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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen
BA SCORE
96
world-class

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

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

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.73/5  rDev -37.5%

I stopped by this place twice while visiting for work, once for lunch and once for drinks.

This place is in a strip mall not too far from the center of Orange. The decor, as most people have said, is an average deli a few aisles of beer and a line of taps at the kind of bar you'd imagine would be in the average deli. I get what they're going after, I just don't particularly like it. However, I'd assume they wouldn't care as they seemed very unapologetic.

I got two different experiences with service. When I went for lunch, all I had was a sandwich. The people working were quite friendly and promptly got my sandwich for me. When I went for drinks, the bartender was rather rude, and was more interested in getting people to close their tabs than anything else. They seemed like they were in a hurry to close, but continued serving drinks for probably another 20 minutes. It seemed like he knew most of the people in there, and was kind of nonchalant about the whole thing. While regulars might not mind this, I did not find it very appealing. I would have given it a 1 if it weren't for the friendly workers at lunch. Multiple reviews say that this is just the way they are, or that it's the atmopshere, family run, etc. What is this, Ed Debevic's? That is not the kind of experience I want when drinking craft beer.

The selection was good. The tap selection had some very interesting beer, with Sculpin, PtE, FW XIV, Abacus, and Parabola on one night, though this was apparently for a special FW event. The bottle selection was not impressive, though, especially for a place that allows bottles to go.

The sandwich I got was not very good, but not terrible.

This place was extremely expensive. I got a 8oz pour of FW XIV for $11. I understand that this beer was fairly limited, but that price is completely unreasonable. If I had known what it was, I would have walked out. Other beers were similarly priced. I've had quite a few rare and fairly expensive beers on tap, but have never paid that much per ounce for a beer on tap - not even close.

I do not recommend this place whatsoever. It's expensive, the workers (at night anyways) were rude, the decor is not very nice, and the beer selection really is not that impressive for the most part. Some people might just say I didn't get it - either way, you won't find me here again.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of ubiq3000
3/5  rDev -31.4%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Ducksfan
3.1/5  rDev -29.1%

I've been a Hollingshead's regular for a couple years, I recently decided never to go back. If your a visitor from out of town maybe the occaisional visit will have you smitten. But don't be decieved those friedly faces are just there to take your money. This place treats their regulars like garbage, along with their employees. They are conservative, self righteous Lutheran folk. If you're at all a heathen I would avoid the head. While the beer is good this is not a place I would give my money to.

Ducksfan, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of AnnieMetal
3.35/5  rDev -23.3%

Very neat little place, but WAY, way too expensive. Other than the price, it has some charm. Interesting deli, bar, and beer store, all in one! They also have a good candy selection. I have never seen anything like it, to be honest. I couldn't stop smiling the first time I went in there. But I STILL haven't seen the Pliney on tap! Bottles/cases of it are always sold out, too!

It is realllly small inside! Be prepared to stand and drink possibly - especially on Friday (they close about an hour later than normal, and all of the regulars are there. Some have been going for over 20+ years, weekly.) I have never seen the tables outside like in the picture. I know you can't drink out there, even if they were outside. Probably were there for just food. It IS in the corner of a strip mall.

Very charming multi-generational family, the two older gentlemen are always ready to tell you a flattery (if you are a lady) a story, or a joke. :)

I also wish they were open at night and on weekends, because it would be a great place to take your significant other or a co-worker, once in a while for a more intimate beer in a unique setting. Too bad I leave work at 6, when they close. :(

AnnieMetal, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -21.3%

I was able to make it here finally since I had a weekday off. Walking in you will find that the place is a bottle shop, bar, and deli all crammed together in no real particular fashion. Tables and chairs are set up in the middle of the place with shelves of beer on either side, so good luck really searching for stuff if people are sitting at the tables. There are a couple of refrigerators with beer in them and a couple more rows of beer that are not blocked by tables but the aisle is so narrow you can hardly pass by people. The bar area has some stools and whatnot for seating and eating as well. The bottles for sale seemed to be haphazardly placed on shelves and in coolers. Lots of bottles collecting dust and out of date. With that being said, the selection is good if you don't mind taking chances on how old some of the harder to find stuff is. There was a decent selection of beer on tap but the prices were ridiculous. For example, they were charging something like $16.95 for a 16 oz. pour of a beer you can get a bomber of for around $10. The food smelled good but again the prices were very high. The only reasonable prices seemed to be on their bottled beer. Service was average and the guy working was fairly brusque when I ordered a beer. Overall, I would hesitate to come back here again for anything but some bottled beers. Too disjointed, too expensive, and what is with the M-F only hours?

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of stoad
3.55/5  rDev -18.8%

I wish there were more places in OC to get a good draft, but they are few & far between. Great rotating draft selections but spotty service. I run hot & cold on the place - sometimes they're right on the money, everything running smoothly, other times you're waiting 5-10 minutes for a fill, the staff wandering around the store oblivious to the line at the counter. The sandwich concoctions are well conceived, but very light on the meat & cheese and only served until 6pm. The deviled eggs are a great deal. They're closed on weekends and typically have last call by 8 pm (9 pm at the latest) on weekdays. The owners are nice folks and big Packer fans and the shop is filled with jerseys and other team paraphernalia but alas, they only show the Monday night games (even the Thursday NFL channel shows are unavailable). Prices are pretty high for food, draft & bottles. As I once heard in Paris, "Well, he couldn't have charged you more" pretty sums up the deal for these guys.

stoad, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of lou91
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%

I must admit I was disappointed by this place. The taps were not very impressive. I had the Russian River IPA which was damn good and I was anxious to try the only other beer that was worth trying the Stoudt pale ale. But there was only a nice witty older man behind the bar trying to pour beer, sell beer and tend two registers. We waited and waited as did the other patrons and he didn't return to fill pints for a good 20 minutes.

The selection was good but not exceptional with the exception of the german/european selection. The belgian was good-not great. Lots of Stone and Alesmith, including the Decadence which I would have bought but I did not want to wait 20 minutes to pay.

I can see why people like the place but just don't go there thirsty or in a hurry.

lou91, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Mauerhan
3.65/5  rDev -16.5%

On occasion I have found myself in need of a good beer without wanting to drive out to beachwood to get it. On those times I find myself sitting in Million Dollar Sandwich... I mean Hollingsheads.

As you walk into the smallish deli I am bombarded by Packers gear. Has a good feel about it. Tons of beer, But only god knows how long those bottles have been on the shelves...yeah I'm looking at you German brews. Two Large double sided sets of shelves adorned with a plethora of different styles as well as countries of origin. In addition to this the wall of Germans and a 20 foot four shelf cooler.

The staff and the Hollingshead family know their stuff for the most part and can up sell with the best of em. I would say know what you want when you go in.

Tap selection is 90 percent impressive. I had my first pliny the younger and elder on tap here. As well as Blind Pig, Many vintages of Old Guardian and plenty of other good brews. Probably the best part of the place is the bar.

The food is good. I just cant justify paying 9 bucks for a tiny turkey sandwich when there is a Carls Jr within spitting distance.

Over all the place is cool but it is pricey. But if you have some spare cash then it doesnt hurt to swing by every once in a while.

Mauerhan, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

jeff1973, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.8/5  rDev -13%

Hollingshead's is a very interesting little place for sure. From the front it looks like any other strip-mall deli you've ever seen.

Once inside you notice the layout's remarkably different. The center of the establishment is comprised of tables and chairs with west, north, and east sides being the deli, beer bar, and beer fridge, respectively. They've done a nice job of keeping their beer bar stocked with top notch stuff like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, and RR Pliny the Elder (and Younger) to name a few. You can also grab a beer from their fridge and either drink it there or take it home.

They used to fill growlers, but some asshole decided to report them to the ABC and that went away overnight.

The deli itself is overrated and the sandwiches are relatively average.

One thing that seems rather juxtaposed at Hollingshead's is the projection of prudishness and orthodoxy from much of the staff. It seems odd to me that a place that makes its business selling alcohol would claim to be "family oriented." When I sit down with a beer at the end of the week amongst adults and want to talk to my friends about what an f'ing asshole Bill O'Reilly is, I don't want to feel sequestered.

So while I would recommend Hollingshead's for the occasional brew, it doesn't offer the kind of free setting I'm looking for. Naja's Place in Redondo Beach is more my speed.

SacoDeToro, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of nige4958
3.8/5  rDev -13%

Hollingshead is a deli/beer bar that caters to beer people. There are many quality beers on draft and in bottles to choose from. I would stay with draft only, as a bottle will cost $$. Their bottles are color coded, representing how much a particular bottle will cost to drink on the premises. Place needs a proper staff, with hours set in the real world. They're currently closed on Saturdays, do to family commitments. Basically Ma and Pa run the place on Saturdays and current health issues prohibit them from working. Makes sense, just close the place on Saturday and forget about your Saturday fan base. Place is so poorly run, I don't think I'll ever go back.

nige4958, May 04, 2007
Photo of joeysuds
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%

I had heard about this deli for quite a while. Most said I'd be missing out if I didn't peek in. A few others said that it was "not bad". Eventually I fell into the later of the two groups. It is a great little place to grab a beer. Not open later than 7pm it took me some time to make it in. Their selection of bottled beer was excellent. They had the largest selection of bottled german brews I've seen in Orange County. It took me honestly 20 min to find a beer to sit with. The food honestly could have been better. I ordered a "double" sandwich ,which is the same as the single but with more meat and cheese. The bread was of the "Wonder " sort, small and square. Nothing to call home about. The staff was great. Helpful and knowlegable. Over all it is a sweeter spot in Orange County to shop and drink all in one.

joeysuds, May 27, 2004
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%

Visited on 12-10-08

My father used to actually visit this place for lunch and a beer every once in a while way back in the early to mid 90's. I accompanied him a couple of times, but it really didn't hit me that this was the same place until I walked inside and the memories came flooding back to me. Anyway, this is actually the first time I have had a chance to visit this place since, due to their quirky hours of business, and the fact that I work the graveyard shift and on weekends.

The selection here is definitely impressive. Nothing that is extremely hard-to-find in the OC, but nonetheless, impressive. They have rows and rows of beer in the middle of the store, surrounding some lunch tables. Then, on the right hand side of the store, there is another row of beer across from the cooler section. But, damn did I get kind of claustrophobic. Especially because the beer delivery guy was going back and forth with his loads in between the tiny space between the cooler and the row of beers across from it, right where I was standing.

This is a really cool place to visit when you have the time to actually sit down, order some lunch (although quite pricey) and enjoy a beer on tap. As long as you don't let the older gentleman (Kenny, I believe it was) get under your skin with all of the "you'd better spend a lot of money in here, because I have to send my grandkids to college" routine, then you'll be fine. He is cool, just in a grumpy old man sort of way.

Sadly, it is a bit of a drive for me, and the hours of business don't agree with mine. So, I probably won't be stopping in on a regular basis. But, if you live close, you have a real gem in your backyard. You should go and support good people who sell good beer if you're local, and help to send those kids through school!

sweetbrew82, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

vacax, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of aoampm
3.89/5  rDev -11%

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.

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of mrcraft
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%

I went to Hollingshead's during this year's Younger release in February. When an employee handing out tickets came by, he said, "it'll probably be 2 to 3 hours until we get in." As I never tried Younger before I decided to stay. The people around us who we got to know were really cool. Now to the bad, it wasn't a 2 to 3 hour wait. We finally got into the deli after waiting 6 hours and 13 minutes. Once you wait two hours in line, and the line slows down to a crawl, you already invested so much time, that you don't want to leave.

Fast forward 6 hours and 13 minutes... we got in. It was a nice, family style deli with a nice stock of craft beers in coolers and others stored on shelves. They had maybe 10 or so taps in addition to PtY - RR sours and other beers. I thought the PtY was on the pricey side which included a take home mug. I forget how much the sours were exactly, but they were pricey too compared to other bars I've been to.

I did end up trying PtY which was nice.

If I lived closer, I'd probably return and try their sandwiches. They looked pretty good. I know it wasn't entirely their fault for giving us inaccurate wait time estimates, but that kinda soured the experience as a whole. I'll re-review once I try their food and check out their regular tap line-up and prices.

mrcraft, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Talisker
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%

Visited on 31-Aug-2007.

Hollingshead's is a fascinating place that's hard to describe and even harder to rate. Is it a bar, a deli, a beer store? A little of each.

Tucked away randomly in a typically anonymous Orange County strip mall. Small place, seats maybe 25 people total including the bar and the plastic tables set up inside and out.

Stellar bottled beer selection. On my visit there were piles of AleSmith and Drake's, all kinds of Belgians, a respectable group of English beers, and a vast selection of German stuff. Everything available as a single with various volume discounts, so mix and match to your heart's content.

But there's no air conditioning inside, and I was there on a very muggy 90+ degree day. Very similar hot and humid feel inside. Given that there's still Sierra Nevada Celebration 2006 around in August 2007, and cases of YuleSmith piled up next to the deli case (in the path of the hot air compressor output), you have to worry more than a bit about the beer storage conditions. Prices are average.

Some bottles are in coolers, so you can take them up and drink them - just like at City Beer Store in San Francisco. You've got to love this.

Tap selection is remarkable and impeccable. Northern California beers you can't find in Northern California (like Drake's Blonde and Drake's Russian Imperial Stout), Victory HopDevil, Dorado DIPA...

Service is wonderfully friendly but inefficient, and quite quirky. Apparently women aren't allowed to handle cash, so only the elder Hollingshead and his son can actually check you out (while the mother and female employee *can* pour beers). But the failing health of the owners and increasingly restrictive hours lead me to think that Hollingshead's won't be around in this form for too much longer - be sure to visit while you can.

Ultimately, this is a must-visit, at least once, for any beer fan in the LA/OC area. You may not love it, but if you can't get to Hi-Times, you'll be able to stock up on great bottles just fine here.

Talisker, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -8.5%

JackNip, Friday at 04:59 AM
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of JBogan
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%

Visited at 10 in the morning on a Thursday just as they were opening, so kind of hard to get a feel for the atmosphere. When I was there it was very slow and they possibly didn't have everything set up yet.

Quality of the beers they carried was good. This was my first visit and the store was about half the size I thought it would be. However they certainly utilize their space well. Beer on shelves, in coolers, on the floor, you name it. I was checking out the coolers when the older lady working there asked (very nicely) if I could step to the center of the store while they got another beer delivery they needed to deposit in the aisle.

Service was very good. at the time it was only an older woman and one younger girl, but both were very pleasant, joking around and asked me multiple times if I needed help.

Selection was good, especially considering the space they have to work with. They have pretty much all the beers available in SoCal, and a few east coast brews too. As for imports, they had some interesting selections, although I'm a Belgian lover and their selection was fair.

Overall this was a nice experience. Probably not worth going really far out of your way for, but if you are within a half hour or so it's probably worth a stop. You can tell he folks who are responsible for the beer selection take care in their choices. If you're rating by how many good quality beers are in a square foot, then this place is hard to beat.

One other thing to mention: As I visited early on a weekday morning, there was nobody manning the taps in the back of the store. It looked like they had a nice selection which probably changes often, as most of the taps had the names of the beers written on a piece of paper taped onto the tap handle. If I'm ever in the area again and it's later in the day I'd like to give this little bar area a try.

JBogan, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of deadeye
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%

This is my local place and i love it. Are the bottles expensive? Yes. Are the drafts expensive? Yes. Is the staff crass? Yes. Are the sandwiches basic home made sandwiches? Yes. Lots of people complain about this place for all the reasons above... but not me. I'm completely aware of what i'm getting for my dollar. the sandwiches although "basic" in some peoples eyes, are made with love, are filling and just plain good. No frills necessary. If i want a frou frou sandwich - I'll go to a place that has them. Bottle selection is good especially if you're looking for RR stuff. The guys are a little stuck in their ways so if you're looking for "rarer" or limited release stuff they are not as in the know as some of their OC competitors. Don't be put off by family's crass attitude it's just their way.

deadeye, May 12, 2011
Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

Visited just before noon on Monday, 04/21/08.

This is more or less a well-stocked craft beer shop with a deli counter, some imported and gourmet snacks for sale, a simple dining area and a small bar.

Great beers on tap, good (if expensive) deli sandwiches and a great selection of bottled beers makes this place a worthwhile stop.

As it was lunchtime on a weekday, there wasn't a whole lot of beer drinking going on, but I had a Reaper Sleighbor and my friend had an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. There were plenty of other good selections, but the number of taps is small compared to better bars.

Again, this is mainly a deli sandwich shop (and shrine to all things Green Bay Packers). It's a cool little joint and I liked it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat and drink there again. And as a beer store, they have a good selection of English, Belgian and German beers and a pretty decent selection of the good stuff that's distributed in SoCal. But having said that< i didn't find anything rare enough to blow me out of my socks.

Don't go expecting beer nirvana and you'll have a good time.

charlzm, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of cbrakel
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%

I recently found this hidden gem with some colleagues, on a recommendation. The owners were knowledgeable, quirky, and fun; the selection of beers (both on tap and for sale) is outstanding.

Despite its low profile, this place is one of the best places to consume or purchase beer in Orange County!!!

The sandwich selection is also quite good, offering everything from light, healthy selections to heavy Germanic (Liverwurst) type fare.

At the bar, free samples are offered to entice your curiosity, which usually results in the consumption of a great brew!

cbrakel, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Tdizzle
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%

It's basically a deli with a bar. The tap selection was awesome. I had a Pliny the Younger and a Racer X, but they also had Mad River's DIPA, RR Blind Pig, Stone Double Bastard, and many other good beers to choose from, including a nice little selection of German wheat beers and lagers. They have an impressive bottle selection as well, but nothing that you can't find at Hi-Time. Careful though; some of those bottles have been sitting on the shelf for a long time. The food seems a bit pricey for what you get, but I usually go there only for the beer. And lastly, the clientele there are generally pretty cool. Overall, I kinda dig the place and would recommend stopping in for a beer if you live in North OC.

Tdizzle, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of weizendoc
4.15/5  rDev -5%

Indeed it would've been very difficult to find had I not known to look deep into the strip mall. Super nice people own/run this place! I felt like a guest at a party in their home. They have a tremendous selection of German bier in bottles (one's that you can't find at BevMO), and their prices are pretty much the same. Some interesting taps that I will try on a subsequent visit too.
I ate a veal brat that was pretty nice.

Overall, a nice find. If I lived in their part of the county, I'd probably go there 1x month at least.

weizendoc, Mar 26, 2006
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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.