North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
4.5/5 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
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
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
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".
10-11-2003 23:48:17 | More by HardTarget
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
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?
02-28-2008 16:23:43 | More by randal
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-03-2008 03:31:57 | More by Hollenbeck2
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
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