Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 557
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
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
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place has high ceilings and a quasi- industrial feel to it. The bar is a long hunk of formica that looked okay. The tables and chairs were all plastic and kind of uncomfortable. When we walked in, they were a little slow and we were told to sit anywhere. So we picked the nearest dirty table which was cleaned after we asked three times.
The trio fries were something different, white and sweet potatoes along with some leeks. I had a pizza made in a hard wood fired oven that was delicious. My girlfriend had a pear and gorgonzola salad that she liked well enough.
I sampled some beers from others at my table that I didn't like that much, an imperial Bubbly Wit that was too sweet and a red ale that was bland. I had two rye IPAs that I absolutely loved, probably the best I've tried. They won't fill growlers that have another brewerie's logo on it, but the ones they sell are plain. That doesn't make any sense to me.
Overall, the service and location are less than ideal, but I wouldn't rule out a return visit.
07-29-2008 10:54:31 | More by DIM
3.45/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The wife and I stopped into Dock Street on a recent trip to Philadelphia. First off - I highly recommend going here in daylight as the surrounding neighborhood would be a bit scary at night. I say this in all seriousness. While I hail from a small town now, I have grown up and lived in places like Flint and Detroit, Michigan and was still uneasy at 1-2pm in this part of town. Ok - now about the place: it appears to be located in an old fire station, but the waiter didn't really seem to know exactly. It has a bit of an eccentric feel to the place; perhaps I got this feeling from the wait staff though. The beer in the sampler that we ordered was of decent quality, but nothing really jumped out at me: good or bad. They did have a lot of varieties available though. While I can say that my experience at Dock Street was not an unpleasant one, neither the beer nor the atmosphere were good enough for me to return especially with the current location. I think the proprietors should consider the location and their target market.
06-23-2008 12:19:55 | More by scoobybrew
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
And a happy new year to you, too. See, you go out to PA to toast one final Victory for Heavyweight, and a little din down in Philly happens. Hard to keep tabs on all the newings open especially beyond my local reach. Hmmn, where to go? Well, with Scotty playing Dock Street, this seemed like a good idea. Mind you, the 'hood's a little dodgy, but I'm not moving in, I'm just here for the beer, so...
Old firehouse of badassness. It's a wide open room with a backwards question mark shaped bar to the rear. Seating for 10 on the straight part with views of the brewroom behind large glass windows, growlers and shelved glassware below on the barback. A break and then seating for another 10 on and around the bend forward a tile front pizza oven in the prep/open kitchen area. A dozen and a half low and raised bar tables out over the floor, and a few couches just inside the front door vestibule. Large arch windows up front where the firehouse doors used to be. Lime green painted walls over brick lowers, framed pics at one end, and a large board listing tap selections, dates, OG's, descriptions, ABV's and status. Down on the other end, a large reverse logo blackboard on the kitchen prep overhang lists taps and available bottles, being the Amber & Illuminator (Did I tell you, did you know? Way back way back when, the Dock Street Amber was my first micro love, it's true). 2 large pillars plastered with Dock Street labels, exposed duct and piping above, and fabric sashes. Drop cone lamps over the bar, track spots and mounted lamps elsewhere.
2 towers of 6 each along different points of the bar. 6 beers available and all on the sampler. The Cranberry Kolsch, 4.5%, had a slight tartness, and was good easy drinking, nice; the Gold Stock Ale, 5.4%, a pleasant enough pale ale; the Winter Warmer, 7.6%, some ginger and vanilla, interesting; the Rye IPA, 6%, nicely balanced, good rye flavor; the Imperial Oatmeal Stout, 8.9%, my kind of licorice, oaty, mmmm; and the Barleywine, 10.5%, fruity, got some caramel, still a bit young. I liked the Cranberry Kolsch and Imperial Oatmeal Stout the most.
And a small food menu. Cold sandwiches, panini, salads, calzones, and a bunch of pizza options. I did the individual pepperoni pizza (it was good but I should have gotten it very well done), and fries (they needed time yet). Overall, the food was pretty good.
Would like to get back down here in the soon. Would've already if the small strange man knew how to pick up the phone...
05-06-2008 00:36:07 | More by slander
2.6/5 rDev -31.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
My wife and I arrived with our two little ones around 5:00. We were unsure if it was seat yourself or wait to be seated, so we stood for a couple of minutes and then grabbed one of two open and dirty tables. After finding the only two high chairs ourselves, situating the kids, sitting for several minutes did the hostess saunter by. I had to flag her down and ask her to clear the last party's empties. After a while the waitress came over and delivered menus. We ordered two pizzas and fish and chips along with beers and milk for the tots.
By this time the loud, unpleasant industrial techno music became very wearing. The place has awful acoustics and the music selection was totally inappropriate for the clientele. There were several groups with seniors who looked unhappy.
Shortly after our arrival four other groups with young children came in. We had the only two high chairs. We bribed our daughter to give up her high chair for another appreciative parent.
Food came, pizzas were very good. My wife's fish and chips was coated with uncooked batter, large gooey clumps of it. We sent it back and figured we had enough pizza for all.
The beers were well done. We had the Pilsner, the Gold Stock Ale, the Rye IPA and the St. Albans.
We asked for the check when the desert was delivered. Tira misu, also pretty good. The check came about 25 minutes later, because the waitress had to wait for the useless hostess to remove the fish and chips from the bill. I actually took the kids outside for a walk because they were starting to get fidgety.
While my wife was waiting for the check she noticed another party waiting for a table. There was one available, but it was too full of the last person's dishes and empties to sit at.
Overall, it gave the impression of a very poorly managed establishment. I will not return unless I hear that it gets better.
03-17-2008 19:24:07 | More by beermcmahon
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for happy hour plus on a Thursday night.
A: We arrived around 5:30pm to a fairly empty room. A few people seated at the bar but that was it. The room itself is deceptively smaller than I would have thought from the outside and is fairly industrial in appearance. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion by could be lacking "warmth". The crowd stated to pick up as we were leaving around 8:30 and you could start to notice the rise in decibel so something could be done to soften the noise perhaps.
S: We took a seat at the bar closest to the entrance. Our bartender was attentive, took our orders, kept our glasses filled and was more than up on the beer scene as we had a good discussion re: Bell's Hopslam.
Selection / Quality: An excellent variety of brews. I enjoyed a Gold Stock, Rye IPA, and an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, also sampled my friends Bo Pils and all were very good.
F: I ordered the Ham & Gruyere pannini with fries and found it to be a delicious sandwich. Many tempting menu options, especially pizzas, will take me back for another visit.
V: My sandwich, and 3 beers was $20. To me that's a good deal in the city.
01-26-2008 01:26:02 | More by Riggsy
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I haven't reviewed in some time but felt this place rightfully deserved a few choice words. I have heard about the 'new' Dock Street for several months and finally decided to check it out after an evening at the Art Museum.
The area has improved markedly since I was a med student in the late 90's at Penn. I rarely went past 45st back then but now things are safer probably up to the low 50's. Amazing....
Our party of three arrived around 9:30 on a Friday night and the place was absolutely packed with a least 10 people waiting for tables. As already described, the place is a converted fire station that has maintained the concrete floors and high ceiling. A nice touch IMO. The customers are a mix of students (from Penn/Drexel given the close proximity) and a decent amount of older folks, a category I'm slowly approaching. It was loud but I don't think too bad (TND in Wayne is much louder). Our wait was only about 20 mins.
Service was fantastic despite the packed tables and bar. All three of us ordered individual pizzas which did take a while to come and were a bit burnt at the crust. However, we all agreed they were very tasty and scrumptous. Beers that we tried included the Rye IPA with a lingering bitterness on the tongue, Winter Warmer with a hint of ginger (not to my taste but well done nevertheless), Gold Stock (a definite killer session pale ale), and the malty smooth Imperial Oatmeal Stoute (wow is all I can say!). I was impressed with the quality of the brews...nothing was off or something I wouldn't drink again.
I will definitely hit this place again and remember to bring my growler ($12 for a fill). I think this place will do very well and is located in a patch of space that has no competition.
01-12-2008 18:27:38 | More by cracker
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
being as how it is so close to home, this is my go-to bar. it opened this past summer and they still need to work on a few things, especially the atmosphere. being that it is in an old concrete warehouse, it is very "noisy" inside. the acoustics are very bad. they have done some things to remedy this situation but on a busy weekend night it's especially drowning. my other gripe with the atmosphere is the lay-out of the tables in the dining room. it's a fairly small space but the tables are aligned in such a way that it is virtually impossible to move around.
the beer is fabulous, and diverse, from a light Kolsch to the heaviest of imperial stouts and barleywines. right now they have the RyeIPA, the Imperial Oatmeal Stout and the Barleywine all on tap. all are excellent. the Gold Stock is a pretty decent session beer as well.
I've only really sat at the bar and the service has always been great. some of the bartenders know more about beer than others, but the ones that do really know their stuff. I appreciate that.
the pizza is great, although it doesn't hold up too well for leftovers as the crust is a bit thin.
it's definetely a welcome addition to the neighborhood and I wish them the best success.
12-24-2007 09:35:18 | More by BeerZombie
4/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I finally made it to the new Dock St. I went mainly for the rye IPA, which was incredible! The place ain't much to look at but I used to live in the area and I wouldn't expect much. The way the tables are laid out behind the bar is annoying, trying to walk around them/between them to the bathrooms is like weaving through a labyrinth. The bathrooms were clean. I went to high school with one of the bartenders, and it was fun to sort of 'catch up.' The corner upon which Dock St. is located has definitely changed since I lived around here. It's much quieter, and there's no kids 'hanging around' outside. Feels somewhat 'safer' than it used to.
11-24-2007 22:25:25 | More by roan22
2.3/5 rDev -39.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $
If you live in the neighborhood and especially if you're a grad student or otherwise 20-something West Philly alterna-type, this is a fine place to hang out. If you don't fit that description but you live in the neighborhood it's still probably a good option for you on a weeknight or in off-peak times. Since I don't fit either of these categories, I can say that I probably won't come back.
I went with a group of friends the night before Thanksgiving, so it was a weekend-type crowd. As noted the place is LOUD. This is a former fire station, you're sitting on the concrete pad that the fire trucks used to sit on, and there was no effort made to soften any of the surfaces - just all hard reflective bare bones materials, the din made talking to anyone other than those right next to you difficult, and that's without loud music or a decent sound system. It was also crowded and hard to walk around, the servers kept bumping into us, sometimes hard. Ok for a college, post-college night out, but not at all the place for families or couples (again at least when it's busy).
Our server was nice enough but we had to ask for almost everything more than once, when we could get attention at all. I don't know how much was the server and how much was being understaffed for the crowd, so I don't want to point any fingers.
My friends were drinking the oatmeal stout and the kolsch when I arrived, but we were told the oatmeal stout kicked, to everyone's disappointment. I thought that later on I saw people getting it in their samplers, but we were never told there was a new keg or anything. Regardless this brought the number of drafts down to I think four - kolsch, helles, rye IPA, and the gold. I could be wrong, though, and the web site doesn't help because it's outdated. To have so few beers and to have two of them be a kolsch and a helles - in late fall - with no session ales, was strange. I sipped the stout and the kolsch, both were nice enough, the kolsch was very light with a bit of fruit, the stout finished a little ashy. Eventually everyone got their food after various ordering misadventures, the pizza was kind of nice but two of the three we ordered had too much cheese and lacked balance, I like thin crust pizzas but these got soggy on the bottom and hard to eat. My pizza had black olives, two of which still had the pits in them, which was an irritating surprise.
Shortly before the food arrived my friend and I ordered a pitcher of the rye IPA and HATED it. The reviews have generally been good here and I know the brewer is very respected, although I don't know whether these were his batches again or not, so I'm at a loss...we just didn't like it at all, the beer was completely and lastingly bitter with no spice or fruit character and couldn't make out the malt body, although another friend sipped it and tasted some fruit at the front before the bitterness kicked in - he said it tasted like a grapefruit wine. The table then went back to more pitchers of the kolsch, although my palate had been seemingly wrecked by the IPA. Where before it was light and harmless enough, if not that interesting, now I found this undrinkable too. We ended up not finishing the last pitcher.
Only the couple that lived a couple blocks away seemed interested in coming back. We were at least all happy that the tab was surprisingly low, although we agreed that we got so little attention from our server that we probably could've dined and dashed and no one would even remember. There were a fair amount of people bringing growlers home with them, and it was packed, so it is clearly filling a niche, but I have no need to go out of my way to go back like I do with Standard Tap or Gray Lodge. Perhaps if there's more investment in the space and staff I would re-consider.
11-23-2007 16:39:26 | More by TheCalculator
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.