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The Taphouse Grill

Not Rated.
The Taphouse GrillThe Taphouse Grill
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

931 W 21st St
Norfolk, Virginia, 23517-1535
United States
phone: (757) 627-9172

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Reviews by FenwaySquid:
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Aside from the bier garden in Portsmouth, this is easily my favorite place in Hamton Roads to grab a beer.

First off, the selection is excellent. Everything from Virginia brews like St George's porter, Ledgend brown, and Tupper's hop pocket to Belgian lambics (two of them, a peach and a raspberry) are on tap. PBR is the only swill tap I saw, but you have to pay the bills somehow, right? They also have an extensive amount of bottled beer on the premises as well. And they have updated their beer menu some. While the tap list appears to have no order to it (the flags are a nice touch though) the bottled beers are now grouped in styles, which makes figuring out if they do or do not have something a little easier.

Now, while I havent' sampled every item on the menu, what I have tried is good stuff. in Particular their wings are probably the best I've had in the area, and they're pretty big, although six of them for $5.95 (or 12 for $9.95) is a little pricey.

The only knocks I have against the place is the parking lot is very small, and poorly marked. I already mentioned the tap list. And the service at the bar can be spotty, but the regular waitress does a pretty good job. And everyone that has served me was knowledgeable on the different beer styles and what they had available.

Overall, this place is an oasis for a beer lover such as myself stuck in Hampton Roads. Around here it seems most places consider Guinness and Harp to be exotic stuff.

FenwaySquid, Aug 21, 2005
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seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%

Stopped in for lunch on a Thursday. Honestly I was looking to go to 80/20 Burger Bar but they don't apparently open until 5pm weekdays.

Their tap selection is very good, plenty to choose from with a good bit of variety. The food was ok, I ordered a tuna steak sandwich, the very friendly bar tender asked how I'd like it cooked and I selected medium-rare. What came out was grey....I don't know whether it was a marinade or what but it didn't look right. Tasted ok but the side of pasta salad was my favorite part, it seemed very freshly made. But really for $13 I wanted a nice looking piece of Tuna steak.

Atmosphere was hard to judge since we were literally the only customers there Thursday at Noon. I'm assuming this is a nights/weekend place. I can imagine it being a great place to hangout though if you lived nearby. Prices were high on the food side but very decent on the beer side so that's a win for beer geeks.

I can say next time I'd stick with beer and some sort of fried appetizer. I see the last review done for here was a couple years ago, I can see why, with all the new places that have opened there is really no draw here, they don't have anything I can't get elsewhere.

Hanzo, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Geuzedad
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

This used to be my first choice watering hole until The Birch opened up. I like their selection and they do have a good list of beers to meet about any taste. The food is OK but I usually do not go there to eat. Summer is the best time to go as the patio is open and the college crowd is gone. The wait staff are OK but they do seem distracted and at times almost annoyed when you ask a question about a menu item or need a refill. Service at the bar is much better and the bar tenders very attentive and friendly. If craft beers are your thing give them a try. Just avoid weekends unless you are into loud live bands, rowdy patrons, and a cover charge.

Geuzedad, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

The wife and I went to the Outer Banks this past weekend and flew into Norfolk before driving down. We visited Taphouse Grill at Ghent last night as we were in town for the evening only to get a hotel room before flying out this morning. We read reviews here on Beer Advocate prior to our visit so we knew what we were up for.

I must say, we were not disappointed. The food was much better than your traditional bar fare, especially for a place that is such a "hole in the wall". The service was very good at the bar. It looked like the service was a bit slow at the tables so I would recommend sitting at the bar.

The beer selection was very solid with some stuff that's usually not available in bars. Between the two of us we drank the following on draft: Hop Rod Rye, Duchesse, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken's Ale, St. Bernardus Pater 6, New Belgium Trippel and Trois Pistoles. Not too shabby. Most definitely not a selection you'd find here in Southwest Florida. They probably have about 20 beers on tap as well as an extensive selection of bottles. I had read elsewhere online that they used to carry Westvleteren 12 from time to time but no luck last night. My wallet will probably thank me for that anyway.

I would highly recommend checking out the Taphouse Grill at Ghent if you are ever in the Norfolk area. We will definitely return if we ever happen to visit the area again.

adam42381, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of jporf911
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

The Taphouse is definitely one of the best beer bars in Hampton Roads. Located just down the street from Total Wine (where you can also pick up a ton of hard-to-find beers), it combines good food and good beer. Taphouse has a fairly sizable draft list and a huge list of bottles on the other side of the menu as well. All the local hipsters rave about the Aventinus, but they offer a lot of other good beers in addition to that. My only qualm is that they don't offer Gulden Draak. The Bier Garden in Portsmouth has a slightly better selection, but if you can't get out there, then Taphouse in Ghent is a great place to go for good beer, good food, and good friends. The atmosphere is nice-- music plays all night; there are outdoor tables, indoor tables, and the bar itself, plus a separate room with some pool tables.

*Tip- The service can be a little slow at times if you're at the tables instead of the bar, so if you want to order a drink, it's best to go to the bar and order it yourself instead of relying on your waiter, who usually has about 4 other orders to fill ahead of yours.

jporf911, Jul 04, 2010
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90 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.