Tied House Cafe & Brewery
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by willjschmidt:
3/5 rDev -15.5%
This is a large restaurant and brewpub in downtown San Jose. It's always packed before Sharks games. Everything about the place is simply average. The beers, the food, the service. I've tried all of their beers over several visits. They are all drinkable but none of them are outstanding. They have four beers that brew year-round and usually at least one specialty season beer. This is a decent place to get a burger and a beer before a Sharks game but it's definitely not a destination just to try their beer.
05-03-2007 16:57:26 | More by willjschmidt
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +12.7%
This was a nice place to enjoy a good selection of craft brews. The atmosphere at this brewpub was good this was really a great place for a brewpub. The area around the brewpub was also a happening place. The service was good as well, with the waitress having a good knowledge of the libations she was serving. I really enjoyed the large selection of beers and the quality of the brews. I recommend the Tied House Cafe & Brewery to all and I will be back there again the next time I find myself in San Jose.
08-10-2009 00:51:36 | More by porter17
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
We went here a little before a Sharks game Saturday night, and the place was really buzzing, with plenty of large screen TV's all over the place showing various college football games and hockey games. Standard, wooden sports bar interior and some outside seating. Within walking distance of the HP Pavalion, so this place can be pretty busy before events there. Despite going at a particularly busy time, we got a seat in about 15 minutes. For some reason, they don't serve samplers before big events at the HP Pavilion, so we had a beer with a plate of onion rings, and a different beer with dinner. The food was good, mostly standard American brew pub fare, but the Tied House put some of their own wrinkles on it, and it was well done. The beers....well, I found them to be rather ordinary micro-brews, and ranged from the usual style suspects (Pale Ale, Wheat, Port, Amber, Lager, Stout). I found the staff to be friendly and efficient, and the bill was pretty reasonable for what we got, and for the downtown location. A good place to go for food, downtown atmosphere, and better than macro-brew beer, but I wouldn't make a special trip just to sample the beer here.
12-07-2008 15:59:44 | More by RunDWP
3.48/5 rDev -2%
When Tied House first opened they were consistently brewing great beers. As I recall TH was a part sponsor of the Mt. View Beerfest which was held behind their Mt. View location, so there was a passion about beer at the start.
After that great start something went wrong and the beer quality went down. Nowadays you can find the Microbrewery Standard set : (gold, pale, amber, porter, stout) and a seasonal from time to time. Occasionally you get a beer drawn from a keg that's suffered from oxidation. Drinkable, but far from the standards of other makers in the Bay Area.
The do however make a great seasonal from time to time. Their Maibok is consistently a winner. Get it whern you can. Tied had from time to time offered a good deal of 79 cent half pints (bargain !) on a particular mid-week evening though I haven't noticed this special running lately.
The food is fairly standard pub grub and the kitched does a decent job getting it to your table fresh and hot.
Bonus points for the outdoor spaces. Actually two of them : there are a few cafe tables on the San Pedro Street side and then a larger biergarten out back.
08-23-2008 21:31:25 | More by thielges
3.39/5 rDev -4.5%
We went to Tied House after we went to Gordon Biersch and a few other places. It was also packed with NHL and NBA fans watching the playoffs, and of course one of those games was happening a few hundred yards away, so the place was packed with San Jose Sharks fans and they were loud. It was a big open place that is probably decent on any normal night. The bartender, although swamped, got to me immediately as I pushed through to the bar to order for myself and my group.
The beers were very good, but nothing extremely special. I had a Cascade Amber which was very good and well balanced. One of my associates had the Oatmeal Stout which was also tight to the style with nice body and mouthfeel, and a nice flavor. There was also a really flavorful bitter than I only got one sip of before it was taken from me by the person who actually ordered it. I would have bought one for myself, but the hockey game was going to end and we wanted to get out of the city fast.
Overall a good place that I'll visit again if in downtown San Jose.
04-26-2008 14:31:45 | More by beerjournl
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
This is a big, open restaurant bar located within close proximity to the Sharks arena in downtown San Jose. Before the games, needless to say, it is a buzz. Both the beer and food selection is good. Fast and friendly service was provided during my recent pregame visit. With prices at $2.50 for a half pint, $4.25 for a pint, $5.25 per "tall" pint, and $16.75 a pitcher, I thought the value for brewery fresh suds was pretty good, but from the few i tried, the beers aren't all so impressive. The Face Off Amber they had that night was pretty decnt stuff. Plenty of choices in casual faire with salads burgers, fish, pasta, appetizers, ribs, nachos, etc. Casual atmosphere and a bit of a warehouse but nice enough. A multi-purpose establishment with acceptable quality. Worth visiting.
02-21-2008 03:09:37 | More by Durge
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
I stopped off here with a buddy before a San Jose Giants game. First off, in terms of seating this has to be one of the largest brewpubs I have visited. Tied House is located in San Pedro Square with a parking garage across the street. When you walk into Tied House the bar is to the left and seating is to the right and straight back to an outside patio. First impression is sports bar-but one that is not over the top.
We sat at the bar and I tried a sampler that included.
Not impressed with the beers-they aren't bad but not real good either. The New American Wheat was the best of the lot-while the stout was my least favorite.
We were there at happy hour time-some pints were $2.50 and select Apps 1/2 off. We tried a couple of appsa cheese dip and blackened catfish both of which were good.
Service was good, however, we were one of the few people there.
As others have written this is not a beer destination for those looking for top notch beers-however, it is a place to go with a friend or two when you need a beer and good food.
07-06-2007 14:02:41 | More by bradybeer
3.55/5 rDev 0%
The atmosphere is somewhat yuppy-ish with a nice bar area and very spacious dining. There is seating outdoors in front and a beer patio in the back. TV screens all around and mainly Tied House paraphenalia around the bar.
Nice wood bar and dining areas with some wooden booths. Spacious windows separate the brewing room and the ceilings are high.
The service is typical yuppy style but friendly.
The beer selection is typical American/Canadian yuppie type of the English/German beers. No IPA's, Porters, or Stouts and no cask or hand pump. Lame... I like bold and risk taking brewpubs.
I couldn't find anything healthy on the lunch menu.
If you like sweet low to average alcohol microbrew with limited hops and the yuppie crowd then this may be reasonable.
04-24-2005 21:41:50 | More by Troyone
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
A very busy place, especially when there is an event going on at the San Jose Arena. The service is good the food is above average. There beer which is brewed right there is average to above average. This cafe and brewery is very upbeat and a pleasant place to have a nice dinner or snack! I've been there more times than I can count and will keep going there. There is a fair amount of seating in the restaurant area and also plenty of seating outside in the back of this establishment. They have overhead heaters incase you get chilled.
04-26-2004 05:40:32 | More by BeerManDan
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
Big, warehousey, looking place right in downtown San Jose. Plenty of their own beers on tap (maybe 7?), but unfortunately I don't remember any of them being worthwhile. I was out here for work, and had my corporate card at my disposal, and I still didn't want to spend too much time here. Plenty of better restaurants, and beer bars, Gorden Biersch, and Mission Ale House. If in the area, check it out, for a second.........
03-09-2003 19:10:32 | More by jrancan
Tied House Cafe & Brewery in San Jose, CA
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.