Heroe's Bar & Grill

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Heroe's Bar & GrillHeroe's Bar & Grill
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 26
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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 (3,471 characters)

Photo of ALECOHOLIC
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 ;] ) (1,117 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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. (663 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of DuqTroops
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 (517 characters)

Photo of Rezzin
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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. (657 characters)

Photo of Jodi215
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Loved this place! The decor is really crazy, lots of strings of lights, old pics cover the walls, rustic wood on walls and sawdust on floor. Large bar with plenty of tables and small outdoor patio. Quality was great on every count. Service was friendly and very good. Beer selection, they have 119 taps. So you should be able to find something you like. Food was very good, I had the fish and chips and it was excellent. Hubby had the pulled pork and said it was fantastic. One of the best he's ever had! Only complaint was they give you to many fries, really the amount they give one person could feed four. I had the curly fries and they were delish but I hardly made a dent in the pile on my plate. Value was great. Would go back here for sure.Also want to say this place is family friendly so bring the kids. (812 characters)

Photo of PuckLSHS
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Heroe's is located in the downtown of Fullerton...it is a little off the beaten path, but if you make sure to turn right before you go under the bridge, you will be just fine. Heroe's is a popular location for college students and 20-30 somethings in the area. They have about 80-100 beers on tap and almost all of them are pretty standard fare. They have everything from PBR to Arrogant Bastard. They even get the Double Bastard and some great Sierra Nevada and Anchor Brewing seasonals on tap.

The great thing about Heroe's is the environment and the free peanuts. It is pretty much geared toward "sports bar" and "family" type environments. The floor is littered with peanut shells and the food is fantastic. They also serve pints and giant mugs, so they are rather popular in that regard. I am very fond of the Nachos, the mahi mahi sandwich and the clam chowder in the breadbowl. They have the most amazing curly fries and their portions are GIGANTIC...beware of big plates.

I suggest hitting this place up a the end of the night because they have a lot of different styles of beers to fit every need. Also, they serve all kinds of drinks, so even if you aren't in a beer enthusiast group, you will be just fine.

Enjoy...who knows, maybe I'll see you there! This is one of my favorite spots to hit in the area. (1,324 characters)

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The place is real cozy. 113 beers on taps. The one gripe is there is no beer menu? You have to cruise down the bar and look over people two see what your next beer is going to be. The food was really top of the line for bar food. I had a really goood pattymelt and the portions are huge!! The staff was really nice and freindly.
The beer prices were reasonable I paid $6 for a Stone Ren.dbl. ipa and $4 for a Alaskan ipa.
The food is very reasonable for the portion size you get is huge and great quality. (505 characters)

Photo of dalion037
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great selection of food and beer. More beer on tap than anyone can drink in a week. With about 100 more or less available there are several to make everyone happy. I don't remember if I had four IPA's and five Stouts or five IPA's and four Stouts (I do remember not driving) but the selection was good.

The food was also top notch (especially for a bar) and the employees are friendly and helpful. This is a great place to toss back a few when in the OC. So stop by and eat, drink and bring a designated driver. (512 characters)

Heroe's Bar & Grill in Fullerton, CA
92 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.