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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 4,712
Beer Avg: 3.56

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BA SCORE
85
very good

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

617 4th Street
Eureka, California, 95482
United States
phone: (707) 445-4480

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lostcoastbrewer

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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

7/1/13

After driving through the Avenue of Giants and up to Redwood National Forest, we headed down to Eureka to spend the night. We stayed at the historic Eureka Inn, a disappointment except that it was an easy walk home from the downtown breweries.

First stop of the evening was for dinner at Lost Coast Brewery. Order of lemon pepper parmesan fries were very tasty to tide us while trying a sampler tray of brews. The fruit beers like Raspberry Brown and Tangerine Wheat were all adequate but not very inspiring. The standard line up of beers were a level better, especially the hoppy ales. 8 Ball Stout and AlleyCat Amber were a step up from the fruit ales, but better were the Lost Coast Pale Ale with a soft hop nose over a sweet caramel back bone and the Indica IPA with a bold hop bite and a grassy, dry finish.

Lost Coast Tacos for dinner. Mine had a crisp, crunchy battered outside with a delicate white fish inside surrounded with a flour tortilla, shredded cabbage, lime sour cream and fresh pico de gallo. Ordered a draft of Great White Beer with my taco: spice on the tongue is complex and stimulating to drink; secret blend of Humboldt County herbs, according to the menu; light and refreshing with a lot of flavor. One of only two LC beers I've had before, it's light and refreshing with a light of flavor. Understated spiciness of the beer blends well with the bready and slightly fishy tacos. Gloria had the tofu version of the taco and liked it as well. A nice range of veggie options on the menu for being so far north, and we appreciated the choice.

Lost Coast is a family friendly restaurant, even on a Saturday night visit. Feels like a bar in my small hometown in Iowa but with a lot better beer. The slightly slow but friendly service with quick, honest recommendations. The rustic atmosphere that was loud but still pleasant to talk in. Overall, it's a place in which the beer is about what I expected and has a warm, welcoming feel that many locals seem to call home.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/09/lost-coast-brewery-eureka-ca.html.

09-08-2013 17:59:05 | More by FightingEntropy
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DrunkenMonk

California

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$

While I love Tangerine Wheat, Lost Coast is a lot like Eureka. I WANT to love the place, but the atmospere drives me away. It has so much potential, yet is stuck in its mediocrity.

The fish tacos weren't that good. The beer batter was awful; acting as grease mops. I had the sample paddle of 10 beers. I really liked the apricot wheat. It was lighter flavored than Pyramid's and I liked it. The paddle was confusing though as the beers were placed haphazardly rather than light to dark or sweet to bitter. So the pallet was given a work out.

The place was cramped and dark with various junk on the walls. They really need a decorator to give this place some life, as the atmosphere is grungy. It looks like someone had ten bucks to decorate with and went to a yard sale to find things.

Like Eureka I want to love this place. But the surrounding homeless and transient population tarnish it. Sadly, many of the locals contribute to the grunge element as well. Yet, the surrounding communities don't appear to have this problem.

Recommendations:
Redecorate, hiring a professional.
Hire a chef, not a cook- and make better food.
Get a bigger place, or remodel to create a gift shop area for the shirts and drinkware, etc.

07-22-2012 07:16:30 | More by DrunkenMonk
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

The location is good coming south on 101 through the downtown. We always parked on the side street and it seems like parking shouldn't be an issue in the back.

They had cute Halloween decor and while I don't like their beer's graphic design, the bar has a nice assortment of brewing decor.

Service was great, not too busy.

10 regular beers for sampler and 3 seasonal, not bad!

Food is a little above average.

Decent prices.

Overall, I don't really like their beer that much to frequent often, but if you are in town, it is not a bad place to check out.

02-02-2012 21:35:21 | More by williamjbauer
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tjensen3618

California

2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

After a long but beautiful drive down from OR we planned on staying in Eureka for a night to get some rest and check out the area.
The brewery is in the downtown area, the vibe of the whole are seemed strange, the buildings had great architecture and had so much potential to be a great little town but we seemed to be outnumbered by homeless folks by about 5:1. We were there on a Thurs. and I am going to be generous and assume this isn't the case over the weekends.

The inside of Lost Coast was dated, the whole place felt a bit grimy. I was happy with their beer selection as there were several more interesting styles available than what we can get in bottles down in So. CA. I got the Barleywine which was very nice, they should start bottling that one!

There menu was standard brewpub fare, burgers, sandwiches, wings, maybe a pizza or pasta dish, etc. The food was decent nothing great nothing bad.

Overall it was an ok experience, however next time I'm in the area to enjoy the beauty up there, I'll probably steer clear of Eureka as a whole.

12-06-2011 20:11:06 | More by tjensen3618
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $

Stopped in the late afternoon to find the place relatively full. Decor in the brewery was nice, and it had a friendly atmosphere. Managed to talk to bartender who happened to be from the Chicago area. As for beers, one beer stood out for me, that being the Great White. Appreciated the Tangerine Wheat for its uniqueness, however it was not to my personal taste. I recall the prices being reasonable, perhaps being the least expensive of my California brewery tour. Would probably stop again if in town, but considering the amount of other choices in California... if only in town.

01-04-2011 01:01:29 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Stopped in on my way back to Portland. This was the first time I'd been by Lost Coast in a number of years.

LC Brewery and Cafe is a good size restaurant/pub, fronting right on hiway 101/4th street in downtown Eureka. The place has a very relaxed, informal vibe, with a good size bar area in the center/right part of the pub, and with some rickety tables and chairs spread around haphazzardly both around the bar area downstairs, as well as upstairs in the auxillary dining area. There is also a pool table and some pin ball machines in the back area. The place was bustling at 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon, and I was impressed by the number of families I saw in attendance (which speaks, I think, to the value aspect of the food menu - good size portions of decent food at reasonable prices). As for the beer, all 13 beers on the draft list were brewed in house, consisting of the core beers, three fruit beers, and three seasonals (one of which, the cherry stout, was on cask). I sampled the great white wit and the imperial stout (the latter seemed very similar to the regular 8 ball, but was a bit richer, higher in alcohol, and had a bit more of a punch), both of which were very enjoyable and well made. Service was fine for what it was. Our young waitress was quick, efficient and friendly. I tend to doubt she knew much about any of the beers available, but I didn't really require any assistance or advice anyway. As for the food, it was OK. The wings I ordered were nothing special but still pasable, but my friend's portabello and spinach quesadilla was actually quite good. Prices here were quite reasonable I thought. Pints for the core beers were $3.50, and my two beers and our food came to under $24 total after tax.

All in all, I was happy with our visit to Lost Coast. Neither the food nor the beer is going to leave anyone going "wow" after a meal here, but nevertheless, this is a good place to stop for a relaxing respite after a day of driving on 101. Hopefully it won't be another decade or more before I stop by here again.

12-27-2010 04:57:02 | More by johnmichaelsen
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rayzorwit

California

4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I rarely give high marks to a place as I am giving Lost Coast Brewery. I cannot say enough how much pleasure I get from coming to this place time and time again. The food is great, the beer is top notch and consistent, the ambience is super.

The brewery is locatedin Old Town Eureka, which is the old part of Eureka. The building which houses Lost Coast was built in 1892 and delivers a wonderful atmosphere. The drawback to this location is that there is no patio for enjoying the fresh air.

The food is excellent. Chicken wing lovers are going to love the wing sauce. What is truly great about this place is that great care is placed on providing vegetarian dishes and they are well marked on the menu. The price range for the food is typical of any pub. Take a look at the menu on their Web site and you can immediately see there is great potential in pairing food and beer.

The beers are superb. The one thing about Lost Coast is that you can count on their beers being consistent, meaning that subsequent revisits of the same beer will be similar to the prior ones. They produce seasonal beers which are always worth trying out.

All in all, this is the pub I will recommend if you're passing through and can only afford one brewpub visit in town.

03-15-2010 20:55:58 | More by rayzorwit
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $

Headed up here on a recent trip to No. Cal. on 11/29

Nice little brewpub that is pretty damn busy for about 2pm on a Sunday afternoon (and that wasn't just at the bar stools to watch the Sunday games). Walked in the back entrance that leads right in to three of four tables on the right, a few arcade games and a pool table is located on the left. Then you come upon the bar - relatively small bar area, like your typical restaurant, and then there is an open area of seating with little tables dispersed throughout. Laid back vibe, lots of locals there (always a good sign IMO). Great music and vibe. As mentioned, busy for 2pm on a Sunday, but wait staff was is nice and friendly. Roughly 14 beers on draft (5 seasonals). Food is outstanding! Got the stuffed pretzel with jalepeno and cheese for an app. For lunch, I got the Famous Brown with parmesan lemon fries and my girlfriend got the sliders.
Overall, I wish this place was freaking east coast! Good beer, good food, good wait staff, good vibe and CHEAP as hell!

12-11-2009 02:08:27 | More by Jayli
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jeffjeff1

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

The food was pretty good. They actually have 2 beers there that I do like which are Great White and Downtown Brown. It was good. Service was alright. My favorite part was the beer. It was pretty reasonable when it comes to price. I did love the atmosphere there. I haven't tried the other beers they have there yet but I do intend on doing that soon. If you like any of their beers it is a great place to go or if you live in the Eureka or Arcata area you have to at least try it. I went there for my birthday when I went and it was a good birthday.

06-07-2009 03:23:31 | More by jeffjeff1
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

The production facility was on W 3rd St, but the pub was on W 4th St between "G" and "H" Sts. It was a green and yellow building with a wide front which opened onto the m.d.s., followed by a sea of standard restaurant tables and chairs. The copper-topped, "J"-shaped bar was along the right wall and continued aft to a separate set of seating all of the way aft. Also in the back was a pool table and a few electronic games to the right and a dark green futon to the left, just before the back entrance from the rear (metered) parking lot. The interior artwork was Cubist/Picasso-like and the overhead was teeming with papier mache monsters, and oversized Black Widow spider, inflatable palm trees, and other eclectic stuff. The kitchen was off to the left with a glass case of logo items just beyond. This included the Beer Pest gamut of growlers, patches, and posters. There was additional seating on the second floor, but we were satisfied on the first floor. The service tended towards obliviousness and in my frustration, I asked for some of the "Free Wi-Fi" mentioned on the side of the building to go.

I really got a kick out of a great reproduction of an old sign for "Simonds' Milk Stout", which featured a dapper Reading Brewery barrel with his arm around a shyly smiling pint of milk as they sat on a bench under a grinning moon. So that's how it's made!

Beers: 8-Ball Stout; Alleycat Amber; Pale Ale; Harvest Wheat; Great White; Indica IPA; Double IPA; Downtown Brown; Raspberry Brown; Apricot Wheat; Tangerine Wheat; and Imperial Pils. They were so-so, at best. The advertising was better than the beer being advertised. Sad but (IMHO) true.

08-25-2008 22:36:10 | More by woodychandler
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe in Eureka, CA
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.