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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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Added by maek228 on 04-05-2005

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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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4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to Capone's around a dozen times and finally have some time go give it its deserved review. This is one hell of a beer destination, for not only those in the Philly area but anywhere really.

From the outside the place is a little unassuming, a bit dark inside and can get smokey at the bar (that will likely change with PA's new law). But that's about all the negatives I can muster. And really they are minor.

On tap there are around 12 drafts (apart from Coors light and Yuengling), all of them very solid. Most of it is american craft beer but every now and then there is a Belgian or German beer too. On top of that all pours are extremely fresh and served by his fantastic waiting staff. Growlers are filled too.

Food is above average for the most part. Things I've enjoyed are the chicken wings, seared tuna, meatball sandwich, crab cakes, and all you can eat crab legs (tuesday nights). My only gripe was my only order of nachos which were not so good (tasted like a jar of Pace salsa was poured on top of tortilla chips and the salsa was cold!).

Now for the real strength. I would say it all starts with Matt. There are very, very few people like him in the business. He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and is always more than happy to offer his assistance. I'm amazed how he knows most of his customers by name even if they come infrequently (like myself). On top of that, Matt brings in some very hard to find beers into the bottle shop and at very affordable prices. I don't know where he finds some of the stuff. Be prepared to spend more than you think as you will feel like you are in a candy store!!!

If I lived closer, I would be here at least once a week. Maybe it's a good thing I don't!!!

Cheers to Matt

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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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