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Beachwood BBQ

Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ

Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

104 Ratings
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 5.79%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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 willjschmidt:
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willjschmidt

California

4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I visited this place on a Saturday night. It's located on the main strip in Seal Beach. It's a very small room split down the middle by a dividing wall with the bar on one side and the dining room on the other. The bar was packed but it was still fairly easy to get a beer. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful and I think that one was the owner. We waited about 30 minutes to get a table for 4 which wasn't too bad.

The beer list is great. They had 21 beers on-tap, all top-notch stuff. American micros, Belgians beers, German beers, and even a couple of British brews. It's a very well thought out list. The hop cam on their website is awesome. You can see what they have, and it constantly updates. Prices were reasonable.

The food was very good. It's a large menu with lots of options. Everyone was happy with their food. Not the best BBQ in the world but still very good. Very good service for the food as well.

All in all, I'd highly recommend this place. Easily the best beer destination in Orange County.

01-08-2010 23:50:38 | More by willjschmidt
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DotBier

California

4/5  rDev -14.2%

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jeff1973

California

5/5  rDev +7.3%

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ThirstyMiner

California

4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$

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.

03-26-2014 00:14:27 | More by ThirstyMiner
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

03-12-2014 05:05:11 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

12-15-2013 01:37:18 | More by Sparky44
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davegray

California

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2013 04:03:25 | More by davegray
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topdown

California

5/5  rDev +7.3%

11-11-2013 01:27:31 | More by topdown
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California

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-04-2013 10:20:00 | More by BAsbill
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graymoment

California

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$

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.

07-15-2013 17:58:44 | More by graymoment
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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.