Taps: 16 / Bottles: 35
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Small-ish place, with a small bar and not too many tables. However, the atmosphere is nice - bar-like, certainly - and the accents in the restroom (Star Wars action figures? PEZ dispensers? Frankenstein on the TV???) give it a nice unique feel.
Some great stuff on tap, from several countries. Solid options I noticed were Pannepot, Delirium offerings, Gulden Drak, DirtWolf, and plenty more. Serving temperature was good (chilled but not over-cold), tulips were provided.
Service was friendly and quick. The owner came over to say hi (I'm not exactly a suit-and-tie kind of dude, so that was cool). Bartenders were friendly, quick to offer a new beer, and knowledgeable. My first beer ended up a surprise keg change, so I wasn't charged. No complaints here!
Selection was really, really nice. I've mentioned some of the tap choices; there were a surprising number of taps, I want to say about 20. Then, the bottle selection was excellent, as well, with a number of solid brews (including Cantillon Gueuze).
As for food, I enjoyed a portobello-topped burger, which was really, really excellent. Fries are not an automatic; all sides are extra. I didn't try anything else, but the menu looked very good, and if the rest of the food is anything like the burger, then I recommend it all!
Prices for both food and beer were a bit on the high side, but well within a reasonable range. This gets ticked up one rank because of the extra cost for sides; a burger, fries, and a single beer would have put me in the neighborhood of $21-25 (without tip, and without splurging on an expensive bottle, like that Cantillon).
Great little place. I highly recommend it if you're in the area.
04-09-2014 00:58:38 | More by Roguer
4.45/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I went to Julians this past Saturday, which also marked the first day of Fall. There was about a fifteen minute wait, but it was well worth it. We ordered a round of beers while we waited outside at one of the tables.
We were seated at the bar area up front. I really liked the music here with selections from Bob Dylan, Van Halen & Donovan.
I counted about 16 taps with selections like Delirium Tremens, Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak Quad 9000, Berkshire Brewing Octoberfest, Racer 5, Allagash White, Goose Island Matilda, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Schneider Weizen-Edel Weiss and many others. I started off with a Weiss and finished with a Boon Kriek Lambic. As you can see, this is an awesome selection of craft beers and a nice cross-representation of different styles and breweries. All beers are served in appropriate glassware.
The bottle is equally as impressive and way too many to list. One really cool option I noticed is they offer a Stone Old Guardian Vertical from 2006-2011 (22 oz bottles) for $150. That sounds like a good time for me and a few friends!
The food was excellent and ingredients are super fresh. They feature an eclectic menu and deliver some really tasty food. Check out the menu on their website. I had an omelet that I built myself with spinach, red onions and cheddar cheese. The home-fries were seasoned to perfection. You can tell the chefs here know what they’re doing and take pride in what they cook.
Atmosphere is really casual, with a good amount of hipsters (reminded me of Williamsburg in Brooklyn) and college aged clientele in attendance.
The bathroom is uniquely decorated with an awesome collection of G.I. Joes and a Pez collection that brought back childhood memories.
This place lived up to all expectations and highly recommended when in Providence. Julians gets it right, check it out.
09-24-2012 19:17:43 | More by Hibernator
4.75/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Julians is my kind of place. I love the cafe feel, even though it's a bar, and the laid-back vibe. The food was exceptional, and the beer list extremely enticing. Upon my first visit this past weekend, Julians easily earned itself a place among my favorite beer bars anywhere.
My girlfriend and I were visiting Providence on a very hot Saturday, and had just grabbed a bus from Farmstead in Wayside, where we were contemplating returning for dinner, for a stop at Trinity before heading up to Julians. It was 4pm and Trinity wasn't open yet, so we trudged up the hill, and nice as the outdoor seating looked, we took refuge in Julians' empty barroom. We were told that they were between meals (okay since we thought we were just there for beer), but that we were welcome to have a seat at the bar. We were quickly off to a friendly start!
The beer I ordered (what was it now?) was gone and they were in the process of updating their menu for the evening, so our bartender recommended doing a 4-beer sampler flight. While enjoying the samples, we noticed someone writing some very interesting specials on the chalkboard next to our stools. As the barroom slowly filled, we reconsidered our planned trek back across town for dinner, and ordered a round of full-size beers.
As the kitchen staff began preparing food for dinner right behind the bar, we knew we'd be sticking around. Torn between several entree specials, I ended up settling on the slider special--a threesome of pulled pork, smoked salmon and bacon sliders--which was insanely good.
I loved the funky vibe of this place, and especially the laid-back cafe feel. And I loved the beer and service. But I especially loved the food--the menu here was probably the most inventive I've seen at any beer bar. The combination of all those things, though, made Julians incredible. I can't wait to visit it again.
08-08-2012 19:43:28 | More by FrankLloydMike
4.8/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I discovered Julians through a post in the forum. Super!
I went for afternoon drinks, so I can't post about the food.
There is no AC, but no problem. The Staff is great, and the beer selection is perhaps better than a lot of Boston area pubs I been in.
The servers are very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is hipster. Any craft beer drinker would feel comfortable there.
I had a Saison Du Pont. There were a lot of other excellent craft beers on tap, their bottle menu is excellent, and their whiskey selection is first rate.
They also have brewery dinners, such as the Firestone Walker dinner. Check the web site for details.
If you are in Providence, this is the place to go.
07-27-2012 22:29:01 | More by brureview
4.75/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I have already reviewed Julian's a couple of times, but each time I go I feel it is worthy of another review because I love this place so much. I went yesterday during the day and was delighted to see the many vegan options on the chalkboard. As usual, atmosphere was very laid-back and relaxed and the staff were very friendly.
There were a lot of changes to the beer selection since my last visit to Julian's and I was happy to try some Belgian beers from breweries I hope to visit on an upcoming trip to Belgium. I was able to try a variety of exceptional beers that I'd never tried before in a beer sampler. They had some great beers on-tap and a good bottle selection too.
Julian's is an exceptional place all-around!
02-07-2011 12:39:44 | More by Chincino
4.47/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Beer: The craft selections here are amazing and delightful. I would be surprised if you could find some of them anywhere else in New England.
Food: Tremendous. Not stuffy or pretentious, just creative and delicious. I realize whenever we come here how much awful food I eat to justify going to "good beer" places. It's not cheap but the value is great.
Service: I've never had a bad experience here, even though it is always packed to the gills. I came from NYC, so maybe I am used to this state of affairs when it seems to put other folks on edge. If you don't like crowds go on a weekday and get there early.
Don't hate on the hipsters. They put TVs in the bathrooms.
02-06-2011 05:15:56 | More by rinypa
3.63/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Julians a cool funky place in Providence that has good food matched with good beer. The hipster vibe is in full effect here and it shows in the servers and atmosphere. I like the food , the beers and especially the bathroom with the tv playing He-Man episodes, I just wish the service was better. I definitely recommend this place but just be prepared for an exercise in patience. The draft selection is probably the best in the city and the bottle list is decent too. The menu has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options for people that practice those diets. Lot of funky knick knacks and sign age make this a fun spot to have a beer.
12-07-2010 16:20:26 | More by Cmack15
4.13/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Visited this place a few days ago for the first time. If every better beer bar/restaurant were this good what a wonderful world this would be. One of the best combinations of good food and good beer I've ever seen.
But the place was not perfect. Some of the waitstaff was a bit too surly. And there were strange seating rules. We were waiting for a table and got kicked off the bar because other patrons who arrived after us were going to eat dinner at the bar. And we, being a party of 3, couldn't take an open table with six chairs because it was reserved for 5 or more. So we had to wait 20 minutes until a lone diner at a table with 4 chairs finished. I don't get the math...
Still the beer selection was top notch. They used appropriate glassware and gave smaller pours (a growing trend that I prefer - you get to try a wider selection without getting tanked). And the food was even better - great vegetarian selections!
If you don't mind a heavy "hipster vibe" and you want great beer and food in Providence - don't miss this place.
11-17-2010 06:25:47 | More by ritter57
4.45/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went Saturday night and arrived about 7:15. Easily found parking on a side street very close; free. A few tables outside were busy; we went in. The bar starts on the right and curves around towards the back, not huge but good sized. The rest of the L shaped room has tables and chairs; we were seated at a table for two near the back against the brick wall. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive, and had good suggestions.
The food menu is very different, featuring many vegetarian choices, but has meat and poultry, and burgers as well. Not huge, but probably will cover anyone that isn't super picky. We started with the Naan pizza, which I have to say is darn near the best pizza I've ever had. Get this! My wife ate the burger and I had their home made turkey sausage. Everything was quite good.
The beer menu had maybe 15 drafts and a couiple dozen or more bottles. I had 3 beers and all tasted great. Not a seleciton that is going to blow anyone away, but very nice.
In summary, I love this place, and hope to return often. Did I mention how good the Naan pizza was?
08-22-2010 21:08:51 | More by BeTheBall
4.25/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I finally made it to Julians last night, and it was well worth the wait.
Four of us went on a Saturday night before Waterfire for dinner and beers, a little worried that we would be faced with an extreme wait. Thankfully this was not the case, but it was pretty full. We were seated at a "communal" table, taking up 4/8 possible seats. This didn't bother us, actually I was more disappointed that we did not get any random company during our meal.
Pretty Things just had a release in Providence, so 4 of the taps were serving their libations. Thanks!! The prices were reasonable, $5 for a 12oz tulip of each Pretty Things (If I were asked, I would say it was a touch more than 12oz in the glasses).
The service was decent. I get the feeling from the atmosphere, and other reviews, that a certain style of service is to be expected there. It wasn't rude, it wasn't bad, but it was a bit slow and forgetful.
I was in heaven just reading the menu, everything sounded out of this world. They have a heavy hand in the vegetarian side of dishes. I ordered a frisee salad with poached egg, among other condiments, for $8. The portion was a perfect size and the salad components were plentiful, not sparse. The Naan pizza my friends ordered with roasted duck was the winner of the night though, get that one while you can.
I will be making it a point to visit Julians whenever in town.
Also, Pez Dispenser display and movies playing in the single serving bathroom!
08-01-2010 20:43:29 | More by naproxen
Julians in Providence, RI
97 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.