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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
39 Beers
372 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
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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Photo of goatgoat
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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...

Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of millhouse
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

Photo of spaceycasey
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of midaszero
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of randal
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Now this is what brewpubs used to be all about! Good, creative food and excellent beers. So many "surviving" brewpubs (at least in Texas) have morphed into sports bars with beer as a sidenote.

At North by Northwest beer is the emphasis with a very solid lineup of regulars and interesting seasonals (and perhaps even a pLambic or two floating around). The approach to food is made with the same care and finnesse as the beer.

Reasonably priced, excellent beers (always ask for the seasonals) and great food. What else is there?

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

cool spot, a bit off the path if you are staying in downtown for a convention it is a little too far out, on the north side of austin, but if you are up around round rock or that way it is a good spot to go while the ladies go shopping, the perfect christmas shopping drop off for the man in the family.

great service livley atmosphere, good people, but it is austin so that is no surprise.

good beer good food, the food is a little pricey I would suggest happy hour bar apps and drinks.

austin is great with many different options you really need to see what area you will be in or around to deside where to go, this is a good spot just don't head there during rush hour in the evening bad traffic out of downtown.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

NXNW is a beautifully, somewhat upscale, very well put together restaurant/brewpub that seems almost like a chain restaurant. There's a small bar area as you enter, and then the main dining area to the right with a very nice deck behind.

The food is very good, fairly well-varied and inventive, and reasonably priced. They also offer a gluten-free menu which is unusual. I can vouch for the calamari, onion rings, crab and shrimpo cakes (!!!), and Lemon Shrimp Linguine - all great!

The beers are fairly mainstream as indicated by the style of the restaurant, but very well made. The hefeweizen and schwarzbier stand out in my mind, but I believe the pale ale was very good as well.

I had a great time and a great meal there, and this is a great place for family meals. I'm planning a trip back to Austin right now, and I know that my brother and his wife would really enjoy this place! Worth trying. Unlike any other brewpub you'll find.

Photo of veech
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This upscale, Eddie Baueresque hunting lodge themed brewpub was packed on the Friday night we were there. The atmosphere and the menu were defintiely not your standard brewpub fare. The food was quite impressive, but I was disappointed by the lack of knowlege about their beers by the bartender. I asked about the style of the Okanogan Black. Was it a black lager? A porter? His response was yeah it was a lager just like a porter. It turns out it's a dark ale and nothing like a black lager. I just think if you're going to serve it you should know something about it. The beer was tasty and I had a pretty good experience overall, but a weekday night would probably be a better option for visiting due to wait times and crowds. Worth a stop if you're in the area, but I would not go out of my way to get over there.

Photo of miskatonic
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here last time I was in Austin, and was pretty impressed. It's nice to see a place that takes the brew-pub concept in a new direction with a bit fancier than average setup, like a very well designed and tastefully decorated interior and a very unique and crafty menu. The beers I thought were all outstanding including a nice IPA and a very impressive Saison during my visit. The layout and decorating scheme of the place didn't seem to match up to the exterior, which gave the impression that this place was far more casual than it is, but you can certainly get away with shorts and flip-flops here if you want to. Overall I was very impressed with the beers and the cuisine, though the nicey-nice scheme made me think I would like this better as a night out with the lady, than a day of beers and wings with the boys. I reccomend this as one of the better brew pubs I've experienced in the South, and certainly the tops for Austin

Photo of PCaravan
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been so dissapointed with the last several brewpubs that I visited that I haven't gone to one in quite a while but I'm glad that a gave North by Northwest a try. Most brewpubs I come accross seem to have 3-5 house brews on tap and only one seems to be good and by good I mean average. This place was a pleasant exeption. I ordered a sampler (what happened to the days when the samplers a brewpubs were free?). I started my normal routine of starting with the lightest and working my through to the darkest. Usually the lightest, in this case the Northern Light, is a brewpubs attempt at providing a beer that will please those who are used budmiller coors and is bland and watery at best. While Northern Light was light in color and body, it provided plenty of flavor with a very well balanced and surprisingly complex brew where the flavors of the malt and the hops came through nicely. I dare say this beer for the masses would have kept me happy if it was the only beer on tap. This left me excited at what was to come knowing that this is usually the worst beer that is offered. While I can't say all the beers there were to my liking, they were all of high quality with enough of a broad selection to that anyone would have found what they liked. The Bavarian Hefeweisen was my favorite with the PY Jingo Pale Ale coming in a close second. The selection of food was good with typical pub fair and typical pub pricing. The burger I had was excellent. The pub design and decor was nice and generally typical for a brewpub and the service was professional and good. My only complaint was that the pub was extremely crowded and is why atmosphere got the lowest mark in my review but really it's just a sign as to how good this pub is.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

North By Northwest is a very nice place. The atmosphere is great, a very good-looking place. The decor is top notch, everything is clean and looks brand new. There are even a couple of oak barrels spread throughout the restaurant that have signs on them that say "Do not disturb until 2007" -- "Lambic fermenting inside" -- I thought that was awesome!!! It definitely made me want to be around when those barrels are tapped.

We had lunch there on a weekday at about 2 PM and had the place basically to ourselves. The menu is broad and offers some great choices. I had a pulled pork sandwich on herbed flat bread with a mango, tomato, cilantro, caper relish on top. My wife opted for a big turkey sandwich and our daughter had a cheese pizza. Everything was solid.

There seem to be six beers on tap most of the time, five mainstays and a seasonal. I had a pint of their black ale, a pint of hefeweizen, and a tulip glass full of their seasonal English style barleywine. The beers were all tasty and well made. There was a beer sampler on the menu also, a sample of each beer for $5 or $6. I ended up buying some beer to take home as I was excited to find out that the brewpub sells some of their beers in bottles. I bought a bomber of Kodiak IPA (not on tap) and a .750 of belgian ale, Gouldenbiere (also not on tap). At the time they also had their barleywine available in .750's but since I had already drank it and I was trying to stay on budget, I had to pass.

The service was good. I don't think our waitress was very knowledgeable about the beers, but everyone was very friendly. That is always a plus in my book these days.

The pints were $3.75 each when I was there. The plates ran from $8 to $25. I had lunch for three, three beers, two big beers to go, a pint glass, and a shirt for my wife for $75. Considering we do not get out much to do anything it was worth it and I will definitely return in the future.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere- The inside is similar to most of the upscale brewpubs I've visited. The emphasis is on the restaurant, not the bar. Not bad, just doesn't stand out from the average brewpub.

Quality- The three beers I had were all very good, but nothing blew my mind. None of the standard beers are very heavy (nothing like a stout or porter), so the emphasize seemed to be on high quality, but easy to drink beers. The highlight of the beers I had was the Okanagon Black Ale, while was similar to New Belgium's 1554.

Service- The waiter did a great job keeping up with my drinking rate and the food arrived quickly. Otherwise, nothing exceptional.

Selection- 6 beers: bock, black ale, light beer, pale ale, amber ale, and a seasonal. During my visit the seasonal was a blond ale.

Food- The menu seemed to be a little on the healthy side for a brewpub, which I guess isn't a bad thing. So don't expect greasy burgers and wings. Choices are interesting, but not really suited for me. The pizza I had was very good, but could have used a lot more cheese.

Value/Overall: The prices were reasonble, especially for beer. Though none of the beers were fantastic or experimental, all were solid and worth drinking. I would visit again.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

A new and modern brewpub and restaurant on the north side of town which, according to its menu, tries to bring a bit of the Pacific Northwest to Texas. Nothing earth-shattering about it but, overall, not a bad place.

The restaurant is really more the star here than the beers with the menu selections sometimes experimental but always great (oh! those garlic fries). Atmosphere is brewpub modern, lots of wood and exposed steel with the brew tanks visible behind the bar. Full bar service, also, and what appears to be a quite extensive wine selection.

Beers are typical styles -- not experimental like Bitter End -- and are good but not terribly memorable. Five taps and a rotating offering, their Octoberfest was pretty good. Growlers available, no outside brands, which I respect in a brewpub. Worthy of repeat visits.

Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Only one experience to draw on, but WOW, this is one great place. It has a great Northwestern US decor and inspired menu, and great beer. Had the sampler as an appetizer (with 3 cloves of roasted garlic) and loved every beer (ok, the 'Northern Light' beer was a touch watery, but I understand we have to educate the unwashed somehow). Food was exceptional, best meal I've had in quite some time, at a reasonable (about $22 for the special; cedar plank salmon with bleu cheese mashed potatoes on bed of greens) price. Got a growler ($20, but very nice quality, $15 full of seasonal beer). Good service, good selection, I was impressed. To quote the current governor of Calf: "I'll be back".

Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited North by Northwest (or NXNW as the establishment typically refers to itself) on 23-May-2003. NXNW is a restaurant and brew on premises that according to the management is modeled after the brewpubs of the Pacific Northwest.

The interior is quite large and spacious with wood and stone predominating in the decor. Throughout there are mural-sized antique black-and-white photographs of scenes of the Pacific North West.

The menu selection is quite varied with prices ranging from about $8.00 for burgers to $20 for steaks and seafood. Many of the offerings seem to be what I would call "Nouvelle Cuisine", i.e. "Honey Glazed Game Hen", "Beef and Chicken Satay", or "Whole Cold Stream Trout". Overall, I prefer informal Texas cuisine, but that's a matter of taste.

There are six beers on tap that are brewed in house, one being a seasonal offering. The beers offered at the time of my visit were NXNW Bock, Okanagon Black Ale, Northern Light, Duckabish Amber, Py Jingo Pale Ale, and the seasonal offering NXNW Brown Ale. All of the beer selections were at least decent, some were very good.

During happy hour, a pint is $2.50, otherwise $3.25. Growlers are offered at $15.00 for a refill ($25 at other times), plus $10 for the empty growler. For those seeking mementos, NXNW logo T-Shirts, pint glasses, and the like are available.

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.