The Covey Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
A new, home-grown brewpub with a nice, spacious layout. Walk in and it looks like an upscale hair salon with a reception kiosk and hostess. To the left, you have a fine white-table-cloth restaurant; to the right, a more traditional (yet still classy) bar arrangement with flat-panel televisions and cable sports shows, but not with the drowning noise or music; in the middle, dividing the two, the brewing tanks.
A standard 8 taps, with 5-6 standards and a couple of special seasonals and rotating offerings. The brewer is not afraid to experiment, so these should change frequently. Full bar liquor service, good wine selection and a few commercial macro beers, but no micros and nothing that would compete with the house beers.
Nice touches throughout the place: Good wood and rock work on the bar, floor and walls. Staff is extensively trained about the beers and menu as the owner believes they should be (although they're still on the learning curve). Photos of native Texas wildlife on the walls.
Chef is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, so the food is upscale and tastes appropriately so. Service is exceptional, especially at the outset when everything "must be perfect," and talking with the owner, I see no reason this should slip. Ask about daily specials not on the menu.
NB: If reading beer reviews, pay attention to the dates. Having drank there for a while, many of the rotating/seasonal beers have recipes that are tweaked and optimized with each batch and may vary from instance to instance.
04-04-2006 19:24:27 | More by assurbanipaul
More User Reviews:
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
Stop #187 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub in North American and beyond.
Went out of my way on a Tuesday night from the DFW airport to hit what is ranked in BA as the best brewpub in the area. Having been to Dallas a handful of times over the past decade, the distinction of best in relation to beer in Dallas has the bar set pretty low given how big of a city it is.
The Covey came in at a B+ at the time of my visit. My visit was later in the evening and only the bar was open. I sat at the bar which needed a wipe down.
On tap was a peaches & wheat, Texas blonde (Kolsch), limey bastard (session bitter), panther city porter, regalement (tripple 12oz for $9), and 100 (100th brew with several strains of Belgian yeast - pint $9.50).
I had the limey bastard and the 100 which came in the craziest vase-looking glass I've ever seen (have never seen anything close to this even in a beer tour of Belgium). Both beers were decent but I was a bit bummed that they were out of the tripple and there was nothing hoppy on tap. Most of the patrons (who were in some sort of mug club) were drinking the blonde.
I had the blackened fish tacos with a black bean salsa. The fish lacked any blackened flavor, the tortillas were stale, and the salsa was bland.
If I find myself in Ft. Worth again, I will return to give The Covey another shot and hope the beer lineup is more complete.
09-08-2010 20:28:59 | More by Yetiman420
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Stopped in here today (8 May 2010) for lunch with a friend while in Ft. Worth.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, definitely a bit upscale, probably one of the most upscale brewpubs I've been in. Service was a little slow, even though the restaurant was less than 2/3 full.
Food was tasty but a bit on the pricey side. I had the Palermo pizza, definitely recommended. A had the Lone Star sandwich with fries (she said she liked it), while S had the sliders with onion fries (sliders good, onion fries not so much).
All told we got out for $50 which included the sampler (2 oz. of each of their 7 beers), a pint of IPA, 9" pizza, Lone Star sandwich and plate of sliders. Not exactly a bargian but to be fair two of the pizzas would've been enough for three people.
05-09-2010 04:53:59 | More by htomsirveaux
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Great little brewpub that makes a wide range of beers from strong Belgian ales like "100" to IPAs and smoked stouts. The beer ranges from average to above average. I really enjoyed the dunkel and the smoked stout, while the Texas Blonde seemed more geared to BMC drinkers. Prices are reasonable and growlers are available, although they will only fill their own growlers. There are no guest taps.
I have never tried the food, but it is a little on the expensive side from the looks of things. That being said, it is not your standard pub grub and the prices may be justified if the food is as good as it sounds.
There are two sides to The Covey, one that serves as a sports bar that has televisions, the other as a restaurant with table clothes and more intimate dining. Definitely a place i need to hit up again.
02-22-2010 04:59:23 | More by Mora2000
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Hmmmm.... I wanted to like this place but I just couldn't do it..
This is one of those places that's all glitz and no glam....it looks terrific and its probably a terrific restaurant but a brewpub its not...
I ordered the Crystal Imperial IPA... It was more like a pale ale... Not at all hoppy and very mediocre at best... The food is way overpriced thus I didn't order any...
Pretty disappointing overall... I wanted something fresh and this probably was... But it just didn't make the grade as far as I'm concerned...
09-30-2009 01:19:13 | More by Tilley4
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
Stopped for lunch on a road trip from Wichita to Houston. A great atmosphere, nicely decorated, and good staff. The beers were generally very good, and one was simply outstanding! Their regular brews were all decent. The seasonals I had were a weizenbock, triple, IPA, and an oaked porter. The bock and triple were both a little over sweet for my tastes, but were still solid beers. The IPA had a great balance and was very tasty. But the Porter...man, I still have dreams about it. It was a Baltic porter on the lighter side of heavy with just the right amount of american oak to make it really stand out. I had to stop again on my way back to pick up a growler because I was thinking about that porter the entire time I was in Houston. Overall a great place, and looking at the reviews of the rest of the brewpubs in Dallas, it's gotta be the best one there.
07-13-2009 23:52:23 | More by brewgetter
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
Reviewed from notes December 2008.
A: There are 2 sides to the restaurant, bar and dining. We sat on the bar side. Nice stainless tanks for the beer, and the bar side is less pretentious. Overall though this place is very clean and fairly upscale as well. Nice touches throughout.
Q: Quality of the place, food, waitstaff was all really good.
Service: Average. Wait times for beer refills was less than appealing. Didn't get to talk to the brewer as others have said they have gotten the chance to do so.
Selection: They only serve what they brew so fairly poor especially considering they were out of 2 of their own beers when we went. They didn't even have their hefeweizen.
F: The highlight of our visit, but pricey. Most dishes are $15-30. Unique Texas game mixed throughout the menu though, and quite creative.
V: As I said it was pricey. The Belgian style they had over the winter was $8 a 10oz and was a very average attempt at a Belgian style. The food was a decent value, but still a little high. I did like the place and would go back though to try more of the offerings in hopes they had them when I go back.
03-30-2009 20:35:10 | More by thirdeye11
3.91/5 rDev -1%
Went here last Wednesday night with a friend at around 7:00pm.
When you walk in you see the restaurant on the right and the bar on the left. The restaurant has a very upscale feel to it with jazz music playing. The bar side is still classy, but a little more laid back with flat panel HDTVs lining the walls. I initially had a sampler of all of their beers. My favorite was the Smokestack Stout. Excellent beer. Tasted like BBQ. Price wise I thought it was fairly affordable. The sampler was only $6.50 and the beers are on average around $4.50 a pint. The Scotch Ale was pretty expensive at $9. Cool brewpub though. I will definitely come back here again in the future.
01-29-2009 02:46:28 | More by Bagman007
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
As other reviewers have mentioned, The Covey is slightly upscale. I was there for a late lunch on 12/23 and enjoyed Blackened Halibut Tacos with a Scotch Ale.
The Halibut Tacos ($15) were tasty. The black beans on the side was also tasty. However, the amount of food for the money was inadequate.
The Scotch Ale (12 oz., 8.5%) poured mahogany brown in color, no head. Caramel sweet malty nose. Rich malty sweet taste. Velvety body, subtle alcohol heat, and nice finish. However, for $9.00 twelve-ounce pour, I expect something bigger and bolder.
When I saw the bill I mentioned to the barkeep that $9.00 is quite spendy for the 12-oz pour. He said, "Yeah, the brewer sure is proud of his Scotch Ale."
Expect slightly upscale decor at The Covey with over-priced food. While the beer I had was enjoyable, consider asking how much one of the special brews costs before ordering.
12-24-2008 04:24:29 | More by sirnoze
3.59/5 rDev -9.1%
i was only able to sample 1 beer so my experience is limited. a little "nicer" atmosphere than your typical brewpub as far as the place itself. bartender didnt strike me as a cicero grad, but not without some beer knowledge.
i had the belgian strong dark and it was very good. a little cleanly fermented for a belgian but still with some spiciness and complexity.
overall i wish i could have stayed longer and also have sampled food but this place is worth the visit. they also had a weizenbock on tap with the rest of the beers typicals. no guest taps. they also offer growlers.
11-01-2008 20:13:25 | More by positiverpr
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery in Fort Worth, TX
89 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.