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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
38 Beers
371 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 woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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.

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 greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 Dicers
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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 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 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 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 Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of wolffman17
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 Heretic42
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 dragonWhale
3.2/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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..

Photo of wisegreensoul
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bccocx
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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