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Yard House

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BA SCORE
89
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Taps: 130
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

226 Lewers St
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815-1941
United States
phone: (808) 923-9273

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @yardhouse

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(Place added by: atigerlife on 05-06-2007)
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Reviews by Hibernator:
Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

We went to Yard House this afternoon after taking in some sun on Waikiki Beach. After a refreshing shower at the hotel we started walking down Kalakaua Ave and made Yard House our first destination of the evening that would later include a memorable Mai Tai at Tiki's Grill & Bar as we watched the sun set.

Surprisingly we were greeted with a "we have about a twenty to twenty-five minute wait" from the hostess. I was really shocked because this was at 3:30pm on a Monday, but then I remembered it's St. Patrick's Day. Nevertheless, we decided to get a couple of drinks at the massive square bar in the center of the restaurant. After about five minutes, two seats opened and we were in business.

There was a great vibe in the air here as is the case with most restaurants and bars in this area. Open air was flowing through and customers were in good spirits. I really liked the music too with selections from Bob Dylan, CSNY and The Rolling Stones. Service was was beyond good. A team of bartenders waited on us and they were responsive, friendly and very familiar with their beer selection.

The beer selection here is impressive, expect over 130 draft options. I started off with a Koko Brown and also had a super fresh Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA. We had a salad and chicken nachos that were good. They also offer seafood, steaks, burgers, salads and street taco plates.

Aloha!

Hibernator, Mar 18, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of cardinals22
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cardinals22, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%

The Honolulu Yard House is located in an interesting location, right smack dab in the middle of the Wikiki high end shopping zone. After stoppnig by Cartier, Tiffany and Prada and emptying your bank account and wallet, you can stop on by the Yard House for a cold one.

The YH is a large, nearly cavernous affair, with several very large dinng room areas, and outside patio and a good size bar area in the middle (towards the back). It's fairly dark and cool inside, which can be a welcome discovery on some of the typically warm summer days you find on the beach. As for the beer selection, the bar tender proudly boasted that they have 130 different selections on tap. The menu is certainly good size, but of cousre in addition to an impressive selection of craft beer and imports, they also have a wide range of macro swill on tap as well. In fact, quality really does seem to be up and down here, and I know that after looking over the unimpressive IPA list (roughly 10 different options, with the Coronado idiot and the Kona the Big Swell the only beers I found even tempting), I went with a glass of Ayinger Doublebock and St. Bernardus, while the GF went with a glass of Duchesse du Bourgone. Considering that we were in Honolulu, I was impressed by the Belgian selection, which I think consisted of 10 different choices on tap.

Service was OK. We were here during off hours (early in the afternoon on a Thursday), and so there weren't a whole lot of folks in attendance. Our waiter forgot about us briefly at one point, but was apologetic about it (they were busy getting the place ready for an expected rush/crush later in the day), and generally our serivce wasn't bad. I didn't get the impression that the staff were the most knowledgeable folks on earth beer-wise (and I got a laugh when they listed the hell or high watermelon as a Lost Coast beer), but they were friendly enough, and they tried to be helpful (this is one of those places where the staff assumes - rightly so I expect- that most customers dropping by know little or nothing about craft beer). We also ordered a couple of different appetizers, both of which were pretty good (the poke was really good). Prices were on the high side, but not inordinately so, especially considering the location of this place (ultra expensive Wikiki). I think our 10 ounce glasses of Belgian beers were in the $7 to $8 range.

Shrug. While this place doesn't have a whole lot of personality, the beer selection is pretty good, and the food is decent. They also have multiple TV's turned to various sporting events, and the AC works just fine here. Definitely a place to keep in mind should be in the mood for some decent beer while wandering arond the shopping area of wikiki.

John_M, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of joelambic
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

joelambic, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of jcallover34
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jcallover34, May 12, 2014
Photo of shadyside
4/5  rDev +2.3%

shadyside, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of klink40
4/5  rDev +2.3%

klink40, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Resuin, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of big_kevin
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%

The Yard House in HI is probably the best one I've ever been to. The setting is really nice and with so many folks vacationing it just has an awesome vibe.

The prices when put in context, you're on Waikiki beach, all of a sudden become reasonable.

I can still remember eating pizza there in June of last year (7 months ago) so that's pretty memorable and complimentary of the food.

big_kevin, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Devi0us
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%

Visited on 06/10/2011

I heard alot of things about this place before we flew to Hawaii.

We stayed at The Embassy Suites and The Yard House was at the bottom of our hotel. I knew I had to visit this place after hearing that they had 120 beers on tap.

The atmosphere was loud and the place was packed. I did go during happy hour so that was a plus.

We were seated quickly and the staff was very nice as with every place in Waikiki. As I browsed the beer menu, I was completely disappointed. Although there was a little over 100 beers, hardly any of them appealed to me.

I had 2 beers because I felt like I had to since we went there. The first was a Black Butte and the other was a Trois Pistoles. You can check my reviews if you really want to know how I felt about the beers.

I'm glad to say I visited this establishment. Any place you visit will be better when your in Waikiki. I'm gonna have to check this place out again in San Jose or Roseville. Maybe the beer selection will be better.

Devi0us, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +2.3%

(Visited 12/2010): We visited the Yard House a couple times during our time in Honolulu before and after a cruise around the islands. It is located on the Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers. Not sure about parking as we walked from our hotel but being a touristy area it should be easy to get there.

The entrance is open, and the interior is rather dark with a circular bar toward the right and funky artwork on the walls. Lots of views outside around the seating area.

Yard House has 50+ beers on tap, with a good amount hailing from Hawaii such as Kona, Maui, Mehana and Hawai’i Nui. Other craft brewers like Deschutes, Rogue and Sierra Nevada are available. As for imports they carry brews from Chimay, Affligem, Murphy's and the like. Only a couple of bottles and they were of the NA variety. Beer floats are also on the menu which is cool.

Service was consistently good on our visits. Our servers were familiar enough with the local beers and seasonal stuff.

Food at Yard House is consistently above average. My macaroni and cheese dinner was very tasty.

Overall this is a good beer spot to visit amid all the shopping and tourist spots in the area.

Dogbrick, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of mariner22
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

I lived near a Yardhouse in Arizona and never went. In Hawaii, it's my favorite beer bar. Slim pickings in Hawaii. The Yardhouse has the best selection of beer on Oahu (right up there with The Varsity and Bar 35) and they seem to know how to handle beer. I've never had a beer taste off and they use the right glassware. I enjoy their selection of beer an appreciate that they change a few of them up every couple of months.

They have an extensive food menu. I enjoy the selection and have liked everything I've tried (except the vegetarian "chicken"). The recently added a "snacks" menu before the pupus. They are small bites from ~$3-5. Perfect for a solo snack.

The Yardhouse can get really crowded. They have an unusual number of large booths, so the space isn't optimally designed to seat guests. The bar is pretty big but it also fills up frequently. Luckily the area around the bar is pretty wide so people just stand. The service is usually pretty good. The knowledge of the staff is hit or miss. Sometimes I have really good beer conversations, other times the staff doesn't seem to know a whole lot about beer or the beer list for that matter. Sadly they charge for samples and do not let you build your own sampler.

You can valet at the Embassy Suites on Beachwalk (very close to the Yardhouse since you can cut through the hotel) for $6 with validation. If you think you might need to leave your car overnight, the Waikiki Post Office is only a little further away and is $5 from 6pm to 7am (or whenever the post office is closed).

mariner22, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of themisanthrope
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

I went to the Yardhouse last week for a friend's birthday. The place was HOPPING. We went on a Saturday night, and it was tourist central - which isn't terribly surprising considering that it's right in the heart of Waikiki. The crowd was mostly non-locals and tourists, but again - that's to be expected.

We sat at the bar and had a very helpful bartender that helped a friend of mine with some recommendations. The bartender even expressed distaste for a particular brewery when asked his opinion of a particular beer. He let my friend try the beer, and my friend agreed - it really wasn't for him either.

I ordered the Deschutes Inversion IPA, and it was great. The taps seem like they were cleaned regularly and the beer was super fresh tasting. I also ordered a local beer : Big Swell IPA. I LOVE this beer out of the can, and it was the first time that I've had it on tap since moving here. It was absolutely fantastic, and the bartender agreed.

Overall the place is pretty decent. The selection is pretty good (great for Oahu), the service is solid, and the food (though I didn't eat this time) is great for a chain. It is SUPER noisy, however. We had trouble carrying on a conversation. It's also mostly a sit-down place - we had an overcrowded table and I felt in the way at all times when standing. It's not a relaxed atmosphere - but what do you expect on a Saturday in Waikiki?

themisanthrope, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of warmstorage
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

As many others note, yes, the prices are a little high, but c'mon: it's Waikiki. Happy hour is unquestionably the time to go (Mon-Fri, 2pm-5:30pm.) I walked right up to the bar, though it was largely filled at 3pm with tourists gulping down BMC McGarbage.

A shame, that, since of the 130 taps, at least a quarter are interesting, and there were a few gems: 16 ounces of Anderson Valley Imperial IPA ran me $4.50 (which is happy hour pricing; normally $7.50, still a deal IMO); a 12 ounce goblet of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout was $5.00; and 16 ounces of Widmer Deadlift IIPA was, I think, $4.50.

Atmosphere, not much to say: it's a Yard House, big, loud, lots of wood and brass.

Quality: the beers I had were clean and fresh, but as you can see above, I was choosing things that they probably only get a get or few of, and so turn over quickly. I probably wouldn't want to wade in to the unremarkable draft lines.

Service: was solid, competent, friendly enough, repeatedly refilled water without asking.

Selection: well, look, it's 130 on draft, surely you can find SOMETHING you want. As noted, there are several standouts, and at least a quarter, maybe half, of the draft list is crapontap. Just leave that for the guys asking for specific college basketball games to be put on, and choose the better stuff. Plenty of Hawaii taps. Do ask what specialties/rotating stuff isn't listed: the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, e.g., was listed.

Food: I liked it, largely because of the extensive vegan and vegetarian options. Tasty, but definitely spendy outside of happy hour. Solid HH specials.

By way of comparison: if the choice for an extensive tap list is here or Ryan's, which claims "one of the most extensive beer selections on the island" then it's Yard House, hands down. And all the beers go on happy hour at Yard House, while at Ryan's only Bud Light, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, and Kona Longboard Lager go on happy hour. That said, Ryan's is a calmer atmosphere. That said, Ryan's is in a bigass mall.

warmstorage, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of tjensen3618
3.56/5  rDev -9%

This place basically follows the Yardhouse formula, large place, slight industrial modern decor, big bar, lots of taps, except for this one, well it's in HI.

Looking over the beer menu there's a good selection of about 100 taps. To most BA's about half those are not of interest. A lot of Hawaii local taps that i was interested in were out, the server blamed it on the fact that we were there on a Mon. and a lot of the kegs get kicked over the weekend, fair enough.

I had a CoConut Porter, St. Rogue Red, Trois Pistoles, and a taster set with some hawaiian locals that i am not familiar with, and they didn't do anything to force me to remember what they were.

I didn't get any food so i did not include a score for it, but i've eaten at Yardhouses before, the food is usually pretty good with higher, but average prices for the upscale urban areas that they are usually located in.

Basically it's must stop for anybody staying on the main strip in Waikiki and is missing the craft beer selection of the mainland.

tjensen3618, May 21, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%

The entry sat at a slight angle to Lewers Street with the m.d.s. to the right of the entry. Coming in, the long wide stainless steel bar was on a right oblique. Actually, it was a racetrack shape that extended in a complete oval with the back bar a series of tap handles. The outer circumference of the place was nothing but booth seating, which was somewhat unusual from where I sat. Speaking of sitting, it took me two nights of stopping by before I could simply get a seat at the bar. I was peevish on the first night and peckish on the second night. The place struck me as too TOO - too busy in terms of people waiting to get in; too much beer at once - a yard?!?; too loud - tone the rock down, please; too many bartenders - the poor people were nearly tripping over one another.

Beers: At first glance, theirs was an impressive array of 110 taps, but upon further inspection, there was a good bit of BMC coupled with fairly pedestrian imports. Where they shined was the local selection; Kona, Maui, Gordon Biersch, Mehana, and Big Aloha. All of them were represented.

Beer was reasonable, food was $$$.

Blends: Black & Tan; Half & Half; Blacksmith - Smithwick's & Guinness; Black Velvet - Pear Cider & Guinness; Dark Castle - Newcastle & Murphy's or Guinness; Eclipse - Blue Moon & Guinness; Greatness - Lost Coast Great White & Guinness; Snakebite - Pear Cider & Harp; Youngberry Chocolate - Lindeman's Framboise & Young's Chocolate Stout.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BigBlacke
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Atmosphere was exciting. Lots of people and good times.

Quality was pretty high. A great place to take a date.

Service was a little slow, but for how busy it was I would consider it normal. Friendly staff as well.

They had about 150 beers on tap so that was a plus. Interesting brews, like coconut porter.

Food was excellent. Also a great 1/2 off deal during happy hour.

It was a bit pricey, but you can expect that from an upscale place like this. Prices can stack up pretty quickly, but definitely a place to check out while your in Hawaii.

BigBlacke, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

I liked it so much I went 2 nights in a row. The food was a little above average for a chain. The beer was unstoppable. A circular bar with 100 beers on tap. It is a great place to get your grub on and sit back with friends to enjoy a few of your favorite brews. The location could be better, but in such a populated commercial environment on Waikiki, unless you can get a view of the beach or be right on the strip, you probably can't ask for much more. The beer is really what's most important anyway. A bit pricey, but it is Hawaii.

soupermirl, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of francisweizen
3.83/5  rDev -2%

I'm trying to be very subjective in my review. I last visited this place on my 24th birthday last October (2007). Atmosphere is standard yard house chain approved. Large oval bar lots of booths and tables tons of flat screens with various sports games on the telly. Bonus points for atmosphere as you are in Honolulu, Hawaii blocks from the beach, and so many beautiful women! Quality of the beers was good, and whilst the selection was not the best it was great to see Kona, Maui, and other Hawaiin micros prett well represented. Service was somewhat slow, but not bad, and the food, whilst tasty was just average pub grub. Also, this place can be a bit pricey but at happy hour they do have some very good specials on their food and drink, especially their food. $5 for a very filling sliders and fries meal, sure. Pretty good for Honolulu, is the general concensus.

francisweizen, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of joedon
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

I have visited the "Yard House" concept in San Diego, Scottdale and Phoenix. This version is basically the same with an added outdoor lanai. I have enjoyed visiting but can't really get too enthusiastic.

First problem with the Honolulu location is the outrageous prices. Everything is about 40-50% more expensive than the mainland places. $6.00 for a pint! Cheeseburger for $12.00!

Second is the beer selection. I know they have over 100 taps but at least half are the usual "mainstream" beers like BMC, Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Harp, Boddingtons, etc. The craft brews are usually Arrogant Bastard, Pyramid, Redhook etc. I've never seen locally made micros on tap at Yard House. Maybe I just haven't looked hard enough.
The food is pretty good but way, way overpriced. I guess the rent must be really high in this glitzy new place.
A real BA beer geek would be much happier at Brew Moon, near Waikiki.

joedon, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of birddogg66
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%

I love the atmosphere of the Yard House. You are in Waikiki, you're in Hawai'i, and you're surrounded by beer. Any questions??

Sure the yard house is a little expensive, but what isn't in Waikiki? I wasn't actually even going to the yard house. I wanted to go but wasn't looking for it. Luckily, my girlfriend had a rock in her shoe and we stopped on a small side street to get it out. Like the sun coming through on a cloudy day, there was the Yard House. If this doesn't help it's near the Halekulani Hotel. The selection isn't the best for a Yard House, but once again it's Hawai'i, and these are pretty much every beer you can get in the state. I have tasted pretty much every beer that they had on tap. Good news 140 beers on tap, bad news Coors Lt., PBR, Bud Select, and a few types of Sam Adams were among them. If you've been to another Yard House, it's nothing special, but it's a nice cool down from all of the shopping in Honolulu. Stop by, say hello, then move on to Ryan's in the Ward Center or one of the pubs in Chinatown for some local flair. Aloha

birddogg66, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

I've been here a couple of times. Newly opened on a completely redone street. Very nice location if you are visiting Hawaii [parking is on the street parallel [behind] at the hotel.

Rather large place, but if you go for dinner you can expect a wait. No reservations.

Good size oval bar. TV's all around. Nice place to go and watch a sporting event [which I recently did]. Very easy to start chatting with the many tourists [and a few locals] that drop in. A steady flow of people coming in and out.

Lots of beer on tap to choose from [+/-125] including a number of beers you can't get anywhere else in Hawaii. Service was very good and the food also has been very good each time I went. Sure, it is not cheap, but you're in a bar in Waikiki...what do you expect? Truly, hard to beat the beer/food/service. So far, I am quite impressed.

atigerlife, Jun 07, 2007
Yard House in Honolulu, HI
89 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.