Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - Midtown
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4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
Located in midtown a short walk from two MARTA rail stations, it is easy to find and appears to have adequate parking. Interior is open, clean and inviting. There is plenty of seating, from booths and tables for two to large tables for six to eight patrons, as well as a long bar and plenty of outdoor seating. The waitstaff are helpful, courteous, alert and quick. Beer servings are on the generous side, so you have to be careful - even when I followed my own rule of one beer an hour, I still got a little fuzzy. Menu is extensive, and the food I did have was delicious and satisfying. I tried four of their beers and found all of them to be decidedly drinkable.
This is a good place to have a Meetup or other sort of gathering, especially because it is easy to let MARTA be your designated driver.
05-26-2007 18:33:08 | More by Cyberkedi
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
My aunt and uncle swear by the one that I turned them on to in their native Washington, DC, so I am a fan of the chain by proxy.
This location was in ATL's Midtown section, which seemed to be up and coming. It was well-lit and as I approached, the brickwork was enticing. Entering through a short vestibule, the m.d.s. was directly inside of the doorway. In fact, the m.d.s.'s position helped to bisect the space. The bar area was to the left with many high tables and chairs plus a couple of booths and the marble-topped bar was to the extreme left. All of the way aft was the kitchen and the smells wafting from the brick oven were mouthwatering. The right side was mainly booth seating. There was lots of vintage advertising throughout the space.
Upstairs, off to the left, was the brewhouse, fronted by a small bar. Off to the right up there were high tables and chairs as well as three billiards tables.
My server was a personable fellow named Justin. I really enjoyed their seasonal Festbier.
02-13-2007 08:50:37 | More by woodychandler
3.08/5 rDev -13.2%
I must say that I was underwhelmed with Gordon Biersch in terms of its beers. The selection is lacking--I was really in the mood for an IPA or even just a pale ale. I sampled the seasonal, a pumpkin spice beer. Usually these beers are, to my taste, overspiced and too heavy on the pumpkin. This one went too far in the opposite direction; I couldn't make out much pumpkin OR spice. I decided to go with the Dunkles, which I found to be bland.
The atmosphere was not what I would expect from a brewpub. In fact, I don't recall seeing the brewing equipment on my visit, though I didn't explore the entire premises. All in all, it seemed to me to be very sterile.
That said, the food was awesome. I fully enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich, and I think they have the best french fries I have ever had. They are coated with some sort of minced garlic concoction that had me drooling.
Visit date: 12 November 2006
11-22-2006 21:35:14 | More by oxguru
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
I have mixed feelings about Gordon Biersch (GB) over the 5+years I have been in the Atlanta area. On my first visit I wasn't impressed with the taste of the food vs. the price. However, after multiple visits over the years I have warmed to the food selection and the taste of many of the dishes are excellent. The atmosphere to me is rather generic and it feels like the big-business that it is (i.e. It feels sanitized). Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful place, but the overall feel is of less and not more. The focus is taken off the beer (which is good beer) and it looks like they even took steps to hide the on-site brewery. The staff give canned speeches on each style and it all has a MacBeer or Wal-Beer feel to it. However, the beer is rather good and I'm very fond of the Marzen and occasion I follow it up with the Dunkles. This is the type of place I will readily go if a friend asks but I'm not inspired to go on my own.
01-31-2006 15:55:12 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
GB in Atlanta was a welcome oasis in a city that is surprisingly void of a decent selection. The beers were fine (particularly the Kolsch), but the food was superior.
The layout features a large open space with an exposed kitchen. Very typical brewpub look. I liked the outdoor patio, but this August evening was a bit too humid for my liking, so I ate at the bar.
Asking the bartender for his recommendations, I was very pleased with the Ahi Tuna, ordered rare ($20 in 8-05). The preparation and the sauce were superb. The meal was superior to similar orders which cost me $40+. The presentation was poor (a ice cream scoop of rice with pool of collard greens), but the flavor was delightful. I also had the Southwest eggrolls (appetizer) which were very tasty but a bit dry.
The Pilsner and Marzen were good, while the seasonal Kolsch was superb. This restaurant was located in the midtown section of Atlanta.
09-03-2005 02:46:50 | More by smcolw
3.56/5 rDev +0.3%
I wanted to go hit brewpubs, but they were like, "We're taking all of you out for dinner tonight in Atlanta", and you know, it was a work stint, so you really have to deal and go to their shitty sushi place. Now here's the part that kills me. We leave said shitty sushi place, and I can see Gordon Biersch a block and a half up on the other side of the street. I mean, hell, I'm right there, but I'm one of the people with wheels, and I carted a couple of people into the city from the hotel, some dozen miles back towards the airport, and am going to have to cart them back. So I resign myself to the "guess Gordon Biersch ain't happening", and head back to the hotel. But I'm itchy, you know? So I get into the lobby, and say, "Yo, Connecticut, what are you doin'? You up for a beer?" And yep, we drove back to Gordon Biersch...
Long narrow room, with seating to the right and a marble top bar to the left. The bar seats about a dozen and a half, and they've got 2 towers pouring 5 beers and a few TV's hanging about. The bar overlooks roughly 18 bar tables with low lantern lighting. The rest of the room is basically seating area, 4 dozen tables of different sizes and shapes with string lighting. Yellow walls with ivy covered canopies over the booths, large brown wood pillars and wooden beam awnings, checkered German flags and large German beer prints, and an open faced kitchen to the rear. There's a large display case right in front of you as you enter with cool old beer steins and mugs, some of them dating back to the 1700's. At both ends of the bar lie doorways to the outside deck, housing a dozen tables and 6 smaller round bar tables. A staircase towards the back leads you upstairs to a room with 3 pool tables and a small bar, and a party room off of that as well as a small room with a bunch of fermenters. You can get a good view of the entire place from up there.
Meanwhile, they're pouring just 5 beers (Marzen, Dunkles, Golden Export, Hefe & Blonde Bock). Asked for a sampler and got 5 small half filled glasses. Was taken aback for about 6.27481 seconds before remembering my sampler experience from the Gordon Biersch in Las Vegas, which is that their idea of a sampler is giving you a taste of all of their beers. It's a freebie so they're not pouring you full 4 ounce glasses, they're really just tasters. Sampled the wares and then had me a pint of the Dunkles which I think is the best of the lot of 'em, although the Marzen ain't too shabby either. Would like to have seen a seasonal or something but you get what you get.
08-09-2004 02:24:34 | More by slander
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
Atmosphere This is hard to define. The set-up was very non-traditional for a brewpub, but I think in a good way. The table area was very nice. It was almost like a fine steakhouse. They serve steak and other fine foods so maybe it was just right.
The booths were high-backed with privacy walls which is conducive to a nice, quiet evening. The bar area on the other hand was very open and conducive to people watching. All in all a very good mix.
Quality Everything here was top-notch. The quality of the building materials and furniture itself was beyond reproach. The walls were adorned with fine pictures, many historical, and other places draped with the Bavarian flag. Everything here indicated a huge financial start-up capital.
Service The service on my one visit was very good. I went during an off hour, which doesnt always guarantee good service as we know, but Lee was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the beers.
Selection I was somewhat disappointed at the selection. They didnt seem to have much else other than GB, which is OK for a brewpub, but they only had four of their own beers available.
Food I ordered an Asian-style cashew chicken stir fry. The sweet n sour sauce was exceptional and a bit spicy as I like it. This was served atop a bed of Jasmine rice that was cooked just right.
04-23-2004 03:35:59 | More by RoyalT
3.66/5 rDev +3.1%
They now have 6 beers available up from 4, so a slight selection raise is in order. All beers remain decent and to style.
Original review of 7/23/03
This is a very nice and well-designed brewpub. It is very airy and the designer has made excellent use of dark wood and glass to give this a very unique and classy look. I liked the touch of having the Munich banners hung from the ceiling. They have a smallish bar, but a great set-up of lots of long tables and booths. They also have a nice small garden for those days when it’s actually cool enough to spend time outside in Atlanta.
They had four of their beers available. I tried the wheat and the marzen. Both were decent but not spectacular representatives of style.
The food was very good. I hosted a business diner there and everyone seemed to like their food. We had some good appetizers to lead things off and the dinner portions were generous.
All-in-all a very nice place. I think they could be a little more adventurous with their beers, but I plan on going back next time I’m in town.
07-23-2003 18:29:53 | More by Redrover
3.2/5 rDev -9.9%
I'm not a big fan of this place. The beers are consistent and gorgeous, but a bit middle of the road in the flavor department. It's also one of those places that try to be trendy and upscale with their food, but it's really not worth the price you have to pay. I kind of like the design of the place, though and the pool tables upstairs are nice. You just have to be careful though, the staff doesn't really know anything about the beer and there are instances of poor service.
06-25-2003 23:20:13 | More by aracauna
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
The place itself is actually very cool with outdoor seating (which unfortunately faces the parking lot) and an upstairs with pool tables and a separate bar. The food is pretty good with some solid standbys, but I usually stuck with the appy's. The beer is just ok in my book, I usually had the marzen because they were usually out of most things and I just didn't care for the Hefeweizen they had. The main dining room is attractive as well, but I rarely used because of the upstairs, the bar and the surrounding area with casual pub tables. The crowd can get on the yuppy side so be prepared for Southern belles.
12-20-2002 12:01:54 | More by doho95fu
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - Midtown in Atlanta, GA
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.