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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House

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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster HouseOld Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House
BEER AVG
3.79/5
Based on:
11 Beers
60 Reviews
Place Score: 84
Reviews: 23
Visits: 41
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

202 Calle Jesus Tizol
San Juan, 00907
Puerto Rico
phone: (787) 721-2100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ohbcraftbrews

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Place added by: yobdoog on 03-07-2006

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 41
Reviews by Redrover:
Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I was glad to able to stop and was really looking forward to some ales after a steady diet of Medallia Light (the ubiquitous PR Light beer). Situated in the old Federal Reserve building and close to the cruise ship docks, they are blessed with a good location.

As you enter, you see the hostess stand where they also sell pint glasses and stuff. The finishing tanks are directly to your right.

They have a two story space with a bar along the lower left. There are lots of tables as this is very much a restaurant. The look is a nice mix of modern with some cool touches form the buildings earlier life. I really liked that they had their regular customers’ mugs locked up in little wire and wood cages. This is the same thing they do at beer halls in Germany.
They offer 5 house beers and 7 rotating seasonal specials. I had a pint of the pilsner and a couple of pints of a very well-crafted APA.

Service was friendly and at an Island pace (I.e. they are not in a hurry, so just go with it..).

Food was fairly expensive but pretty tasty. I had a very good steak here and the other three in my party liked their meals.

This is well worth a stop If your find yourself in Old Town. (1,191 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tim007007
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of aobrehm
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.75

Puerto Rico's drinking culture is decidedly more rum- than beer-centric... but this place is just fine for the beer enthusiast.
There are only ever five beers on tap- a couple German-style lagers, a stout, a pale ale, and a rotating tap. The Santo Viejo pilsner fits the hot Caribbean sun.
Space is dimly lit and musty. Service is great and food is good enough. Given the limited selection of brewpubs on the island, it's worth checking out. (441 characters)

Photo of PJ_
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
2.06/5  rDev -42.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5

Stopped in during short trip to PR. Overall, place is dimly lit and kind of lame. 5 beers on tap, none were spectacular. Double IPA was buttery, but the pale ale was fine. Service was nonexistant despite there only being us and one other couple there. A nice tick for travelers trying to hit all the places, but otherwise not particularly interesting. Did not try the food though. (380 characters)

Photo of Nolo
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Really awesome place, nice to hang out on a saturday night. Best of all? Fresh beer! (84 characters)

Photo of benzalman
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of knicks19947
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of jjrosa
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ejsanchez
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Luichi
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of david473
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Pirillo10
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of BrewClint
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Just stopped by to try their Stout as I was craving a good brew after days of Rum and Watery local beers. I wish I was hungry as their menu looked very delicious.
$6/pint seemed like a deal to me considering American Stouts at a local store were about 2-3x the price they are in the US. Their other brews were a bit cheaper.
I'm a Stout Freak, so their Pilsner, Lager, and IPA didn't interest me.
You can see their tanks right in the middle of the bar area, as well as a couple coppers in their restaurant area. Bartender was great and offered an explanation of their brews.
A place I will definitely visit again if I make it back to Old San Juan, PR!
Keep up the great brewing there!!! (689 characters)

Photo of rafaelymartinez
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jophish17
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Made an effort to stop in while visiting San Juan recently - there was a festival going on, so this was a huge change of pace from the Gasolina and Medalla Light that was flowing in the streets.

Situated in Old San Juan, the Old Harbor Brewery was pretty typical brewpub inside - a bar with beisbol on tv, dining area, brewing equipment, and the occasional Bavarian flag or other relic. AC was probably the highlight of the space. It was pretty slow when we visited on Saturday at lunchtime, so we had very prompt service. Crowds began to build and I suspect it can be very busy on Friday and Saturday nights with cruisers in and out.

We decided to go with a sampler, which only included 4 beers on this occasion - a helles, a pils, a pale and a stout. None were beyond ok, yet very approachable for the uninitiated. I would have liked to see what they can do when not just aiming for the least common denominator, but no luck this time. Quality was ok - the pale had lost its edge (if it ever had one) as I suspect beer flows slow around here at times.

We tried a local pork appetizer that we liked but I won't rate a place's food on one appetizer. Prices were reasonable to me without knowing the local market all too well. It was nice to visit a new brewpub, but I'd probably visit a couple other places in San Juan on my next visit before revisiting Old Harbor. (1,368 characters)

Photo of Plissken
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of KRuscher81
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of flexabull
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Decent brewery located in Old San Juan. Doesn't have the charm as most of the buildings do in this part of town. But it's a nice open brewery, with a small bar to the side, plenty of seating, and large high ceilings.

Quality turned out to be pretty good. I really enjoyed the pilsner, also tasted the stout and pale and found them to be decent. Certainly better quality then the local mass produced beers like Medella Light.

Service was friendly and speedy.

Selection was a bit small. They had 5 offerings, lager, stout, pale, pilsner, and a seasonal beer that was a cream ale.

Food was ok, we had a pizza that was not bad, but not great.

Prices were fair for both food and beers.

Overall, a place worth visiting in Old San Juan. I also was pleased to find their beers for sale at a small Mexican Restaurant near the place we were staying. (845 characters)

Photo of M1ke
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Microbrewery cross with restaurant atmosfere, makes for good food, great beers and great times! The only one that will not have a good time is your wallet; tough economy means walk around and look for other bars in the area to get a cheaper buzz. All in all a good place if you don't mind paying a little extra for beer/food. (325 characters)

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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House in San Juan, Puerto Rico
84 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.