Red Car Brewery and Restaurant

Red Car Brewery and RestaurantRed Car Brewery and Restaurant
Red Car Brewery and RestaurantRed Car Brewery and Restaurant
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1266 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, California, 90501
United States

(310) 782-0222 | map
redcarbrewery.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.63
Beers:
7
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
82
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.67
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
44
pDev:
19.07%
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Reviews by EdTheEdge:
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EdTheEdge from California

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Feb 11, 2016
More User Reviews:
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evanwoertz from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

May 07, 2019
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Boone757 from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Jul 22, 2018
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foal from California

2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Good food. Most beers undrinkable

Jun 04, 2018
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SierraFlight from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Jun 03, 2018
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BeerOps from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Feb 04, 2017
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Mikefernandez from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Jan 08, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Feb 21, 2016
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fthegiants from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Jan 29, 2016
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Glenn_Cole_BTBC from Illinois

2.24/5  rDev -39%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2

Aug 25, 2015
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Drew_V_dt from California

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Apr 29, 2015
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evan35 from North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Mar 18, 2015
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beernutnut from California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Dec 02, 2014
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atrocity from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Dec 01, 2014
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aoampm from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Nov 24, 2014
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Brooer from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Aug 01, 2014
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CowboyDan from California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Jul 27, 2014
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Brew-Jitsu from California

1/5  rDev -72.8%

Jun 26, 2014
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terranostra86 from California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Jun 03, 2014
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clapsters from California

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

May 24, 2014
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norimame from California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

May 23, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I came two years late. You see, I was in Torrance two years ago doing my own "brew tour" when I received a phone call for baseball tickets which I could not reject. That cut my day short, but I'm back. Sitting in downtown Torrance is the Red Car Brewery, which is housed in an old building. The space inside mixes elements of the old building in with a brewery and restaurant. A simple door opens yourself to the brewpub, where lies the restaurant (left) and bar (right). I'll take a stool, thank you. A roomy bar with seating for over a dozen people, the taps sitting in the middle of the bar, brewpub-logoed glassware at each seat to hold checks (if you do this, make sure the glasses are cleaned and the rims aren't chipped). Sports on TV, lots of sunlight entering the room during the afternoon...I think I can relax.

At one end of the bar is a listing of the day's beers, while the menu itself shows its 6 regular beers. During my visit, "only" five house beers available (Big Red, Special Bitter, Motorman, South Bay IPA, Black IPA), available in pints and tasters. I prefer pints, so I ordered the bitter (much too dry) and Motorman (decent). Just standard shaker pints for the main glassware. $6 pints.

I was more hungry than thirsty, so pulled pork was selected along with a side of garlic fries. While the beer's did not excite me, the food certainly did, and it sounds weird to write that I would come back for the food before the beer. Having a helpful bartender also kept my visit going in the right direction.

Would I return? Maybe. The overall experience was fine. Regarding just the beer, there are other breweries which I would hit before Red Car.

Apr 07, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in here recently when I was in the area. It's a fairly small place with a side for tables and dining and then the bar side. I sat at the bar and ordered a sampler flight. The bartender said he was out of 2 of the 5 beers but I saw him pour all 5 so I'm not sure why he was saying that. The quality of the beers was pretty good but they seemed a bit warm straight from the tap. The service was alright but there weren't that many people in there and it took a while to get my check at the end. The selection was limited to 5 of the house beers and a few bottled offerings from other breweries from what I could tell. Prices were reasonable for the beer. To be honest, this is sort of a depressing place and I'm not sure I will be back.

Mar 17, 2013
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whatthehull from California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Love this place. One of the best burgers in town and excellent beer. The service is awesome and I love getting a growler of south bay IPA every time I come. Food is all awesome, tons of flavor and a great variety. B-Fast is served all day and you can get a burger rare. I have two kids and the wait team is always awesome to them and everything I ask for from a cup of croutons to cucumbers with the skin cut off I can get. My wife always get a garden salad and even just a regular ol' garden salad is beyond awesome! Fries are some of the best and they have a BBQ/Ranch deep that is pretty awesome. So, from appetizers to Dinner to a bowl of croutons, everything is way above average and not badly priced. Oh, and I almost forgot, they serve a fresh homemade bread (which they make their croutons out of) they serve with oil and vinegar, is pretty awesome too! Comes with every meal in the dinning area, don't know about the bar!

Dec 16, 2011
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Red Car is in Torrance off of Torrance and Cabrillo. They have a decent sized private lot and there appears to be metered parking in the surrounding blocks.

The brewpub is housed in a historic brick telegraph building. The exterior has stucco and a patio, with lots of windows. The inside is brick with cream colored walls. The bar is on the right side with a small dining area opposite. Brewing equipment is visible behind the bar, and there is a chalkboard listing what beers are on tap.

Red Car has 5 beers on draught and has a sampler for $5.25. The styles are pretty typical, including an Amber, APA, IPA, Porter and Anniversary Ale. The beers are average for the most part.

Service on a weekday lunch at the bar was pretty good. The bartender was not very busy and was friendly.

I had a sandwich and fries for lunch and it was decent.

Overall this place does not exactly have a robust array of beers, and the ones they do have are straightforward. However it still merits a visit due to the nice atmosphere and overall quality of the beer and food.

Sep 15, 2010
Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Torrance, CA
Brewery rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 82 ratings