North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
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!
12-14-2010 04:18:41 | More by tdawgydog
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.
10-28-2010 23:52:55 | More by rowew
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.
08-03-2010 19:12:36 | More by wolffman17
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.
04-16-2010 11:12:27 | More by vlodko62
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.
12-21-2009 22:31:01 | More by woodychandler
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...
04-01-2009 02:35:29 | More by goatgoat
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.
03-15-2009 04:42:40 | More by wagenvolks
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.
03-12-2009 20:24:13 | More by millhouse
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.
02-14-2009 01:12:45 | More by JonathanL7890
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.
01-18-2009 19:51:00 | More by spaceycasey
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.