Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 37
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by slander:
2.48/5 rDev -28.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2
I went to visit a friends who had just moved to South Orange and they were within walking distance, a big 2 blocks away, from Gaslight. I'm thinking "Cool, I guess I'll be down here to see you guys all the time". I think I'll need to revisit that thought.
They have a bar area and a side room with a few tables with some tv's which we opted for. I started with the Oatmeal Stout and pretty much stayed there. It was a good creamy beer with a nice bite. And then it all went downhill from there. The aps were fine, but I ordered some southwestern chicken ravioli concotion that ran me $15 and had 5 (count them 5) actual raviolis in it. It also had 4 bread stick pieces, one on each side of the inside of the really big bowl this was served in, each one pointing inwards towards the slight amount of food provided. The 4 bread stick pieces forged a target to show you where your miniscule amount of food was. $15, for 5 frickin' raviolis. I would get more out of a can of Chef Boyardee.
Putting the food thing aside, the server knew absolutely nothing, zero, zip, zilch, nada, not a dang thang, about the beers. Sure he could recite the names of them, but you know what? I'm perfectly able to read them off the blackboard on the walls too but they have cutesy names like "prince of darkness", what does that mean to me? Can-you-tell-me-about-your-beers?? Telling me that this one is a darker color than the other ones doesn't actually qualify. I had to call this "owner looking guy" over to give me the lowdown on the beers, which are a variety of English style beers (a mild, a strong ale, etc).
And then my server is giving me an attitude for having had to call the owner over to describe the beer varities that he could not do himself.
Not a great experience.
01-12-2003 08:55:15 | More by slander
More User Reviews:
2.88/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | $$
I definitely think this place needs significant improvement.
I went here for a long time and lost respect for them bc of the freshness of beers i.e. ipa and stagnant selection.
After going there last night and it was more of the same. I asked to see a bottle of Stone Ruination to check the date. He had no clue as to why I would do that, he was kinda put off by it. The date was best by 10/27/13, which means it was put in the bottle in July. I told the bartender that its not fresh anymore and I don't want it. He was upset. I think this is because his craft beer knowledge is minimal. Then I asked if the Stone IRS was from this year and he had no clue. He gave it to me and sarcastically asked if this was ok. I was like yeah, and then thought ok I'm done with this place and I'm never going back unless the rest of the people I'm with insist on it, and even then I would try to deter them from going there.
In conclusion, I am not going back there ever.
11-03-2013 23:42:04 | More by NYRfan4ever
3.51/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Vibe: The front of this place is set up like a bar with pub-style seating and a bunch of TVs; the back room is quite large and quieter and is more like a sit-down restaurant. They have chalkboards posted in multiple locations that list the beers currently available on-tap from the brewery. It's located a block away from the NJ Transit train station.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature in a variety of glassware. I was impressed to receive their dubbel served in a Westmalle chalice.
Service: Service was relatively quick, and the waiter demonstrated some knowledge about charestics of the beers currently available on-tap.
Food: The restaurant offers a large menu with lots of selection. I chose their short ribs of beef special for a dinner entree and it was an absolutely huge portion size. The food was good, and served as a nice accompaniment to the beer.
Selection: A total of seven beers were available on-tap when I went, including 1920s Lager, Abbey Normal, Bulldog Blonde, FX Stout, IPA, MyGarden Wit, and Pirate Pale Ale.
09-02-2013 13:08:11 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The home beers were worth the trip but nothing to go way out of your way for, I cant say much about them that has not already being posted and reviewed. The highlight here at the Gaslight is the guest taps almost any day of the week. The line up some good regional beers as well as national craft beers.
Great atmosphere around the bar and plenty of tvs for watching the game. Football day every game is on and it a good place for that and some cold drafts. Service was okay but could be more attentive.
They do fill growlers and this is my biggest bone to pick with them. They do not fill growlers that were not purchased from them. The ones they offer are the cheap clear glass screw tops.
Food, we stuck with appetizers and pub fare which was perfect for late lunch.
02-04-2012 14:56:09 | More by muskiesman
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I go to this brewpub once every few months when I'm in NJ visiting family. Each time I go there I have a mixed experience. The beers they brew themselves are mediocre at best. As an experienced homebrewer I sometimes wish the the brewer was there when I am so I can give him some advice on improving his beers. Their bottle selection is decent, since they don't have the best turnover the hoppier styles and at times other styles are left in their fridge too long and don't taste fresh when you order them.
On the positive side they usually have a few good guest taps which are fresh and tasty. On my most recent trip I had Keegan Ales Joe Mama's Stout and SN Celebration. Both were great! Also, if you do get a good bottle then you'll have a good time there.
11-27-2011 05:21:05 | More by SMBSLT32
Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant in South Orange, NJ
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.