Taps: 50 / Bottles: 55
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hanzo:
4.04/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arriving at Mekong for lunch on a Saturday left me very skeptical, but I do not judge books by their covers. Headed in and was promptly seated at the tables near the bar. The place looks like your average Asian restaurant, but with beer signs thrown in to try to depict beer being their focus, place seemed slow and quiet for a Saturday afternoon. Finally ten minutes later someone came by to take our drink order. I order my beer and an appetizer, followed by entrees for my wife and I.
The food itself was very fresh, tasty and hot. I cannot complain about that or their massive beer selection between bottles and draft. Had a few beers and had planned to order one more but the waitress had already dropped the check off without asking if I wanted anything else, so I had to flag her down to order my final beer and have my check adjusted. Felt like I was being rushed off, which would be excusable to a degree if they were busy which they weren't.
I certainly would go here fairly often if I were closer than two hours away, but as it stands I won't be back until some Richmond BAs have an event there, they tell me that is when the place comes alive and is best experienced...but as far as just stopping in for a bite to eat and a few beers, I can think of many places that do it better.
Also, they need to go for their off-site license. There were several bottles I would have bought to take home if I could have.
EDIT: I have gone back since this review and had a much more enjoyable experience, when you go when they are busy it is a whole different atmosphere.
02-12-2013 20:12:11 | More by Hanzo
More User Reviews:
4.6/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of my favorite places to go for beer and a spring roll.
This is the first place I take out of town guests who really like beer.
The owner and the wait-staff are very knowledgeable of all kinds of beer. He (An) is also very generous and very personable. Hospitality is definitely in full abundance here. I highly recommend sitting at the bar if its just you and 1 or2 buds. This is truly a special and unique experience. The beer list is the best in Richmond. The food is average to good, but I highly recommend the crispy spring rolls and the wings. If you want a great beer outing Mekong is always tops. I have never seen another venue like this one. The experience is incredible. Soon there will be brewing just a couple of doors down. Don't miss the Kong. Its worth whatever it takes.
06-13-2014 20:13:51 | More by Shrek
4.55/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Of all the places that I have rated, how did I miss this one? As everyone else has said, it is hard to spot if you are not paying attention. Despite its small location, the taps are vast! An, the owner, has an eclectic taste for beer, so the draft list offers an array of craft beers from around the world, as well as local. I don't think that I've ever been disappointed with what he has. His cuisine is quite interesting! I only order what I know, but I'm sure there are some dishes on there awesome.
The staff is funny, and if you don't have thick skin with some, you may feel like they are picking on you, but its all in good fun! I have come to know one waiter in there that is just incredible and hilarious! If you are ever in the are, this is a must visit spot. I'm looking forward to An's newst baby, "The Answer", which should be open soon.
06-11-2014 11:53:13 | More by Cubatobaco
4.6/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
You can easily miss Mekong if you aren't looking carefully. It is located in an unassuming strip-mall as you head West from downtown Richmond, and that may add to the mystique surrounding this mainstay of craft beer in Virginia.
Unlike some craft beer bars which seek to cater to a particular demographic, Mekong functions like a traditional Vietnamese restaurant that incidentally has an amazing beer bar. Thus, you will encounter a wide range of folk while dining or drinking.
As with any popular restaurant, you will want to arrive earlier in the evening to avoid the crowd. Parking is an issue in the front of the building, though there is ample space around back. I have never had to wait for a table in the restaurant, but it does get packed on the weekends.
While this is not a food review, I will say that the menu offers a wide variety of traditional options, and I have never been disappointed with the curry or crab dishes. There are better Vietnamese restaurants, but none with a better beer selection.
There is something for every kind of beer taste. You will always find sour and wild beers on the menu. Mekong supports the Virginia craft scene by carrying a number of exceptional breweries from around the state, especially those found in Richmond. There is a nice selection of Belgians, as they hold a historical place in the evolution of beer at Mekong. If you can't decide what to get from the massive menu, the guys behind the bar are happy to help.
The staff alone are worth a trip. Extensive beer knowledge, impressive memory, and a charming confidence can always be expected. Of course, no review would be complete without mentioning An Bui, the "Chief Beer Officer" at Mekong. He's taken an unknown Vietnamese restaurant to one of the best craft beer bars in America, as voted by the readers of Craftbeer.com. If you get the chance, chat with him about beer. He really likes the stuff.
For the craft beer enthusiast, Mekong is more than just a restaurant or bar; it is an exercise in passion, which is why it is beloved by so many.
04-28-2014 17:30:51 | More by JWalterWeatherman
Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, VA
100 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.