Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 628
Beer Avg: 3.72
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The new Dock Street brewpub opened at the end of August. I am not sure what was in that location previously but I am guessing a firehouse.
The location is in West Philly right at Baltimore Ave. The area is seeing an influx of Penn faculty. So this small part of West Philly is doing its best to revitalize. It was easy to get to and it stands out. You can't miss the place. Let me just state for all of my suburban BAs: It is safe for Philly standards. I saw a police presense that afternoon. Its not ghetto despite rough areas not being too far away..
I was there on an autumn-like Saturday afternoon with my girlfriend. Upon entering you see a pile of firewood and a brick oven. There are also sofas near the entrance way. These gave a sort of sterile environment a warmer feel. On this brisk day the pizza oven seemed like a fireplace. The bar was rather long but nondescript. The the rest of the seating was reminicient of a cafeteria. That is not a bad thing. It was just minimalist. There was plenty of sunlight coming through. I find this a big plus over damn artificial lighting. Oh and there is some outdoor seating. Once you are in the bathrooms are straight back along the left wall.
I have been to all of Philly's brewpubs. Nodding Head was the reigning champ. Well the champ has been dethroned. I never enjoyed every beer on a brew pub's menu before. The selection was great. There was an imperial stout (hints of licorice & strong molasses), white ale, dark cherry ale (strong chocolate character), left coast ipa, golden ale (best example of this style that I have found to date), rye ipa (15% rye grain). The weakest was the White but that's just because I am not a big fan. However, my partner in crime gave it glowing reviews. It was nice to see it garnished with an orange instead of a lemon (a common mistake).
I fell in love with both of the IPAs. The Left Coast is extraordinary and made such an impression that I ran to the boot of my car to grab my growler. Yes they do growlers for around $13. The price of a pint is $4. Happy Hours during Monday - Friday (I think 4 - 7 PM) puts pints to just $3!!! BTW - this place is opened from 4 - Midnight.
****CLOSED on Sundays****
The servers were great gals. I forget our bartenders name but she never let our glasses go dry. Food did not take long. Very good service over all.
The menu is mostly pizza. However, there is a huge varity of pizza. There is even a vegan one in addition to vegetarian options. The crust was superior to any thing from a Bertucci's, Carrarbas' or any of that ilk. It was thin and in the European tradition of pizza...not overly sauced or cheesed. Plus it did not taste like a cardboard box like too many Philly pizza places do.
I think the menu is the perfect size. Aim small - Miss small!!! They even have real Italian espresso means for their manual espresso machine (not automatic like all of Starbucks stores). I sall Fish and Chips, Paninis, tiramisu and cheesecake...oh and a bangin' selection of salads that included a goat cheese with walnut. I am always thrilled when I can get salads that do not have any of that shit Iceberg lettuce. I HATE ICEBERG LETTUCE. They have a few bottles of wine if you are a loser who doesn't enjoy beer.
My Beer Advocate heart warmed at the sight of your non-typical brewpub goers kicking back with a few pints. It was great to see locals actually enjoying some thing that hey have never had. The rest of the patrons looked like me but had strollers and a few more years on them. :-) Then there was the couple seated immediately to my right. They were new to craft beer. I shared my $0.02 in an attempt to help them pick a beer.
Oh and I love how the staff's iPod Nano (lets just say "eccletic") was being played via an old school ghetto blaster!
09-16-2007 22:58:35 | More by carlosd74
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.
01-21-2009 03:35:50 | More by Splunny
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
First time here. Had been to the original Dock Street years ago and hated it. It was a jockey lawyer crowd. My how things have changed with the re-birth at a new location.
A. Great atmosphere. We sat outside at an 8 top. Great weather and sitting out on the sidewalk offered a great feel. Some foot traffic and a lot of street goings on. I was never bothered by the noise or traffic but can see where some would be. Inside was cozy looking but a bit warm on this night.
Q. Great beer and food. Local ingredients used in the food and beer.
S. Great. Seated on arrival. Our server was there when needed but left us alone. He did not try to bond with us like some servers do. Always seemed to appear when we needed more beer. I brought a few growlers to fill and the bar tender was great as well. Great full fills that did not foam all over. Everyone working here seemed to really enjoy their jobs and making the experience good.
S. 6 beers on tap, six packs, growlers and select 750's to go. Lots of pizzas, wood oven as well as salads and other foods. I came to at pizza so did not look at the full menu to close.Beer was served in pitchers and tulips were the glass we used to drink from. Beers were, Bubble wit, Caliente( golden Belgian ale brewed with hot peppers, Man full of trouble porter, Rye IPA( seems like the house beer, very good, an Irish red and one more.
F. Very good. Everyone had a great meal. Pizza was mello yello( mustard and mushrooms) worked very well together. and Sicilian( capers, olives , walnuts, and more) Fish and chips was very good. A small was big enough for one and maybe two if ordered with salad.
V. Great value, $8-10 pizza, $15 growlers to go, 8 of us ate and drank for $30 a head including a 20% plus tip. We had many pitchers and a few single serving beers. Any time I can stuff my face with great food and drink lots of great beer for $30 I am happy.
Neighborhood can be sketchy at times but this is a great place. Many kids were here and families. I plan on returning.
09-10-2013 02:52:15 | More by Giantspace
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-09-2009 16:06:50 | More by Soonami
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!
12-23-2010 04:57:32 | More by lstokes
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere was nice, seemed modern. Seems like a place where everyone who was in there was a regular, and spot the out of towner was not a difficult game. The server was nice, friendly and informational. The pizzas looked great, but I had a rather nice salad. Good food.
Tried the sampler, and all were fairly good, but the Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout was extraordinary. However they would not sell it in bottles, nor would he sell me a growler of it, and I was ready to pay top dollar!!!
It really is a shame that I couldn't take home one of the top beers I have tried in the past year. That totally sucks!
PS, if you have some in a bottle, please send ASAP.
06-19-2009 16:45:31 | More by Beejay
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!
09-25-2008 09:00:42 | More by Deuane
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.