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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen
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100 Reviews
Reviews: 100
Visits: 128
rAvg: 4.36
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 by vacax:
Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Hollingshead's Deli finds itself in an inconspicuous strip mall where a sign reads, of course, Hollingshead's. What this means is that not many people are going to stumble in here looking for a Bud Light... people might stumble in at lunch time looking for a sandwich, but as a beer destination the clientele is largely enlightened. It is brightly lit, which I like as a beer place (hate pointlessly dark bars... a place in North LA is so dark I have trouble seeing), however, as a beer cellar it is probably not beneficial. There is plenty of sports memorabilia that is personal to the owners, and not just a bunch of random crap like the walls at Applebee's.

There are around a dozen taps which turn around nicely so there is always lots of fresh beer. There is a large cooler along one entire wall of the shop, and another small cooler with some Belgian selections. There is also a large amount of beer outside the coolers. This place has a lot of beer for such a small shop. As such, the selection is pretty swell, but there is the fear of unfresh beer. I have been scandalized here by not checking my Pliny the Elder bottling dates, and gotten home to a four month old shell-of-its-former-self beer. As far as selection goes, there is a lot of German stuff that is not common. On tap, Kenny gets the elite stuff like Russian River or The Bruery Melange No 3., but he also likes to get German selections or American beers I haven't seen elsewhere and probably otherwise wouldn't try if it wasn't for their recommendation.

As a family run business, this place has a certain colloquial charm. While I have heard stories of their colloquial charm doubling as bullheadedness and bad service, I have not yet been victimized here. It is a bit odd, as they obviously mean well, with friendly greetings and banter, but the family multitasks, so the guy serving you a beer might go ring up customers or receive a delivery while you wait for your next beer. So far, for me the charm has outweighed any pitfalls, as I have been blessed with an excess of patience.

The sandwiches are tasty and quality through and through, but nothing fancy that would impress a deli aficionado. I also believe I have paid $14 for a club sandwich which I could have well made myself at home. Draft and bottles are also a buck or two more than the norm.

Overall, I would recommend checking it out if you are around, if not just to experience it. Stick to the draft beers and you should leave happy, usually. (2,486 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of domdomdomdom
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Tdizzle
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (2,088 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (177 characters)

Photo of zaftigal
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.58/5  rDev +5%
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 (751 characters)

Photo of benzalman
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Safa1
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of indian_pale_ale
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (406 characters)

Photo of Tuesdaythe5th
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dagubna
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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. (344 characters)

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of aoampm
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (775 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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