Taps: 14 / Bottles: 36
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by alphawolf:
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm staying in St. Louis for a week, and had the luck of wandering into this establishment first. I hope all of St. Louis is this good :)
Atmosphere - First impression is good, with lots of pictures/memorabilia on the walls... Then we were told about the upstairs... beautiful! This place has tons of character.
Quality - Wow, food is fresh. Potato chips that are sliced in the kitchen then fried on order. Beer is fantastic, and food is equally impressive.
Service - Good. I don't like to be bothered much when I'm dining, and they didn't do much bothering :) But they were always responsive to requests and questions about the city.
Selection- I count 12 tap handles of which they "grudgingly keep one handle for a mass produced light beer" (from menu). Drafts include Double Dragon Bitter Ale (and Extra Bitter), Guinness, Fuller's London Porter, Delerium Tremens, Fat Tire, Skinny Dip, Mothershp Whit, Boulevard Lunar Ale, and 5 Day IPA. Bottles are better than average selection in quality, though not a huge quantity. I think that is representative of their selection -- good quality, not high quantity. Bottles of note are: BLVD Bully Porter, New Belgium 1554, Dragon ESB, and Delirium Tremens. There is a beer engine sitting empty -- I am told it will soon be pumping a wonderful cask-conditioned brew.
Food - Like I said above -- awesome! This is true fresh cooking. I had the philly steak, and my business associate had the bratwurst. He thought the bratwurst was seasoned well and was good meat. As far as the philly... I've been to Philly, and this one was better than the one I had there. Juicy and full of flavor. Delicious! Business associate also noted the bread pudding was the best he had ever had, and was topped with a bourbon caramel sauce.
Had a chance to meet with the owner after lunch, who said his father established the joint. The 12 handles are new, and he'd like to expand. There are plans to put a special version of the local 5 Day IPA on the beer engine. When asked why he thought the place worked, he responded "Because it's authentic". Amen.
This is a definite re-visit next time I am in St. Louis (and several times more before I leave). :)
07-23-2007 18:33:09 | More by alphawolf
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Dressel’s is located on Euclid in the Central West End, a great neighborhood to walk around. The bar is in a really nice, wood-and-brick, warm, homey room, and there is a side main dining room. The service is friendly, though not particularly beer-knowledgeable from what I could tell. The beer selection is good, with about a dozen taps and a few dozen bottles. They had one cask, O’Fallon 5-Day IPA, when I visited. Other taps included 3 New Belgium (including one Lips of Faith), Bell’s Expedition Stout, Left Hand, Boulevard, Odell, Guinness, Strongbow, and a few other local and regional things. The food was pretty good, albeit nothing too special. This was a nice place to stop in on a cold day, warm up, have a couple beers and food.
05-18-2011 20:17:17 | More by phaleslu
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We go here all the time, so I've seen the good and bad of Dressel's, but it's mostly good.
The good starts with the atmosphere. The original restaurant really feels like you're in the UK. They added on a lot more space that doesn't have the same feel, but doesn't detract. A nice sized patio as well.
The only bad is the service. It can be spotty. Everybody is covering all tables, so sometimes a table can be forgotten.
The beer selection is pretty good. About 12 taps, that rotate a little, and they always have an O'Fallon IPA cask. Prices are reasonable for the area.
The food is good as well. Always an interesting special of the day, and the every day meals, such as the burger, are solid. Highly recommend starting the meal with chips and rarebit. Or if you just want a snack, the pretzel & rarebit is great.
Check http://stlhops.com/beer-lists/ for a somewhat recent taplist.
07-27-2010 04:01:43 | More by redbird
Dressel's Pub in Saint Louis, MO
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.