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Tapped Gastropub

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
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5 Ratings
Ratings: 5
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 18.18%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1550 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451-6167
United States
phone: (757) 965-5585

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(Place added by: hhkal17 on 02-23-2013)
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Photo of Margie4986
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Margie4986, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

John_Beeryman, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of volanova
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%

Virginia Beach doesn't have much of a beer scene yet, but I was relieved to see a beer-centric restaurant just down the road from my new digs. Perhaps I've been spoiled by Philadelphia, though. Anyway, while Tapped's beer list wasn't as extensive as I would expect to see in a city that sports places like Eulogy, Monks, and Standard Tap, it was good for a city that is just starting to get out of the Bud Light and Miller mindset.

They had most of your standard national craft breweries, as well as quite a few I was unfamiliar with. On a plus, they had Hoptopus from Virginia Beach's one and only craft brewer: Beach Brewing. Would have been nice to see more than just that, though. Their food was quite good, too. We had the lobster dip for a starter followed by the BBQ chicken sandwich and seared tuna salad.

The big con was the glassware: they only have 16 and 20 oz pint glasses. I for one don't really feel like chugging down a 16oz pour of a 9% beer. I'd much rather have the option of 8oz pours in the proper glassware for higher gravity beers or your specialty ales. It really would round out their image of being a gastropub that takes their beer list seriously if they'd stock a few tulip glasses and snifters in addition to the pint glasses. This is the reason they only get a 2 on the quality scale. I contacted Tapped about it and got a response that they would be talking about it among the owners and managers. Hopefully it'll be corrected, but it doesn't look like they've made in progress in the subsequent visits I've had.

Unfortunately, Tapped is an establishment that hasn't figured out what it wants to be. They call themselves a gastropub (which was a cool thing to do 10 years ago), but the night I was there it had a generic bar feel, bad overly-loud live music included. They have the beer list of a good craft beer bar, but they don't have the expertise and proper glassware to go along with it. They seem like they want to be a go-to local place, but their location in a strip mall parking lot just leaves a lot of ambiance lacking.

Come on, Tapped, you have a LOT of potential. Get yourselves a good vibe going, make the inside interesting (the outside won't ever be considering the surroundings), figure out how to serve good beers in the right way, and you'll have a home run.

volanova, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of beerchicky
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

This is Virginia Beach's newest beer bar, and I've got high hopes that they'll grow into a place I'll truly love. There's lots of potential here but also some serious room for improvement.

The best thing Tapped has going right now is an elegant but comfortable atmosphere. The bar is quite attractive with rich wood and plush booths. It's the great setting for an enjoyable glass of beer, but the draft offerings are just not very exciting. On my visit a high percentage of the taps were "pseudo-crafts," and the rest were things that I could have easily gotten from the chain grocery up the street. Nothing caught my eye, but there were still a few solid offerings on the list. I was disappointed though that everything was served in either a 16 or 20 oz shaker pint glass. Not only do I value proper glassware, but with some of the higher ABV beers, I just don't really want to drink a full 16 ounces and I certainly don't want to pay what then looks like a hefty price tag per glass. I'd really like to see more attention here to both the draft list and the appropriate ways to serve those beers.

It's quite difficult for me to quantify the service. On one hand, the waitress could not have been more friendly and eager to help, but on the other hand, she was completely ill-equipped to help. She did not have a working knowledge of the draft list and was unable to answer our questions about the styles of particular beers. She even said that she had not tasted many of the beers on the list. Beer education has got to be a priority at a gastropub. The staff should know the beers as well as it knows the specials. Management needs to take a lead here in making sure that the staff is tasting the beers, has detailed descriptions of them and can sell them based on customers' tastes.

I didn't eat on this visit. The menu was standard pub food of meat and seafood. It seemed way overpriced for the area, but I admit that some of the dishes I saw looked good. There was no vegetarian option though, and that will make Tapped a place where my friends and I will likely never eat.

Again, there's a lot of potential here. If they get a beer buyer or bar manager to refocus the joint on beer, then this could be a great place. Until then, it's not much of a gastropub but just an ordinary restaurant.

beerchicky, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

Went last night with some friends and my wife to celebrate our 4th Anniversary. Made reservations for one of their draft tables and was promptly seated upon arrival. The overall look of the place is very nice, clean, crisp with only a few TVs scattered around playing sports (I could do without this, if I wanted to watch a game I'd head to Hooters).. Everything else was quite elegant and cozy and the bar area looked very nice.

The waiter was very nice (and honest noting he was still learning about beers so he may not know everything but he would certainly find out) and was helpful in explaining how the draft table works (each drinker gets a little key that you place on the tap before you pour then it tracks your ounces, one you reach the equivalent of two glasses of beer your key cuts off and they make sure you aren't drunk and reset your key to allow you more). Unfortunately the choice of beer at the draft tables, while appealing to the masses, were't the greatest, Blue Moon and Fat Tire, but wanting to just give the table a whirl I had my two glasses with no need to reset the table. The other table had Bud Light and DFH 60min.

He then explained they just started doing flights so we could pick four of any of their draft beers and get four 5oz pours for $8, which was a pretty good deal, problem there is the flight came to the table with no explanation of which was what, I had chosen four beers I've never had so if was a bit of a chore trying to figure out what was what.

Overall their draft beer selection, while adequate, isn't good enough for a pricey Gastropub named Tapped. Their bottle list helped, but that too could use some work but I will give them a pass as they are new.

The food was good, and everything is made in house (farm to table as the waiter put it). Entree prices were in the $18-$25 average range. My scallops were a little on the small and rubbery side but still tasty, wife had a cheese stuffed sirloin and from my sample of it I would have much rather ordered that.

When we got our bill the waiter had forgotten to charge us for the draft table usage, so we told him and it took quite a while to get it added to our bill correctly. Our bill for an app, two entrees, a sweet tea, two glasses of Fat Tire, a flight of beer, a can of Old Chub and two desserts was $110 with tip.

Overall the place is pricey, but it is at Hilltop so that is to be expected, and they are clearly having some growing pains being new, but I will certainly revisit them for a special occasion, but as it stands it's not a place I'd just pop in to hang out.

Hanzo, Mar 01, 2013
Tapped Gastropub in Virginia Beach, VA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.