Taps: 84 / Bottles: 650
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
2.1/5 rDev -52.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I had been to kickbacks about 4 years ago and had a great experience. Previously the beer selection was vast and my server was knowledgable and helpful.
The second time around my experience was the complete opposite. They place felt dirty. The atmosphere was not good. The beer selection was abysmal. Instead of 60 some odd beers on tap it was more like 10-15 and not even good beers. I chose a Oskar blues Christmas ale my girlfriend had a bells IPA. My Christmas ale was the very bottom of the keg. It was flat and tasteless. Both beers were poured with WAY too much head. We ordered a burger and a panini sandwich to eat. The food came in time and tasted okay but as it cooled quickly the chicken in the panini became very dry. I tried to order a barley wine in a bottle. My waiter went to look, came back to the table and told me they were out. He didn't recommend any other beers or give me an alternative. He just walked off. A few minutes later he came back and I asked if they had ANY barley wines. Once again none. I tried one more time and asked for the Weyerhaeuser fifteen. This time they had the beer BUT it had not been in the cooler. I was told the beer could be ready in 8 min. Really?? How is a beer going to go from room temp to ready to drink in 8 min?
I politely said no thank you and asked for the check.
My impression is that this place is running in the negative and the owner/manager is putting no money into inventory.
I can't imagine this place staying in business. If they do they need to change their identity away from a high end craft beer restaurant and just be the local dive they have become.
01-03-2014 01:48:34 | More by Gvaud
4/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Great Place really liked the atmosphere, The beer selection was fantastic, love how you can try different types, I have gone here a few times already. Still is one of my favorite bar/restaurant places. I would totally recommend it to my friends or family.
I work late and love the hours of this place being open to 3 am is perfect for me
10-04-2013 09:18:30 | More by Dam262a
4.09/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Had dinner here while in town for work. They were under construction at the time of my visit, so their normally extensive tap list was down to about 21 or so...still very good. Terrapin WNB and Hopzilla, Hoppin Frog Boris Oatmeal, McChouffe, Bells Two Hearted, Souther Tier Oaked Backburner and Pumking?...Sixpoint Apollo, Orkney Skull Splitter, Schneider Sommer, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Hoegaarden, and some others I don't remember. The bottle list was quite huge...they had a page of wilds and sours that looked god - and all reasonably priced. But on the 2 bottles I asked for, they were out of stock on both...so maybe its not that big...
Also, you can download their App for a tap list.
The atmosphere is weird - a hodgepodge of random décor and furniture, tons of glassware and tap handles on the ceiling, all dusty and grimy, crumbs on the stained cushioned bar stools, and weird peeps loitering at the front door. It was fairly empty at 5:00 on a Monday.
Quality is a hard one - while the selection was very good, I did notice a the bartender taking a lot of shortcuts...like simply rinsing dusty and dirty glasses from the bar top to quickly serve in instead of just cleaning all the glasses... (actually served a dirty glass to the person sitting next to me)...also , I hate when they use a second cup to collect the foam, then pour it into the beer you order to top off...it just seems wrong - and there is likely some beer science on how that affects the flavor also.
The service was great - super nice bartender and food runners, chatty but not annoying and very attentive.
The food was pretty tasty. I had a tempeh burger; while it would probably not be many peoples first choice, it was pretty good for what it is - and I think it was "local" to Gainesville.
Prices were pretty good overall...about $5 on average for a draft during happy hour - while some others were closer to $9 like the BORIS Destroyer Oatmeal and the McChouffe.
Overall, while grimy and somewhat gross...id go back if im ever back in JAX...especially after their "expansion" is complete.
05-15-2013 16:55:56 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.06/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
I stopped by here for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon, early. The place was already starting to get filled up and by the time I left, it was half full. They are doing some remodelling or expansion so unfortunately, they only had like 10 or 15 drafts instead of the normal 60. The drafts they did have seemed to be pretty stellar. For some reason, they still had Pumpking? Others included Southern Tier and some others.
One complaint I do have is the bar area. When you first walk in, there is a bar directly in front of you. The problem with this bar is that the tap line or draft tower is directly at ey level and is about 1 foot in height. So, in order to converse with the bartender, one has to either stand up in ones stool or become the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Very annoying and something like that shouldnt happen at a nice bar. The rest of the place seemed pretty cool. Dark and dungeon like but no dwarves or wraiths or anything.
The food was delcious. I ordered the smothered chicken and it was some sort of Italian based dish with feta and tomato sauce and red peppers and dried tomatoes and it was delicious. If there werent some brown lettuce leaves and "clear" cucumbers in the salad, I would have given the food a 5. Edit: After reading some of the reviews, I find it hard to believe not many people have had good food here. Mine was delicious, FWIW.
I didnt require much service, just the food and water. If they do something about that draft tower, this place would be alot better. WIth that behemoth in the way, I wouldnt come back. Even though the food was great, I cant deal with the no-eye-contact thing.
05-15-2013 13:03:14 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.08/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere - Grungy beer pub. Very close tables, crowded with late 20's, early 30's clientele. Cool beer menu on the wall, ceiling covered with old beer taps, very neat idea.
Quality - pretty good, over all. Beers served in appropriate glasses according to style.
Service - Lacking a little but could have been because of how crowded. Was seated very quickly (we got there before a big rush I suppose). Ordered two appetizers (chips & salsa and cocktail shrimp) that took nearly 30 minutes to arrive. Beer service was fast, we would order with the waitress and shortly someone else would bring the beer. Food service was again time intensive. It took about 45 minutes to get our dinner after ordering, but that could have been because it was crowded.
Selection - Beer selection was great. Nearly 100 beers on tap, more in bottles I believe. Food selection is varied as well. Everything from sandwiches, to pastas, to pizzas, to dinner entres, and dessert.
Food - Some good, some not so good. Chips and Salsa were terrible. I got the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Smashed Potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese. It was excellent, especially with the Lectio Devina Saison (rosemary aged). The other food looked so-so, french dip didn't look so good, pastas looked ok, ribs were good from what I was told.
Value - The beers are a bit expensive, but not outrageous. $5-$8 for GOOD beers, so I wasn't disappointed. I hate spending $5-$8 for Bud or Miller so I was happy to be getting good craft beer for that price. The food was a good value I think. I believe my tenderloins were $16, sandwiches were $8-$10. I was happy with the prices for the quality of the food and drink.
I forgot to mention they have an iPhone app with their master beer list that makes selection MUCH easier to read and ordering a snap. The app is pretty terrible, but it does the job.
03-09-2013 17:52:17 | More by USMCPayne
4.79/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
This place puts beer above all. It serves 84 beers on tap, and is opening up another 100 when they build their addition next door. The shrimp poppers are to die for! Their master list of beers is a bit disorganized but it makes it fun. The beers are fairly priced compared to competitors. The atmosphere is very artsy, you'll feel out of place if you don't have some tattoos when you originally go in, but the staff friendliness changes that. The pizza is excellent and the sandwiches are also delicious. Don't let the location fool you, it's worth stopping in.
02-05-2013 16:03:09 | More by Evansbeer
3.82/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
A trendy place, hipsters to bikers. A friendly place, with opportunities to strike up conversations with tables tightly spaced. With all the taps, you still have locals comment that there may not be one beer on to have that day. On a main street and in a growing craft beer neighbourhood in the heart of JA.. I had a few good stouts, and Brian caught up to his Narwhal. Good service.Prices reasonable.
01-17-2013 03:33:50 | More by Sammy
4.49/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Hit this place up for the first time this past weekend. Went with my girlfriend and another couple.
The atmosphere was cool with taps hanging from the ceiling all over the place and beer-related items everywhere you looked. The waitress told us to go download the app to get their beer list. We did and were impressed with the number and variety of beers available. I had a Two Hearted Ale on draft and it was delicious. Glassware was from different bars and breweries from around the country.
Food was good and reasonably priced. Service was adequate however the tables were so close together that we had trouble getting into and out of our seats.
I will definitely go back to Kickbacks in the future.
01-08-2013 14:44:04 | More by WebGuyMike
2.6/5 rDev -41.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been here a couple of times, and it was never anything special. Went with a group on Halloween, it wasn't crowded at all - which is nice. But it took over 90 minutes After my friend got her check to get her food! It was boiled shrimp, not breaded or anything "fancy" - just boiled shrimp that came over 1hr 30 min after the freaking check. They refused to discount it. Another friend had a hard time ordering beer, because the waiter would hardly ever come by and when he did, quickly walk away without taking and orders. It was more expensive by about $1.50-$3 to get the same beers at another bar.
11-01-2012 14:47:56 | More by LemonGrassMint
4.78/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been to Kickbacks quite a few times and I like it more with each visit. The staff is extremely friendly and very casual both in appearance and attitude. The food is excellent and the variety is extensive, which is great for pairing with the 600 bottles or 80+ tap selections. There's never a shortage of good stuff to try, and each time I've gone back, they've added a few more local (particularly Jacksonville) beers. I usually take my time to dig through the menu for something wierd, vintage or rare at least once each visit, and the staff always takes the time to dig through the shelves to find what I ask for. They will also chill your selection down if it is at cellar temp.
A few things I would recommend if you're planning to visit (and haven't been before), and I'm sure others may agree on these:
1. download the app that has the bottle and draft lists. They have it available on iphone and android. They have binders in the restaurant, but when it gets busy, its really tough to get a hold of one and other people get really antsy when they see you're perusing it and they want a look.
2. If it is busy, be prepared to wait, I've been there on busy thurs, fri and Sat nights and it gets slammed. And as far as I know, they haven't started taking reservations.
3. If you're like me, and you are looking deep in the bottle list, think about getting them to find your toughest request first, cause they will probably have to dig for it, and it most likely wont be at serving temp. But they'll gladly chill it for you while you sip on something that's already cold.
Overall I love the selection of both the brews and the food. The atmosphere is great and I always end up in a good conversation with the other patrons, and have received some great recommendations.
10-01-2012 19:54:29 | More by great7dividers
Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL
98 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.