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Schooner's Grille & Brewery

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Schooner's Grille & BrewerySchooner's Grille & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4250 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, California, 94531
United States

(925) 776-1800

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Added by ppoitras on 05-03-2005

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Blameebner
1.08/5  rDev -68.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

This brewery has closed!!!!

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1/5  rDev -70.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

This restaurant has been Closed

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3.72/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of bradybeer
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Located off of CA 4 between Oakland and Stockton and 5 miles or so east of Pittsburg.

Located in a box store parking lot. Walking in I assumed I would see a nautical theme-but alas no. Kind of a 80s feel to the decor. The bar is located to the left when you walk in to the pub.

There were 10 or so beers on tap-including some guests such as Sierra Nevada seasonal.

I tried the Cream Ale, IPA, Pale Ale, Peach Wheat, Barley Wine, and Stout. Pretty much nothing that pops out as memorable except for the Cream Ale which was drinkable.

Service was very good-didn't eat here so I can't say what the food was like.

A place to go if you are needing to check one off your list-otherwise just head to E.J Phair in Pittsburg. A shame really because Schooner's is stuck in the early 90s.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I’ve had lunch here a couple times and overall it’s an all right spot to grab a beer. The interior décor of the building is rather bland, and the restaurant has more of a tacky Olive Garden/ Marie Calendar’s feel to it than it does a brewery. The place has a main dining area, a small outdoor patio, and a long bar with a few TV’s above it.
The food is definitely average at best. Of the couple dishes I’ve had and the others I’ve tasted off my friends plates, nothing has really been worth getting again. On the other hand though, while I’ve not been completely satisfied with my meal, I’ve never been completely put-off, and I would probably eat there again (but try something different each time).
The beer is hit or miss, but there are definitely more hits than misses. They offer a sampler of everything they have on tap, and surprisingly they have a pretty wide variety of styles. The best part is the ipa is actually hoppy, and to me the standout of their current lineup. Most of their other beers are above average, and only their barleywine really disappointed me. They also have a pretty good selection of guest taps including a rotating Sierra Nevada seasonal, but most of the beers you can find on-tap pretty much anywhere else.
The wait staff is polite and friendly, and they actually seemed to know a lot about the beer they were serving. The service wasn’t lightning quick but nothing to really complain about.
They offer about 5 or 6 of their year-round brews in 12oz bottles to go, and I know they fill growlers, but I do not know if they fill everything.
Overall I wouldn’t mind drinking a beer here and trying a few new things on their menu, but the atmosphere isn’t the most comfortable and the food isn’t amazing. The beer is worth checking out though, and if you’re looking to have a pint with your food this is one of the best places in town as far as beer quality and selection.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here for dinner with my wife and parents tonight. It was a very clean place. It kind of had the vibe of a pretty nice restaurant. It didn't seem like your typical bar type brewery. First thing I noticed when we sat down was the selection on the beer menu. I had their IPA which was really good. I had their BBQ chicken pizza to eat which was also very good. Another thing I liked was that the menu had suggestions of what beers would go with what foods. It was under each major item on the menu. I was impressed with that. Very Nice. I would like to go back and trytheir other beers.

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Photo of berkey
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On the way back home from visiting some family decided to stop for some lunch somewhere on the way and have a quick beer. This place seemed to fit the bill.

Vibe is more of a resturant bar that happens to brew beer than the typical brewpub. There's a long bar after a small waiting area once you enter. Beyond that there's a fairly large dining area. A lot of families having lunch, at 1 pm the bar area was completely empty other than me. Large screen TV behind the full bar playing the Raiders game. The place is always kept very clean.

I've been here before many times and service swings wildly. I've had service so bad here that at one point I stopped coming here for a long while even though one of my good friends lives just down the street. Service has been consistently better recently though and today it was excellent so I won't mark them too harshly.

They offer a fairly wide variety of house beers which range from drinkable to very good. Today there was a guest beer (Anchor OSA 09) but I don't know if that's a one time deal or something they do regularly. Food is hit and miss with their entrees typically better than their standard pub offerings. Prices can be slightly high for what you get but mostly worth it.

Overall a must try if you're local (good beer is hard to find in the area as I understand it) and recommended if you happen to be passing through. Otherwise there are better options out there.

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Photo of TheChadd
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Environment: Showed up around Friday at 9 PM, and it was packed. Standing room only in the bar (barely) and only a couple tables open. The restaurant area was very bright. It didn't really have the brewpub "feel".
Selection: I started off with the sampler. All of their beers were decent. In addition, they had two seasonal beers, an apricot wheat and a lager (which was out at the time). Also, they had EJ Phair Pilsner on their guest tap.
IPA: The beer seemed a little flat, totally lacking any head. However it was very bitter on the front, but washed down quickly. The aroma was a very light hoppy (probably due to lack of carbonation). I won't review it in the beer section for that reason. I'm sure it's better under ideal circumstances.

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Photo of Mark
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place feels more like a bar and grille than a brewpub. It lacked the atmosphere I seek out and I agree with the other reveiwer who said it felt much like a sportsbar. Still a decent feel to the place, and not a turn offish. Beers were a bit better than expected and food was good. My BBQ pork sandwich was great though a bit smallish. Beers on tap the day I visited were a pale, IPa, stout, red ale, American ale, and a Scottish ale. Bar tender was friendly and effcient. One could do much worse.

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Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere is kind of suburban with a Sports Bar appeal. TV's all around and appeared to have a patio to the west of the building.

Wooden tables, chairs, and bar with beer and sports paraphenalia here and there. The kitchen was in the open with a real grill. Stainless steel tap nozzles all around. Restroom was clean.

Service was knowledgable and prompt.

A decent selection, did not have any handpump, and I did not see any guest beers. The Pale, Scottish Ale (cask conditioned on tap, so said the bartender), and their IPA were notable also the Hef was OK.

Food was good with healthy options.

Not bad.

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Schooner's Grille & Brewery in Antioch, CA
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 29 ratings
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