Not Rated.
Based on:
29 Beers
195 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.9
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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Reviews by benito:
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +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 +11%
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 -19.2%
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 +8.2%
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.

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Bastone in Royal Oak, MI
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.