Taps: 25 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by Pegasus:
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
BJ's Brewhouse is a franchise restaurant, somewhat like TGI Friday's or Bennigan's with locations in several states. Unlike most franchise restaurants, BJ's distinguishes itself with by promoting craft beer appreciation. Some BJ's Brewhouse locations brew on premises, however, in the case of the Temple, Texas location, the brewing is performed under contract by St. Arnold's in Houston.
When we visited, BJ's had eight of their house brews on tap. The selections were a Blonde ale, a Pale ale, a Nut Brown ale, a Double Red ale, a Porter, a Hefeweizen, a pumpkin ale, and much to my surprise, a Russian Imperial Stout. All of the beers were decent, as would be expected of anything brewed by St. Arnolds, several were exceptional, including the Russian Imperial Stout. Also surprising was the fact that our waitperson, Amanda, was knowledgeable of craft beer. She indicated that the waitstaff at BJ's are trained to be conversant in the beers offered and in appropriate pairing with food. Although Amanda admitted that she did not particularly like most beers, Lindeman's Frambois being her favorite, she did seem to be more than knowledgeable enough to recommend appropriate beers. BJ's offers samplers of their own beers, a sampler of four designated five ounce beers is $4.99, if the customer chooses any four, the price is $5.99. The samples I tried were well presented, with each being poured into a small Pilsener-style glass. I was also supplied with a place mat which described each beer, including its original gravity and ABV. Other craft beers were also available on tap, including familiar selections such as New Belgium 1554, Bass Pale Ale, and Guinness Extra Stout.
The food was decent, very much in line with a typical upscale franchise restaurant, with sandwiches, pizza, pasta dishes, steaks, and seafood offered. Vegetarian selections are somewhat limited. Entree prices range from $10 to $20, with $14 or so being typical. Desserts are also available. Expect to spend $25 to $30 or so per person including tip for an average-priced entree and two beers.
Our waitperson indicated that Saturdays nights are quite busy, with a wait of an hour or so to be seated. Unfortunately, reservations are not accepted on Fridays or Saturdays.
12-23-2007 14:13:28 | More by Pegasus
More User Reviews:
3.1/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
My wife and I went to this brewery for dinner and beers on New Year's Eve. Overall, we enjoyed the experience and I had the opportunity to drink three great beers which I will describe in a moment. The restaurant didn't take reservations (perhaps b/c it was NYE) but they still let you call in one-hour prior to arrival to request a table. We did that and only waited about 10 minutes when we arrived. I was happy with this, especially considering the place was crowded.
Atmosphere - Nice, clean-looking restaurant with multiple flat-screen HD tv's to watch sports events on. Comfortable booths, nice bar with about 20 or so beers on tap.
Service - Below average; our waiter really struggled the entire night. Not due to a lack of effort - he was working his ass off - but due to inexperience and inefficiency. It was crowded and they appeared to be under-manned for the amount of customers in attendance. The waiter was pleasant, just overwhelmed.
Food - Average, bar food for the most part. The flatbread appetizers are very good though. We really enjoyed the Flatbread Club appetizer. This was the best part of the meal. The bacon cheeseburger was okay. Food and appetizers came out almost simultaneously which was unfortunate b/c it kind of compressed the meal...especially when I wanted to continue to drink beer.
Beer - I drank the Jeremiah Red Ale, the PM Porter, and the Stone Arrogant Bastard (all on tap). Check out my reviews on BA for all three. Bottom line - all three were very good and the Stone beer (true to form) was incredible. Great beers in this place. Large selection of their own brews and a whole bunch of other beers on tap. A ton of Belgium ales; a whole section of Belgium bottles. Very nice selection.
Overall - I will return here to try more beer. Great beer selection. Good place to watch a game. Average food. I recommend it for its beer and atmosphere.
01-01-2013 16:42:01 | More by AAG
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Had the opportunity to visit BJ's during an unfortunate turn of family events this past month. My wife arrived in town with our kids several hours before I did and actually pegged this place before I ever found it on BA. (she's a beer head also) the atmosphere is contemporary and upscale compared to similar establishments. The previous reviews have done a very good job of describing this place.
The atmosphere is contempo, upscale, and sports bar oriented. The entire place is surrounded by TV's, all showing sporting events, it was especially great since it was NFL playoff time! The menu is quite big and there's something on there for everyone. Between four of us, no one had one complaint about the food. In fact, we liked it so much (especially for the area), we went back the following day for dinner.
The beer selection was decent and they offered up their own brews along with some very respectable craft brews. I have to say, for a chain, it was the FIRST time I've ever seen Gulden Draak on the bottled menu, which happens to be one of my personal Belgian beer favorites. They also had Stone on the bottled menu which is always a welcome thing. As far as their house brews are concerned, my wife and I both had them and they were "decent", but wasn't blown away.
From a service perspective, both nights we were there, the service was awesome. Now HERE's a testimonial for the quality of the wait staff - the first day we were there, I spent a good 20 minutes on my Windows Mobile based smart/dumb phone trying to get an NFL playoff score. A waiter stopped by (and we weren't in his section), and started talking to us and I expressed my frustration not being able to get a particular NFL score. He gave us his iPhone to look the score up (which I was able to get on his phone within 1 minute - Apple owes me for this free advertisement), and then came back 10minutes later. We were blown away, the kindness, hospitality, and service was awesome! The second night we went back we actually had this particular waiter for our table. He remembered us from the day before and we had the chance to meet his family when they came in for dinner that evening. Great guy and we tipped him 30%+ on the bill. It's not often one gets this kind of service with such a personal note.
Overall, great atmosphere, good food, great service, and the beer was marginal...that's it in a nutshell. For Temple, TX, it's worth checking out. Compared to other establishments in the grand scheme of things...It's the people who work here that make it a great place.
02-03-2011 04:31:56 | More by jzeilinger
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The BJ's Restaurant and Brewery in Temple is a chain restaurant, but, with a much better than average beer selection. Inside it's a huge, nice, new place with a decent sized bar and a comfortable set up. Eric Clapton, U2 (In the name of love) and the like played softly over the sound system while, behind the bar, a bank of slick looking TV monitors were tuned to various sports channels (ESPN HD, ESPN News, NFL Network, FSN, NBA News and NHL network).
I had a BJ's sampler of four 5oz tasters served in miniature pilsner glasses ($5.50). My sampler included the:
P.M. Porter - A good roasty porter with a dry, bitter finish,
Pook's Pilsner - A German style pils that didn't really work for me, nor did
Lasto's Oatmeal Stout - creamy smooth and not bad.
Also on tap they offered their own:
Brewhouse Blonde - A German Kolsch style lager,
Piranha Pale Ale - APA,
Jerimiah Red - Irish Red (a 96 GABF silver medal winner,
Nutty Brewnette - American Brown,
Tatonka Stout - Imperial Stout,
Berry Burst Cider, and
BJ's Root Beer.
Pints are $4.50 and $4.75. Pitchers are $12.95 and $13.95.
Their bottled beers included: Westmalle, Lindeman's Kriek and Framboise lambics, Chimay (Red, White and Blue), Orval, Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale, Barbar Belgian Honey Ale and Blanche de Brussels (a Belgian Wit).
Guest taps included:
Guinness, New Belgium's 1554, St. Arnold's Amber and Wyder's Cider.
I wasn't impressed by the Chicken Pot Stickers I ordered ($8.25) although, at the HH price of $2 off, it was certainly a decent appetizer.
Overall, BJ's is a nice, middle of the road type place that I would go back to again. Although I was not overly impressed with either my sampler, or the food, I was impressed with the number of choices given. A TX beer oasis.
03-25-2008 19:33:52 | More by 86sportster883
BJ's Restaurant in Temple, TX
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.