Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 660
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mynie:
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The bar bears an uncanny resemblance to Fratello's in Oshgosh, Wisconsin. I realize that maybe that's a stupid observation to begin a review with, but, man, it was freaky. Is there, like, a catalogue from which you can buy prefab brewpubs, like a commercial version of tract housing?
So, anyhow, the insides were upscale looking. Gold track lighting, black and chrome interiors, and comfy bar stools because fancy people got fancy asses and they deserve better than plain old wood. The bar was faux marble, and the waitstaff wore black shirts. It was pretty in a very material and superficial way. Which isn't to say the people there weren't friendly--they were--it's just the atmosphere projected a little bit of stuffiness that's really not my thing. This is a great, welcoming bar for business people.
The beer selection was boilerplate: APA, IPA, porter, and a session for the ladies. The beers were a notch above average for a regularly esteemed brewpub: there was no nodes of offness, no homebrew tang, no mindless or excessive hopping.
Food was tasty pub fare. Staff knew a little bit about every beer on tap. Really, everything was pretty good but nothing was exceptional.
05-10-2011 15:30:44 | More by mynie
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3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Day two of my recent trip to Nashville saw us in a bind for what to eat for lunch. Why not try a fourth brewpub?
Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery is one of the few brewpubs in town that also has a kitchen popping out meals. I’ve heard of Blackstones before in other parts of the country, so I’m not sure if it’s a large chain or not. Given the level of décor, brewing expertise and food tastes, however, I would be willing to bet that it is.
I’d call Blackstone the Applebee’s of brewpubs, and that’s not a big compliment. The beer is safe. They have the requisite beers that have different colors and slightly different flavors. But there’s nothing there would scare even the hardiest Bud drinker away. The beers are like different shades of gray – pale comparisons to what their titular namesakes are capable of tasting like.
The food is basically the same. While my wife had a pretty decent steak and blue cheese salad – a monstrous one at that – I had an entirely forgettable buffalo burger. Nothing seemed fresh on the entire sandwich, and there wasn’t much flavor to speak of. And the meat to bread ratio was way off because of the giant bun. The side of sweet potato waffle fries was pretty decent, but again probably something that came in frozen from a Food Systems of America or Sysco truck.
I always think the main judgment of a dish is whether or not you’d order it again. Sometimes there’s a dish where it’s all you crave. Others it’s quite good, but you’d rather explore the menu more. And then there’s the category of never wanting to order it again.
I was on that last category for this burger, and it’d scare me off from the rest of the food too.
07-10-2014 19:12:50 | More by bigkingken
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery in Nashville, TN
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.