Red Car Brewery and Restaurant

BEER AVG
3.66/5
Red Car Brewery and RestaurantRed Car Brewery and Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1266 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, California, 90501
United States

(310) 782-0222 | map
redcarbrewery.com

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate

BEER STATS
Beers:
7
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
50
PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by mickeymac:
Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After a few trips to the bar and the dining area, this is a place I like. It's very casual, with seat yourself service in the dining area and friendly, talkative people in the bar and dining area. The place is a monument to the old Pacific Electric Red Cars, which ran from the South Bay to downtown LA before the tracks were ripped up and the cars demolished. On a recent occasion, I went with my dad, a recently retired railroader, and one of his railroad buddies. They spent a little time walking around looking at the old pictures. TVs are everywhere, and rugby or soccer is frequently showing. Based on its proximity to the Home Depot Center, you'll usually find at least a few Galaxy fans eating and drinking before a game.

The beers are all pretty good, with the IPA being the best of the lot. Red Car serves only its own beers, but has something to satisfy almost every taste: a light beer to a porter. The beer has been consistent, with no off flavors.

Service at the bar seems better than service in the dining area. Unless showing up with a group, I'd recommend eating at the bar. All bartenders I've encountered are friendly and enthusiastic about the beer.

The food is better than average, with a selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and pasta. I've tried several sandwiches, and they've all been better than most pub food. The pizza, however, had the flavor and texture of a frozen microwaved pizza.

All in all, this is a nice place to spend an evening. Although it's a distance from my house, I'm becoming a regular visitor for pre-match food and drink.

 1,592 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerOps
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

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

Photo of TrojanRB
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2

Photo of Drew_V_dt
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of evan35
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Photo of beernutnut
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of aoampm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Brooer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CowboyDan
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Brew-Jitsu
1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of terranostra86
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of clapsters
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of norimame
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

 1,670 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

 744 characters

Photo of whatthehull
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

 930 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

 1,059 characters

Photo of willbolk
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Maybe a bit biased since this is my local brew pub, but I love Red Car Brewery.

Beer wise, they only have their own brews, which amounts to a selection of about 5-6. They've got a red, blonde, IPA, porter, plus the occasional seasonal. Their pumpkin ale was pretty good. Pints are about $4.50 or so. They have growlers to go as well.

Menu is fairly typical pub grub, but very good indeed. I can highly recommend the chicken strips with garlic fries, which are the best garlic fries I've ever had. The wife swears by the ahi burger and the club sandwich. The blazing noodles are also very tasty. Haven't been disappointed with any menu item.

The space is quaint, but nothing to write home about. Service has always been attentive. They have live entertainment most Friday and Saturday nights. Free wifi.

Be sure to go to restaurant.com to get discounted gift certificates.

 876 characters

Photo of BeTheBall
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went in the middle of a Friday afternoon, so not very many people were there. Long bar from front of the space to the back down the right; dining area with tables (12?) on the left. We sat at the bar. Barkeep was very friendly and offered good suggestions. Behind hte bar are all the wodden barrels in which the beer is made; very cool. They had maybe 6 beers on tap, an IPA, Porter, Belgian Wheat, golden ale, red ale...
Had a sampler of them all, then a Belgian Wheat, which was quite tasty. Was starving after flying all day, so had the Ahi burger. It was slightly over cooked, but still quite good. The fries are the best I've had in a long time; nice and crispy. Very happy we stopped there, and hope to hit it again before we return to the other coast.

 758 characters

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Really cool of the manager to let us sit at the bar and get a taster set even though the place was closed. We walked in late but still manged to get some beer poured for us so I can't speak of the atmosphere cause it was only me and my budy who were in the bar. They had 5 house beers that were pretty decent with their porter standing out to me the most. Cool bar with the wood covered fermenters sitting right behind the bar. The bartender was nice enough to pours some tasters after closing hours and was friendly as well. I will definitely try to come back to taste their food and give the porter another run. Cool place to stop by if your in the city of torrance.

 668 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Red Car Brewery and Restaurant in Torrance, CA
3.66 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe