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Tap House Grill

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Tap House GrillTap House Grill
BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Taps: 160
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1506 6th Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101-1706
United States
phone: (206) 816-3314

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @taphousegrill

Notes:
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(Place added by: morebeergood on 05-04-2008)
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Photo of Smurf2055
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

A bit classy. It is downstairs in a basement, there is a large bar and quite a few tables.

The service was good. The place didn't seem too busy, and I was well attended. I didn't ask many questions on the beer, but the waiter was able to give a recommendation when asked.

Obviously the draft list is solid, a wide range of beers and all kinds of styles. Local and import.

The food was really good, and the value was so so for a place like this.

Overall I would visit again. Worth a trip if you are downtown.

Smurf2055, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of tokyofatts
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

A-It is a big space, but it is downstairs, no natural light, cavish. Sports on TVs, downtown professionals, slow in afternoon, busy at night, 9 ft pool tables

Q-food is okay, beer has never been an issue (160 taps), but it has made me wonder when I don't enjoy something new- is it because it is sitting or do I just not like the beer?

S-Staff is usually knowledgeable, usually attentive, but sometimes a little understaffed, beers on menu are often out

S- Who couldn't get selection right w/160 taps?! But they do better than average, almost all craft beers. Ruination on permanently when they don't run out, Russian River, Avery, Bear Repub, HUB, you get the picture.

F-adequate, uninspired

V-prices vary, pints$6-7, tulips the same, food can get pricey, but happy hour has some good value like sushi rolls, wings

tokyofatts, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%

160 taps, it's a lot. That said a lot are fairly easy to find anywhere so there are only a handful to write home about, the first two iasked for were sold out but still on the menu, a bit disappointing but what can you do. They had damnation on the menu so that's always good.

Atmosphere is decent, baseball games on TV, decent music at a decent level, the bar is huge and its quite busy but no wait on a weekday evening. The bar seemed a bit under staffed so super wasn't super fast but the girl seemed pretty up to speed with what was on tap.

kingcrowing, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

I visited the Tap House during a conference in April 2011.

The atmosphere is very nice and would be expected in a fine restaurant in downtown Seattle. The food was pretty good, but it was better on the late night happy hour menu...cheaper. The tap selection is something like 160....ridiculous! They had all kinds of fantastic PNW brews as well as other domestics. Needless to say, I wasn't able drink past the PNW selections. They had fresh batches of Avery Maharaja and Dugana and many, man, many others.

The only gripe was the price, but it was to be expected in downtown Seattle.

eyeenjoybeer, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of hopburster
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%

After many visits to the Bellevue Tap House, I decided to check out the Seattle location when I was downtown the other day.

Pros:

1. Good selection of beers, usually served in the proper glassware.

Cons:

1. Lousy, expensive food.
2. SLOOOOW service.
3. Several listed beers not available...I had to go to my 4th choice before finding something to drink.

The tap list is impressive, but don't get too excited until you see it sitting before you and skip the food.

You can do better in downtown Seattle...try the Collins Pub for a treat.

hopburster, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

After a long drive from Whistler back to Seattle for my flight home, I dropped in here since it was a 1.5 block walk from my hotel. I had been intending to go back to Brouwers but was not in the mood for the crowd and the cab ride. Or so I thought until I spent some time here.

Atmosphere was not to my liking. Overly bright and drab, with a rather sparse crowd for a Friday night (I guess it's in the business district). No energy at all.

The tap list is sure lengthy. I would not have guessed 160 taps as listed on the BA page for this place but it's sure a hell of a lot. Huge selection in any case with craft beers from the area, the region and nation and some good Belgians. The sheer number of taps made me wonder about freshness so I went with one of the taps from the seasonal insert. Perfectly nice, served in the proper glass, reasonably priced. After five minutes, I reconsidered my decision, fired down my beer and caught a cab up to Brouwers. Glad I did.

sholland119, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of cosmo4u
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

stumbled onto this gem by accident while spending a few days on vacation.. besides the basement feel going down flights of stairs its a wide open place with a long and winding bar..I can see where this could be a disadvantage but our bartender stayed to near us the whole time.. The choices were so many it actually made it hard to choose.. We stayed late and got to experience the drop in food and beer prices of a late night menu...overall if youre in town and have a few night, dont miss out on this place

cosmo4u, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Tortoisedr
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Great for beer, decent for food.

Visiting from out of town for a conference, hotel a block or two away from Tap House. Wandered in, amazed by vast selection of beers on tap. Great server, very helpful, she knew about most of their beer selection. When she did not know she did not BS me, she went and looked up the information needed. Very nice!

Food better than average pub fare. However, a bit expensive and not as good or extensive as their beer selection.

Can be hectic during busy times, but still good service. I'd go back again. And again...

Tortoisedr, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of rousee
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

The Tap House Grill is located about a block from the hotel I stayed at when I recently visited Seattle. Its in kind of a corporate neighborhood directly across the street from a high end steak house.

The biggest problem I have with this place is it is all sub-terranean and I generally prefer an establishment that has wiindows that you can look out through. So while the decor inside is kind of pleasing to look at , its just a real shame that it is all in the basement of a building.

We managed to get in here right before happy hour (3:30-6:30) ended so they had some fantastic pricing on some of the food items which we tried- sushi rolls and some jerk chicken wings. Both were decent and hit the spot but we were hungry at the time and these items were far from the best of their type that I have tried. I dont remember if the beer prices were discounted due to happy hour but they sure had a fantastic selection of beers. I got an Elysian IPA and a Georgetown pilsener, neither of which I had tried before. Both beers tasted fresh and were served in pint glasses.

The service was kind of bad at first but got better once I just started to kind of speak up and not wait for someone to come over and ask me if I wanted anything.

The other thing that I didnt really like about this place was some of the clientele were just a bunch of corporate types who were clueless about beer and just kind of had bad manners. They were blocking the path for servers to pass through and talking so loud as if everyone wanted to hear what they had to say. Maybe it might be a different vibe on a weekend or later in the evening and I would be willing to give it another try if I were in the neighborhood again but I cant say that Tap House is really worth seeking out in a town where huge craft beer selections seem to be the norm rather than the exception.

rousee, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

My inlaws and I went here while we were on vacation in Seattle.

You enter from the street and walk down a long flight of stairs. The area is a vast dimly-lit bar with booths surrounding the outer edges. Lots of big screen TVs showing sports. The bar is very long and there were tons of tap - something like 80 different beers on tap. Unfortunately nothing really exceptional but I say that from a beernerds perspective. There were lots of good choices but I would say the most impressive selection was Old Rasputin.

We sat at a booth and I asked about the NW sampler. The guy told me: "a blonde, a red, an IPA, and a dark beer." So not much info there. I would have at least expected him to know the brewery that each one came from. The nice thing was that they were all from smaller, lesser-known breweries that I had not seen or heard of before so I was happy with that.

The meal was very good and reasonably priced - fish and chips - some of the best I've had in a while. In fact, everyone seemed happy with their meal and it was all reasonably priced.

Overall not bad but probably not a real destination. A good place for a beer lover who doesn't mind having some good (not extraodinary) beers.

GilGarp, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%

I dropped by in the middle of a heatwave, so was pleased to see Southern Tier Unearthly on tap. I was not as pleased to see that their menu didn't list volumes or prices.

I ordered anyway, figuring that youth is the time be to reckless. The bartender treated me and my sister with disinterest, the sports confrontation on the TV being more diverting. Or maybe just didn't want to face the stark concrete interior of the bar, which was empty but for us. Or be recognized through the glass wall separating the Tap House Grill from the community center meeting rooms and conference halls housed in the same industrial basement like building.

$6.75 is how much a thirteen ounce pour of ST Unearthly goes for. So much for the recklessness of youth. In my zest I even tipped on the water my sister ordered. I regret that to this day.

alfrantzell, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%

Stopped in here on a Sat afternoon. Located downstairs, walin and its a very different taphouse experience. Long odd shaped bart againsnt the wall, ts of eating, and a pool table area back toward the bathroom. Atmosphere was pretty stale. Quality was good. Serice was good. No complaints. Selection was very good, lots of gppd craft brew to choose from but noting that really stood out or was hard to find. Food was good as we had some California rolls. Overall it was a good place to stop if someone is downtown and new to the NW beer sceene due to large selection of staple eers here.

barleywinefiend, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of sweethome
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Stopped in at about 5 pm on a weeknight. Downstairs bar from street level.

Rather modern - hipster look - not what I would expect for multi-tap. Sat at the bar, bartender walked up and I asked for a draft list - he obliged, but I then had to wave him down to order.

When I asked a few questions about the local IPA's, he was rather smug and cocky. When I told him I wanted to do a flight of local IPA's, he pointed to few and went off to get them.

One tasted off. I had another beer by this brewer the day before with dinner (Boundry Bay), so I knew they were a great brewery - but this IPA just tasted off - a bit sour like a bad tap line. The bartender suggested I didn't know good beer.

A guy walked up next to me and waited about 4-5 minutes for service - even though there were only 4 of us sitting at the bar. He finally left.

This was the worst experience of two days of Seattle beer sampling - mainly because of poor service and "too cool" feel of the place.

sweethome, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

The Tap House is located below street grade, but the place feels airy due to the very high ceilings and suspended lighting.

There is a long serpentine bar seats about 30. There are plenty of tables and booths to share. About 1/3 of the room is elevated which adds some visual interest.

Music is a bit loud but not overpowering. Soundtrack is a mix of 3/4s classic rock and ¼ newer stuff. Think Eagles, Smashing Pumpkins, Steely Dan, etc.

They have 160 beers on tap. Most are listed in a leather bound menu. Ask the server to print out the seasonal offerings. They had 23 seasonals on during my visit!! There is a wide variety of styles, breweries and points of origin. You will have no problem finding interesting beers to try.

It had a nice crowd sized on a Tuesday. Lots of beer love with the patrons.

Bartenders know beer, are friendly, give samples but are a bit slow due to being a bit under staffed

They have good food and seem to have a menu that is easy to pair with beer. They also have a nicely priced happy hour menu and offer a late night one as well.

I liked my sushi rolls, chicken satay and the humus plate is outstanding (love the accompanying grilles tomatoes with blue cheese.

Beer prices are a bit steep figure $5.50 to $6.50 for a standard pint. My 10 oz snifter of Southern Tier choklat was $8.50

The Tap House is just a great spot in a great beer city. Worth a stop each time I visit.

Redrover, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of tph767
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Visited this place late on a Thursday evening. My co-worker knew about the Tap House and when he discovered that I kinda liked beer told me we were going.
Big selection, and lots of west coast beers. Also a small Belgian list, but not a very impressive one. The bartender was very helpful, and knew what she was talking about. Even though the place was a little understaffed she did good to make sure we didn't have an empty glass. We had late night happy hour appetizers which were both very good, and a very good price. The Tap House even makes a very good effort to have proper glassware for the beer you are drinking!
Awesome place, I'll be back.

tph767, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of BigBlacke
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

The selection here was amazing. Something like 250 beers on tap. Although the 1 beer i really wanted was out, i had many other great beers. Located in the heart of seattle, its just a short walk from pikes place. The atmosphere here is quite ritzy, not a t-shirt and jeans type place. It is very clean and well decorated. Only real bad thing here is that its extremely easy to run up a huge tab. Especially if you have dinner. All in all a great place to hit up every once in a while. Its a really good place to take a date.

BigBlacke, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Stopped in here twice, once on 14 Sep for dinner and drinks and then again on 16 Sep for drinks. As previous commenters noted, it is easy to run up a high tab here for dinner ($19 for a steak salad, $16 for crab mac & cheese!?). Beer selection is good, and the servers are more than happy to print out a list of beers they did not have on the menu. Beer prices are a little more reasonable than the food prices but still not a deal by any means. Service was quite variable, we were seated in the dining section each time (the bar had a few spaces but not enough for our party of three to sit together), on 14 Sep our waiter was attentive and prompt, on 16 Sep we were forgotten/ignored almost to the point of walking out.

Curiously at the bottom of both of my receipts is the message '100% of gratuities are returned to employees'.

Overall I would consider going back for happy hour specials but not for dinner.

Edit forgot to mention that the music is decent and not too loud, if you are like me. And I know I am.

htomsirveaux, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

This is an interesting place, but despite the 160 beers on tap, it is not a beer place.
This is a trendy place, one of those "to see and be seen", well lighted, shiny tap handles, nice decoration, loud music, pool tables, etc. It is nice, just not my idea of a beer bar.
The service is nice and efficient, but generally lacks beer knowledge. Food is actually quite good, the high mark of the place; great burgers and similar pub food.
The selection is overall disappointing. Even though I found a few nice ones, including Ommegang Rouge, it is incredibly limited considering the large number. There is a lot of redundant selections, and even some notables from the area are missing.
It is worth a visit, but do not expect a wonderful place with 160 great beers. And do not forget to ask for the specials.

brdc, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

I live in Seattle and often have business meetings downtown and also tend to see movies downtown with my wife. I've been to Tap House Grill a couple of times and I will avoid this place in the future. Being a Seattleite, I just have too many superior options.

The bar is subterranean to street level; therefore, there are no windows. It's clientele tends to be on the younger side and a bit yuppie. While the beer selection is exceptional (over 160 taps), the atmosphere IMO is more about being seen drinking craft beers than about actually enjoying drinking craft beers. And unfortuately, there have been problems with dirty taplines and stale beer.

The bartenders and wait staff are knowledgeable and helpful about the selections and will readily bring and suggest samples.

The food is standard fare and is overpriced.

If you are a visitor to Seattle and do not have the means or opportunity to get out of downtown and want a vast beer selection, do visit Tap House Grill. But, even then, there are a good number of downtown bars with much better atmosphere and good selection.

BuckeyeOne, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of aevarela
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%

The name isn't very inspiring and the street sign is non-descript, which probably explains why I've been to Seattle a dozen times and never been in. My mistake...
Great selection of Belgians. Decent selection of NW and CA beers. Had a Corsendonk Pale ($10) and Koningshoeven Quad ($11), both in their proper glasses and both very tasty. Other notables: Leffe Bruin and Blond, Maredsous 8, Abbye de Roc Grand Cru, Chimay Triple, Maudite, Fin de Monde, Pranqster, Brother Thelonius, Okacim, Oak Aged Yeti, Pliny the Elder, Ninkasi Spring Reign, list goes on. No real rarities or special kegs as you might find at Brouwer but cool venue, nice glassware and knowledgable staff. Had many of the Belgians in bottles but not draught.
Small issues: Beer menu was not complete and had to walk around to find everthing they had. One bartender for a very long bar. Would've waited a while if it had been any busier. Food looked good but didn't have any of it.
Would've stayed much longer but had to get back to the family (sober). Actually could've brought the kids to the dining area, which will be the plan next time. Hard to find many faults with the other Belgian-heavy Seattle tap house, Brouwer cafe, but, the 21 and over only rule and the drive to Fremont are obstacles for me (oh yeah, and the freaking sound level there sucks - just like Toronado). This down town location is very nice - stumbling distance to the stadiums and Pike's.
By the way, went at 2pm on a Saturday. Moderately busy, music was good and not very loud.

aevarela, May 05, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%

crowd was very young, and more like a meat market than anything else, they had over 160 on tap, and all on the beer menu i had already had, this really is not my type of place but more loud and 'yuppyish' for my taking.

since that i had already had all on the menu, i asked the server if there was anything else that was 'newer' and she produced a list of about 12 beers. she even printed out the stats on the one that i chose, seemed very knowledge able on the beers being served and on the new ones.

overall a lot of beer, a lot of noise, but overall a decent place to have one or two beers.

froghop, May 04, 2009
Photo of cggarcia
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Was just here on a friday night around 2330. The place just had a scattering of people which surprised me. I was expecting a big crowd and a lot of noise. Nice surprise and it helped the experience. The place was very modern and upscale. That didn't help the experience. Beer didn't seem to belong here but with 160 taps you can't help but be intrigued. Service was great and the beertender seemed to know her stuff. Had a Stone Oatmeal Stout, then saw that they had Maritime Jolly Roger so I had a couple. The beertender seemed pleased that I was willing to try it and that I thought it was awesome. I digress; I would return just because of the sheer number of choices. I do think they should focus on 12 or 20 as the quality can suffer on some of the lesser known beers. I think management has read the previous reviews as all my beers were only 4.00 each.

cggarcia, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

I've been visiting Seattle for years and it took a recommendation from a hotel manager to find this place.

The Tap House Grill is a bit too commercial and upscale for my taste but you can't deny the beer selection. They claim 160 beers on tap and I believe it. The menu organizes them by style and while they have lots of mass produced beer, they have some of the best craft beer in the country to offset that. As usual, I focused on IPAs. I had Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, Russian River's Pliney the Elder, Stone's Ruination IPA and Stone's Arrogant Bastard. All on tap! You can't get a better series than that.

The interior is a bit retro and brings 70s porn to mind. It's dark and has large mirrors, red walls and big red booths. There's a separate room with pool tables that you can rent by the hour. The appetizers are pretty good. We had sushi rolls and calamari.

So I'm now a follower of the Tap House Grill. Not for the atmosphere or the crowd but for the outstanding beer selection. Check it out.

GJ40, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of wingedeel
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

Checked out the Tap House Grill while staying at the old Moore Hotel downtown as it was an easy walk.

Nice enough looking place, huge , curving bar, ample table seating as well.

Service was very good, but the wife and I sat at the bar on both our visits. Cant say about the table service.

The 160 taps were really quite good. A nice mixture of local NW, Imports including numerous German and Belgian beers, and a couple of rarities for good measure. The Belgian beers were all served in proper glassware.

We only ordered sandwiches off the late night menu, A salmon burger, and a jerk burger, they were fine, and actually a decent value. ( $9.99 ) Nothing fantastic, but a slight step above typical bar fare.

The beer prices were high, however, even by Seattle standards. $5.50 for a NW standard pint, up to $9.75 for some of the Belgian selections. The beers were all fresh, but I did get a couple of questionable pours, not a good thing when you are paying top dollar as it is.

The Tap House is really a great place, if not for the pricing. If the value was a little better, this place would rate as top notch. As it is, it is VERY easy to run up a substantial bar tab in no time.

wingedeel, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

This place is for any beer geek and I am happy to say I visited this place three times over my trip. If you are from the East Coast like myself, the ability to choose from a plethora of Pacific Northwest beers is the best thing about this place.

When entering you walk down a big flight of curved stairs and the first thing you see is the large bar and 160 tap handles sticking out from the back wall. Very neat and well architected. The room had a dark and cool vibe to it with several booths and tables. There were some seperate rooms that could handle private parties. The other cool thing was the music - everything from Rush's 2112 to Talking Heads to Kiss. Not very often do you hear some unique classic rock in a restaurant. There were 4 pool tables of in another room too.

The beer menu is broken down by style which is nice. There were 7 rotating special offerings to keep some variety there for the locals. There was a nice mix of local micros to a big Belgian selection. The only bad news was the price of the beer - anywhere from $5.50 and up for pint, and if you wanted to do the four 6 oz samplers you would drop $9.50 or more. Most beers were fresh and only one seemed a bit old to me, but still quite drinkable.

The food was good but not great. They do have a Sushi happy hour starting at 3:30 where rolls are only $2.95.

This place is located in a great area of downtown business area and just a short walk to the Capital Hill area. If your time is short and you would like to try some of the smaller known local breweries, this is place to come to. But be forwarned it is a bit pricey as my bar tabs were the highest here versus any other stops in town.

Gavage, Aug 05, 2008
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Tap House Grill in Seattle, WA
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.