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Pearl Street Grill And Brewery

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3.54/5
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Place Score: 86
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.77
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76 Pearl Street
Buffalo, New York, 14202
United States
phone: (716) 856-2337

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
3.28/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited before and after the Buffalo Brewfest. Absolutely huge bar with lots of patio space (even if some of them overlook the I-90 or whatever the hell its called). Fairly decent atmosphere, and I bet it gets rammed on gameday due to its proximity to the baseball stadium and the HSBC arena. The beers I had were pretty mediocre, and for that reason I doubt I'll ever go back next time I swing through town. They were all lacking a little something, although the best of the bunch was the (Canal) Street Brawler stout, which was passable. I ordered the smoked gouda soup, and it made a pleasing lunch. The rest of the menu looks like regular bar fare. Service was good and friendly, so no complaints there, although when I tried to order the IIPA from the chalkboard it turned out it had not been on tap for 4 days, but you know how hard it is to wipe chalk off a board... Prices seemed to be inline with what I expected.

Why do I keep coming back here? Perhaps its because its so close to the bus station and makes a good place to kill time? I've had two subsequent visits. Its still not a real beer destination, falling between two stools, with all the beer being better than macro, but worse than your average craft. Pales in comparison to Buffalo's other beer bars.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Misterphinister
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The beer is awful here. There have been numerous brewmasters throughout the years that have changed the recipe countless times. I can't even finish an American IPA here without struggling. Great place to watch a game or eat food but avoid the beers at all cost

Photo of Steffanie
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Must visit if you're in the area. Live music on the weekends. Great, great, great food. Decent selection, rarely out of what you wanted.

Photo of timmy2b
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Local Brewery that is a great place for pre or post game for Sabres, Bandits or any event at the Arena or outdoor concert venue downtown. There are two levels, and an outdoor patio (late spring, summer and Fall) that are open to the public. There are also 2 other areas for rentals for parties, wedding receptions, etc. The Service at the bar varies between the bartenders on at the time, but they have a wide selection of different styles at all times (including blue and blue light for friends who don't take risks). The servers are fairly attentive and every meal that I have had has been good, Chicken Wings are excellent. The price for the beers is great $4.60 each last night. The price of food is a little bit higher that other places, but not overpriced for a brewery.
The beers are decent, nothing out of this world, but there is something for everyone which makes this a great meeting place pre or post event!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Passing through Buffalo, stopped here for dinner and some brews, really enjoyed the place. Service was fast and friendly, food tasted good, prices were reasonable. Their house beers were overall pretty good and I hope to go back the next time I am passing through.

Photo of boszormeny
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in before a Sabres game. This is the place to go, only a block away from the rink. The main level was full, but they told us we could seat ourselves in the heated outdoor patio. I was a little concerned when they told us this, but they have a full bar and lots of room. We didn't feel the cold, but that could have been the beers that helped. We had to go to the bar to get our own drinks and order our food, but its a good system because the food was quick considering how busy the place was. The beer selection was overwhelming, which isn't a bad thing in my books. There were 10-12 taps and lots of selection from light to dark beer. I tried a double IPA and a raspberry stout. Both were very tasty. Food was average pub food, but well done. We had wings, fries and other finger foods.

Photo of Wortman1998
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

It's a good stop for a good cold beer and a good burger. It is a really nice, comfortable atmosphere - laid back... Pretty decent selection of beers, locals, crafts and all. They seem to always have some Great Lakes on tap - good for me. I'd recommend this stop. we have enjoyed it the few times we've been there.

Photo of JakeSz44
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Food and Atmosphere are the reasons to come here. It has a very laid-back brewpub feel making it very easy to relax and enjoy a few beers. Gone here a few times for lunch and was always satisfied with the food especially the wings and their specialty pizzas.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I stopped by here for lunch on a recent business trip to Buffalo. The atmosphere was very good, but I was fairly disappointed after that. I had the filet mignon sandwich which was chewy and over cooked, but I got the gouda soup instead of the fries and it was excellent. I tried the sampler of 10 - 2 ouce beers and they were OK at best. I wanted to like the Saber's Edge DIPA, but it was below average. The best beer I tried was probably the Don Cherry and I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. I asked about the growler prices out of curiosity and seemed to confuse the bartender. Once she recovered and found the prices they were very high. They had a big display with several items to buy and since I usually purchase a pint glass when I visit a new brew pub on the way out I asked the hostess about getting a pint glass and she seem very confused about the process and didn't know what I should do. I ended up leaving without a pint glass or a satifying beer.

Photo of vonnegut21
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75

Pearl Street Grill and Brewery is located in a beautiful building in downtown Buffalo. The atmosphere is excellent and is by far the biggest selling point of this place.

The beers are average at best. I'm not sure I had one of their beers that I thought was "good." Street Brawler stout was fine, but nothing special. The selection is varied, so there are a lot of options to find a good beer. I just wasn't able to.

The service was pretty good, which is impressive because they're generally very busy. The food is good, typical brewpub fare, but a bit pricey.

Overall, an OK option if you're friends/family want to get food and a beer, but by no means worth making a special trip to go here.

Photo of alexkeil
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The repurposed building this brewpub is in is the coolest part of the experience here. An old manufacturing building, they kept some of the old equipment to make an interesting ceiling fan system. The original hard wood floors and brick walls give a historic and tough look that is decidedly Buffalo. There are many floors to explore or have parties or different functions in: there is a basement bar, banquet facilities, several levels of patio space. The food is what you would expect for a brewpub, especially one in Buffalo: wings, roast beef, burgers, sandwiches, fish fry. The beer is well made: one of the flagships is a german altbeer which is excellent. There is always a good selection of in house beers and there is really no reason to order anything that isn't made there. They also occasionally host a homebrew competition with the winner's recipe served on tap. The location is also great: within walking distance of the First Niagara Center and Coca Cola Field.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been here a few times in the last couple of years. The atmosphere is always a good time, especially for pre-game and post-game during the hockey season. The place is usually packed, but Pearl Street is so expansive that you can usually get a drink and be seated within 20 mins.

The beers are decent, but nothing special. The summer seasonals are probably the better of the offerings. If your a beer freak/geek than this isn't the place for you. I've been to worse brew pubs and I've been to better. The food is good, but it's just standard American eats and their aren't too many stand-out dishes.

If you're planning a fun night in downtown Buffalo and you want to grab a bite and a beer, this isn't the worst place you could choose. But don't plan on making Pearl Street your one and only destination.

Photo of southsider
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My better half and I planned on visiting this brewpub at noon while seeing Niagara Falls in the summer of 10.
Downtown street parking was a little iffy. The building was huge with several levels nicely decorated. We sat at the bar and were well treated by the staff as well as one of the assistant brewers that chatted with me about brewing for 15 minutes or so.
The food was very good,my wife having the fish and chips paired with a nice oatmeal stout and I had the pot roast which was braised with their excellent german amber,a glass of which I had with my meal. After lunch I had their IPA which I found to be only so-so. The real finds were the chocolate and rasberry stouts that we really enjoyed. Nice to see three kinds of stout in one place especially in the summer.
The meal,drinks and growler to go were a little pricey but the quality of food and service we recieved made it well worth it.

Photo of excalibur
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It is a large place but still has a lot of wood and seemed cozy. I enjoyed a sabre beer and thought it was great with high gravity, nice color and good complex flavor. My wife had a double IPA which was also very good and hoppy. We stopped for lunch and had stuffed peppers and gouda soup which were very nice. Our waiter was very attentive and even showed us around the place, as it was slow. We enjoyed our visit here and would recommend it to other thirsty travelers, especially during their off hours.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I spent one day in Buffalo and stopped at several beer places in the city. Pearl Street was within walking distance of our hotel in downtown, so we gave it a try on a Friday night at 1am. They were about to close but still up for a couple of beers.

The place is huge! But we just hung out at the bar. Nice chalkboard with all the available beers on tap. Good service despite being last call, attentive bartender. Didn't try food but enjoyed the beers.

Had the Billy Bonka Chocolate Stout, which was alright but not great; the Lake Effect IPA, which we really enjoyed, and the Sabres Edge Double IPA- very good! I've read some reviews that say the beers are only average. Maybe, but they're more than good enough! And not many brewpubs have DIPA's on tap, so I'm all for it.

All in all, we enjoyed our late-night visit to Pearl Street and will most definitely go back when we're back in Buffalo.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is HUGE with 4 (?) floors and a couple of huge balconies. Their beer is not excellent (in general terms) but is very good and this is a worthwhile stop if heading to or through Buffalo. I tried the 2 oz tasters of their entire draft board and also had a few pints. The Oatmeal Stout was definitely my favourite and the seasonal Raspberry Stout and Double IPA were both very good too. I would stay away from the Chocolate Stout though, unless you like the taste of chocolate syrup poured in to a stout.

Their wings were also very good - comparable to Anchor Bar.

The atmosphere is really great both inside and on the balcony. And the prices are very reasonable. Most pints are just over $4, including the DIPA.

I will be heading back there soon I'm sure...

Photo of AVDeuph
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was in Buffalo for an audition and someone at the hotel front desk recommended this place, so there I am:

Cool looking bar area, with the old style, pulley-run ceiling fans. A big beer board, I always like those.

Service was slow and slightly annoying, but not bad really. My girlfriend and I got the 9-beer sampler. I have a complaint here - yeah it was only $7.50, but the samples we got were not more than an 1.5 ounces (it was supposed to be 2 ounces). I prefer to pay a little more for 9 5oz samples or something like that, because between two people we really only got a sip each of the beers.

That said, some of the beers were really bland, and some were actually very good. The DIPA was nice and I would order it if I was there again. Actually their "flavored" styles were probably the most successful. The raspberry, blueberry, and chocolate beers were VERY true to taste. Actually the blueberry (wheat if I remember correctly) was probably the best blueberry beer I've had. Chocolate stout tasted like a tootsie roll, which I love.

Our food was actually very good. I had the open-faced pot roast and my girlfriend had one of the cheese-pasta things, both were very tasty.

If I lived in Buffalo, this would be a common stop for me. Not the best brewpub I've been to by any means, but definitely worth stopping by.

Photo of reustyMMX
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pearl Street is an awesome place to go for a pint.

Several stories tall each floor has a different feel. I've mostly eaten on the first two stories.

The bottom floor has a large bar area and many tables for seating, it also contains the brewery which is visible through full length windows. It can get pretty loud downstairs especially if there is a Sabres game that night.

Food is good bar food, decent wings (for Buffalo, if you are used to BWW or Hooters or some other garbage you will really enjoy Pearl St's wings).

Their beer is quiet good, usually a few staples are always on, lake effect, trainwreck, etc. But sometimes there are a few gems on like their IIPA.

Overall a very nice place to visit if you are in the downtown Buffalo area.

Photo of mnrider
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After going to Niagara Falls i decided to stop in Buffalo and check out the city. I saw this place and thought it would be a chill to drink and eat at. The first thing i noticed was the outside terraces on each floor. Inside the first floor has the bar, While the other floors have a game room and more seating to eat. The beer selection was good and all the ones i had were defiantly up to par with other brew pubs. The food was just ok however. Service was good as the bartender knew alot. I also really liked the belt driven ceiling fans on the first floor. If i lived in the area i would definitely be a regular after Hockey games or whenever.

Photo of Fezfreak
5/5  rDev +32.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

On August 9, 2009, I visited pearl Street Brewing Co. on a mini beer-tour (during a music tour) of Western New York.

To say I was impressed with this establishment is an understatement. The barkeeper was extremely knowledgeable about all the beers. For beer samples I had the Coffee Stout, Raspberry Coffee Stout, Vienna Lager, and Premium Blonde. All were very good. But I stuck with their heavily hopped Pale Ale, which tasted more like an IPA (explaining why I stuck with it!).

I just wish I'd had more time to hang out.

For eats I went away from the expected and had their "most-excellent" 6 Cheese Bow Tie pasta with caramelized onions, garlic and tomatoes. There should be laws against food so good! It didn't hurt that this dish won Taste of Buffalo's "People's Choice Award". Man, they were right!!!

Keep in mind the date of my visit. A Sunday, right at opening (12PM sharp). Everyone knows a restaurant's best cooks and staff are home in bed on Sundays, usually hungover from the night before. I mean, it wasn't haute cuisine or anything. Just good pub grub. To have the service and food quality at that hour on a Sunday means that you should do okay there ANY day of the week.

Strongly Recommended.

Photo of Hibernator
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Made an unexpected visit to Pearl Street Grill and Brewery late on Friday. The people I were with recommended dropping by here to check it out before heading home. First off, this place is HUGE. They host weddings, banquets and catering as well as being a brewery. There are several levels (4) to the brewery that appears to have previously been home to a factory or some type of industrial operation.

When we entered on the first floor the place was pretty empty with a band finishing up a stellar rendition of Don't Let Me Down by The Beatles. After ordering a round of beers we headed upstairs where there was outdoor seating and plenty of people having a good time.

From what I remember, the beer selection included Train Wreck German Amber, Street Brawler Stout, Lake Effect Pale Ale, Lighthouse Premium Blonde, St. Pearlie Girl, Sabers Edge Double IPA and a Blueberry Ale. I stuck with the Sabers Edge, which was a pretty tasty double IPA.

I had a good time while I was there, sitting outside and taking in the sights of the city which included the HSBC Arena close by. I also felt the whipping winds of the lake that helped keep me comfortable as I enjoyed my stay in Buffalo.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The GF and I took a trip to Niagara Falls, ON about a month ago. Being a local, she suggested that we go to a Sabres game as well as Pearl Street Grill. The place was pretty packed with hockey fans when we arrived, though most of them were at the first floor bar, so getting a table was all of a 10 minute deal. During the wait, i wedged my way up to the bar and was greeted by a friendly and helpful bartender who gave me the rundown of their brews (and politely noted the sign to the right of the bar that does the same thing, haha). I ordered up a Lake Effect, and a Trainwreck for the GF.
After we were seated, we had ourselves an order of wings and a couple of burgers. The food was about what you'd expect at a bar (pretty good) but our waitress was about as inattentive as they come(hence the low service score).
After the bill was settled we went upstairs for a couple games of pool, some darts, a MFing $9 pack of cigarettes (haha), and a couple more beers.

I liked this place. It seemed like a pretty chill little hangout and if I lived in the Buffalo area, I could picture coming back.

Photo of SBALDWIN
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i was surprised that neither my waiter nor the manager nor the bartender could answer a single quaetion i had about their beers...the beers were pretty good.

the food was good for a pub.. went during the lunch hour and was pretty busy with business people. was seated right away and had food within minutes of ordering..

the food was good for a pub.. nice size menu with different meals than the norm...

also beer was available in pint, sampler, and half pint...

could buy a gallon growler, half gallon growler, screw top or swing top...

Photo of dogfishandi
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

ive been here a couple times, but for beer bars in buffalo, its definately not my favorite. the thing i do really like about this place is the building and the history. apparently some 100 years ago, this building was a warehouse of sorts that exsisted on "the most dangerous square mile on earth" due to all the sailors and crime. its prolly one of the biggest bars ive been to with 4 floors. bars and dinner tables on the first 2 and banquet halls on the rest. being inside reminded me of being in a real old warehouse or something. they have a lot of balconys for those summer days.

the beer isnt great, but its not bad either. the actual brewery was so tiny. i expected it to be much larger just cause the massive size of the building and the big grain silos out back. it must be why they dont distribute there beer anywhere else than the brewery. they had your average brewpub selection, pale ale, hefewiezen, stout, amber, scotch ale. i spotted a IPA on the menu, but they said they werent brewing it currently, so i thought that was lame, cause ipas are huge now. they had a pretty good chery wheat beer that was much better than the sam adams version. none of their beers actually stood out to me. i got a growler of their 6% lake effect pale ale, their staple brew, and it was a little above average for a pale ale.

the food was your standard brewpub swill. i got a pulled pork sandwich that looked kinda like cafeteria food. it wasnt too bad, but ive had much much better. i was with about 5 people and our waitor at our table was pretty good and somewhat knowledgeable about beer. but i was at the bar a good 2 hours before i ate, and when i tried to order a appetizer at the bar, the bartender took my order told me 20 min. and when i came back he claimed i never ordered anything and got all mouthy with me. it is a bit pricey here as compared to the quality of their product
(so so). i wouldnt reccomend you go out of your way to go to this place, but its worth a visit if your around the area. however, if you are in the area, i would suggest you check out mr goodbar, or coles, both on elmwood (not breweries, but have killer beer on tap). or if you want to take about an hour or so drive down to ellicottville, where the ellicottville brewing company is located. in a quaint little town, great ski town atmosphere, as well as many other great bars foot steps away. not to mention some great fresh brewed beers. they also have a location in fredonia which might be a shorter drive from buffalo.

Photo of wieserjd
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

My wife and I had out wedding reception here on the 3rd floor. We had our own full bar with all of Pearl Street's beers which was cool. Their Lake Effect (pale ale) is by far their best offering and I drank a lot of them that day. Their stout (Street Brawler) is also pretty good. No exotic beer here; its pretty much their beer along with Blue.

The first and second floors are open to the general public and offer lots of seating along with bar games (video games, pool and darts).

Their food is pretty good. I had eaten here 4 or 5 times before our reception and was never disappointed. We had a three cheese pasta, salmon and beer-braised beef along with lots of tasty appetizers.

Pearl Street can get pretty crowded before and after Sabres and Bandits games. They offer special packages that draw in lots of fans to eat and drink pre-game.

Service is always good. They did a really good job with keeping our wedding guests happy and full.

I wish they offered a wider selection of beer and I know that they are planning on introducing some new offerings soon. A belgian would be nice.

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Pearl Street Grill And Brewery in Buffalo, NY
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.