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Bastone

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BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
29 Beers
210 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

419 S Main St
Royal Oak, Michigan, 48067
United States
phone: (248) 544-6250

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There is a city operated parking lot behind the building aboiut 1/2 block away and street parking is also available
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by ALECOHOLIC:
Photo of ALECOHOLIC
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I had been told of this place by a friend in the area. I got out for a visit recently and got in there for dinner. I expected more Belgian beer choices. The dubbel I had was very nice. It was a little flat but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Lots of flavor present and a great offering from stateside brewer.
The bar is shared between Bastone and a Cuban restaurant that is attached in the rear. The food was great. There is a wine bar next door and the dividing wall does not meet with the ceiling. You get almost a night-club music sound effect from the wine bar coming over the wall.
It's not too loud but it makes for a busy atmosphere when mixed with the restaurant and bar standard noise level.

We tried the wine bar after dinner and had a good experience there too.

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Photo of aboyd87
2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4.5

Beers littered with off flavors. I am perplexed as to how they have won so many awards.

Photo of Brandonparrent
3/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

great food, poor beer and beer selection

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was stop #2 of a pub crawl for our group of 4 this day. We has just finished lunch at another brewery so we just wanted to try the beers as the primary part of our experience here. It was just after lunchtime and the brewery was nearly empty. Consequently we sat at the bar and had good service and got to talk with the bartender.

The brewery is a cut above most brewpubs as far as the ambiance goes, and the layout is more like an upscale restaurant and bar in the decor. The beers are all Belgian-inspired so I was a little apprehensive because this 'style' is usually not a favorite. We ordered a flight of 7 beer samplers, and all were very tasty. I may be changing my opinion about whether Belgian-inspired beers are to my liking. Our group (and I) liked every one of them, and we decided that they deserve a grading of a B across the board.

I forgot to look at the food menu but I notice that it is on the brewery's website. It looks very extensive, and I'd love to come back here someday for a meal. I highly recommend this brewery for a visit.

Photo of Kerrie
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been to this place twice; once inside, and once in the outdoor seating area.

The indoor atmosphere quite nice: clean, somewhat dark and barlike, and huge. It is a bit noisy, however, but nothing excessive. The outdoor seating allows you to people watch on Main Street, but it's a bit cramped and the tables are tiny. Also, if you're looking specifically to sit outdoors, prepare to wait a bit, as seating is limited. I'd actually recommend sitting indoors if you're having food simply due to space limitations.

The quality is top-notch. The food and beer are excellent and look excellent too.

The service is good; it was quite busy when we went both times and the servers were quick and attentive.

The selection is huge when it comes to food. Lots of fatty Belgian cuisine, but sooo good. It took me a long time to decide what I wanted since the menu was so large and had a lot of attractive options. I've only had burgers so far but they were fantastic.

The beer selection is quite wide, too. They offer flights of 6, 7 or 8, so I got the flight of eight, which was all their general beer plus their two seasonals. I liked all but one.

While a bit pricy, I'd say the value is worth it overall. Had my boyfriend and I gotten pints rather than the biggest flight each, our bill would have been much cheaper. I'd say the food prices are about average for dinner in Royal Oak.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

(Visited 08/2011): Bastone is located in the heart of Royal Oak at the corner of S. Main and 5th. Metered parking is available in the surrounding area.

The interior is pretty cozy with a small bar area on the right and high backed booths and tables in the restaurant area. They have a patio as well. Brick and tile motif. Above the bar hang signs featuring each of their standard beers.

Bastone serves 8 beers including a seasonal or two, and a sampler is available. They range from Blonde, Pils, and Wit to a Dubbel, Tripel and Saison Noir. All of the beers are above average. They also have a few bottles from Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak.

Service on a relatively slow weekday (I arrived right as they opened). The bartender was knowledgeable about their beers and of other recommendations for the area.

The food at Bastone has a Belgian tilt, and my pomme frites and sandwich were good.

Overall this is a pretty solid spot. Maybe not a fair comparison but I think Brugge is a lot better, however this is still a place worth visiting in the area.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited this past Saturday night and it was a genuine disappointment. Not the best Royal Oak has to offer.

Nightclub music was loud, overpowering in pub/bar area. Although the continuous stream of youth walking downstairs was an aesthetically pleasing distraction. Our service was poor; not happy to see us or to be there. Food was filling but unremarkable.

Beer sampling selection was enjoyable, and although none of the beers themselves were earth-shattering, they were reasonably priced, well-presented and definitely the highlight of the visit!

Photo of steebo777
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bastone in Royal Oak is a great place to eat and usually a great place to grab a brew. There are four components to the Bastone buildings. Commune in the basement is the nightclub, Vinoteca is the wine bar, Habana is the Cuban resteraunt and Bastone is the Dutch resteraunt and brewpub. You can get all drinks and beer at all places, but I am only reveiwing Bastone.

The atmosphere is a cool, trendy looking vibe with a younger crowd for the most part. Families are welcome, as well as the single crowd.

There is a small bar where you can order drinks including the beer. There is usually 4-5 differents drafts on. I would say 65% of the time there are really good taps, 25% of the time are average brews and 10% of the time is below average fare. The head brewer changed last year and he has been doing great things, with the saison being their best.

The food is where it is at here. My wife is 1/2 Dutch and loves coming here as it is a Dutch-American menu. Fish n Chips to Chicken Cream Sauce to stellar deserts. One of the top 10 in Royal Oak to hit.

All around this is a great place to hit in Royal Oak and shouldn't be missed.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was in town for a sports filled weekend and found our way here after a red wings game.

A dimly lit place, that's for sure. We made our way through the bar and into the dining room where they sat us in a rather tall wooden booth. While the privacy was nice, it felt as though we were in a phone booth with seats.

They had about 8 beers on tap along with an extensive wine menu. The crowd, from what I saw, seemed to be more into the wine than the beer. I had the Royal IPA, which was nice, but didn't wow me at all.

The food was solid. I had a hangar steak sandwich with pomme frites that was prepared nicely with some arugula and a cheddar biscuit/pancake bun. My buddies each had a flatbread pizza and remarked that they were very good.

Overall, this was a nice place that I would like to check out again as I feel it has more to offer than what I got out of it on this trip.

I bumped the service score up a notch because our waitress was really good. On top of her game, able to explain the styles of beers, and was just plain friendly.

Photo of beerguru15
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Was passing through on my way home from Detroit and decided to make a stop at Bastone to check out the place, as there beer is quite wonderful.

Bastone had a nice atmosphere to it, in which it would be a great place to stop in for lunch or dinner, or just sit at the bar and have a round with a few friends. The place seemed a little more upscale but a wide arrange of people were present.

The quality of the beers were excellent as they were the previous few times that I tried their beers at beer tasting festivals. I ended up having the sampler which had the following beers:

American Blonde, Pilsner, Wit, Dubbel, Triple, Dunkel,Brown ale

All, except the Dunkel, were excellent and represented their styles well. The Dunkel had a off taste to it but may have just been at the end of the barrel or an off day or something. Highly recommend this beer.

The service on the other hand was a different story. The bartender started out well by presenting the different styles of the beer, but after the initial approach he seemed to disappear. The bartender that was there with him, also at times disappeared and left the bar unattended for periods of times. I'm not sure if he left or? but we never saw him again, and the other bartender only acknowledged us once, in which we were pretty much at the end of our order. We sat there another 20 min waiting for her to come back over to deliver the bill, in which she handed it to us and practically wasn't interested in helping us. I'm sure it may have been a off day but we weren't pleased.

Ended up not trying the food being we already had lunch for the day. Quite a few people were eating though and there was a nice selection of food available.

Overall not a bad place and was enjoyable, for the most part. The next time we return I hope to try some of the food out and look forward to what additional styles will be available. Bastone is pretty easy to get to and is right on Main st.

Photo of rudyarmand
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I attended a tradeshow in nearby Troy, MI and poured over the BeerAdvocate website to find out where to go over the weekend. Never having been to Detroit, and frankly a bit apprehensive about going downtown, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Royal Oak was such a nice little town. There were several places that received good reviews, but I found Bastone first, and am happy to say that it was a great choice!

The weather was very pleasant so I sat outside and ordered the beer sampler (8 different beers) and their famous steak sandwich.

My wife says that I can be very picky, but I enjoyed every beer that they brought and would order any of them again. The sandwich was marinated in wine and spices and was delicious.
The service was fantastic-the waiter was delighted to answer all my questions about the beers.
Highly recommended!

Photo of after5
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very nice Brewpub without some boring beer choices. I had the sampler and got to try everything.

American Blonde- A
Pilsner - B
Wit- A+
Dubbel- C
Royal IPA- B
Triple- B
Dunkle- A
American Stout- B

The sirloin burgers are just awesome as well.

I commented to the bar tender that it looks like this place was really rocking for the first 2 years and then people drifted to the other new locations in Royal Oaks. All the while the guy making the beer still rocks. Somebody makes that beer with lots of love.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

One of my favorite places to dine and drink. Very cozy atmosphere. Dark wood and and nice location tucked off main street make it a great place to settle down in the winter.

I've yet to have a bad beer from Bastone. They have a decent variety of styles though tend to focus on European (mostly Belgian) styles, which is fine with me. Rotating seasonals add to the variety and tend to be a bit outside the box.

The food is delicious. Personal favorite: Steak Au Poivre (spellcheck please). Even the Mac and Cheese has a classy feel to it.

It's not cheap, but well worth it.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here recently for a full afternoon of enjoying some fine brew. It looks fairly upscale from the outside, but it's a little more comfortable than that on the inside. We sat in the bar area in one of the large booths. The extremely high ceilings helped reduce the effect of smoking in the bar. Large dining room, lots of dark wood and brown brick.

There were eight beers available during our visit, 5 standards and 3 seasonals. These included a blonde, pils, wit, dubbel, IPA, dopplebock, Belgian red, and tripel. Beers were of good quality overall, with the Belgian red and tripel being the favourites at our table. Sampler trays were available (roughly 5oz pours), as were full and half pints, plus growler fills.

Service was quite good, even as the bar started getting busy. I wouldn't hesitate to stop in again and might even try the food next time.

Photo of tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find this while in town for a trade show last night (10/22/08). Atmosphere was nice if unspectacular, a bigger space than expected with high ceilings. Service was good, friendly and polite and able to answer questions about the beer and menu.

Food was excellent, we had a party of five (four non beer geeks that were humoring me) and everyone loved the food. Definitely a french-style menu but the appetizers and entrees were all good. I had the "onglet", a pinot noir marinated steak that was awesome.

Beer was decent, most everything I tried was a decent representation of the style but none of the beers really knocked my socks off. The standards on tap appeared to be Blonde, Pilsner, Wit, IPA, Dubbel, and Tripel. They also had a Munich Dunkel when we were there.

Overall I'd say this is a great place if you are in the area. Beer was good, food was great, and all the non-beer-geeks loved it too. I would definitely hit it again.

Photo of bozebus17
3.05/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've visited this place a couple of times now and figured I would review it.

I'm not quite sure what to make of Bastone. From the outside it looks like an upscale eatery; inside there are large wooden tables with benches along with booths. There is another bar downstairs, and its loud dance music reverberates through Bastone. I really found this to be a turn off.

As for the beer itself I tried the pils and the IPA. The pils was pretty good; I thought the IPA was decent but had a little too much toasted malt flavor. There were quite a few other beers on-tap that I didn't get a chance to taste. On this visit we tried the cheese and cracker tray. The crackers and bread are made in house and were very good.

Both times I've been here service has been unimpressive. The wait staff almost acts like it is a chore to serve you, or that they don't really want to be there. Service is also pretty slow.

Overall I find Bastone to be an okay place to grab a brew. The food is very good though, I'd recommend hitting the place up for dinner and a pint before heading to another brewpub.

Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A pretty cool place in Royal Oak. Overall: a little yuppy-ish, but pretty good. The service is high quality. The place gets pretty out of control on Friday and Saturday night, but the food and booze still gets too you fairly fast and everyone who works there is pretty cool. Beer is very good, although the lighter stuff - particularly the lagers - aren't quite as good. But the stouts, dubbels, and high flavor ales are very tasty. Food's really good also, not sure how Belgian it is but it's solid nonetheless. OVerall, very tasty, good beer, and quality service.

Photo of SaucyA
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

While I can't consider myself a Belgian food connoisseur, Bastone executes a Belgian style restaurant quite perfectly.

I've only been to Bastone itself, none of the little offshoot bars, but it's a nice place. It's big and sprawling, with wood tables and a bright, lively crowd.

The quality of everything is pretty top-notch... nice all around vibe, down to the bathrooms.

Service is on point... I've eaten at Bastone 4-5 times and never had a complaint.

The selection of beers is slimmer than your usual brewpub, but Bastone is more of a restaurant. They make a good IPA, Dubbel, and Imperial IPA.. but their lighter beers are a little lacking. All in all a good place for a beer and dinner, but nowhere to actually go out of the way specifically for the beer.

The food is great, and I've loved their burgers, chicken salad, and chicken sandwiches. They serve fries with mayo, a la Belgium. I've yet to be dissapointed with a meal.

The food is relatively inexpensive, as is the beer... if you and the husband or wife want to go out for under $50, this is a good spot.

Photo of benito
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Bastone positions itself as a true-to-form Belgian brasserie in the middle of swanky Royal Oak. In reality, it's an excellent restaurant with great French and Belgian food where the beer is really an afterthought.

The restaurant is large, the booth cavernous; and the bar area (with a few TVs) is separated from the main dining area by a stylish wooden partition. The walls are nicely decorated with French and Flemish-language beer paraphanalia and posters.

The lunch menu has a good mix of Belgian entrees and some tasty-sounding sandwiches. The moules (steamed in a sauce of Dijon and saffron) were excellent, as was the chicken waterzooi. My tartine sandwich was slathered heavy with goat cheese, and the roasted vegetables were just right. This is one of the better, upscale-but-not-too-upscale meals I've had in Detroit in a long time.

To the beer...they had their six mainstay brews on tap and two seasonals. Continental and Belgian styles are at the heart of their offerings, and their pilsener and tripel were easily the two best beers they had. Their dubbel and wit, two of their weakest--the former was too watery and the latter was overrun by lemon and ginger. They also offer a blonde and IPA as part of their main rotation, both of which were average. The two seasonals--a doppelbock and imperial stout--were heavy, hearty and well-done. Overall, the beer quality was average to slightly-above average, with the pilsener and tripel significantly helping the overall impression. The beer, though, clearly plays second fiddle to the food, and were it not for the two chalkboards above the bar, it would be easy to lose sight of the fact that this place brewed their own beer (The brewery itself is nowhere to be seen).

Overall, Bastone is a great restaurant and a passable peddler of beer--not a bad combination at all.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I've sort of been avoiding this place. From what I was able to infer, I was under the impression this place treated their brewing as a sort of novelty and being so close to Kuhnhenn and Dragonmead, why take a chance? I stopped in for an early dinner since I was already in town to pick up a rather hard to find book from the B&N across the street. Now seemed as good a time as any to take a chance on the unknown kid. The place is situated on the main drag in Royal Oak on main street and 5th. The out looks are quite stunning really, sort of a art deco hodge podge, it really does feel more like a trendy bistro than a brewpub, I figured this wasn't a good sign really. They had valet parking for cripes sake. None of that rubbish for me thank you very much. I took a seat at the bar and ordered a sampler of their five mainstays from a ponytail laden gentleman behind the bar. Service overall was quite excellent, fast and efficient, not to mention friendly. The banter between employees was a bit on the roll my eyes and stick cotton balls in my ears variety though. I ordered some of their prince edward sound mussels steamed in white wine and bleu cheese. I'm frankly surprised they don't do something with their beer and the mussels, but alas. The food was quite excellent, I'm hooked. Their beers, while generically named were all quite good, though strict to style guidelines. This place certainly is as much about their food as they are about their beer, luckily though, both were quite good.

I won't hesitate to return.

Slàinte!

Photo of olacub
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I was prepared to hate Bastone, after spending the afternoon drinking some of the best beers in the world at Kuhnhenn and Dragonmead. Well, the beer was pretty solid, if unspectacular. I tried a pint of their Dubbel, which was good, some of their Tripel, which was also pretty good, and finished up with some IPA, which was ok. No beef with the beer here, but there was plenty of hate to go around elsewhere.

My complaint is with the food. For a place trying so hard to be upscale that it hurts, you'd think the food would be remarkable. Well, our Chicken/Artichoke pizza appetizer was average at best. My friend's grilled Ahi was tough, almost rubbery, and my Waterzooi was tasteless.

Service was great, but unless you want to hang out with a bunch of posers, most of who looked eerily similar to Mike Myers' Dieter character from SNL, eating bland, overpriced food, steer clear.

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I made a quick stop into this place to check it out and had a pint of their pale ale. Nice atmosphere with a small bar and plenty of seating for dining. The pale ale was pretty good but I do believe this is the type of place that concentrates first on the food and the beer is ancillary to that. I had just had my fill of sushi or I would have tried the food but looking at what others had ordered, it did look pretty good.

The overall vibe that I got was that this was a little more uppity than your average brew-put and was a hit with the trendy crowd. I would like to go back sometime to try their food.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Very nice at lunchtime with big and modern outside patio.Staff: Heather and Rockne the new brewmaster since November, and another waitress, were all very friendly and made me at home, even before they saw I was taking notes.
This is on a very nice street for Detroit, in my opinion. It's quite walkable. Parking in the day was reasonable. I am told that it gets very busy, smokey, crowded at night. This restaurant is part of a physical group of 4 at he site, including a rock club downstairs.
The beer on tap is only their own. Only their seasonals have been ranked to date, until now.

Photo of nortmand
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1 | food: 5

Stopped here with the wifey on the way home from one of those huge damn Detroit malls. This was in late summer 2005, but was a memorable enough experience to warrant a beerfly review.

I was really excited about this place, as I'd read the Michigan Beer Guide article about it in the spring, and the new brewer seemed enthusiastic, plus all Belgian style beers? Hell yeah! I started with a sampler and the waitress brought out for beers and described them as Stella pilsner, Liberty pale ale, a dubbel and Celis wit. I thought, that's strange, but maybe she's just naming common examples of their current styles, and it made sense, because there really aren't any common dubbels out there. Anyway, I started in on the sampler, and thought OK, boring pils, wit is pretty good and drinkable, dubbel, nice and malty. I ended with the pale ale and thought "damn, this place is making a very nice pale." But then I grew suspicious and went up to the bar, and sure enough, Stella, Anchor Liberty and Celis all on tap. Which meant that they only had one of their actual beers.

That said, their dubbel was fantastic! The food was very nice as well. This is a great place for dinner, and I am excited to try their other beers, but I'll have to call ahead to make sure they are actually on tap.

Photo of brotherfraz2
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I first had Bastone's beer at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Festival this past year. My memory of their Dubbel was tasty and I wanted more. Its October and I've finally made it to Bastone to sample their food. They had a selection of just four beers, Wit, Pilsner, IPA, and Dubbel. I was hoping for a seasonal but they were out of one.

We started the night with some Pomme Frites and Tarragon Mayonnaise, a nice touch to the Belgian classic. For my entree, I had the Grilled Onglet cooked to medium-rare. The meat melted in my mouth. The Onglet was served with some wilted greens which had some nice bitterness to keep the taste-buds awake. I finished my night with a pint of Dubbel and warm apple tart with caramel and ice cream. It was a perfect combination to me. Bastone is a place I will visit again.

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87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.