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The Crow Bar And Kitchen

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BA SCORE
88
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 25
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2325 E Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, California, 92625
United States
phone: (949) 675-0070

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(Place added by: kbm on 07-07-2008)
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Reviews by MrMcGibblets:
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Upscale decor, dark inside. Chalkboard w/draft and bottle selections above the bar. Fairly descriptive beer menu. Some nice choices like blind pig and the bruery ontap and similar choices in bottles. Some fairly pedestrian imports as well. Most of the crowd seemed to be here for a night out w/cocktails and wine rather tham beer. Service was ok. Waitress didn't seem to know anything about beer when my bmc friend asked for a suggestion. Food menu is upscale gastropub. I just tried the duckfat fries w/truffle aoili which were good. Prices were high-my blind pig, which was served in a plain wine glass, was $7.

More User Reviews:
Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of diamond_mind
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Bad attitude and service sucked!!
I wish I could rate it lower

Photo of Shandycan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jimmyb818
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of Dougfish_Head
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of abrethanson
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Crow Bar is an icon of the CDM night life and a place my wife and I frequent. It has changed little since it opened about 5 years ago and yet still provides a fresh & fun scene.

atmosphere - stereotypical of CDM, good looking 20 - 50 year olds socializing over posh bar food and drinks. There is always a pack of cougs on the prowl for young meat as well. Great environment for pulling up the bar with a craft beer and just watching the action unfold. Always good music playing as well. The only negative is that it gets extremely loud inside.

quality - top notch gastro pub style carried out from the food to the decor. They keep up a high standard because as you will soon see looks and money are the only thing that matter around here.

service - great. The wife and I have made friends with many of the bartenders. No matter if there are 100 people or 2 the service is consistent. Our drink of choice many times came in a 750ml and they would always keep it on ice for us.

selection - rotating tap, bottle, and food menu filled with delicious treats. Never a dull time sifting through the goods. Always have Pliny the Elder and Dogfish 90 minute on tap and even tap a keg of the Younger a couple times a year.

food - The food is good but a little pricey for what you get. We stick to the burger and duck fat fries as that is the standard staple. Besides taste, the food presentation definitely adds another level of flavor.

overall - a fun place for a date or hitting up the local scene with a grip of friends. You might even spot a celeb ordering up and then have your wife walk over and try and embarrass you. The food is definitely pricey but I suppose you are paying for the eye candy as well. We will always call the Crow Bar home.

Photo of Siggy125
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally got to visit the Crow Bar after hearing much about. Sits along the beach on PCH, very nice area.

Fairly small dining area but trendy hoppin atmosphere. Nice bar with better than average tap selection for . Decent variety with some good IPAs, (DFH Burton Baton, my fav), stouts, belgians, etc... Goos bottle selection as well with a few surprises, Black Butte XXIII for example. Beer prices expensive. A small goblet of DFH Burton Baton was $10.

The food is very good with a semi-eclectic menu. Smaller portions with pretty stiff prices. I had the classic burger, very tasty. Service was average, a little snobby in an upscale neighborhood.

If I go back, I'll stick to the beer and appetizers and try to take advantage of happy hour specials.

Photo of soro121
2.09/5  rDev -44.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Visited this place based on the selection but was disappointed with service and value. The two menus I received were different, the board was not updated and different from both menus. When I ordered a beer on the menu the waitress did not know what I was talking about and later informed me that they had not had the beer for a while. The other beers I ordered were not served in the advertised poor sizes (6 ozs rather than 10oz). Additionally when I paid, the waitress did not give me proper change. Overall it seemed like they were trying to screw me at every step. Would not go back.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well, it's nice and clean on the inside, but it can feel like a clusterfuck at first with all those tables sitting around, and the enterance to the restaurant right at the L shaped bar. I came in at 1:30 on a Thursday, so finding a spot at the bar wasn't a problem. No, I wouldn't like lunch, but I would like a beer....

20-something beers on-tap, with another 20-something in the bottle. The tap variety is good, with Paulaner, Lagunitas, Fullers, Russian River, and Craftsman as part of the lineup. In the bottle are Unibroue, Dogfish Head, Stone, and Bitburger. What I liked here were the different types of glassware being used for each beer, from 20 ounce Imperial pints to slender weizen glasses. Yes, the temperature of the beer was correct.

The beer isn't cheap. Most drafts are $6.50-$7.50, but the $7.50 for 12 ounces of Fullers Londer Porter and the $9.50 listing for Franiskaner from the half-liter bottle made my head spin, as did the $16 for Rochefort 10.

Come to think of it, maybe I'd like a light snack to drink with my Craftsman's point five. When I got my food, I had to wait a few minutes to get silverware, even though the bartender already set me up with a cloth at my spot for food. I had some mac n cheese bites which were good and hot.

The Crow Bar would make a good spot for craft beer drinking, but even so, the beer is expensive and the place seems a little pretentous. I'll leave it at that and let you decide on the rest.

Photo of ALECOHOLIC
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I checked out the Crow Bar on a Friday after eating dinner nearby. We arrived around 9 and the place was packed. Parking was no problem, there is a lot across from Ruby's. We started out with a few Plinys, split a bottle of Saison Dupont and finished with Lost Abbey Red Bar. There is a downstairs room for private partys. It looks like a good spot to party it up with a group of friends. The Crow Bar is near PCH and MacArthur Blvd on the coast side of the hwy. I heard about this place quite a while ago and I am now confused about why I didn't try it out sooner. I'll be back for another visit soon.

Photo of kbm
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Crow Bar and Kitchen is located a stone's throw from Fashion Island. I went down on a whim and was completely surprised by their exceptional beer offerings. Included in the 25 or so taps was Pliny the Elder, Victory Pils, Unibroue Trios Pistoles, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Daves Pale Ale, other mico offerings and a few craftier European imports. Their bottle list was also impressive. The website has a beer menu but I don't know how often it is updated.

Each pour costs the same: $7.5. There is no indication of the size of the pour until the beer is delivered. Beers come in two sizes (as far as I could tell) American Pint and Red Wine Glass. The wine glass pour was 8-10 ounces - which adds up quick at a $7.5 pour price.

The ambiance is hip - made all the hipper by the slew of cliché OC peeps that crowd the joint. At thirty, we were probably 10-20 years younger than the average patron. There were very few beer drinkers on my visit, mostly wine sippers. It's not a place where I would feel comfortable stopping by for beer without ordering a meal - unless I was sitting at the bar. Also, it's not a place I would feel comfortable wearing shorts or a t-shirt. No parking close by except by valet.

The Crow Bar and Kitchen prides its self as a "gastropub." The food is upscale: fancy burgers and ultra fancy entrees. We had a delicious cheese plate. My mussels were tasty but a bit skimpy. The rest of my group was less impressed by their dishes. It's not that their food wasn't good; it just didn't meet the high expectations set by the pomp of the restaurant. The food is also not cheap.

Besides being surprised by Pliny the Elder, the highlight of the night was our server. She was absolutely exceptional (although, we did not ask her any beer related questions).

All in all, the Crow Bar and Kitchen is a pleasant surprise. I intend to visit again but it's not the type of place I will frequent. Regardless of how good the beer selection is, I just don't feel like it's a place were I can be comfortable drinking a night away.

The Crow Bar And Kitchen in Corona Del Mar, CA
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.