Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery

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Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & BreweryPizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery
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Place Score: 86
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
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61 US-1 South
Metuchen, New Jersey, 08840
United States
phone: (732) 548-7979

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

My overall rating might come out appearing a little harsh on this one, but I have a real tough time rating the food and atmosphere of a chain-oriented restaurant anything higher than average. That being said, though, I will keep coming back to this establishment because the head brewer, Mike Sella, and his staff are second to none when it comes to both beer knowledge and personality. While Mike's own brews only showcase one standout in my humble opinion, the Station House Red Ale (B+), he is a huge supporter of cask ale, and I literally jump out of my chair with delight when I get an email notifying me of another cask festival. The last one featured around 15 casks from breweries including his own, HighPoint/Ramstein, Climax, Capt Lawrence, Sly Fox, Yards, River Horse, and maybe one other. Good job, Mike..I will keep supporting you.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very nice looking place; slightly fancy but nothing over the top. I decided to sit at the bar with my girlfriend because I believe that's what you should do at a brewpub, unless there is no room. I was greeted by the bartender who was incredibly nice and personable. She told us, "Happy Hour is going to be in fifteen minutes and if you want something now I will wait to put it in the computer but I won't make you wait for it." Happy Hour is from 3-7 with two dollar pints of there own beer.
The bartender, was very patient and friendly. She answered all our questions about food, beer and even recommended us to check out the upcoming special dinner that they are having that just happens to fall on my birthday. She even asked our names and called us by them when she asked if we needed anything. One of the best bartenders and service I have received.
The Gust 'n' Gale Porter was delicious. It was dark roasted and malty with some bitterness. The Ike's IPA was really good, hoppy and bitter. My desert beer which was a Scotch Ale brewed only two times a year was okay, seemed to be a little bland to me. This guy next to me kept ordering the Scotch Ale, maybe I'm missing something.
The food was delicious. This is the only Uno's with a brewery in it. I had the Uno's Burger and Potatoes. Burger came out just how I wanted it, bloody. Dessert was really delicious, my girlfriend ordered it and we shared it. It was Macadamian Nut cookie with ice Cream.
Overall, this place is really good. I would definitely come back here. I'm pretty sure I'm going to attend or at least try to go to the upcoming events.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is the only Pizzaria Uno that brews beers. It is typical American TGI-Mcfunsters layout all flared up and shit.

The beer is decent and pretty consistant. As is the offerings. They do provide seasonal brews which are usually more interesting than their regular fair.

The service is much better than I would expect from such a place. The servers are friendly and don't pretend they know everything about beers.

Being a former pizza guy, I feel odd saying that I like their pizza. I guess because it is nothing like the pizza I used to make.

Photo of AltBock
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This Pizzeria Uno is located on the South Bound side on highway US 1. It's inbetween a Bennigan's and a Famous Dave's. If it helps, it's down from Menlo Park Mall. It might help because my cheap GPS was way off on the location. As of right now, drinving on US 1 is a little rough due to all the road construction going on. On the outside it looks like just another Pizzeria Uno with a brewery on the far right side. If you've been to one Pizzeria Uno, then you've been to all of them. That means you got wood floors, bricks walls, wood tables and booths, pictures of old time Chicago, and depending if they have a liquor license, a big wooden bar. This one has a big rectangular bar on the left side. This is also the side where you can see their entire brewing operation. Just picture a Pizzeria Uno with a brewpub sized brewing operation and you got this place.

Nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the food. Their food menu contains all the usual family Pizzeria restaurant food. That means you got your salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza. They got all types of pizza. You can order your pizza Chicago style, regular, thin crust, or a flat bread. I just ordered a regular style pizza with 3 toppings. It was pretty good. It wasn't too greasy like some other pizzas I've had. If you come here, just expect average family restaurant food.

I didn't have any problems with the service. It was alomst dead in there, so I got fast service. I was always asked if I wanted another beer and my pizza came right out. When i first walked in and asked what they had on draft, the bartender told me that they brew their own beer (that's why I came) and then they said their style of beer is like a certain macro. For instance, their Belgain wit was like Blue Moon and the Gust-n-Gale was like Guinness. Uhh, I'll take the Guinness like beer please. I forgot what they said their Ike IPA was like because that beer didn't taste like any macro I've had.

Their beer selection consists of 5 regular main stay drafts (Ike IPA, Station House Red, Gust-n-Gale, Bootlegger Blonde, 32 Inning Ale) and at least 2 seasonals. When i was there the seasonals were Pale Bock and Belgian Wit. The Belgian Wit was good, the Pale Bock not so good, Station House is average, Ike IPA was really good, but by far the best beer they had was their Gust-n-Gale Porter. I wouldn't mind a growler filled with the Gust-n-Gale. That and the Ike IPA are the must haves.

If you're in the area and looking for some decent brewpub beers and some family restaurat style food, then stop at this Pizzeria Uno on US 1 South. I wouldn't go too far out of my way to stop here, but granted it isn't all that far from Oak Tree Liquors. That's always a plus in my book.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped by this nice, big Pizzeria Uno on a weekend afternoon. Getting to this place is a bit of a nightmare, given the construction and subsequent traffic on Route 1. However, once you're inside the spacious brick and wood interior is relaxing and comfortable. I sat at a booth in the dining area, where a TV can be clearly seen from almost any table. Didn't notice the music, if there was any. The service was very good, but my Chicago Classic pizza was mediocre at best.

I wasn't impressed with my tiny $9 individual pie, but I might just return for the beer ($5.50 for 6 samples). My favorite was the seasonal Weizenbock that I would describe as a golden, wheat nectar with nice hop and alcohol balance. There were also five year round offerings:

Bootlegger Blond - A light, balanced, clean kolsch-like beer.
Station House Red Ale - Nice, but non descript. An easy drinker for sure.
32 Inning Ale - A decent pilsener
Ike's IPA - A middle of the road IPA
Gust-N-Gale Porter - A worthy porter with an emphasis on black malt.

If you're shopping in the area (i.e., Menlo Park Mall) this place would be a good choice for a bite and a brew.

Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

More of a pizza and food place than known for its great selection of beer, this pizzeria uno had a great atmosphere, and when I went there with my girlfriend, was very busy with many people and a pretty crowded bar area... great selection of food and appetizers and awesome pizza... had a couple of beers on tap, some that i never heard of... food was high quality and great, although a little on the pricey side... would definitely come back here again for the food, atmosphere, and good service, with a friendly waitress who was quick to point out good suggestions...

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My fiance and I drove up to Menlo to give this Uno brewpub a shot. We are ell accustomed to Uno's regular grille and bar locations, and I was pretty excited to hear that they had a brewpub to offer in Metuchen.

There were 5 beers on tap at the time of our visit: the Gust and Gale Porter, the Ike's IPA, the Bootlegger Blonde, the 32 Inning Ale, and the Stationhouse Red. I had pints of both the porter and the ipa, with the porter being supurb and the ipa being...not so good.

My fiance had the chipotle chicken sandwich, which she has had previously at another Uno location and I had the sirloin steak tips, which were amazing at medium rare.

Prices on the food were pretty typical for casual dining, with sandwiches and burgers under 10 bucks, and most entrees 10-15 bucks. Pints were 3.50, which is excellent. I am not sure if they are always that cheap or if the fact it was a saturday afternoon had anything to do with it.

If you live in the area, this is a great choice. Probably not worth traveling to, but certainly a step up from the typical casual dining beer offerings.

Photo of mattpetti
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

O.K., now i know that this is a chain restaurant and all so it is tough to judge things accoringly on service and quality and such. The place is clean, decently lit, service is always good (i've never had a problem). The seat you fast and try to get you out faster. That is what a chain is. Throw in some excellent beer and that just makes it ten times better. Rather than sitting down and enjoying a pizza with an Uno amber ale, you can have an Ike'a ipa. Perfect. Now this place is slightly out of the way from collge crazyness that you can sit and have your meal in peace or chatterbox it up without any problem. It is comfortable. The beers on tap are awesome (Mike knows his stuff). They have growlers now. What more can you ask for from a chain? Nothing. If you dont like uno food fine, go for the beer then you wont be dissapointed.

Photo of BillyB
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I try not to look at this place as a brewpub with chicago style pizza, but more as a chicago style pizza place that also brews beer.
If you want a cheap deep dish pizza and some fresh beer this is not a bad place to go. Their not very knowledgeable about beer but they don't shun there BA-type customers either. Afterall it's just a pizza place.
The bitter, witbier, and marzen are all decent beers. The porter, IPA and oatmeal stout are above average.
It's a very low key, unpretentious vibe but you do have to suffer through all that silly chain resturaunt suspenders and stick pin bullshit. I'd go back again

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have been there several times. The atmosphere isn't much. Very chain-like - nothing special - however, the bar is apart from the restaurant, and the bar area has a nice enough atmosphere. It is comfortable.
Usually the service is good. The staff is very friendly. They have five beers and a seasonal. The seasonals are usually very good. The beers have always been slightly above average to very good, in my experience.
The food is not that great - but not bad either - typical chain food.
It draws a nice, friendly crowd - It's certainly worth stopping by if in the area.

Photo of thetachibro
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

this place isn't that bad...if you're looking for a really nice unique bar to drink then this isn't your place...i mean the atmosphere isn't bad but it's basically a fridays or ruby tuesdays that brews its own beer and serves glorified pizza hut pizza....the beers that they have are pretty good and they started to serve growlers...i got one of their porter. ...the bartenders were real nice and polite...one added note: im not sure if it was happy hour or not...it was about 7:15 when i was there but the sampler was only $5.50 for five six ounce beers which i thought was pretty good.

overall: a good place to grab a nice brew

Photo of jaluria
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Located off of Rt. 1, Pizzeria Uno is an interesting place with an expansive space that is decorated with antique pieces of artwork and photographs. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual with a bunch of patrons that are regulars. The food and service has been excellent ever time I've been here. If there is one thing I can point to as a flaw, it's their beer selection which is quite limited. However, the beers they have are good and worth trying. I found most servers to be knowledgable about their brews and comfortable making suggestions for food/beer pairings. Overall, I enjoy coming here and think it's a great place to have lunch and a beer.

Photo of francisweizen
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

From the outside and the inside, this is a typical Uno's (albeit a big, nice one). Since I usually hate chains I have to dock this place some points. But hey, the pizza is not that bad, although it is very pricey for what you get. Anyways. The beer selection (five year rounds and one seasonal) and quality is great. Our server was also very nice, and friendly as well. I only tried one beer here, as the first one was so good, I was just dumbfounded. Get the scotch ale if it is on tap when you come here. It is damn good. Anyways, Mike is doing a great job with the brews here, and it's cool that Uno's is letting him do his thang.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Well, this is certainly not your average Pizzeria Uno chain restaurant. They do maintain the Uno schtick to a degree, but the airy, large brick building, copper mini-brewery, hanging iron walkways, large oval wooden bar and ample seating made it a lot more appealing that the usual "TGI Fridays" atmopshere you'll find at all the other Unos outside Chicago. They had a good selection of brews and one seasonal (nut brown,) I had the porter and it was a damn good beer. Of course I had to order pizza, call me a traitor but I have to admit I love the deep-dish style as much as the thin crust style. Still though, the food is nothing different than any other Uno. Service was good, we accounted for 10 out of 13 patrons but even so the bartender was friendly and attentive. An out of the way place, but if you're passing through Metuchen it's worth checking out for the beer.

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I used to live in the area, and had been here many times. This, however, was my first visit in about 5 years.
The restaurant is located in a commercial area, sandwiched between two other chain places, near a mall. Inside, it's dark and has a cold atmosphere. It is clean, and relatively open, however. Unlike a lot of brewpubs, it doesn't look like they consider the brewing equipment to be a showpiece.
The food is sub-par, uninteresting, mass-produced deep-dish pizza. It's okay, but not particularly good. The beer, on the other hand, was much better than I remembered. Clean, fresh, and tasty. Of note was the scotch ale, IPA, and Porter. All were on-style and quite good.
On the whole, Uno's is not outstanding, but, for sure, I'd be willing to make another visit.

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopover on the way back from Heavyweight.Typical chain restraunt type atmosphere. The food is comparable to any PU around. Friendly people and the brewer is a friendly guy who likes to talk beer. Beers are decent enough and the selection is interesting enough for a visit. Have not frequented enough to get a feel for consistancy yet, so updates will need to follow. As far as seating goes, one side has dining, the other is a bar area.The bar is adorned with ample TV's for football Sunday. Ample seating all around. Family atmosphere, so a great place to bring the kids so that you can have some beer...

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

The dreaded Pizzeria Uno's - but I was in the area and figured I would sit down and try some beers made in-house. They had 6 beers on tap, the 5 standards (Blond, Lite, Red, IPA, and Porter) and a special Oktoberfest. The beers were of a good quality, most notibly the IPA, Porter, and Oktoberfest. The Lite was pretty lame, but understandably made for the macro drinking crowd.

The bartender was friendly, fast, and pretty knowledgable about the house brews. Disappointingly, out of the 10 patrons at the bar only 4 were drinking house brews while others were doing mixed drinks. The bar is square seating about 15 - 20 with numerous tables outside the bar area. Load of TVs with the usual ESPN, stocks, YES network, etc.

Since I was quaffing a few pints, I didn't want an empty stomach so I succumbed to one of those pizzas. Yes, it was miserable, almost a Hunt's ketchup type sauce with cheap mozzarella and so-so sausage. The crust is the worst around. Tough to compete with all those great Jersey / NY pizza joints. But let's get back to what we came for ...the beer.

Definitely worth a stop (if the traffic doesn't cause a serious Jersey road rage incident first). The beers here were surprising flavorful and quite enjoyable. I'll definitely be back in the future, but I'll eat before I get here next time.

Photo of PudTinkler
4.4/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The brewer is outstanding. Actually, I've known Mike Sella for several years...prior to his brewing life. The guy throws a mean wiffleball. I guarantee that if you take him out in the parking lot of Pizzeria Uno, he'll fire 3 right by you.

The beers are outstanding. My personal favorites are the Gust 'n Gale Porter and the IPA. Mike is good about brewing seasonals, but I think the man is holding him down, otherwise he'd be a lot more experimental. More recently he has produced a Weisebock which was delicious. He also produced a Nut Brown Ale at one point, which was an all-time favorite....his Stout has a nice hoppiness too.

The servers are usually well-educated about the beers, and the food is about what you'd expect from a chain.

Stop in and check it out, but don't expect a hit off of the crafty veteran righthander.

Photo of yen157
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Didn't have any food besides the cheese sticks and I don't feel like I missed much because after all this is a Pizzeria Uno. Anyway, this is about the beer. Don't be turned off by the name of the place (I admit it, I was) because Mike brews some real beer here. There is the obligatory blonde (this too was good), but it is all uphill from there. The Red Ale has a good malt character with hops to match, 32 inning ale is a flawless kolsch-ish ale, the IPA is a solid example of a British Style one, a nice departure from the over-the-top west cast versions. The porter was rich with heavy notes of charcoal and chocolate, and the seasonal was the great, smokey scotch ale. good stuff.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

For a chain, this is definitely a cool place. I believe it was noted that this is the only member of the chain that has a brewery. Therefore, it will be the only one I will go to. The service is great. Very quick and polite with everything. Atmosphere is also pretty cool as you sit in the bay of a huge garage with TVs all over the place as well as other pics from the history of Chicago and such.

I went with barbeque chicken pizza as a few friends of mine had told me that the pizza was great. I really don't know about that, but it was ok. Some other things that were being served looked great, and I may grab one as I am enjoying the rest of the beers sometime. I was only able to try the Porter this time. I was very impressed. This was definitely a cool little place, and would make for a nice affordable night out for a bunch of people who like some good beer and sports.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located right off Highway 1, this Uno is located near a bunch of other chain-type restaurants and what-not. After you get the "turn right to turn left" thing down, head on over here because this is the only Uno I know of that brews their own beers! Not far from the Raritan Center where I was staying. Parking shouldn't be a problem.

The atmosphere is similar to most other restaurants in the chain. The bar is separate from the restaurant and has TVs above it. There is a lot of brick inside and they have some of their beers' logos painted on the walls which I thought was a nice touch.

On to the beer. I was really expecting a half-assed attempt at some brewpub-type beers but I was actually surprised that most of the beers were above average. You can purchase a sampler of all the beers in rotation for $5. I thought the IPA and Porter were well-done. Thankfully the "Uno Amber" that you can find at most other locations was nowhere to be found.

It was pretty slow on a Tuesday night and the bartender was pleasant and knew the beers pretty well. She was even kind enough to lend me a pen and paper to write down my beer notes since I forgot to bring them.

The food at Uno's is consistent. It isn't stellar but it isn't bad either. It is the same quality you get from places like TGI Friday's, and around the same price too.

Overall this was a nice find. Now I can only hope that the rest of the chain follows suit and starts brewing!

Photo of jrancan
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Okay, we all know this is Pizzeria Uno and I'm sure many people on this site don't have great things to say about it, but let's just stick to the beer. This guy Mike Sella makes some great beer! The Hefe I just had was undoubtebly one of the best I had in a long time (Brooklyn Weiss on draft is another). The IPA, extremely hopped up and outstanding. And although not really a porter guy, I loved the chocolately undertones and smokiness.
Went on a Saturday afternoon and prices were cheap, so cheap in fact, that I thought the bartender kept making mistakes. I think our first round of 2 cost $3.00.
Atmosphere was nice and laid back, you wouldn't even know it was a big chain restaurant.
Anyway, big fan of Mike's beers. Hopefully they'll start selling growlers soon.

Update 8/05
Half price pints($2) and apps from 3-7 and 10-close. That is a great happy hour.

Photo of slander
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just another chain restaurant on the Post Road? Nope, not quite. One of many amongst the Applebee's, Chili's, TGIFridays, Bennegin's, etc? No. Wrong again.
Hey!! They brew beer here and Brewer Mike Sella does a good damn job at it, too. I've been here before the brews have always been excellent. Me, Jed and Davo rolled in for lunch last week en route to the Heavyweight open house. Yeah yeah, pizza, deep dish, thin crust, yeah yeah. My own personal pepperoni pizza done thin crust worked just fine.
Funny thing. The server asks if we want pint or pilsner sized glasses and we opted for the pilsners thinking "let's keep 'em small, it's going to be a long day" and got big ol' Weisse glasses instead. Oh well, I guess we'll keep 'em large. The IPA is very good and the porter is outfrickenstanding!! Brews are always good here. A very nice surprise for this type chain-ish restaurant. Good bar scene, games, trivia, all that.
The part that's a little buggy is the serving of swill in addition to the house beers. I think it's an insult to the brewer by serving the swill. And having to liken the house beers to other swill to draw analogies to what kind of a beer they are (the "this" is like a Sam Adams, the "this" is like a Heineken, etc.) is a tad on the painful side but you shouldn't let it take away from the experience overall. Good brewpub.

Photo of Mick
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1

I live very close to this place, within walking distance so I have the opportunity to visit frequently. This is a chain restaurant that serves chain restaurant food. I no longer eat at any Uno's because the food is prepackaged, as expected from a chain. The atmosphere, once again a chain restaurant. The service, need I repeat, chain restaurant.

However, this is Beer Advocate. The beers served at Uno’s are really good. They have a nice offering and it appears that they work hard to keep the beer in a good position. Unfortunately being part of a chain restaurant there is some visible marketing posturing from the corporate office that cheapens the whole experience. But, that is not a hit to the brewer, to reiterate good beer.

Personally, I think the experiment of brewing by Uno's is a failed one. It would serve the brewer much more to go to work for a "brewpub" or branch out on his own. I am sincere about that, once again not a hit to the brewer, Mike a fellow BA. Rather it is a compliment. His beer acumen would easily bring him success in any different setting whether at a brewpub or small brewery.

However, please go visit Mike for a beer as my gripes are not with the brewer or his product.

Photo of beerluvr
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Checked this place out while meeting up with Davo & rotsaruch for lunch and beers. Nice comfortable atmosphere, lots of tables and booths and a great bar serving only made on premises beer, among the regular liquor offerings. Had to try the Chicago-style deep dish pizza, it was excellent...worth the money! And a thanks to Mike S., the brewmaster and bartender on our visit. Had a pint each of the clovey, banana-ish Dunkelweizen, the superbly bitter IPA, and the coffeeish, roasty Porter. Go for the pizza...stay for the beer!

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Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery in Metuchen, NJ
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