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Good Microbrew and Grill

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18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.46
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3725 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California, 90026
United States
phone: (323) 660-3645

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Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Visited about 6:15pm on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008.

Was seated promptly by the hostess. Room is a little noisy, dimly lit and can be best described as urban rustic (if that's not already a recognized style, I just coined it. Give me a dollar every time you use it). Disappointingly, there were TVs tuned to sports around the place (in a restaurant?).

There was one waitress for the whole room, but she was a real pro and nice to boot. I was underwhelmed by their tap selection eight or nine beers - a lot less than the 14 advertised. I settled on a Schneiderweiss that arrived unexpectedly in a large schooner. A NINE DOLLAR schooner, I learned later.

Anyway, the menu had plenty of beer-based dishes without a single item below ten dollars. My girlfriend had a burger while I had the fish and chips. Neither was remarkable in either a good or bad way.

Annoyingly, the bus staff seemed to be hovering around, waiting to snatch away any plate the second it looked as if we were done with it. I like to pick at things for a bit as my appetite winds down, so... back off, man!

When we got the check, I was a bit taken aback. Burger, fish and chips, one soda and a beer = $42.95 after tax.

I had only visited once prior to this, and it was several years back. I remember not being particularly impressed then, and this visit did not change my prior impression.

More User Reviews:
Photo of yarnanimal
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bigjoe786
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Stopped in here with a few friends for lunch today. It was our first, and hopefully last, visit.

When I heard we were going to a brewpub for lunch, I got pretty excited (standard). When we arrived, I realized it was actually just a beer bar and grill - there were two "Good" (i.e. house) ales on-tap, but I assume they're either private labels or contract brewed. That was fine though, especially when I spotted a Firestone Reserve Series tap handle.

The hostess led us to a table at the end of the front patio, and while the view isn't great along that part of Sunset Boulevard, it was still nice being outside on a warm Los Angeles afternoon. We easily able to hold conversation, and the atmosphere was comfortable. It would have been nice if there was a bit more space between the tables (I'm a pretty small guy, but still had to ask the people behind me to scoot their chairs in so I could get out).

While the beer selection was large, it was made up almost entirely of generic, easily obtainable beers; much like the beer selection at a Yard House. Their beer menu was categorized by country and, to some extent, style, and also included brief descriptions for each offering. Oddly enough, the menu omitted pricing. I later discovered why: some of the prices were outrageously high! How about $7.95 for 12oz. of Firestone's Walker's Reserve Porter? That's more than 4x the price I could get it for in a bottle!

The hidden high prices didn't stop with the beer. After choosing the "Coachella" sandwich off the food menu, the waitress asked me which side dish I'd prefer: fries, onion rings, or sweet potato fries. When the bill came around at the end, there was a $2.00 "sub sweet potato" under my entree. Thanks for mentioning that! Also, each one of us were less than satisfied with our meals.

And yes, our waitress was awful. After rudely attempting to correct us on menu items and neglecting to bring us water (even after asking her twice), she split up our bill wrong. Please understand that I'm a very laid back individual, and I usually give servers the benefit of the doubt (after having worked as one for a few years), but this service was awful! We didn't leave any tip.

I don't know much about the LA beer scene, but I assume there's got to be a better bar in the vicinity. "Good" is putting it very, very nicely. Not recommended.

Photo of Rjhami
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was pleasantly surprised to walk into this place and see a vast wall of bottle selections. I did a double take when I saw both Parabola & Abacus. The beers were organized by style; Flanders Reds and other fine Belgians caught my eye along with solid representation from Germany, Goose Island and of course the west coast.

The standouts on tap were a few local breweries, i.e. Hangar 24 & Black Market along with others including Ommegang and GI once again.

Everyone in my group enjoyed their food and the service was quite friendly and attentive. Three of us sipped the last Parabola and though a little pricey, it was worth every penny. The only real flaw was that the glassware was not consistent to style.

Based on the reviews here, I was not expecting much but this place far exceeded expectations. There are plenty of brews for any BA to enjoy along with tasty grub and an amicable location.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Good's name is just about all you need to know. This place is good, but not great.

It's one of the toughest calls to make though, in terms of recommending to fellow BAs.

The beer list is formidable, there is no question of that. Everything they list they have, or apparently so; our party of nine didn't order anything to only be told "sorry, we're out of that." This happens frequently in other places with huge bottle menus. (and do check out the to-go bottles they have available, room temp and in coolers...cann be seen in the hallway that leads to the restrooms. Huge selection!) Lots of Belgians, quality Americans, Germans and British...and many other countries represented as well. I was served a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet in an unfrosted, style-appropriate glass. (One bothersome note: they don't list prices on the huge bottle menu.)

Right, the frosted glass. If you order a draft, you get one. I was super happy with the flavor, temperatue and serving size of the Firestone IPA I ordered (huge heavy goblet!), but why the glass is frosted is beyond me. The frost was already thawing when it came to the table, but c'mon...really?

Didn't try the three or four house beers they had, because the styles offered were the usual ho-hum, and they just couldn't draw attention away from the many non-house offerings.

Food was okay. The house salad was very good, but the vegetarian penne pasta was nothing I couldn't do better at home, and nothing I haven't had much better elsewhere.

Atmosphere was pretty weak...not a lot going on there. Like atmosphere was an afterthought, or a non-thought. At least it was on the darker side, something I always prefer, and that helped hide the lack of character.

So...enough to like and no huge regrets, yet could use improve in a few basic areas. Check it out if it's not a stretch to get there.

Photo of tang3nt
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I was brought here for the first time for a birthday dinner. It was very dark inside, and uninviting - something I usually like, but this place was somehow different, fake almost. Their tap list was pretty mediocre, I ended up getting a Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. They did have a decent bottle list, but nothing was priced and I didn't go for a bottled beer anyways. The waitress was pushy and unfriendly and angered me from the start. I just tried to drink up and ignore her. All the beers they serve are in a giant frozen goblet type glass - weird? Anyways once our food arrived everything changed. Their food was pretty good. I tried some of their exorcism burger that had a "monster crispy melted cheddar cheese halo". Crazy but good. Also tried their Mac n cheese which was just meh and their chicken and waffles which is always good if u ask me. Their food was their redemption. Expected more for beer here and was disappointed but their food was pretty damn good. All in all I'd go back if I was in the area again but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of marzen
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

The place was dark and the only real illumination was from the flat screen TVs strategically located throughout the dining room. There was outside seating along Sunset Blvd, which would have been nice only it was one of the few rainy days in LA so we sat inside. The service was great and the server seemed very knowledgeable. The only draw back is that the server appeared to be alone so service was just a little slow. The selection of beers was impressive, and though the draught beer was limited their seemed to be good representation of styles on tap. One comment, the Good brewed beer selection was lacking so if your motivation for going to Good is trying Good's beers, skip it. The food was decent, but for what it cost I was not impressed.

Photo of AHebel
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The boring name says it all. I felt like I was walking into a TGI Fridays or something. The decor/atmosphere blows, yet the beer selection is quite extensive. But, that's deceiving. Sure, they've got a lot of beers, but nothing that's going to blow your mind because you can't get it anywhere else. Overall this place is mediocre, just like the food. I wouldn't waste my time by going here again, mainly because of the atmosphere. It's not a place I want to drink a good beer at. Sorry, but this place has got some work to do if it wants to label itself Good.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on the way to the Dodgers...had heard the name mentioned and figured I'd give it a try.

For a Friday night, the place was pretty dead. I admit, it was about 5:30, so a bit early for dinner, but there were only about 10 other people in the whole place. Outside seating looked nice, the inside was cluttered and the decor spartan (at best) and there were boxes and stuff all over the place. In the front there's a tiny bar and some beer fridges. There were TV's everywhere, and they were showing a tennis match, but the sattelite kept freezing which was really bothersome. What's the point of having lots of nice TV's if they don't work?

I had no problems with the service...the waiter was attentive, got us our food and drinks within a reasonable amount of time. Didn't really seem to know too much about beer I suppose. But again, no real complaints.

Selection is ok. The bottle selection is pretty impressive, especially with the Belgian and European beers. Tap selection is nothing to write home about. I did get a Kwak and it was served in appropriate glassware.

Got a burger and it was quite good, although they went a bit crazy on the cheese (in their defense, I order the "ring of cheese" burger, so I think it was supposed to have a ridiculous amount of cheese). My buddy had a salad and said it was good.

Prices were pretty average for LA. Wasn't too expensive, wasn't particularly cheap.

Overall I'd say, if they clean the place up a bit and fix the TV's, this is a solid beer restaurant. If you're looking for a bar atmosphere, this really isn't the right place to go. With the plethora of other options in the Silverlake/Los Feliz/Echo Park area, I dunno if I'd go out of my way to go here again.

Photo of SShelly
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Ah good, I live within walking distance of this place and have been there many, many times. Finally thought I should give it a review on here.

As per most of what everyone else said they do actually have a decent beer selection, its some times hit and miss, but for the most part they keep up with it. I once took my dad here and he asked the waiter to reccomend something off of the beer list, and the responce he got was "sorry I really dont know anything about the beer on there" followed by "they dont let us taste the beers"...HUH?

decent food, good (no joke) beer, horrible management, confused service, I actually wish good were self-serve with a chef in back, might improve the experience. I will occasionally run in and grab a bottle or two to take home, but probably not going to eat there again for a while. A few improvements and this place would be amazing.

Photo of errantnight
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

First of all... the atmosphere. This place has a fine outside seating selection, with comfortable seats and umbrellas to block the sun. It's fine out there, and they seem to not only tolerate but appreciate when you bring a dog, so don't leave the pooch at home. The inside is more of a mess. You're greeted by a tower of beers in singles and six packs, along with a couple small waist-high shelving units. Great, so the beer can get skunked? WTF? It juts out at the end of what should be the bar, and it's close to the door. So you can't stand there and peak around without interrupting the flow of traffic into and out of the front door. Further... this is a brewhouse... and there's no bar area to speak of. There's a bar, but there's like two stools at the end by the taps, and then nothing until you get to the awkward stack o' beer. Great. Did I mention they close the dining room at 10pm and the entire joint at 11? ON WEEKENDS?!?!? Lastly, this place is studded, literally, FILLED with television screens... and yet on a Sunday afternoon during football season can you listen to the games? No... no you can't. If this is a sports bar (and it's not, they don't stay open late enough to make it one), then you have to have a bar. If it's a restaurant, don't fill every single inch of my sight with televisions to try to distract me from the fact that you have no idea how to decorate.

The beer selection itself is actually pretty ok. They're well known for having predominately an excellent bottle collection, but they tend to have nearly a dozen beers on draft... the selection just tends to push towards the middling in terms of quality, and if you aren't careful, they'll serve them in giant ice-cold goblets that seem like they'd be better off hosting margaritas. Further... the servers rarely know what's available on tap, and there's never a menu for it. The bottle list numbers into the hundreds, and they tend to mix the familiar, with a few of the outstanding, with a wide variety of never-heard-ofs (very hard to do to me, at this point). That said... you'll never know what they actually have available because they printed the menus three years ago and are still using them. They also have the despicable practice of not listing prices on their menu (and the servers don't know them). But more on the servers in a minute. The selection doesn't seem to be well thought-over, it seems to have been selected more with a "how many different bottles can I cram into our fridges" mentality. A lot, but that's really the nicest thing you can say about this place.

The service here tends to be slow and infrequent. There'll be a flurry of presence coming to and from the table, then no one for 15 minutes within sight. The servers simply don't know the beers, the one beer person there can come across as a smug ass (although not always, depends on his mood and his perception of your table). Worse, the servers rarely know how to properly pour the beers (although this may be improving, last time i was there they just poured a few ounces out of the Belgian I ordered and left me to handle the rest... far different from the aggressive, chuggy pour followed by running away from the table with the bottle in hand).

The food is perfectly adequate, but it frustratingly offers a different experience than what you get. Every food item has a beer's name worked into its titled... but no beer seems to actually be used in the creation of these foods. Further, it pulls the ole "proficient at many, expert at none" trick. Yes there's Italian pasta, pulled pork, tacos, sashimi, and burgers on the same menu. It's Rock Bottom grade stuff, which isn't really meant entirely derisively. They just spend enough time on plating (which is better than usual) and menu naming that you'd think they'd want some food that's better than merely "good."

Beer prices tend to be a bit higher than you'd expect, but not astronomically, and the food is similarly a bit pricey for what it is... but there's really nowhere else in the neighborhood to sit out on the patio on a weekend afternoon with a good beer and greasy food, so you end up here, anyway.

My ongoing dream is to take this place away from the bored and complacent owners that are letting this place flounder on what must be relatively comfortable sales thanks entirely to its location and reputation for doing everything merely "good." And if everything WAS merely "good" I'd be fine with it, but the service sucks and for all the beer they have they don't respect it nearly so well as they could (or should, in my opinion).

This place has one of THE prime locations along Sunset in Silverlake and has a relatively devoted following because of it. Just imagining how good it could be with management that cared is enough to make me cry.

Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sampled lunch here today.

Corner of a strip mall location in the heart of the Sunset Junction. Little gloomy day, but you walk into a joint that has an endless supply of bottle fridges.

About 10 taps on draft, all available in schooners or pints. Double check though, apparently they charge the same for either.

Food is pretty decent. Some unusual takes or spins on pub grub and even some vegetarian fare.

Not so much a beer bar as a cafe with a ton of beer avaialable for sampling. They do evidently care about their beers here.

Not a bad little joint by any stretch of the imagination. Wish it wasn't in an awkward spot for me to get to!

For sampling purposes, I tried Gonzo Imperial Porter (on tap), Abita Turbodog (on tap) and Ommegang Witte (in bottle)

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I was very excited to go to this place... My girlfriend used to live in Silverlake and we drove by this place all the time. Finally we made it one night on our way to a party, and it was an interesting experience.

The atmosphere is totally and utterly uninspiring. We could have been in any mediocre BBQ joint in America. The service was competent and efficient... The only thing that bugs me is the fact that this joint has a primo beer selection. There is not a better selection in town, including FO's & Lucky Baldwin's, so let's get some servers who know their shit, yaknow?

So yeah, the beer selection is fantastic. After staring aghast at the menu for a few minutes, I settled on a Barney Flats, and followed it up with a Trois Pistoles. You get the idea. Yeah, it's not on tap, blah, blah, blah.

Food: Sucked. I'm a bit of a snob in this arena, I admit, but why have all those fantastic beers in the house and nothing better to pair it with than heart attack fodder that tastes like it got bussed in from Big Boy? Totally and completely ordinary, which when served with beers of this caliber pisses me off. Oh yeah, I had a burger and my girl had chicken.

With a decent "bang for the buck" factor, this factored out to be an average experience. I won't go out of my way to go there again, but if I'm in the neighborhood I won't hesitate to stop by for a beer or two.

Photo of sloejams
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I live about a 5 minute drive from Good, so it is often between my home and where I am going. Every time that I pass by, I wish it could be that great local bar I could call home. There is the potential but there’s just too much missing.

The beer menu is extensive: many great American micros and plenty of delicious European imports – including a good number of Belgians. While it’s vast and internationally spread; there seems to be more focus on getting them from as many places as possible with little concern for they were getting. The whole quantity / quality thing.

Just about all of the beer is bottled – they had 3 on draft when I was last there - Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale was my choice and it was delicious. I happened into Good an evening after shopping at BevMo! – the beer selection was eerily near identical. They also seemed to be semi-sponsored by Jinro – a soju (Korean rice wine): that, according to their ubiquitous displays, is a great mixer (read – they don’t have a full liquor license and try to wing it with soju cocktails).

It’s certainly more a restaurant than a bar. The bar portion only sits two or three and it’s not particularly comfortable at that. TONS of beer bottle and paraphernalia take up what could have been used for more bar patrons. There is little to any vibe about the place. It’s nice and clean, but something is definitely missing and some things I could do without (e.g. Brahma hanging pinwheels). I haven’t tried any of the food, but the fried chicken looked / smelled phenomenal. I will definitely return to try it someday.

Photo of jonnylieberman
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The knock on Good is that even though they have one of the better beer selections in Los Angeles, you would never know it. The servers sure as hell don't. Which is tragic, really. They are very attentive, friendly people, but they don't know thing one about what they are serving. With wine, at least most waiters bother to fake it. Here at Good, you just get a lot of, "I don't know." There seems to be a real disconnect between the design of the joint and the way it is run.

Also, it just doesn't feel like a place to drink pint after pint. It's in a bustling strip mall and just a few feet from Sunset Blvd. Not intimate in the slightest. Still, O'Brien's down in SD is basically the same. But, too me, I would much rather curl up with pints at the Red Lion or Lucky Baldwins. I guess I prefer beer gardens. Though, The Wild Hare ( a few miles away) is inside only and I prefer drinking there.

What is good about Good is the beer. There is tons of it and for the most part all the beer excels. I mean, how can having a 22oz of Hop Rod Rye with your (excellent) fried chicken be a bad thing? Or some North Coast Old Stock and a beef sandwich with mashed potatos? It is 99% bottled beer, but so what? It is good beer. The steaks are pretty decent, too. And the Salads are exceptional but not as good as the fired chicken, which does come served in a wooden chicken.

Photo of pgroove
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have been here a few times and still don't know what to make of this place. They have more beers available than any place I have ever been--the beer menu reads like a wine list in a posh New York restaurant--however very few are on tap (mostly bottles).

The food is good but nothing exceptional although they throw a creative spin on some ordinary dishes. Atmosphere is the one area where this place really suffers. There is a lot of potential for it to be a happening drinking spot, but it is always dead when I am in there. Maybe it's my timing, who knows. The outside patio is usually occupied but the inside area is completely vacant. Nonetheless, it is a great place to stop and have a brew while people watching along Sunset.

Photo of Rumrunner
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The name may not be the most creative but the name says it all. 'good microbrew and grill' is just that. A good place to get some micro brews and some food. I found this place while I was heading to the Dodger's game. From where I work, Sunset Blvd. is the best route. I notice the sign. Where did that come from? I had never seen it before. My curiosity peaked I had to investigate. Well beer and baseball fans there is a place to get some good beer and have a decent meal only two and a half miles from Dodger stadium.

This is an interesting restaurant to be sure. It is more restaurant than pub. A medium sized place in a mini mall that needs a face lift. The atmosphere is pleasant but it feels like the pieces in the restaurant are disjointed. The bar is tiny and the stools are too high for the bar. After sitting at the bar for two minutes I moved to a table. The tables and chairs have a glossy look to them. The large windows provide ample natural light which is pleasant. The far wall is painted a bright orange yellow and there is some funky paintings on this wall. A few t.v.s here and there. Beer signs hang on other walls and there were large beer mug balloons hanging everywhere when I was there.(These balloons would be great for a beer tasting party.) It is very clean, inviting and respectable. Not unnerving but it felt like the decor was mismatched.

The service is excellent to poor. All of the employees were very friendly and pleasant. They worked hard, checked up on us in a timely fashion and were prompt with our orders. The bad. The servers do not know much about the beer the restaurant is selling. They got our beer orders wrong twice and I noticed they made a mistake with the people at the table next to ours. Luckily they bring the bottle of beer out and show it to you. If it is correct they open it at the table. Check closely that they have brought you the beer you ordered. The beer menu is not updated. Some of the beers listed were not available. Look in the coolers. They also have beers that are not listed on the menu and the servers do not know enough about beer to recommend a beer. Quality service, weak on the beer knowledge. Prices for beer vary. One beer may be inexpensive and a different brand of the same style may seem over priced. Inquire as prices were not listed on the menu and you don't want to be upset when it is time to pay up.

The food is well prepared. A patron can have light and creative to strict bar food. The salads are unique. The 'Flying Doggie Style' salad is served warm and has carmalized fuji apples in it. A great choice if you want a meal but don't want to fill up. They have plenty to offer. Fish and chips, pork chops, sandwiches, soups, meatloaf, calamari, onion rings and plenty of other items. The restaurant uses names of beer and beer styles for the items on the menu. Actually, very few food items are prepared with beer as an ingredient. The 'La Fin Du Monde salad' has no La Fin Du Monde in it. Portions are ample and the prices are fair. Last, they are very proud of the desserts they make.

The beer. They have five taps and don't put much on them to fall in love with. The main stays are Bitburger, Radeberger and Angel City. They had Hemp ale and a honey beer on the other taps when I was there. The coolers however are another story. Plenty to enjoy here. Since this is the first review I will give a listing: Dogfish Head, Full Sail, Stone, Speakeasy, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, Rogue, Marin, Mendecino, SLO, Spanish Peaks, Lost Coast, Bear Republic, Mad River, North Coast, Flying Dog, Midnight Sun, many others and let's not forget Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale(when in season). Belgium: Duchesse de Bourgogne, Duvel, Maredous, Triple Karmelit, De Konnick, Affligem, Chimay, Delerium Tremens and Kwak. England: Fuller's, Young's, Samuel Smith's and Marstons Pedigree. German: Dinkellacker Dark, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Franziskaner Hefe, Warsteiner, Paulaner, Spaten and Hacker Pschor. Some other's I noticed were, Cooper's Stout, Xingu, Bellhaven, Tennets, Unibroue, Casta and plenty of other countries that I have not listed.

"Update 01/2008" They are putting better beer on their taps now. The taps rotate, so I am not going to list them.

This is a quality establishment with a few minor problems and a quirkiness about it, but it has a very good beer selection, good food and a very friendly staff. If you are in the area or are heading to the ball park stop here for food and a couple of pints. I really do hope this restaurant survives. I know of no other establishment in the Silver Lake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles and a place less than three miles to Dodger stadium with this kind of beer selection.

Good Microbrew and Grill in Los Angeles, CA
83 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.