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Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant

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Beach Chalet Brewery and RestaurantBeach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant
BA SCORE
87
very good

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 88
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1000 Great Highway @ Ocean
San Francisco, California, 94121
United States
phone: (415) 386-8439

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Photo of nmann08
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

We stopped in for lunch at Beach Chalet as a half-way point for our trip through Golden Gate Park. The restaurant is upstairs and has a great view of the Pacific Ocean.

The restaurant lunch crowd we saw was a mix of locals, families, and obvious tourists. To me, it seemed more came for the food or view, not the beer, but it was lunch time.

They do a flight of all their beers that are currently on tap (in this case, there was 8), but they also sell them by the pint. Most were average standard staples, a few surprises, but nothing crazy here.

The service was good, attentive, happy to answer questions about the beer or menu.

I would categorize the selection as upscale Lunch options. I wouldn't say it is limited, you can certainly find something, but it is not an expansive menu by any stretch. I had the Cobb Salad and it was a good Cobb Salad, but a bit pricey.

Overall, this is a cool stop in San Francisco and a nice way to tie together a visit to Golden Gate Park.

nmann08, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of andy1701
3/5  rDev -20.8%

andy1701, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of atpca
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of RyanHophead
4/5  rDev +5.5%

RyanHophead, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SkinniePost, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

portia99, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of ranger7
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

Went here on a trip to San Francisco. We ended our day long trek through the beautiful Golden Gate Park with a beer and dinner at the Beach Chalet.

The restaurant is upstairs, which provides a great view of the beach and surrounding area. At the time we went, the sun was streaking in the windows and the glare was bad, but we still enjoyed the view.

Our server was very nice and friendly. We asked her about the area to the north (Cliff House and the Sutro Bath ruins) and she recommended we check it out, which we did (pretty cool area and it's not a bad hike along the beach).

The beer and food were excellent, albeit a little pricey. But we were very hungry/thirsty from our day at the Park, so we didn't mind paying a little more for atmosphere and convenience, plus it's San Francisco - not sure that a cheap meal exists for wandering tourists.

Will definitely try to go back someday.

ranger7, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

This is a pretty good place that gets the most points for the place and location itself. It's in an historic 1920s building at the western end of Golden Gate Park, with the front looking out at the ocean, with nice views form the windows all along the front, and the back, operated as a separate restaurant but part of the same business, facing the park. The building has beautiful frescos and other details from the period and has been nicely restored after having been derelict for some years. The main negative of the building is that the back part, the Park Chalet, although attractive in a conservatory-like setting, is hot and overly bright in sunny, warm weather. However, since this is San Francisco, and it's on Ocean Beach, warm, sunny days are not all that frequent. In the summer, especially, one can often bet on it being cool and foggy.

The beers are of a very limited range, not widely varied, and not imaginitive. However, the ones I've had at the place itself are very good, well-rounded, and enjoyable.

Food is pretty good, but not great, and rather pricey for what you get.

Service is adequate.

Offa, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of LeeMarvin
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%

One of the last places I hit on my recent San Fran trip, this was more of a nostalgia trip than most. In 1998, an old ex and I sat in this restaurant, and with the waves rolling in dramatically behind her, she and I parted ways, never to see each other again. It was called something else back then and it had beer that was about average.

Service at this current incarnation was absolutely terrible. We hit the patio bar, and nobody behind it seemed familiar with the concept of multi-tasking. After about fifteen minutes we finally got our beers. I understand how things can get at a bar, but with this location, I can hardly believe that they hadn’t seen this size of a crowd before. I guess they’re relying on their location in this regard.

Due to ghosts and a gorgeous day, we refrained from staying inside and opted to drink out on the back lawn. A gorgeous, warm San Fran Saturday had people everywhere, drinking, eating, or playing with their kids/dogs. We leaned against the trees at the edge of the park woods, talked, and felt really happy about our decision to stop here, even with the unreasonable wait at the bar. I have to say that I really enjoyed the Fleishhacker Stout that I got, a fantastic, flavorful beer that I would have gotten again if we’d had the patience to deal with the wait at the bar. Next time I get here I’ll plan for the wait.

LeeMarvin, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of colonelforbin
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Beach Chalet is worth visiting for one reason alone, the location (across the street from Ocean Beach, and elevated for even better views) and the incredible views from the restaurant and to a lesser extent, the bar area. There is also a great outdoor seating area with a little lawn that adjoins Golden Gate Park. Fantastic location that is really tough to beat.

Unfortunately, the quality of the beer is a notch below good, and closer to average. A few beers can be tasty, but overall, not something to seek out for its high quality. The IPA is worth drinking and you could do a lot worse than sitting at the bar and turning your head to see an amazing view of the beach and the ocean while drinking a Beach Chalet Presidio IPA.

This place is unique in that the location, views, and ability to walk out the door and be on the beach kind of dominate the reasons to visit. The quality of the beer really does take a back seat when going here, and for once, in my visits to brewpubs over the years, the quality doesn't really matter when placed in this context.

Vibe is nice, tourists and locals, and people generally seem to be having a good time. Very much worth visiting for all the vibe/atmosphere reasons mentioned above. Definitely check out the Park Chalet, back patio area as well and certainly walk over to the beach and/or Golden Gate Park. One of the better brewpub locations I've been to in California, or anywhere for that matter. If they stepped up the quality of the beer a few notches, this place would truly be world class.

colonelforbin, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

I went to this brewery and restaurant for lunch today with my family. The parking was horrible because everybody was parking everywhere probably because it was near the beach. The building is a very nice historic building from the 20's and the brewery and restaurant is upstairs. I tried a sampler of beers and they were all very good. I ordered an IPA as well and the chalet burger which was very good. The lemonade drinks that my sister, brother in law and dad got were very fancy looking which was cool. They give out frre cards which have their selection of beers on it and talk about the brewery process which was really cool. Very good food and good service. I will definitely go back.

jeffjeff1, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Atmosphere: This was perfect, other than the fact it was a little upscale. its located on the upstairs of this building that has huge windows and over looks the beach. its simply beautiful. the inside is modeled to look very old world, i loved it.

Service: unless you're at the bar, you're likely to be waited on by a server. though they may not be completely knowledgeable about the beer, they still will know the small facts, and will also be very friendly.

Selection/Quality: obviously, the only beer there are the ones brewed on premises. they have a decent mix of your average beer styles, as well as one cask fed ale. the beers won't amaze you, but its always fun to drink something fresh from a brewery.

I'd recommend getting a lunch here while trying a few good beers.

AdamBear, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of armock
3.45/5  rDev -9%

Atmosphere - This is a nice place with a wall of windows that over look the ocean for a great view while eating. The restaurant is on the second floor as you get up the stairs the bar is to your right and the seating is to the left.

Quality/Selection - During my visit they had eight house beers on tap tat ranged from a Light Lager to a Stout and ran from average to good.

Service - During my visit the service was pretty average the waitress was friendly and brought us our food in a timely manner.

Food - The wife and I stopped by for dinner and I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich it was ok despite not having much BBQ flavor to it at all. The wife enjoyed her dinner as well.

Overall the this is a nice place to come to for some good food and a beer.

armock, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Beach Chalet is all about the location. You need to know that going in. On the second floor there are large windows that look out on Ocean Beach. It's a beautiful view. Beach Chalet is one of the only restaurants/bars in that area, so chances are if you're hungry or looking for a beer and you're at Ocean Beach, this is where you're going.
The beer is your average brewpub fare. Nothing special. Runs the gamut from generic to blah. The Riptide Red is probably their best beer. Food is decent, but kind of expensive. Stick to sandwiches and appetizers and you'll be okay.
Barstaff/waiters are friendly and helpful.
If you're a Bay Area beer completist, come in and try a sampler. Otherwise, you don't need to go out of your way.

DaveHS, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of bradybeer
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%

First stop on brewpub tour of SF. Located across street from beach/ocean in northwest part of SF. When you walk in you are in a museum that showcases the swimming/bathing facility that this place once was. Straight ahead and down some steps brings you to the bar.

My friend and i had a sampler of 8 beers (?). Beers ran the gamut from light easy drinking beers like Hopsession (top pick here for us) and a porter. We found the beers to be solid, a few misses, but all in all nice beers. Didn't try the food but what I did see others eating looked good.

Value and service were good and the barkeep knew her beer. I would come back to see what the brewer has whipped up.

bradybeer, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of marzen
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Location, Location, Location!

Atmosphere is what the Beach Chalet is all about. While a few years ago this wasn't all the Beach Chalet relied on, today it seems that atmosphere is all it really has going for it. That said, what a location it is. Acting as the boundary between SF's Golden Gate park and the ever stunning Ocean Beach, the Beach Chalet is a great to place to relax pint in hand. They have the downstairs outside cafe and the inside upstairs dining room with a fantastic view of the pacific ocean.

On the quality side, the food and beer have taken a hit over the years. I don't know if the brewer has changed or what, but the beers lacked the robust flavor I've come to expect from Brew Pubs over the years. In fact the Belgian Dubbel I tried actually tasted watery.

I hate to agree with the other posting I saw regarding poor service, but unfortunately I can't. I will say our server had a great attitude, it was just slow. I actually got this impression this resulted from a lack of leadership and organization and not just the servers attitude.

The food selection was pretty standard, and while I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was decent, my father had the burger which was impressive. The beer selection was also average for a brewpub, though I was dissapointed that the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest wasn't on tap.

I might be a little off in my value rating. The food was a little pricey for what you got, but again with the location because the food isn't the only thing you are paying for at the Beach Chalet. It has a tough to beat location, and I will be going back.

marzen, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

Located on the second floor of the Beach Chalet on the western edge of Golden Gate Park, the table seating along the windows and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The doorway opens onto the m.d.s. to the immediate left with the restaurant area beyond the m.d.s. The "U"-shaped dark marble and blonde wood bar ran along the right wall and overlooked the brewhouse. Although it was undoubtedly a clean, well-lighted place for beer, I cannot really dun its ambiance. The music was 1940's and '50's crooners and standards. I went with the Black Forest Ham sandwich for lunch. Great barter among the waitstaff.

Beers: VFW Light; Ocean Beach Oktoberfest; CA Kind Ale; Riphide Red; Presidio IPA; Fleishhacker Stout; Dee's Bitter Ale (D.B.A.);the Brewer's Special was a "Harvest Ale", utilizing fresh, wet hops; plus Celebration Ale, a spiced holiday beer. Further the IPA was on gravity pour and DBA was on ahnd pump. Holly Heaven, Batman!

Also, their liquor selection was top shelf (pun intended). A BT of Johnnie Blue waved to me, as did a BT of Old Potrero.

Waitstaff all in black. I might have offset it with white aprons, but I'm an aesthete.

Bomber BTs of their six (6) standards, for you to-go junkies.

My new pen, courtesy of B. C.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant: A bar downstairs with the m.d.s. to the right and a working fireplace dead ahead. Off to the left was the inverted "J"-shaped blonde wood bar. Lots of standard restaurant tables and chairs to the right. The bar area was a mix of standard and high tables and chairs. Much jazzier music down here. Patio seating with killer view during season.

woodychandler, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of ipa247
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

Went here recently on a bright sunny weekend day. You cannot beat the location as it is directly across from Ocean Beach. The building itself is nothing to marvel at from an architectual standpoint but it does have a view of the ocean from the top floor. It also has a cheaper downstairs area to eat with an outdoor patio.

We arrived around noon to find an overflowing parking lot. We were lucky enough to show up right when a car was exiting. However, I can tell that parking at this place can be extremely tough especially on weekends. We went down into the lower seating area and were told that it would be an hour wait for a table of 8 which was not unreasonable given the circumstances. We only had to wait 35 minutes which was a plus before being seated on the outside patio. Problem was there were no umbrellas on the table to shield out the sun which was beating down on most of the people at the table. Also lots and lots of tourists here so the atmosphere is lacking in character somewhat.

Beerwise the place is definitely lacking in quality and most of the beers tasted the same regardless of style. They had the standard offerings of pale ale, IPA, wheat and some type of stout none of which even close to impressed. The rest of our group, most of whom are not beer snobs, agreed on this evaluation of the beers. I had a couple strong ales which were decent but definitely out of balance and not true to the style.

Food: was above average and nobody in the group had any complaints. Standard brewpub fare of sandwiches and fried foods. My burger was very tasty and cooked perfectly. They even had a nice kids menu for my children.

Service: our waitress was very nice and friendly but it was clear that she was overwhelmed as there were times when 20 minutes passed before she even came to our table to check on us or give us an update on our food. It was 45 minutes to an hour before our food came which was longer than we waited for the table. They really need to have more servers especially on the busy weekends.

Prices: definitely expensive but not for the location. If the beers were a little better I would have absolutely no qualms with the prices.

This is definitely NOT a must-visit beer location or destination in San Francisco. However, if you find yourself out at the beach in need of a craft brew and a burger, then this is your place.

ipa247, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

As noted, Beach Chalet overlooks the aptly-named Ocean Beach. Go up the stairs and you will find a busy, and somwhat classy, dining room bustling with families, tourists and waitstaff. You can wait for a table that looks out at the beach - and where Gidget and Moondoggie are no doubt hanging ten - or you can find a place at the bar to the right as you enter. You can see the brewing tanks from here as well.

Beach Chalet offers a variety of styles - about a dozen beers, one of which was on cask during my visit. A six-beer sampler runs about $8.00. They also bottle their beer to take home. ( I took home two by the way.)

The menu seemed a bit hoity-toity; of course, I am not some swell that descends from a Pacific Heights loft when in need of victuals. In any case, the food was pretty good - I chose the roast beef dip. Service was efficient, but hurried. Obviously turnaround is important, so you should have a few pints without lingering.

Beach Chalet is adjacent to Golden Gate Park and is accessible to Muni (the public transit system.) An enjoyable lunch with some decent beers.

jjboesen, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a review for the Park Chalet because I've been coming here often for a year and a half and have never needed to go to the fancier restaurant up top.
A sunny San Francisco day finds EVERYONE with their kids and dogs in the back of the brewery, which opens into the west end of Golden Gate Park. It is a little slice of SF living that all of my non-sf friends are wildly jealous of.
The servers change A LOT, as do the kitchen staff (*unconfirmed rumor). Anyhoo, the servers are often new and even the old ones seem like they can't really be bothered, or like they are stoned, or both. If I managed the chalet, I'd be sure to have enough servers on the weekends to accommodate the masses, and I'd pay them well so that they would try harder not to lose their jobs. If that was set, I may never leave.

1759Girl, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of DaveDLD
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

i went to beach chalet brewing for the first time last weekend. i went on sunday night and it was a bit crowded. i got a seat in the bar area almost right away. if you want to sit at a table you should make a reservation. amazing view looking over the ocean. it was extremely cold and windy when i was there but it was nice to watch from inside. i first had there seasonal saison which was excellent. after that i got the sampler. i remember all of the beers being very good, but i think they were out of a few of them. my favorite was probably the saison. the wheat was also quite good. we ended up getting the wings to eat which were pretty good. i would definitely make it a point to go here if you're in san fran...also walk through golden gate park and see the buffalo!

DaveDLD, May 19, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Located in a really nice spot overlooking the ocean and at the end of golden gate park, the beach chalet is a pretty cool art deco building, with murals on the ground floor and the bar/restaurant one up. The place was extremely busy when we got there (it was new year's eve after all), but service was quick and efficient, and our food arrived soon after ordering. Everything was a bit pricey, and we erred towards the more traditional options, which were very well prepared. When we visited they had eight taps of their own brews (of vastly differing quality). I can't recall the cost of the sampler carousel, but it seemed to represent good value, and it was pretty cool drinking a beer and watching the waves crash.

bobsy, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

This was the last stop of the night on a beer tasting trip a month ago. The place is a real nice high class joint right across the street from the ocean. We went on a saturday night and it was packed. All kinds of people in there but the whole vibe was just too ritzy and high end for me. I felt really out of place not wearing a $150 shirt. Good place to go for a nice dinner but not necesarily for beer sampling.

The food was wonderful, just really expensive. I think we each paid something like $25 / plate. The beer was pretty mediocre, the ipa was decent and the light beer was decent for what it was supposed to be. Didn't like the octoberfest though. I think my brother pissed off the waitress and so she didn't come back except to give us our check.

t0rin0, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

This place is great, just a 10 minute walk down the great highway at the Pacific ocean from the last N-Judah light rail stop. The atmosphere is great with the second floor dining room being one of the preimer places in the city to watch the sunset in the evening. The quality of the beers is usually very good, but the selection can be a little limp at times...still the fantastic ambiance of the dining room and the great views and fantastic (although a bit pricey) food and service more than make up for it in this gem of a restaurant...of all of the brewpubs in San Francisco, this is definately the classiest one and one of the only ones i'd take a date to...

francisweizen, May 21, 2007
Photo of cbreitro
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Amazing location for a brew pub, but I was not so impressed with the beer that Beach Chalet offered. I would recommend it just for the views.
The Beach Chalet overlooks the Pacific Ocean near Ocean Beach. It is about as remote a part of San Francisco as you can get, so it may be about 20 minutes from the downtown/Chinatown area.

The beers were decent and the food was fine, but a bit expensive. There are not a lot of alternatives in that area of the city that have the great view, so why not hit a place with its own beers? I would recommend a trip out to the Beach Chalet.

cbreitro, May 18, 2007
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Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant in San Francisco, CA
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