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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

Notes:
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(Place added by: instrumentality on 02-06-2007)
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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 DotBier
4/5  rDev -14.5%

DotBier, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -13.5%

Stop one of a meet-up with several BAs for a "Long Beach" pub crawl (they did a lot more stops, my wife and I met them for the Seal Beach portion). Located on the main drag of downtown Seal Beach, a couple of blocks from the beach and pier. A long, narrow room with two rows of tables reaching back to the "bar" and kitchen. Decor was rather plain and inoffensive. This place is new and had a clean and fresh sensibility to it. Was rather busy on a mid-Saturday afternoon, but we had no problem joining up with our friends.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, there were 8 taps, all craft brews from the West Coast (and from California, if memory serves correctly). Not a large selection by any means, but all good to very good ones. The only problem was that they didn't carry anything my wife liked- she only likes a few beer styles, and she was left on the outside looking in.

The food- I had a pork sandwich and my wife had the brisket. Obviously fresh and homemade, good style. Interesting choices for sides, all creative recipes used (for beans, cole slaw, etc.). I have to admit that it didn't really grab me as BBQ goes, but I think that was just me, because everyone else in the party (10 of us?) just loved it. So I'm going to defer to their opinion and think that maybe I just had an off day.

Overall, a great little stop if you are down at the beach, a nice addition to the beer scene, and the BBQ scene. Give it a try!

Dukeofearl, Feb 25, 2007
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 HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -12.8%

I'm in LA for work this week so I stopped by on my drive up. I'd never been to Seal Beach before but it looks like a nice place, though it was hard to tell in the dark. The Main Street had a bunch of pubs and little shops. It reminds me of a place I've been before, but I can't remember where exactly. Maybe that's the beauty of Seal Beach. It reaches out to you on a different level of reality, transcending GPS coordinates and becoming ubiquitous and maybe, just maybe, immortal. It was dark though, so I can't be certain.

Beachwood Barbeque is a small place that you might walk by without realizing it's a beer bar. The facade is less attractive than others nearby, but it houses some a fine beer selection. I sat down at a small table and was immediately helped by a server who explained to me the finer points of craft beer. He then presented me with a bottle list and explained to me that they had none of the bottles on the list, but that it represented a list that would one day detail the beers they had available in bottles. I must say, it was a very impressive list of beers they did not have.

The tap list was very good. Beachwood maybe had 18 taps? I'm not sure on the exact number, but it showcased a nice mix of Belgian and American craft beer. I ordered a Hop Henge to drink and the smoked chicken with baked beans and corn on the cob. I was a bit surprised when the food was brought to me 3 minutes after I ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love prompt service, but I immediately wonder how long the food has been sitting around when it comes to me that fast. Somehow I forgot that I loathe the flavor of smoked meat. How a person forgets something like that is beyond me. Despite that fact, the chicken was not bad. The beans and corn seemed to have been prepared quite a while before I arrived, so they were not too great.

For some reason the people at the two nearest tables to me were yelling instead of talking. They didn't have beers in front of them but it was obvious they were either half deaf or they'd been drinking for the better part of the day. That was pretty annoying.

To conclude this roundabout review, I wanted to check this place out because I'd read about it, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't come here to eat again, but I might return if I saw something good on the Hop Cam (awesome) and I was in the area. This place has a fine beer selection.

HopHead84, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%

I'd love to begin this review by thanking all the people who responded to my thread about where to go in Cali on vacation. Beachwood was a popular answer so our group went there for lunch after our time down at Huntington Beach. I made the trip up US 1 even more interesting by riding bitch on my girlfriend's cousin's Harley.

Once we arrived at the little strip mall on the road which heading straight to the sea, we went inside the small rectangle place. The atmosphere was actually pretty lame to be completely honest. Pastel green paint covered the walls and there wasn't much of anything to look at. Just inside the entrance you had 3 choices: A bar to the right, a straight hall which headed straight to the bathrooms and back employee area, or lastly, a small dining area to the left divided from everything else by a wall.

The three different decor things going on that were actually good were all placed poorly. The hall leading to the bathroom was lined by tap handles almost horizontally screwed into the walls on either side creating what seemed like a little archway. In the same hall on the right-hand side wall was a framed hop bag from Sierra Nevada. Lastly, one of the two unmarked bathrooms contained a hand-painted picture of a personified fork chasing a pig in hot-rod cars. "Where the fork meets the pork" was the tag-line. Very nicely done.

The beer selection was very nice with a great variety of different offerings listed on chalk-board squares mounted to the wall behind the bar as well as in the dining area. 19 different beers with vast variations in style was awesome to see. Prices on the beers weren't bad either. Specifically, my first pint was Pliny the Elder for $6.

While Beachwood BBQ is a great beer bar the food was by far the pinnacle of this place! A little bit on the pricey size for the serving size, but well worth it's bold, utterly fantastic flavor. I think three of the five of us all got something different. I ordered up the Pulled Pork, "North Carolina style, dipped in our red wine vinegar BBQ sauce & served on a pretzel bun topped with coleslaw". It was sinfully good. Once we all started eating, moans of pleasure came from every mouth at the table.

The other people I was with didn't have a clue what to order for beer so they turned to me and I did the deciding for them but, when another table came in clueless, the waitress that also served us seemed to know just enough to get her by; minimal education to serve decently but no passion in her delivery. The same thing occurred with her serving. She didn't seem to want to be there at ALL.

Besides the almost complete lack of decor and average service, Beachwood BBQ stood out as a place to everyone at the table so much so that the consensus was, "we HAVE to come back. This will be a must-stop on any vacation" which is completely fine with me!

BeerFMAndy, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of bbothen
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%

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!

bbothen, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of tang3nt
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%

Located right up the street from the beach, gotta love it. Beachwood is a little small and can become pretty crowded later in the evening, but is always a blast. There draft selection is not the largest, but what they do have is always amazing. They also offer a "hop cam" on their website that takes daily snapshots of their always changing draft menu so you can check it out before you leave the house. The staff is very knowledgeable and always friendly. They also have an INSANE list of bottled beers. I usually don't buy stuff that I can have at home already, but they actually have some crazy stuff bottled that you would be pretty hard pressed to find elsewhere. All-inall, a great place with great staff and great beers.

tang3nt, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of raiser
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

raiser, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of bradford
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

bradford, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

t0rin0, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of snpub540
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%

Got off work early and it's only two street lights away so I decided to stop in for a quick brew before heading home.

Had alot of CA stuff on tap when I got there. Rubicon, Stone, Port, TAPS, were all there. I decided on the Straffe Hendrick Tripel because it was definately something I had never seen or heard of before. Turned out to be a very delicious choice.

The bar was small and looked like a nice local hangout. Interesting mix of people inside. The food looked and smelled amazing and I think that beer pairs best with barbecue anyway. I am going to have to go back and check it out when I have alot more time to spend in Seal Beach and hopefully I can put a dent in that wonderfully rotating tap list.

snpub540, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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 instrumentality
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%

My first experience at this place was last Saturday during the inaptly named "Long Beach" crawl several BA's and others experienced. (I still like to think of Seal Beach as an extension of Long Beach though just so I don't have to acknowledge that it's actually behind the Orange Curtain - aka Orange County for those of you who don't know what the hell I'm jabbering about.)

Located in one of my favorite little local stretches, Main Street in Seal Beach, this is a spot I expect to get a lot of foot traffic in the near future.

Nothing particularly exciting to look at, the restaurant is relatively small with not nearly enough tables. Still, the simple, white decor and gentle lighting makes it a great afternoon hangout (and probably a bit of a pain in the ass in the evening).

The beer menu was, of course, my first order of business. There were about 8 taps, all craft beer, including Bear Republic Red Rocket and Mortality Stout from the recently demised ReaperAle. I had never had either on tap and they were both fresh and tasty. The other taps escape my memory, as I'm not sure I had heard of any of them, but that's a problem soon remedied.

The head chef/owner (?) stopped by our table multiple times to see how we were doing and also inform us that he is a BA himself and is always on the lookout for good brews.

Moving on to the food...I ordered the brisket and hush puppies. The brisket was so tender I accidentally cut it with my fork before realizing I didn't need a knife, and very tasty. The hush puppies, something I haven't had great experiences with so far, were also quite good - more corn bread than breading, and not at all greasy.

I'm not a barbecue connoisseur - my main hangout before this was Lucille's, a chain restaurant located in several parts of SoCal - but to me, this was some damn fine food.

Various types of BBQ sauce were available in large squeeze bottles placed in a tray on the edge of each table. I tried the spicy sauce, which was ok but nothing special. The meat was good enough on its own.

Some of the BA's passed around a basket of deep fried pickles, which were not too shabby either.

The other guys at my table enjoyed their food as well.

It's a little out of the way, especially when I'm trying to avoid driving, but when the opportunity strikes, I'll definitely pay this establishment another visit, sample some more brews, and then perhaps stroll the quarter mile to the beach and enjoy the scenery while my buzz wears off. And if I have room, there's always the Cold Stone down the street (corner by the beach) to cap it off.

instrumentality, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of bigbelcher
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%

Beachwood BBQ is a very small place right on Main Street about 1 block from the beach in Seal Beach, just down from the Abbey. The beer list is on the wall with a pretty good selection, not as good as the places around San Diego but for O.C. it was pretty good. About 20 taps, including Pliney the Elder. After a couple of beers I discovered they had bottles also but there wasn't anything too exciting on that list for me. The food was fantastic. I had a combo plate of pulled pork and ribs. The ribs were extremly well made. Had fried pickles also that made a great appetizer for 2 for 3 people.

bigbelcher, Dec 29, 2008
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 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 Krevee
4.4/5  rDev -6%

Roomate, Girlfriend and I decided to go here for lunch this afternoon. When we got there it was pretty busy for a Sunday afternoon I would say. We had to wait to be seated. No big deal just made me hopeful of the food and beer.

While we were waiting to be seated we each order a beer. They had 24 beers on tap and an extensive bottle list. I ordered the Uncommon Brewers Bacon Brown Ale which I reviewed here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17962/56042/?ba=Krevee , my girlfriend order the Craftsman Saison, and my roommate order a saison as well though I can't remember the brewery it was from. Just a minute or two after we were given our beers we were seated.

I didn't browse the menu to much, but it seemed to be the standard california bbq affair. My girlfriend and I generally will try a places ribs the first time we go to a bbq place and this time was no exception. The ribs came with two sides we got the corn on the cob and fries both were quite good and a piece of corn bread. The ribs themselves came dry but you could put on one of the bbq sauces they had for you at the table. The ribs were somewhat tough but very tasty.

The service was very good. The servers were prompt, nice, and helpful. No complaints at all service wise.

Overall a pretty good value for the dollar, with good food, and a great selection of draft beer on tap. Beachwood BBQ is a great beer bar, for a pretty good value, considering most of the beers on tap were around 6 dollars. Not bad for a good quality beer on tap.

Krevee, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of dbONE
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

dbONE, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Calicoast
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%

First Review All: Love this place. Check the website daily to see what's on tap. Nice selection w/ thought behind it. Just back from the GABF in Denver / October. Stopped bye the Oskar Blues tent: tried the Old Chub and Gordon's, Beachwood had the 10 Fidy on tap, good stuff. Staff friendly - knowledgable. Sat at the bar with me lady for a quick lunch - she liked it alot, chats w/ the merchants - they know why they are there. Also tried the Bling Pig. Love Russian River as well as Bear Republic Racer 5. Wanted to try Pliny the Elder, picked some up at Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita. Looking for the younger - but haven't made it to Hollingsheads yet. More reviews to come - cheers to all!

Calicoast, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of rmdownward
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%

Stayed with friends in Huntington Beach over this last weekend. Had a few places in mind that I wanted to hit. With our schedule the Breuery was a bit far but Beachwood was only a few minutes away. I'd seen it recommended many times & it more than lived up to expectations. Seated fast, great server who was very knowlegable about not just the beer, but the wine as well. Great selection on tap. It was hard to choose. Food was great and lots of fun choices of sides. I had the bleu cheese grits, way yummy. I can see that it may get very crowded, being so small, but the beer choices would certainly make the wait less painful. I'm looking forward to visiting again and my friends down there said the would certainly be back. I know if I lived that way, I'd be in there often.

rmdownward, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of davegray
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

davegray, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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