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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
89
very good

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 338
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 6
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

10010 Capital Of TX Hwy N
Austin, Texas, 78759
United States
phone: (512) 467-6969

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dbrauneis, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%

I happened to book a cheap motel right next to this brewery, so close we were able to walk to it after checking in.

Bland/new/shiny/cookie-cuter/chain-y looking, but good alright. Lively on Valentine's Day night, albeit not super busy- the dining room was rather full, but the bar had some seats and we sat at a little lounge area to the left of the bar.

They had nine house taps: Amber, Jingo Pale, Light, Okanogan Black, Dunkelweizen, Helen Bock, Excalibur ESB and Blackjack Ale (bourbon-barrel aged).

We tried the Jingo (4/5), Okanogan (3/5), Black Jack (2.5/5) and Dunkelweizen (3.5/5). The barrel-aged Black Jack was incredibly lacking, with no bourbon aroma or flavor. The Jingo Pale was a remarkable APA and my favorite of the bunch.

Service was OK but not great and prices are fine ($4.75 per pint on average).

The food menu is big and has some interesting items, including Texas quail and duck breast, but by the time I decided to order the kitchen had closed.

Not the best beer joint ever, but a serviceable one nonetheless.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ella
1.8/5  rDev -54.5%

General Manager Ben is inexperienced and unqualified to be a manager!!!

This was our first visit. My husband & I attended a birthday celebration on Wednesday evening, Dec. 12. We arrived with the guest of honor and her family at about 7:30pm. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by all of her friends who were enjoying drinks at the bar. Within minutes we were seated in the dining room. This is where the chaos began...

10 seats instead of 20 were reserved at this very busy restaurant. Our party began with 13 & increased to 20 within about 30min. After 5min & no service, my husband waved at a server ( who didn't respond) & asked our bus boy if we could order a drink. Another 5min passed, still no server. General Mgr Ben came to our table to organize more seats and my husband told him that we were not getting any service. Ben responded, "Take it easy." (Great response, Ben!!)

Without arguing, we went to the bar and got our drinks. Twenty minutes later, we were ready for our 2nd drink. We gave our server the signal that we wanted to order. He acknowledged us and then we watched him take orders from 3 guests at our table & walk away. (He was taking orders from our table, 2-3 guests at a time!) Shortly after 8pm, the server FINALLY took our drink order only to return empty handed. He said he was told NOT TO SERVE US!! I WAS FLABBERGASTED!!! He didn't explain why but i didn't bother arguing. Instead, i went back to the bar.

Guess what? The bartender told me to go back to my table and order from the server!! Finally, General Mgr Ben met me at the bar & explained that they refuse to serve my husband because he was being aggressive with the server. (Since when is waving a server for service considered aggressive?!) I told him that my husband was not aggressive...he was just trying to get service. I further explained that the server was not doing a good job...taking only 3 orders at a time when he should be taking everyone's orders (yes, all 20 guests!) Ben responded with "don't tell me how to run my staff" & then he threw his hands up & said, "It's not my fault your party reserved 10 instead of 20!" (WHAT??) "I'm a guest here, not the organizer," I said, "& it doesn't matter how many people arrived, WE NEED SERVICE!"

Here's the KICKER...
Ben continued with "Go back to your table, take a seat, order some food and then we'll serve you a drink." (WOW!!! The GM is telling me that I HAVE TO ORDER FOOD BEFORE BEING SERVED A 2ND DRINK??) I WAS APPALLED!! I said to Ben "you're a GM & this is how you speak to your guests? I'm from the hospitality biz & our GMs would NEVER speak to a guest this way!" Ben concluded with "if you don't like it you can leave!"

PRICELESS!!!

Obviously, I left. I fetched my husband and apologized to our friend, the birthday girl, who agreed that service was horrible.

* Note that I have over 10 years experience as a Catering Mgr in fine dining. I have organized thousands of events with average guest count of 50. Situations where more guests arrive than planned are extremely common! As a GM, Ben should have assigned more than 1 server to our table to assist with initial drink orders. If no server was available, then Ben should have taken drink orders himself. Team work!! Instead, Ben left us dry with one inexperienced server who took 30 min to take drink orders. His actions are a perfect example of someone who is incapable of managing a restaurant of this magnitude!!

ella, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mixnslam
3.88/5  rDev -2%

I actually liked this place. It was a little bit yuppie feeling for the clientele but I felt comfortable. They have their own beers and were pretty decent. The amount of bar area seating could be a little bit bigger and they do have outside seating, which helps a little. They focus a good amount on food that appears to be a little on the fancier side. The burger and quail was very good. The place is clean and well maintained. The staff is very friendly and greet you right away when entering. Its a nice place for dinner and a beer.

mixnslam, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
3.88/5  rDev -2%

The restaurant was very clean and quite impressive on the inside. I was a bit nervous how their beer would taste, because it felt a little commercial for me.

Upon drinking my first beer, Jingo Pale Ale, my fears were put to rest. After finishing my first beer I decided to go big or go home with the Green Menace DIPA. This brew exceeded my expectations, tasting even better than the Jingo.

Wish I would have brought my review notebook, two worthy beers of reviewing. Oh well, will just have to go again.

Service was good, and the food was very tasty. Almost making up for the steep prices. Next visit to NXNW I will probably sit in the bar area sticking to appetizers beer.

Next time you are in northwest Austin and are craving some good food and beer I suggest you give this place a shot.

tjkinate, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

Debating whether or not to go here or the Ginger Man, I decided that even though this was much further away, a jaunt across town at 5 would be a good taste of Austin. After circling the block like a vulture (not really a block, more like a shopping center) I finally located its precise location, and swooped in. There was a valet there in the parking lot. Confused, I thought about letting him try to park my truck loaded with all my belongings and then tipping him a high-five, but instead I parked myself and went inside, baffled.
Inside it was nice, high-ceilinged and kind've stale. It had that classy style brewery attempt vibe thing (which is always weird, and hence the valet parking). Not really my kind of place although the space itself is impressive. They had 6 beers on, a BA something or other and a hoppy brown as specialties. The bartender was friendly, let me try a few. Had a little artichoke pizza off the happy hour menu at a reasonablish cost and taste.
The beer was pretty good. I'm not sure what the NW theme was..pretty good beer? No IPA? Or was it the pictures? I don't know..a bit of a let down on that front.
I would replace the valet parking with a team of designated drivers to take people home within a certain area so that everyone can get smashed-like, have fun, and get home safe. It's not that much of a jump from valet to this..

dragonWhale, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of wampahoofus
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Atmosphere: The place has a nice North-Western theme. Everything is in brick and stone with pictures of black and white scenes from the Oregan and Washington. It is quite cozy.

Quality: The beers are well presented and a nice variety is offered. However, I find them all a bit light and german lagerish in style. They are quite drinkable but unremarkable.

Service: Fast and friendly. I had no troubles getting what I want when I wanted it. Samples were offered as well.

Selection: Seven craft beers on tap. I think that is pretty good.

Food: Had a nice meal of penne pasta. The presentation with great and the taste was great. The menu looks nice. Lots of choices from steaks to pizza to sandwiches. You can dine for $10 to $30.

Value: Beers are $3.25. That's very reasonable. The food menu will let you get what you want and pay as much as you want. You can have a big night out or just a few brews and a snack.

wampahoofus, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of tdawgydog
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

In Round Rock for the week, looking for some good places to get some grub. Came across NXNW, menu looked decent and the fact that they brew their own beer was a plus.

Parking lot was pretty full when we showed up but our party of 5 was seated right away. I was the only one to order an app. The chicken wings in the honey glaze sauce sounded appealing. The wings were a little bit overcooked, almost tough. The sauce was good but it couldn't hide the fact that the wings were over done. For meal I went with the Grilled chicken sandwich w Garlic Fries. The avocado was a nice addition to the sandwich. The people I was dining with all seemed to enjoy their meals. If I remember correctly we had Rib eye, Tilapia, Angus burger and grilled salmon.

As for the beer, it was representative. Two of us started with the sampler which gives you all 6 beers that they brew for ~ $5. If your not sure what you'll like, this is def the way to go. None of their beers are pushing the craft brew envelope, but it seems as though brew pubs are far and few between in TX so maybe they are being slightly conservative. The pale ale and the Hefe were their two best. They had a Holiday ale as the seasonal but the waitstaff really couldn't tell me much about it after I inquired. After the sampler I had a pint of pale ale and a pint of hefe.

The atmosphere inside the restaurant was really nice and I would probably go back and give them another chance if I had the opportunity. The brewery part of the restaurant is really what drew us here. It get's a big meh!

tdawgydog, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Stopped in for drinks after work, and ended up staying for a while to watch the football game. Bar is by the entrance, with a couple patios and a large restaurant area. Design is modern lodge, the brewing equipment was behind glass towards the front. The whole place seemed upscale, but also felt a bit sterile. The beers were all good, especially the APA special they had on tap. Didn't try any food, but did check out the menu .. looked interesting but a bit pricey.

Good quality beer, but the atmosphere didn't appeal to me - a bit too sterile, with a bit of a corporate feel. That said if you are in the area its a nice place to stop for a beer or three, and it worked well with a work crowd.

rowew, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of wolffman17
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

NXNW is located on the north side of Austin. Being accustomed to long drives in Houston, it doesn't seem too far out of the way to me, though. The building itself is big and has an interesting industrial lodge feel...going for the Pacific NW theme. Clean and nice. Small bar area just beyond the entryway. To the right is the large dining area completely separate from the bar. Once in there it feels much more like a restaurant; you'd never know they brew their own beer. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace towards the end of the room, lots of wood in the construction. Fairly quiet for a busy place. I like the overall vibe, but sitting at the bar is probably more enjoyable for the typical beer geek. Good service.

All NXNW beers are high quality. 6 house beers. The Batch 1000 Tripel was particularly good on my first visit. The Py Jingo Pale Ale surprised me and stands as one of the better Pale Ales I've had. Fresh as can be.

Extensive lunch and dinner menus consist of salads, sandwiches, steak, fish, pizza, pasta, etc. Nothing really crazy, but they've got plenty of good, tasty options that are a couple steps above typical brewpub fare. Weekend brunch available as well.

Overall, I can recommend NXNW as a solid beer spot in Austin. If I lived in the area, I could see myself dropping in frequently for a pint and growler fill.

wolffman17, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of vlodko62
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Stopped in for dinner and to try the brews. A very nice, classy, bright place, with restaurant and bar seating.

Tried a sample flight of all of their beers (they have five regulars and one seasonal - currently a pilsener). All were done well. The Py Jango IPA was phenomenal.

I had the cedar plank salmon for dinner, and it was very good - don't think "pub food," think "good restaurant."

The atmosphere was very friendly. I struck up conversations with several people which gave me a feel for what Austin's like - a bit different from the rest of Texas.

I come to Austin once or twice a year on business. I know I'm definitely coming back here.

vlodko62, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%

Abbreviated "NXNW", it was located at the intersection of North Capital of Texas Highway and Stone Lake. Nothing like drinking in opulence! The entry was center of the building and the blonde wood m.d.s. was right at the entryway. High tables and chairs fronted the concrete and stone bar which overlooked six FVs behind glass aft of the back bar. The lavs were to the left of the entry, past a couple of curtains. To the extreme left of the bar and up a couple of steps was a semi-private meeting area with white-leather upholstered benches fronted by low tables and brown leather foot stools. Off to the right, past the m.d.s., was the copper-jacketed brewhouse, staggered on two levels. Further right was the extensive restaurant area. Lots of light granite and blonde brick throughout. Growlers, but only of the German swing-top variety.

Beers: Duckabish Amber Ale; Northern Light; Py Jingo Pale Ale; Okan Ogan Black; Bavarian Hefeweizen.

Seasonals: Belgian Wit; Tu Helen Bock.

Mom Test: No problem here. They were very family-friendly.

woodychandler, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

A pretty large place. A separate bar section with shared benches as well as a more formal dining room.
The food is tasty. I have the tomato bisque, flavored with blue cheese, each time I go. I love it. Everything else I've had has been good, but that soup is excellent. Menu is generally upscale American. A little pricey but good for the quality.
Service has always been prompt and efficient. And usually pretty eager to talk beer.
Their house beers range from mediocre safe brewpub standards to a rotating selection of quality seasonals. A nice range of options. Growlers are pricey, but feature a very pretty fliptop bottle. They also offer bombers, which were very reasonably priced for their Irish Stout.

This is quickly becoming a regular stop on my Austin beer runs...

goatgoat, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

Very chill spot with great food and good beer. The 6 beers in their regular lineup didn't "wow" me, nor did their Irish Stout seasonal, but the Brewer's Specials the night I went (Barton Kriek and Barrel-Aged King Kona Stout) were both top-notch. The Kriek, especially.

Server was very knowledgeable about the beer he was serving, was prompt and attentave, and recommended some great entrees. Only service complaint was the wait, but even that was fairly short given it was a Saturday night.

My beef tenderloin was absolutely perfect (served on chipotle potatoes, covered with fried onions and asparagus, and with jumbo shrimp on the sited). Well-cooked, flavorful, filling, all you could ask for in a meal. Everyone else at my table was pleased with their food as well.

Great restaurant, solid brewery, a bit pricey, but a highly recommended treat if you're ever in Austin.

wagenvolks, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of millhouse
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%

We came here for lunch today. They had a good crowd even for a late lunch.

Their food menu is fairly extensive for a brewpub. We just split some appetizers, but they were all outstanding. Pan-fried cornbread, blue cheese tomato bisque and onion rings. All were very tasty, though the BBQ ketchup for the onion rings was too sweet for our tastes.

We had pints of the black ale, the hefe, and their current seasonal (bock). The black ale and the bock were tremendous... incredibly smooth and bordering on the edge of perfection. The hefe was good, but to me lacked a bit of the mouthfeel that I like in a good hefe. It was still better than the average hefe.

We had the sampler of all of their beers and every single one of them was true to the style and were very good representations of them. The sampler was only $5, too, which was great.

The only reason that I rated the value as $$$ was that we paid $40 (before tip) for lunch. I think that's a hair above reasonable, but I was not disappointed with a thing.

If we're ever in Austin again, I will try to come back. This is a great place.

millhouse, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A true brewpub. You can only get the house beers here. Overall the standard beers are average, but the seasonals can be exceptional. The Lambics and Kriek are world class. I come here usually for cask night. They have a very nice cask here. They usually aggressively hop it which I enjoy.

They food here is the best I have ever had at a brewpub. Even the appetizers are quite refined -- fried artichokes, mmm.
They have a great salmon plank and a memorable pork tenderloin.

This is a brewpub that you can take a first date to and not be embarassed.

JonathanL7890, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of spaceycasey
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

A "high-end" brewpub, combining great beer, an upscale atmosphere and an impressive menu.

NXNW is the most beautiful non-chain brewpub I've ever been in from an architectural and decor standpoint - almost makes you feel like you are in a Gordon Biersch, which is nice - but also a bit deceiving if you are like me and not really into chains.

They keep 5 beers on tap plus a number of special things - from Lambics to bourbon barrel aged items. Their lambics, in my opinion, are the best beers made in Texas. Brewer Ty has done an amazing job in that respect.

Great, friendly, attentive service. Menu is more upscale, so a little pricey for brewpub fare, but still a relatively good value.

A very unique brewpub and a bit out of the way for visitors, but well worth the trip.

spaceycasey, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Stopped in for a late lunch as the first stop during my last business trip. There are places to sit outside and in. I went inside and found the place well lit by plenty of large windows around the perimeter of the dining room.

A fair selection of menu items. I kept it simple and stuck with the recommended BBQ on flatbread pita with garlic fries (think Friday's fries). The beers are varied and tasty, sticking to a standard lineup of beers found at a brewpub. Seven taps, five regulars and two specialty, plus a few more offerings in bombers.

The server was friendly and made sure I lacked for nothing.

A relatively friendly pick, nothing super duper but I'd have all the beers again.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

I use to frequent NXNW all the time before getting more into better beers. The restaurant has a very nice and laid back atmosphere where you will see people dressed up and people like me that show up in shorts and sandals.

They have 5 standard taps plus one or two seasonal taps. Their regular offerings are a new break from regular beers that you get everywhere but I tend to enjoy there seasonal beers a lot more.

The waitstaff and bartenders and quick and friendly.

The selection consist solely of there own beer which at times can be disappointing but I guess that is part of the reason to go there.

The food is excellent and I have never been disappointed by anything I order here. I especially love coming for the Sunday brunch.

By far my favorite brew they make is the Kodiak IPA. Which is one of there many beers they offer for take home in bomber bottles. They also sell growlers for $25 of any beer on tap which you can get refilled for $15 if i remember correctly. They also offer a mug club for frequent visitors.

midaszero, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of 86sportster883
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

I stopped in the NXNW Restaurant & Brewery on a Sunday evening for dinner and beers. I sat in the dining area, which was primarily one large room with a high ceiling and a mountain lodge type feel. I started with a sampler that included NXNW's:

Irish Stout - Not bad. I thought it was a little thin, but very drinkable.

Northern Light - Crystal clear, pale straw colored, easy drinking lager.

Jingo Pale Ale - Described as a Pacific NW style pale ale w/Cascade hops and combo of malts. This would probably be my choice if I were to order a pint.

Duckabish Amber - Tasted like a red with a dry spicy finish.

Okanogan Black Ale - Described as a NW German style (Weltenberg), rich, malty dark ale. This beer just didn't make a strong impression on me.

Bavarian Hefeweizen - Great banana and clove nose with a very dry finish.

The beers were all solid but not anything exceptional. For dinner I had ordered the stuffed trout with a small spinach salad. The salad was fresh, light and delicious, while the stuffed trout was probably one of the better trout dishes that I've had. The sides (mashed potatoes and mixed veggies) were also decent.

Sampler of 6 three ounce pours - $4.95
Salad -$3.95
Stuffed trout -$16.95

When in Austin, NXNW is certainly a worthwhile stop for good food and decent beer.

86sportster883, Mar 26, 2008
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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
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