BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kensuthe:
3/5 rDev -14.3%
Atmosphere - BJ's features wood floors with booths and tables for dining, and a bar seating area for drinking. There are several TVs near the bar, and a few others throughout the restaurant. It's a blend of a sports bar and a restaurant, with elements of a brewpub sprinkled here and there. The Baton Rouge location is not actually a brewpub, though, as all of the BJ's offerings are shipped in from another location. The location is at the end of an outdoor shopping area of the Mall of Louisiana and across the street from a movie theater complex, so there is more of an all-ages restaurant atmosphere to the place than a traditional sports bar atmosphere.
Quality - Over the course of several visits we've tried all of the BJ's offerings as well as some of the bottled beers, most of which we had had before. The quality of most of the beers has been good, however there have been a few occasions where the glass wasn't clean or the beer tasted like it had been mixed with some other beverage (without having been ordered as such).
Service - This is the weakest part of the BJ's experience in Baton Rouge so far. If you sit at the bar then you're okay, for the most part. But if you sit at a booth or a table, it might actually be quicker for you to walk to the bar and place drink orders than to wait for your server to handle it. All food orders, including soups, salads, and entrees usually arrive at your table at the same time. It can take a long time before a server returns to your table to refill drinks or take the next round of orders. And splitting checks has been a nightmare more times than not. These types of things can be expected to a degree at a new business while the kinks are worked out, but this location has been open for half a year and still has issues. The service will have to improve at this location or customers will look to spend their money elsewhere.
Selection - BJ's offers around 10 choices on tap of their own brews, and then has several other draft choices across several styles as well. There is also a decent bottle list with several options from Britain, Germany, Belgium, and the USA.
Food - The pizza, pot roast, meatloaf, soups, and some of the appetizers are pretty good. The chicken dishes, burgers, sandwiches, and several of the appetizers and entrees were not as good as some of the other local options for those particular dishes. The desserts that we have had were pretty good. So if you want a pizza or some red meat, hit BJ's up. If not, well... have a beer.
Value - The beer prices for pints compare well to other area restaurants that have a beer menu, and the bottle prices were comparable. The prices on food vary from reasonable to passable, but the quality of some dishes does not match up to the prices. The best value here is their house root beer... pay for a mug and get as many refills as you want. But you might get tempted to order an ice cream dessert after two or three.
10-03-2008 17:48:47 | More by kensuthe
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3.46/5 rDev -1.1%
*I went to BJ's solely for beer, so, little of the restaurant aspect is expressed here*
I really liked the atmosphere of the place. My girlfriend thought it was a bit foo-foo, but it's a restaurant/brewhouse, so I can understand the slightly upscale, modern look they had. Lighting was nice, and the bar set up was nice as well...and the BJ's taps were very cool screens that displayed the specific beer at each tap.
The quality of the brews were average. Of the ones I tried, I did thoroughly enjoy them though. They just seemed to be brewed to be safe, drinkable beers by most anyone who has them. I had the Tatonka Stout, which was tasty, but if they would have upped the ante, if would be a great beer for the style. Same with the Pirahna IPA...not too bitter and hoppy as to be able to be enjoyed by more I'm sure. Places like BJ's have to keep a balance because of the vastly varied types of people that venture there.
Service was good, IMHO. Granted, I was only at the bar, and didn't experience any of the food service that seemed to be a week area for most people. The bartender though was very nice, very knowledgeable, and attentive. Even gave us directions to another bar.
Overall selection was okay. The BJ's beers were about 10 deep, and that had I would say about 30-40 additional "guest taps". Some Abita, Sam Adams, plenty import lagers, and mostly normal stuff you'd see around town. Nothing stellar basically, which is why I did, and always will, stick to drinking just BJ's brews when I go there.
I didn't have any food, but I here the pizza is great...
The glassware that their beer was served in was nice, but wasn't precisely sure of how many ounces, but I'd say it was 16 at least, and price was around $4-$5 a pour, which was very nice, and would make it easy to make a night out of drinking at the bar...and I think the inexpensive price was very worth what you got.
Overall, a nice place with decent brews. I'll definitely be back, and maybe even to eat this time...
04-23-2011 13:58:11 | More by EgadBananas
3.5/5 rDev 0%
I have been to BJ's twice now and both times I have had to wait in excess of one hour to get any sort of service especially in regards to food. I regularly wait 15+ minutes for a refill on my beer. The pluses are they have good brews and the pizza is ridiculously good. I keep going back more for the pizza than for the beer. The brews that they have on tap are very good especially the Russian Imperial Stout called Tatonka Stout. Another good brew is the Nutty Brewnette which is an brown ale. Overall I continue to come back.
09-27-2009 07:19:52 | More by t3hcho53non3
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
The first time I went I wasn't all that impressed... the beer was alright but the service was lacking, and the food really disappointed. That was probably within the first two months of the place opening.
More recently, I went back with a friend and sat in the bar area... we were waited on promptly, and the beer was quick to get out to us. I had the fish and chips and it wasnt' the best ever but was still pretty good. They definitely seemed to have gotten their act a lot more together than when they opened up.
Most recently, I attended their first beer appreciation night. I must say I was even more impressed than before. The food brought out with the beer was quite good, and for their first time hosting a tasting things went pretty well. They need to work on their timing between the beer and food courses, but the selection was great and the service was great other than the timing issues.
As long as they keep improving the service issues and hosting special events like the beer tasting, I could see making plenty more trips to BJ's.
02-04-2009 17:54:36 | More by theboozecruise
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
This place opened not too long ago behind the mall of Louisiana. Parking was strange as the parking lot it behind the restaurant and makes you walk all the way around the building to get inside. But inside is nice. Its very open with tall ceilings. The bar has a large screen above it, which is nice to watch games. From what i've heard, it is Saint Arnold from houston that contract brews their beer.
The quality seems to be pretty decent. BJ's offers about 10 or so of their own beers available. From what i remember they have a hefeweizen, pilsner, kolsch, a wit that is their seasonal, a red ale, brown ale, pale ale, a bock, a porter (on nitro tap), and a russian imp stout. they may have a couple of others...but that many is rather impressive for a single place. But I was not too impressed with some of the beers flavor. I thought the pale ale and the pilsner tasted best, and were good within the style. I thought the red ale had too much of an alcohol flavor and the malts flavor reminded me close to a malt liquor. And the RIS was tasty, but quite light in body and even a little oily in texture...kinda of a dumbed down version of a ris, but i guess that is best for a place like this. But a big negative is they serve their beers in frozen glasses.
The service was ok, but a little slow. But the workers were friendly.
The selection is good. As stated above, this place serves about 10 of their own beers, but they also had a good amount of other beers; from what i remember, a few abitas, some flying dog, a couple of anchor and sierra nevada, and some of the big imports- bass, hoegardden, stella, etc. There were quite a bit in the bottle that you could also get on tap, but I think what shined on the bottled beer menu was their list of belgian beers. There were about 12 or so belgians you could get.
Food look ok. We got the bbq chicken pizza that was ok. It was a deepdish so it fills you up. We paid like $21 for a large. The other food coming out looked appitizing.
Value was moderate to on the higher side. They offered 5 ounce sippers to try the beers for i think $1.50 each, so it was good to try all they had to offer. Pints would cost between $4.500-$6.00 or so. I thought the better deals were in the belgian list as many of the bottles cost around $5-$6.
Overall a pretty decent place to enjoy some beers and eat.
07-10-2008 19:02:53 | More by acrawf6
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in Baton Rouge, LA
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.