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Yard House

very good

20 Reviews
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Type: Bar, Eatery

200 Legacy Pl
Dedham, Massachusetts, 02026-6828
United States

(781) 326-4644 | map

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Added by morebeergood on 03-15-2010

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Reviews by rinhaak:
Photo of rinhaak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

You can't complain with the tap list.

Yard House in Dedham certainly maintains its reputation as a fabulous beer bar. A huge bar with a chorus of tap handles fills the center of this pub: certainly a site to behold.

I have visited several Yard Houses in California; this was my first in the Boston area. As I expected, and true to chain-restaurant form, the Dedham branch was no different (excepting a few local beers) than any of the branches I frequented in California. The restaurant had a stale atmosphere, nothing graced the walls, and I felt as though I could have been in an Applebees, TGI Fridays, or any other major chain restaurant. To its credit, there were a lot of HD TVs filling up every corner of the tavern, and I was able to get a seat at the bar directly in front of one of the several TVs.

The service was good and fast, but it was impossible to get to know the bartenders. There were about five bartenders working this particular Sunday night, and, considering the bar sat at least 50 and the rest of the restaurant was packed, they were worked to death pouring beer. I can hardly blame them for an inability to bond with their patrons, but it certainly detracts from the "bar experience." Regardless of whether you want to sit at the bar or at a booth, expect a wait if you come anytime after 5 pm.

The Yard House does beer and food very well. The tap lines are in impeccable shape and both beers I ordered tasted fresh and clean. Every meal I have had at a Yard House (I had the Mac & Cheese at the Dedham branch) has been very nicely done and tremendously enjoyable.

Based on the beer selection and the quality of food, it is hard not to recommend the Yard House. If you're looking for an overwhelming tap list and you're on the south side of Boston, this is a great spot. If you're looking for a place with character, however, you're better off driving a couple more miles into the city.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Shellynix
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of rorykanderson
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Vibe is a larger venue focused more on capacity than character. Service depends on how crowded it is; I've had terrible service at a table, great service outside and good service at the bar. Snack on the truffle fries while perusing the large selection of taps, including Wormtown, Stone, Ballast Point, Allagash, Clown Shoes, Pretty Things and nine dozen more. $6-7 for a pint so it's neither cheap nor expensive for the area. Worth a visit for the tap selection alone. I've seen the "chalkboard" taps pouring Backwoods Bastard, Allagash Avance and Lagunitas Waldo which is pretty great.

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Photo of Dicers
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of SMH_DVM
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Paulmhauser
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bluehende
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

OK beer selection, terrible service.

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Photo of bkett01
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mbonugli
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ElIndio
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Andrew041180
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A - Big stainless steely room with some nice art, the central point of which is a huge bar with over 100 taps. Nice and clean enough, but loud and not very homey.

Q - The food is good and the beers are cold and seem fresh, although not always served in appropriate glassware. You would think a bar with more than 12 wheat beers on tap might have glasses other than pint glasses to serve them in.

S - Big place, and I felt like I got lost a bit. The drinks took a while to make it to our table after we ordered them.

S - Big selection, but a lot of the beers are not really crafty. While the selection was large, I found myself basically ignoring a good chunk of them. It seems strange feeling that a 4.25 score on selection is high considering there are over 100 taps.

F - I had a buffalo wing app that was nice, along with orange peel chicken that I really like.

V - Everything seemed like it was priced a dollar or two above where it should be. For two of us, 3 drinks each, an app, and a meal, the bill was $85. For me, the experience isn't good enough to justify that kind of price tag.

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Photo of psull62
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: Layout is similar to BBC, with a large, central bar and table/booth seating around, but has a more modern style. Has a glassed-in keg room visible from the dining room, which gives the appearance of a brewpub, although they don't brew onsite. I've been there a few times, and it always seems to be a bit crowded, which can be a bit off-putting if I'm trying to just sit and enjoy a few beers.

Quality: Everything is very sleek modern; always seems very clean. Beer is fresh and food has always been well-prepared.

Service: Bartenders and waitstaff are very helpful and knowledgeable - though more so about the food than the beer. Due to the aforementioned crowd, service can sometimes be a little slow, both in getting your order in, and in the time it takes for the kitchen to send it out (or for your beer to be poured) - in both cases, I've had better results when sitting at the bar rather than at a table.

Selection: Great number of taps, and a good variety of styles to choose from; no matter what your preference is, you will find something you like here. My only complaints are that some of the beers are served too cold, and the tap list doesn't change very much. If you're like me, and always looking for new and interesting beers to try, you might find yourself running out of stuff you haven't already had.

Food: The food is outstanding, if a little pricey. Some upscale menu selections, without being overly fancy.

Overall: It's been hard to find places that have a good beer selection that aren't off the beaten path, at least in my neck of the woods (SE MA). Although it is a chain, the Yard House fits the bill nicely - it has a good enough beer selection that I can have some brews I can't get just anywhere, but it is also a place I can take my wife (who likes beer, but not to the same degree) and have a nice "date night" in a great atmosphere.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I had just completed a chilled-to-the-bone 3.5 mile hike through the woods at a nearby Trustees of the Reservation Park in Sharon. We were cold, thirsty and hungry. Our plan was to reward ourselves for our healthy tramp through the woods with lunch (and Beer) at the Yard House. After winding our way through the maze-like parking lots, we entered Yard House and found a line formed from the reception booth and into the foyer. Everyone with buzzers in hand. 35 minute wait for table? There were a few seats at the bar, so we grabbed them (we prefer the bar anyway!)
It’s mid-afternoon on MLK Day and the place is packed. But, who are these people? And just what is Yard House?
At center stage, is a massive stainless oval bar (think NASCAR track) that anchors the entire restaurant. Lots of glass, stainless and modernistic motifs lend a sort of futuristic and/or industrial look. Flat screen TVs are mostly positioned where they are not in any particular line of sight. It’s a sprawling place yet there’s a logical flow and order to it. Restaurant-style seating surrounds the bar, creating somewhat narrow passageways. But it’s the array of tap handles that draws the attention. Indeed! 114 tap handles!
There are good selections of Belgians, Germans, English, US (East and West Coast, plus some familiar locals), along with a line of the usual suspects from the US mega-brewers (who must not be named), plus some of the easy-to-find Euro and Asian selections such as Henie, Stella, Peroni and Sapporo. What’s missing are a few rare, eye-popping, jaw-dropping selections that create that “nirvana” moment for the über beer geeks. But be assured, if you have a pulse you will find something to arouse the buds.
Baffled by all the beer choices? They offer a “Six Pack” of 5 oz. samplers. While it might be a nice idea to introduce folks to new beer styles, 5 oz. in narrow cylindrical glasses is too small an amount for the average beer enthusiast to fully capture the essences and nuances of a beer. It would be better to serve 4 - 8 oz. beers in wide mouth glasses. But, that’s just my opinion… A few seats down from us, a guy was rating his Belgian 6 pack sampler starting with the St. Bernardus Abt 12, followed by the Tripel Karmeliet. Good luck tasting the rest!
I ordered a Notch Session. It arrived in a standard pint glass with a proper 2” head. It was a bit too chilled, but not frosted. The Tripel Karmeliet arrived in a proper short-stemmed goblet, but it was too cold and the head was a bit stifled. I waited 5 minutes before enjoying. Bliss!
The food menu is interesting and varied enough with three full pages of tempting offerings. I ordered 3 different “Street Tacos” (Korean Short Rib, Chicken Tinga, and Korean Pork Belly). When the waitress brought our order, she explained that the chef had only enough pork belly for about ½ of their normal portion. She asked if I wanted to try a different taco option. I told her not to worry about it. The ½ portion was just fine. Long story, short…they took the entire order (which was delicious) off the check. Note to self; It pays NOT to complain! BTW - My wife ordered the vegetarian (with Gardein™) salad and was quite pleased with the quality and quantity of her choice.
So, what exactly is Yard House? A sports bar chain? Sort of…I guess you could gather there with friends to watch a game...enjoy some beer and appetizers.
Is it a beer bar? In a way…in a pretty big way, though a few of the über beer geeks might whine a bit.
Is it a gastro-pub? It could be interpreted as a very large one.
Is it a beer-focused family restaurant? Could be. There were families with children. They all seemed content.
The Yard House can appeal to a wide range of clientele without falling into any clique and that’s a pretty nifty feat!
On a side note; There’s a mega-Whole Foods in Legacy Place which happens to have a fairly solid beer section. Now you have an even better reason for getting in the car and visiting the Yard House.

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Photo of beerman999999
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I'll start by saying that I like the Yard House. I go there a lot because it's a 7 minute drive from my house, and they have a huge beer selection (I think 114 beers on tap at any given point). I've been to this Yard House, and the one at LA Live (in California). For a quick comparison, the one in LA Live (IMO) is much better, based on its beer selection, but that could just be because I like California beers more than the northeast beers. At the LA Live Yard House, they had Deschutes Black Butte and their pale ale on tap, a few different Firestone beers, old rasputin, and plenty of stone on tap. The Dedham Yard House always has a consistent selection, but they almost never rotate their tap list (I think they do it seasonally), because they're a big chain. This is unfortunate, because I would go there more often if they rotated and got harder-to-find beers like Sunset does. Food is average and slightly pricey, but still a cool place to hang out and watch the game with some buddies, as they have lots of TVs around the bar.

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Photo of Burt
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Large bar in the center of the room with seating of about 50-60. Booths and tables surrounded the bar with maybe seating for another 120. Abstract paintings where over the booths (fish and George Washington busts????) Stainless steel counter top. Bunch of flat screen TV's above taps showing sports. Where we were seated we could only see a number of large tubes running to the ceiling, when we left we noticed the tubes went into the keg room where you could see all the kegs that were tapped through a glassed wall.

Bartender's were prompt and helpful but had a little knowledge of beer.

100 plus selection to choose from on draft. Most were good, had about dozen sections from the BMC. Notables were Wachusett Larry, Smuttynose Big A IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, Apt 12...

Food was good.

Price was right for the time frame we were there. Half of appetizers and they offer shorty glass (8oz I think) which was perfect for all the selections that they have.

Nice place to grab a number of good craft brews and food.

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Yard House in Dedham, MA
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.