Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Stopped here on 6/12/11 for dinner on my way up to Prismo Beach down from Long Beach. After a relatively long travel day, I was ready for some beers and some food.
Place was relatively busy for a Sunday night. NBA Finals had just finished up. Parked up to a place at the bar. Bartender quickly came over and offered me a menu. Did the sample rack of FW's flagship beers. Ordered a pizza and a salad. The decor had a nice rustic look to it. Bathrooms appeared clean.
Food was good. Salad was excellent, pizza was decent. The bartender was very attentive to my needs. She seemed annoyed at a rambunctious group that had seemingly overstayed their welcome. Didn't bother me whatsoever. At closing time, the bartender didn't seem to rush me out the door even though I could tell she wanted the day to end. Good service IMO.
Got a couple of 22's to take home with me. Bartender gave me a FW as part of the sample tray I had ordered. Nice touch.
Glad to have stopped by. If I'm ever in CA in the area again, I'd definitely stop back in. Not really a destination place, but a quality establishment.
06-13-2011 23:01:35 | More by jwhancher
3.58/5 rDev -15%
Went for the release of Parabola on May 21st. We arrived at lunch time and the place was pretty crowded, we had to wait a little while for service but the waitress was friendly. I thought the inside was a nice design, kind of a rustic decore. The crowd seemed to be mostly locals or bikers stopping for something to eat. They had 12 brews on tap and all seemed to be priced very reasonably. My friend and I both got a burger and he got a side of chili too; the food was excellent. This is a place id definitely stop in for if i was in the area but I wouldnt go out of my way to come back.
05-23-2011 15:43:03 | More by mthomas84
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
Stopped in to pick up some batch 2 Parabola this afternoon. JustinA1 and I also hung around for a snifter of Parabola and some free pretzels and mustard.
The interior of the Buellton taproom looks almost identical to the one in Paso, except it opens up to a restaurant. Same decor: lots of wood, a bit rustic, clean yet plain appearance, and lots of Firestone-Walker memorabilia. The atmosphere was pretty quiet, even though the taproom was more than half full. Feels like the local hangout.
The Buellton taproom serves twelve different Firestone beers on-tap, essentially the same amount as the brewery in Paso. You can order beers by in 4oz. samples, 20oz. imperial pints, and 25oz. mugs, and each size is reasonably priced. Our Parabolas tasted excellent, and I'm sure they take great care with serving all of their beers.
I've only got one gripe about this establishment, and that's service. The bartender that served us was pushy and unfriendly. She seemed fairly nice to some of the other customers, but we certainly got the could shoulder during our time at the bar.
Aside from service, Justin and I actually liked the Buellton location better than the Paso Robles one. Check it out if you get a chance. Maybe our server was just having a bad day.
05-23-2011 02:07:27 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
Made a much anticipated stop after a wedding the day before in San Luis Obisbo. Such perfect timing because this was the official release weekend of the 2011 Parabola.
The place was very busy and a little understaffed. We didn't know where to go.... To bar tables or to the restaurant, as there was no hostess or anyone to guide us. A "private" party went to a couple tables in the restaurant so I decided to wait for a table as well. It took a nice customer at the bar to tell me the restaurant was closed and we'd have to eat at a bar table. Not a problem.
Although the service was slow due to understaffing, everyone was very polite and efficient after our first few minutes after we sat. My brother and I sampled the new Parabola which was amazing and we all enjoyed our food as well. The prices very reasonable.
If someone was in a hurry or bad mood. They'd have destroyed them in a review, but we had a nice casual day with no hurry to rush home which made it a very pleasurable experience.
05-22-2011 23:50:42 | More by MrVonzipper
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
2nd stop on the migration from Coachella to Big Sur 4/18/11.
The taproom had a hard act to follow, Ladyface, and was remodeling the bathrooms at the time so back to the port o potties unfortunately.
We sat in the bar area but I did get to check out the dining area which was nice. The bar area was pretty bland in my opinion. Also, being one table of only 3 in the bar area the service was much slower and sporadic than it should have been. On the upside, free pretzels and damn tasty mustard!
The selection at the time was just ok. Don't get me wrong, Double Jack was real fresh and made me smile but there were no special beers on or anything else that jumped out at me.
I'll stop in again next time I'm driving the 101, or maybe opt to hit the other location instead.
04-27-2011 19:12:19 | More by naproxen
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
We went here for our anniversary dinner (yeah, my girlfriend is cool like that!). Located about 3.5 miles north of Solvang, it seems to be the happenin' place in Buellton.
Really big building - perhaps their old brewery? Nice looking bar area with lots of seating when you come in, and then the dining area off to the right past the bar. Slightly awkward layout in places with the reception desk facing the wrong way, and some of the partitions not extending far enough along the table-sides. Very spacious and a bit too quiet at times! Nevertheless, a very relaxed space - not dark, but dimmed a nice amount.
The service was very friendly and helpful - they seemed to know their beers and their food. Not always the fastest (likely due to our server working various tables all around the place), but not slow by any means whatsoever, and fully made up with the helpfulness.
As for the beer, they had (I think) 8 beers on tap. If memory serves me right, Firestone DBA, Pale Ale, Union Jack, Solace, Walker's Reserve, Humbolt Hemp Ale, Red Nectar, and something else I didn't recognize (& don't remember). It covers a nice variety of beer, though isn't a giant selection. But, it is actually more than I expected for a brewery's tasting room/restaurant. I had the Union Jack and Walker's Reserve, and the girlfriend had the Hemp Ale. Everything tasted great, and much better than the versions I'd already experienced from the bottle. (Also realized that the hemp ale I'd had before was probably skunked, because on tap it was actually good!)
The food was really excellent as well. They gave us some nice sourdough bread. We both started with the black bean & steak chili, which (with the addition of some Cholula) was amazing... very tender steak in there. She had the Taproom Burger with avocado, and claims it was one of the best burgers she's ever had. (I tried a bite and it was excellent, especially with the chipotle mayo.) I had the fish and chips. The fish was some very tasty halibut, the fries were seasoned/battered, and the slaw was very unique and tasty, made with red cabbage. We finished with the apple cobbler, which was more of a cross between apple cobbler and pie, which (again) was very tasty.
Awesome food, awesome beer, highly recommended!
08-05-2010 02:21:33 | More by mithrascruor
3.83/5 rDev -9%
Had dinner here on a recent trip to Solvang. There was no wait, even on a Sat. at 7:30. The restaurant area was quite nice which you wouldn't have expected by looking at the bar area when you first walk in.
I had a Velvet Merkin and an Unfiltered DBA, their beer selection was small, but thats not too much of a surprise considering they only sell a few beers in stores. The only thing lacking at this place is the selection, some guest taps would have changed that.
The food was excellent, I had the Flatiron Steak and my girlfriend had the Halibut Fish and Chips. Both were really great, and the service was good as well.
This is definitely the place to go for a good beer in the area, and I will stop in again when i'm there.
01-18-2010 17:09:00 | More by tjensen3618
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
Stopped by with buddies for an after-round beer at La Purisma GC. Had to ask for directions from club pro, but easy to find, and easy access to northbound 101. The Firestone Walker standards were on tap, with the Velvet Mirkin seasonal a plus. They had FW XIII for sale $25 including the wooden box which is the best price I've seen (sans sales tax). We arrived during happy hour, the restaurant wasn't open yet. Had some pub grub. Took a look at the restaurant which all agreed was very nice, and all stated they would bring their spouses for a dinner here, which is a pretty high compliment for the atmosphere. The pub was certainly primarily catering to locales, the friendly barkeep seemed to know everybody's name. I had a 24 oz. pour of Union Jack IPA for $6.50, and the freshness and barrel aging shined through more than the Oregon purchased versions I've enjoyed in the past. I would have liked to see more adventurous taps (e.g. Abacus), but other than than a really pleasant stop, will be sure to come back again when in the area. Recommended.
12-23-2009 16:04:27 | More by jdense
3.58/5 rDev -15%
The Taproom off 101 between Santa Maria and SB. It is a nice place. When you walk in the bar area is directly ahead of you, the sitting off to the right a little bit. The tables abd bar seem really nice, atmosphere is good. They have a very large area for parties and overflow on the opposite end of the taproom.
I have mixed feelings about this place. The first few times I visited I was terribly disappointed in the service. However, I have made recent trips this summer and was surprised by the improvement in service. They are often understaffed, especially during the busy afternoon crowds. It looks promising but I am hesitant to give it a good rating on service due to my past experiences but its looking better. I am also continuously disappointed in their selection. Firestone has lots of great beer(Parabola, Abacus,Saucerful of Merkin, and more) These beers are VERY RARELY on tap at their own taphouse. I was going here every weekend but I stopped because of their distribution practices and quite frankly I am tired of having the same beer over and over again. To me that is a foul and a big one. Unfortunately I live on the Central Coast so I am stuck. You wont find anybody here to speak knowledgably about beer. Instead you might a get tourist or local who just drinks and does not know what they are drinking.
///2 Nov 08-Ok. Service was slow and bad once again today. Some things never change...and the same beers AGAIN!
///26 Sep 09- $27 for a growler of Double Jack? Are you kidding me? That is w/o the glassware!What a rip off! House pints are nearly $5. From a place as abig as FW you would think could have cheaper house pints but nope, they are hyping the beer and price. Screw these guys!
09-26-2009 20:23:04 | More by barleywinefiend
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
We stayed in Solvang one night during our central coast trip and this was the obvious choice for dinner, first thing I noticed when I walked in was that Double Jack and Abacus were on tap, that won me over right there, place was huge and looked a production brewery on one side even though it is not, probably lmost as big as the actual Paso facility now that I think about it, atmosphere is cool with a big bar area including a dart board, dining area right next to the kitchen, bunch of labeled mugs around which made me think they have some kind of club where the locals get their own glass and have it filled for a discounted rate, place was wide open and clean, one of the nicer dinners I have had in a beer establishment in some time, people working were nice but a little confused when I asked questions, employees seem to be having a good time which is a good thing, other beers available were pretty standard inlcuding pale, double barrel, porter, hefeweizen, hemp ale, etc., my Double Jack came in an oversized wine glass for six dollars and did not have any more than six ounces in it, was not too stoked on that after having full pints of it for a dollar less back home beforehand, food was good but expensive, fried chicken special was seventeen dollars and came with a reasonable amount of mashed potatoes with tasty gravy, small amount of watermelon and corn on the cob, overall it was a fun experience and glad we went, would go back in the future
09-15-2009 00:56:41 | More by Floydster
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Buellton, CA
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.