Heroe's Bar & Grill

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Heroe's Bar & GrillHeroe's Bar & Grill
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Jodi215
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DuqTroops
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Photo of joecast
4.06/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of kbm
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I like Heroes. I usually visit once a month or so and I've been going for a few years.

It's always packed and it's always loud. Even when the place is a zoo, I usually have no problem walking up to the bar and getting a beer.

They have some where around 100 taps and there are always a few beers worth trying. They are light on the smaller craftier micro brews but have plenty of Anderson Valley, Firestone and Stone. There's a respectable selection of German/British imports.

The food portions are huge. Really, they're too big. The food is okay. It's never great and rarely bad.

It's worth a visit if you are in the mood to drink a lot.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Another place that I visit frequently...this is a great place to get some good beer! Located next to Fullerton College, many college students venture here to not only meet the opposite sex...but to obtain some good quality beer. Heroe's has a great selection of beer...I would say roughly 60 to 80 beers on tap. There is only two things I would have to criticize about there selection. First of all, they don't seem to change out any of there beers. Secondly, they don't have enough stouts. LOL. Other then that, this is a great place to go when you just want to hang out with your buddies and grab a pint.

Photo of ALECOHOLIC
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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 ;] )

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here sunday 11/8/09. Sat outside as to not wait for a table. They have a pretty good list of taps to choose from. I ended up going with a pint of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout at $6. It was the worst beer pour imaginable. I was outside so I did not witness it, so I'm not sure if the waitress poured the beer or bartender. The glass came to me with about 3/4 head and 1/4 beer, I was in conversation when it showed up so I waited untill the beer settled and it ended up less then 3/4 full, I informed the waitress she looked confused and came back with the beer topped off but still not a proper poor. The food is good and in large quantity.

Photo of Rezzin
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of dalion037
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of BeerDonkey
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Great college bar if you want a happening spot with a fun atmosphere and a wide range of beer choices. However, for beer geeks this in not a place to find any "special" beers. Although they had what seemed like a 50 draft beers, 80-90% of them are really nothing special -all of these are regularly available at most supermarkets. Out of the 6-7 left that were interesting, 4 were tapped out.

Prices:
The nachos were a good deal, a half order of nachos was enough for 3 people.

Beer:
6$ for a 13oz pint of local microbrew (non-belgian)seems a little high in my book.

Overall:
Great place to party. If you're really looking for good beer, go to Taps Fish House, blows this place out of the water for quality of beer.

Photo of quidquam
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A hopping bar and grill in Fullerton. I went there during early january 2004, and they still had christmas lights up everywhere, which made the place much too well lit. However, they had a great beer selection, and serve giant 40oz mugs of good beer. I only had 1, as I had come there from the bar next door, but it was an Erdinger hefeweizen. I didn't count, but I'd guess over 40 beers on tap or more. Good selection!

Atmosphere is young and trendy, but there were also a few families to be seen. Service was cute and flirtatious, which I liked. And we never found ourselves waiting to be served. The only food we ordered were some nachos, which were too much food for the 6 of us. Yes. You read that right, it's a lot of nachos.

I will definitely be back.

Heroe's Bar & Grill in Fullerton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.