Office Beer Bar & Grill, The
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerLover99:
4/5 rDev +18.3%
Atmosphere: Very typical sports bar, tons of TVs, but
still has a nice pub-like quality about it.
Quality: Nice food and good beer list (20 taps)
Service: Visited this place with my wife around 1pm
on a weekday, so it was rather quiet. Staff was
friendly and offered suggestions.
Selection: Talked to the owner and he said he wants to
have a few regular beers on-tap, but big on supporting
local craft beer scene. (20 taps and 1 Cask). The owner
said he is offering tons of Oktoberfest beers and also
Autumnal brews to go with his Oktoberfest menu.
Food: I love fish tacos and have had them all over the USA (California has the best), so ordered their fish tacos; they were AMAZING! Shared my wife's sweet potato french fries and they were delicious.
Value/Overall: Very reasonable for the quality of food and beer.
I will be returning to this place often, as it is walking distance
from our home.
09-26-2011 14:56:25 | More by BeerLover99
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3.78/5 rDev +11.8%
If you're not familiar with "The Office" it's a chain of several bar-restaurants in New Jersey. Think Bennigan's, TGI Friday's, etc, but with a better beer selection...
My last visit was to the Ridgewood establishment; it's about halfway between Routes 17 and 208 in Northeast NJ. It's in the middle of a busy section of businesses and pedestrian traffic, and you may have to hunt for parking, though it's only a block or so from the local train station...
Walking in, the initial impression is definitely a traditional upscale chain restaurant. Lots of dark woods, offset by dark green walls. The dining area is to the left, while the bar and a few tables are to the right. L-shaped bartop seats about a dozen. 7 boob tubes, including 3 plasmas. Jukebox. An attractive multi-tiered display of bottles and knick-knacks behind the bar...
Let's get a beer. The tap handles are spread out, and it can be difficult to see all the choices, but there's a blackboard to the far right that lists the draft beers, though not the prices. At the moment, we have 23 taps to consider. 3 macro lights, Heiny, Bass, Guinness...eh. Wait, here's Victory Prima Pils, here's Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Franziskaner Weisse, is that Stone Arrogant Bastard, yes, and Smuttynose Pale. Not a vast wasteland after all...
Our attractive young server Meg takes our order (Franziskaner, since we're just getting started), and unfortunately serves it in a regular pint glass. An appropriate hefe glass would have been better, but we'll survive. More importantly the weiss, as well as the DFH 90 we order next, tastes fresh. And since Meg is pleasant and can shoot the shit about beer reasonably well, we're good...
We're not in the mood for a bottle but flipping through the beer/drink menu, we notice a solid 60+ options, grouped by style. Quite a few macros, but not a bad selection overall. And the prices, also listed, are quite reasonable. They run $3.50-$8.75, with many good bottles coming in at $4.25. Our 2 drafts total $11.75 pre-tip, acceptable. There also appears to be happy hour and drink specials...
How's the vibe? On this particular weekend afternoon, the bar is crowded though the dining area is not. 30's and 40's crowd, a bit rowdy, watching sports. In general, not a place to quietly contemplate your beverage, just a place to have a good time...
Can't comment on the food, as I haven't eaten here. So I won't.
Overall impression? This might not be a true destination bar, especially since The Shepherd And The Knucklehead is just 15 minutes away. But you can do a heckuva lot worse than this place, and it works just fine if you're in the area. Give it a try.
**Stony's Biscuit** - If you've read some of the other Office reviews, not just Ridgewood but all of them, you'll notice a general trend. Initially, this chain stunk when it came to the craft beer scene, but they seem to be slowly gaining their bearings. I think they're going in the right direction, and while you would never confuse them with The Moan and Dove or Mugs Ale House, the franchise does deserve some credit for exposing craft beer to a wider audience. If you haven't been to one recently, give The Office another chance, you might be pleasantly surprised...
08-04-2008 22:41:03 | More by StonyB
3.15/5 rDev -6.8%
I went to The Office in Ridgewood on a Thursday night to meet up with a few of my buddies. I decided to take it easy cuz I wasn't feeling too well, only ordering a Guinness and a Yuengling, but I made sure I took a look at what they had to offer. They had about 10-15 beers on tap, but nothing to exotic. They had Brooklyn Lager on tap which i dont see in too many places, but the rest was pretty basic. After my first beer, I noticed that they had bottles of beer on ice behind the bar. But it was so crowded that I was unable to get close enough to see what they were, and of course there was no list that said what they were, but it looked like there was a decent selection back there. My friends and I decided to rock the karoke machine for a little "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC, and we were downright awful, haha. The atmosphere is quite enjoyable. The bar area can get a little crowded, but late at night you can get a table if you'd like. It was difficult to get the bartender's attention a couple of times, but that can be expected anywhere when it is crowded. I had fun at The Office and I'd go back with my friends whenever they wanted to.
06-25-2004 20:21:51 | More by Jacobob10
2.96/5 rDev -12.4%
I expect better from the Ridgewood area. I feel a beer bar in this town could have 30 taps and 300 bottles and be sucessful. Instead the NJ chain chose be a Friday's clone with a decent (60 taps & bottles) beer selection. It is the only bar near my childhood home I know I could buy Duvel, Chimay, Aventinus, or Celebrator, however, I need more than that to get me excited. Draught is mainy macro, except for Guinness, Bass, and a few others I would expect to find in any place with a selection I would consider one notch above average. The service sucks. I ordered a single-malt scotch I SAW behind the bar. The waitress insisted they didn't have it because she didn't see it in the computer. Oh, and unless the glass says the beer's name on it which few of theirs do, they'll give it too you in a frosted mug even though plenty of appropriate glassware exists with another beer's logo on it. I have a feeling this place was started by someone who knew of the desire for good beer, just not first hand.
10-28-2002 06:34:03 | More by yen157
Office Beer Bar & Grill, The in Ridgewood, NJ
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.