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Pinocchio's Restaurant

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Pinocchio's RestaurantPinocchio's Restaurant
BA SCORE
98
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 800
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

131 E Baltimore Ave
Media, Pennsylvania, 19063-3427
United States
phone: (610) 566-7767

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by vicsju1991:
Photo of vicsju1991
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Absolutely amazing bottle shop. It had a huge, and hugely affordable collection. I saw so many beers I had not seen before, and unlike a few other stores I have been too, they were all affordable. The people were really nice, the other customers were all very nice people, and the beer was fresh. I picked up ipas from a few different states, none that border pa, and they were all ridiculously fresh and amazing. The biggest surprise fr me was finding a bomber of bitches brew for 14.50, after how expensive I had come to expect dfh beers to be. Overall an absolutely amazing bottle shop, and my new go to spot.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Made my first trip over to Pinocchio's over the weekend based on the reviews below, and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed! Very small place, basically a hallway with coolers and a bar/cash register but that cooler was packed with good beer. They were even a bit wiped out due to the holiday rush but I still found plenty to take away. Had a glass of Pirate Bomb! on draft, which is unheard of in Central Pa. Ended up with bottle from all over the place including but not limited to: Thirsty Dog, Firestone Walker, Russian River, and many more. Didn't get to try any food but these little pizza joints are typically excellent. Both guys working in the bottle shop side were knowledgeable, friendly, and super helpful.

Overall this is an awesome place, if it was my local shop I'd be in there multiple times a week.

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Pinnochios beer garden is a great little spot to find some stellar brews. Their anniversary celebrations are 10++ with some of the best stuff available! I really like the fact that you pay $3-$4 for the really tough to get stuff, unlike Capone's who charges $10. Interesting Delco crowd in there and laughter typically fills the air which is very inviting to me. I've had some really nice conversations with other patrons of whom I had never met before. The prices are fair and the food is great!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.75/5  rDev +7%

My favorite place in Media. Amazing beer selection on tap in the restaurant.
Here's a PARTIAL list from my last visit:
Avery duganA
Funk Private Stock #2
Lagunitas Fusion 24
Champion Stickin' In My Rye (IPA in collaboration w/ NOFX)
Hardywood Huell Melon Saison
Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper
Pizza Boy Sunny Side Up
Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru
Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
Sam Adams Black Harbor Stout
Lindeman's Framboise
Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux
Big Hill Standard Cider
Top that off with great pizza and you can't lose!!!
Also, they have a great beer selection of beers to-go at reasonable prices. A must visit!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.75/5  rDev +7%

The wife and I had a company car picked up at the airport. Where to go? I scouted some beer locations in the suburbs… Pinocchio’s made sense, so close to PHL. So there we went, on a Sunday night. Media is a nice-looking small town, more Middle (pun non intended) America than Boring Main Line Suburb.

Pinocchio’s is an old jawn, kind of like a traditional diner and/or pizza joint that carries great beer. Not much atmosphere to speak of, but the service is nice, the pizza is delicious and the beer is wow.

During my visit, they had Deschutes Black Butte XXVI, Neshaminy Leon Russian Imp Stout, Uinta DIPA, Southern Tier Warlock, Evolution Migration Rum Barrel, Allagash Victor and other goodies. They ain’t joking about the beer here!

We had a white pizza to die for, thin crust and super delicious. Attached to the main restaurant is the Pinocchio’s Beer Garden, a take-out shop with lots of coolers filled with a wide array of good beer. You can also order a pint from their taps and drink it there or fill up a growler.
I can’t wait to go back!

Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of life_is_beautiful
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Photo of roan22
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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! :)

Photo of CoreRide
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I am new to this forum although I've been an appreciator of craft beer for quite some time now. The selection at the Beer Garden is nearly untouchable for this area; that being said they are outrageously priced. I just paid $25 to get my growler refilled with Southern Tier's Pumpkin Ale at this place. I could have literally walked down the street and bought a six pack for less, resulting in more beer-less money. I was ripped off by these guys the last time I was in there with their "make your own six pack" program, so I thought that the growler would be a better price point. I was obviously wrong. This place is a rip-off, there are a bunch of other places in the area to get great beer at normal pricing.

Photo of biggiet
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

The beer garden, separate from the restaurant, has a very extensive selection of bottles and numerous taps for glasses or growlers. Not many seats in there but definitely worth a visit for building a six pack to go! The staff is very helpful but my only complaint, not about the business itself, is that parking is a nightmare as their lot is not very big. Defintely not a reason to stay away though, if you like craft beers and like to sip a few while you shop, then this is your place!

Photo of erialbill
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Took a trip from south jersey and found it well worth it. The first time I was there the place was empty (Sun. afternoon) so I had a great chat with the bartender and he was a big help with finding beers. I found many beers that are not available in NJ so was happy to try some new top of the line beers. Can not say enough about the help...awesome. Will be back often.

Photo of Joshuwutphilly
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

We went to the Sam Adams tasting event during beer week. They always have good stuff on draft in this place. The beer garden is so small, the beers they have in stock are overpriced ($13.50 for a 6 of Twin Lakes Greenville? Really?)and they don't really have the "rare" stuff you might find in another craft beer store. However the atmosphere is nice and the guys who work there are awesome beer drinkers just like us. The food is amazing, we have been going there since I was a kid. It is well worth the trip if you are in the tri state area or just passing through.

Photo of outoffocus
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Just stopped by here briefly because of the good reviews here. Didn't eat, only went to the bottle shop portion. It is pretty small, and I didn't find anything of interest in the fridges (I was passing through Philly on my way to Pittsburgh, so I was really only looking for hard-to-find things). There were, however, about a case of Fantome Saison's on top of the Belgian beer fridge, and I picked one up. Price seemed a bit high, but I was happy to find it. Even though it was packed in there the guy at the register took notice and rang me up immediately.

Photo of thampel09
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great food and great draft selection! It is a pizza place atmosphere which is average. But prices were great as was the draft selection! (They even had HF George on tap) Bottle shop was very small and super tight and with a bar in there the last three fridges were in accessible because the bar is almost right up the them

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I never ate here, but the to-go selection of beer was pretty outstanding. Large selection of hard to find limited beers and a knowledgeable beer staff make this a place I count on to continue building my collection of ageable beers. Prices were a little high, but you get what you pay for.

Photo of Lephillips21
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

One of the smallest places with the most selections of beer I have seen in such a small place! With only seating for 6 to 10 and standing room for another 4 or 5 this place is super small but the selection is unmatched in the area! I tried my first Aventinus Tap 6 from a bottle , which was almost as good as it was on tap! I'm not even kidding this place is literally the size of two 10 by 10 bedrooms, but with 24 rotating beers on tap and at least 100 different bottles, how can you not love this place! And in closing the prices are decent too!

Ps
They also sell 5 different growlers and refill them for decent prices too

They get A- minus in my book and eventually more of my money !

Photo of mquinn919
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm a local, and this is my go to place to pick up a mix & match of single bottles. The selection is outstanding, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The beer garden gets packed at times, but if you hit it earlier in the day you can take your time, enjoy a beer and pick from their 800+ offerings. Oh, they fill growlers too!
I highly recommend their upside down pizza. It is made with delicious sharp provolone, and I can honestly say it beats anything within a 20 mile radius. They have monthly specials and offer a rotating selection of 20+ different beers on tap at all times.

Photo of PaleAlePat
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The beer garden is a new addition to the long standing Delaware County tradition that is Pinocchio's Restaurant. It's a narrow space adjacent to the restaurant lined with coolers with a small bar/register at the back of the room. I haven't been here for a tasting yet but if it gets at least as crowded as it does during a typical Saturday afternoon of people picking up their six packs and growlers, it's got to be pretty cramped. Anyway, a great selection of beers (many are highly rated by the bros) and a cool place to stop for a quick pint or to shoot the breeze with some beer geeks. Highly recommend a visit if you're in the area.

Photo of VegasBill
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was headed for the beer garden when I said to myself lets see how busy the bar is first,one empty stool and I dove for it.Tap selection was interesting with 20+ taps. I had the Ithaca Flower Power IPA, just the right amount of hops for me.Next I asked for a sample of the Stegmaier Pumkin Ale, not that good, so I spotted the Lagunitas Day Time Ale which I had not seen in the west.This is a great beer,grapefruit and some hops,a beer I could drink many of.
The pizza looked really good but I ate to much bread with my steamers at Iron Hill so off to the beer store.I new I wanted some Oskar Blues,none in the west, Tommynocker Pick Axe,Sly Fox RT113 and a few others, Wow this stuff is expensive.
Great place, great experience, just to expensive.

Photo of kami
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: You walk in, and seemingly every square inch of wall is plastered with this or that craft brewery poster or plaque. There's a ring around the ceiling of the innumerable different bombers they've had the pleasure of opening and tasting in the shop. It's immediately clear that this is a place where they take their beer seriously. A bit cramped but trying to pack that much goodness into the space available, I'll deal with a few "excuse me's." Plenty of regulars at the counter who enjoy craft beer and are willing to strike up a conversation. Great tunes in the background, and a bigscreen TV in the corner so one can watch whatever game is relevant at the time (or if I'm there, whichever soccer game might be available!)

Quality: Beyond compare. Essentially if it's available in PA it's there. If not, there's a decent chance they've taken a field trip to procure a few cases to enlighten those of us who don't really want to trek to NJ or DE for a sought-after bottle.

Service: Beyond compare. These guys know and love their beer. Assuming they aren't swamped with a weekend overflow crowd, they are at your leisure. Go in with a general "I wanna bring my friend a great sixer, he likes hoppy beers" sentiment and walk out with a six-pack to remember. Let them point you in the right direction, be honest if something you've heard hyped isn't worth your time, etc. Always willing to pour you a sample of one of their 25 drats, and will often offer to crack open a bottle you might be interested in to sample amonst yourselves. It's quite obvious their main mission is to satisfy and keep you coming back.

Selection: In terms of PA bottle shops, top notch. 850+ bottles, 25 rotating taps spewing the best of the best in craft beer today. Samples, pours, and growlers of anything they have on tap (minus the occasional nitrous keg). If there's something you're looking for but can't find there, they are extremely good at taking requests and trying their best to get it in for you.

Food: General pizzeria fare. Good pizza/fryer foods, great cheesesteaks/stromboli/wings. Most definitely not haute cuisine, but most certainly sufficient for coating one's stomach before overindulging in the Beer Garden!

Value: Extremely fair. Pours on draft are around $3-6 depending on the beer, mix-and-match bottles start just under $2 for the average assortment but can get up to $6+ for rare/in-demand selections. Bomber selections can be had for $6+ to much more for equally limited selections. It may be true that you could decide to drive a half hour to Jersey or Delaware and save a few bucks on certain bottles, but at least for me, the gas money isn't worth the hometown convenience of being able to pick up the same things at a slight premium, while simultaneously supporting an establishment I genuinely appreciate and appreciates me back.

These guys are the real deal. Stop in, have a pint, get smushed against the counter, talk beer with other beer nerds, watch a game, and love every minute of it.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: For the empty bottles on the walls alone! Seemed like a beer nerds hang out; loved it. So there was a dude at the counter with a long pony tail, and out of the corner of my eye I thought he was drinking a Miller; NOPE!!! He had a tulip filled with what looked like a delicious dark stout. These guys really take their beer seriously!

Q: Not a heck alot of room. And the parking lot sucked, especially backing out. The store is pretty clean, and lots of beer on tap.

Ser: These guys are not just there to sell beer, the people there seemed like they really enjoyed talking about it. I just wish he hadn't shown me his secret stash from behing the counter. If I ever robbed this place they can have the cash, just give me the goodies on the shelves behind the counter haha.

Sel: Lots to choose from. A good PA beer store.

Food: Although I didn't try the food, I was going to buy a slice; until I saw it....old pizza.

V: Typical PA beer prices. Pay cash!

Glad I stopped!!! I'll be stopping again when I have the south-west run. Prost!!!

Photo of MsRif
4.13/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Come here for the beer garden, and if you can, stay to enjoy some pizza and the awesome tap selection. I grew up in Media and my brother used to call this place "the dumpster with chairs." The food is a little questionable at times, but I am willing to risk it to enjoy the absolutely wonderful selection of beer. The tap list is always great and always rotating. The beer garden is the real selling point of Pinocchio's...over 800 beers and the staff are extremely knowledgeable about beer. They don't always get every rare brew/special release, but if you call ahead you can find out when something will be stocked. Very useful when you are trying to allocate a "hot" item. They recently came out with their own glassware which is awesome! Definitely a good place to throw a few back and collect a few bottles. Atmosphere does vary...but that is generally the case for bars that have the "sports bar" appeal. It can get loud with some obnoxious crowds rolling through...if you go in the afternoon it is almost always subdued. I will continue to visit Pinocchio's...it's a fine watering hole.

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first time stop here during a recent "sour beer" event. It will definitely not be my last visit.

As one walks into the restaurant/pizzeria, I have to say that my first thought was "am I in the right place?" Pinocchio's looks more like a family restaurant than a beer bar, one that was doing a very good business the Saturday afternoon (around 1:00) that I dropped by. There's really nothing to tip you off to the fact that this is yet another outstanding SEPA beer desintation, untill you notice the multiple tap handles behind the bar (which looked more like soda tap handles - I almost wonder if this is intentional), and until you peruse the drink menu. There were also several flat screen TV's up behind the bar, but otherwise, there's really nothing to distinguish this place from an atmosphere standpoint (take away the beer selection, and this place would pass for a blue collar diner).

OK. This place is never going to win any points for atmosphere and/or vibe, but that's the only place where Pinocchio's comes across as ordinairy. The tap selection on this day was absolutely killer, with roughly 25 different craft and import options. Quality was extremely high, including things like FBS, Founder's harvest ale, angel's share (bourbon version), and a host of Belgian flander's style beers and various sours.

In terms of service, it wasn't too bad. While the place was well staffed, business was booming on this particular day, and that made for some short waits. However, my waitress was friendly and pleasant, and I never felt as if I was forgotten sitting by myself at the bar.

Food, I thought, was pretty good. I got the wings, and they were some of the better wings I've had in some time. I also ordered a cheese pizza to go, and while nothing memorable, it was still pretty good for what it was.

Prices, I thought, were a bit on the high side here, at least for beer. While my food order was reasonably priced, most of the beers were served in 12 ounce glasses, and prices were in the $6 to $7 range. It wasn't so awful that I was annoyed; I just thought the pricing here was a bit expensive for what they were serving. Pinocchio's also includes the growler price on their menu as well, which I think is a nice touch (at least those beers that were available for growler fills). Like the glass prices, I thought they were a bit on the high side as well (most beers were in the $20 or more range I noticed).

Regardless, this is/was another excellent beer bar in beer rich SEPA. One more destination to add to my list of places I need to visit on a frequent basis. Next time I need to check out the biergarten as well...

Photo of tobelerone
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Just a quick edit: this is still a fantastic place to buy and drink beer and shouldn't be missed if you're anywhere nearby. However the prices have risen and I've seen many of the individual bottles here at other shops nearby for better prices. Those other shops didn't have the selection here though, so if you can afford a few extra bucks you might want to shop at pinnochio's and get everything under one roof.

Original review:

I'm super excited about this place. I pass this way once a month and I won't be missing it in the future!

Tons of beers here that are simply not available in NY and NJ, where I live. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, one of whom gave me generous pours of both RR Damnation and Founders Breakfast Stout from the taps. I left with a mixed 6 for 24.50...I know, that's steep, I didn't care. Once a month, I can afford it. Got the aforementioned Breakfast Stout, Bell's Oarsman and Double Cream Stout, RR Salvation, DUck Rabbit Milk Stout and Schwarzbier. As a bonus they threw in a free bottle of the brewery only release by Troegs: Bottling no. 46 - naked elf from the scratch beer series.

I was very impressed with these guys. Generous, great selection, folks who know and care. Don't miss it if you're swinging by the neighborhood.

The only downsides I can find here are the somewhat steep prices and smallish area to shop in as you browse the many beer coolers. But that's nitpicking. I could have dozens more beers I can't find at home: alesmith, lost abbey, russian river, etc.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The parking is a bit tight, one line of spaces out front and a few spaces along the side. If I had parked in the front, I might not have known where to go since the restaurant is out front. Luckily, I parked along the side, and there were signs directing me towards the back of the store to reach the beer garden.

The entrance to the beer garden has clean sliding glass doors, which I liked. Next thing I noticed was how cramped it was. Most of the beers are in a cooler along one wall, and towards the back, a counter gets really close to the cooler making it pretty tight back there. Other than that, the decor was very nice, and the coolers looked well stocked. There's a chalkboard where you enter explaining how things work and listing new arrivals.

They had a very good selection. I came with a list of brown ales I gathered from their website, and 3 from my list were out of stock. That was disappointing, but the guy at the counter was very apologetic and offered to recommend other brown ales. Overall, great service.

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Pinocchio's Restaurant in Media, PA
98 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.