Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by charlzm:
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited for dinner on Sunday, 05/25/08 at about 6:30pm.
My party of four arrived at the Taproom concerned, as the modest parking lot was full and cars were parked on both sides of the street just outside.
Upon entering, we discovered that the bar and adjacent bar seating area were packed to the gills with folks, but that there tables available in the restaurant proper for immediate seating.
We were seated in the restaurant proper, a cavernous, dimly-lit two story room of cinder block dominated by exposed HVAC ducts overhead, printed banners hung on the walls depicting painted, stylized scenes of wine country, a two story window with drawn blinds and an open kitchen. The tables are seperated into several areas by waist-high dividers cleverly made from barley sacks stretched on frames. These provide enough privacy that diners sitting directly on the other side cannot see or really hear you.
The atmosphere was busy and convivial, with the demographic skewing to younger diners and families with teen children. Besides the food, most every table was drinking Firestone Ales.
The service we received was frequent, personable and accurate. What more can you ask for?
The food was, in a word, outstanding. Between our party, we ordered four entrees: fish tacos (declared as "very good" by my girlfriend), smoked grilled free range Alaskan Sockeye salmon and asparagus (noted as "among the best I've ever had" by my friend) and the Sunday shrimp special: butterflied, breaded and deep fried Fijian jumbo shrimp with shoestring fries. My friend's wife declared them scrumptious.
I ordered their burger, ordered medium well, which I shared with my other three dining partners. After we had all eaten some, it was declared unanimously as the best of our four meals and I will even go so far as to say it is the best hamburger I have ever eaten. Sorry, Office Burger!
For libations, my friend and his wife ordered a pint each of Walker's Reserve (which they both enjoyed). I had a soda and a four beer taster, all of which were very good. My girlfriend had a soda.
The total bill for all this food was $97.00. Wow. What a bargain for such good and plentiful food and well-crafted beer.
This was a sublime dining and beer drinking experience and I can only say that I am intensely jealous of those who live within easy reach of this fine institution.
The only negative I have is that there are only four FW beers available at a time, which is really not much of a complaint since all of their beers I had that night were at the least flavorful and good drinking.
I will return any time I am even remotely near, and may even consider a special trip form time to time. Yes, I liked it that much.
05-26-2008 23:28:41 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4.59/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The food is above average and though a bit pricey. I haven't had anything bad off of the menu yet. Firestone wine is always a good choice, though they have a good selection of other brands. The beer is always great, of course.
The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you get your money's worth.
**Barrelworks is an across the board 5.00. My only complaint about it is that I wish they were open more often than a few hours on the weekend.
06-11-2014 20:34:40 | More by TheMarkE
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Buellton, CA
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.