Sunset Grill & Tap

Sunset Grill & TapSunset Grill & Tap
Sunset Grill & TapSunset Grill & Tap
Bar, Eatery

130 Brighton Ave
Allston, Massachusetts, 02134-2811
United States

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Ratings by PEBKAC:
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Reviewed by PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Sunday afternoon brunch after an enduring, but memorable ABF weekend. We've been here before, pre & post fest over the last year, so I think I've seen enough both good & bad to finally lay down a few words.

First off, the waitstaff that works on the weekends put miles into their shoes. Always filling water, keeping the taco bar stocked, & making sure everyone is taken care of. The bar staff has it relatively easy then, but all that changes come sundown.

At night, once the crowd doubles & triples in size, & you have a wait just to sit at the bar, it can get a little trying. I remember probably my second time here, coming in about twenty five before last call for something to top me off, & being politely brushed over till they did close the taps. The guy was working hard, but if he could take 5 seconds to tell me he'll be back, take a few more & let me get my beer order in.

The decor is a mix of old & new. Vintage beer coasters, vinyl booths, Howard Johnson style dining tables, lots of big screens, & too much neon lighting. The tall windows let in a lot of natural light during the day, & really soften things up for the better.

Selection at first seems rather imposing, but you settle down on basically a handful of things you haven't had before, then break it down even further when the cask runs out & your first three choices are dry. You basically end up ordering something in your comfort zone like DFH 90(5.99 tulip), or Radeberger Pilsner($3.99 pint). You might get lucky & even manage to find something you might enjoy, like the Atwater Vanilla Java Porter($5.99 tulip) or some Avery 15($4.99 tulip) which I probably enjoyed a little more. Some treats show up from time to time, but aren't doorbusters(around $7.99 for a half pour of Triticus, DFH120 for a buck cheaper).

On the food side, I'm never really sure. Prices are alright, & the last time I was there, the taco bar was very good. Most of the beer ice creams are awesome, & the apple pie I had in September was probably the best I've ever had, since it was served with a dollop of their pumpkin porter & sprinkled with cranberries & powdered sugar. :) Everything else though, seems to either be off in texture, or just not quite what I was expecting. Portions are great, & wait times are never bad for food. Never experienced anything off at the bar or in my plate, but I can see where the speculation comes from since they're dealing with probably miles of lines to clean.

Definitely a place to hit if your in the area & haven't yet been. Deep Ellum is pretty close by, but save that trip for later. Lunch just seems a little more comfortable here. Your money goes a little farther here too. :)
Jun 26, 2008
More User Ratings:
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Oct 27, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by jtk21351 from California

Jul 05, 2017
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Reviewed by 7irondave from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
They have a big tap list . . . but no top end beers. My stomach is still fuct up from the food 3+ hrs later. I would recommend Lulu's instead if you're in the area
Jun 04, 2017
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Rated by Kmadnesss from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
Basic bar food but a large beer selection and lots of taps!
Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by StoutLover14 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by wallacic from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 4.78 by Buddance from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 2.44 by Shellynix from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by GarrettGus from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2015
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Reviewed by Jcorn from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Went here maybe 2 months ago & was impressed by the huge draft list. However, literally the first 5 beers I ordered from it they had "just run out of." Food was pretty solid though.
Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 4.11 by scxcrunner from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by bostonbeans from Massachusetts

Aug 15, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by SnugTeam6 from Massachusetts

Jul 28, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Jul 01, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Jun 05, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by RKing44 from Massachusetts

May 28, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by slasich from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts

Apr 15, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by Sweeneydawg from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2015
Rated: 4.59 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by benzalman from California

Feb 23, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by seanzig from New Hampshire

Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 4.64 by American_Hawk from Massachusetts

Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by ShannRae from Massachusetts

Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 5 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by Dicers from California

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by aking32753 from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ThrashMaster from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by ivyman from Massachusetts

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by tikk from Canada (YT)

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by Gionfriddo from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2014
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Rated by StrayteEDGE from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
Biggest beer selection in Boston!
Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by rojapa from New York

Sep 23, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by BKotch from Texas

Sep 18, 2014
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