Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 2,468
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
My girlfriend and I visited this Gordon Biersch in VA Beach after a trip to Grape and Gourmet to stock up on some fine brew selections. During our visit it was happy hour at the bar (Saturday afternoon), so all GB beers were $1 off and they had appetizer specials in which we partook.
Overall, the beer (schwarzbier) was quite tasty and fresh and the appetizer served was salty goodness -- just right for keeping the beer flowing. We've had a meal at the DC location and recalled similar experience in which the quality of both food and beverage were better than average. They also featured a few local brews on their guest taps including O'Connor and Legend.
Our server was fine and was able to answer basic questions about guest taps and different styles of beer available. Overall service was prompt and courteous.
Mind you, you do not go to Gordon Biersch to get blown over by the selection of beer nor innovation of the brew master. The idea behind GB, I gather, is to showcase a consistent line of beer product that compliments what I would regard as good pub grub. It is not a fine dining restaurant, it is not going to change your mind about beer or food pairings, and so on. If you go in expecting any of those things or more, you will be disappointed. There is a time and place for everything -- if you do subscribe to this philosophy, than you can probably roll with it and enjoy an afternoon sucking down half-way decent schwarzbier or marzen at GB.
Also, I've yet to have a beer at either location visited (DC & VA Beach) that didn't taste fresh, clean, and sessionable. Kudos for making a consistent beer that isn't plowed down with adjuncts, gimmicks, or appeal to lowest common denominator. Sometimes a refreshing beer and a good sandwich is all one needs and on that front, GB delivers.
11-06-2011 00:52:09 | More by Zraly
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I've going to to Gordon Biersch for a while now and always seem to enjoy the food and beers! I usually drink the Marzen which goes well with just about anything on the menu, especially the steak cut up over fries with the Marzen sauce covering it all! Last time I was there I did try the Festbrew which was not bad at all. The service can be slow at times and on occasion, they will run out of my wife's favorate appetizer which is the house chips, with bacon and cheese. The growlers here are pretty expensive, filled or not it doesn't matter, they are pricey but I do have a few. Overall, great place with good food and drink! Will keep going back for many years to come!
10-07-2011 18:57:46 | More by travisnd
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I've been to the VA Beach Gordon Biersch a couple of times and figured I'd review it.
The atmosphere was nice and lively, a bar type scene that was comfortable and friendly. Good on that part. Service was ok, got seated quick, waitress was around at fair intervals and was sociable but wasn't outstanding. Food was pretty good, based on the entrees I've had it was well made, but wasn't anything to get excited about. The beers I've had have been pretty good, the Marzen and Czech style pilsner were both good. I give it a $$$ because the food is pricey for what it is compared to other restaurants. All in all it's a nice place to eat at occasionally, but it's too pricey to recommend as a regular joint.
07-03-2011 20:45:06 | More by gatorguy
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have been to this eatery several times and decided it was about time to review it. Overall not extremely impressive to say the least. Nothing but mass produced beers with 6 "microbrews" that they say they brew on suite which is hard to believe. It looks very nice from an apperence stand point but doesnt have alot to offer other then a classy(er) area to spend your money. On the flip side of things, they are one of the few areas that sell growlers of beer. Overall, average at best. Give it a shot if you want but dont be surprised it you find it to be average.
05-29-2011 19:28:32 | More by benyerd
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Gordon Biersch is a chain BOP. The place offers typical American cuisine with 6 different beers brewed at the location.
A: The atmosphere at Gordon Biersch was very crowded. We were there on a Friday night and the bar scene was very much in full swing. We waited 30 minutes for a table, and the restaurant was also packed. The place seemed very popular and even with the large crowd, I was still able to get a beer relatively quickly.
Q: The quality of the beer was very average. The beer almost tasted like a macro-brew pretending to be a micro-brew. The beers seemed to have a filler and watery taste to them. Needless to say, the quality of the beer did not amaze me.
Service: The place was packed, but the service was decent. The bartender that I ordered from was very friendly, and attentive. However, the place was too crowded to ask for his opinions about the beers on tap, so I couldnt gauge his beer prowess. The waitress was also very nice, but its clear that she wasnt a beer advocate per se. While her beer knowledge was low, she was a very good waitress.
Selection: The selection was very limited. It offered 6 beers that were brewed by Gordon Biersch. There are 5 staples and a seasonal. The selections are all german style beers (surprise - the place is called Gordon Biersch). So if German style beers arent your favorite, then you're out of luck and have to hope the seasonal suits your needs.
F: The food was very commercial. I had a burger and it was clear that the burger itself was very processed. The garlic fries are also a BIG NO! I couldnt finish them because they were waaay too garlicy. I highly advise avoiding them like the plague. The pizzas looked good, and I wish I had gotten one instead. The pasta dishes were also ok.
Value: Gordon Biersch is really in between $$ and $$$. I gave it a $$$ because the food prices averaged $15+. I didnt see anything on the menu cheaper than $12-13. The pints were about $5 which is standard to pricy. All in all though, if I'm gonna drink $5 pints I'd rather drink better micro-brews.
Overall: Overall Gordon Biersch is too much of a chain for me. The chain aspect of it definitely diminished the quality of the food and more importantly the quality of the beer. There was a very lively bar scene, so if check it out if that's what you are looking for. But if you're looking for a high quality BOP place, then you might have to look elsewhere.
02-14-2011 20:58:19 | More by bgildea
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was here in winter bock season, and they had it with special mugs, and it was quite good. The food is definately a selling point, as everything my party had was pretty great.
Beer wise, they brew on premises, and they have a nice rotating selection that doesn't break the bank. They seem to use most of the same ingredients in multiple beers which is to be expected, but a little redundant if you get tired of munich malt. I'm pretty sure it is in every beer they make. They do enough style wise to mask this very well however, and since all BOP's do this, it is done well here, but worth mentioning.
Service was very fast, and they had a cool way of having different people take the order, and bring the food, so it was almost unbelieveable that the food was actually yours.
I would go here before going to any olive garden or cheese cake factory ect. The beer is good, and the food is great!
12-21-2010 15:38:37 | More by Willibomb
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It was my first time going to a Gordon Biersch. I wasn't too impressed with the beer, it wasn't anything special and they didn't have a seasonal on tap, which I was planning on trying the summer one while I was there. We ordered chicken sandwiches and I felt that they were very well presented (for chicken sandwiches anyways). And boy were they delicious!! Highly recommend going for the food and you might as well get a beer to go with dinner, but I wouldn't go if you're looking to grab a few beers after work.
10-15-2010 23:36:15 | More by hearmerawrrr
3.66/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Located at the corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Market Street, the entry was on an angle with an outdoor fenced in path running along Market Street. The m.d.s. was slightly to the left and fronted a private meeting room. The bar area was all high tables and chairs with the brown marble topped, "L" shaped bar running along Market Street. The brew house was visible behind glass at the end of the bar. The restaurant area was standard restaurant tables and chairs flanked by booths on either side and the kitchen behind a short wall.
Beers: Golden Export; Hefeweizen; Czech Lager (Pils); Marzen; Schwartbier.
12-15-2009 10:22:02 | More by woodychandler
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
While on vacation with the wife, we stopped by Gordon Biersch after going to the zoo. It was cold and rainy and an overall miserable day. We ducked into the warmth of Gordon to enjoy some beers, food, and The Masters.
Not a whole lot to report here. Average in just about every way. We were promptly greeted and sat in a booth juxtaposed to the bar area.
The service was a bit slow and lacking for a Saturday afternoon around 3pm. Had to ask for more beer, water, etc instead of being offered these.
We had a pizza which was decent. The sauce was bit garlicy but otherwise the pizza was okay. The salads were a bit better. They seemed fresh and the vinagrettes were quite tasty.
I cant say I would make a trip back to this establishment but I suppose it is worth a quick peek.
04-13-2009 14:35:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
My wife and I stopped here for lunch after visiting the excellent Grape & Gourmet nearby just this past Sunday afternoon. My only other GB experience was in Memphis, and I was way too inexperienced in beer culture to give it its due. On this beautiful day the place was nearly packed with football fans checking out various games on the bar area's three TVs. The food we ordered (goat cheese and hummus salad with herbed pita bread; crabcake sandwich with fries) was adequately prepared and thoroughly enjoyed by these two famished patrons. The beer selection consisted of six brews; we tasted two, the Festbier and the Marzen. They were both very nice, although the Marzen was the clear favorite. The doors to the outside were open, allowing for a very pleasant dining atmosphere. A "No Smoking" policy, the moderate crowd noise, and the decent food and fine beer made this a great dining experience.
10-27-2008 23:59:50 | More by CWiggins
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.