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47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 19
Bottles: 484
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

738 S 11th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-2651
United States
phone: (215) 627-3012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hawthornecafe

Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 35
Photo of cassanoj
4.65/5  rDev +11%

I get so excited every time I go to Hawthorne's. It's my favorite beer land in Philadelphia for a number of reasons.

#1. Really solid selection - Sculpin IPA, Papier by Bruery, The Rochefort triplets, etc...I also picked up their last bottle of Temptation.
#2. Chris and Heather are wonderful and knowledgeable. They have a sign when you walk in that says "We love beer, food and you." Perfect!
#3. Growlers - and not just any growlers, really nice beers (Blind Pig, Mischief #3, Sculpin, whatever the hot ticket is, they've got it.)
#4. Food. Their sandwiches and soups are damn good. Asparagus Creme/ Gouda, Ham and Olive Tapenade sandwich, woof. Always a treat.
#5. Sample nights. Often on friday nights, I'll walk in and its like a party in there. People strewn about talking about the finer things in life and having a blast. Couldn't ask for a better environment. Oh ps, they have a fire place!

*The only thing strike I can give to Hawthorne's is that their prices are high. Weyerbacher Riserva for 33 dollars!!! Wowzers! But other than some shocking price tags, Hawthorne's is the new place to go in Phillly.

Photo of wpstafford
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%

I visited on a Sunday afternoon during the transition between the brunch and regular menu.

I was impressed with:
Beer selection - A fantastic offering of Belgian and American craft brews. A strong selection from Germany also. The two bottles I selected seemed reasonably priced at $3.00 and change.

Interior - This is a warm, inviting atmosphere to eat and have a beer. They have a fireplace that would be nice to read a book next to. I was disappointed that they only had tables and no bar. I seek out places where I might strike up a conversation and tables only limits that opportunity.

Service - Friendly and attentive.

I was less than impressed with:
Menu / Food - The menu was essentially soup and sandwiches with a couple appetizers. I ordered a turkey on a baguette. It turned out to be really white bread in baguette form. I expect a baguette to be dense with a chewy crust. This roll was mostly all air with a crust that flaked away because it was so dry. The chips are homemade, which is great, except my serving must have been from the bottom of the pot because I only had about four real chips and the rest was a greasy pile of fragments.

The owner approached me about my experience and I related the above. To his credit, he was genuinely concerned about my impressions and did offer a complimentary appetizer because I wasn't very satisfied with my meal.

They do have a keg system, but only offer draft beer in growlers, which I was told was because their filler system lets beer keep longer in growlers. I collect growlers and wanted to purchase an empty one. I was shocked at the $15.00 price tag for an empty growler. I'm used to paying more in the $5.00 price range.

All in all, I'd recommend you stop in and give it a try.

Photo of fnsweet
5/5  rDev +19.3%

I was at hawthornes today it's my second time back since they opened the bottle selection was great with over 750 bottles to choose from and a 16 beer draft system for growler fills the two owners Chris and Heather were extremely helpful and have great knowledge of the beer that they carry they also have a really good food menu I will be making my way back real soon oh the fireplace is a nice touch some of the beers they feature are peche mortel, petrus oak aged pale, meantime brands, alot of local beers also like sly fox ,philadelphia brewing co.,victory,troeggs,stoudts,and yards some of the food items are homemade potato chips, hand carved sandwiches what a great place to go and just hang and relax.

Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Color me not so impressed. Sure, it is clean and welcoming inside, but the selection falls short of the Foodery outlets and the price I paid - for an Exit 1 from Flying Fish: $13.85 before tax - did little to inspire my loyalty.

By Philadelphia standards, this place has a good selection, but I saw relatively little that wowed me in terms of unusual offerings. The only surprise on the shelves was the Third Eye IPA from Steamworks in Durango. There seemed to be a overdose of Bruery beers. They had a couple of mildly interesting selections from out and around, including St. Somewhere from Florida, Dark Horse from Michigan, and Terrapin from Georgia, but its not anything that you would NOT know if you're deeply rooted in the beer lists at some of the local pubs.

Bottom line is that this place is far better than most bottle shops in Philly (with the single exception of the Foodery) but it just isn't anything special by the standards of nearby states with more or less normal beer sales laws. And expect to take it in the wallet when you go to the register.

UPDATE: Suddenly I see Steamworks beers all over the place elsewhere on the East Coast, so that seems like less of a coup for Hawthornes.

Photo of smellody
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Having just opened and hearing good anticipated reviews and reading some great finds on the board I decided to check this place out Saturday night. It has great atmosphere, an incredible bottle selection and what looks like a fun food menu. I will definitely be going back for brunch soon.

It having been open only a few days, I'm sure they will work out the kinks and have a long a great run in the city, aka the Foodery.

The beer bottle selection was great - but no visible price list made making decisions very hard. Also, it seems that the bottles are over priced, I had a bottle of Fred and it was at least $8 - I would think more like $6 would be reasonable. I don't know yet about the bigger bottles, but I fear they will be high as well. Also, the growlers seemed high as well.

More on being overpriced, the three chesse platter for $15 didn't offer much substance. Three small samples of cheese, a few toast points and spreads. For $15 I expected a bit more chesse.

Again, I am confident that the prices will be tweaked, not onyl due to commments, but people will not buy.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.35/5  rDev -20%

Decided to give this much discussed place a try since I work in center city Philadelphia. Opened with quite a bit of fanfare.

Regarding the +'s, it has been redone nicely. A number of tables on one side of the room and some couches and chairs and a few tables on the other side of the room greet you when you arrive through the front door.

The counter for ordering food sits behind the dining area with the beer on display in the back. A number of large coolers contains the beers arranged in geographic locations and there is a large display of bomber bottles located on the floor outside of the cooler area.

I actually found the food to be reasonable and tasty. My chicken salad was quite good.

Regarding the -'s, the first would be the prices, oh my! I appreciate that this is Philadelphia, but this is essentially a beer takeout place akin to the Foodery with a small dining area for light food. The prices are high, we are talking $38 for a bottle of Temptation as an example. The growlers are interesting and offer a good selection. The empty growlers - $15. Selinsgrove and Ottos and other places offer empty growlers for $3-$4. You have to purchase a special top so the empty growler costs $16.50 before you fill it if you do not bring your own growler with you initially. You can bring your own growler but you still must purchase the top. The one real + here is that the growler fill system is top notch and should allow you to keep the growlers for an extended period of time relative to other places that simply fill growlers via the traditional tube. This is a real plus in that you can get very good beer and not be forced to drink it within a short period of time.

There are plenty of places located much closer to where I live (suburbs) that offer the same general selection at far reduced prices and fill growlers at more reasonable prices, although the fill system is not as advanced as here.

I hope this place survives but the prices will keep me from visiting on anything other than an occassional basis. Nice to see another beer place in Philly, just hope it makes it.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Just got back from Hawthornes.

Real nice looking place, lots of tables to sit and eat at, they'll let you drink whatever you buy there, and there was a wood burning fireplace and some couches. Food menu is on a chalkboard above the one counter. Appears they do lunch and brunch on weekends. I had a chicken house salad and my girlfriend had a chicken salad sandwich. Both were good.

Beer is in the back. Passed on some Pliny because of the bottled on date, same with Blind Pig, but it was nice to see someone having those in bottles. Found some RR Temptation and LA Angels Share, which I had never seen before around here. They had lots of Bruery (Papier, Hottenroth, Saison Rue, Autumn Maple, 2 Turtle Doves, Trade Winds, White Orchard, Black Orchard, Levud's) as well as Russian River, Lost Abbey, Port, Stone, Founders, Saint Somewhere etc. etc. The coolers are marked with signs showing what kind of beer is in there (mostly by country). The growler station is on the left if you're walking in the front, and the tap selection and prices are on a chalkboard. Passed on a growler of Blind Pig, i think it was $33, but they had a lot of cool stuff on tap (LA Red Barn, Bruery Mischief, Blind Pig....)

Seem pretty well staffed. I saw at least 5 people up front, all trying to help. At least 2 in the back cooking. Pretty busy, but it was lunch hour. Also gave me an itemized receipt, with prices. Never had that before at a bottle shop. Prices were not on the bottles, but I hear they are working on a price list. Most prices seemed reasonable, but some of the bottles and growlers were over $30 and $40 a piece for the rare stuff.

Definitely check it out. Great selection and the growler station is sure to be stocked with sweet kegs.

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