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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 mgbickel:
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
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 ffejherb
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
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 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
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Tap & Table in Emmaus, PA
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