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Roadhouse

RoadhouseRoadhouse

Taps: 40 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1700 Beacon Street
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445
United States
phone: (617) 487-4289
// CLOSED //



Notes:
The Roadhouse is officially closed as of Feb 14, 2010.

(Place added by: Todd on 09-02-2008)
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

So going in there are obvious expectations judging by the owners track record (ie: Publick House) so I'll try to make this review as impartial as possible.

Great place inside, very open with a bar on each end, sparsely decorated so no overkill, nice dark woods, windows looking out to Beacon St. and an outdoor beer garden. Seated right away and the wait staff seemed very nice and timely. We ordered our food and it came out literally 2 minutes later. So obviously all preprepared by them, rightfully so (it's BBQ), and plated for us but temperature was an issue. Maybe ours was taken from the top of the pile and had cooled, I don't know. Corn bread was a highlight, both kinds, although very sweet almost cake-like, I liked it. Mac & cheese was not very good, brisket was okay, pulled pork was okay. The meat did have a nice smokeness to it that you don't always find but sauces lacked as did flavor some. Honestly I expected more from this place. I expected kick ass BBQ to knock my socks off. Food was good, but not great. I'll go back and try some other things (it's around the corner) but it doesn't replace Redbones in my book for BBQ. Beer on the other hand...

The draft list was superb. If not for the Belgians at TPH I'd almost say this place is better. Great beers on tap, many seasonals and others that I've never seen on tap around here. I tried a couple beers I've never had before and they were fantastic. Had a bottle list too with some Belgians and other brews.

All in all definitely a place to try. Great beer and decent food. I think I was hoping to get blown away by the BBQ but wasn't.

Been 3 times now and it has gotten progressively better. Was finally happy with the food (ribs/onion rings/fried pickles)...maybe it's the new chef or menu changes I don't know, but improving...(2/5/09).

10-08-2008 14:58:48 | More by harsley
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GweedoeBRew

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I have been to the Roadhouse a couple of times. I feel the same way about it everytime I go! The food is solid... I feel that they are still searching for a place with food, but they are getting close....

As for Beer (which is the most important...really). I think that it is one of the most intelligent beer selections in the city... I think that not only is there a great balance of beers that are "out there" and beer that reach more towards the masses... They also have a great showing of craft beers from some of the better American craft brewers...

I think that they probably do one of the best jobs of cleaning their beer lines. There are a lot of "beer bars" that do a terrible job of cleaning and maintaining their equipment.

So I will definately be back at the Roadhouse for beers again. I think that they do a great job of being a "Beer Bar" that is accessible to the masses. The staff there is great and seem to be very knowledgeable, especially the bar staff.

If you are in Brookline and are looking for a great beer selection... I would go here.

01-25-2010 17:44:20 | More by GweedoeBRew
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$

A: Fun southwest/cajun decor - lots of reds, oranges, and browns. Huge blackboard with beer selections, and lots of cool craft beer paraphernalia. Warm and inviting. Two bars with totally different tap lists was fun, but made the wait for a beer quite long at times. Trivia going on in the dining room was actually not too annoying, as the questions were infrequent and quite difficult.

Q: Strong offerings across the board, but nothing really mindblowing.

Service: Friendly and knowledgeable; the only downside was an occasional lack of attentiveness, but this was explained largely by there being only one bartender to pour beers from two separate bars.

Selection: Lots of solid choices, with a good mix of local brews and big names from across the country.

F: One of the most over-spiced and over-salted burgers I've ever had - almost inedible, and absolutely devastating on my beer palate. Decent sweet potato fries.

V: Pretty much what I'd expect - 9 bucks for a burger, and 6-7 for most beers.

Notes: Cool bar, but not my favorite in the city. Definitely worth a look, especially since it's so close to its sister bar, the Publick House.

Cheers!

12-21-2009 01:38:42 | More by woosterbill
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koopa

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Visited this place with jamie2dope, his buddy and one of my buddies during my Boston Beer Weekend on 12/12/09.

Contemporary styling, a bar that seats maybe 20 people, a few tables to the right of the bar that are dimly lit (bonus!), and lots of table seating in an adjacent room with brighter lighting.

I didn't eat anything but the menu looked pretty good. A bit healthier and more upscale than your standard bar fare.

The service was friendly and attentive although I don't think they were very knowledgable about the great beer offerings they were serving.

I kept drinking Racer X and GI Imperial Brown Goose but with 40 taps you have lots of choices and they had a decent amount of styles to choose from.

When in Brookline I say stop here for tap beer and at the Publick House for on site bottle drinking. Publick House Provisions bottle shop is next door too!

12-20-2009 18:22:58 | More by koopa
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is my 3rd or 4th trip here. Finally getting around to a review.

I will preface this by saying that I am more of Belgian beer and the Public House is one of my all time favorite places. I have always been a bit scheptical of this place as they only serve American beers which is not really my bag all the time.

They bar was very quiet and subdued even for a Tuesday night. Great draft list. I had a LA Angel's Share, Bear Republic Mach 10 and an imported Pilsner. All were delicious and very fresh. The Angel's Share was 8.50 for a 10 oz which might seem a bit high but for a rare beer like that is worth it for me. They had a very full tap list containing tons of options including some vintage kegs. 2007 Stone Old Guardian anyone? Great selection of American drafts.

The food was good pub food. They changed the menu since they were forced to stop using the smoker. The menu was Mexican/Caijun. I had some great Nachos. They even roasted the peppers for the Nachos which was a good touch. Appearently the head chef has been using some of his family recipies for the Mexican stuff which is a great sign. The food was alway marginal at best when they had the BBQ menu. I think they are heading in the right direction with the new menu.

The bartender was great. We talked beer and he was quite knowlegable. He gave reccomendations but was not overbearing. Great service.

I would definately reccomend this place. Not as busy as the Public House which can be a good thing.

11-12-2009 17:15:01 | More by tendermorsel
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Strange things are afoot at the Roadhouse. I see it's now a Mexican joint or something, having gone through maybe a dozen menus as a barbecue place over the past year-and-a-half. It's a shame because there was some good food (the long-since-disappeared sweet potato salad) and the delicious wood plank salmon. The Mexican fare sounds good though, and is generally more of my bag. The food really doesn't affect my feelings for the place, which in a word, are solid.

Usually, when heading to Washington Square, which is less frequent these days, I prefer heading to the Publick House, but it's hard to shake your first love, isn't it? The vibe is better at the Publick House, as is the food, and they both draw me to the place. But heading another block up Beacon Street is worth it for the American craft brew mecca up the hill.

Whereas the Publick House focuses its taps largely on Belgians, the Road House is devoted to American micros almost exclusively. There are two bars, which is odd, but works in the space especially since you can order any beer from either. Both bars are dominated by a frequently rotating list of the beers that have afforded the United States its recent and sustained superiority in brewing.

Many of the beers are local or regional, which is a nice touch, and they seem to be willing to try out smaller, less well-known brewers, which is especially good in my opinion. I always like finding a beer, or brewery I've never heard of, and having a chance to try it. That happens more often here than anywhere else I've seen. Given the presence of so many wonderful, but little-known beers, it certainly helps that the staff is so knowledgeable and helpful.

09-24-2009 21:25:17 | More by FrankLloydMike
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SevaTse

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

a pretty good place at a decent location, however the location is both a pro and a con. on one hand the area has lots of great places for food and craft beer, on the other hand the area has lots of great places for food and craft beer, and while this place is certainly no slouch, but if you compare the beer selection to publick house, which is down the street, or say sunset or deep ellum, it does not come out on top. the food looked decent, but, for example, my eye didn't catch an overabundance of lighter fare at under $10. i am not afraid of recomending seeing this place for yourself, 'cos of you are not pleased you will have plenty of options in the vicinity.

09-19-2009 19:08:24 | More by SevaTse
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped here on a Thursday evening to enjoy a few beers and a bite to eat. I took at seat at the top bar. The selection that evening was outstanding. They had several products from Short's Brewing on and I enjoyed each one of them. The atmosphere is a bit dark (which seems to be a trend in Boston.) Simple wood decor and beer/BBQ signs decorate the establishment. The food and drink I had were all very fresh tasting. The selection and service were both outstanding. My bartender was prompt and attentive. I never waited long with an empty glass. The prices were reasonable for Boston. I highly reccomend this place if you are in the area.

05-23-2009 16:33:58 | More by mymrnngjckt
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Yesac

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Visited this place after the Extreme Beer Fest. Sat at the bar.. didn't have to much of a look around the entire place. Lots of seating though. This place had the absolute best beer selection I've seen. It was truly quality over quantity. American craft beer had a strong showing here. Some specialty Stone beers were on tap as well. The bartender was the man and was very knowledgeable and helpful to myself and others around him. They also had some nice music kickin' via an iPod. I did have any food because of they had changed their menu for the afternoon to a buffet style due to all the BA's meeting there.

04-12-2009 23:32:08 | More by Yesac
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Went to dinner here with some friends a few nights ago. I was bummed that Publick House Provisions which is right next door was closed as it was a Monday...boo.

Anyways, the decor is kindacool, some nice murals of brewery logos, I liked that. It was pretty empty which was a nice change from all the time I've spent waiting at Anam Cara/Publick House in my life.

Service was okay, not awesome. Our waiter brought two beers and then I had to remind him about the third. The same with our meals pretty much, he brought two and then the third came out almost 10 minutes later.

Beer selection was very good, they had KBS and Weyerbacher Echo among a good deal of other great stuff. Those stood out among the 40 on tap.

Food was decent, I am definitely more of a Redbones fan but the gravy fries were something Redbones doesn't do and they were delicious.

The costs for beers was average for Boston I guess. $6 for a 20 oz pour of Coffehouse Porter from BBC was probably the best deal I saw. Everything over 8% is served in 10 oz pours or something like that and the higher ABV stuff gets pretty pricey.

Not bad. Its a bit sterile since its new, the outdoor seating should be a hit this summer though.

03-27-2009 00:02:19 | More by indiapaleale
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Roadhouse in Brookline, MA
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.