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Capone's Restaurant

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

225 Reviews
Capone's RestaurantCapone's Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

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

(610) 279-4748 | map
thebottleshop.biz

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
99
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
279
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
Taps:
28
Bottles/Cans:
500
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by Slatetank:
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have visited the bottle shop at Capone's before and I thought I would do a review after my recent visit to the bottle shop and restaurant. I received very good service from the owner, Matt when I entered the shop. He explained what the new arrivals were and let me check out the selection. I kept going over what I wanted in my head as I perused the shelves. He asked me if I wanted anything in particular and even suggested some bottles that were not stocked yet. I appreciated the selection, it was almost overwhelming. There are quality beers from Germany, Belgium, U.K. and the West coast and Local beers too. The prices seemed a bit higher than some other retailers, but perhaps it is the area they are in.

I chose to take a look in the restaurant and sample a couple pints. I received friendly service in the restaurant too. I thought the atmosphere was nice, relaxed yet modern. I wasn't overjoyed at the amount of smoke in the bar when there were very few patrons, but it is the bar. I enjoyed a crock of three cheese french onion soup which went well w/ my stout. I enjoyed my experience and will definitely return to check out the selection that is probably one of the best I have seen.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jacobob10
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.44/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.9/5  rDev +9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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