boscos de Mayo, IPA, and American Wheat. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality. I can say these were some of the best beers I had during my trip to Nashville.

The bartender was friendly and very knowledgable. He was quick to discuss beer styles and engage in a friendly conversation. Orders were repsonded to quickly and professionally.

I can say if you have to pick one brewpub to hit in the Nashville area it would be Boscos.

Gavage, Jun 21, 2007
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4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

I've been to Nashville a couple of times and have had the opportunity to visit all the brewpubs. To date, I've been to almost 200 brewpubs in north america. Boscos is your best bet in Nashville with Blackstone being a close second. They're on the same side of town so you could do both. This was my third overall trip to Boscos (2 in Nashville and 1 in Memphis). Their offerings and attention to printed details about the beer is impressive. We sampled a couple of their beers - mostly of the bitter variety. While not overwhelming, they were solid representations of the style. They also had a couple of styles on tap that I was not aware of. We had the crawfish cakes, ahi tuna tacos, and a wood fired pizza. Definetely reccomend this as a brewpub to eat at if you like to experement with innovative food. The only drawback for me was they only serve cask beer on weekdays. The good part of that is they tap a cask each evening and finish it that night. The service was exceptionally knowledgable - not sure if you get a waited this good each time.

Yetiman420, Dec 08, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Spent the day here durring the Music City Brew Off. The ownership is very accomodating to the community's homebrewers. The setting is in a libral / yuppie community that services the Vanderbilt University and the Downtown arts and culture crowds. The building, inside and out, harks back to Art Decco architectrure with a slight whimsical decor mixed with sheek urban attitude. I enjoyed many of Boscos brews and found them all very high quality without feeling the need to go 'high-gravity' to acheive greatness. For lunch I had a gorgonzolla / grilled chicken and pasta dish that was very good. Later I had the calzone that also rocked. Brewery-wise, the place seemed a bit exclusive and may deter the more bohemian beer enthusiests. The food is gormet and the attitude is quite dressed up, but the crowd seemed to be mixed. Undoubtedly, one of the best brewpubs that I have been to even if I found it a touch pretentious.

BEERchitect, Oct 23, 2006
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Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. in Nashville, TN
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.