1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Willows Market

Not Rated.
   No picture uploaded.
   Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.69%
[ Store ]

60 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California, 94025
United States
phone: (650) 322-0743

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: efrank on 09-21-2010)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by djeucalyptus:
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%

The Willows is an interesting place. A small but fairly nice grocery with good produce, a good meat counter, and an amazing selection. The banners out front advertise 400+ beers. Reminds me a bit of Johns Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Cases of the new stuff stacked around. Limited cooler space, which is unfortunate... otherwise quality would be near 5. There are a few things on the shelves that I wish were in the coolers. Interesting selection though, with solid UK & Europe selections that i haven't seen elsewhere in the south bay. They get some of the San Francisco distribution that doesn't make it further south (i.e. Midnight Sun). And there's a sign (and I've been told) that the beer guy can be e-mailed or phoned with any questions and can get stuff they don't have. not a bad setup.

The Willows is obviously moving in the right direction, they just need more space dedicated to beer, more shelves, and a few more coolers.

djeucalyptus, Nov 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jonstopable
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Jonstopable, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Paccamacca
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Paccamacca, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Bruinbear
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Bruinbear, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of glennpoole
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

glennpoole, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of badgerman
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%

This is my neighborhood grocery store and gives nearby Beltramos a run for its beer selection.

Having this place in my neighborhood is one of the biggest perks of living where I do. Great selection of craft beers from all over the world. They're rightfully proud of their large selection. Their good selection of Norwegian and German beers keeps this European coming back.

I cannot judge the service as I've never had to rely on it yet, but the staff are friendly and they restock my favorites in a timely manner, so there's nothing to complain about.

badgerman, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of johnhmstr
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%

Willows market, what a place for beer. Hands down the largest selection of beer on the SF peninsula hands down. Was surprised to find that many harder to find brews were represented here. And was impressed to see that the Sierra Nevada & Russian River collaboration sour ale "BRUX" was being sold there just a few short weeks after its initial release. Yes, unfortunately other Russian river beers are not sold here, but I am told they are working on that. Prices are some of the best I have seen in brick and mortar shops especially for the harder to find beers. Wine selection is not bad either if you are into that. Meat counter is kind of strange but have some interesting selections including grass fed beef, organic, etc. Service is always great and also worth noting that they are open until midnight.

Great place, only problem is I spend too much every time I go there. Going to take me quite some time to run out of new beers to try here.

johnhmstr, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of bignuke61
4.64/5  rDev +2%

I only go to this place once every month or so in order to keep my budget in check.

This is a great little market. Quality products, nice butcher counter... it is small and a bit tight (i.e. skinny isles, etc.) but it has that old school neighborhood market vibe that large supermarkets will never pull off.

The beer selection is fantastic. Almost every single thing you can possibly get in the area. There is always hard-to-find bottles in the cooler and some special beers in the back. The prices are quite good. No big markups here. If you buy 4+ bottles, you get 10% off which makes the deal that much sweeter.

If Nick is there, he will talk to you for 10 minutes and remember you when you come back. He's great and will let you know what is coming in and if he can order something you are looking for.

bignuke61, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%

I can't believe The Willows Market is less than 3 miles from my house, and I just discovered it. It's the best kept secret on the Peninsula. I heard about this store from the Samuel Adams website, which informed me they carried Utopias (which they did).

The beer selection here is among the best I’ve seen. They had lots of top 100 beers like Rochefort 10, Parabola, Sculpin, St Bernardus Abt 12, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Abacus, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Speedway Stout, Cantillon, Imperial Eclipse (all kinds), Celebrator Doppelbock, Fantome Saison, Pannepot, Utopias, La Fin Du Monde, Aventinus, and Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek and Golden Blend. Over 500 big name craft beers from all over the world. The prices were all very reasonable, even on the hard to find bottles. On top of already good prices, you get an additional 10% discount if you buy 4 or more bottles. That's easy.

The one thing they didn’t have was anything from Russian River. The buyer, Nick, is hoping to change that, but didn't sound too optimistic (If anyone from Russian River reads this - check out The Willows Market and add them to your distribution - they're worthy).

The grocery store, while relatively small, was filled with great food and a nice deli. They had a good selection of wines and other spirits as well. This was a great find, and will become my primary local beer stop.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gambac
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%

On the way back from a foray to Whole Foods last year, saw the Willows Market. There was a sign out front proclaiming

"476 great beers, and 11 not so great beers"

Always a good sign.

Nick is very helpful with his suggestions, though sometimes he gets a little too excited about certain things - tried for a while to get me to buy a Corona Familiar. Still, the selection is hard to beat on the peninsula - Allagash, Stone, Dogfish Head, Mikkeller, Port, Alesmith, Avery (!), etc. If Founders would distribute out here, Willows would definitely make an effort to stock it.

They are still running a 10% off sale if you buy 4 or more, which is both awesome and dangerous to the wallet. Wish they could store more of the beers, but they do get the important ones in the cooler. Still, great store, just wish I had realized it was 6 blocks from my high school sooner :facepalm:

Don't forget to check out the deli if you need some food, Palo Alto Blazer is an impressive sandwich!

Gambac, Jun 14, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
The Willows Market in Menlo Park, CA
97 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.