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Heroe's Bar & Grill

Not Rated.
Heroe's Bar & GrillHeroe's Bar & Grill
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

125 W Santa Fe
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States
phone: (714) 738-4356

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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

I prefer to go to this Heroe's because they have a more extensive beer list. But that's just about the only reason.

I have been here a few times and each time I'm reminded of why I don't go here more often, despite the fact that it has one of the better tap lists in the area.

During the day or on a non-weekend night, it is okay. But if you're there on a Friday or Saturday night, or even on a Thursday, it's going to be FULL of the typically low-brow Downtown Fullerton Bar crowd.

The place itself is decorated with plenty of antique trinkets, signs, and even bicycles. Everyone is given packages of peanuts upon sitting down and throwing the shells on the floor is standard operating procedure.

The beer list is fairly large, offering a lot of Stone, some Anderson Valley, Bootleggers, Firestone, a few German beers, Chimay (Blue), and your typical Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Guiness, and a slew of BMC beers. Surprisingly they also have Lindeman's Framboise and Pomme, but both are bottles only and are pricey at $9 for a 375ml bottle. They also offer a few ciders.

The service is fine. Nothing to write home about, but never bad either. The one thing I would advise against is splitting up a check if you're with a group and everyone is paying separately. I've had HUGE problems with this here.

The food is your typical bar food. I generally get some sort of burger or sandwich, which are good, big and come with a ridiculously large order of fries. The sandwiches tend to be $9-12 with other dishes being the same or more expensive.

09-27-2009 19:36:55 | More by womencantsail
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SwillinBrew

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Well, i've been going here since it was the old Heroes at the old place during my Cal State Fullerton days... that was like 15 years ago when i thought Moosehead was living large. I even remember when they got this new beer called Arrogant Bastard. "Hmph, it taste kind of funny... i'll have to pass" Ahhh, the silly days of youth.

Anyways, this place has a nice down home warm pub feel to it. It's in old town fullerton with large windows in the front and the building exterior is all red brick. The inside has lot's of dark wood with many little bar lights, xmas lights, little lights, all adding to make a comfy subdued atmoshpere. Like your living room when the fireplace is lit and the lights on the xmas tree are on. Beautiful long wooden bar with all the 100 plus taps lined up behind. The service is quick, friendly and the waitresses all seem to have the little college gal cutie look to them. Very nice. There's also a nice sized patio out in the back. The vibe is friendly with many families and college kids in the mix.
The food is quite tasty pub fare leaning on the gourmet side, hot and flavorful. The portions are rather large, not quite like Claim Jumper's, but getting there, which is fine by me.
The beers are all the standard micros and macros. You'll find Stone, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Chimay, etc. I wish they would adventure out some and get some micro specialties like something from Pizza Port, Alesmith, Craftsmen... but at least they always seem to have the Stone seasonal that's out.

I'd go here more often if I lived a bit closer. Check this place out. Quite nice.

10-06-2006 23:10:23 | More by SwillinBrew
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joecast

Australia

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%

located off the southern end of harbor in fullerton, just before the dip in the road to pass under the r/r tracks. santa fe is a pretty small side street so keep an eye for the road signs (hint: its not one of the main cross streets with a light and big sign).

pretty cozy place. the peanut shells on the floor say "come on in, and make yourself at home". well, to me they do. other than that though, this place is pretty clean and modern, just check the restrooms. of course i was there pretty early on a weekday.

sat at a table oppostie the bar and the server was there pretty quickly to wipe it down and ask what we would like. i asked for a beer menu but there was none to be had. unfortunate as it would be much nicer and easier to review the large tap list from the comfort of a table than looking over some strangers shoulder who is sitting at the bar.

the taps are arranged in three banks, all with one row above the other. high ratio of import to domestic (probably higher than i would like, but thats just me) with plenty of german, spaten in particular, and english brews available.
domestic had the usual bmc stuff, (with some taps doubled up at each end of the bar which could be a good thing when its crowded) as well as some stone, firestone walker, redhook, and some others. didnt notice many bottles along or below the bar.
this could be a really fantastic selection, but its just not terribly adventurous (well, ok, other than double bastard). cut out a few bland imports and drop the doubles of bmc and replace them with... well you get the idea.

overall this place is more likely catering to the younger college crowd, and im sure they do it very well. if i went to school, or even just lived nearby, id be here plenty. its a fun place with a better than average beer selection.

01-10-2006 01:38:47 | More by joecast
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

After meeting fellow local BA OCbrewfish at Hollingshead’s Delicatessen, I decided to take him up on his most gracious offer of a tour around Fullerton.

So after a few brews at Hollingshead’s Deli and a trip to the Town & Liquor Store we headed into downtown to try out the “new” Fullerton Heroes, I say new because I recall the old Heroes which I visited only once when I first came to the US in September 2001.

We parked in the adjoining car lot. The “new” Fullerton Heroes seems much bigger and better laid out. The whole exterior has a bare brick look, the entrance is set back and into the frontage, which allows room for a couple of tables and chairs at the front on the right as you walk in.

Once inside the bare brick theme is continued inside. Areas to the left and right of the front contains a handful of Tables & Chairs and was frequented by many diners. At the back more space is turned over to seating and right at the back large doors open out to a covered deck area which is a real sun trap and a cool place to hang out. Toilets are on the way to the back and are clean and well kept.

The most important part of Heroes, the lovely looking wooden bar, runs to your left hand side for some distance, it has to, for behind the bar three large stainless steel panels contains twin upper and lower rows of taps which sit back against the wall. In total, some 119 Taps line the back wall and they serve a pretty good range of brews. A great portfolio of brews is welcome, yet sadly, and quite incredulously, there is no beer list – so it is hard to peruse the selection with some comfort. This is a serious drawback I think, I know the range changes but you can at least print a list for the regular brews and maybe add a chalkboard for the special and/or rotating guest beers couldn’t you!?! I would think so. It takes a keen eye to know each and every one of the tap handles or even recognize new beers that you haven’t tried before, especially when looking at them from behind the bar, it also means that you have to walk up & down the Bar in order to check out the beer range, which can be annoying for those sat at the bar as you stand behind them, or worse lean over them, to check out those hard to read tap handles. The range is wide but does include a lot of macros, imports and those weird fruity Ciders and funky brews, yet in and amongst the taps there will be something to suit everyone, even the most discerning drinker. You can get your favorite in cool 40 ounce Mugs too.

I have tried the food at the Heroes in Claremont, and its good solid Pub grub, it seems like the fare is the same here, though I never tried any during my visit.

Service was good but a tad confused at times. When OCbrewfish asked for one of the Rogue offerings (was it Dead Guy Ale!?) he was told it wasn’t on and tapped out, however, the looking at the tap you couldn’t tell so the cute looking woman with the lovely brown eyes that served us went to the Tap anyway – and promptly pulled a pint of said beer!! So it was on. Granted it is tough to keep track of 119 Taps but they need to work a better system for doing so – including tagging or bagging the taps that are out.

A very cool place to hang out and I am sure it rocks on Fridays and weekend nights. Recommended, just bust their balls about maybe getting a bloody beer list.

Thanks to OCbrewfish for the ride out to the Town & Country!

Last Visit: Saturday 16th July, 2005

07-17-2005 19:43:08 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ALECOHOLIC

California

4.15/5  rDev +2%

I should have reviewed this place when I first found BA. Heroes opened when I became "legal". I have many fond memories of this place, what with me being a Fullerton "Towny", and all. Heroes moved about 3 years back, from Wilshire down to Santa Fe, about 3 blocks. They are near the train station (across Harbor Blvd) and have far more space than the old joint. The beer selection is "dependable" in my opinion. There are always a few Belgians and usually several barley wine or strong ale categorie beers on tap. Old Foghorn (along with the other Anchor varities), Guardian (and 4 other Stone taps), Sierra is well represented (I enjoyed a BIg Foot draft), Old Nick and Salvatore are usually on tap. There are about 130 tap heads and most are Cal micros. There is a patio and the place is set up with scattered tables and a long bar.
Think Goat Hill with a cleaning lady.
Food is better than "pub fare" but the portions are rediculous big.
If any of you guys are taking the Amtrak between San Diego and Los Angeles, stop in Fullerton for a pint or two (especially when heading for Carlsbad from points north ;] )

02-26-2005 08:40:24 | More by ALECOHOLIC
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Halcyondays

California

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

Heroe's Bar and Grill is located just off Harbor Blvd. in the city of Fullerton. Make sure you turn west off Harbor, I turned east and ended up near the train station, go past the sign that says Soco District. Once in there, the place looks like a maritime tavern meets dive bar meets German beer hall, with Christmas lights, that's the best I can describe it. At the bar there are well over 100 drafts, nothing really caught my eye as rare, but there were dozens I would have been happy drinking that night. On a Tuesday night, my birthday incidentally, at about 6:30 pm, the place wasn't that crowded, but the bar was close to capacity, there were about two or three seats left. I ordered a Racer 5 on tap, and it was spot on, delicious. It was $10 for one of those quart/liter mugs, but it worked out to about $5 a pint, which really isn't that bad in Orange County. With Led Zeppelin on the juke box, the Lakers kicking the crap out of the Pacers, and a fresh Racer 5, I was having a good time. While a bit out of my way, when I pass Orangethorpe or La Palma, I feel like I'm in the Far North, it is a place if I was a local Fullertonian I would frequent often. Didn't have a lot of time in there, but from what I saw, it's a really good bar.

11-21-2007 17:20:46 | More by Halcyondays
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claspada

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Stopped here for dinner with my buddy after a mini-beer crawl around the Vista area.

Had Drake 1500 and a Mission Street Session Pale Ale (the name escapes me). Both seemed fresh and good. The food was decent, big portions which was appreciated after consuming many beers throughout the day.

Free peanuts at the bar. Service was quick and more than helpful.

The one comment is that this place turns into a college bar with many colorful drinks being poured toward the end of our visit. A great place to meet people but loses the craft beer/pub aspect as the night progresses and becomes more like a club. So if that's your thing, cool, if not, go for lunch.

06-18-2013 22:02:35 | More by claspada
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2beerdogs

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

I could've sworn that I reviewed Heroe's back in my first days of BA. Well, I guess I didn't. Heroe's is an institution in Orange County, and the dowtown Fullerton scene was almost exclusively born out of Heroe's success.

I have been a regular at Heroe's since it's opening. Actually was there before they had all of their paperwork in order, so they tapped a keg, and were just giving their beer away (ostensibly just for friends-ala private party style). Absolutely amazing what Jack and his crew created in such a small space, originally at the Villa del Sol in the heart of dowtown. The food was always very good, and the portions were huge, even in the early days. But for me, the beer selection was always excellent.

Back in the early 90's I told Billy, who helps handle beer ordering, about Stone starting to distribute to BJ's in Brea, so he called Stone, and became one of the first to pour Stone on tap in North OC. They take good care of their beer, cleaning their tap lines often--You wouldn't get an "off" beer at Heroe's. Now Heroe's anchors the SoCo district. The food is still very good, still served in huge portions, and they still have a great beer selection. If you are a BA, and in OC, it is a must stop for pub food and beer.

10-06-2012 23:48:38 | More by 2beerdogs
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DuqTroops

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I came to the area on a business trip. I would've never heard of this place unless I met this group of guys prior to the Angels game.

This place was cool. Tons of great beers on draught and the food is good. The server wasn't that with it (my friend kept asking for bourbon and diet; she kept serving him scotch with an ice cube).

The food is enormous. If you are hungry, get a sandwich, because it is huge. The beers are served in big glasses as well.

Overall, I liked this place and would recommend it.

Cheers

09-11-2008 13:40:12 | More by DuqTroops
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Rezzin

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

This place has over 100 beers on tap with no shortage of micros to choose from. It can be somewhat overwhelming to decide on what you want, but it's better to have too many choose from than not enough. You can order your beers by the pint or by the giant mug.

The atmosphere is very lively - think sports bar with peanut shell littered floors. The peanuts are free by the way. It's very laid back and a great place to hang out and have a few. I didn't order any food but from what I saw, the portions are enormous. The bartenders don't keep you waiting long and the waiters are attentive.

I just wish I had one of these walking distance from my house.

07-18-2006 03:32:57 | More by Rezzin
Heroe's Bar & Grill in Fullerton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.