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Pinocchio's Restaurant

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Pinocchio's RestaurantPinocchio's Restaurant

84 Ratings
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 800
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pinbeer

Place added by: drtth on 05-28-2009

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Transcribed from notes dated 15 Mai 2010.

This place is located a mere couple of blocks from Iron Hill (Media) and had a long windowfront that ran east/west along Baltimore Pike with the entry on the west end. Entering, a snaking Formica-topped counter ran in front of the bar with two banks of eight taps each mounted into it. Booth seating ran along the windows with more booth seating to the extreme right, followed by the lavs. To the left and aft of the bar was the extensive and busy kitchen. Speaking of busy, the whole place reminded me of an assembly line with people continually entering and exiting the servers' area.

The ambiance was definitely family-oriented with the kiddies in abundance on a late-Saturday afternoon. When I remarked on this phenomenon, I was told that it was a Saturday evening/night tradition dating back to 1955. Zounds! Nothing like tradition.

Food: I am not a vegetarian but many times I will eschew meat in favor of a well-made veggie dish. I have a soft spot for Eggplant Parmigiana and when I saw it on the menu, I knew that was what I wanted to eat. They baked it to perfection and I ate every scrap to the point that I was asked if I were still hungry.

Beer: The tap selection was really stunning with Bell's; Dark Horse; Clipper City; Dock Street and Duvel all pouring, among others. That does not take into account the take-out cooler section in the back, which was jaw-dropping.

Final thoughts: I have not been back since that initial visit, but I get their e-mail updates as well as bulk mailings and I have them on the radar for a return at the end of December 2010/beginning of January 2011. I am looking forward to it!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gmartin75
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.7%

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 jgiordano88
4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
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%
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...

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