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Sonoma Chicken Coop

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

200 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, California, 95008
United States

(408) 866-2699

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by willjschmidt:
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3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a restaurant and brew-pub located in downtown Campbell. The original is located in downtown San Jose, but this one is different since they brew their own beer. It is the standard brew-bub with average food and average beer. It does nothing to set itself apart from all the other chain restaurant/brew-pubs in the area (Tied House, BJ's, Rock Bottom, etc). There is no service to speak of since you order at a counter, get a number, then return to get your food. The beer is decent but nothing is anything more than decent. Same goes with the food. It's okay but nothing close to outstanding. One positive is that it is cheap. It's also located in a good location and it's walkable to all the other offerings in downtown Campbell.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Solid food, decent beers at decent prices. Campbell Brewing Company is hooked in here and provides the beer, which isn't gonna blow you away, but its a solid option on average. Their best beers are the darker ones.

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Photo of Peter_Marinelli
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

This place is clearly using an outdated formula for its business model. Bland beer along the whole "light, amber, dark, stout" formula. Minimal creativity that is hampered by corporate restraints. Service was, eh. It's just boring. With so much going on in the California beer scene, you can really do a lot better.

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Photo of thielges
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The coop has gone through many changes over the years. Quality of the beer varies wildly so you never really know what the situation is until you try it.

In the past I've had some astounding beers here. Unfortunately though of late I've been striking out. To play it safe I'll ask for a taste first before committing to a whole pint and the bar staff are usually happy to pour a sample. On the most recent visit I struck out all the way through their taps. Every beer had some flaw. I get the impression that they are now brewing centrally and shipping the beer to each store (there are several locations locally now). Some beers tasted old and others tasted as if they had been oxidized. Maybe this was just bad timing for me.

I'll be back though. I know that the brewer and brewery are capable of great work and I look forward for a turnabout of fortune.

The food is more inspired than standard pub fare. Portions are large and freshness is a focus here. Daily specials change and are often quite good.

Update 8/17/2010 : Had a tasty though cloyingly sweet Scottish Ale. Also note that they have a happy hour that ends at 6pm where pints are $3 (I think)

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I think Sonoma Chicken Coop often goes unnoticed as a brew pub. It is good size with both a upstairs and a downstairs and a good size bar. It is a great place to get in and out. You go up to the counter order your food and then find your seat. They call your number then you go back to the counter and pick up your food. Nice and easy with good food and good beer. Nothing is outstanding here but it is relatively inexpensive and a good place to take the family, so for the price it is a very good deal. The mini chocolate fondue is great, and they have a really good kidÂ’s plate.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in historic downtown Campbell on a street that is going through some expansion with more dinning and shopping choices being added. When you walk in the bar and the brewing equipment is to the left and the food to the right. This is an unique brewpub. You order your food at a counter and they call your number when your food is ready. The food was good and reasonable.

They had the following beers on tap: ESB, Kristal Wheat, Pale Ale, Kolsch and a Porter. They do have 1/2 gallons to go for $12 then $8 for refills.

My wife and I had a pint of the ESB then a few of the Porters. The ESB was good and the Porter pretty darn good.

We split a salad and some wings-both very good.

Service was good at the bar and at the counter.

We would come back here for a bite and a pint-very family friendly. Interesting concept for a brewpub-not sure why there aren't more like this.

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Photo of baiser
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Their motto is 'Inexpensive Excellence' and cheap it certainly is. Sun-Thur 8-close (11) is happy hour with $2 pints or $8.50 pitchers. They had their pale ale, ESB, porter, kolsch, kristal weizen and IPA on tap. Their beers are average and nothing really stands out. Nonetheless, they're fresh and of good value.

The place itself is spacious, with many wooden tables and a big bar area. Their concept is a seat yourself-serve yourself type a deal where you order your food in a line up and take it back to your table. You also get your own beers from the bar. The concept seems to work for people.

The food is relatively inexpensive and is quite tasty. This is a good place to hang out with your friends and have a few cheap beers. Good for the college crowd.

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Photo of Troyone
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This place used to be Stoddards (one of the two) however the dinners were inconsistent and they went under. Then this place became Campbell Brewing but had the same problem with their food. Now Sonoma Chicken Coop (C-oo-p not Co-op) I believe run's the show and has great consistency with their meals.

This place is within walking distance of the downtown area of Campbell. Spacious dining areas with the kitchen on one side and the bar and brewing room on the other side. There is a stairway inbetween with more dining and a bar upstairs.

All stainless steel tap nozzles, most of the kitchen including a real grill is in the open, and part of the kitchen (their rotisserie) could not be seen. The wood bar, tables, and chairs gives the place some character nonetheless the restaurant side is dominent.

Service was friendly and prompt, befriend your bartender.

The brews are similar to Stoddards (same brewer) with no cask option or guest beers. Only 5 (I think) options a possible notable was the ESB.

The food is excellent very healthy options and tasty.


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Sonoma Chicken Coop in Campbell, CA
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