Capone's Restaurant

Capone's RestaurantCapone's Restaurant
Capone's RestaurantCapone's Restaurant
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, Pennsylvania, 19401-1332
United States

(610) 279-4748 | map
thebottleshop.biz

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.54
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
282
pDev:
7.71%
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Reviews by Jimmys:
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

This is a very unique place and the review should be broken down by each factor individually. Also, this review is mainly for the bottle shop, the restaurant is discussed in the Food section.

Atmosphere: (3/5) The bottle shop is located in the back of the restaurant in a small room. Beers are arranged on just about every inch of shelf space available and there are a few coolers that hold mostly six-packs with some bombers/750's throughout. Occasionally cases of beer are sprawled about on the limited floor space. A tight hallway can be seen from the bottle section that is FILLED with bottles. I believe these are reserved for customers or bottles that are set aside for aging (to be further discussed in Selection). Overall, the space is a small and feels cramped if there are more than 3 customers shopping at once.

Service: (4.75/5) One of my favorite things about this shop is Matt, the owner/beer czar. He sends out weekly emails with draft lists and new bottle additions. He will reserve bottles via email and has looked out for me a few times after realizing I am a returning customer.

Selection: (4.75/5) This is where this store excels, the selection is definitely one of the best in the Philadelphia area and has been recognized as such in Philly beer polls. Usually has a good selection of RR, Lost Abbey, FW & the occasional hard-to-finds from Deschutes and FiftyFifty (at least on the east coast). The east coast brewery selection is even better with plenty from Pretty Things, Maine, Weyerbacher, Victory, East End, Ommegang, Allagash, Hoppin Frog, I know I am missing plenty of others here. Imports include De Struisse and HaandBryggeriet as well as others. Usually some sours on the shelves anytime you go in. ALSO, they usually will hold back a few bottles of brews that age well and will release previous vintages when the most recent is also available. Priced up accordingly.

Food: (3/5) I have ate here a few times and have never been blown away by anything. Mostly average, occasionally good food would be the best way to describe it. They do have a good wing deal on Friday's though, which I thought were pretty tasty.

Quality/Value: ($$$) Overall this place knows what they have and where they are located. Therefore, you definitely have to pay a couple bucks more to get the goods. I usually use this shop for really hard to find brews that don't make it to the shelves before they get claimed or for brews that are hard to find in my area. Because of this I am able to justify spending a few more dollars.

Overall, I highly recommend visiting this shop if in and around the area. I drive about 30 minutes each way to go to this shop roughly once a month (it will be more often as soon as I fall into heaps of money). One of the best in the area.

May 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Not a bad place to enjoy a small snifter of Pliny the Younger!

This bar and restaurant has a little bottle shop attached to the back end to supplement the beer geek cred it's earned in the area, but the draft list is the main draw. We stopped here at the start of a long beer road trip and quickly found ourselves amongst like-minded folk. The bar is really cool, almost a full oval circle, with four corners that allow for great conversation with friends or new acquaintances--everyone rooting for LeBron to come to Philly made it all the more interesting!

The taplist was remarkable, not just because Younger was on tap, but a lot of high visibility brews that had just come out around the country were available as well. Having two very limited annual release beers on draft like Pliny the Younger and Hop Juju next to each other is not something I ever thought I'd get to enjoy!

The service and planning was well implemented, with pours of Younger ready to grab as soon as you walked in, and additional pours of whatever you wanted, such as Elder for a side by side, ready and waiting for your order. Food was okay, but not the primary focus, especially on such a momentous occasion.

Mar 13, 2018
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Wiffler27 from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

food was damn good, got a great sandwich here

being IPA day for their Philly Beer Week celebration the selection was amazing. Pliny, Sole, etc was fantastic

the bar is setup somewhat weird but the food and beer were great

Jun 08, 2017
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Feb 01, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally had a chance to visit this longtime beer landmark. The setup inside is a bit odd yet charming. I happened to go the afternoon after a Deschutes event and they still had an array of their beers on-tap (which are not available to me in NJ). After seeing that The Abyss was still available I naturally had to give it a shot, so there I was starting my afternoon off with a 12% barrel aged imperial stout, albeit a 5.5 oz pour. Followed by two other beer not often seen on-tap, Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen and Rodenbach Alexander; the latter of which is extremely hard to find and hasn't even been brewed in the past 15 years until now. The service was friendly and attentive. I ordered the Texas Gold wings which were very tasty despite taking a long time to come out of the kitchen.

After my time at the bar, I ventured to the bottle shop towards the back of the building to make some bad decisions. The bottle selection is well-curated, but expect some sticker shock coming from NJ. That being said, I walked out with some goodies that I can't get in my home state: a 6-pack of Deschutes Black Butte Porter, a Russian River Damnation, and a 2012 Hair of the Dog Adam. Matt was there to help me with whatever I needed and was very kind in mentioning what he had that I might not find back home, be it rare or widely-available beers.

With a top notch tap list, friendly vibe, and a small but quality bottle shop, it's easy to see why Capone's has gotten such acclaim over the years. A classic joint to feed your inner beer geekdom.

May 06, 2016
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QuadBen from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Dec 08, 2015
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Nov 15, 2015
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Bob402 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Jun 23, 2015
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Craft_Imperial from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

May 17, 2015
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jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Apr 11, 2015
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ColdOne from New York

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Feb 22, 2015
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 10, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Jan 29, 2015
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JooJooEyeballs from Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Handles are always the best-of-the-best. Great food. Drive an hour and thirty minutes once a week for the unbelievable - most excellent - beer and pasta dishes.

Dec 22, 2014
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Jaxbrew from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great spot for hard to get beer. Prices are high compared to some of the other similar establishments. 6 oz pours of "rarer" beers can be had for much less at Pinnochios. I don't go often as it's a bit of a drive for me. Nice spot though.

Dec 20, 2014
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Izzy2001

5/5  rDev +10.1%

Dec 13, 2014
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.1%

Dec 12, 2014
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Nov 29, 2014
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Shandycan from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Nov 21, 2014
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Boxerjay from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +8.4%

Oct 24, 2014
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JackNip from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Oct 24, 2014
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OleDixie from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.1%

Oct 20, 2014
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Sean_King from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Oct 20, 2014
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tikk from Canada

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%

Oct 19, 2014
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oline73 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Sep 17, 2014
Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, PA
Place rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 282 ratings