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Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

Trap Rock Restaurant & BreweryTrap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 135
Beer Avg: 3.74

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Brewery, Eatery ]

279 Springfield Ave.
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 07922
United States
phone: (908) 665-1755

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Gnarles

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$

recently went here for a buddies birthday and out of all the local brew pubs in the cnetral jersey area I think this is the nicest one. We tried their sampler and a couple of beers after and all were amazing. Excellent beer! Excellent service! Enough said!

06-12-2013 21:12:40 | More by Gnarles
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$

I love this place. By far the best Brewpub in New Jersey that Ive been to. Yes the atmosphere is not your typical "brewpub" style and the food is upscale and pricy, but the beer is great. There are always about 8 beers on tap, ranging from Imperial India Pale Ales to Oatmeal Stouts to Raspberry Wheats. There are 4 flagship beers with 4 rotating sesonals and specialties. The food there is excellent but on the gourmet side. You wont find nachos and chicken wings. I highly recommend this place if you have the chance to get there. And remember, no hats allowed!

06-08-2013 14:07:41 | More by djrn2
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

From the exterior, the place looks unassuming, but you are greated with a moderately upscale dining and drinking environment upon entry. Exposed wood and some masonry star in the decor, dimly light at night. Very euro feeling. Smallish bar, but a lot of table seating throughout. Warm and cozy.

A nice selection of 8 beers available, from average to solid. As with most places, the standard line leans towards light and crowd pleasing, instead go towards the roating seasonals and special brews. Menu covers standard fried affair and burgers as well as more inspired cullinary creations. All was solid to fantastic. Service was spotty despite the comofrtable crowd.

All in all, the beers are average, save for a few seasonals, but the food was quite good. Well worth a revisit.

07-09-2012 15:16:47 | More by rfgetz
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crenegar

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Stopped in yesterday and had 2 beers, the pils was nice, crisp and clean, more Bavarian than Czech. The Oatmeal Stout was also pretty good but certainly not as good as Krogh's up in Lake Mohawk. Since we were doing some bar hopping we didn't want to eat too much in one place so I ordered the spring roll app. This was pretty tasty and pretty expensive, $12.95 for two small rolls cut in half. Everytime I go back to this place I remember why I don't go there more often. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the bang for the buck is just not there.

04-23-2012 13:24:48 | More by crenegar
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claspada

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Really nice atmosphere; old oak bar and benches and stairs, etc. Small but spacious, multiple rooms and an upstairs if you wanted a private party. Plenty of light as well. The brewery area was nicely integrated as well, you can see the mash tuns, serving tanks, etc.

Food was awesome, got the Taco Trio (Mahi Mahi, Pulled pork and Chicken) with 2 different slaws to use as toppings. Mother/sister really enjoyed their butternut squash app, prime rib wrap and vege quesadillas.

Service was spot on. Waiters changed mid-meal but it was seamless and both were great.

Beers were the most disappointing part of the experience. Mother and sister split the sampler but I passed because it was 75% lagers/pilsners. Sampled their IPA which tasted like Celebration, the brown ale which was meek and watery and the bock which was surprisingly hoppy and yet malty and enjoyable; def the best beer I sampled. Still I wish these small brew pubs would push the envelope considering they can make whatever they want and if it's not good, it's just one batch and they can try again.

Overall it was a nice way to celebrate my belated birthday and I would definitely go again in the future if I knew there was something more "worth-while" on tap; but a nice experience overall.

02-27-2012 17:40:36 | More by claspada
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I've been there twice now. Once we ate outside and once inside at night. I really enjoyed the food and brews both times I was there. I'd love to go back soon. Their beers are not out of this world, but are all very enjoyable. I got the sampler both times, which I tend to do at every brewpub I visit. Their food is probably better than the beer. They also have valet parking, which for me is a bit much when going to a place to eat in suburban New Jersey. Overall, one of my two favorite brewpubs in New Jersey.

02-04-2012 13:41:49 | More by DrStiffington
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$

A nice quiet place but a little bit on the pricey side. Went there for a late lunch with my father and tried 2 samplers and a few pints of their seasonals. It was nice to be able to hear the person you're talking to for a change. Bartender was on point for the most part, food was decent (took it to go - veggie burger). Growlers are priced average - I think I need to go back and get the cherry stout. Samplers were $10 which isn't bad considering you get a good jist of what they are capable of..

01-12-2012 23:47:40 | More by facundoCNB
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bogus564

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

From notes from a recent visit.

I was there most recently on July 14, 2011, with a small gang of friends, the day before finding out that I had landed a new job.

You walk in the front door, and there is a nice sized bar right in front of you. Slightly to the right is the wait station, and the hiring standards are obvious; these young ladies are beautiful. It helped that one of the ladies was laser-locked on my friend, in that we got a table quickly.

The waiting was shared by two people, with varying degrees of beer knowledge. They come with a fairly standard boilerplate speech, but when challenged, either shine or fade. One waiter shone, the other faded. Most of us tried the beer sampler, which was okay. It's a good way to get value for your money, as you get six reasonable sized samples for somewhere around $10.

The food took longer to arrive than it should have, but their plot to have you drinking so that you don't mind the wait pays off handsomely. The customers are nice and buzzed, so there's less complaining. When the food eventually arrives, it's really good, not quite outstanding. The steaks are pretty damn good, as are the appetizers that precede.

The bathroom are located up the stairs, and remind one of a golf clubhouse. They are clean and well-maintained; kudos.

Overall, the beer is okay, the food is a bit pricey, but good enough that you don't mind, and even the valets hustle. If I lived clser, it would be my local haunt.

10-01-2011 22:16:20 | More by bogus564
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

I am a fan of the entire Harvest Restaurant Group. They recruit excellent executive chefs for each of their establishments. There has been good coordination across their restaurants for some successful recipes.

I was there in a large group tonight. They treated us well and I always had a drink on hand (one sign of good service).

Some of the servers had a good understanding of the beer selection.

The food is very good, as usual. They trend toward the high end, and you get charged for it. I had their ribs, spring rolls, and two beers. It came to about $55 with tip.

I recommend that you try out Trap Rock.

07-15-2011 02:59:49 | More by ummswimmin
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mrgrinch

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I love that there is a place like this near me.

They food is good. They try to make it a little more special than your average food. Their fried chicken is great. Their angus burger is also good.

The beer is also good. I enjoy the Pilsner and the Hathor Red which are among their standards. I can say that the different brews are not always consistent, but I don't mind that at all.

Charlie the Brewer gets very creative sometimes and usually has at least one unusual variety on the beer menu. He has been known to use lavendar to produce beer with a bubblegum flavor.

I often try the special varieties.

The service is very good. The staff are all friendly and helpful.

I can say that I met a friend for a beer after work, and the manager and barman occupied all of our time and we barely got to have our own conversation.

05-15-2011 02:07:24 | More by mrgrinch
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Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.