BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by OlieIPA:
2.98/5 rDev -19.2%
I can't tell you how many times I've been. Probably 50 or so times I would have to say. Anyways, the atmosphere is okay...pretty busy most of the time...but not the first place I like to go to when beer comes to my mind. They have a small selection of beers including their own. As for their brewed beers...they're pretty descent and A-typical of a place like this this. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this place, but its not a bad B-option on a Friday or Saturday night.
One more thing...their desserts are freaking awesome. I needed to add that in.
08-25-2008 22:51:04 | More by OlieIPA
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3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
This particular BJ's location is in the Brea Mall shopping center. It is located off to the "side" across from Sears and Nordstroms and the smaller shopping center across the street.
The place itself is much like any other BJ's, which is not surprising given the corporate nature of the place. The restaurant is well kept and everything is clean and appealing to the eye.
The bar is just about straight ahead from the entrance. The bar is quite long with some stools and tables in the bar area, along with TVs, generally playing sports.
The BJ's beers are offered, of course, but are no longer brewed at this particular location. This is, unfortunately, the case for just about all BJ's restaurants. They also offer some other craft and import beers, along with a couple ciders.
The beers range from pretty bad to fairly decent. All in all, they're fairly average beers that appeal to just about any beer drinker.
I did not have food on this particular instance, partially because I already know that I'm not the biggest fan of BJ's food.
The service was quick and friendly, and I was checked on several times during my stay at the bar--always appreciated.
Although it's not my favorite place, I wouldn't outright object to coming back here.
03-26-2010 09:47:46 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
In town on business and the host suggested we go here for dinner. We have BJ's in Texas now, so I was curious to compare how having the beer brewed in two places compared (tastes the same). Got there before it got too busy, but as it filled up the place got pretty loud. First thing I asked the server was what seasonal beer was on tap and I can't remember the name of it, but his description "basically a watered down american amber" prompted me not to try it. Didn't realize that CA requires restaurants to publish the calorie/fat content of the menu items and looking through the list sure made for good conversation (get the skinny fries not the wedge-cut fries!!!). Service was good, food was decent, the beer selection is great, and the beer they brew (they ship it in from the West Covina store) is very good too.
03-26-2010 00:17:28 | More by schoolcb
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Went to BJ's while visiting family out in CA and was pleasantly surprised that this place had decent food and a very good variety of beer. It was loud and chaotic, but it was perfect for a party of 12 including 6 kids.
There was a good sample pack available as well as several good beers. I tried and enjoyed the Piranha Pale Ale, which was very good and a smooth hoppy beer; the Nutty Brewnette was very good, a tasty brown ale full of flavor that had a malty/smoky finish; the P.M. Porter, which was good, a dark porter with caramel and chocolate flavor, that finished with a nice roasted end.
I also tried the Brewhouse Blonde, which was a light pale ale and kind of dull; the Harvest Hefeweizen, which tasted like a typical hefeweizen, with lemon flavor and wheat backend; the Jeremiah Red, which was OK but too much on the malty side without much pizzazz or lager flavor; the Tatonka Stout was OK, full-bodied, rich and dark like coffee with an overall roasted flavor.
Overall, BJ's Restaurant & Brewery was a great experience. There are some really good beers and the atmosphere is very open to having fun.
10-15-2009 03:12:29 | More by CHickman
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
I've been to this location tens of times, but I hadn't been there for over a year, nor had I tried their house brews (because I wasn't legal drinking age all those times). After tonight's CSUF Titan baseball game, I took the two mile journey from the game to this place.
The place was alive at 9pm when I walked in. The exterior of the building is brick and it mixes well with the modern furnishings. There's a ramp from the entrance which will lead you to the bar, which seems isolated from the rest of the restaurant. At the bar, they must have had 7-10 house brews on-tap with a few guest beers too(Lindemans Frambroise, Sierra Nevada ESB). They have a cask which changes weekly on Thursdays. Can't go wrong with the food; the pizza highlights the dinner, but save some room for pizookie at the end.
A weekly happy hour is offered during two periods of time: M-F from 3-7pm, and Su-Th from 10pm to closing time. During that time, you can get $1 off your draft, 1/2 off personal pizzas, and additional discounts on appetizers. Had I known, I would have waited until 10pm and get myself a pizza to go with my beer.
I would encourage you all to come to this fine brewpub, but with so many other BJ's establishments around, you could argue once you've seen one, you've seen them all. But the difference here is the beer is actually brewed at this location (edit: now I hear they centrally brew their beer somewhere else. Also, as of 8-23-08, they no longer offer cask ale. )
03-05-2008 06:03:18 | More by DoubleJ
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery in Brea, CA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.