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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: --
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007)
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Photo of dalion037
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Come for the beer, stay for the food!!! This is a great place to have a great beer. Go to their website to see the beer they currently have on tap from their webcam. They always have atleast four to six beers that I must have. Their selections are always very fresh and current. They also have a few bottles but the taps are the reason to show up. While there you might want to get something to eat and their food is just as good as their beer. Loved the smokey chicken wings and the pulled chicken (a take on pulled pork) sandwich was great too. So, if you want to try some damn good beer and food stop by and try for yourself. I'm willing to bet you won't be disappointed.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for the first time last friday. The place is clean and about 100 yards from the water. Its easy to miss. Things started off wrong with the bartender giving me crap about the bar being too crowded after the lady sitting there asked me if I wanted her to move over. He then turned around and started walking away before I could order a drink. When I started asking questions about specific beers and when I mentioned that I had been to Rubicon Brewing (after seeing the 3L on the counter) he eased up. Also, when we walked in the front door, the lady that came up to us acted like she didn't know what we were doing there. She started with "What do you need?" and when asked about getting a table she responded "I don't know, maybe 20 minutes". Like I said, the bartender warmed up and the overall experience was nice after the first couple minutes.

The tap lineup was amazing. "Only" 15-20 taps going but they were all very solid choices and probably 1/3 of them were ones that I had never tried. Got a 8oz glass of something called Cuvee de Raisin, and split something called Speakeasy Scottish Ale with my brother. Don't know if this is the same Speakeasy as in SF but I can't seem to find any info on it. My brother got a glass of the Rubicon Rosebud strong ale. All 3 were good beers (especially the Cuvee).

Didn't get to try the food unfortunately because we were running late and didn't have time to wait for food. Everything I saw and smelled was fantastic, but I will reserve judgement until I actually get to eat there. $16.50 for the 3 specialty beers, not great but it could have been much worse. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, even on a Friday night. I was expecting another Toronado but was pleasantly surprised.

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

I'm kicking myself for not going to Beachwood sooner. All around fantastic place. The tap list was very impressive with a wide range of styles and two on cask, all served in the proper glassware. I'm happy I wasn't the driver. They have a live web cam on the rotating beer list so you can see what you'll have before you get there. Brilliant. 24 taps in all with a great bottle list as well. I like a place where the owners are around and working and having fun, which is what I saw. Very friendly staff, even though it was a bit busy when we first got there they were more that helpful in getting us a beer while we waited. We ate at the bar and everything was delicious. Great sandwiches, great BBQ, great sides and great beer. Can't wait to go back.

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

Visited the old home town for the summer and was taken to Beachwood by a good friend. I love this place and am dying to go back. From their beer selection which is always good to the food to the friendly and knowledgeable staff - this place rocks. You'll always find someone to start up a conversation and drink with. People constantly bring in bottles and homebrews to share with the regulars. Also - it's right by the beach.

Highlights:

Beer
Cold smoked Abacore
Frickles
MAC AND CHEESE < --- a must
Most BBQ sandwiches.

The owners and bar staff are great.

They now have a webcam of the beer board - I look at it here in NY and salivate:

http://www.beachwoodbbq.com/beerwine/beer.php

Photo of BevMoPatrick1
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is honestly the best place in southern california to find new and rare beer. With a selection always boasting something out of the ordinary, you are sure to go home happy...Pliny, Blind Pig, Racer X, just to name few gems...recently had Allagash Curieux, Trippel Karmeliet and Ale to the Chief from Avery...if you are in Seal Beach, you need to stop here. The staff is knowledgeable and will never make you feel stupid if you haven't heard of something. Also the food is killer, BBQ brisket and pulled pork are both amazing...try and wrap your lips around the flavor from the sweet potato fries or the blue cheese grits...

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

Beachwood is located about a block away from the beach. Right on main street that leads you right into the beach it's a great setting for a bar like this. When you walk through the door you walk immediately into the bar area, which runs front to back on your right. If you want to be seated at a table you go to the room on your left and sit down. The bar is in an "L" shape and probably has 14 or 15 seats.

The draft menu is on the wall behind the bar, on little square pieces of chalkboard that are pegged individually to the wall. Each beer get it's own board so they are easy to change out. There are about 25 beers on tap along with a cask serving. The selection is very unique. Each time I've been there I've seen things that I've never seen in this area, or even heard of (ie small offerings from big breweries). Beers are served in proper glassware... weizen glass for hefe's, nonic pints for english beers, (large) goblets for strong beers etc. Pours generally range from $5.50 to 6.50.

There is a big flat screen TV positioned at the left end of the bar, running sports which is very nice.

The service is great, very friendly bartenders.

So far I've tried the BBQ Chicken Nachos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and smoked BBQ buffalo wings. All have been very good.

If I didn't live 45 minutes from this place I would be there every day, easily.

Photo of dbONE
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Seal Beach is a nice community. Its peaceful walking up the main from unmetered parking spot a few blocks away. This was the first time going so I dragged a friend who enjoys good beer but wont buy it and my wife. First impression when I walked in was this place is pretty clean. I didnt realize they just got with a remodel that doubled the restaurant. As a smart beer drinker we sat at the bar to be as close to the source as possible. This was a good move because we over heard people complaining about the service in the tabled area. The 22 selection on draft left us wondering were to start. Without question my wife for the Maharaja I noticed that they rinsed the glass before filling to the top. The was a regular practice for all the the beers. I started with Erics ale that was a wonderfull start to the day. My friend Eric went for the Craftsman IPA. The bartender Vanessa was fun to interact with joking back and forth mad for a great experience. She was well versed with all the beers so it was helpfull to those who didnt know about a curtain beer. The owner Gabe made an apperience and chatted us up for a bit about the workings of his establishment. An empty keg was the only thing that took his attention away. Come to find out the keg that he just put on was friggin Pliney the Elder. "Serve me up a glass good man, I want the first one". And he did! We started getting a little hungry so I got some fantastic wings and a fondu thing that was just as good. We stayed so long there was a shift change. This guy was just as knowledgable as Vanessa but not quite as fun. Oh back to the empty keg. When you go to the rest room you will find yourself surrounded by them. I cant wait to get back, the beer selection is hand picked and will change everyday. You also might find on Thursdays some guests will bring some special bottles from who knows where. Well worth it.

Photo of opwog
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The zone where Orange and LA County meet each other and the Pacific Ocean is a great place to live. You have every conceivable lifestyle available to you. From the anti-culture of HB to the apparent cultural renaissance that Long Beach has been under going; you can hang out watching national surfing competitions in HB in he morning and spend your evening doing an artwalk of LB's art district. All that this area lacked was one serious non-brewpub beer destination.

Not that there is anything wrong with HBBC, BBC or Rockbottom (OK, each may have several things wrong, but those are different reviews), but there has not been a proper bar for foreign and US craft beers in this area until Beachwood arrived. Gabe (the owner) has a laid back style that helps make this place a comfortable stop to sit back and try a couple of new beers each week. Kyle mans the taps most nights that I have been there and he can inform you about any beer on tap. But everybody there is helpful and if they don't know about the beer, then they will find out.

Within an incredibly short period of time, Beachwood is becoming a "scene" and a "must stop" for many people; from industry types to aficionados to locals waiting for tables for BBQ. For those already in the know, it is name dropped right alongside any of the top beer stops in the state of California. If there is any drawback to such comparisons, Beachwood can come off as a little pricey. Carlsbad Pizza Port, Toronado, etc. are less of a strain on the wallet, but with as rare as a bar on this level is in this area, the additional cost of an evening is far better than the distance of other similar beer destinations.

Photo of raiser
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I know everyone rants and raves about this place, so I made the trek up to check it out. It's small and in the middle of a very commercial/touristy area and we ended up walking around for a while, maybe 30 minutes, before we found it.

I have to say that the tap selection is some of the best in OC. The BBQ is tasty, and likely the best available in the immediate vicinity. It's not deep-south quality, but decent enough for the OC.

I've heard others complain about the amount of food you get for the money, but I have to say the sandwiches we ordered were good and reasonably priced given the quantity and location, just 2 blocks from the beach.

The waiter we had was in training and had another waiter overlooking him the whole time. While he was good at what he was doing, he wasn't familiar with the products yet. The staff was friendly, but I wouldn't say they went above the call of duty in any regards.

We sat in the restaraunt vs. at the bar, and they had a chalkboard tap list in both sides to let you know what was available. Something like a dozen beers as I recall. Having never had a cask beer before I ordered the Chai Tea Porter that was on cask. I was not impressed, it was a bit watery and pretty flat. However while I was drinking it they mysteriously tapped a Pliny the Elder, so of course I made that my second beer. I had never had Pliny before and this really made the trip worthwhile. These beers ran something in the area of $7-$8 a pint, not cheap.

I seem to recall seeing Ommegang, Bear Republic, The Bruery, and several other excellent brewers on tap, and I don't recall seeing any double-ups from the same brewery, nor any macros, which was nice. I saw a few brews I was not at all familiar with as well. Unfortunately I had to entertain the family so it was 2 beers with lunch and I'm out.

I probably won't make the trip up here regularly just to drink. However I might use "going to the beach" as an excuse to come here, instead of a local beach in the future as it's only about a 30 minute drive.

If you are in the area you owe it to yourself to stop in for a beer, you won't go home unhappy.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Meet up with Halcyondays earlier today at Beachwood BBQ, and what a treat it was. The place is small and nondescript on the inside, but if you like BBQ and beer, then you have to stop by.

Beer: 22 rotating taps are offered with a very limited number of bottles, it might be the best draft selection in OC. Many of the drafts are hard to find on draft elsewhere and also feature some locally brewed beer, which is a rarity for me to find at my usual hangout (Hollingshead's). A cask is offered as well, and so are several types of glassware to match each beer. Great presentation of the beers/ What keeps the selection from being exceptional is the lack of bottled beers.

Food: Can say say BBQ pulled pork with sweet potato fries? Delicious. My sandwich was served on a baguette, and their house BBQ sauce is awesome. The fondue is also great.

I usually don't travel to the Seal Beach area, but Beachwood BBQ gives me a reason to come back more often.

Update: After numerous visits, I have no choice but to up the selection and service scores. The tap rotation is frequent, and is always highlighting hard to find beers. Oh, and they do have an exceptional bottle list. Servers are always on top of things, friendly, and know more than a few thigns about beer. And if you are lucky to meet Gabe...well...let's just say he is the man. It is him and his exceptional staff which makes Beachwood BBQ a MUST VISIT!!!

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

Cask! All the time. Everytime I go in there they have something amazing on cask: Ruination with some hop addition, Craftsman, Jolly Pumpkin.

Draft line up is always well thought out with solid representations of many styles. I'm a big fan of Hollingshead's, but sometimes I think they go overboard with the hoppy beers. Anyway, Beachwood's tap selection is obviously the product of careful deliberation. Last time I was there we had Chocorubico--amazing stout!

Food is damn nice, not cheap, but not overpriced either. We got an assortment of appetizers last time, and everything was fun and tasty. Their tataki is beautiful.

The atmosphere is warm. Bar keeps are friendly. Last two times we visited Beachwood, we stayed much later than we had any right to. When we finsished our pints, I thought we were gonna' get the boot, but the barkeep asked if we wanted another. I ask if it's too late and he says "no," that he's got some cleaning to do still, and we're welcome to order another round. I love that. I was so happy that afterwards I went swimming in the ocean, which Beachwood is only a few steps from.

Beachwood is the number one place for craft in Orange County.

Photo of rgrace99
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had been meaning to get in here for a long time. Finally did this past Sunday and it was everything I expected and more.
First thing, we're seated and the eyes are drawn to the tap list, twenty-one amazing beers, including one on cask, and not a dog on the list. Started with Stone Chipotle smoked porter on cask, damn tasty, served in the correct glassware and at the perfect temperature. I had the pulled pork and sausage while the wife had the albacore along with a multitude of sides and some amazing corn bread. Followed the porter with an Urthel Hop-It, again served in the correct glassaware.
Service was wonderful and very attentive, atmosphere was laid back. The owners Gabe and Lena are great, very friendly.
I'll definitely be going back.

Photo of charlzm
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

First visited on Saturday night, 04/05/08 with a group of four adults. The wait time for a table was about an hour. Second visit on a Sunday afternoon. No wait for a table at all.

The women folk took the toddler leaving the two male beer geeks to have a few at the bar. The tap selection was awesome, as was having a Stone Smoked Porter on cask! There were also excellent bottle choices at fair prices (Firestone 11, anyone?).

The owner, Gabriel, was nice enough to stand at the bar with us and indulge in beer geekery while we discussed the beers he had and what he wanted to have. The bar is also a spot for other beer geeks to gather and bring their rares and homebrews. There's an actual "scene" developing here!

On our first visit, the joint was packed to the gills and I saw beer going to almost every table; a good sign. Saw some fellow BA/RateBeer guys at a nearby table and started chatting with them. They brought a growler of Russian River Blind Pig with them and in a few seconds I was tasting their freely offered sampling.

The food was good barbecue, but not quite as full-on great as the atmosphere and the beer selection.

Bottom line: come for the beer and the atmosphere and have some food, too. Yeah, I loved it. I just wish I didn't live 40 miles away.

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

I checked Beachwood BBQ out a month ago after reading the stellar reviews on BA. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a beer engine, which I wasn't expecting (the profile said no cask). I started off with a few pints of Stone IPA on cask and they were perfectly executed: not too cold, full British pint and fresh. I went back two weeks later and was delighted to have Rubicon IPA on cask. It was equally delicious. My non-cask selections were also well executed. I think I counted 25 taps plus the cask.

The food and service was great during both my visits. If I lived a few minutes closer, I would be there a few nights a week.

Photo of bbothen
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ah, two of my favorite things, BBQ & craft brews.

Made a special trip here while out in Irvine for business.

Place is very small, probably seats about 60. Looks like it used to be a breakfast diner.

Bar right inside which has about 20 or so well thought out taps. Southern Ca well represented with Stone, Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Craftsmen as well as other west coast brews from Bear Republic, Lagunitas, etc. Several belgians as well.

The service was friendly as can be. From the bartender, hostess, and server, all were very friendly & accomidating.

The bbq was good. Dry rubbed & suace on the side. I had deep fried pickles, brisket, & pork baby back ribs. Very tasty.

If this place was near me I'd be there at least once a week. I'll be back for sure next time in the area.

Thank you Beachwood BBQ crew!

Photo of dac
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My new favorite place.

Beachwood BBQ is a restaurant/beer bar recently expanded form being a tiny place to a cozy place. It can get pretty noisey, but I think they're working on the acoustics. It now has 23 taps. Also a limited but quality bottle list. No crap on tap here, all are top shelf imports and micros that rotate frequently.

Never had a service problem here, most of the help seems to be familiar with the beer and menu items. The owners Gabriel and Lena are ever present and glad to help making a selection.

For such a small place the 23 taps is a pretty amazing selection. They have always have something I want to drink.

Food is BBQ and homestyle cooking. Smoked Pork, chicken, beef and fish are the headliners. A variety of appetizers, sides and salads (fried green tomatoes and blue cheese grits - yum!) all prepared to order round out the menu.

A full meal followed by beers can get pricey here, but the quality is excellent. If you want to save money you can get a burger here, but I go for the stuff I can't get most places.

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

Went to Beachwood BBQ tonight for the first time. This is my new favorite beer bar/BBQ Joint.

Wow! The selection was fantastic. The service was top notch. Very friendly, very knowledgeable. The decor and atmosphere were small, fun and homey. Not a loud bar or a fancy restaurant, just a nice place to enjoy a brew with good friends or new friends.

I met some very cool people there who had some excellent recommendations and new the beers well. Got into some great homebrew discussions and brewery tour discussions...

Only downside is the price, but I have a feeling I will be returning here regularly. A must visit for anyone in the OC.

Edit: The webcam is genius as well!

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

Finally got to check this place out yesterday as a belated birthday present from my family

Located on Main Street in a really cool part of Seal Beach next to several other bars and restaurants, near the ocean, does not look like a beer hot spot from the outside

This place was tiny with like ten tables total, but by the looks of the wall, they will be expanding some time very soon, cool athmosphere and everybody seems real excited and relaxed, the owner and beer guy, Gabe is a real cool as well

Unfortunately, the two beers I planned on trying today ran out right before we got there, St. Bernardus Wit and Moonlight Twist of Fate, but I was not worried about it after I tasted the different Rubicon beers I ordered

I had a Rubicon Black Capricorn black IPA and a Monkey Knife Fight pale ale, and an Ommegang Hennepin saison farmhouse ale, prices were around six dollars a pint which is a bit pricy

Only had ten taps or so and other consisted of Victory Prima pilsner, Stone Double Bastard, Unibroe Trois Pistoles, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown and Speedway Stout

Place was super clean and our waitress was on top of things the entire time, knowledgable about beer too, she even gave us four different tasters before we ordered

Nice selection of beer for such few taps, have had some beauties here in the past like Moonlight Reality Czeck, some hard to find Lost Abbey stuff, and rare tap only beers from Bear Republic

Food was awesome as well, had 1/2 chicken and beef brisket with sweet potato fries, hushpuppies, corn on the cob, and cranberry cornbread, all for only fifteen dollars

I cannot wait to go back to this place, especially now that I know it is less than a half hour from my parent's house, so when I come visit them, it will become a frequent trip like Naja's is

Very highly recommended and one of the best food and beer combinations I found here on Beer Advocate

Update: Gabe is the one of the coolest guys in the craft beer world and this is the best damn food you will have!

Photo of bradford
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Got a chance to visit this place finally on 10/19/07
Very small place on Main Street. At 131 1/2, you know the place is crammed in there
The quality of the taps wasn't as great as I had come to expect. I hear people saying Reality Czech and other hard to find goodies were on tap, and although the selection was not bad by any means, I wasn't blown away with the selection either. It seems they stick to a rigid "No crap on Tap" policy, which is refreshing. I ordered a Lost Abbey Lost and Found to go with my pulled chicken sando
Service was top notch. The Hostess/Server/Busser was right on top of things. As soon as I was down to my last sip, she came over and offered another. The food came out 5 minutes after I ordered
Food was very good. My pulled chicken sandwich and corn bread hit the spot, and their sauces weren't bad either
Pricing is a bit high maybe, but considering the quality of beer and food, it is quite reasonable. I can't wait to go back

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

Beachwood is one of my favorite OC beer spots.The taps are continually changing with great micro brews always on. They seem to get some really good beers that other places don't. There is no bud miller or coors so if thats what you are looking for, I'd try somewhere else. The food is exceptional, i personally find the albacore to be amazing. The service is great and there is never a shortage of beer geek talk to be had.The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and beer. I highly recommend a stop at beachwood asap.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.68/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Original review (7-6-07) - The Beachwood BBQ sits at the back end of Main St., just west of PCH. Walking in, it is quite cramped, with just 3-5 seats at the bar and a collection of tables. Luckily, I went here around 4 o'clock Thursday, so it wasn't crowded at all. Their tap list is quite good for 10 taps or so, they concentrate on California microbrews. The only non-California brews they had were Avery's Maharaja and Paulaner's Hefeweizen, no macros on tap. I had a Triple Rock Dragon's Milk, which is disappearing quite quickly, one keg I think, and since I was low on Cash, I had the sweet potato fries, which were quite good (and high in beta-carotene to boot). I did not have a chance to try some of their BBQed meats, I will have to return. The food I had was good, the beer and beer list were exceptional for such a small place, a great place to visit.

Edit (12-23-07): Since the expansion happened I've upped the atmosphere and selection scores.

Edit 5/5/08 - Definitely now my regular haunt, go there at least once, usually twice a week, highly recommended.

Food Edit - I usually have the brisket sandwich during happy hour - a great deal for $5. For dinner definitely try the mac'n'cheese, they use gruyere, yum. The deviled eggs are great. For entrees I'd recommend the wild boar meatloaf in blueberry sauce or venison, I'm a huge fan of game meat, so this is right up my alley. Check this place out on New Year's Eve, Gabe creates some interesting game meat dishes and will always have something special planned.

Update (July 2011) - Lowering the atmosphere score a bit, let me tell you why. It's just gotten so crowded lately, especially on the weekend, it seems the only time I can get a seat is mid-week happy hour. Hopefully Beachwood II can assuage the situation, and make me anticipate a seat instead of standing for the first time in a while, like it was back pre-2010.

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

beachwood bbq is one of those places where i can say; "i wish this was in my city!"

i actually did not even know seal beach had an actual beach or little quaint shopping strip. about a 45-50 min drive from chino hills, arrived with the family on father's day as this was my father's day lunch. we got lucky with parking and caught a spot right in front of the restaurant on main street. i called a few days prior and was informed that you can call in before arriving and have your name on the seating list. so, about 20 minutes away, we called and got our names on. on arrival, the place was busy and was told the wait would still be about 20 minutes. not to bad given it was 12:30ish on a busy sunday afternoon.

beachwood is very small and cozy. i think in a few years gabriel will say; "time to move in a larger location!" seating is a bit tight and limited.

well for the food ... this is the first time i actually ate bbq without any sauce! the smoke flavor of the meat was outstanding! i just loved it. prices were reasonable for the portion you got. i have a 7 year old boy and if you ask, they will cut down a selection to "kids size" and cut the listed price in over half ... so here's a "hint" if you have kids and go. in all we had salmon, baby back ribs, brisket, sausage (really spicy and yummy) and short ribs. the meat just fell of the bone for both ribs. the sides were excellent too! some good collard greens and sweet potato fries along with fresh made corn bread with cranberries and corn on the cob. hands down, for bbq, this is a really top notch bbq joint.

ah, the beer. current selections are on the chalk boards. i enjoyed my hop rod rye and the lady had an avery white rascal. gabriel is very hands on and came out and spoke with diners. we had a good conversation about beer and he informed me he updates the website daily so; the beers listed on the website are what you'll get at the restaurant. bottles are offered but, they can be a steep in price. avery maharaja was $10 for a bomber. but, with the selection of draft, i recommend sticking with the draft as there is at least a selection or two for any beer geek available. he's hoping to get a stone product in and with the current bear republic selections, i am willing to bet this place will be one the first in the area to offer racer x when it comes out.

i already know that beachwood will be a first stop in a consistant two stop beer tour when in this part of so-cal ... come here first for some good bbq and a brew (or two), walk off the great meal around the pier/beach/main street, then head up a few miles north to naja's to "beer up" before heading back to chino hills. how much better can a dad spend father's day?

enjoy & cheers!

Photo of Jajoro67
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I have been hearing really good things about this place, so for Father's Day my family headed south.
Only 30 minutes from the Torrance area, it was not as bad as I thought it would have been to get to Seal Beach.
Beachwood is a very small place right on Main Street about 1 block from the beach. At first glance I was a bit unimpressed by the size of the place from the outside. Once I got inside and saw the beer list on the wall, that changed to extreme giddiness.
The beer selection was great. Gabriel the owner told me that he rotates his beers very often. When I was there, we had Avery White Rascal, Bear Republic Brown and Hop Rod Rye, Lost Abbey Saison, Mad River Jamaica Red, Paulaner Pilsner and a few other good choices.
The beer was very good, the food was exceptional. Dry rubbed Baby Back Ribs that fell off of the bone. A Blue Cheese Southern Grits that was as rich as could be. Get the Fried Pickle appetizer, you will not be disappointed. The Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken and Brisket were also all wonderful.
I would highly recommend this place. Go Hungry.

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

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.

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4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I think this place is a new "must stop" for Orange/South LA County. First, on the down side, it's a little cramped and if you get there after 7 pm then you're in for a wait. Also, if you're there to just sit at a bar and have a few good beers, then... well... there's only two seats at the bar. Both spots were taken when we got there so my wife and I just stood around with our beers and chatted up the staff and the owner. They could definitely use some more space, and rumor is they're going to try to expand into the next door unit.

The beer selection is great. They've got 8 taps and they're all craft beers. The owner is partial to California craft brew, but he had 2 European handles when we were there. 5 of the 8 beers were either one-off brews from California breweries, or they were really hard to find selections. Of the beers there, we had an Alesmith "My Bloody Valentine," Craftsman "IPA," Brouwerij Van Den Bossche "Buffalo Belgian Stout" and Moonlight Brewing Co "Reality Czech." Great stuff.

The food is really good too. It's your standard bbq fare with some unique side options. There's certainly no shortage of options with their mix n match combo platters. The brisket and pulled pork are great, but I haven't tried the ribs yet. The service is fantastic and they're happy to let you try out a side dish or a beer if you're undecided about anything.

We'll be back for sure.

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