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Seven Bridges Grille And Brewery

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Seven Bridges Grille And BrewerySeven Bridges Grille And Brewery
BA SCORE
87
very good

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 137
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

9735 Gate Parkway N.
Jacksonville, Florida, 32256
United States
phone: (904) 997-1999

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Reviews by Shaw:
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

My wife and I took my best man here when he was leaving town, which sounds strange since we were up visiting. But anyway.

The place is huge, with very high ceilings and a few TVs. It's a little too dark for my taste. There is also outside patio seating for those who smoke. We got there about 8:30 on a Friday night and it was very crowded, with a 45 minute wait. So we went to the nearby mall for about 30 minutes, came back, and went right to our table. Sweet!

The house beers on the menu didn't look too interesting, so I was going to ask for anything on cask. But our server beat me to it. My buddy and I ordered two cask ales.

I can't remember the name of the ale, but it was excellent. And I mean excellent. It was creamy and had a wonderful coriander flavor to it. My only criticism is that the glasses were fake British pints, probably about 12 ounces instead of the full size imperial pint that they were trying to pass themselves off as.

I ordered a salad, my wife had the tomato and basil pizza and my best man had the meatloaf. All food was good, with my wife's pizza being the best.

I would have had a second cask ale but I had to have their award-winning stout. It was quite good, but not as good as the cask.

Our server forgot to put our order in and was very sorry about it. I thought we might get some comps, but no. No biggie.

Not cheap, but not expensive. A fine brewpub if you're in JAX.

Shaw, Jul 01, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

My visit to Seven Bridges was a short and memorable one as I had heard mixed stories about the venue from the locals of Jacksonville, FL. Being an explorer of unknown beers and brewers, I made a determined visit to the Seven Bridges to see what made them famous.

As I moved in from a side door to the bar, I noted the venue only had its own beer on tap, but a full bar and wine selection was set up for the dining room. The beers were arranged and there was at least 2 rows of six taps to serve to customers with. Each of the beers had a full description on the menu.

I started with the Iron Horse Stout, which was a delightful and medium bodied ale with an abundance of chocolate in its mix. Richly rewarding to me, I was thinking of growlers of this already for watching NFL in the Fall. I also imagined all of the good foods to pair it with.

Then I chose the Brewmasters' Reserve, which was a unique Belgian-style I had not tasted in a while that was somewhat similar to Ommegang's Rare Vos.

Looking at the menu, I decided to try the Classic Buffalo wings, which proved to be ok, but tasted like they had been held, then quickly fried again. Ok, at best.

Before I left, I saw some encouraging signs of the bar/brewery's future and past actions: cask engines handles in working condition. The bartender informed me that the Brewmaster made casks occasionally and served them on Thursday nights.

While I might discount my food experience here and wait to try other menu options another time, the beers and the venue were good together in their 1940's look. I am looking forward to trying the other selections with friends in tow.

bonbright7, Jul 27, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

I have been going to their sister establishment Rag Time forever and have always meant to stop by here for a visit. My last trip to Jacksonville finally afforded me the opportunity.

Located kind of near the tony St. John’s Center, it is attractive inside and out.

There is a small outside area near the entrance. The hostess stand is right in front with the bar to the left and dinning to the right. The place has a two story celling over most of it. Notice the tanks on the second floor and then more back by the bathroom. Lots of wood and brick.

If I recall correctly, they had 6 regulars and two rotating beers on tap. They have a slightly different beer and food menu than Ragtime. Everyone in my party was happy with their choices. The fish tacos and Cobb salad were two that really received praise. Beers were to style and fresh (seperate reviews to follow).

Our service was good, professional, quick but not hovering. That is just the way I like it.

This is well worth a stop if you find yourself in this part of Jacksonville. I liked it much better than B.J.’s which is just about 1 mile away.

Redrover, May 24, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

I went here on a Tuesday night for dinner. I arrived about 5:30pm so the place was littered with professionals ranging in age from 25 to 75. A decent crowd. The place was pretty big, void of any real atmosphere. Vacuous, kind of cookie cutter with a hint of English placidity. The bar was right in front of me when I walked in so I bellied up.

The servers were quite attentive and did a nice job. I wasnt in the mood to quiz them or test them but I overheard one of the teners explaining the beers and she sounded like she knew what she was talking about. I had an IPA and an imperial pilsner. The IPA was better and not a bad beer.

My food choice was a chicken cobb salad. The salad was good but the chicken was some kind of shredded chicken or something that had a weird consistency. It was definitely precooked but I am not sure how long ago. I prefer fresh cooked, warm chicken to cold, pre cooked, sliced chicken.

Prices were reasonable. I left without going over $20. Happy hour offers $1 off house beers and $2 off wines. I would return but get something else to eat. About 6 standard beers and two seasonal offerings, the Impy Pils and a Doppelbock.

SaCkErZ9, May 22, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

A solid all around brewpub. The regular selections are quite good and they often have barrel-aged, casked and handpulled selections. It seems in recent years the seasonals have improved and new tappings occur more frequently. The food is above average for your typical brewpub and though service is hit or miss when sitting at a table, the bar staff is friendly, attentive and have excellent rapport with the regulars.

Week nights are generally the best time to go. They have a full bar as well which attracts a variable crowd from either your local hipsters to the late 20s early 30s customer service reps from one of the many companies which employ those entering the finance or insurance industries. Regardless the atmosphere is usually enjoyable.

kylehay2004, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Atmosphere - As you walk in the bar area is to your left with the dining area to the right with an open kitchen along the back wall. On the backside of the bar is a small game room with two pool tables which I haven't seen at any other brewpub. For a corporate brewpub it has a pretty decent feel to it corporate but doing its own thing.

Quality/Selection - They had eight house beers on tap plus an espresso stout on cask. The taps were also a decent range of styles from a light lager to a stout and three bigger beers for the beer geeks a Saison, Belgian Pale, and a DIPA. Overall a good selection of house beers making it easy for everyone to have a style they'll like.

Service - I sat at the bar during my visit and the bartender was on her game. She got my beer to me quickly and knew a decent bit about the beers on tap. When not busy she would chat with different people at the bar which is always nice and doesn't happen enough anymore.

Food - During my visit I ordered a pizza that was a decent size and tasted very good. The food that others were getting looked good too and they all seemed happy.

Overall this is a good place to go to and have a few beers and get a good meal.

armock, Nov 13, 2010
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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%

This is a big brewpub near a shopping district and movie theater. The building is large and looks like many chain establishments but is very clean and spacious. I stopped by with a buddy to do one of their samplers. The waitress was very nice and attentive and did her best to explain the flight to us. While her descriptions of the beers seemed rehearsed or coached, they were accurate and well said. She used nice descriptors and added a little history behind the beers. The beers were o.k, with the maibock and cask I.P.A standing out. I would drink either one if I was stuck in the area. I was here around noon and there was a group of older gentlemen at the bar who all seemed to know each other but arrived at different times. They all drank the light lager and seemed to love it. The appeared to have a great time and really like the place which is a testament to the establishment. Thats what beer bars are all about IMO.

We stopped by for a laugh (we were in a pretentious mood) but ended up having fun and really digging the cask IPA. I have never been to a chain brewpub before and always turned my nose up at them, but 7 bridges showed me that they can be fun and that they play an intricate role in beer advocacy. The old guys were drinking the house light lager and therefore drinking craft beer which I thought was cool.

Edit: I forget to mention the sweet magnolia brown ale. It was super tasty!

jf60657, Jun 23, 2010
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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%

Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery, part of the Gordon Birsch group, is a large stand alone brewpub near the trendy suburban shopping area just outside Jacksonville. The main door opens on the hostess stand and the restaurant portion that has perhaps 50 tables and booths. To the left the large bar area also has some booths and tables and about 50 seats around the bar and by the perimeter shelves. The four year round beers are dictated by the larger corporation, but the two seasonals and the hand pull are unique to this restaurant. All the beers were tasty and seemed true to style. The brewing operation is visible on the upper balcony. The barmaid said the manager would be glad to give me a tour, but because of time constraints, I had to refuse. The food looked good and the portions were large, but seemed quite pricey.

foamee, Feb 08, 2010
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4.46/5  rDev +16.1%

I would recommend using Map Quest to get directions here. It's off the beaten path to be sure.

The entry was through a short vestibule with the m.d.s. to the left and a cabinet for both wine storage and logo items to the right. The rectangular bar was off to the left of the m.d.s., surrounded by high tables and chairs between the m.d.s. and the bar. To the left of the bar were three green-felt topped billiards tables. Also in the bar area was a doorway leading to an outdoor patio area. A line of stools and a shelf ran along the left wall past the bar. The kitchen was extensive and ran the length of the back wall. The right side of the m.d.s. was their restaurant area. Brewhouse on second floor visible behind glass. Also to the extreme left were the SVs and a rack of wood barrels.

Big news: this is part of the Gordon Biersch chain! No wonder it felt so familiar walking in. Now, for you chain scoffers, dig a GB Group doing cask and on a regular basis. This is some experimental stuff, to boot. The brewer apparently had no compunction again using jalapeno peppers. Zounds! Mole cask Stout.

Beers: Southern Flyer Light Lager; Southside Pilsner; Toll Tender IPA; Sweet Magnolia; Iron Horse Stout.
Seasonal: Wheat Beer.

Cask (!) - Espresso Stout.

woodychandler, Dec 16, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

I have been to 7B ~12 or so time over the past 10 years. The beer has never really impressed me in the past. The last time I went 7/7/2009, the brew was light years better than my previous experience. I was able to chat and get an informal tour from the GM "Brian". He is agreat guy, was very generous with his time and hospitality. He learned that I was a homebrewer and showed me the brew areas and even the Cascade hop bines on the roof! Thanks for a great time Brian! I believe the new improvements to be a direct result of a some great management and the new brewer "Eric".

5.0 Atmosphere - Cool open air, high ceiling brewpuc feel. You can see the brew equipment and nice brewery theme. Warm wood atmospeher and a clean yet dark brew pub to disappear in for awhile.

4.0 Quality - The beer quality now seems consitent, with important attention to the craft and serving. Appropriatte gallses are used for seasonal offerings. The beer is much better than in past expereinces now that "Eric" is the brewer.

5.0 Service - Respectable servers & bartenders. Brian the GM rocks and is a model of customer service & hospitality!

4.5 Selection - Awesome for a Jax brew pub. As far as the house beer goes, usually 5-6 offerings, always something new or seasonal. This is the only brewpub in Jax that I know that serves cask offerings! 2 cask ales were available last time I went (7/2009). There is a wide variety of food in the 10-20 range. Some apps are around 10. I personally would order few apps to get a feel for what is best on my next visit. Or a burger seems like it may be a good choice, just not seafood.

3.0 food - The food is just "okay" in my opinion. Most items are satisfactory, but it seems seafood may not be the best option. The last mahi sandwich I got was somewhat fishy.

unclejimbay, Jul 13, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Seven Bridges is a great place to meet up with a bunch of friends to party down, relax, and enjoy a wonderful selection of food varities.

Atmosphere is relaxing with the beer tanks showing proudly, and plenty of space to breathe.

Quality is right on. You get what you pay for. I never leave without knowing that the quality was there.

Service may be the weak part because on one visit i recall feeling like the bigger parties were treated much more important than me and my girlfriend.

Great selection of micro-brews including an ipa i strongly recommend. The food is also a great pleasure to eat from burgers to steak and seafood.
Nicly priced for a brewery.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 08, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Quality: The food is great. chef slected meals and everyone I was with liked their meals

Service: solid, everyone is helpful and good hospitality.

Selection: They have 5-6 micros beers on tap with some bottled macros

Food: great selection with a gourmet touch, not your average pub food.

I highly recommend this place for all vistors. It's a great place to eat and a good place to hang out and try a local selection of beer. I really thnk they need to work on some of their beers though. Food defenitly shines here. Beers are not horrible though.

CampusCrew, Jan 14, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

I was in Jacksonville to judge beers at a homebrew competition, and I ended up judging a couple of flights with Eric, the brewer for Seven Bridges.

After the judging, my wife and I went to visit the brewpub, to check out their beer as well as to have dinner.

I had a "sampler" of beer - six 3-oz samples of each of the draft beers. The bartender kindly included samples of the two cask beers too. The sampler price was $4.68 - a great bargain for 24oz of beer!

In general, the beers were slightly above average, with the light lager, pilsner, Iron Horse Stout, and American Red standing out at the best made beers. It's tough to make a light lager that also has some flavor, but this one definitely had a malt signature to it.

The two beers on cask (Bad Ass Stout and dry hopped Sweet Magnolia Brown) were tasty, but not special.

Burger and Fries was decent, and the Grouper was quite delicious. Service (at the bar) was attentive but not oppressive, so - just right!

Overally, a nice and pleasant experience.

Nelson

HamFon, Sep 03, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

I visited the Seven Bridges while on Jacksonville for work. This place was pretty standard as far as brewpubs go. There was nothing particularly exciting or disappointing about it.

A: The Seven Bridges place feels more like a chain Hops, Ram's Head, or Gordon Biersch than the local hangout brewpub I hunt in my travels. The only reason I gave it a 3.5 is the fact that they have pool tables.

Q: I had three of their beers of varying styles so that I could get a good idea of their range.

1: The IPA: Huge disappointment. If you like hops, you should probably go to Publix and grab a 90 minute IPA.

2: The Special: A whiskey barrel aged brown ale. This was actually pretty tasty. It was served in a snifter and the bartender told me it contained about 6.7% abv. The whiskey flavor was pronounced, but not over powering. I would drink this again if they put it in regular rotation.

3. The Pilsner: I wish I'd gotten another IPA.

Service: The bartenders were attentive and fairly knowledgeable about the beers.

Selection: Seven Bridges covers the usual brewpub fare. IPA, Stout, Lager, Pilsner, Brown, Special. Nothing unexpected (except that tasty Special... and I don't usually like browns)

F: I got a pepperoni pizza. I'm not so adventurous when it comes to food. The pie was better than I expected and about $10. Not bad for a 12" pizza in a brewpub.

V: I showed up during happy hour. After three beers and a $10 pizza, and I got out just about $20 (without tip). I've been in far more expensive places and had far less fun.

guitarfacepete, May 09, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Yes, yes and finally yes! One of my favorite brewpub in USA! I go to this brewpub each year (month of november) and each time I enjoy it! The food is very good, the place is "cute" the atmosphere is also quiet and music not too much noisy!

The beers are average but do the job very well! Why don't you eat a good pizza with an IPA??!!! They also have fine appetizers! This place is little far from the 95, but the detour worth. In Jacksonville, some places close early but this one I think close at 03:00!

FIRE....

fireqc, Feb 19, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

went on a sunday night and it was a bit dead, which was fine, i was there for the beer anyway. but the beer wasn't as good i had heard. I had thier brown ale, stout and ipa. the brown ale was the best of the three, altho the stout was pretty good too, the ipa was good but not up to par, not inspired at all. I heard they had cask ales, i will find out for sure, god that would be nice. the food was excellent, i can't find one thing wrong with it. the service nto so much, the waiters knew nothing about beer and were a bit slow. overall the place is nice for what it is, i god restaurant that happens to brew beer, jsut don't go expecting a blowyour mind microbrewery and you won't be disapointed

redneckchugger, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

A little bit corporate in appearance, lots of air volume and shiny things, but very pleasant and comfortable nonetheless.

I have been just a few times so far, but I look forward to returning many times. The food has been very good, although on the pricey side. Service is clearly quite variable. Some employees know seem to know their stuff whereas others would probably be shocked to know beer is brewed on the premises. You have to cross your fingers and hope you get someone who at least knows how to dispense a glass without causing every last bubble of co2 to pile into a five-inch head.

The beer is why you're here, hopefully. And the beer is good. Drinkable almost beyond credulity, at first I dismissed the various offerings as uniformly sweetish and mild. But they grow on you. And there are occassional variations, seasonal brews, cask editions, etc. Lately I've started thinking these alcoholic drinks could be habit-forming ....

brewmudgeon, Jul 25, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Update 1/2014: The food quality fell off a cliff about a year ago. Seems like there was a regional change of management at all the GB brewpubs in the area about that time since they all went from having quite good food to something I'm no longer willing to pay for. Noticeably lower quality ingredients and seemingly phoned in preparation. Too bad. The beer is still well made if not as exciting as some of the newer places in town.

Fairly nice brewpub with somewhat more upscale menu than average. The food is usually quite good and they have seasonal specials that are worth considering as well. Atmosphere is nice they have live music occasionally, which actually kind of sucks because it draws in the meatheads from merrill lynch and it can get pretty crowded. I suggest eating at the bar as you can usually sit down immediately and get better service.

The year round house beers are pretty good, and they have a seasonal every few months. They got a new brewer a year or so ago, and things have improved since. They seem to have a lot more one off beers now in addition to their formal seasonals and they almost always have something on cask. The brewer's specials are kind of hit or miss, but they seem to be improving every time and I certainly give him an A for effort and I am glad to see so much variety.

nickfl, Jul 12, 2007
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Seven Bridges Grille And Brewery in Jacksonville, FL
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.