Taps: 155 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Well, this restaurant puts it together pretty well. With Great food and service, Classic Rock, and over 100 taps this place was amazing. I have never seen anything like it before, and especially to see a place that was so modern, and able to put together a tap house quite like that. It was amazing!!!
No bar food here, in fact their firebrick pizzas left quite an impression on my memory, they were delicious. Complemented the bornem double, and arrogant bastards on tap perfectly. This place keeps on winning for me.
Every waitress we had there looked amazing, and not only that they had some serious beer knowledge. One of our waitresses name was BJ, and all I can say is that was the best BJ I ever had. The bartenders were more than willing to serve up as many free samples as long as you were willing to buy a beer, and tip them at the end. Overall great service, and embiance.
The selection seemed never ending with huge lists of Californian micros on draft not to mention all of the imports they carried. However, I am sad to announce that their number one seller contiues to be Coors Light, can you believe it 100 and some beers and the number one beer they sell is Coors Light. That makes me sick!!! They deliver three different sizes of beer, which include pints, half yards, and whole yards. I usually wet with pints in order to try more beers,but one night I was feeling adventurous, so I asked for a yard of Bornem Double. I sat and waited as everyone else recieved their pints, and I got worried of the whereabouts of my 64oz. of Bornem Double sweetness. About five minutes later, the bar manager came to the table holding a pint of my brew, and said I am sorry sir we do not sell yards of this beer. I asked why, and he delivered a response about how the last time somebody ordered a higher octane beer in the yard. He said the two guys ordered their yards and ten minutes later they were up on their tables swinging their yard glasses like light sabers. That was the day they had to make that rule and that any broken yards would have to be paid for. So, I opted for a yard a first time experience with Shiner Bock, and it was great. Drinking out of a yard glass is quite the experience, I definitely had a great time.
For this place to exist only in Southern California, makes me jealous of them. It's not fair why can't this place replace all of the Applebee's and TGI Friday's throughout the world. Then I would be a happy man.
01-21-2003 17:18:47 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Bartender and beer selection are always the best. Firestone Walker is the house beer out of Paso Robles, CA. As an IPA Guy, I'm always impressed...selection is incredible and I love the appetizers. Get the Ahi poke bowl and guacamole dip. The menu is expansive and the standards are adhered to no matter which Yardhouse you go to. Lots of TVs and a very good vibe overall. The only drawbacks are the smaller size of this restaurant and parking. And, the WIFI sucks but who cares with this many beers!
12-01-2013 14:57:31 | More by TVail
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this establishment three times in three days this month. It is easy to find off of Rt 55 south adjacent to the first traffic light you hit as the freeway ends in Costa Mesa. It is on the second floor of a commercial building that includes a parking garage. There is an outdoor area with a nice view of distant features however it appeared to be used mostly by those waiting for tables. Very nice oval shaped stainless steel bar with quality wood finishes throughout. The open kitchen area is on the left hand side as you enter. After passing the hostess bar is on the right hand side. Be sure to check out the overhead conduit encasing keg lines that lead back to the kegroom along the back wall. The equipment is impressive and looks very well cared for. Nice beer selection however too many macros. Food was excellent each visit. Waitresses were somewhat knowledgable and the service was very good. Nice offerings from North Coast ,Stone, and others. I was disappointed that they did not have any Alesmith since it is fairly close. All in all this is a great place that has good brew and a nice atmosphere. During my Friday evening visit it was very crowded however I was able to snag a table after a 15 minute wait.
03-21-2007 17:10:08 | More by mountainbiker602
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The Beer Liner
I stopped in the Costa Mesa Yard House while on a short trip to Orange County. I had been here once before and wasnt initially impressed, but thought Id go back and give it another try. This time my visit was mid week, late afternoon and during happy hour (4-6pm) when their beer prices are much more reasonable. HH Pints - domestic $3.25, Craft/Import - $3.50, Goblets - $4. Craft beers went to $5.50/pint after 6pm.
The YH is an impressive place. It's big, with an open kitchen at one end and large windows running the length of a singular, large, triangular shaped room. The place is dominated by the stainless steel bar that sits in the middle of the room, like an ocean liner, dividing an otherwise open floor plan. Both large and more intimate booths line the walls, while tables fill the spaces between the massive bar and the booths. At the bar, yard glasses hang from the ceiling, but rarely come down, and the lineup of tap handles is a sight to be seen.
The draft beer selection is quite large, although once you eliminate the macros and other beers that you can find most anywhere, the selection is not quite what I would consider world class. What I did like was the selection of local CA beers that are often difficult to find on tap on the East Coast. These included:
Stone's - IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Pale, Ruination & Smoked Porter
Bayhawks Amber, Blonde, Chocolate Porter, Hefe, Honey Blond and OC Lager
Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA
Green Flash's West Coast IPA
Humbolt's Hemp Ale, IPA, Pale & Red Nectar
Lost Coast's Alley Cat Amber, Apricot Wheat, Downtown Brown, Great White & Raspberry Brown
I started with a pint of the Deschutes Black Butte Porter, followed by Green Flashs West Coast IPA and then the Humboldt IPA. Each was distinctive, fresh and thoroughly enjoyable.
The "big beer" drafts included Ayinger's Celebrator, Bornem Double, Delirium Tremens, Gulden Draak, Maredsous 8, N. Coast Pranqster, Piraat, the Spaten Optimator and a few others.
As for food, their pizza will run you about $12, Seafood entrées $15-$25, Steak, Ribs and Chops $22-$30, Burgers $10, other sandwiches $10-$16, Entrée salads $9-$15, Appetizers ~$10 give or take a few bucks.
Two things that I found unique and interesting were the draft beer floats, and the blended beer offerings. The floats were made with vanilla ice cream and either Lindeman's Framboise or Young's Chocolate Stout. The blended beers included several unique blends made mostly with Guinness and one of the following: Sea Dogs Blue Paw Wheat, Blue Moon or Lost Coast's Great White. Another unique blend was a mix of Young's Chocolate Stout and Lindeman's Framboise that they called a Youngberry Chocolate.
The LA Cavaliers were playing the Nets on most of the flat screens surrounding the bar, while the music was primarily 70s and 80s classic rock such as Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Super Tramp, Yes, Floyd, etc. The service was prompt and professional and the other patrons at the bar were mostly friendly and amiable.
Overall, the Yard House is a pretty decent place.
12-12-2007 05:07:08 | More by 86sportster883
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A great selection of beers and the food is pretty decent too. I wasn't paying too much attention to the prices because I'm on the company dime while I'm here, but the tap selection was really great. Some local California brews, German and Belgian beers, much more but I didn't look too long because I was thirsty and the waiter was standing over me. I had a Delerium Tremens and a Maredsous 8 which were served in goblets at a very nice temperature. I didn't get a chance to try any other beers and I was in the mood for strong Belgians so I stopped at 2. But the tap menu looked extensive. The food was quality and about what I'd expect for a larger chain restaurant. I would say this is a place to go when you really want a good tap selection and a decent meal.
03-13-2007 04:35:39 | More by jletts
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
EDIT: I inadvertently put this review of the Costa Mesa site under the Irvine site. So now i have put it here and deleted from Irvine. (Thanks for the heads up Rumrunner). Originally reviewed on 2-14-06.
Lots of folks bag on this place, but i'm going to have to give it a thumbs up. Yeah it is rather corporate and yuppy but it doesnt pretend not to be. The beer lines may be long, but i didnt have any bad beers. Many times I want to go out with my gal and when we settle on a good restaurant, they most likely dont have good beer. Well, i'm able to take my girlfriend here for a nice dinner and have good beer. Isnt that what we as BA's want? Good beer at more than just the beer bars?
Given that, the bar in the center has about 100 brews on tap with about 40 that would please any BA. I had an arrogant bastard, maudite, pirrat, maredsous and a racer 5. It was a bit hard to select my pint because of the solit selection. Many macros for sure but also a good representation of micros.
I would have given the food rating a 4 but my rib eye was medium when i asked for rare... still tasty though as was the seared ahi appetizers and my gf's entre of new york steak. There were many couples and groups in the bar/dining area. It was pretty crowded with a friendly vibe. The ambiance was dimmed lights, laughter and scents of good food. Have the peach cobber, it's damn tasty.
The service as excellent. Given how crowded it was, we were really attended to. The waitress bumped into our table and spilled some of my maudite. She apologized and brought me another chalice of it, fricken cool!!!
I'll be coming here again. The happy hour prices look great as the price for a coors light is the same as a maudite. Let the masses support my habit i say. After dinner we walked across the street to the goat hill where i had a pint of fullers london porter, but that's another beer fly.
04-25-2006 05:19:25 | More by SwillinBrew
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
After stopping at Hi-Time down the road, my good friend Jim and I hit the Yardhouse for a bite and a brew before venturing off to the Goat Hill Tavern.
The whole Yard House is very slick and corporate with some copper panels leading out of a giant stainless steel reefer room. Cool stainless steel and black marble dominate the rest.
Service here was great and very attentive to our needs. The food was slick and tasty (all Asian inspired fare) and for once at a Yard House.. I only saw 2 tap handles devoted to Budweiser and 2 to Bud light! There were a few more inspired choices here than I've ever seen at one of these location, so that's the reason for the bump up in selection score.
Could this be a change of pace for the corporate resturant/bar chain? Let's hope so!
06-27-2004 21:46:58 | More by drewbage
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
High tech, modern feel with a huge stainless steel bar dominating the area. Behind the dining area is a large glassed in keg room where they keep all the beer. Apparently this place has over 3.5 miles of tap lines, and employs a full time person maintaining them. Beer selection was good - a nice selection of imports, local offerings, and nation wide micros. I thought it was a bit odd that you had to sign in for a seat with a hostess even in the bar area, but it was busy. So we just sat at the bar instead. The crowd is a bit pretentious - mostly nicely dressed people out to impress each other. And unfortunately most of them were drinking bud light and kamikazes instead of good beer. I suppose their dollars allow the Yard House to stock the more obscure stuff though, so we can't complain too much. Also had a nice selection of ciders on tap.
01-21-2005 16:40:34 | More by rowew
Yard House in Costa Mesa, CA
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.