Mad Mex - Robinson
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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.91/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Swanky beer bar during late night. Lights stay low. Usually an energetic crowd and staff. They do well enough to serve quality Tex-Mex fare and good beer. Lines are kept clean and there's a good number of beers on-tap. The bottle list is static, and decent. It's not exceptional for take-out mix sixers, as the price isn't friendly enough. Same problem with their drafts. $1 or $2 more (sometimes $3) than typical. The $9 drafts aren't necessarily upper-echelon offerings.
The draft list rotates at a pedestrian pace, and is usually quite IPA-heavy. They do promos often enough (single brewery tributes with two solid beers from that brewery offered at $5 for a 22oz pour). IPA Fest is a nice spring event, and the summer Beerfest is a must-go-to.
Bar service rocks the house. Great bar staff and wait staff supporting them. Ample beer knowledge from the crew slingin' brewskis. The food is great enough, but the employees know how to push craft draft with a boisterous vibe. I even like the regular crowd.
Two thumbs up.
05-21-2014 03:38:35 | More by thecheapies
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
For whatever reason, I think I like this Mad Mex better than the other locations I have been to. Maybe because it isn't smack in the middle of a shopping center or something. The selection is extensive, as all locations of Mad Mex are. All the rest falls in line, as the other spots do as well.
03-12-2014 20:24:58 | More by RblWthACoz
4.56/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been going here since it opened in 2001. This is the place to go in Robinson for good beer and atmosphere. Happy hour is a great deal but it stops at 6 so you have to be early. The beer selection is always updated every week. Although they have some bottles, primarily go with the drafts. Typically around 20 + beers with very few carry overs from week to week.
08-18-2013 02:27:39 | More by lach78
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Although I have only been here one time, I don't believe I would go back. Stopped in for a drink and ordered a Smuttynose Robust Porter for $5.00 and a Rogue Irish Kelles lager for $9.00. Both on draft. Both glasses were dirty. The Rogue lager was non-carbonated, flat, with no flavor. For $9, I would expect a clean glass and fresh beer. The Smuttynose Robust Porter was outstanding, but I would not have paid $9 for it. This place needs to revisit their pricing. I will never go back because they served old and skunked beer.
04-22-2012 21:55:53 | More by dungledauf
3.18/5 rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I've been here a few times and have put off reviewing it always hoping that the next time will be better. I figured since I'm local to the area that a review from someone who has stopped in here multiple times and can very rarely describe an experience as "good" (4.0/5.0) was in order.
The atmosphere is similar to other Mad Mex's. Dark and Mexican themed with lizard representations, adobe, and metal abounding.
The draft list is rather impressive. Lots of great craft brews on tap-actually its mostly to all good craft beers that I like. Actually its fantastic. Definately the highligh of this place and why I keep trying it again.
The food is pretty good-decent overall. I've had a bad experience or two with the food to taint my mostly good experiences with the food.
My issues are consistently one of the two following things.
1. The quality of the beers offered- IPAs on draft that taste less than fresh, all their beer is served in pint glasses, and just beers I normally would like don't quite get my seal of approval from here.
2. The service. Now I have to say on my most recent trip the bartender was very nice and attentive-but knew little about beer. The biggest slap in the face was a few months ago when I wanted to have a few drinks but the bar was full so I sat at a table adjacent to the bar with some gaming areas...i.e. "bar seating"...the server brought us chips and salsa before taking our order (these are normally free...if you order food). But we just wanted a few drafts. So we were charged for the chips that we did not ask for or order. The place was too busy to ever hear from the server again. I've also had to wait a good bit of time to eat when the place was not very crowded.
Lastly, I would like to say that I love Mad Mex North Hills-and I wish that I had better experiences at the one that is more convinient to me. Both places have the same theming, menu, and very similar great draft lists- But when you add overall unimpressive service, food that is usually good but not consistently prepared, and drafts that don't always taste fresh to the list-Mad Mex Robinson and North Hills are quite different beasts.
It seems that a lot of people really like this place-and I'm not giving up on it yet-but I seem to draw the short end of the stick when it comes to this establishment.
Before I got into craft beer I used to refer to this place as a glorified Taco Bell. I guess more of the meat is real here.
04-20-2011 00:44:37 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been to this resturant many times. Love the atmosphere, kind of a laid back its all good feeling. The food is always spicy, which i love, but some may hate. Usually have around 12-15 craft beers on draft. The prices for the beers are overpriced. The food is reasonable. The service is always great, the waiter was increbily friendly and helpful. I always sit at a table but i did notice the great personality the bar tender had. The shift manager stopped by to make sure everything was good. In all, i really enjoy this place but as i said, its spicy american-mexican food, so week stomachs be warned
12-16-2010 01:45:24 | More by wvsabbath
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Well I have to say I love this place. Good to great tap selection with all craft beers and Miller Lite... Trendy looking resteraunt with dim lights and cool artwork around the place. The bar can get pretty packed but I normally can find a spot somewhere close by if so.
The service is always pretty good at the bar, the bartenders there are friendly and know whats good and fresh. I sometimes find myself delving into their impressive Tequila collection, but mostly just beer. They have discounted wings during happy hour, and the burritos there are huge.
The half price drafts during happy hour can't be beat. If youre in Robinson, this is a great place to stop, especially between 5 and 7.
11-16-2010 03:40:02 | More by Stinkypuss
Mad Mex - Robinson in Pittsburgh, PA
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.