BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 127
Beer Avg: 3.47
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2.98/5 rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I can't tell you how many times I've been. Probably 50 or so times I would have to say. Anyways, the atmosphere is okay...pretty busy most of the time...but not the first place I like to go to when beer comes to my mind. They have a small selection of beers including their own. As for their brewed beers...they're pretty descent and A-typical of a place like this this. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this place, but its not a bad B-option on a Friday or Saturday night.
One more thing...their desserts are freaking awesome. I needed to add that in.
08-25-2008 22:51:04 | More by OlieIPA
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
i went to bj's in brea since it was close to where i lived. what i like about bj's is that it is family friendly (i had the lady and kid with me). i was little disappointed with the tap selections. when i went (1/14/07), they did not have anything "belgian" on tap and nothing special outside their normal pours. so, i had to settle for a bottle for kwak. but, i really wanted a belgian style brew on tap. for bottles, their prices are not bad for a restaurant. food is good and of course we all enjoyed the pizzokie. service was a bit slow overall. overall, i'll go again. i think i just went a "bad" time and a strike of bad luck. i am happy to find out a location is going to go up in chino hills with the new shopping center in '08 off the 71.
01-15-2007 09:18:35 | More by koolchas
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5
went in on afriday afternoon. maybe that caused the lunchtime crowd to be more than usual. atmosphere was good. college world series on the tv's with the volume off. plenty of groups around waiting for tables, but some spare room in the bar area.
thried the hefe and pale ale. the hefe seemd to lack slightly on flavor but other than that i would have to review it as above average. the pale i was pleasantly surprised with. the menu states chinook bittering and cascade dry hops. no flavoring hops?? not sure, but it was nicely balanced either way and i would definitely try it again if i go back.
the service was friendly but on the slow side, perhaps due to being busy. didnt have time to try any food but they had the usual side stuff at the bar.
visited this place a couple of times when i lived nearby and would be a usual for me if i still did.
06-11-2004 21:09:03 | More by joecast
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
First visited on September 3, 2002. Thanks totally to a kind invite and a lift from the wife of the Brewer, Chris Boggess of the Rock Bottom, Long Beach. For he invited me to Car pool with him and a friend, to a beer tasting night here. Interestingly, it was an English Mild and Brown Ale Beer Appreciation Night. Cool.
As you approach the premises, you cannot help but be impressed by its brick façade, and its overall quality look. A clean looking establishment that is rightfully popular. You enter via an octagonal shaped brick built entrance topped with a large dome.
For the beer tasting we were ushered right into a sort of glass roofed covered outhouse that runs down the length of the building. Make no mistake this is a large building. Food on offer was marvellous and appeared to represent good value for money. I tried a few of the beers on draft and they were all above average. Although the special that night, Nutty Brewnette was perhaps the least favourable. The Tatonka Stout though is by far the very best beer that they do in my opinion. The staff were all friendly, pleasant and very attentive. A great place to spend the night with friends.
Well Worth a visit, one of the better BJs I have been to.
12-13-2002 22:57:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This particular BJ's location is in the Brea Mall shopping center. It is located off to the "side" across from Sears and Nordstroms and the smaller shopping center across the street.
The place itself is much like any other BJ's, which is not surprising given the corporate nature of the place. The restaurant is well kept and everything is clean and appealing to the eye.
The bar is just about straight ahead from the entrance. The bar is quite long with some stools and tables in the bar area, along with TVs, generally playing sports.
The BJ's beers are offered, of course, but are no longer brewed at this particular location. This is, unfortunately, the case for just about all BJ's restaurants. They also offer some other craft and import beers, along with a couple ciders.
The beers range from pretty bad to fairly decent. All in all, they're fairly average beers that appeal to just about any beer drinker.
I did not have food on this particular instance, partially because I already know that I'm not the biggest fan of BJ's food.
The service was quick and friendly, and I was checked on several times during my stay at the bar--always appreciated.
Although it's not my favorite place, I wouldn't outright object to coming back here.
03-26-2010 09:47:46 | More by womencantsail
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
3.8/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
Well the architecture, landscaping and layout of this place are all top notch. The entryway is one of the most impressive I've ever seen with a huge copper dome framing the ceiling of the entry and lots of waiting area. The large seating areas and outside patios are very impressive and the long huge bar very accomodating , though I felt sorry for my bartender, Brian, as he scurried about filling pints.
The beer here is not bad but is about what is expected from most chain brewpubs, i.e., kind of middle of the road for the masses. Still the English style pale ale was quite nice and the red ale hit the spot. Weak porter but the stout was tasty enough. Nice seasonal selection as well.
11-02-2003 02:26:42 | More by AtLagerHeads
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery in Brea, CA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.