Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by RonfromJersey:
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
The name is perfectly accurate. "Restaurant and brewery". Not brewpub. And in that order.
I caught my wife off guard with the suggestion that we go to a brewpub for our tenth anniversary dinner. But she went along.
Valet parking is merely the first sign that Trap Rock is not the stereotypical brewpub.
Entering, the brewing equipment is visible on the lower level. You procede up half a flight and enter into "the lounge" (server's term). Most of us might say "the bar". It's a relatively small bar, with stools, and tables across from it. It is also a very dark bar, somewhat a throwback to an earlier time. There is a large dining area to the left, and a separate dining room to the right. We were seated in the right room, which has a rustic decor while still evoking formality. My window seat overlooked the patio diners below. Rest rooms and a party room, with bar, are located upstairs.
The menu is a single very large card, food on one side, the beer and wine on the other. We were also given a separate smaller card with the day's specials. One thing which bothered me about the menu was that with each entree there was a suggested wine, but not a beer. The beer list did include general recommendations for food to pair with the beer, but it seemed a bit half-hearted to me.
This is upscale American cuisine. In other words, almost every listing included some element that I had no idea what it was. But we are adventurous. For appetizers we chose lobster spring rolls with dipping sauces, and a crabcake with came on a bed of what seemed to be stuffing with ham. For entrees I had beef tenderloin and my wife had scallops. We managed to squeeze in Creme brule for dessert. All of it was excellent.
The beers I tried were pleasing and to style: a very drinkable helles, a solid IPA, and an exceptionally impressive APA: Dave's Commitment Ale, which seemed appropriate for an anniversary dinner. I didn't have room for the stout I was planning on. I regret that I failed to inquire about cask ale.
Though it was a little slow in taking our first drink order, service was attentive, and my beer glass was not left empty too long.
This is not a cheap date. Dinner for two, even splitting appetizers and dessert can easily top $100. In terms of dinner, this is a special occassion place, from my perspective. We will probably be back, but it will be awhile.
One concern I have is for the brewery side of the business. I see a lot more wine and cocktails both in the longue and in the dining rooms than other brewpubs. And I don't imagine "regulars" like in other brewpubs who pop in a couple times a week for a brew or two, and a quick bite.
Original review: 05-03-2004
12-18-05 Update: I will add that while dinner might be a little costly (not unfairly, mind you), this week I stopped in for lunch and had a fine pulled pork sandwhich, a small mountain of fries, and about a pint and a half of one damn good porter/stout for $14 something plus tip.
12-19-2005 07:28:59 | More by RonfromJersey
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev -2.2%
Vibe: This is an upscale restaurant that also happens to have a brewery. The interior is a little rustic and feels like you are in a chalet in the country. Outdoor seating is also available.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware.
Service: There was a variety of wait staff that offered prompt service and were knowledgeable about the menu.
Selection: I counted nine different beers on-tap, which were available in pints and jumbo (23 oz.). Samplers were also available, as well as growler fills and kegs. One of the beers was on hand pump.
Food: The food is really what sets this place apart. We started off with House Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos, which were in miniature hard shell tacos on a bed of black bean salsa. We also tried the Fried Chicken and Cheddar Waffles and the Yellowfin Tuna. The appearance of each of the dishes was very fancy. Everything tasted excellent.
04-19-2014 22:22:14 | More by metter98
4.61/5 rDev +14.4%
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
4.15/5 rDev +3%
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
Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.