Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 21
Beer Avg: 3.1
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
4.08/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Bilbo's has been around in Kalamazoo for far longer than the LotR phenomenon has been in the theatres, the original location being near Western Michigan campus while a satellite exists up in Portage on Westnedge Ave.
The original store is where it's at though, as the theme is much more prevelent, and the lights dimmer. Bilbo's is mainly known for it's delicious pizzas (available in wheat crust, make sure to try it if you try anything there) with the standard toppings.
Service is usually quite good in my experience, but that's probably because I'm usually there with a large group, kind of hard to ignore 8 people at once :-)
Bilbo's also has a variety of house beers with appropriately 'cute' names such as "Wizard Wheat" and so forth in addition to many locals on tap if you'd rather stick with a stand-by.
Overall highly recommended though, their pizza is the best in Kazoo, and the unique beer is another nice bonus.
01-17-2004 02:03:10 | More by CortexBomb
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Over all a great place after any kind of event. You might see children, college kids, lunch time business professionals and evening social crowd. It can be a little expensive so just check the coupon section of he paper for deals. Plus the house beer is good but you really can't find a bar in Kalamazoo that doesn't serve good beer on tap.
06-08-2013 22:48:41 | More by DipMDT
2.98/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by here for a quick beer but did'nt try any food. Locsted in a strip mall this palce is not very inviting. Looks to hold a few hundred diners. Has a cheap plastic sign out by the road with the name on it. Foremost it is like an Applebees. I think they had about 4 of their beers on tap. Just average beer. With so many other choices for good beer in Kalamazoo I'm not sure why they even bother making their own beer. Not really a place I would stop at again. Just wanted to see what it was about.
11-18-2011 21:23:04 | More by jale
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bilbo's is a fun place to go on occasion. This would not be one of my top places to go, but I always enjoy myself here. Occasionally the crowd is overwhelmingly full of college kids and I find myself rather annoyed when that is the situation, but usually it is at least tolerable and most of the time it is quite enjoyable.
The food is easily the highlight, however, there is nothing to really complain about. They brew their own beers which are decent. I've had many different items on the menu and find that each is just as tasty as the next. Perhaps the only thing I'm not thrilled about is how close to campus they are which attracts the college kids.
07-10-2011 04:12:34 | More by TheBear11D
2.3/5 rDev -36.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I found this brewpub while driving back to my hotel. When I asked about it, I was told it was a local favorite, for the pizza. The next day I went back to try out their brews. The brewpub has a Lord of the Rings theme. They had five different beers on tap the day I was there; Duff, Sledgehammer, Return of the King, Dragon Red Ale and Wizard Wheat.
We sat at the bar and ordered drinks. The manager was our bartender and service was excellent.
I had three of their beers (duff, Return of the King and Sledgehammer). To be honest all three looked very similar to each other. There also wasn't much different to their taste. They also had other beers on tap from Miller and Bud to Guinness and Bass. They also had some micro brews, including Bell's which is made in a neighboring town.
My wife ordered a pizza, and it was really good.
Update:I just returned from here over the weekend, this place has really gone down hill. We showed up and sat down it took 15 minutes before a bartender would give us a list of beers, the list didn't describe any of the beers and based on the Lord of the Rings style names it uses for the beers, you can't tell what the beer styles are. Finally after we got the list, I was so annoyed at the complete lack of service I requested a manager. The manager never came to talk to us, so I ended up leaving and going to a better brewpub for beer.
I will never go back here again as talking to others at the same event I was at stated they had the same issues there.
03-20-2011 20:37:05 | More by Contagion
Bilbo's Pizza in Kalamazoo, MI
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.