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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen

100 Reviews
Reviews: 100
Visits: 129
Avg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States
phone: (714) 978-9467

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Reviews: 100 | Visits: 129
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
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4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, I got to stop in here long enough to put together a review. Hollingshead's Deli can be a bit challenging to find as you drive along Main St in Orange. It's tucked away in the southwest corner of a strip mall and faces south so you won't see it if you're driving southbound.
Once inside, I noticed the place is liberally decorated with Green Bay Packer pictures, news clippings, and memorabilia. A true cheesehead's dream pub. The deli part of the place is on the left side while the rear and left side is where all the beer action is. In the center are a few tables and chairs so you can sit, enjoy a beer and sandwich and watch a couple TV's located above the bar.
The bar takes up the back of the place and sports fifteen taps of excellent craft beers. There was Russian River's Pliny The Elder, Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale and their 2005 Celebration Ale, and Left Coast's Hop Juice to name a few. The taplist rotates frequently. The range of bottled beers covers the right side, two thirds of which are on refridgerated shelves. German beers dominate the un-cooled section, with Allgauer, Will-brau, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Aktien-Brauerei, and Tucher to name a few. The Belgian and British selection are less varied but still decent. The domestic scene is well-covered with Stone, Alesmith, Russian River, Marin, Moylan's, and Bear Republic representing Cali. Other notable breweries to be found were Victory, Stoudts, Rogue, Avery, and Canada's Unibroue. All in all, a lot of time can be spent perusing the selection trying to decide what needs to go home.
A great thing about HD's is the growler fill policy. Bring in a growler, any growler, and they'll fill it with whatever's on tap. I used a Minneapolis Towne Hall growler and got some SN Harvest Ale. I also picked up a 750ml Piraat, a bottle of RR Supplication, Aktien's Frundsberg Dunkel and Steingadener dunkelweisse and a bottle of Will-brau Maibock. The prices are a bit on the steep side but the growler fill makes it worth it.
Service was great; very friendly and helpful. My growler was sanitized and chilled prior to being filled and I was given a gratis pour of SNHA while I picked out my bottled brews and waited for my growler. We shot the bull about football (USC was killin' WA State) and I was made to feel very welcome, like a regular.
Hollingshead is a bit of a drive for me to reach but it is definitely worth the trip. If you're taking in an Angels or Ducks game or visiting Disneyland, take the time to make a short detour to HD's and enjoy. Highly worth your time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Tdizzle
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I've been going to Hollingshead's for nearly a decade. Now that it has been newly renovated, it's time to review it.

V - It's essentially a deli with a bar, and it is decorated to the rafters with Wisconsin Packers memorabilia. The place has a small, family-owned-business charm to it. The new renovation boasts nice hardwood floors, an exposed ceiling, and lots of tables. Much roomier, cleaner, and a touch classier.

Q - The place is clean, and the Hollingshead family clearly take pride in their establishment. Hollingshead's is an institution of the local craft beer scene, and they consistently get rare beer on draft. They clean their tap lines, too.

S - The service, or lack thereof, is my biggest complaint about Hollingshead's. It takes way too long to get a beer. Mike and Kenny Hollingshead will often finish entire lengthy conversations with regular customers before tending to your needs, leaving you potentially standing at the bar for a long time before someone acknowledges you. Some feel that this intentional bad service is part of the charm; but I feel that it is rude, at times.

Sel - Hollingshead's is one of the best beer bars in North Orange County. They have a great draft list and an extensive selection of bottles. They also have a great selection of deli sandwiches and delicious sides.

F - The food (sandwiches) and the sides (get the beet pickled eggs!) are very good. My only complaint is that they are small and overpriced; but the quality of the bread, meat, cheese, etc., is very good.

Hollingshead's is a great place to grab quality craft beer and good food; just be prepared for a somewhat cavalier attitude towards customer service, at times. However, I continue to come back to Hollingshead's because I feel they boast the best selection of beers in the city of Orange. Other establishments in Orange charge way too much for small pours in the same glasses that they serve water (Haven), and other establishments have redundant draft lists. Hollingshead's beer prices are high, but they pour almost everything in a 17oz mug. Can't beat that.

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Photo of Rutager
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The guy and his wonderful wife that run this place are the best. Gave me the low down on deliveries and .rar's without asking, based purely on my two bottle selection. The best!

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Photo of zaftigal
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been coming here for years. I remember the good ole days when they did pitchers of PtY. Oh how times have changed...

The revolving draft list is always good, I can't think of a time I was disappointed. The bottle selection is also good and is a nice touch surrounding the limited seating.

This is an environment for folks like me who just want to drink some suds and chat with long timers in the beer community. I don't mind that they are Packers fans, because my Raiders don't give me much to bring the table these days...

The food is good, but deli isn't my favorite. I love the glasses they use and if you come a lot they will keep your glass ready for you. This place is a must for those who want a Cheers-esque quality and comfort

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Photo of benzalman
4.26/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Safa1
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutely amazing. In a small area it feels like home away from home on the first visit. Family that owns it. Runs it so the service is great too. These guys and gals deserve community support and they have it.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.83/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of indian_pale_ale
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Killer sandwiches and beers on tap. Bottle selection is also awesome but can sometimes be pricey ($1-2 more than other local shops). However, they tend to get stuff that typically isn't found elsewhere. Great family owned business so to me it's worth spending the extra few dollars to help support that. Plus they're huge Anaheim Ducks fans which is a plus! Get the club sandwich and a RR brew on tap!

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of dagubna
5/5  rDev +13.9%

GREAT brews on tap, great bottles, and great German-style food as well. When you order a food item, they assign your number as a beer, so they'll call you as "St. Pauli Girl" or "Anchor Anniversary" when your food is ready. They have great deviled eggs and their ham salad sandwich on wheat is to die for. Come for the beer, stay for the food.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of aoampm
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Been here many times and the beers on tap never disappoint. I've had everything from a goose island tap takover (which had 3 of the bourbon county beers), to special and limited Lagunitas releases such as the waldo beer. Also they reguraly have pliny and blind pig on tap which is always a nice surprise. I used to go there for the sandwiches also but the sandwiches are fairy expensive, about 7-10 dollars for a single and 14-20 bucks for a double (which is ridiculous) and that accompanied with a 6-12 dollar beer really adds up quick.

Overall its a great spot if you want awesome beer and pretty good sandwiches, just be ready to pay about 20 dollars for one single sandwich and one beer. Service is sub par but for me the beer they have make up for it. Would recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
97 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.