Taps: 122 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PhiloPsych:
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I got to the restaurant at the tail end of happy hour, in time to get one appetizer and one beer at the discounted happy hour price. I wish happy hour went until 7:00 instead of only until 6:00. Happy hour is definitely the good call for this place. They have a long list of appetizers and pizzas that are half price (and thus a pretty good deal) during happy hour. And the beers are only $3.25 per pint during happy hour, whereas they run about $5 - $6 during normal hours.
I was there for the NCAA basketball national championship and was happy they put it on all the screens and turned off the normal music and turned on the audio for the game. As pretty normal, the large bar area was very busy with seats being filled as soon as they opened up.
I had a porter and a stout, then the bartender recommended and gave me a free taste of Lost Coast's Winterbraun (which was really excellent, I thought). I ordered a different beer because of the food I was having, but I was glad he took the time while it was busy to make that recommendation, and very glad to get a free taste of an excellent beer.
The place is usually busy, so the atmosphere can't be called relaxed or relaxing. The music is louder than I like (especially at the Irvine restaurant, it seems) and it is also darker than I like (though dark restaurants are just my personal pet peeve).
Of course Yardhouse sells itself on its huge selection of beers. However, many of their beers are common macro lagers and light beers. They do have a lot of pretty good beers, but not really a big selection of what I would call excellent beers. (Still, there was no excuse for the couple next to me to drink three rounds of Bud Light!) What is disappointing for me is that this restaurant is in southern Orange County, yet it has no offerings from AleSmith, Lost Abbey, or many of the other nearby high-quality breweries. They do have a few offerings from Stone, but only a few and no special releases or anything.
The food is good at Yardhouse, I have to say. Comparable maybe to Cheesecake Factory. But the prices are high enough that I won't be going back much outside of happy hour, except maybe for special occassions.
04-03-2007 06:19:09 | More by PhiloPsych
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
As an East Coaster, I arrived at happy hour in this West Coast establishment. HH is 3-6 Pm. What in the hell is THAT all about. Good for me, but that has to suck for everyone else living and working in California. As such, the place was relatively empty at the hour I was there, so I was treated to good service and good prices. My ratings influence/reflect that. I am left to wonder if all that changes once the place gets busier and the hour increases, as I was beginning to experience before I left. Still, 100 beers on tap? You cannot argue too much with the selection.
01-22-2014 01:30:53 | More by DWolf
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I usually make it to the Yard House at the Spectrum every time I'm in Irvine, and I'm always glad I made the stop. It's definitely got a chain-restaurant atmosphere, but it's also the most pub-like place I've been in Irvine, and I like the dim lights, dark wood, long bar and TVs offered in the place.
The beer list is long indeed, but doesn't offer anything terribly rare or exotic, with a few exceptions. I had the house Amber Tripel on my last visit, and was quite impressed with it; I would be inclined to try more of their house offerings next time.
It's really a restaurant as much as a bar, and the service reflected that. The staff seemed well-trained and were friendly and competent. The food is good, and while I thought it was a little bit pricey, it's probably well in-line for Irvine cost-of-living.
11-13-2013 22:25:04 | More by flagmantho
Yard House in Irvine, CA
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.