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Tap & Table

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Tap & TableTap & Table
BA SCORE
96
world-class

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 4.69%
Taps: 9
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4226 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 18049
United States
phone: (610) 965-1009
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(Place added by: organicbrewer on 05-20-2009)
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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

Visited on 6/10/10 before the premiere of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which we had to drive to Allentown to see. I figured since we're in the area, we might as well stop somewhere nearby for a brew or two.

Tap and Table boasts a rustic but comfortable atmosphere set in a barn-style building. Inside, there are tables to the left and center, while square "C"-shaped bar resides along the right side of the room. Shelving decorated with depleted beer bottles decorates the entire length of the walls. The ceilings are high with exposed supporting beams. We chose to sit at the bar, which was actually quite comfortable.

We were lucky enough to show up with about thirty minutes of happy hour remaining. With half off all drafts (including sampler flights) and $2 all off menu items, we were pleased that we arrived when we did. As for the beer selection, Tap and Table boasts six well-chosen taps that ran the gamut of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast to Avery IPA to Rogue John John Juniper Ale. In addition, they also have three beer engines, although only two selections were available: Bear Republic XP and Lancaster Hop Hog. Bottle selection looked quite impressive, although I must admit that I only took a quick glance, as I typically only order draft beer when visiting an establishment. All three of us opted for the five flight sampler, which was reasonably priced at only $5 during happy hour! The beer was presented in 5oz. sampler glasses.

The food menu also looked quite nice, with a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees. I decided on the seared tuna sandwich with some kind of spicy mango pepper salsa, which was absolutely delicious! The accompanying fries were quite tasty as well. Everyone else enjoyed the food very much.

Service was equally impressive. We were greeted upon entrance by a friendly hostess and received our food quickly and efficiently. Also, our bartender was extremely friendly and also knowledgeable, and was very talkative as we discussed everything from beer to music.

Overall, it was a great experience and I wish we could have stayed a bit longer. This place is definitely a must-stop if you are in the area.

ffejherb, Jun 14, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%

This is my favorite place to go after work for happy hour. They do half off drafts and $2 off the entire food menu from 4-6 Tuesday through Thursday I think.

Tap and Table from the outside doesn't appear to be anything special, but once you go inside you almost Spey back in time to and historic period of somekind. The painted red walls and candles give the place a certain ambiance that unforgettable. The employees there have been awesome every time I set foot in there. Jen, Zach and Nate especially. Everyone is very cool there even the others just sitting at the bar having a drink are pretty cool people.

The bottled beer list is pretty impressive lots to choose from and categorized by style, which helps a lot of people when choosing something that's right for them. The hammered copper top bar always makes me nervous that my beer may tip over so I'm usually very causious about my glass while I'm there.

Everything appears to be in order there. I've been there regularly for the last year or so and the know me by name now. The place is always clean and presented in a very nice manner. The tap rotations are frequently changing too, just about once a week they have new beers on tap there.

The food it very good too, everything I've ever ordered there has been great. The homemade ketchup, mustard, and mayo are excellent on the fries there. They have a great assortment of cheeses and meats and full size plates to choose from if you want an entire meal. Overall I love the Tap and Table. It's becoming a home away from home I guess you could say. I'm not sure if thats a good or bad thing...

Knapp85, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

First time to Tap and Table and I had a nice time. I was flying solo on this trip but the locals and staff were pretty friendly so it didn't take long to get engaged in conversation. Tap and table is a fairly small establishment (perhaps table seating for 60-80) plus bar seating for about 15 people. The decor is very "Colonial meets Belgian meets Opium Den" in my opinion. High vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, deep crimson painted walls with white candles lit throughout the establishment, what appears to be a hand hammered (copper or brass maybe?) bar top, etc.

The draft list is small - only about 6 but with 2-3 beers on Cask in addition to a fairly extensive bottle list. A few nice vintage offerings are sprinkled throughout the list. I had a Blue Point Pale Ale on Cask, a Dark Horse Tres Blueberries on Draft, and a 1993 Courage Russian Imperial Stout bottle.

Service was good - Jenn was friendly, attentive, and knew a bit about beer styles and the products they offered. Zach (I think it was Zach and apologize if I'm mistaken about that) seemed to know a touch more about beer.

Food was good to very good (I'd give it a 4.3 if I could) and I'm told that one of the chef's from "The Farmhouse" had recently started working at Tap and Table so the food has supposedly been getting better recently was per a couple of the locals I talked to (nice meeting you Dick). I had a nice Cahill Porter Cheddar with some type of sweet chutney....very tasty!

Food was a bit pricey, as were some bottles. Drafts were standard and Happy Hour, Tues thru Fri nites, 4 - 6 pm offers half priced tap beers and $2 off each menu item.

Solid place to visit while in Emmaus / Allentown / Bethlehem area!

koopa, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of vikingloki
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%

Well I really wanted to update my original review, and can't post a new one, so I have to add to this one. After frequenting the TnT for over a year now, and having attended 3 great beer dinners and 1 complete dud of a dinner, I'm happy to say that the TnT reamains awesome.

Our favorite time to go is for Happy Hour, Tues thru Fri nites, 4 - 6 pm. Everthing on tap is half price, and it's $2 off each menu item. I just keep checking the website until there is a couple of beers on tap I want to try, then we go and have a blast for a couple of hours.

The food remains great, and the beer selection is outstanding. The bar staff takes great care of us, going above and beyond to accomodate non-beer drinkers. I would highly recommend making this a regular spot for all BAs, and taking a special trip if you don't live near here.

Lucky me, right around the corner from house - THANK YOU Beer Gods! Visited on a Saturday afternoon with Family, not crowded, we took a table , very nice medievil flair thru-out bar, heavy wooden tables, candles and wrought iron chandeliers, very old world pub feeling, wonderful. Jazzy blues on speakers, ok, no tv-A+ for that.

One of the barkeeps came over right away with a welcome, menus and a kids menu. Big chalkboards behind the bar with brew menu, in addition to the paper copy with beers listed by style in our hands. Barkeep was very patient with us and came over frequently throughout our entire visit, as soon as our beers were gone, he came right over, kept us filled and happy, son too, with soda. Food is top shelf gourmet, not a huge selection, everything was thoughtful, fresh, and extremely well prepared. De-lish!! A little $$$ than we usually spend, but worth it.

The tap selection was outstanding, we had the La Chouffe, Avery White Rascal, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils. Also had St. Bernardus Abt 12 available, wish I didn't have to drive. World class selection of bottles, and looks like they are adding weekly to it. According to ad, they have a Bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

This is a place for YOU - the Beer Advocate. It's all about the beer, and the Tap and Table has a world class selection which is expanding and growing. I will be back, and hope eveyone else goes. If you live in the Lehigh Valley, you need to GO - NOW!

vikingloki, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%

I cant believe I went up to school near these parts and never visited this place which is a gem, this review will be short because I've been drinking all weekend and don't feel like typing.

A- A dark mid evil castle like vibe with tables and a bar area. Does not come off as a beer bar or a regular bar but a 100% original bar. Dark with candles, I love it.

Q- I had some Bullfrog Busted lawnmower from the cask pull and the bottles were not light struck from bright florescents, what more did yu need to know? The bathrooms were clean.

S- I liked the service, it was spiffy and johnny on the spot. The two bartenders even pointed out where the bookstore was and were no problem with starting a convo, good peoples.

S- I had Bullfrog Busted Lawnmower on Cask, what more did you need to know. Well it's about 6 taps, 3 casks, a firkin on the bar and a insane list of crazy beers that is actually pretty condensed and thought out. Not the biggest bottle list but a impressive one at that.

F- Kitchen was closed, but I would not mind eating here.

All in all this place is excellent and a bit spendy, some of the drafts ran up to about 9 beans which is wow to me. T and T is out in the boonies so I can kind of understand that. Not normal bar hours either so call up or check the site to get the latest on where they are at. I love this place and will return. Oh yeah, they had a firkin of St. Somewhere Wild Flower which is new to me, well color me tickled pink.

BARFLYB, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of cooch69
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%

I went here while they had their fruit beer week. All of the drafts were fruit beers, but the one cask they had was a Blue Point Rye Ale. That one that I tried it was pretty good.
The atmosphere was wide open and pretty laid back. It reminded me of a german garden with the seats and tables, and an Old school English pub with all of the candles and wooden decor fixtures and decor.
When I was there a band was in the corner jammin out. I'm not sure how often they have enterainment though.
One of the only complaints I had about this place was that their air conditioner is like 5,000 BTU's and there is like 1,200 square feet in there. It was a bit stuffy and uncomfortable. But I'll have to check it again I'd imagine it will be cozy in the winter. Plus I still havent tried their food.

cooch69, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Kwak
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

love this place, my wife took me here for my birthday so i didnt have to pay so it was awesome. i like the bar sat across from a giant chalk board with a list of a hundred or so beers. mostly bottles and a couple of taps. everything i had was fresh. the food was good i only had fries that were great not the best butt close bartenders were good one didnt know anything about beer so she called the other one. i sat at the bar that opened at three and the tables were all reserved all night. i cant wait to go back. go early if you can it gets crowded after 6.

Kwak, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%

Stopped by here on my way through town. I was just looking for bottles to go, so I cannot speak for the food selection.

This place is the definition of quaint. The restaurant area is dimly lit and has a horseshoe shaped bar in the middle. They have hundreds of decorative bottles lined up on the chair-rail surrounding the room.

The tap selection is limited in size, but awesome quality...stuff I haven't heard of. They have a cooler full of bottles and the list the bartender gave me has even more...I would guess a few hundred different ones to choose from.

My only complaint about the place is the bottle prices. They are high, but not out of line for a nice eatery like this one. A great place to spend an evening!

mgbickel, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%

This place just opened within the past year in Emmaus, PA, not far from our house. We stop by here every few months or so, would like to more often. Tap & Table has an amazing selection of beers and unfortunately, if you're traveling through the area, is a little "out of the way", but well worth the venture. The food has always been good and the beer selection is second to none. They specialize in Belgian style beers but have a nice selection of American micro's. Bein that I live here, they definitely rank among the best in the Lehigh Valley. Beers are always rotating, but the quality is stellar. Price wise, they're not cheap, but not overpriced either - definitely worth a stop if you're in the area or live in the area. It's small, reminds me of a European type of beer pub, and has live music often. I can't even begin to go into how many beers are on the list, just check out the link:
http://www.tapandtable.com/beerlist.php
Tap & Table is a must stop.

jzeilinger, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of mildlybitter75
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%

This is a great place to try something that most places don't have; a very ecclectic mix of beers from all over the country, plus many imports also. Three hand pumps are always a plus, and plenty of bottles and other draft selections.
I took a Monday night off from work to check this place out and I enjoyed my time there. I was the only one in the place besides the help, and the help were a bit snooty but after talking for a bit to them they lightened up and everything was cool.
The only complaints I have with the place is that they offer way to many big beers 7-12 percent which is fine but I would love to see some english bitters or milds on the hand pump, and also the place is very pricey so be prepared to shellout about 7 or 8 buck a beer.

mildlybitter75, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of slander
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%

***My plan: cut out of Maryland Friday early afternoon, do an early dinner with Erin at ABC Camp Hill, hit Tap & Table for the Saison festival, and then go to that beer store in Bethlehem and pick up some of that crazy Nogne O Tyttebaer I'm liking just now.
***How it worked out: left late from dirty Maryland, got caught up on I-81 north for hours and dozens of miles due to the rubbernecking of a tractor trailer accident in the southbound lanes, spent too many hours at ABC Camp Hill, and went the hell home without want of exiting the highway for the Saison festival and having missed the beer store completely as they'd closed already. Best laid plans.
***Recovery: Hit Tap & Table on Sunday on the way back out to PA, catching all the goods from the Saturday still up. Me = win! I am really good at this, you know...

Little place on the side of the road that I blew right past, I mean, that's it? Really? A single room room in an A-frame structure with cross beam rafters and ducts tucked inside mismatched. "P'ish" shaped copper sheet topped wood bar on the far wall seating upwards of a dozen and a half all around. 6 taps on a sunken tower below the bar and a handpump trio to the rear alongside glassfront coolers on the back wall holding singles, 22's & 750's. Angled board above lists draft/cask selections, and a big board on the end listing bottled selections, sorted by country. 2 long benched beer hall tables with a smaller one between them pushed together just now to create 1 long table just off the bar, a few raised roundies tables along the front windows, and 5 tables on the far wall.

The walls are painted red & yellow over wood slat lowers, and curtained windows hold run over candles on their sills. A single framed mirror on one wall, and candles in a decorative case on another. Wall mounted candle holders, wrought iron chandeliers of someone has to get up there and light each one's candles of different sizes & shapes, and a single spinny fan. ½ gallon jugs with candles on the bar, large glass marble games and jars with malt in them with an accompanying spoon, should you want to I don't know what. Small tea candles on the bar, larger ones on the tables. Candles candles everywhere and still the place is dim, some. Empties of all sizes line the sills on at least 2 walls and a large wrought iron rack with kitchen pieces; spoons, ladles, cups, etc. to the rear.

The printed beer menu looks to hold about 180 bottled selections or so, of which about ½ are Belgian and Belgian style, and the remainder, well, the list is broken out by style so it crosses continent and country but you've got a smattering of everything and more of others. Nice selection overall and not absurdly priced (Orval runs $8. Really?) And the everything else; Martinis, 8 wines, and a few beer cocktails (Green Devil = Duvel with a shot of Bluecoat and a drop of lucid Absinthe).

It is Saison weekend and they've got a dozen up and a pair of casks over 2 days. Flights are any 5 for $9, I can deal with that. Started with a pint of the Coronado Saison by the Seas and then did a flight of 5, tasting more along the way. The draft selections (Piccolo Birrificio Seson, nice, kind of fruity, tart, aged in Chardonnay wood barrels; Ballast Point Brother Levonian, kind of honey lightly sweet; Pretty Things Jack D'Or, dry, nicely hopped; Glazen Toren D'Erpe-Mere, most what I know as Saisony of the lot; Cazeau Saison, strange bitterness with elderflower, pleasant; Brooklyn Sorachi Ale, a dry hopped Saison, spicy citrus hoppy I don't know what but I do like), and the cask selections (St Somewhere Saison Du Chen, flowery, barrel tartness; Coronado Saison by the Seas, lightly bitter, but most floral & spicy; Bluepoint Hoptical, the only thing I think I didn't try). The Cazeau & Brooklyn were the most unusual. I think the list we found today (leftovers from Saturday) to be the better of the two days, having missed the Dupont & Foret, Avery 16, North Coast La Merle, St Feuillien Saison, Hennepin & Green Flash Summer Saison as the Friday list goes. At least Saturday's seems more exciting.

Was looking to get my food on, it's a real good menu. I could've easily gone with the grilled organic chicken or seared tuna steaks but opted for the Salmon Oscar; Coho topped with Peekytoe Crab and some crazy sauce and came with asparagus (we were once mortal bleh but we're okay now). Just what I needed today and it fit within my "Summer of Salmon" plan (100 ways, 100 days).

Good crowd. I'm sitting here now with friends of Handsome Ed; I know the guy from like a 1000 beer events, and they're unfolding one by one. And 2 minutes in the door, I heard "There's No Way Out Of Here" (when you come in, you're in for good). Indeed. Good tunes overall, but someone turned down the volume during Comfortably Numb and that someone must be punished. A great selection well maintained, good eats, and a most comfortable hang.

slander, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%

Stopped by for dinner during the Saison festival.

Atmosphere: The restaurant has a long table running right down the middle. Additional tables are to the left and a bar and chef's table are to the right. The restaurant is cozy, we sat at a communal table with another couple. I like the chalkboard listings of beers.

Quality: I was very impressed with everything except a) the AC was blasting and b) the restroom felt like a seedy strip joint with its red lightbulb.

Service: Our server was generally prompt with new drinks and food. A manager hovering around also stopped by.

Selection: Seven saisons on tap, one more on firkin (along with 2 non-saisons). Hundreds of bottles. including some saisons that I was not familiar with. If you can't find something new here, you are, well, an alcoholic. I went with a Coronado Saison by the Sea on firkin and St. Feuillien saison.

Food: Belgian food, especially the mussel focus, is not my bag. My cuban sandwich was nice but could have used more crispy pickles. Ksak's soft shell crab was greasy. Frites were good but I'm unsure of what sauce (a tomato-based one) was served with them. We passed on dessert.

akorsak, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of warriorsoul
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Arrived on a Saturday...1:30pm and glad to see the place was not crowded. We drove by the night prior and the place was packed, which is nice to see, but we were needing to be in and out fairly quickly.
Super easy to locate with plenty of parking.
Walked into a rustic setting w/ exposed wood rafters, about 20 tables or so and a nice wrap around bar to seat another 20 patrons or so. Blues music at a nice level w/ no TV in sight...bonus.
Bottle list clearly presented w/ prices on the back wall with the tap list close by. Simple menus dropped quickly in front of us as we sat at the bar with a very nice greeting from the gentleman behind the bar...actually, all of the staff made its way around the bar at some point and everyone was super enthusiastic to please.
Had a Weed Mountain-High IPA while I was there, followed by a fresh Racer 5 on cask....2 other cask brews as well with 6 other tap choices (see review below for the list).
All of their beers are served in proper glassware and their bottled offerings were priced as it would be in any bottle shop in PA...for example, the Bruery's Black Orchard @ $10 and Pretty Things Jack D'or @ $9.
Food was well prepared, priced right and super fresh. I opted for the Kobe Beef Burger
w/ caramelized onions, applewood Bacon, and aged Cheddar, which was served just south of medium which was much better than being overcooked. Frites were the bomb and hard pretzels on the bar were a nice bonus as we waited for our meals.
My wife had the Grilled cheesesteak flatbread
with braised short ribs, trumpet mushrooms, and tomato glace which was borderline orgasmic.
This place is gonna do quite well if folks catch on to this place and what it has to offer.
A must visit if you are in the area IMO.

warriorsoul, May 30, 2009
Photo of guzzle211
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Candle light sets the vibe with some good blues playing in the background. Soft dark hues abound, giving Tap and Table a real warm and friendly feel. There are several 5-seat tables, as well as larger group tables. The bar is a nice size, and the bottle coolers are visible along the back wall.

Quality is top-notch; its evident the owners did their homework and put a lot of thought into what they are trying to accomplish. I applaud anyone who makes an investment like this in such a small corner of the world. All ingredients were fresh, and there is particular care taken in regards to presentation (from the way the food is plated down to proper glassware.)

We were greeted as soon as we walked through the door, and were able to pick our own table. Our server Cassie was both friendly and knowledgeable. She was able to offer plenty of info about the beers, and when I asked about the transition from the previous tenants to the new owners, she was quick to optimistically point out that with over 70 bottles, 6 taps, 3 casks, and a changing, diverse menu, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Ok, time to talk about beer: on this night, there were 6 draft choices: St. Bernadus 12, Avery White Rascal, Founders Red Rye, Jever Pils, LaChouff, Mt High Weed IPA. The 3 cask offerings were Lancaster Amish 4 Grain and Milk Stout, and Bear Republic Racer 5. The bottle selection is great too, with at least 4-5 offerings for most styles. I started off with a Founders Red Rye, and it was deliciously fresh and cold. My table-mate started with an Avery White Rascal, served in a tulip. When the food arrived I switched to a cask Racer 5 and my guest chose a bottle of St. Louis Framboise. I finished the night with one of my personal top-favorite brews, LaChouff, which was served in the proper Magic Chouffe tulip.

The food menu is a diverse offering, and is scheduled to change frequently. We started with the Mussels & Clams appetizer. I chose the trout for dinner, and it was great. The Troegenator-braised Cuban sandwich both looked and tasted great. There are several tempting desserts, including ice cream that is not only made on the premises, but includes ingredients such as beer! Oatmeal stout toffee and Chocolate Porter Chip were both tough to turn down, but I simply didn't allow enough room.

I gave Tap and Table 3 "$$$" but it has to do more with the feel than the actual bill: 1 appetizer, 2 dinners, 4 drafts, and a bottle of Lambic for approx. $70 . Basically, you get a city-vibe foodie-quality experience for a very reasonable amount.

It doesn't take a Nostradamus to know that there are big things in store for this place, and I wish them well. I look forward to my next visit, and am already wondering what the menu and draft board will have to offer.

guzzle211, May 27, 2009
Photo of dublife1
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

We drove an hour to check out this new Gastro-Pub in Emmaus and I am so glad we did! The moment you walk in the place you get a great feeling. Very Gothic feel with the only lighting coming from candles.(great touch IMHO!) Everyone was incredibly friendly and quite in tune with the beers that they were serving. They had a perfect selection of 6 on Tap, 60+ bottles and three hand-pumps!!! On tap they had Sly Fox pils, Avery White Rascal, St. Bernardus abt 12 and Bells Two-Hearted and the other 2 are escaping me at the moment. Bottle selection was heavy on the Belgiums which is great by me! They also had a nice surprise, Russian River Damnation!!! AWESOME!!!
Now onto their food. We had the artisanal cheese plate, the Crab Cake and the Mussels and Clams cooked with La Chouffe. All three were perfectly done and we are quite the Foodies! They had a Kobe Beef burger that looked amazing as well. I would not hesitate to tell anyone to check this place out. This is definitely a hidden Gem in the Lehigh Valley! Many kudos to the owners who were really friendly and are doing something top-notch.

dublife1, May 20, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

Stopped by for lunch a week after this gastropub opened. As you walk in you enter one large darkish room with candles lit everywhere. Cool feel. Big farmhouse tables for dining and a u shaped bar along the right. These guys get points for not having a television. Music was at a low enough volume to carry on a conversation. Would have preferred Tom Waits or some jazz but the alt rock worked.

Beer list is amazing! 50 or so bottles with some notables as De La Senne, Cantillon, and even a Schwarzbier. Tap list was (from memory) Allagash wit, st bernardus 12, and a couple others. Prices were not out of line with $10 or so for the lambics and $3-5 for most American craft beer.

Had Tulips, snifters, and pint looking glasses so no worries about not having the right glass for the beer.

Food list was a couple of appetisers and a couple entrees. I ordered fresh oysters to start which were great and fresh tasting of the sea, and the kobe beef bacon aged chedder burger with fries. Burger was cooked properly (medium rare) and the fries were perfect, not greasy, limp or burnt. A touch of salt was needed but thats personal preference. I'm going to have to go for something more serious next time. Maybe steak frites.

Everything seems top notch and service was prompt but not over the top. Even the owners came over to introduce themselves.

A welcome addition to the beer scene of the Lehigh Valley

organicbrewer, May 20, 2009
Tap & Table in Emmaus, PA
96 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.