Tap House Grill
Taps: 160 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited the Tap House during a conference in April 2011.
The atmosphere is very nice and would be expected in a fine restaurant in downtown Seattle. The food was pretty good, but it was better on the late night happy hour menu...cheaper. The tap selection is something like 160....ridiculous! They had all kinds of fantastic PNW brews as well as other domestics. Needless to say, I wasn't able drink past the PNW selections. They had fresh batches of Avery Maharaja and Dugana and many, man, many others.
The only gripe was the price, but it was to be expected in downtown Seattle.
07-06-2011 21:00:59 | More by eyeenjoybeer
4.36/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
05-05-2009 18:43:44 | More by aevarela
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been visiting Seattle for years and it took a recommendation from a hotel manager to find this place.
The Tap House Grill is a bit too commercial and upscale for my taste but you can't deny the beer selection. They claim 160 beers on tap and I believe it. The menu organizes them by style and while they have lots of mass produced beer, they have some of the best craft beer in the country to offset that. As usual, I focused on IPAs. I had Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, Russian River's Pliney the Elder, Stone's Ruination IPA and Stone's Arrogant Bastard. All on tap! You can't get a better series than that.
The interior is a bit retro and brings 70s porn to mind. It's dark and has large mirrors, red walls and big red booths. There's a separate room with pool tables that you can rent by the hour. The appetizers are pretty good. We had sushi rolls and calamari.
So I'm now a follower of the Tap House Grill. Not for the atmosphere or the crowd but for the outstanding beer selection. Check it out.
11-20-2008 11:46:44 | More by GJ40
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
08-05-2008 00:26:23 | More by Gavage
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Checked out the Tap House Grill while staying at the old Moore Hotel downtown as it was an easy walk.
Nice enough looking place, huge , curving bar, ample table seating as well.
Service was very good, but the wife and I sat at the bar on both our visits. Cant say about the table service.
The 160 taps were really quite good. A nice mixture of local NW, Imports including numerous German and Belgian beers, and a couple of rarities for good measure. The Belgian beers were all served in proper glassware.
We only ordered sandwiches off the late night menu, A salmon burger, and a jerk burger, they were fine, and actually a decent value. ( $9.99 ) Nothing fantastic, but a slight step above typical bar fare.
The beer prices were high, however, even by Seattle standards. $5.50 for a NW standard pint, up to $9.75 for some of the Belgian selections. The beers were all fresh, but I did get a couple of questionable pours, not a good thing when you are paying top dollar as it is.
The Tap House is really a great place, if not for the pricing. If the value was a little better, this place would rate as top notch. As it is, it is VERY easy to run up a substantial bar tab in no time.
08-28-2008 16:53:29 | More by wingedeel
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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...
10-30-2010 22:00:05 | More by Tortoisedr
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Was just here on a friday night around 2330. The place just had a scattering of people which surprised me. I was expecting a big crowd and a lot of noise. Nice surprise and it helped the experience. The place was very modern and upscale. That didn't help the experience. Beer didn't seem to belong here but with 160 taps you can't help but be intrigued. Service was great and the beertender seemed to know her stuff. Had a Stone Oatmeal Stout, then saw that they had Maritime Jolly Roger so I had a couple. The beertender seemed pleased that I was willing to try it and that I thought it was awesome. I digress; I would return just because of the sheer number of choices. I do think they should focus on 12 or 20 as the quality can suffer on some of the lesser known beers. I think management has read the previous reviews as all my beers were only 4.00 each.
01-08-2009 05:16:03 | More by cggarcia
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-07-2009 20:02:21 | More by tph767
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$
The selection here was amazing. Something like 250 beers on tap. Although the 1 beer i really wanted was out, i had many other great beers. Located in the heart of seattle, its just a short walk from pikes place. The atmosphere here is quite ritzy, not a t-shirt and jeans type place. It is very clean and well decorated. Only real bad thing here is that its extremely easy to run up a huge tab. Especially if you have dinner. All in all a great place to hit up every once in a while. Its a really good place to take a date.
10-05-2009 20:40:46 | More by BigBlacke
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
01-22-2010 18:39:54 | More by Redrover
Tap House Grill in Seattle, WA
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.