Yard House

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88
very good

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 176
Bottles: 5
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

401 Shoreline Village Dr
Long Beach, California, 90802-4549
United States
phone: (562) 628-0455

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Photo of Myk
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

the place is very large with as LBB said 250 taps, quite a spectacle. you have your usual crap, plus about 175 different decents. patio is great, sits right on a marina, so u get to see lots of big ass boats that cost more than many houses. overall well worth the stop by, would go back again, and might venture the 2.5 hour public transportation system, in LA.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Lots of taps, mostly crap (craft), still find something good on the "chalk board".
Go for "Happy Hour" for discounts on beer and apps.

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Be sure to check out their Chalk Board. Happy Hour is the best time to go. 50% off appitizers and the good beers are 2 bucks off..

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My large work group arrived right before sunset. The views here are amazing. The sun was setting and reflecting off of the harbor right out front of our window seats. Since we were such a large group they gave us the entire harbor room. Food was good, but not great. Service was actually pretty good for the size of our table, but a bit slow. The beer list is lengthy and extensive, but there isn't anything rare or special. I tried some of the house beers that are brewed by Firestone Walker. They also were adequate, but nothing special. Go for the atmosphere and views.

Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The location of this place is unbeatable - looking right over the harbor to the lighthouse and to downtown Long Beach. A great place to have a brew or 3 and watch the sunset. I did just that, having their House Amber Tripel, Golden Monkey, and a Shipyard XXXX. A lot of their offerings I had seen before but there were some pleasant surprises on the menu. I'm not sure how often they rotate. The place seems popular with the craft beer crowd and non-beer drinkers alike, as there were a lot of people having wine or mixed drinks out there. The server was knowledgeable and offered me some notes on a few beers. The food was pretty good, but admittedly I didn't have all that much - onion rings and the clam chowder, but from what I saw from other people's plates, I might come back here to eat sometime. Overall a place that I'd revisit if I was in town again. Not really a destination, but a solid place overall. My only complaint - they don't put any head on the pours. Not that big a deal, but would have been nice.

Photo of WilliamLee
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Sat on the deck, nice view of the marina.
Food: Had the Sea Scallops. Good but not great. Rice medley that it came with was good.
Price: I didn't pay.
Beer: Lots of beer to choose from of course. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Two sampler sets of six to choose from. We ended up getting both and then some. I came away with several new favorites to look for again.
-Moylan's Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale
-Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
-Avery The Reveand
-Tetleys Pub Creram Ale
-Young's Double Chocolate Stout
-Primo Island Lager (See this is rated low on BA so I will have to try again but it was fine on tap)

Photo of bierkoning
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A: way, way too noisy. Granted, I'm pretty sensitive to noise as a general rule, but this was beyond excessive. My friends and I had to literally yell to hear each other at our own table, at this was at 7pm, not during crazy bar only hours.

Q: Good.

S: Friendly, helpful.

S: Had tremendous selection! 150+ beers on tap. I ordered the Dogfish Head 90 min IPA, which was pretty dang good. Bummed to not see Russian River represented there, but the waitress took interest in my inquiry and I was assured that they are always looking for more quality beers to put on tap!

F: Very tasty. I split the Orange Peel Chicken with my fiance, which wasn't my first choice, but I still enjoyed it.

V: Appetizer, Split meal, tiny dessert, and two beers ran us about $60. To me, this is a bit pricey.

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here during a stay at a nearby hotel.

Atmosphere is good. It's right on the water with a good deal of outside seating. Once inside there's a ton of seating with a pretty large bar in the middle of everything. Nothing else really stood out.

Quality is alright. Everything (at least everything I had) was served in a standard pint glass with a good amount of head. Some beers were a bit on the cold side but the glasses definitely weren't close to being chilled.

Service was alright. I had to wait at the bar for a good while before the person who kept telling me he'd be with me in a moment was finally with me. He was nice enough but his knowledge was a bit lacking (couldn't list off various seasonals, not knowing styles).

Selection is good. They certainly have a ton of beers broken up by style on the menu, however most of this stuff is available at many places around town, just not all in once place. Everyone can certainly find something they're looking for. I had a Hemp Ale and Nautical Nut Brown from AleSmith.

Food was good. I believe I had the fish and chips and it was solid.

Value is good. It was a bit on the pricey side - especially the food - but nothing outrageous.

Overall this is a good place to go have a few if you want a large selection but if you're looking for anything on the rarer side there are better places to go.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This YardHouse is located on the waterfront near downtown Long Beach, and is a short jog from Rock Bottom Brewery. The interior is quite standard for a YardHouse, but the outdoor patio with a view of the downtown skyline and the waterfront is a nice bonus, which is where me and my friend sat. We came for the late night happy hour, and this place was bustling with patrons. I though the service would be slow sitting outside, but our orders came out at a good pace, and our waiter turned out to be a really chill guy.

We ordered Jamaican Wings and Fried Calimari to much on. The Jamiacan Wings tasted great, but a few of them were cold. The Fried Calimari was piping hot.

Oh, and let's talk about the beers. Plenty of drafts just like any other YardHouse, but with a lot of surprises. Staples like Old Rasputin, Dead Guy Ale, Delirium Tremens, Franziskaner, Stone, Czechvar, and Paulaner are available on the list. In addition, there are rare drafts, such as Gulden Draak, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Dog Pale Ale, Moylan's Kilt Lifter, Chambly Noire, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Lindemans PĂȘche, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown....there's a lot here. My friend and I split 6 different beers, and they were all in good condition, albeit the Gulden Draak was a bit colder than I'd like.

This turned to be to be a well-spent visit. Probably the best YardHouse I've been to....just take note you'll need to pay to park if you drive here.

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I used to be the biggest Yardhouse fan in the Long Beach area. But then a funny thing happened...

One very flat Hopdevil. It was strange, I had never had an IPA that I didnt like when this hit my table... I blamed Victory. I thought it was a bad beer. Then I went back. My Ruination was flat. My racer 5 was flat. Finally I got a Stone IPA with some G.D. bubbles in it.

I love the yard houses food. Fire cracker wings and beers go exceptionally well together. Unfortunately, the more obscure beers go slowly and therefore they turn to flat, nasty beers. They do NOT clean their tap lines nearly as often as they should and for the price, it is just not worth it anymore. Go to beachwood bbq or Naja's place for beer. Go to Yardhouse for the food and the atmosphere.

Photo of Swimsum
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here tonight for dinner. Was fairly crowded so I was a bit unsure of how good the service was going to be (a bit more on that in a bit). There is both indoor and outdoor seating with many tables for either. The bar is pretty impressive with just the amazing number of taps that they have. I'd guess that they easily have at least 150 beers on tap from the looks of their menu. However, a lot of these beers are easy to obtain from the store and there isn't anything super rare or special on tap.

As I said earlier I stopped in here for dinner and it was fairly crowded. Service was very good and our waitress was very friendly. I was honestly expecting it to take longer than it did. The bar looked like there were about five bartenders serving guest at the bar. I didn't go to the bar so I cannot speak for the service at the bar.

The huge draft selection can take a few minutes to look though. It was simply amazing how many taps they had. Only wish they had some rare or special beers on tap. The menu was fairly good and decent selection of food. The prices were a bit pricey. The food was good though.

Overall I thought this place was pretty good. I'd read threads about how some of the yard houses were horrible so I was skeptical about how good this one would be. I liked the place but don't really know how often I'll be going to it when I'm home in Long Beach.

Photo of dalion037
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is a great place to go see a baseball game or football game and enjoy some good food. The 130+ beers on tap are a great IDEA. The problem is that the majority of those beers are readily available. What about all the great local beers and hard to find microbrews from all the great breweries around. It's obvious that the person or people that picked the beer selections does not drink good beer. I think the Yard House is a nice place if you are learning about different beers but not for a true beer snob.

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

wow, this is a great yard house, maybe the only better one that I have been too is the one in irvine, which is clearly the best one out there.

The long beach yard house has the hottest waitress staff on the planet, very high quality.

of course the beer selection is insane many great beers, the only drawback for the long beach location is that there are not enough local craft brewers in the area to make it truly great.

the draw from a lot of san diego and northern california locals to round out their selection.

the food is great, a fusion style menu as many of the yard houses have, the location is right on the pier in long beach which has been renovated over the past 15 years, long beach is a lot nicer than it was when i was a kid.

Photo of kb199
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 4

This was my second visit to the Yard House, and the first for just drinks. We ordered an Ommegang Hennepin (excellent), and a Fullers London Pride. However, the drink which actually arrived was an ESB. Upon complaining, we were lectured for ten minutes on how it WAS a London Pride, and we had no concept of the difference between a bitter and a Pale Ale. We then ordered two Karl Strauss Endless Summer Lights, both of which came out flat. Terrible.... The food is very good, but the service is not... too bad.

Photo of OStrungT
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Let me start off by saying that I havent been to a Yard House in quite some time before I went to this palce.

It was very crowded with tourists, and snooty people. I stopped in before I went to a Strung Out show, a punk rock band, and I felt like people were stairing at us. What really pissed me off it that aparently, they no longer sell yards of beer. I asked, and was told that it is because the glasses are expensive, and break all the time. They need to change their name to the Half Yard House.

The beer selection, while large consisted mostly of macros, and pale ales. To say that their selection is great would be a lie. Extensive, but the same. It was very hard to pick something. In my opinion, most choices were overpriced, and booring.

Being that it was crowded, the service was slow. My waitress was not at all knowledgable in beer. She called the Hefeweizen a "Heffa- Why-Sen" I might aswell order a "fill-it-mig-non" or something with "ja-lop-in-ohs" I cant stand that.

The food was ok, but at the price, it better be.

Overall: Never again.

Photo of udubdawg
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

nice place, and, uh, St Bernardus Abt 12.
big, usually busy, lots of seating. Then there's the view, and I don't mean outside, although that is very nice - Hard to not stare at the taps, although since my first visit I haven't bothered trying to count them.

A little noisy but this is hardly a quiet pub - companion complained a bit but I felt at home.
Can't say that our server has ever shown much knowledge of beer except to spout off the number of taps. Since I'm not drinking them all, that information is hardly useful - talk about that stuff in advertisements to get people IN, but once in I want to know more about what's available. I've had better luck at the bar, but even then I've sometimes been given a shrug and "it depends" when I ask for a recommendation.

There's a lot of taps that to me are wasted, but let's not quibble - there's a lot of good stuff here; too much to drink on a single visit, so I can hardly call this less than a 5.0 on selection. And anything with Deschutes, Bear Republic, St Bernardus, Anderson Valley, and Firestone is going to get a good score from me. Another companion swore by the "black and blue" while I looked on dubiously, as well as Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Over the years a few pints have been less than ideally fresh here, but overall there's little to complain about.

Food was a little less varied, but more evenly good. I recall tasty Jamaican wings, steak sandwich, onion rings and a surprisingly good portabella mushroom burger. Don't ask me why the mac and cheese is squared.

prices for both food and beer were on the high side, but I've paid more for less. I'll be back again.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a trip up to the Yardhouse today, to check it out, since their Happy Hour prices are real good. Just off Ocean Blvd., on Shoreline Dr. in Downtown Long Beach, the Yardhouse is located in a little parking lot with a Mexican cantina right next to the sea. The bar is to the left as one walks in, with the vast array of taps going around the elliptical bar. Very loud inside. Probably over 200 taps were listed on the menu. I ordered a North Coast Pranqster and later a Murphy's Stout on nitro-tap. Both were good, yet the Pranqster tasted a little off. Service was a little indifferent, but it seemed like they had a lot to do, so I won't fault them that much. The happy hour prices were great, but the fact that I had to pay $3.00 for parking sort of negated that. Didn't have time or the money to try any of the food, they looked good, but very expensive, near Charthouse or Captain Jack's territory. All and all, as a beer bar it is good, a lot of taps, but nothing really rare, a few goodies like DT, and St. Bernardus were there which is good. I might go again, but there are better bars in the area. Had the food, back in November '09, the lamb was very tasty, good stuff.

Photo of isubsmith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in Long Beach for a conference and read about the Yard House on the plane ride in, of all places.

Decided to stop by during some down time....

I thought the selection was pretty reasonable. A lot of mediocre beers from good breweries and a couple of good beers I had never had on tap (St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap, North Coast Old Rasputin, Delerium Tremens, maybe a few others). Sadly I had had all but 12 of their beers at least in bottles.

The California selection seemed pretty reasonable. I didn't see any non-California breweries represented with more than 1-2 beer sthough.

Prices were not horrible - my St Bernardus was $3.25 since we got there early. But even the $5 or so we paid for most taps seems pretty much in-line with what else I've seen in the area.

I was most impressed that the (attractive) waitress was able to comment on a few of the beers and met my "just give me a good belgian/stout/porter" request pretty well two times.

Food was ok, though maybe a bit pricey. I had the "(Mac+Cheese)^2" though describing this as Mac^2+2*Mac*Cheese+Cheese^2 was lost :)

Anyway, seems like the best place within walking distance of the convention center. Worth stopping by at least once if you are in the area.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I won't waste too many words, as this place is already described well in previous reviews. 300 taps, but I rated the selection only 4 because >250 of them were basically the same (pale lager). That still left at least 30 good selections on tap, including some nice CA beers I can't get at home. Also there were some old favorites I like to try on tap (Delirium Tremens being the best I can remember).

There's a nice choice of atmospheres:
1) At the bar with hundreds of taps to choose from
2) Outside with a beautiful view of the port

Well worth a visit whenever you're in Long Beach.

Photo of PuckLSHS
3/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The Yard House in Long Beach happens to have the highest tap selection out of all the different locations. I have been there quite a few times to meet up with people, but it is not really my scene. If you end up going on a Friday or Saturday night, they line you up like it's a night club and you have to show your card at the door. This is not really my idea of a good time. Like everyone else has said, this is not really a BA atmosphere. It's more like a meat-head/Britney Spears worshiping girls type of place. If you are into that environment, it is worth the trip. You won't be able to have a conversation without yelling because they crank up the music so loud and you will see people ordering "high-end" beers like Boddington's. Ugh...not my type of place.

It really is too bad, because they do have a pretty decent kitchen that cranks out some good food. I would suggest a trip during the day or on a weekday night. The service is rather good even if they are busy, so there is really nothing to complain about on that end.

They have some decent local selections on tap, so it is not that bad. Hit it up if you are in the area, but I might suggest going to Rock Bottom instead.

Photo of elsinore
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hit the Yard House several times during a recent business trip to Long Beach, and came away impressed though not dazzled.

ATMOSPHERE: Previous posters are correct. This ain't a BA crowd, so if you want intense discussions of lambic with the guy on the next stool, this probably isn't the place.
Still, I found it pleasant enough. As an unhip, not tremendously upwardly mobile East Coaster, I didn't feel like I was intruding into some different world.
Nice setting by the water, though I could have lived with maybe one fewer TV.

SERVICE: Solid and timely, in terms of receiving beers and food. I didn't really quiz the help on the beer; I kinda knew what I wanted. That's probably the best way to go in.
I do remember being asked one night whether I'd like to "try a lager tonight."
Not sure why they were pushing their lagers, or whether the wait staff is taught a couple of beer names to rotate interchangeably on their customers.

SELECTION: It is true that a lot of beers on the list are kinda undistinguished, or similar to one another.
Still, even if (as another poster said) only 30 of 155 taps are interesting, 30 beers ain't bad ... more than a smaller bar might have, and enough to keep most people occupied for a while.
(This is not intended as a slam of the earlier reviewer, just as another way of looking at things.)
So, yeah, it would be better if they got more creative and wide-ranging, but I think what they have is worth some credit.

FOOD: I sampled several appetizers and entrees, and enjoyed them all.

PRICE/VALUE: On the costly side. I was on a corporate expense account, which helped. If I was a local looking for a regular place to tank up, this might be too costly to become a regular stop.
Still, I think this is a good place for certain beer lovers -- for instance, business travelers to the nearby Long Beach Convention Center who want interesting beer choices, but don't want to poke all around town for them.

Photo of drewmprs
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I couldn't design a large beer bar better than this. Its right next to the long beach harbor and has a wooden deck with heat lamps. The inside is quite modern, with dozens of high-res plasma screen tv's showing various sports being played. Their happy hour is fantastic, half price appetizers and 3.50 pints from 3-6 on weekdays. The nachos are huge, enough for 3 people.
They claim to have 250 beers on tap. I counted 189, yes i did actually count. There's about 40 or so brews that I think are great to find on tap. Maredsous, North coast imperial stout, Bornem Double, Delirium Tremens, Belhaven scottish ale. Many of the local breweries are well-represented such as: Stone, Abita, Pyramid, Rogue. I especially like the selection of Hefeweizens. They had Franziskaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Erdinger, Bayhawk, Grant, Primo Blue Hawaiian, Widmer, and of course Pyramid. The place doesn't get too packed and they have ample space to account for any overflow.

Photo of theautorestorer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here with the wife one night. I had read about all the beers on tap so I had to go check it out. Boy was I surprised when I asked for a Moose Drool and they didn't have it. I did get a Anchor Steam and it tasted fresh, as did the Spaten Oktoberfest. The wife was happy with PBR, but she did start off with a Pilsner Urquell. I had the New Zealand lamb chops. They were excellent, cooked just right. The wife had the shrimp caesar and enjoyed it. I finished the night off with an Old Rasputin. We sat near the bar so it was a little loud but the numerous tvs more than made up for it. A very good place and worth a try.

Photo of winpig3
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I spent the afternoon at the Yard House in Long Beach. The restaurant has a great patio view that looks out towards a light house and a marina. We ordered lunch at the bar and had a few beers. The bar was an excellent choice with a lot of CA micros and a couple, just a couple, macros. With more than 250 beers on tap, the selection was overwhelming... not that it was a bad thing. The bartender was knowledgeable about the all the beers they carried. I enjoyed a few pints of Stone IPA with my cheeseburger. The atmosphere would be my only criticism. The Yard is like the Planet Hollywood of beer establishments, designed and built to fit in next to a PF Chang's and the Cheesecake Factory. My personal preference would be to patronize a local brewpub or bar rather than a chain restaurant. That being said, the Yard House is an excellent choice for the selection and location.

Photo of rowew
3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is just like the other Yard Houses around with one exception - it has a nice patio with a harbor view. The beer selection is good - large bar with taps on both sides. Lots of seating both inside and out. The staff seemed friendly enough, but didn't know much about the beer. If you want to stop off for a drink somewhere with a nice view, this would be a great choice. Watching the boats in the harbor with a nice beer is a great way to spend the afternoon. I didn't try the food at this location, but at others it is decent, but pricey. The menu here was the same.

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Yard House in Long Beach, CA
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.