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Beachwood BBQ

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Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
BA SCORE
100
world-class

118 Ratings
Ratings: 118
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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5/5  rDev +6.8%

jeff1973, Apr 04, 2014
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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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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%

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topdown, Nov 11, 2013
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BAsbill, Nov 04, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
Photo of dmbsteve
5/5  rDev +6.8%

There is nothing I can say about this place, that hasn't already been said, but I just want to add my 2 cents. I am from Tennessee and we have nothing even close to this place. If the constantly changing taps, knowledgable servers, and friendly atmosphere aren't enough, the food is truly outstanding. I have ordered something different every time I have been there. I started out the with pork ribs, and I must say being from Tennessee, I know my way around a hog and Beachwood's is among the best I've had. I travel to Long Beach frequently for business and I am so happy that I have found this gem. If there is a such thing as a perfect place, this would have to be it. I guess the only flaw would be that it only has 22-23 taps, but with the varied selection that they always seem to have you don't even notice.

dmbsteve, May 10, 2011
Photo of mrvid123
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%

This place is simply the best! I would move in if they let me.

Best burger around
Tap list so good it is sort of unfair to anyone else in the game.
They do half pours of most anything you see on the list.
Pricing can't be beat.
Even though the place is small and can get crowded they always make sure to keep you updated on wait time and keep you happy at the bar while you wait to be seated.

The place is kept clean. They run a tight ship. I love taking a peek at what beers are on deck when visiting the bathroom too :)

I try to branch out and try something new off their food menu each time. I can't think of many other places who have earned my confidence like that. Try the muscles!

Too many good taps on to ever dip into their bottle list, but that looks legit too.

mrvid123, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of AylwinForbes
3.88/5  rDev -17.1%

Encouraged to drop in here on way to Anaheim after disastrous strike-out at Urge the previous day. The website posting of the beer list the previous day had indicated the presence of Russian River, but to my horror it was already off by the time I arrived around 12 PM Sunday. A sage local indicated that the good stuff does not stay around long.

Even at that relatively early hour the place was quite full and I was able to snag a single spot at the bar. It has a small capacity so I hate to think what it would be like of a Saturday evening. I would guess that most of the customers at that time were there for the food, and just maybe a few were there for the excellent selection (Russian River's absence notwithstanding). When you hear things like, "What do you have that's like a Blue Moon?", you know you are not at Toronado.

To me the barmaid was polite if not overly attentive, for she was spending much quality time chatting with my neighbour who was not shying of letting people know how much he spent on sushi. That said, she insisted I not pay for the beer she gave me in error. That was sporting. The selection is quite diverse; the prices are reasonable; I would return.

AylwinForbes, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of werdnacross
5/5  rDev +6.8%

The things I miss most about living in Seal Beach. The beach and Beachwood BBQ. Seriously didn't realize how good I had it until I left. This THE best beer drinking establishments I have ever been to. Atmosphere is nice. Right down the street from the beach. Usually pretty crowded especially if it is a special night so get there early although there is plenty to do and see while waiting for a table or you can grab a beer. THe food is incredible. The pulled pork sandwich and sweet potato fries were my go to but there are many great dishes and appetizers that can be ordered. The tap list is always changing. A good selection of beer can always be found and there is something for everyone. Service was always high end, everyone was extremely knowledgable and friendly. I frequented this place weekly for the year I lived there and try to make it down when I can now. Can't wait to try out the newer bigger location in Long beach when it opens.

werdnacross, Mar 20, 2011
Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.