Beachwood BBQ

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Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
BA SCORE
100
world-class

118 Ratings
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
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%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of graymoment
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of tourdot
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jodi215
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of timmtime
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of CruisaC
4.4/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of dmbsteve
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of mrvid123
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.88/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of werdnacross
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of josh80
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I hate to start a beer review with a food review but wholly cow, you gotta try these ribs. The food at Beachwood is amazing - good enough to take my beer fearing friends and I never get a complaint, unless we have to wait for a table.

Now the beer. The owner, Gabe, keeps a great tap list and some top tier bottles too. Check out his HopCam on his website to see what's on tap. You won't be disappointed. He has some pretty eclectic beers mixed in with some solid local choices. Reliably amazing.

The crowd is sophisticated but not snobby and leaps and bounds ahead of anything else is Seal Beach or anywhere else in OC.

Don't walk, run to Beachwood.

Photo of orangesol
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in here after the bruery party for the tasting. What an awesome place.

First off, this place is small, and our group was quite large. We squeezed our way in and grabbed the last few seats at the table. The place was packed with tons of local BA's there for the tasting and others just looking to eat and drink that this awesome spot. The quality was absolutely top notch. From the amazing food to the excellent beer selection. All the beers were served in the correct glassware and nothing in the place felt cheep.

The service could not have been better. Like I said our group was quite large and they didn't mind at all. Our server Jackie was great and she really knew her stuff. The owner, Gabe, came around quite a bit and was a really cool guy. He even opened a few bottles for all of us to try. The only thing better than the service was the food, which was just awesome. I got the triple meet sampler made up of ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket with sweet potato fries and blue cheese grits. I could only eat half of it because there was just so much food. I ate the rest the next day and it was just as good as the night before. I just wish I could have tried even more because I spied quite a few things on the menu I would have liked to try. Prices were very good. My huge meal was only $20 and the beers were just as reasonable.

Now, on to the beer. So many tasty offerings, so little time. I really wanted to try the Midnight Sun panty peeler but it kicked right when we walked in the door, oh well, I had to settle for the Stone double dry hopped sublimely self-righteous...yeah poor me. After that I was going to go with the cask ruination with simcoe but they put a keg of Moylan's apple brandy barrel aged double kilt lifter on, yeah I know so many words, and I just had to get it. One of the best tap lists I have seen in some time.

Overall one of my favorite stops on my trip to cali. I can't wait to see how the new brewpub location turns out. If it is anything like this place I am sure it will be one of the best.

Photo of thagr81us
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here after the Bruery RS Party with a huge number of local BAs on-site for our post-party. What can I say about this place that hasn't already been said!? This place was just plain awesome... The beer selection, stellar. The food, great. The service, great. I'm guessing either the manager or owner was in attendance and definitely made all of us feel very welcome and got us anything we needed while there. He also shared a few brews with us while we were hanging around. With me being from South Carolina I got quizzed on my preference of BBQ while I was there. Had an awesome time while I was there and got to meet quite a few BAs while I was there and could even see the Pacific from just outside the restaurant. Not much wrong going on here. I WILL be going back here even if I have to drive for a bit to do so. I suggest you do too.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Beachwood BBQ is my favorite OC haunt. I've been here several times over the past two years and I'm always impressed with the incredibly unique selection of draught and cask offerings. Tonight is no exception as I happen upon the BBQ's kickoff of their 2nd annual Winter Beer Week. There are few choices under 7% ABV for this event, so I started with the Bruery's Lookal Red, follow it w/ J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale (on cask), and finish w/ Port Brewing's Road Helles Lager.

At the bar, the clientele always seems friendly, the staff is quick and always fully fluent on all the beers being poured and the food is very good. I've been to many a beer bar in many towns across the States, but this is the only one I consider an essential stop, every time I come to town.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped by on a recent trip to Long Beach based on the glowing rec's here on BA - have to say, this is one of my favorite places in the world to drink and eat.

The place is tiny, but I arrived on the early side (during Happy Hour - $1 off beers and special food menu) and was able to grab a seat at the bar. Dig the vibe of the place.

Tight, well-though out selection of local, national and int'l beers. Had my 1st 2 glasses of Pliny the Elder and was not disappointed. At the suggestion of a local tried an Inland Empire Porter which was quite tasty too.

Authentic BBQ is served here. I can be a bit of a priss about my 'cue, and this place was spot on. My pulled pork sammich with coleslaw on pretzel bread was delicious.

First server in the evening was extremely prompt and friendly - second not so much.

I am jealous. I want to move to the area so I can frequent this place. A must-stop for BA's in the area.

Photo of teamizm
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I absolutely love this place. It's a small restaurant in a very laid back beach city in North OC that serves exceptional beers and exceptional food. This combo is very rare to find, but when you do find it, patronize the hell out of the place. The service has always been excellent and everyone, from the wait staff to the owner/chef, are all just very nice people who love beer and food. Only downfall is that the wait can sometimes be a pain because of its size and popularity, but its a good pain because you'll likely be sipping on some good beer.

Photo of romwarrior
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Not sure what else I can say that hasn't already been said, but I'll add to the chorus. Beachwood has such an awesome tap list and since I work pretty close, I can check their website to see what they are pouring. And the web cam is always up to date so it is never a wasted trip if I am going there for something specific.

Service is excellent. The bartenders are always appropriately chatty and have at least tried a lot of the beers. Since the list changes so frequently, that is pretty amazing. Regardless, they all seem to know something about most of the beers and always seem to have a computer up with BA pulled up ready to go.

I've only ordered food once. I got the pulled pork sandwich with fried pickles. The sandwich was good but I must admit I need to get used to not smothering my food with bbq sauce. They serve it dry and recommend keeping it that way, but there are four different sauces there for you if you want it. The fried pickles were to die for, especially with their mustard bbq sauce.

Overall Beachwood is amazing. Amazing tap list. Great service. Good food. What more can you ask for?

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

While Beachwood isn't the largest restaurant/bar, it feels spacious given the layout of the tables and the location of the bar area.

Hands down, I have to say this place has some of the most attentive waitstaff, which of course equates to excellent service. Seriously, I never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to place an order and throughout the meal I was checked on frequently to make sure everything was copacetic. However I also arrived shortly after opening on Sunday afternoon, so I am not sure if this is the norm.

Secondly, the variety of the tap list, and the constant rotation of taps, are primary reasons this establishment is rated as highly as it is! No overrated hype here... All the beers I had were served in appropriate glassware, with an appropriate amount of head, and were very fresh. Affordable prices...excellent.

Since I can only fairly speak for the food I actually consumed, I thought it was portioned perfectly and enjoyable, yet nothing mind blowing. I had the two-meat combo plate with brisket and pulled pork, with both meats being on the drier side than I would have preferred.

Beachwood BBQ is definitely worth the commute, and makes a great place to meet up with friends for a few drinks and some good eats. I will most definitely be coming back here in the future.

Photo of DevilSaint78
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beachwood BBQ has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County. The beer selection is fantastic, always rotating and impressive. The past few times I've been there they have had Blind Pig, Pliny, Temptation and Ruination. Seems that they bring out their big guns on the weekends. And with the hopcam online, you always can check ahead to make sure they have something you like. I like that it is somewhere I can go to get delicious food and always have a different beer to try. The staff was very helpful with pointing out beers of certain styles that others at my table might like. And the food - just wow. I love how they smoke their meats sauceless and leave it up to you to do it yourself. So many plates of BBQ end up tasting like a lump of bbq sauce flavored meat but not here. The appetizers I've tried (the mac & cheese and mussles) have been plenty for a table of four to share, as well as the desserts.

Parking isn't too bad - there have always been spots open in back even on a busy Saturday night. Longest I've waited for a table is about 45 minutes, but with the selection of beer at the bar I had no problem standing around waiting.

Photo of LittleDon
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a Wednesday night about 5:30 on my way from Thousand Oaks to San Diego. Easy to find but limited parking options. There was a short wait for a table, 5 minutes. There were 16 to 20+ beers to choose from, all exceptional quality, most hard to find. There was a nitro tap, but I'm not sure anything was on cask. The two I finally decided on were very fresh. The beer must rotate on a frequent basis, as two of the selections were replaced during the two hours I was there. The server was above average, we had no wait for beer or food order. Very good beer knowledge, too. My only beef would be the chinchy sample I got when I asked for a sample (slightly more than 1 oz of foam). I was there with three other colleagues, so I was able to sample a few appetizers along with my entree. All items were well above average. Fried pickles were thick cut and had the perfect amount of breading. Mussels came in a wonderful broth that could have been served by itself with bread. The BBQ (I had ribs and chicken) were both very well done. Ribs were a bit dry, but had a great flavor. Chicken was moist and smoked perfectly. The BBQ would have stood up against most of what I can get in Austin.

I will definitely consider returning here the next time I'm in town. For beer, food, or both.

Photo of cardtosser
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been here with my wife several times. The servers, whether at the bar or at the tables, were always knowledgeable and friendly. I suggest you sit at the bar, if possible, since it is the easiest place to see the tap list and watch the action. At the bar you will probably be surrounded by knowledgeable patrons who will likely strike up a conversation about beer. Beers are served in a wide variety of glasses, matched to the beer style. Most beers are served in pints, with doubles served in various 12 oz glasses. You can order the pint beers in 12 oz glasses, if you want to try more beer and be able to walk out. All glassware is rinsed in cool water before being filled. Gabe's tap system ensures that the kegs are full, properly chilled and at the correct pressure all of the time. If you are there for a while they will serve you water without even asking. The Hop Cam allows you to preview the selection before you arrive. It is impossible to list the beers that I have had there and it isn't important, because they will be pouring something different when you go.

The food is fantastic. They serve BBQ chicken, pork and beef that has been dry rubbed and smoked. There is hot and medium sauce, flavored vinegar and craft mustard available on your table for additional flavor. The hamburger is made from smoked brisket that is then ground and fire grilled. It is by far the best burger I have had.

I would go there if they didn't serve food or if they didn't serve beer. It is that good.

Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.