Tap House Grill
Taps: 160 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
2.74/5 rDev -27.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I dropped by in the middle of a heatwave, so was pleased to see Southern Tier Unearthly on tap. I was not as pleased to see that their menu didn't list volumes or prices.
I ordered anyway, figuring that youth is the time be to reckless. The bartender treated me and my sister with disinterest, the sports confrontation on the TV being more diverting. Or maybe just didn't want to face the stark concrete interior of the bar, which was empty but for us. Or be recognized through the glass wall separating the Tap House Grill from the community center meeting rooms and conference halls housed in the same industrial basement like building.
$6.75 is how much a thirteen ounce pour of ST Unearthly goes for. So much for the recklessness of youth. In my zest I even tipped on the water my sister ordered. I regret that to this day.
04-10-2010 18:58:06 | More by alfrantzell
2.78/5 rDev -26.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
After many visits to the Bellevue Tap House, I decided to check out the Seattle location when I was downtown the other day.
1. Good selection of beers, usually served in the proper glassware.
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.
02-09-2011 00:20:07 | More by hopburster
3/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in at about 5 pm on a weeknight. Downstairs bar from street level.
Rather modern - hipster look - not what I would expect for multi-tap. Sat at the bar, bartender walked up and I asked for a draft list - he obliged, but I then had to wave him down to order.
When I asked a few questions about the local IPA's, he was rather smug and cocky. When I told him I wanted to do a flight of local IPA's, he pointed to few and went off to get them.
One tasted off. I had another beer by this brewer the day before with dinner (Boundry Bay), so I knew they were a great brewery - but this IPA just tasted off - a bit sour like a bad tap line. The bartender suggested I didn't know good beer.
A guy walked up next to me and waited about 4-5 minutes for service - even though there were only 4 of us sitting at the bar. He finally left.
This was the worst experience of two days of Seattle beer sampling - mainly because of poor service and "too cool" feel of the place.
02-06-2010 04:32:06 | More by sweethome
3.06/5 rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
10-13-2011 02:38:02 | More by kingcrowing
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I live in Seattle and often have business meetings downtown and also tend to see movies downtown with my wife. I've been to Tap House Grill a couple of times and I will avoid this place in the future. Being a Seattleite, I just have too many superior options.
The bar is subterranean to street level; therefore, there are no windows. It's clientele tends to be on the younger side and a bit yuppie. While the beer selection is exceptional (over 160 taps), the atmosphere IMO is more about being seen drinking craft beers than about actually enjoying drinking craft beers. And unfortuately, there have been problems with dirty taplines and stale beer.
The bartenders and wait staff are knowledgeable and helpful about the selections and will readily bring and suggest samples.
The food is standard fare and is overpriced.
If you are a visitor to Seattle and do not have the means or opportunity to get out of downtown and want a vast beer selection, do visit Tap House Grill. But, even then, there are a good number of downtown bars with much better atmosphere and good selection.
08-04-2009 22:02:35 | More by BuckeyeOne
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
V-prices vary, pints$6-7, tulips the same, food can get pricey, but happy hour has some good value like sushi rolls, wings
06-02-2012 08:31:01 | More by tokyofatts
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
This is an interesting place, but despite the 160 beers on tap, it is not a beer place.
This is a trendy place, one of those "to see and be seen", well lighted, shiny tap handles, nice decoration, loud music, pool tables, etc. It is nice, just not my idea of a beer bar.
The service is nice and efficient, but generally lacks beer knowledge. Food is actually quite good, the high mark of the place; great burgers and similar pub food.
The selection is overall disappointing. Even though I found a few nice ones, including Ommegang Rouge, it is incredibly limited considering the large number. There is a lot of redundant selections, and even some notables from the area are missing.
It is worth a visit, but do not expect a wonderful place with 160 great beers. And do not forget to ask for the specials.
08-25-2009 16:54:32 | More by brdc
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
09-23-2009 02:00:54 | More by htomsirveaux
Tap House Grill in Seattle, WA
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