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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Dock Street Brewery & RestaurantDock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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very good

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 672
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

701 S 50th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143-1658
United States
phone: (215) 726-2337

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

The last time I was at dock street they were in a center city location about 10 years ago.

I drove up to see if they had any bottles left from a recent release, fortunately they did. Rhw neighborhood is good where the bar is, but driving up I did get a bit concerned. The building is an old firehouse, it looks pretty cool from the outside. The inside did not really do it for me. The bar is big and nondiscript, nothing real catchy on the walls. Behind the bar they have a brick pizza oven, which is actually pretty cool.
I got there about 3:30 on a Wed and the place was dead. They have 6 beers on tap, so I ordered the sampler. I enjoyed all of them. I did order a pint of the kolch afterward with some fries. The beer was reasonably priced, the bartender was friendly and the menu looked pretty good. I will have to hit up Dock Street again in the future.

bonkers, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Went in on a Friday afternoon. Inside was empty, but the 6 or so seats outside were filled. Interior was hot, wood burning pizza oven gave off a decent amount of heat. black tables and seats. Nothing fancy, cement floors, some fans overhead.

Seemed like pizza was their specialty, so we ordered the Mexican and BBQ chicken. For a small crowd, the food took a long time to come. Worth the wait. Both were really good. Lots of flavor. Tasty crust.

In terms of beer, did the sampler. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Kolsch, Pale Ale, Porter, Coffee infused stout and a few others. All were good, fresh. I liked the stout the best, but went with a pint of the kolsch.

No parking lot, you have to park on the street. Overall, good beers, but the pizzas were actually my favorite part of the trip.

Nutleybeer, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

An old firehouse with a seated area to the right and the bar along the middle of the building. The wood fired oven is behind the left side of the bar and the brewing operations are behind the right side of the bar, behind some glass.

The walls are old ceramic tiles, not the best look, and with the two story ceiling, the place kind of has a hollow feel. Some local artwork along the walls add a little flavor. On warmer days, there are tables set up outside.

I have been here twice now and have had pizza both times. Each time they have impressed. The wood fired oven in a nice touch.

They have about 6 beers on tap at any given time. On this visit, I had the Rye IPA and the Satellite Espresso Stout, the former of which I grabbed a growler of. Both were very tasty. I also sampled The Great Pumpkin, and it too was well done.

The service was on point and attentive both times I have been here. This is definitely a place to try out for a pizza and some fresh beer.

ColForbinBC, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

It only took me ten years to come here, Dock Street has been on my radar and there are some cool events and bottle releases that occur throughout the year, but the Flemish Sour on-Tap is what did it.

Located in the University City/West Philly area, Dock Street is pretty easy to get to. Truth be told, in 30 years of living in SEPA, I've only been in West Philly a handful of times. I went to a D'Angelo (Voodoo tour) at that joint on 69th st. years ago. Went to City Tap House for an Deschutes event during beer week and Local 44 at a couple events as well. Dock Street is a brewery within a old Firehouse as noted from the outside look and the two main doors on the front where the trucks go vroom vroom. A nice outside seating area near the main street which was packed on a monday night.

Inside, I was not to drawn to the decor of this place. Im aware of the old building's habitants, but this seemed to me like more of a neighborhood hangout for adolescents back in the 80's, like an arcade of sorts. Summer camp mess hall style. Anywho, some tables off to the right and a oddly shaped bar that was pointy, not str8, ala Ressurection Ale House. I really could not pinpoint the feel of this place in a word, it's different though.

Im here for the beer though so here goes. I came for the Flemish Sour that was aged in a CAB barrel for 2.5 years on tap. It was delicious and oh so lively off the tap, I might have to scoop a bottle or two of this in the future. DS has about six tap offerings and wine for the ladies. Did not see any liquor for sale. I ordered a Rye IPA which I have enjoyed in the past at many locations in SEPA. This particular Rye IPA was awesome and fresh and full of flavor, it went with the pizza so well.

Speaking of the pizza, it was really killer. I was very impressed by it. It took some time to get it after the order was placed but the wait was worth it. Mahragerete was exquisite and the other one I got which I cant remember was banging to. I would come here just for the pizza, and they do it to go as well unlike another brewpub in the area with some great 'flatbread'.

The bartender was cool enough, he was swamped but got to me and ogl in due enough time. Not much time to chit chat. The bar area was really loud and not very inviting for a conversation. The whole place was loud which is a good thing and it usually does not bother me, but in this case I was a bit ticked. My only gripe was that my Rye IPA was served in a 13oz glass instead of a pint which is how I get it all around the city, but thats a minor quabble all of 3oz.

I like this place and will be back, but it's not the type of place I would take a date or anything like that, the atmosphere was a bit drab.

BARFLYB, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Dock Street Brewing Company…….Philadelphia

Dock Street is in an interesting location on 50th St, the road it’s on is very nice and jam packed. As you drive around to find parking you will stumble on areas that are…..not nearly as nice. All within minutes of each other, gotta love cities.

In a refurbished firehouse, love the old industrial look. Exposed brick, tough floor. Small tables out in front and in the main part as you walk in. A long horizontal bar houses about 15 stools, the taps and the infamous brick fired pizza.

My wife and I were devastated to find out they had just tapped their keg of Sudan Grass, the gluten free beer that got so many good reviews and was one of our reasons for coming. Rats rats rats.

As she sipped her wine in sorrow I began to try some of their offerings. I had the Summer Session, the Bohemian Pils, and the OMG Pale Ale. All were good, if not quite spectacular.

What was spectacular was the pizza. My god. I had a simple cheese one and it was amazing, the wife ordered a burger and sweet potato fries that were also amazing. Great to see the open kitchen and the food being made right in front of you.
We sat the bar, our bartenders were attentive and helpful. Place filled up quickly.

Overall, cool place to come. Ok beer, dynamite pizza, great vibe. Make it a stop.

TheDeuce, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

This place has amazing brick oven pizza with killer crust. I've visited a few times, as it's one of the places you go when you're visiting friends who live in West Philadelphia, and always remembered enjoying my food. On my last visit a friend and I split the sweet potato fries and a small portobello pie and both were delicious. I've also liked the Pflammenkuchen in the past.

The beer also gets high marks--they had maybe 6 taps of home-brewed beer? Last night I had the rye IPA, the OMG Pale Ale, and the double IPA, and all were delicious. The sip I had of the porter and the wheat were nice too, so high marks for variety within a small list. The atmosphere also leaves something to be desired--it's a nice space, but they were playing Simpsons episodes on a large screen against the wall while we were there, and that was annoying, and also it has some funky acoustics.

But the pizza and beer are both great, so I imagine I'll be back. Thanks for sprucing up the neighborhood, Dock Street!

lstokes, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%

Located in an old firehouse, Dock Street is very roomy and spacious. The long bar, extending nearly the length of the room.
The pizza is pretty nice here. As a regular foodie, pizza lover, and website host of a local food and beer, I took to this place. The pizza is rustic, and authentic, as it's cooked in a wood fired oven. This style of cooking gives the pizza a crispy, crackly charred underside. Delicious.
The beer was tasty and fresh. The service at the bar was attentive and friendly. Really nice stuff.

weeare138, May 26, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

When I go to a place like this that serves such an amazing pizza, it makes me want to start pizzaadvocate.com to tell the world where to go for the best in pizza pie. This place's pie is killer, dripping with cheese and sauce, premium/quality ingredients obviously used, and while the dripping mess makes the uber-thin crust soggy, working towards the outer crust you get incredible wood-fired stone oven char flavor, crisp and earthy and man...just a wonderful slice o' heaven. Back in the hall by the bathroom, they've got a huge stack of wood for the brick oven. Fantastic!

Oh, what about the beer? We had the cream ale first, and it was just the right beer for the beginning of the night, and paired great with the food. Solid and serviceable and obviously very fresh...maybe not mindblowing, but worth putting some time into (I'm told the doppelbock is quite excellent). The service was quick and attentive, and the atmosphere is comfortable, unpretentious, even kind of spare but not cold. Just a cool, casual neighborhood-style vibe, with plenty of outside seating too.

I know they're trying to establish themselves with their beers, and those are good, but guest taps would be nice. But overall, a cool, cozy place that is absolutely worth the trip, if not for the beer, then for the amazing pizza.

Metalmonk, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

I come to Dock Street regularly because of their very good food and good beer. In fact when I left my last job, we had a going away party here because we all like it there so much. Everything I have tried here has been great, from the wood-oven pizzas to the sandwiches and appetizers. To emphasize the point that they have wood ovens, they leave a big stack of wood outside of the hallway to the restroom.

The beer here is sometimes just good or at times fantastic. I have had almost everything they regularly brew and my favorites are the Rye IPA, Hop Garden DIPA, and single variety hop PA's. I tend not to like their novelty beers as much: Chamomeleon, Sudan Grass, and the Kolsch.

Some have complained about the service, but I haven't experienced these kinds of problems. I think that maybe some just aren't used to what busy restaurants are like in the city, as long as you aren't afraid to be assertive to your server, you'll have no problem

All in all, it's not too pricey, the beers are good and it's a nice neighborhood place to hang out with friends or take out your family.

Soonami, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev +1%

My wife and I and a couple of friend's came here on a Saturday. There was a block party across the street in the park when we came.I believe this was an old firehouse well it sure looked it anyway. Some seating available outside but a nice sized area inside with the bar stretching from one end to the other of the building.The hand drawn poster's on the wall are very unique.This place shocked me it seemed a little dirty, a little unorganized and I didn't think the beers would be that good but boy I was wrong.

I had a sampler of all their beer's and they were all exceptional.I ended up having the amarillo Pale Ale. I was torn between the Amarillo and the Rye IPA.

Sevice was a little off that day I guess but really not from our waitress as we walked in we were greeted and you could sit anywhere. When we sat down a whole bus load of people came in yes a literally a bus load. I believe it was the alien homebrew club.So they kind of took over the place.So service was a little more catered to them.

Update from 11/27. I had to add that I finally had there brick oven pizza and I must say Exceptional. I haven't had anything close to this in any brewpub.Amazing.
I really didn't have any food I thought it would be dirty early on and again I was wrong the food they were bringing out smelled terrific now I am getting aggravated maybe I should have given it a shot.

TheFightfan1, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Visited Dock Street Brewery on a Friday after work in late June with my wife and two of our friends.

We arrived around 6:30 and were seated immediately. The place was half full; however, it was a sunny day (rare this season) so there were a few parties seated outside. The interior was spacious and comfortable, if a little industrial. No frills in this place. The patrons varied in age. Only two large vessels were visible behind glass which I assumed were fermenters; I was disappointed that more of the guts of the brewery were not visible.

We arrived and sat in the corner. I ordered the sampler of 6 beers - a Bohemian pilsener, American wheat, rye IPA, sorghum beer, amber ale, and an espresso stout. I settled on the rye IPA and determined to try the espresso stout later on for dessert. The rye IPA came and was delightful, although different from any other IPA I have ever had (due to the rye I'm sure). It went very well with the hummus that we ordered. The hummus was fantastic.

I milked the rye IPA until our dinners came out. I had a calzone while everyone else ordered pizzas. I do not remember the gorey details of the food probably because I scarfed it down so fast, but I do remember that the general consensus was that it all was absolutely delicious. Dock Street has the food side of things down pat.

After dinner, my wife and our friends decided to have some dessert. I ordered the espresso stout which I had tasted earlier. It tasted like a carbonated cup of creamy coffee. I have not had many coffee stouts, but I found this to be quite enjoyable. Non-coffee fans need not apply, however.

Overall, the experience was a good one. Price point was not too bad considering the quality of the food. However, I did notice that a growler-fill was $16 (more for a high ABV but I don't remember how much more), which seemed a little steep. Otherwise, everything was pretty good.

ljbrisson, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Atmosphere was nice, seemed modern. Seems like a place where everyone who was in there was a regular, and spot the out of towner was not a difficult game. The server was nice, friendly and informational. The pizzas looked great, but I had a rather nice salad. Good food.

Tried the sampler, and all were fairly good, but the Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout was extraordinary. However they would not sell it in bottles, nor would he sell me a growler of it, and I was ready to pay top dollar!!!

It really is a shame that I couldn't take home one of the top beers I have tried in the past year. That totally sucks!

PS, if you have some in a bottle, please send ASAP.

Beejay, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of astrasday
4/5  rDev +5%

Got the chance to go to this place last night on my first visit to Philadelphia. The atmosphere was nice. A very modern looking restaurant with a fairly generous amount of seating. Good music (Van Morrison, Creedence, etc.), nice lighting all added to the mood.

The quality of the brews were surprising. I've gone to a lot of brew pubs and been disappointed but each offering I tasted was solid. The amber ale and rye IPA were both solid and the hop garden double IPA was delicious.

Service was good. Our waiter was on top of our drink orders at the right time and wasn't ever too pushy or moody when we weren't ordering one on top of the other.

The drink selection, limited as it was, was excellent. At 6 choices, there was something for everyone: a few IPAs, Amber Ale, Porter, Pils and Stout were all present. Good stuff.

We got a few pizzas (margherita and veggie sans onions) which were tasty and had some solid crust.

Prices were reasonable and nothing to complain about, especially coming from New York City. A cool little spot to hang out. I'd definitely come back here.

astrasday, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Splunny
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

I live down the street from this joint and I must say that the food is great. The pizza here is the best in the city and the trio fries are amazing. Dock Street is family friendly. We bring our daughter here to feed her our pizza crusts.
The beer is hit and miss with me. I will say that I encouraged some non-beer drinkers to try the Bubbly Wit and they ordered seconds. Since they opened, any beer with wheat in their grain bill has the heavy clove-like esters. It just seems like the use the same yeasts in many of their beers. Otherwise, there have been some impressiive beers. The Rye IPA, Sexual Chocolate, and Anniversary Amber have all been great. The beers have definitely been improving and the pizza is awesome, so best of luck Dock Street.

Splunny, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

We made our long overdue first stop to the new brewpub. The long-shuttered original in one of the Logan Square buildings downtown was one of my early craft beer destinations long ago.

I love the location in a converted firehouse in a changing West Philly neighborhood. The inside had a rundown diner feel and could maybe be a little cleaner but it was a bit of a letdown after the very cool exterior.

Six beers on tap, including the Rye IPA, which I have enjoyed many other places. It was just as good here. I also enjoyed the Hop Garden double IPA.

We had the cheese plate (not bad but nothing special) and the trio fries that were a staple of the old place. As in the past, the ratio of (approx.) 60% regular fries, 25% sweet potato fries and 15% fried leeks is perfect for my taste, and something most places don't get right.

Service was pleasant if not particularly knowledgeable.

Not sure I would stop here regularly, maybe just a quick stop on our way to Local 44.

HV

sholland119, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of jmc44
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Dock Street opened up about 10 blocks east of my house, so it's by far the closest place to get a good beer and (most likely) not get shot. On the west edge of UPenn's influence, its an anchor for the families to the east and for hopeful westward revitilization of the area.

Anyway, the old firehouse is a great building. This has a very different atmosphere from most brewpubs - it is loud, almost cafeteria like, and they keep jamming more and more tables in. Nice outdoor seating in the summer though, and on Fridays theres free jazz concerts in the park in front of the building so thats a great time. The atmosphere isnt appropriate for all people or occasions, but its a nice change.

Lots of families come in too, especially in the earlier part of the evening.

The RyePA is usually on tap and thats a solid beer; other than that in my experience the beers have been hit or miss. Many stouts feel like they need to age a bit more; some of the more experimental brews this summer were underwhelming, but generally, there are 2 or 3 solid-to-good beers available with usually 5 or 6 total on draft. They also usually have their two bottled beers available, but I have yet to get anything bottled.

The food is the real story here, the wood fired oven creates some awesome pizzas. Menu is limited to pizza, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and appetizers, but theres a large variety of pizza and it is excellent.

Service at the bar is generally more responsive than the seated tables, but overall service is acceptable.

I find that its just an enjoyable place to hang out with friends and have a good time. In my experience it hasn't been dominated by college kids, as the generally live much farther east, and its more locals of all age groups and income levels.

jmc44, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Cool setting in an old firehouse. A hard core industrial / bohemian atmosphere. Works well with what they have to work with.

While they don't throw a lot of beer choices out there for you, usually 6 choices, I give them a bump up from average due to the interesting and rather eclectic choices. An innovative brewer making interesting and flavourful things for sure. From an alcoholic "root beer" (The Sass), to a lemon/lime Kolsch and a spiced Sorgham brew....nice work.

Food is rather limited but what they have is well done...some of the best wood-fired pizza I have ever had. With a choice selection that will leave you dizzy!

Service has always been good, no complaints.

A quality place that is bordering on a must stop while in Philly. If they could bump up the tap offerings by a few it would certainly become so in my book. Glad to see Dock Street from the ashes....at a firehouse no less!

Deuane, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

ffejherb, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

DIM, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

scoobybrew, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of slander
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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...

slander, May 06, 2008
Photo of beermcmahon
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

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.

beermcmahon, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Riggsy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Riggsy, Jan 26, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

cracker, Jan 12, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

BeerZombie, Dec 24, 2007
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.