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
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Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.54
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
282
pDev:
7.71%
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Reviews by danman0125:
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danman0125 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Have been here about 5 times now... most recently 8/20/12...

All 5 times I have driven from Harrisburg area to Norristown (90 miles) and Capone's is solely what I have driven for.
So I will start by saying that Capone's is the beer mecca of southeastern PA (possible the whole state... I never really spent much time in western PA) and that they truly deserve all the A+ reviews they receive on BeerAdvocate and anywhere else.

Atmosphere is interesting. When you walk in, you might think you're in wrong place until you see the tap list. Looks like a diner in an odd sort of way in front. small dining room in back. Cozy and relaxing when it isn't very busy. (I've never been to Capone's for one of their draft events or beer dinners so I can imagine the place isn't as enjoyable as it would be packed to the brim).

Quality is exceptional. Food menu is very reasonably priced for the huge portions you get. Just about everything seems to be home-made. Service at the bar and at the tables has always been great. Bartenders/wait staff are very friendly. Matt, the owner, casually walks around and talks to people. Very down to earth and knowledgeable about the varieties of brews he provides. Beer taps are always fresh and the quality of the beers is always exceptional (any given day you go, you can count on not being able to find probably 75% of whats on his draft list anywhere else).

As mentioned above, service is friendly, timely, and quite good.

Selection of beer is best I've ever seen in Pennsylvania (and that's just the taps). The bottle shop in the back of Capone's (called "Beers from around the World") deserves its own seperate review. It is spectacular and since tax is included in the bottle prices, it's quite reasonable for what you can find in there.

Food menu is traditional American it seems (with some Italian influence mixed in). Most lunch items are under $10 and portions are huge. Food has tasted amazing and has been incredibly fresh each and every time. I recommend the pulled pork BBQ sandwich if its on special. The blackened chicken caesar salad is good. The italian pork sandwich with long green hot peppers is my favorite.

Despite it being my favorite place to get specialty micro and import beer (bottled and draft) + one of my favorite places to eat that I would drive 90 miles for, I do have a few small gripes...

(1) If you have a few people with you and you want seperate tabs, you must sit at bar. They DO NOT do seperate tabs at the tables (even if you and your friends are the only people in the joint.... like myself and my two buddies once were). Minor inconvenience but certainly not a deterrent for coming.
(2) Prices for the draft beers are not listed on the draft menu (but they do have nice descriptions of them). I hate to risk sounding cheap by asking what certain beers cost, but at the same time if something really rare is on the menu it's worth asking because I would just like to know before I pay $10 for a little snifter of something (the prices aren't terrible for what they serve but any craft beer drinker knows sometimes it can get a little ridiculous no matter where you go).
(3) The bottle shop only accepts cash (but only if you are just going to the bottle shop). You can have them add-on your bottle shop total to your bar/restaurant tab though if you have to pay by card.

Place is amazing though guys... truly truly truly. Great for special occasions. Bring $100 with you, have lunch and a few drafts and pick-up a few bottles to enjoy on a special day.

Aug 20, 2012
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