Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 135
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jwc215:
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a very up-scale restaurant. It is very fancy, and you wouldn't know that it was a brewpub if you didn't see the vats and know better. they have a very extensive wine list and display the wines. The staff is dressed elegantly. Proper attire is required.
I went with some friends on a Sunday night.
The person who waited on us didn't seem to know much about beers, but other staff members came over to us, including the bartender, and they knew a bit more. They were all friendly.
The menu listed the eight beers that were availble - thought they were out of the porter and the red ale. The food selection was limited, but varied. They were out of several of the food selections, including a steak dish that one of my friends ordered. They also did not have the beer sampler available, as they were out of two of the beers.
The food was good - as you would expect from a place like this. We started with the oysters - then, we each ordered a different food selection. The portions were average-sized - neither generous nor frugal.
We also each ordered a different beer - They were all good - very smooth. The prices were not unreasonable for the beer - 4.50 for a pint and 12 for a growler (10 for refills).
Because of the high prices, especially for what you got, I don't see myself going there too often, but I'm glad I went to try it. I wasn't really disappointed with anything except that they were out of several things. (and they were a bit hurried when it approached closing time - nine o'clock - but I guess I can't blame them for that.) If you are in the area,
06-26-2006 16:40:41 | More by jwc215
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I love this place. By far the best Brewpub in New Jersey that Ive been to. Yes the atmosphere is not your typical "brewpub" style and the food is upscale and pricy, but the beer is great. There are always about 8 beers on tap, ranging from Imperial India Pale Ales to Oatmeal Stouts to Raspberry Wheats. There are 4 flagship beers with 4 rotating sesonals and specialties. The food there is excellent but on the gourmet side. You wont find nachos and chicken wings. I highly recommend this place if you have the chance to get there. And remember, no hats allowed!
06-08-2013 14:07:41 | More by djrn2
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in yesterday and had 2 beers, the pils was nice, crisp and clean, more Bavarian than Czech. The Oatmeal Stout was also pretty good but certainly not as good as Krogh's up in Lake Mohawk. Since we were doing some bar hopping we didn't want to eat too much in one place so I ordered the spring roll app. This was pretty tasty and pretty expensive, $12.95 for two small rolls cut in half. Everytime I go back to this place I remember why I don't go there more often. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the bang for the buck is just not there.
04-23-2012 13:24:48 | More by crenegar
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
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
Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.