Royal Oak Brewery
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 110
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4 | $$
This was stop #1 of our pub crawl this day with four people in our group. Beer and lunch were the objective at this stop. The brewery was very quiet this day, and that was a surprise to me for lunchtime, so the service was very good for us. The building's exterior and interior are both very appropriate for a brewpub, and the vibe was enjoyable. The view of the brewing equipment behind the bar added to the atmosphere.
We ordered a sampler flight that had 5 beers of the seven that were available that day. They were all good tasting, but I'll grade them from a C to a B-, so a C+ overall. They were all pretty much to style, just nothing that was exciting.
The food menu was interesting with its selections, and the food items that we ordered were all very tasty. We all agreed that the food deserved a B rating overall.
This is a cool brewery that is worthy of a visit, and I would visit again when in the area, but I wouldn't put it on my list as a primary destination.
09-16-2013 16:19:03 | More by Mothergoose03
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere: pretty much a middle of the way brewery. nothing that makes them stand out. I do like that they have a patio for nice summer evenings. When I was there they had odd tv choices, funniest home videos, bull riding and poker.
Quality: I was pleasantly surprised by their beers. I had two and tried two others. 3 of 4 were quite good and executed nicely
Service: good service. our appetizer, asiago dip, came out a little cold but it was replaced no problem and our waiter brought us extra chips right when we ran out. just the right amount of presence
Selection: 6 or so home brews. the ones i had were pretty good. but it is a ways away from having everyones perfect beer in stock
Food: good variety of unique dishes and common pub fare. Some of it was pretty tasty too
Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this place. I would go back but probably not until their beer menu changes a bit, as i like to try all new things.
05-27-2013 17:01:05 | More by SportsandJorts
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here for a friend's birthday party. The atmosphere inside was pretty dark (which I'm fine with) noisy, crowded and packed. It was too busy to get a seat outdoors, and we would have had to wait quite a long time. I do eventually hope to go and check out their outdoor area eventually.
The service was super slow, however. I've had much better service in crowded places before. Our drinks were empty too long and it felt like a millennium before the waitress even took our order, and even longer to get our food.
I remember their beer selection being quite small. I got their porter which was pretty watery and not that great, yet their raspberry wheat was excellent (better than WAB's, which is where I usually get them). That said, I wanted another but the slow service didn't allow me time.
The food was mediocre for the price, too. Overall, I am interested in trying it again to check out their outdoor seating, and maybe I can actually get two raspberry wheats this time!
Edit: Just visited again 5/14/13 and had a better experience. This time, we were outdoors and did not order food. Service was extremely prompt and efficient (so it's still an average of 3, given the terrible indoor experience, but I'd give a 5 for our outdoor service alone) and there were new beers on tap. The bf and I both loved the saison, which wasn't part of the menu last time. The outdoor area seems separate than the indoor in terms of service and still allows for ordering food. It's closed off, too, so you don't have the sun in your eyes or gawkers (this also means no people watching outside of the porch, so that depends on preference).
So my edited response: if you're able to score a seat outdoors (we went on a weeknight) I'd recommend that much more highly than indoors. Our outdoor experience was vastly different.
05-09-2013 19:46:27 | More by Kerrie
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I knew I'd be a fan of the ROB as I was already a fan of the fellow beer companies: Rochester Mills and Detroit Brewing Company.
The menu is similar to their other establishments. Although there are some minor differences; the food is just as good. I love the pasta dishes that come with the GIGANTIC slab of garlic cheese bread that takes up half of the plate; a great way to indulge! Sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads and special menu items have always been very good, the prices are below what I would consider the Royal Oak "norm" and the portions are rather generous. Amid the spectacular mix of fare, and oddly enough for me, my two favorite items have been the jambalaya (beware, the side of extra hot sauce is... extra, extra, extra hot) and the chimichanga.
The beers are of a good quality and they're well crafted, but I can't say that I come here for "that one beer". Unlike some of the other local micro breweries, none of the ROB brands *really* stand out and make you go "WOW", but they don't fall flat either. There's usually an IPA, an amber/red beer of some sort, a wheat beer and a "lighter" option on all the time, and of course, seasonals. This go saw a Scottish Ale (which was quite good) and a winter amber lager. The IPA is quite good and hop heavy, the Scottish ale was a good representation of a rather unique style and the winter amber lager was a mild flavored and crisp beer, which is a nice departure from the usual "winter warmers" that run higher in alcohol content and are heavily spiced.
The ROB is a comfortable place to eat/drink, and while not a true "sports bar", it makes a decent place to catch a game while grabbing a bite. There isn't one designated viewing area, but there are plenty of flat panels hung high and out of the way to so you can take in a game or two without some knuckle head hogging your line of sight.
My only complaint would be the service; while friendly, it tends to be a little slow, even when the dining area is sparsely populated.
For me, the ROB is more about the overall experience; the food AND the beer. I can't recall any one time that we came here just to have some drinks, and I couldn't imagine visiting the ROB to drink without eating or to eat without drinking. The food pairs well with the beer, and that's why I like it so much, even though there isn't any one thing that just blow me away.
Like any bar/restaurant in downtown Royal Oak, I would advise against a Friday/Saturday night visit, as you will wait... fore-v-e-r, but this is on of the rare places that is worth your wait.
02-23-2013 19:59:14 | More by adams82
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
(Visited 08/2011): Royal Oak, one of several brewpubs in the city, is located in the heart of downtown on E 4th not too far off Main Street. Metered parking is available all around.
The interior has a cozy feel of wood, brick and maroon colors. The bar is along the right side and boasts a direct view to the tanks. Large historical pictures adorn the walls, and there is a beer garden out back.
Royal Oak's beer list consists of 5 brews, and are available in a sampler. On my visit the options were Northern Light, Summer Wit, Royal Pride IPA, Pappy's Porter and India Ink Black IPA. All of the beers are decent.
Service on a slow weekday early afternoon was good. The guy tending bar gave the impression that he has been there awhile and knew the beers and the history of the place.
I did not try any food on my visit.
Overall I favored the beers slightly more at Bastone but aside from that I would still recommend a stop here.
01-02-2012 03:45:24 | More by Dogbrick
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
stopped in for their anniversary party with my gf.
atmosphere is nice with a raw industrial feel. brewing tanks proudly on display next to the bar. seemed a little calmer than many brewpubs even though there were a ton of people inside. lots of tvs, but no sports in sight (a huge plus in my book).
the food was pretty good, better than the beer at least. i ordered a bbq chicken pizza which was great, and for beer a bourbon porter, hoppy anniversary ipa and oktoberfest which were all about average except for the bourbon porter which was not good (see my reviews). but really, for $2/pint i can't complain too much.
our server was friendly and very on top of things. she explained the beers they had on tap pretty well which always seems like a bonus.
overall, we enjoyed our vist and would return, especially if they have another $2 pint night.
11-09-2011 22:20:42 | More by divineaudio
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Excellent service, bartender was very knowledgeable about beer and pleased to see us, despite the late hour of our visit. Sampling glasses were well priced and highlighted some enjoyable beers that I wouldn't have tried if a pint were my only option. Also didn't require that every available beer be sampled, which is a nice distinction from some other venues.
Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of this pub, casually welcoming yet clean & professional. Enjoyed a seat at the bar, but tables looked equally as comfortable. Only recommendation would be to replace some of the more worn menus...
10-24-2011 00:02:41 | More by hopsolutely
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ended up stopping here on a recent trip to Detroit. When walking into the brewery, you're presented with a nice looking bar, multiple tvs's, a large assortment of photos and just an overall good feeling.
I ended up trying their wheat beer, Fourth Street Wheat, which..I wasn't really impressed with, though it seemed a little off, so it may have been something wrong with the batch or? Unfortunately this was the only beer I tried from the menu,but I will give the additional styles of their beer a chance before completely writing them off.
The service was pretty good, our waitress seemed attentive and helpful, though didn't really go into detail with the beer offered.
The selection of beer was your typical brewery styles including an IPA, Porter, ESB, a Light, and a Red, but also had a cask ale and a few other guest brews on tap. Overall typical, but a decent selection for all fans.
The food was excellent! I ended up having the Sheppards pie which was quite the portion and quite tasty. My friend ended up having the Jambalaya and enjoyed it also. The food menu was pretty diverse, having sandwiches, burgers, fish and evenly priced.
Overall not a bad brewery and would return. I would like to see if they were just having an off day on that beer or ? I have a feeling by reading the reviews and by other people that I know going there, that the beer is decent.
09-18-2010 03:25:22 | More by beerguru15
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I attended this brewery on a recent trip to Detroit. I tried their sampler platter which included their Cherry Ale, Northern Light, Pappy's Porter, Brewhouse ESB, and their Royal Pride IPA. The porter was very good, IPA was solid, cherry ale was done (I believe) with bitter cherries which made it so the beer was not undrinkably sweet, Brewhouse ESB was solid but not my favorite and their Light beer was a nice alternative for those who aren't much into the craft beer but want something better than Bud light. The waitress was very attentive but had minimal beer knowledge. I was slightly disappointed that they only had 5 beers available, but again, all were pretty solid. I wasn't really looking to eat anything but after looking at their menu, I decided I would. I had their gnocchi and pesto and my wife had a salad. I was pleased with my meal and my wife was a fan of her salad. My friend is a local and has been there several times and recommends their burgers. Overall, a reasonably priced establishment - worth stopping by if in the area.
09-14-2009 02:14:12 | More by gmfessen
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After driving for quite some time to find a good beer bar while on traveling on business, we found the Royal Oak Brewery.
I was impressed as soon as we walked in. It's got an authentic, spacious feel with a large bar on one side and table seating on the other. It has exposed brick on the exterior walls and brewing tanks right behind the bar.
It was pretty well packed (a good sign for a Tuesday night) and the crowd was very varied (young and old, singles, couples and families, etc.) It had a real community feel to it.
They had several beers of their own including a stout, IPA, ESB, wheat, red, light and Belgian tripel. I liked the IPA a lot and the Belgian was pretty good. They also had a few guest beers.
The staff wasn't particularly eager or outgoing but I was able to get a recommendation or two.
I enjoyed this place quite a bit. It rates pretty well on beer, food and atmosphere.
04-30-2008 01:09:04 | More by GJ40
Royal Oak Brewery in Royal Oak, MI
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.