Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 21
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
This gem of Kennett Square was introduced to me via sckressler a few years back. This time, the wife, baby, and I were in the area checking out the Christmas tree lights at Longwood Gardens.
The atmosphere is extremely nice. I would consider the place mostly upscale with people in business ware, with maybe a few guys with flannel shirts and hats sitting at the bar.
Plenty of open space and tables downstairs. The upstairs sports some open area that leads outside.
The quality of everything is great, from the food, decor, service, and brews. Everything is in check.
The service has seemed to have been put in it's place since first visiting. The waitstaff is well informed of the beers on tap and even pairings of food and brew, or wine.
The selection is pretty nice. They specialize in Belgian brews. They've got 27 beers on tap, including 3 hand pumps. They were featuring a 1 year aged St. Feullien Noel, Leffe Brune, La Chouffe, and many other winners. They also have many great Belgian brews in bottle.
The food is fantastic. They feature a wild game specialty usually. The feature of the night was kangaroo, though I opted not to try it. Instead, we were pleased with a nice sized, amazing appetizer of crab nachos. I had a buffalo burger with gorganzola cheese and caramelized onions, and the wife had a well done mahi dish topped with garlic and shrimp.
The food was reasonably priced and some of the drafts are worth it. The Feullien 9 oz. was $10, as was a same sized Delirium Noel, a bit more than I would usually pay for the likes. The Anderson Valley Winter was reasonably priced though, as were most of the other brews.
I see many people that reviewed this place stopped in here after the Kennett Brew Fest, or during the Mushroom Festival. Go again, and you won't be dissapointed.
12-18-2006 23:51:20 | More by weeare138
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
The Half Moon is a cute little restaurant on a charming tree-lined street. It's very nicely appointed both outside and in. The main bar and dining room features a white tile floor and tin ceiling; mahogany bar and mirrored back-bar; and large booths as well as tables in a wide open space. All of these things give it a bit of an antique feel, yet it's very modern as well - an interesting mix of old and new. You could also sit at the two small tables in the front window and people watch, or there's an upstairs roof deck and non-smoking bar with a view that's very nice in the summer. It's heated in the fall as well.
The menu is in some ways limited, but it's also very interesting (and vegetarian friendly). Some of the interesting "Grazers" include Crab Nachos ($9.50) and a Toasted Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese Cake on greens with crisps ($7.95). There's a little bit of a Louisiana feel to some of the menu, and the Gator Gumbo with Crawfish & Sausage is no exception; and there are also "wild game" specials daily. But just like the decor, the menu is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Quiche De Jour ($5.95) and the amusingly titled Penne Sylvania (w/ mushrooms, pine nuts, pesto) illustrate that. There's the standard burger fare but you can "kick it up a notch" with the Full Moon which is made from ground Buffalo ($7.50). The very ecclectic Billy Bob sandwich also deserves mention... it's a wood smoked chicken breast w/ melted Brie and avacado salsa on an english muffin at ($8.25). Buttermilk Fried Catfish ($14.95) and Seared New Zealand Venison ($21.95) make for some unusual entrees! And if that's not enough for you, there are fresh made desserts!
There's a full bar if you'd like to bring some non-beer drinkers with you; but the beer selection is what really stands out. The 3 handpumps serving local beers get alot of play and remain fresh. There are also 14 standard taps. Some highlights from my last visit included Steelhead Xtra Pale Ale, Lindeman's Framboise, Humboldt Red Nectar, nitro Abbott Ale, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde.
The staff is friendly, knowledgable, and accomodating. And they know about the food and the beer!
Some might consider it a bit pricey, but for what you get it's actually well-worth it. Stop by Kennett Square, stroll State Street for a bit, and then treat yourself to an excellent meal. You won't regret it!
07-10-2003 19:16:11 | More by NeroFiddled
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Hidden in "The Mushroom Capital of The World" is a gem of a restaurant. Upon entering, you'll notice a comfortable bar on the right and dining tables laid out towards the back. The menu has a gourmet lean with exotic veggies and wild game dishes to compliment the " normal " fare. The beer does not take a back seat. With 3 hand pumps and 14 taps, the beer geek can stay very busy choosing from Hopdevil, Abbey deLeffe , Jamaica Red , Young's Dbl.Choc. Stout ,etc.
The new addition , however, is what this review is about. The owner has opened a rooftop dining deck complete with bar. This wonderful idea has added quite a dimension! It is a roofed over, open sided deck with wrought iron tables and chairs. Dispite the hot weather that day, a cooling breeze made it quite comfortable.
There is a neat little 12 stool bar with 7 beers on tap. When i visited,there was 1 macro, 2 ales, 2 lagers, 1 weizen and a belgium ( Chimay White). A glass fronted cooler showcased about 20 Belgium bottles, along with other imports.
The Half Moon is an awesome establishment, and BA's would be wise to add this stop in their travels.
06-27-2003 10:18:15 | More by ububru
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I decided to head to Half Moon for some lunch and a beer or two before going to the Kennett Beer Fest. Good decision on my part. I sat at the bar directly on your right when you walk in. It has about 20 seats or so. There are booths lining the left wall all the way back and it looked like some tables were back on the right. There is also some rooftop seating for those wanting some fresh air. Good selection with about 15 taps or so and 3 hand pulled beer engine taps. Decent bottle selection of mostly Belgian offerings. The food was very good. Antelope burger was amazing, buffalo burger was great, too. Blackened alligator was a hit also. I told my wife I am going to bring her up here soon for dinner. The wild game on the menu is a nice touch. Good beer, good food, good place.
10-08-2007 12:38:54 | More by Imstillthegman
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Located in the middle of Kennett Square in souther Chester County, the Half Moon probably represents the most fascinating collection of eclectic food, brews and live music that could be found anywhere in the suburban Philadelphia area. When you enter, there is a large, handsome English-style bar area. The bar and most of the construction of the restaurant was directed or performed by the owner and homebrewer, Scott Hammond. There are 14 beers on tap and 3 beer engines!! On tap, there are two or three of the ususal suspects, but the remainder are quality imports, including Belgians (at least two or three) and local or regional domestic micobrews. The cask-conditioned brews when I was there were Yards ESA, Victory HopDevil and Flying Fish ESB. There is a seating area in the bar and a larger dining area which extends to the remaining back portion of the building. The menu is unique with some tasty dishes. The crab nachos and the full moon buffalo burger are delicious. The service was the only negative; it could have been more attentive. On Thursdays and Saturday nites there is live music ranging from bluegrass, jazz, folk, etc. If you are driving down US 1 between Philly and Baltimore or near Wilmington, DE, its must stop for a casual lunch or a great dinner.
01-24-2003 09:37:21 | More by rotsaruch
4/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I visited here on a cold, rainy Saturday at lunch time. The place was very quiet but very welcoming. It is a cozy kind of place with some good music playing and the TV on mute but showing a game at the time. They had 17 beers on tap in the downstairs bar. No one was venturing out to the deck bar since it was kind of nasty. There were three beers on the beer engine, which were the hit with me. The bartender was knowledgeable and poured a really good beer. The beer was served at proper temperature, especially those on the beer engine.
The food although primarily bar food was surprisingly good, especially the buffalo burger, which big and juicy with lots of topping alternatives. My wife loved the Ceasar Salad with anchovies since I won't let her put them on anything at home. They also had smaller glasses for her, which she always appreciates. Service was great but there weren't many customers. The customers who were there were all friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and the beer.
06-07-2004 23:16:15 | More by rdrummer
3.95/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A - The atmosphere is really a tale of two stories... The interior is "average"... The roof top area is "good"... We were seated on the rooftop and grealy enjoyed ourselves...
Q - No complaints here... Overall we had a very enjoyable late saturday afternoon / evening sitting and relaxing on the rooftop...
Ser - No complaints in the department... Initial contact was a bit on the slow side, but thereafter it was very solid... Beers always arrived in record time...
Sel - The food selection was diverse and refreshing... The beer selection was solid (but a bit overpriced)... OVerall the combo of beer and food was very intriguing...
F - The menu was creative... The overall quality of the food was good... The crab nachos are a must... The Buffaloaf was excellent... My wife's quesidillas were a bit dissappointoing... The deserts were slightly above average...
V - A bit on the pricey side, but I can't complain given the overall unique nature of the menu...
Overall, not a "beer" destination in itself, but combined with a unique and eclectic menu, it is a destination worthy checiking out...
05-31-2010 02:27:24 | More by philbe311
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I met fellow BA stewdawg here for a meetup so he could collect his winnings for Beer Powerball week two.
A nice vibe as you come in with a long, 30 seat bar to your right and an open dining area in the back of the room. A nicely tiled floor with a tin celing give it a classic look. Light background music completed the charming ambiance.
With 17 taps and 3 hand pulls the brew selection was quite nice. I have heard that the hand pulls do not change up very often but during my visit they had on Victory Hop devil AND Hop Wallop (hell yeah) plus Troegs Hop Back. The CO2 lines were well varied and offered up a fairly full array of styles.
Our bartender was fine...nothing outstanding but she did a fine job. I didnt have to wait long between brews and she took care of us in a timely manner.
An interesting, if a bit pricey menu. A strong focus on wild game dishes to include lots of buffalo, I got the "Buffalo Loaf" which was VERY tasty despite being about half the amount I could have eaten. Also on the menu...llama burgers and yak sloppy joes!
All in all a nice place to grab a few pints and an interesting meal in the very attractive downtown section of Kennett Square.
02-01-2009 11:53:09 | More by Deuane
Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon in Kennett Square, PA
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.