Tap & Mallet
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by adamette:
3.78/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Love the architecture/layout. Great, large windows both at the bar and on one wall of the dining area. Lighting was soft with modern styling, small lights hanging from ceiling. Each table had a glass with some organic figs or some such "sticks" in them...very modern. Bar had light wood colored stools and an array of tables but tonight most of the bar area was "reserved" for a group. Not because of that but because of the looks that my wife and I received from many of the patrons we found Tap & Mallet to be very "hoity toity." There just seemed to be many people there who were too good for us. It was not anything that I could define or describe accurately, just a subjective feeling that my wife later confirmed during our subsequent conversation.
Atmoshphere See description above. Very smartly decorated with a great space but subjectively a bit stuffy.
Service. There were long periods of time (about 15 minutes) when we did not see our waitress but she was very pleasant and even funny when she did appear. Others were willing and able to help.
Selection. Really quite good. 30 taps and about 100 bottled beers of good quality.
Food. Looked just fine but we just got some nachos (they were quite good, served hot with melted cheese on them) and decided to get dinner elsewhere.
Value 2 beers and nachos were about $20 before tip. I think that it is reasonable.
Notes: I remarked to my wife that I would be glad to have this place in my town (we are not from Rochester) but that it is not any place that I would encourage anyone to travel to go to. They seem to do a fine job and if you are part of the "in crowd" then you would especially like this place.
10-24-2008 02:43:56 | More by adamette
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4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Neck and neck with The Old Toad for best beer selection in my city.
About 25-30 taps on at any given time, with one cask that's always on. Great mix of local, US craft, and interesting international selections. I've gotten to try so much good stuff over the year I've been going there that I didn't think I'd be able to try- White Oak, Parabola, Great'r Pumpkin, etc.
The service is OK, not great. Table service is generally better than bar service. The bartenders can sometimes have a "I'm better than you" attitude, and regulars get treated much better than anyone else, but it's not surprising, and railing against something like that is like railing against water being wet. It's life. Sometimes the place is a little too dark.
The food is generally pretty good, although we've ordered a few duds. The food is expensive, however. Nonetheless, Tap and Mallet serves up the best poutine I've ever had (I've never been to Montreal, however). Be sure to order the vegetarian gravy instead of the beef gravy, it's that much better, made with mushrooms I think?
Parking is sometimes a problem- the parking lot they have is small, and a lot of people come here. Not the worst thing in the world.
Definitely recommended. If you want good beer, it's here.
01-24-2014 21:49:09 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
What's not to like about a venue that has a long list of many fine beers, including different vintages of the same beer?
Upon entering, there is a long bar on the left that extends to the far wall. In the immediate room there are stools along the bar as well as tables with stools. The number of taps on the bar is always an impressive sight with the beers rotated as the kegs are kicked. The next room over, which is only disappointing for lack of billiards and darts, has more tables and stools.
The selection of beers here is easily the best in the area of Rochester; save, possibly, Beers of the World which is not a pub. You're also able to fill here. Both growlers and a smaller jar-like container whose name escapes me. There is a deposit, but upon return of the container, the deposit is refunded (though usually spent on more beer).
The service is great especially when the bartenders offer suggestions based upon your previous orders. I've yet to order from a table, but I imagine the service is just as robust as from the bar.
The atmosphere is always nice and does get louder toward the weekend and with events; i.e. Beer Week in Rochester.
The food is tasty, but a bit expensive ($9 for a burger).
Overall, if you like beer and like to try new beers when you're out this is the place to go in Rochester, NY.
10-24-2013 02:31:02 | More by Stranger5582
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Rochester for a wedding, drove from the airport directly to Tap & Mallet.
It was early afternoon so there was no crowd, but the place is comfortable. The bartender was knowledgeable of the beer on tap and other local spots to hit for more options. They have a good selection including quite a number of flavors I do not have access to in DC.
The food was decent, a step above the usual pub fare. The staff will happily suggest what brew pairs best with your food order.
If ever I get back to Rochester, this place is on the list for a return visit.
12-18-2012 21:04:43 | More by hungryghost
4/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Very cozy English pub atmosphere (between Thanksgiving and Christmas). Easy to park our front and the area seemed to have several other options (but was in a hurry so didn't really looks around). Local feel all the way, with only a hint of staring at the obvious out-of-towners the three of us were. Cask was perfect pale ale. Solid list of taps including IPAs and Belgians. Bottles were all you could ask for. Appetizers were very good (best fried pickles I've ever had) and the entrees were slightly above average--more so if you're expecting typical British pub fare. Overall, I was happy with the place but will try one new pub before returning.
12-09-2012 20:39:03 | More by fulcrum
Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY
97 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.