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Beachwood BBQ

Not Rated.
Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
BA SCORE
100
world-class

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 99
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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Reviews by OlieIPA:
Photo of OlieIPA
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Traveled down to this wonderful place with my good friends Mike and Tyler...

A: I loved the atmosphere here!!! Not too dark, but bright enough to make out the person you're actually talking too. Not too crowded either, and the noise was minimal as well. The crowd was a mix of college students along with business professionals, which actually enhanced the experience even more for me.

Q: Very Good. Good food along with good beer makes me a happy boy...I mean man! lol.

S: Excellent! Our waitress was very attentive and seemed to know a thing or two about the beer themselves.

S: They don't have a ton of beers on tap (about 15 or 20), but every brew is top notch! A few days before I visited, they had Abyss on tap!! Yes...I said Abyss! I ordered the Rogue Imperial Porter and then Port Brewery's Santa's Little Helper. Both fresh...and both very yummy!

F: A variety of BBQ style food was available...I decided to order the Sloppy Joe with Buffalo meat! Very yummy...especially with my sweet potato fries! Overall... very good food, but nothing incredible.

Value: The food was a little pricey...but the beers were priced just right!

Overall: I know that this place was just recently rated as one of the best beer bars in the world! I can see why now. A must visit! Cheers!

OlieIPA, Dec 18, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Outstanding food and guest tap list. I loved this place, I just wish they had more than one of there own beers left the day i arrived. That said the many beers they did offer were carefully chosen and dynamite. I had to visit the longbeach location to enjoy their beer, and that place was also worth the trip. Best Gastropub i've been to, I see why the have been ranked #1 in that category for multiple years!

simplejj81, Monday at 09:06 PM
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Tamigleo, Oct 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

dagubna, Sep 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Justinsosmart
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Great food, great tap list, and you can almost find RR on tap. Can get a little cramped at times though.

Justinsosmart, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

fthegiants, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Spencenator, Jul 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

RolandBlunts, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -14.5%

DotBier, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
5/5  rDev +6.8%

jeff1973, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of ThirstyMiner
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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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

davegray, Nov 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

topdown, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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
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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.