3rd & Spruce Cafe
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
Transcribed from notes dated Su, 30 Aug 2009.
Located on the northwest corner, the entry was oriented to the corner with awning-ed patio seating along South 3rd Street in West Reading. High tables and chairs lined the walls along both S. 3rd and Spruce Streets. The large rectangular white Formica-topped bar was on a right oblique from the door. To the left of the bar was the kitchen, followed by the restaurant area with standard tables and chairs. Lots of flat-screen TVs throughout, all tuned to sports of some stripe. There were several vintage liquor advertising posters on the walls, including one for Felix Pernod's Lou Feli 45 Pernod (la fee verte), with the lavs along the right wall, down a short passageway to the left of said poster. Also along the right wall was a flight of steps leading up to a second-floor seating area with its own bar.
Beer: Twenty-four, but most were beers that one could find almost anywhere. Weyerbacher makes a "House Ale" for them, plus Stoudt's Scarlet Lady, an SA Seasonal, SNPA, a bunch of European imports (Guinness, Harp, Bass, Hoegaarden, Spaten Oktoberfest, Newcastle Brown, Boddington's and Stella Artois). If that is sufficient for you, great, but I cannot recommend it.
06-28-2010 04:41:01 | More by woodychandler
2.79/5 rDev -17.7%
While home over Thanksgiving this past year, I met up with some friends at 3rd & Spruce for an informal "class reunion." Maybe my impression of the place is skewed, given that it was the night after Thanksgiving and pretty packed, but I wasn't blown away.
The atmosphere is nice if you're into slick, sports bar-type places: plenty of TV's, a high ceiling, exposed balcony, ample dining area, & I like the large wrap-around window exterior. Not the ideal venue -- I prefer something a little cozier -- but not bad for its style.
They like to crow about their 36 taps, the "largest variety in Berks County," but I didn't find anything to write home about: about a third were your typical macro fizzes (who cares?), another third typical imports (good stuff, mind you, but by no means rare -- Guinness, Franziskaner, Hoegaarden, Urquell, et al.), and another third bigger domestic & local crafts (Troeg's, Sierra Nevada, Stoudt's, Sam Adams). I settled on a Dogfish 60 Minute -- not complaining, mind you, but again not finding anything real new & exciting here. Just don't believe the hype.
The service was crappy, but again that might have something to do with how busy it was & the fact that I'm a dude. I stood for about 10 minutes with a 20 clutched in my hand while listening to the bartender obliviously chat up two young ladies standing next to me. If I return when it's less crowded & the service improves, I may reconsider the rating.
The food looked good, but I was stuffed when I came. Not a bad place, but all the boasting does not hold water.
01-15-2009 20:19:01 | More by OneDropSoup
3.55/5 rDev +4.7%
A: The cafe is located just a few blocks from the nice sections of West Reading and Wyomissing, on an unassuming street in a residential area. The restaurant is visually appealing, wide open with a bar and two levels of seating. The place seems like an upscale local pub.
Q: Service, food and selection were all better than average.
Service: Barstaff was friendly, especially when we arrived at 3:30PM. By our exit at 7PM, the place had turned into a mad house and the service was not as friendly or one-on-one as it had been. I don't fault them for that, just reporting it as it was.
Selection: The tap selection was larger than I expected with some nice offerings, including SN's Celebration, Sly Fox Route 113 IPA and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Prices were reasonable, with pints running from $2.50 to $4.00.
F: Food was standard pub fare with some nice flourishes. Nachos were serviceable (except for the abundance of olives and cheese whiz), as were mozz sticks. Sandwichs, wraps, apps and full entrees were available.
Value: Pints are attractively priced and food costs were par for the course. A nice place to catch a football game.
11-18-2007 23:38:48 | More by akorsak
3.3/5 rDev -2.7%
Great lunch and happy hour spot in West Reading, which is a good thing. The beer selection is okay, but you go ther for the crowd, camraderie, and food, which is amazing. One of the best burgers in the state. Trust me on that one. I will also have to admit that they make a good margarita, of course it was only a sip of my wife's before I converted her to beer geekdom herself.
A - atmosphere is top notch, especially for Reading, but can get a bit stuffy without a good mix. Let's just say there are alot of car salesmen there, and cougar women.
Q - is above average, in every strp of the way. The actual building, the amenities, the scenery, etc.
S - the service is better at the tables than the bar, but inly until it gets packed, then, all bets are off. This place is so popular, they cannot handle their own volume.
S - not a beer bar, but nevertheless, they have some regional selections tha make it above your average bar.
F - this is why you go here, from top to bottom of the menu, everything is spectacular.
05-21-2007 16:05:10 | More by boelker62
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
Berks County Living Magazine rated this bar to have the best beer selection in the Reading area. From my experience, this has proven to be true. 3rd & Spruce boasts 36 beers on tap, ranging from the usual macros and Yuengling to popular imports like Pilsner Urquell and Newcastle. They also have a decent listing of local microbrews like Stoudt's and Fancy Pants. What they may lack in sheer quantity, they compensate with some quality brews. The cafe is set up like a modern sports bar, largely comprised of one large room. A huge TV and several small ones are scattered throughout the floor and in the dining area. The patron has the choice of sitting at the accomodating bar or stretching out in the dining area. In either locale, the atmosphere retains its sports pub / trendy ambience...not my personal preference for enjoying beer, but it works. On this particular visit I enjoyed an exquisite salad with a couple beers, and was very impressed by the diverse, yet moderately priced menu. Standard pub fare is offered at reasonable prices, but more adventuresome selections are available (and recommended!). I was slightly disappointed with the service at 3rd & Spruce, however. While our waitress was nice, we waited a long time between rounds, and spent a bit more time there than we planned. For a Monday night, I expected things to run a little more efficiently. Initially finding a parking place was a bit of a challenge, too. With mostly on-street, non-meter parking in a residential neighborhood, one can only hope for an open space within the same block as the cafe. But these minor disappointments faild to ruin the evening, and my overall impression was largely untarnished. 3rd & Spruce offers a good selection of beer, great food, and remains a quality establishment. If your travels take you to Reading, cross the bridge and enjoy a couple beers at the cafe. Aside from brewpubs, it's your best bet in Berks.
01-23-2003 08:44:18 | More by SchmichaelJ
3rd & Spruce Cafe in West Reading, PA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.