Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 632
Beer Avg: 3.72
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Dock Street may very well be my favorite of the brewpubs in the City of Brotherly Love. I will find any excuse to go to Philly just to swing by and have a few beers and a pizza here.
The brewpub unfortunately isn't established in one of the nicer areas of the city. In other words, I'm not sure I would want to be there alone after midnight. But a lunch-time or early evening dinner visit is fine. There is always plenty of parking right on the street every time we've been there.
The atmosphere is kind of 50's retro mixed with a modern flair... Bohemian, if you will. There's an odd-shaped bar that runs jaggedly through the place with plenty of seating for the beer geeks. There are also a good amount of tables to sit and enjoy some food. Overall, I really like the atmosphere of this place and its eclecticism. The service is always very good, and the bartenders are among the friendliest I've encountered. My only complaint with the atmosphere is that is a pretty big hollow, metallic room that tends to get quite loud, especially when it's crowded.
As for the beer, I've found that everyting I've tried during my visits have all been above average. They are brewing some very unusual beers lately, including a root beer-inspired Brown Ale and a Kolsch with lemon and lime zest. Their Rye IPA is a must-try! The don't have much on tap (only 5-6 house brews), but they always have a very diverse line-up including a lager/pils, a hoppy ale, a dark beer and a few unique concoctions. There is always something for every taste.
As for the food, I would rank their wood oven pizza as among the best I've ever had. They have a wide variety of pizza selections, and everyone I've had has been fantastic. They also have good salads and sandwiches.
Overall, I really like this place a lot and always look forward to return visits. I definitely would recommend a visit to Dock Street... the sooner the better!
09-15-2008 19:59:01 | More by ffejherb
More User Reviews:
1.98/5 rDev -47.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.75 | $$$
Atmosphere- People packed in like cattle and hipsters abound. I am actually kinda cool with being packed in, I have eaten at some great Korean and Vietnamese places which have the ambiance of slaughterhouses, they made up for it the food, this place didn't.
Food- I cook better pizza at home in my oven, not a joke or an exaggeration. If I can do good in my shitty low rent housing oven, then these guys should be able to do great in their pizza oven. The sad truth is that they don't and apparently can't.
Beer - I have tasted numerous home brews that were better than the thin and watery substances being passed of as beer at this place. When you make your claim off of beer and call yourself a brewery, you should at least have decent beer. This stuff might have come out of a giant Mr. Beer in back, it was no joke that bad.
Overall- Philly is the best place for beer lovers on the East Coast, period! That being said there are so many places in Philly that do an amazing job, why would you waste time at this place? If it was just a hipster haven I could overlook that (like Local 44), if it just had poor food and kick-ass beer I would forgive it that, If it had poor beer at a cheap price and kick-ass food I would down delicious pizza with cheap IPA. Unfortunately, Dock Street has none of the redeeming qualities and all of the negatives.
02-15-2014 21:16:04 | More by razorsdescent
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.