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Beachwood BBQ

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Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
BA SCORE
100
world-class

113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 5.77%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

131½ Main St
Seal Beach, California, 90740-6316
United States
phone: (562) 493-4500

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beachwoodbbq

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(Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007)
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%

Well bless my little cotton socks. Just when I had given up all hope of ever having a decent beer bar in Long Beach, along comes the Beachwood BBQ right out of the blue & firmly & squarely stuffs itself into that empty hole & proceeds to fill the vacancy to capacity*.

Set in the rather quaint Main Street in downtown Seal Beach, it is still nonetheless very easy to miss this place & walk right past it partly because of its small width frontage, especially on a first visit. At 131½ Main Street, you need to watch the numbers as you walk here on your premier stop, but note that the ½ hints at the small nature of the Beachwood so keep your eyes peeled.

As the name suggests, the Food is the main reason to come here for many. Appetizers, Sandwiches, Smoked Stuff, Salads & Sides are the main headings for the menu. I love the Pulled Pork which is dry rubbed & slowly smoked with applewood, pecan & oak. I always opt for a side of the house steak fries. A well constructed menu offers something for most & the portions are filling.

Aside from the BBQ, the real reason many like to head here, despite the great quality of food, is the superb range of beer. There are some very cool looking red stools at the bar but only 3 of them, so there is no room to hang around &just enjoy a beer on its own. So if you want to drink, you’ll have to get a table for that, it could involve a wait at busy times, but it’s worth it. Quieter periods, such as late on a night say an hour before closing, are the better times for the drinking only option as the foodies start to leave & tables free up or populated by the remnants of the earlier punters finishing off the food with a round or two of beers. The Tap selection is awesome; no crap on tap here, ALL Ten Taps serve the real deal, personally selected high quality offerings from the better CA/US Breweries plus some Overseas classics. The range is well thought out style wise, the appearance of rarities is common place. Moonlight Reality Czeck & Triple Dry-Hopped Stone Ruination are just two of the recent special libations to shine. A small range of Bottled beers backs this up, but really, there is almost no need to go here with such a terrific tap list.

Service is outstanding & exceptionally friendly. The people that work here are more than employees, they are just a much a part of Beachwood as the physical fittings & definitely help to make the experience of eating & drinking here a sincere & genuine pleasure. Helpful hints are available if you have any questions about the food, or beer come to that, if you’re not sure they will be more than happy to offer a sample of the beer on sale.

Street Parking on Main Street can often involve driving around the block a few times, but there is parking at the back of Beachwood, & although it is limited, it is often available, but Shhh…..that’s a secret only the locals know about.

Arguably the Beachwood is a victim of its own success, & some may find the cozy atmosphere, read limited space interior, as an issue. But time it right, early afternoons or around 8:30pm on a night, & you can often avoid the crowds, otherwise you could be in for a wait, there are seats outside but they are often occupied with people waiting to get one of the tables, or the dreaded Cancer stick addicts. A sign-up sheet hangs up just to the right of the door as you walk in, & keeps the comings & goings under control but I prefer the quieter times when I can chance to chat with the staff & they aren’t too busy Gabe & his Wife.

I cannot speak highly enough of Beachwood, it has some draw-backs for sure, it is cramped when busy & it can be very noisy when full, the bare walls really seem to accentuate the talking voices to loud levels at times. But the rumors of expansion into adjoining premises abound with some truth, & the good thing is that this also applies to the tap range which could treble, just the thought of that is a treat & welcome news.

Despite the current nit-picks, this is a fantastically friendly place to enjoy some BBQ food & an unparalled range of high quality beers, some that you will likely not see anywhere else in SoCal.

The slogan goes, “Where the Pork meets the Fork”, but it is also where I meet many great beers on a regular basis.

Opens Daily 11am to 9pm. *CLOSED MONDAYS*

#Highly Recommended#

Last Visit: Not a chance...

*OK, it’s not really in Long Beach, but it is close enough to the LA/OC border where I live to have become a pseudo-local for me. Served well by Public Transport too. If you head down the Blue Line, from the Pine Avenue Transit Mall, outside Rock Bottom take the Passport “A” Alamitos Bay (Red) Bus Eastbound & get off at the last terminus stop by Busters Crab Shack, or better still the penultimate one before the Bus heads into the parking lot. From there, head over the bridge, walk straight down Central Street which brings you out onto Main Street. Turn right & Beachwood is just a block down on your right hand side.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 17, 2007
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4.86/5  rDev +3.8%

Beachwood is my local(ish) watering hole and I am lucky to be within 5 miles of it, as it's likely my favorite beer bar in the US. The quality of the beers on draft is unparalleled. Add to that limited taps (more new beer all the time), awesome events (Sour Fest, anyone?), and extremely knowledgeable bartenders (Vito is the man!), and you have the best place to grab a beer in Southern California. The bar seats about 12-13 so it can be a bit hard to get a seat when they're busy, but the bartenders are always happy to serve the standing crowd (plus, there's a thin bar so you can set your drink down if you do happen to be standing). Most of the food is pretty damn good too.

ThirstyMiner, Mar 26, 2014
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BAsbill, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of graymoment
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%

The Seal Beach location is the original Beachwood BBQ, and its success is what brought about the Long Beach BBQ and Brewery location. They publish their current tap list on their website through an internet connected "hopcam." They typically have 24-26 beers on tap at any given time, which are fairly small production beers that beer geeks will appreciate. I've been to beer bars all around the country, and this truly is one of the best in terms of beers selection and food.

The food: this is straight up BBQ, with a fancy twist. Nothing pretentious, just a twist that shows the owner's background in the restaurant business. Beyond the regular menu, they have a "wild game" menu that involves things like ostrich, buffalo and alligator. Unfortunately, one of the best things -- no, THE best thing -- that they have had on the menu was recently take off: the mushroom stew. I hope that enough people chime up on this decision to get them to bring it back. It was epic.

Beers: They do a good job of representing most beer styles on their tap list, and they often get some pretty rare kegs on the board. The funky and sour selection isn't quite what it used to be in years past. I believe the owner is now hoarding most good sours for the biennial sour fest, which is a week long amazing event. They also regularly do small beer/food pairing dinners with breweries. They're not cheap at all, but they're small, intimate, and good.

graymoment, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%

In Orange County for business so based on a recommendation from you fine BA's I drove up to Seal Beach. I really liked the location of Beachwood on main street and just a couple steps from the beach. Also I have to say they have a very cool logo. I had their chips and dip (good), andouille sausage (good), brisket (meh), fried green tomatoes (meh), and blue cheese grits (tasty). I honestly expected a little more out of the brisket, I've had much better from a smoker parked outside a gas station near my work. Service was fine, waitress was very friendly and the beer selection was quite good. Several hoppy IPA's to choose from, several Beachwood beers, and some Belgians as well. I would definitely go back but probablyjust to drink and get some grits, I'd skip the brisket.

ArrogantB, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of tourdot
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Seal Beach Beachwood is a cool place, just expect a small venue with a great brew selection and great service. It may be a hole in the wall but the tap selection is excellent and the cellar list is spectacular. With that said, be ready to shell out a bit for your favorite cellared brews (IE Black Tuesday '09 was $80/bottle.) If you don't want to dive into the cellar, plenty of great taps are available and the serive is top notch. If you’re here, you had better have some BBQ....it is phenomenal. Smoked chicken wings, bleu cheese grits, and Bourbon barrel aged hot sauce are just a few of the delicious items on the menu. This is a must stop for food and drink, none the less, a gorgeous location.

tourdot, May 13, 2013
Photo of Jodi215
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%

This is our go to place when we are in So Cal. We never miss going there and drove over 70 miles one way on our last visit for dinner. The food is great and includes everything from BBQ to gourmet bistro. I always have the BBQ and really love the Pulled Pork, Brisket dinner or Ribs. The smoked asparagus is fantastic but the BBQ beans are a little to spicy for me. My son loves the Wild Mushroom stew on the starter menu. The BBQ chicken was raved about by our friends on our last visit. Just about anything you order you will love. They also have a huge beer list that is varied and changes daily. The service is always friendly and they go out of their way to make your visit enjoyable. Value for what you get is very reasonable.

Jodi215, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of timmtime
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%

I had my heart set on trying this place out when work flew me out to CA for two days, it was the only thing I was looking forward to. I'm a guy that loves beer and loves BBQ. This place is AWESOME on both counts.

Great selection of beers, especially for such a small place. I tried their Melrose IPA and Kilgore Stout. The Melrose was nice, maybe a bit bitter but it IS an IPA. They ran out of it while I was there :(

The Kilgore was a DAMN good stout and I'm very picky with stouts. Smokey malt flavor, a decent hop showing. I'd like to know what the grain bill for this beer is. The Kilgore would sell off the shelf out here in New England in the winter, absolutely DELICIOUS.

Beechwood only had 3, maybe 4 of their own beers that night and honestly after 4 hours there I forgot everything I tried beyond those two, but I'm 99% certain they were the only beachwood brews I tried. I looked at their tap list when I got back home and a bunch had already rolled over.

The bartenders were great too. They loved talking about the different beers and steered me well all night. So did the people sitting near me and I ended up talking to one of the regulars for probably too long :) Richard from Hawaii, you are the man.

The food is seriously beyond criticism. Brisket, pulled pork and chicken were outstanding without sauce. Actually I tried two sauces and I feel like they dragged the flavor down so don't bother with sauce and eat it as is. The ribs were tremendous. Blue cheese grits and smoked asparagus, awesome.

Beachwood BBQ is the nuts and if I'm ever in southern california I will go here, I don't care what it takes.

timmtime, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%

The OG Beachwood location is super duper small with a few tables and a bar area. Come at the wrong time and you will be waiting for a while. Even when there is no real crowd it feels a bit cramped. Lots of brick and wood and beer memorabilia around the walls. All of the beers are listed on chalkboard squares in the bar and the dining room area. This location doesn't seem to have as many beers on tap (maybe 15 or so) but definitely has the better bottle list with a surprising number of rare bottles. Quality of all the beer is great and I think the bottle list is their strong point at this location. Half pours are available and they are great about giving you a free taste of something if you are on the fence about it. Food is great as always. Prices for beer and food are quite reasonable. Service is always good even when it gets super busy. Definitely recommended but come early!

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of CruisaC
4.4/5  rDev -6%

Visited here with the missus on a visit to Seal Beach.

We went for lunch and weren't starving nor looking to drink more than one beer.

Tap list was quality: only "must have" for me was Brandy Eclipse, but there were several other quality offerings from Hangar 24, Stllwater, Green Flash, RR (their regular IPA), Jolly Pumpkin, among others., including several of their own brews which I would've tried if I was drinking more.

Food and menu were definitely good. I got the brisket sandwich and carrots which were surprisingly tasty. Several other options also looked very good.

Service was pleasant and prompt; it wasn't too busy on a Saturday in January but that place is SMALL.

Prices werent too bad; it was $8 for 10oz pour of Eclipse.

Definitely a must if you're in the area.

CruisaC, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%

I went to this place twice last week, having gone once last year as well. It is right in the heart of Seal Beach, and as you walk in you see a long bar with another room of tables. The atmosphere is certainly nice, but by no means amazing.

The quality and service were top notch. Beer was served in appropriate glassware, though there was not specific glassware for each beer. The bartenders were very knowledgeable about the beer, even with the more obscure offerings. They were also quite friendly.

The selection was, although very solid, not overwhelming. It was well thought out and had a good mix of locals, semi-rarities, and some imports. The bottle selection was good but not great.

The food was quite good, and everything was reasonably priced. I highly suggest going for a meal and a few beers.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.