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3.74/5
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Place Score: 93
Ratings: 130
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rAvg: 4.17
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1221 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States
phone: (206) 860-1920

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Photo of BeastofWotan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I ended my weeklong trip to Seattle at Elysian brewing. I knew I was going to like the place when even before I reached the door I was greeted by the smell of boiling wort, a scent I have grown to love since I started homebrewing. The whole pub wreaked of it, and this is definitely not a bad thing. Otherwise, the atmosphere was a pleasant, well lit affair. I drank the Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, and the Dragonstooth Stout. The IPA wasn't the greatest, but it was acceptable. The ESB and the Stout were terrific. The bartender was friendly and prompt in his service, and he seemed liked a funny dude.

The highlight of my visit was definitely the food. I had the lamb burger, with a yellow curry and tomato sauce. The best food I had on the whole trip, worth the visit alone.

I really enjoyed this pub, if I lived in Seattle I am sure it would be a frequent haunt of mine. Highly recommended

Photo of aaron12
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i love elysian's beer, and it is a cool place to hang out in, but so many times ive been there the wait staff have been bastards. some of the rudest wait staff in all of seattle! even all of capitol hill, which is impressive, being that capitol hill is notorious for having really shitty rude service... but it's worth dealing with at least once so you can get a fresh tasty homemade pint. they also have a good belgium, and guest beer selection. also in the fall it's fun to do their pumpkin beer fest. if only they have nice people working for them...

Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Took a big trip to Seattle and this was one of the places we went. We just had a few beers on a surprisingly busy week night. Place was loud, packed, and social, but very comfortable with plenty of tables. Bar area was to our right while we sat in the dining room area that faced Pike Street. Noticed there was around a dozen beers on top. Service was excellent. Our waitress was extremely attentive even during the very busy late night. Received our drinks promptly. Remember the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale the most. The prices definitely seemed reasonable especially for the neighborhood which seemed pretty trendy and hip. Overall, really great pad.

Photo of rousee
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was my final stop on my recent beer bar crawl on my trip to Seattle. Elysian is located a little bit outside of the downtown corporate neighborhood where my hotel was located and up on a hill. It seemed like a younger crowd resides in this neighborhood and it kind of had a funky vibe to it which I kind of liked. Reminded me a little bit of Decatur street area in New Orleans.

We found Elysian without much trouble. Its a black wooden converted warehouse type building with the bar just slightly to your left as you walk in. We opted to sit in a booth that was immediately to the left looking out onto the street immediately after you walk in.

When you read the beer menu here, you know these guys are serious about their beers. Some of the detail that is described on the menu like the collaboration between the guys from New Belgium that came and met with Elysian's brewers and then they went to some farm in Yakima for wet hops which were liberally added to this ale I was having illustrate just how passionate they are here. The beers were all very solid and good examples of their respective styles. The collaboration one in particular seemed so fresh.

It seems that they rotate their special offerings fairly regularly , so you might want to call and/or peruse their website for exactly whats going on right now.

We ordered some curry schnitzel plate that was way better than I expected it tobe and it was quite inexpensive. Especially compared with the more downtown area where we had been earlier. The beers were pretty reasonably priced as well and they do offer bomber bottles to go.

The servers were good and pretty friendly as well. This is a real nice brewpub that I hope I get the pleasure of visiting again soon. It would almost take 2 or 3 trips here to really get a feel for all the beers tyhey offer and to see which ones are your favorite. I got a bomber of the Men's room and the Jasmine IPA to go. I had the Men's room later that night and it seemed to be just great in the bottle as well.

Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to Elysians Cap Hill location several times over the years and recently made another visit. The atmosphere is decent, but semi-confused. There's a basic bar feel combined with a semi-industrial look. The quality of the beers is generally very good and they most always have something new and different on tap.

The food is decently done bar food and service is always at least good, sometimes great. Elysian, given it's location in hipster central of Seattle, only sometimes falls prey to the snobbish attitude usually found in those areas. The prices are a bit high, but you are in a major city, so the prices aren't out of line. Overall, this Elysian location is probably a must hit if you're visiting Seattle. Those of us that live in the area can enjoy it any time.

Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was recently visiting friends in Seattle and came across this brewery. It was a Monday at around 1230p so it was very empty. My waitress was GREAT. She was new so didn't know much about specific brews, but was helpful in looking into questions I had. There was a decent selection, however I was unable to try a few that I wanted as they cleaned the lines on Mondays (after busy weekends?). A few of the brewers went on lunch around the time I was there (and ate in the dining room) but didn't seem to interested in small talk. We did eat and the menu had bar food but a little nicer and the serving size was great for the price. I wasn't happy with the carry out selection as 2 that I wanted were gone and the price difference for the styles was insane. I also collect pint glasses and until my great waitress went and spoke to the head brewer they didn't have any for sale??? (She got me one before I left). I imagine on a Friday or Saturday night this place would be hopping. The brews I did have (will be reviewing at a later time) were solid, the service was great, the prices a little higher than I like, but the portions were worth it. I would go back for a later dinner next time in town. Definitely check it out!

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited Elysian Brewing today - 3/22/2010.

This place is located in a pretty cool Seattle neighborhood. Easy street parking nearby and a great city vibe.

The brewpub is located in what looks like an old industrial building. Upon entering, the bar is on the left and the dining tables are on the right. The brewhouse is in an enclosed room in the back. Lots of bare wood, beer signs and banners, and huge windows add to the vibe.

The beers were all of high quality and showed some real artistry. There was about 15 beers on tap when I visited. 5-6 "regulars" and 9 specialty/seasonal offerings. The standouts were XOXO Chocolate Chile Stout, Red Queen Saison, and Koh-I-Noor porter. Everything was well mnade and delicious though. The bottle selection was small but also of high quality.

The food was reaqlly good. We had some serious "foody" offerings that were well portioned and tasty. The yellow curry rice was really great, as was the shepherds pie.

All in all this is a great place that I would be glad to have near my home (unfortunately I live across the country). Highly recommended!

Photo of johnyeast
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Walked to the Capital Hill location. I really like the look of the place and the atmosphere. Noticed a lot of people sitting at the bar having a beer reading. Seems like a really comfortable place. The beer was good but different. Let me explain. Had the sampler. Good offerings. It seems that they are really trying to experiment. Had the Trip V. It was great. Notes of chocolate, cherry, and belgian sugars. Also had a chilie stout that left me wondering... Why? I will go back. I really liked the place. It has character. I would recommend this place when in Seattle.

Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Walked up to the Capital Hill location fro downtown on a beautiful January evening.

Nondescript storefront look. Enter in to a nice brewpub feel - people seemed comfortable and happy. The bar was empty - grabbed a stool and sat down. The bartender greeted me with a smile and asked if I had been there before - didn't recognize me. I told him I was in from Chicago and he told me I was there at the right time - Belgian Beer week. I selected a sampler heavy on the Belgians....he brought me an extra and the IPA which he said I had to try. How cool is that?!

Beers were of good quality - most were just about average for belgian styles - a couple below average - but a couple beers stood out. The Bye-Bye Frost - a kicked up version of BiFrost strong ale was incredible - a real treat. I enjoyed the lighter belgians (table beer for example) over the trippel.

Tried some fries - decent enough.

A nice way to spend an evening

Photo of SRossman
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Capitol Hill location has become one of my regular spots recently. I just moved to North Seattle, about 10-15 minutes from this place, so this is an easy place to go for a couple pints and some good food at a reasonable price. Elysian is easily in my top 3 for Washington breweies too so I know there will always be something good on tap. They have new one off batches everytime I go and lately have been putting out some impressive sours and other belgian styles, as well as their already very solid year round line up. Never had bad service here either. The bartenders in particular seem to be very friendly, pretty knowledgable and don't mind pouring a taster if you ask questions about a cetain beer. Overall a great place for dinner and beer or just beer.

Photo of berley31
2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

Went in on a Sunday afternoon to try some Elysian beers. Atmosphere was pretty good - high ceilings, lots of booths, music wasn't overly loud or anything offensive. Right away, however, I could tell service was going to be an issue. Our waiter looked like he just rolled out of bed, with his scruffy clothes and eyes almost closed... the other employees were no exception. We each ordered a sampler of their basic beers, which arrived on a small plank with a piece of paper indicating which was which. No explanation of the beers at all. One of the beers was supposed to be the Jasmine IPA, but apparently the tap ended after my pour, so my brother was given the Great Pumpkin without being asked. We had to flag the waiter down for another sampler of their "different beers"... when they finally came, they both had a Great Pumpkin in them... 2nd time for my brother! Had to remind the waiter for waters a couple of times. He was pretty much just plain rude; all the employees were really just hanging out and chatting when not delivering food.

Oh well. The beers were good, but service so lax I couldn't see myself returning next time I'm in the city.

Photo of sleazo
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Situated in a bit of a hipster part of town, this Elysian Fields operation offers a typical brewpub atmosphere. By that I mean semi industrial with some mash tuns in the corner. It happened to be one of the hottest days on record so the windows were all open and the fans were blaring. So it gave the place a tropical sort of feel in the Pac NW. No knock on it for that, it usually isnt this hot.

As this is in a hipster part of town, many of the patrons and servers were hipsters.

I had a few beers while here, a Wise on cask and a Pale ale and Sour collaborations with New Belgium. All the beers seemed fresh though the cask was a bit too warm(can't fault them on that what with the weather) . There were the other typical Elysian beers on tap as well as a few seasonals and one offs.

The bartender I had was pretty attentive. He set me up and refilled all patrons waters due to the heat and gave me a few samples as I decided what I wanted.

Two beers were $9.50 so that was reasonable enough.

Within walking distance of downtown, this location of Elysian is worth the trip. Their beers are all above average and the laid back feel is good for most BAs.

Photo of astout
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for awhile before a Mariners game and I was very impressed by the variety of their beers on tap (I only concerned myself with Elysian since that is why i go to a brew pub). They also had to they were pouring from cask which was a fantastic bonus, alongside the probably 15 they had on tap. Made for a huge assortment and with everyone I was with getting a couple different beers we were able to taste quite a few, all reasonably good, with the cask pale being my personal favourite. The service was good, prompt, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was decent, only had an hummus pita platter thing that we shared but it was fine, not sure about the rest. Atmosphere was great for pre-game drinking, noisy reasonably busy and upbeat. Maybe not the best place to go for a quiet night, or to really get in to the beer, but a great casual place with awesome beer. For my money it also blew away the Pyramid brewery (at least in terms of a pre-game stop off point), I'd like to revisit either one at a slightly slower time.

If your in the area check it out it is definitely worth the stop.

Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went with about a dozen people. Everything seemed good, basically, except that it was too crowded and noisy. The beers were good, the server was attentive and knowledgable about the beers on tap. She handled our fairly large group very well.

There was a good selection of Elysian's brews -- in fact, I got to do a side-by-side tasting of their Prometheus IPA with their Cask Prometheus IPA. Very interesting.

The food looked fine, although I didn't try anything other than a couple of sweet potato fries (which were fine).

I'd definitely go back.

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice looking place, relatively easy to walk from downtown, with the usual appearance of a brewpub, with the tuns, bar, and tables. Good looking, but certainly nothing special.
A decent food selection, well done but nothing spectacular.
Decent selection of their own beers, mediocre selection if you are looking for something else. A nice number of their own beers covering most major styles, plus one on cask.
Decent service, some of them more knowledgeable than others.
Solid brewpub, easy to reach from downtown makes it worth a visit.

Photo of bigkingken
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The building is pretty standard. The interior boasts a rather large bar protruding from a centralized kitchen. Tables extend from the entrance, along the opposite wall of the bar, to the opposite end of the building and on multiple levels. The lighting is low, the mood casual, the décor unassuming. It is a very nice place, but nothing that sets it apart from the other 100 brewpubs I've been to.

The menu is not very extensive but it is eclectic. There is something here for everyone, and they use their beer in many dishes.

The dishes are upscale versions of pub classics, and seem to be done quite well. I enjoyed a reuben with a twist - added sautéed mushrooms to the regular fare. Besides the bottom bread being soggy, which means it was probably sitting around for a while, it was very tasty.

The star of the meal, however, was the sweet potato fries. They were some of the best I've ever had, and I've had a ton. No dessert offerings knocks the score down a couple digits.

The beer selection is fantastic and extensive. Besides their standard six ales that you can find in bottles, the brewpub offers six to eight seasonal, pub-only brews that are imaginative and daring. My favorites were the Irish Stout and the Jasmine IPA. The latter had all the floral goodness of hops with the addition of some herbage that just took it over the edge.

The place was busy, but that does not excuse the terrible service. It took at least 10 minutes for our server to show up once we were sat. It then took about an hour for our food to come out. Apparently the food runner took our grub to the wrong table who gobbled it up even though it wasn't what they ordered. At least that's the excuse they gave us.

Photo of Trailmix242
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Elysian on Capitol Hill as part of a long weekend of brewery and bar hopping around Seattle with Bostonjord. Of the entire weekend this was the place that provided the best service. Got a sampler that I guess was supposed to be predetermined but the bartender just had me pick what I wanted to try instead. He also gave two full tasters to Bostonjord so he could make up his mind what pint he wanted. I was also given two additional tasters of items I had not picked out which was just bonus. They had a couple of interesting beers on tap that are from a collaboration with New Belgium and I found most of their standard brews to be high quality. The food was good with a small but good selection. Shared a plate of their version of Steak Frites, flank steak over fries with a blue cheese sauce that was ridiculous. Would definitely frequent this place again.

Photo of RoryGilmore
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Capitol Hill is easily my favorite of the three Elysian locations and overall my favorite brewpub in town. It's a fairly big place, but not too huge to feel cavernous. The decor is somewhat industrial, but there are plenty of warm wood tones and eclectic touches to make the atmosphere a perfect place to enjoy a beer.

The quality of the beer has never been in question. The brew you'll get will be exactly how the brewer intended it to be. One minor issue is that the serving temperature seems to be on the cold side, but that is a minor inconvenience.

In my 30 or so visits, I've never had a bad experience with service. The servers usually have basic knowledge of the beer they're serving, and are most of the time are prompt and attentive. Don't expect chain restaurant-type fake smiles and forced enthusiasm - you won't get that here. Fortunately, you'll avoid the "I'm too busy thinking about how cool I am to refill your water" service that is common of the neighborhood. Service hits the happy medium of being good without being annoyingly fake.

With 16 or so taps, usually a cask offering, and a guest tap there is always plenty to chose from. There is also a nice bottle list, which comes in handy if you're feeling like it's Belgian night instead of a Dragonstooth night.

Food goes the above-average pub grub route. Usually there is 3 or 4 vegetarian options, and the wedge fries are some of the best in Seattle. Some dishes, especially the ones that involve steak, can be on the small size. Stick with something that comes with fries if you're ravenous or a big eater.

Photo of Goldorak
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We only had about 2 days in Seattle, so obviously we couldn't do every bar, brewpub and store. But I had my heart set on Elysian, and picked my B&B because it wasn't too far away. We had a full day of walking - including an impromptu visit of the grave of the coolest man who ever lived, or at least tied with Johnny Cash - so we were ready to sit down and have a good meal. It didn't disappoint, our plates were tasty, and the portions huge. Too large in fact. After only 2 pints and those thousands of calories, I was too full to have another drop. It was unfortunate, because the Beers I chose, who weren't the chart-toppers that I heard so much about (they weren't on tap) were excellent, and there were still a few more I would have liked to try, but it just wasn't in the cards. The atmosphere was cool; the old, historic building was gorgeous, décor was a bit worn but fun. It would have been nice to snag bar seats, but there weren't too many available, so we had more of an intimate dinner in the quieter section next to the brewhouse. I learned a hard lesson: if you're planning on drinking a bit, don't use up all of your stomach space for food.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Corner of 13th and Pike up Cap Hill. Bank of America across the street where I usually park. Chop Suey across the street as well. Walking in you see the bar ahead of you and to the right. You can also see the tanks at the back. Seating around bar is very easy. Seating along the glass windown that face out to Pike St on the Right and some seating to the left. TVs around. Staff is urbanite staff. Not overly friendly just there to do a job and get the check. Beer selection is good. Usually have the largest selection of Elysian brews since it is the mothership. Had one or two cask beers on with normal taps(Dragoonstooth,Perseus,Immortal and so on) Has bottles to go but never filled a growler(not sure if you can). Food was pretty good pub grub. Always one of my favorite spots in Seattle.

Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in on a business trip to Seattle. It got my attention after trying their Immortal IPA while visiting Portland.

The pub is great. It's my favorite in Seattle. I find it a lot like the brewery pubs in Portland like Rogue, Deschutes, Bridgeport & Widmer Brothers. Seattle could use a few more.

The interior is very comfortable and authentic. The large bar is a solid slab of wood and there are massive wooden beams (uprights and crossbeams) and an exposed wooden slat roof. It's a brewery in a natural setting presenting their beer without trying to do too much more.

Their Immortal IPA is outstanding and The Wise ESB gives a nice Northwest twist on this traditional English style. They also offer a stout, a couple of other IPAs, a porter and several others including a cask. On one of my earlier visits they even had Russian River's Pliny the Elder as a guest tap which I started with. The bartender was very helpful as well.

Elysian is as good as it gets for fresh beer in Seattle. Check it out.

Photo of shirsch
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I visited this brewpub prior to a Mariners game and the atmosphere was lively and exciting. The beers were some of the best in Seattle. They had three IPA's at the time, including the Jasmine IPA, which was a nice change of pace. The Scottish Ale was probably the best I've ever had. The food was not your typical bar food. I had the halibut and it was delicious. This place is a fantastic alternative to Pyramid Brewery for pre-game Mariners entertainment. I will definetly be back and look for their beers in other establishments.

Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Rather hipster and a tad fancy in appearance, with nice comfortable seating and rather industrial decor, but not as much as Elysian Fields. The quality of everything was high, from the food to the beer to the utensils. It was all nice with an adequate amount of artsy fancy. The service was good, but it wasn't very crowded. They had a lot of beers on tap including their stout on cask, which I had was enjoyed. It wasn't the best carbonated cask beer I've ever had, but it was alright. The food was fantastic too, I got a black bean burger and ciderfaerie got avocado curry. Both were great, filling and nice portioned for us, but others may be left hungry I imagine.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This Elysian Brewing location is on Pike Street right off of East Madison. There is street parking around but I imagine it is hard to find at peak times.

The interior is well-lit due to large windows. The space is a split level, with the bar area toward the front and table seating in the rear. There is a cooler of to-go beer near the entrance. The color scheme includes red drapes and greenish walls, which makes it fairly warm and inviting. The beer list is on wooden signs behind the bar. The brews are available in 2 different levels of samplers for either $6.95 or $7.95.

As for the beers, Elysian boasts a healthy array of beers, including guest taps from their other locations. They have a total of 16 taps plus one cask, and the beers are eclectic in style. Aside from the brewpub standards they have interesting options like a Pomegranate Pale, or a Jasmine IPA. All of the beers were above average in varying degrees.

Service was very good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was attentive and had a good grasp of all the beers. He interacted well with the locals and people who were clearly visiting like my wife and I.

The food at Elysian must be very good if the Steak Frites are any indication. The appetizer was excellent.

Overall I would put this place at the top of the 3 brewpubs I visited on my Seattle trip. The beer quality and atmosphere are top notch, and I look forward to checking out the other locations on future visits.

Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Substitutions at the discretion of the kitchen staff.

Had the their "steak and frites" which consisted of creamy cheese sauce and a shit load of fries, covered with what appeared to be around 5 ounces (if not less) of flank steak.

Ordered, their new ESB *see the Exchequer, the Valkyrie *see review, & the Senior Moment in taster form. Settled on the Valkyrie.

Plenty of "seat your self" seating, as well as a very well lit area during the daytime, and good ambiance.

Pros, beer & hard alcohol for those who want it. Beer to go in the form of bottled beer. Non-Brewery beer such as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Vintage Beers. Accommodating to separation of condiments rather than having them on the dish.

Cons, substitutions are generally frowned upon in consideration of time (I once ordered their brunch with egg whites and they declined to process the req. despite their not being any other tickets pending). Vegetarian options are available but inconsistent throughout the year.

Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.