Taps: 25 / Bottles: 800
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BigMike:
4.64/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went to Pinnocchio's as they were just finishing the beer garden. At first i went inside the restaurant looking for it but then realized its actually around the back.
There are i don't know, 10 to 12 coolers on the left that are filled with singles. Almost anything you want is there. I talked to the owner Tim i think his name was and Bill i believe for quite some time. Both were extremely friendly and helpful. They told me how they are purposely trying to keep the prices reasonable and i could see that was true. This place is like the Foodery with discounted pricing.
I will most definitely be visiting Pinnocchio's beer garden on a regular basis.
01-28-2010 19:49:12 | More by BigMike
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4.04/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a review mostly for the beer section and not for the attached restaurant. Such is the crazy current PA laws so this review will focus on the retail beer outlet.
Inside it's pretty small but offers a solid selection. The isle is quite small, and you would think from outside the place would be larger but it isn't it's a tad cramped, Numerous recent brews that are distributed plus a few occasional PA surprises that might be as common for the East Coast. Deschutes, Port Brewing and Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Jester King, the odd Russian River.
THere is great service here though, with very cordial staff who will help you out with any questions, but without being pushy. Rural PAs provides some reasonable prices, and nothing here is outrageous.
However, there are only a few odd selections that peaked my interest. I probably wouldn't make my way out here on a long trip, but if I was in the area without question I would stop by to take a look for some tasty brews. Growlers are available as well.
01-28-2014 00:45:45 | More by smakawhat
4.54/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Pinocchio's is about as good as it gets for a bottle shop/bar combination in the Western burbs. Don't be fooled by the old-time feel, this place has been a staple for decades because they provide a consistently good product. Park, walk past the front door, walk past the take out, and hit the beer garden in the back.
At this point sensory overload takes over. This place is narrow with a row of coolers to the left and a few more on the right, and more often than not, pretty crowded given the small space, but don't get overwhelmed. Walk up to the counter and pick up the draft list, at which point you'll probably be greeted by one of the awesome bartenders. 25 taps and usually all of them are intriguing. I usually go here expecting to stay for the long haul. Grab a beer, settle in, and take a sip. Suddenly, a moment of clarity, warmth overtakes you and you feel as though everyone there is or could be your friend. No longer overwhelmed, take a second, or a minute, or a few hours and check out the beer in those coolers...don't try and drool on the ground, but if you happen to do so, the bartenders will be happy to give you a rag to clean it up... Their selection is fantastic, and they do get special releases on the regular, but they move quick. I cannot numerate the amount of great things I've bought from here, and the prices tend to be reasonable, for example I recently picked up Eclipses for $25. In this area they are some of the biggest supporters of Oskar Blues and Founders, so their stuff stays in stock. I love me some 19.3oz Dale's Pale cans.
The pizza here is great and they do provide awesome monthly specials. The rest of the food is nothing special, but it will keep you sated. The restaurant portion of Pinocchio's is more like a diner, and if you go in there expecting that, you won't be disappointed. Service follows in the same vein as a diner, so don't expect an over the top experience, but you'll have a great time. This is the kind of place where you can be yourself, where you can be loud and obnoxious, and where you can have a whole lot of fun doing nothing with friends. I have met a many fantastic people that go to or work at this place, and every time I go I find myself meeting someone new or seeing a friend of old.
The only way this place could be better is if the beer garden was bigger. When I go to Pin, it's usually for the following:
-Grabbing a beer, ordering food, and finishing said beer while putting together a 6'er and waiting for my food.
-Having some beers with friends...this may or may not end with me taking food home; the best part, kitchen is open until 1am
-Pre-dinner or pre-going out beers; for the nights we're going to a BYO (Fellini's is devine) or nights we want a "different" vibe; like shameless karaoke at Joclyns
-Post-dinner or post-going out beers; cannot go wrong with a good night cap
-Anytime I visit Media...
01-15-2014 01:33:02 | More by life_is_beautiful
4.23/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Longtime Media pizza restaurant/deli expanded to feature craft beers, more seating, and more taps. I have never dined in but I craved pizza and the taplist sold us, so we crossed the bridge. Port High Tide and Stone Double IPA...enough said.
Salt of the earth regulars, Delconians and families with little kids. Crowded on a Monday night at dinner time, we got the last free booth. They had a few TV's but the one over our booth was off.
Service was awesome. Food was cheap and satisfying. I recommend the lightly battered green beans app for $6. I requested marinara as a dipping sauce instead of ranch and they were fine with that. Make your own mini pizza $9. Bill had the special grilled ham on pretzel sandwich.
The Growlers and beer store in the back is like a 4.5 in itself but I am just reviewing our dining experience. Thanks and we will be back! :)
12-08-2013 06:15:35 | More by roan22
Pinocchio's Restaurant in Media, PA
97 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.