McMenamins Spar Cafe
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 2
Beer Avg: 3.67
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ds21tango:
2.98/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of the first place we discover since moving here. First of all the service is awful. Waiting along time for my beer and had to go to the bar to get a second. That being said, I still go back on a regular basis. The food and beer and especially the atmosphere is worth it for me. And its kid friendly so that always nice. The crab cakes are delicious and their pizza is pretty good too. As for their beer, I have tried the sampler which where all decent and have had their IPA as well, which is pretty good. I recommend this place, but do have a little patients.
02-17-2012 22:30:10 | More by ds21tango
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Pretty typical McM, but I do like the vibe, atmosphere and layout of this place. There are high ceilings and plenty of ceilng plants up front in this sizeable establishment. The usual McM artwork adorns the walls, but there's also plenty of old wood and a copper bar... it makes for a very nice, comfortable setting. Also, this place had a couple of TV sets, which was a plus on NFL Sunday. The beer selection was the McM usual suspects, but with the spartesian IPA as a local offering. Twas tasty and went well with my wings and McM's fries. Service was mehhh I thought... we sat at the bar and the wait seemed longer then it should have been. The place was pretty empty, and there was plenty of staff, but apparently our particular waiter (who actually had several tables to follow up on) was the only one who could help us. Whatever. Service was friendly and efficient otherwise, and we had an enjoyable meal (and everything came quickly once we ordered). The food was the usual McM stuff, but I've never been unhappy with that. The cream of mushroom soup was excellent, and the fries and wings were more than adequate. Prices were OK. We were here during happy hour, but the food offerings looked so pathetic, we stayed with the usual menu.
Another solid offering from the brothers. We'll likely be back.
12-24-2012 03:47:08 | More by John_M
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I stopped at the Spar for dinner while on a business trip in the Olympia area.
The Spar is McMennamins style cafe (see other McMennamins reviews) with some history in downtown Olympia. Long copper top bar. Booths and pool tables. It is kind of an earthy irish place. Tall wainscote, high ceilings and a lot of plants. There is a selection of cigars. even or so really nice small private booths, with curtains and ceiling high walls. Booth and table seating for about 75. Bar seating for about 40. Free wifi was popular.
Quality was typical McMennamins brews. If you like them the quality is good.
Service was a little slow at the end of the dinner rush.
Selection was again McMenamins. 16 taps or so.
Food was questionable. I had fish and chips, overcooked and a small portion for $11.50.
The food is a bit pricey for what you get. Beer is OK at $4.35 a pint.
I've had better food at other McM's places. I'd probably go back again, maybe just for s few beers.
05-17-2011 17:35:18 | More by RJLarse
2.78/5 rDev -18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$$
So, the place was real cool and from the 1930's. The decor was neat and to the period and fun. The staff was friendly and not real savy about the beer. That said the burgers we ate were tastey but a bit steep in cost. So now we asked about the beers and ahhh ummm and so forth. I ordered the hammerhead, wife ordered the wheat. The hammerhead had flavor, a good thing, but I think they do not go through their stock very fast as it tasted a bit past it's prime. Now for the wheat, aside from a dash of more color from than a bud and a little more nose than say schlitz, the stuff as washed out and nearly as tasteless as macro, I know because the wife had a sip and took the hammerhead i ordered and I drink this crystal clear tasteless wheat. Again, the place was cool the food was tastey so it is what it is, maybe the McDonalds of craft beer maybe.
05-05-2011 23:42:36 | More by welldigger888
2.98/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
My wife and I were walking our little one and decided to step in for a bite.
A- This place used to be an old smoke shop/bar. They still sell cigars, but the atmosphere is very old 30s-40s decor. Lots of plants and a large bar.
Q- We thought it was a neat place to hang out and grab a beer and some food. The price seemed to be good for the down town area.
S- The service was a bit slow when we were there. There was maybe 10 other customers in, so things just seemed to be a bit more relaxed. Like most of Olympia.
S- The selection of brews was pretty limited to the McMenamins brews. But I was fine with that because it was their place.
F- The food wasn't too bad. Although they could have seasoned things a bit better. And the seasonings they used seemed to be a bit strange for the dish. But it wasn't bad.
We will stop by again if in the area.
03-12-2011 15:41:59 | More by Wetpaperbag
3.44/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
A: Your typical McMenamins. Lots of packed bar stools at the bar. Plenty of seating elsewhere. Everybody in grabbing a pint. Some espresso class was going on at the bar.
Q: Mcmenamins stuff ranges from avereage to good. You wont get a bad beer.
S: Service was standard, not to bad, she knew the beers and what was draft without having to look
S: Your traditional McMenamins lineup here plus a seasonal.Hammerhead, Terminator and a Brown Ale that Icant remember the name of.
F: Did not have any food here
11-13-2010 01:27:50 | More by barleywinefiend
McMenamins Spar Cafe in Olympia, WA
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