BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by TXHops:
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
First of all, although BJ's is classified as a brewpub, this particular BJ's does not brew their own beer on-site. Due to the peculiarities of Texas liquor laws, they're not allowed to brew at that specific location (though there is a brewpub about 5 miles down the road). Instead, BJ's trucks in their beer from Riverside California, home of Mission Breweries, a brewing company who brews exclusively for BJ's. All of BJ's house brews come from California, except the Brewhouse Blonde, which comes from Saint Arnold in Houston.
High, open ceilings revealing the black-painted ductwork, pop music, sometimes edging toward techno caused conversations to take place in slightly raised forces, though yelling was not required. The interior of the restaurant is one great-room. The bar area is separated from the dining room by a low wall. The brick interior is decorated in some kind of throw-back art-deco fashion, with lots of restrained browns, reds and golds and is lit with track lighting. Just about every seat has an unobstructed view of one of the many TV's.
As for the beer, they had 8 on tap, plus some kind of raspberry cider. All 8 beers tasted fresh and were solid, though none were outstanding. In addition to their own beer, they had several other beers available as well. On draft when I went were Arrogant Bastard, SN Celebration (soon to be replaced by Bigfoot!), SN IPA, New Belgium 1554, Warsteiner and Whitbread. In bottles, they had some macro stuff, but they also had a surprisingly wide range of Belgians--all three Chimays, Orval, Konigshoeven, Maredsous, DeKonninck, Hoegaarden, Duvel and Lindemans. All their beers were very affordably priced (even the Belgians were in the $4-5 range for the 33CL bottles). My only real complaint was the fact that ALL the beers were served WAY too cold--closer to 32 than to 45.
The service was very friendly and the food was even better than we expected--very fresh tasting. The menu offered just about everything from appetizers, to classic America-Italian offerings to steak, ribs, and burgers. Our waitress was well taught though not thoroughly knowledgeable about beer in general.
Unfortunately, BJ's doesn't fill growlers, as they don't have their own brewery (I didn't understand the connection either), but other than that problem and the too-cold beer, my wife and I both had a great time.
02-10-2003 10:31:24 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
A bit of a pain to get to when heading north on I-35E, but well worth it. This is a chain restaurant serving a few states out west. When I travel with others from work, I make sure that a place like this is always on the evening dinner itinerary.
BJs are typically large restaurants with or without a brewery at the site. They are tastefully, if completely masculinely, decorated, super-high ceilinged and exterior walls are mostly glass. The place is loud without killing conversation at the table. Non-smoking dominates the restaurant with smoking limited to the much smaller bar area.
BJs will normally have five or six of their own brews on-tap (and they're worth sampling at a minimum), the common selection of macros and imports, and they have a separate menu containing a decent selection of Belgians (about 18 different beers). There is enough variety in the Belgians to take most people through a few meals without becoming boring.
Unfortunately, they only have one saison and zero sour ales (unless you count the fruit lambics, which I don't.) The saison is Saison Dupont. If you can get it in the 330 or 375 (the smaller bottle) I recommend that. The barnyard funk from the smaller bottles seemed to be more intense, but maybe it was my imagination.
I highly recommend this place for nice meal and fine brew. One of my favorites is their chili. Thick and meaty with just a hint of beans. Tasty. Pair it with their own porter (PM Porter) or a Hoegaarden (trust me, it works.)
03-05-2005 12:48:57 | More by pentathlete
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery in Lewisville, TX
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.