Mohegan Cafe and Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

213 Water St
PO Box 280
Block Island, Rhode Island, 02807-0280
United States

(401) 466-5911 | map

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
2.88/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Stopped in for a quick pint on the way back to the ferry. Nice atmosphere and menu looked pretty good, but I didn't order anything. Bartender was very friendly and attentive. Beer was not great. Five on tap; an IPA, Red, Scotch, Stout and a Pilsener. I had the Scotch and the Stout. All I can say is that they are very watered down representations of the style. The Scotch was almost translucent, and the only thing reminiscent of the style was a smokey character. The Stout was a watery irish dry stout. Prices were reasonable, but you're better off bringing your own and dining at one of the BYOB establshments on the island.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Full of the Block Iskand tourist crowd. Waitress was slow and unaccomodating. Had 2 of their local-brewed Raspberry Wheat, which were actually ok. Ordered a burger that was above average and cooked perfectly.

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Photo of mixylplik3
1/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Resuin
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of FourQuarters
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I went to the Mohegan brew pub yesterday as part of a day trip with my wife and son. It seemed like the thing to do given that it's the only brew pub on the island. The atmosphere was okay. The decor was generally nautical and would have been improved with some outdoor space. Our waitress was friendly and the food was good (we had crab cakes and ceviche).

They had four beers on tap (an IPA, a summer wheat, a blueberry amber, and a stout). I had the summer wheat, which was mediocre at best. It thin and watery and bitter (not in a good way). It didn't inspire me to try anything else.

If you're on Block Island and looking for a place to eat this is decent bet. If you're looking for good beer you'll likely be disappointed, but at least you'll be supporting local brewing. And, who knows, the beer might get better.

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Photo of woolybear
3.2/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Everything was great except the beer only the IPA was passable the rest were low on flavor and very underdeveloped. Great food, portion sizes, and service though. The atmosphere was also very nice. The brew pubs prices are reasonable but the cost of the ferry and time involved really drive the price up. Also take into account that the brewpub is right across the street from the ferry on the main drag of a tourist trap so it tends to fill up quickly. Given a little more time and practice this place could be a real winner.

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Photo of snman31
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3

My wife and I visited as part of a daytrip to Block Island. The atmosphere is nice - the Red Sox/Yankees game was on mood at the bar was friendly. We were there in the evening, so didn't regret the lack of outdoor seating (though we would have earlier - sitting outside at the Oar was very nice for lunch). The server was friendly but overworked - they have a bar and a set of bar tables, but she was responsible for serving all.

The major flaw in the establishment, however, was the beer. The only beers they have on tap are their own brews, which when I went was:

Summer Wheat
Chili Pepper Ale
Striper Red Ale

I initially ordered the Striper Red Ale, which was billed as a malty version of an English red. It had neither body nor flavor, and tasted a bit like dishwater, or perhaps like water from melted ice that's come to room temperature. I couldn't drink it, but the waitress was kind enough to furnish a replacement in the form of the Pilsner. It also was watery and borderline flavorless, with a distinct lack of any refreshing qualities. It was, however, drinkable. My wife had the summer wheat, which was also absent any flavor. I saw three other patrons send back the Red Ale, so perhaps it was a bad batch.

In summary, nice location (across from the old harbor ferry landing), good atmosphere (if you can't or don't want to be outside), but stay away from the beer brewed on the premises.

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Photo of Sam21
3.93/5  rDev +35.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've been coming to the Mohegan Cafe for years. It's a great little restaurant right by the ferry docks that offers a great selection of food. On this visit I had blackened mahi mahi with pepper rub and mango glaze and it was delicious.

Their draft list is made up of only beers that are brewed on the premises. They included English Striper (red ale), Black Buck Stout, B.I.P.A. (IPA), Strawberry Blond, and Summer Wheat. I ordered the IPA while my mom had the Summer, which I had a sip of. My IPA was great and the summer wheat tastes decent. They also have bottles of mostly BMC and a few craft (Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada).

It's a really great establishment and the staff is very friendly. Prices are a bit high, but that's just the norm on Block Island. Great place to pick up some food or sample the homemade brew (note: their beer is made through extract brewing as there are water restrictions on local businesses on the island) . Definitely recommend.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Located right across from the ferry drop-off. Me and my large family vacation group stopped here for lunch after getting sea-sick on an hour long boat ride. The beer I ordered here only made things worse. It was a terrible stout called "Black Buck Stout." The other selection of beers was a short list that had an IPA, pilsner, strawberry blonde, and a red ale. I can only judge the beer based on what I had, but I doubt any of the other beers could be good.

The food was a bit below average, but nothing terrible. I only had a bowl of veggie chilli, which wasn't bad but not really good either. Out of the other six people I ate with, they had a mango chicken sandwich, steak sandwhich, nachos, and some other pub grub items. Reactions went from "not that great" to "not too bad"

The atmosphere was pretty nice. It was a small place with nautical items all over the wall and decoration. There was nothing too bad about the service, just a bit slow and awkward. I wish this place was better, because a good brewpub would have made this a much better island. If I come back, I'll skip over Mohegan.

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Photo of drylongso2
3.29/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I had to stop in when I saw this placed brewed its own beer. My wife and I were greeted by a friendly host Chip, who ironically had been the first-mate on the deep sea charter I was on the day before (small island!) When I visited they were offering a pilsner, an apricot ale, a high octane ale, an IPA, and a stout. I ordered the "Joe's High Octane Ale" but accidentally received the B.I.P.A. (Block Island Pale Ale) so they gave me the second one free of charge. The IPA was wonderful, but unfortunately, that is where the praise ends. The Octane Ale was flat and pretty one-dimensional. If I'm ever back on the Island I will definitely go back to try other beers (for I believe they are the only brewpub on the island).

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.58/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Spent a weekend trip to Block Island and had no idea where to start.

Found Mohegan immediately (I'm a sucker for the word "brewery" attached to any restaurant), and had to stop.

The interior is what you'd expect for a pub-grub style restaurant on the water front. Very low key, cheap decor, but cozy and nautical themed; welcoming and warm.

The service was average but friendly. But the food was delicious. I had the Whole Belly Clam Roll which was superb and paired well nicely with the Joe's "How I Got Fired" High-Octane ale. My company had the Falafel and Mahi sandwich (both of which said their food was delicious). Each meal was not more than $8. A pint was $5 or $6 if I remember. (You can also get a small button for $5 at certain hotels that gives you discounts on the entire island - including $2 off your first pint at Mohegan, as well as discounts on lunch specials).

I was, unfortunately, too busy with my food and company to pay deserving attention to my beer to give it a proper review. But I do remember that it was very rich, a bit heavy on the mandarin orange flavors (sweet yet orange-citrusy), and with plenty of alcohol to boot. A decent pint that I would gladly order again.

For that matter, I would gladly go back to this little restaurant on a small island in the middle of nowhere, just to order that same meal with their house beer again.

So if you are ever visiting Block Island, and even have reservations/plans, making a stop at Mohegan Cafe and Brewery and checking out their house brews (yes, they have samplers) should definitely be a priority.


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Photo of pittvkyle7
4/5  rDev +37.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I found this to be a nice place. And I was very glad to find a brewpub on an island!
The place is nice and cool coming in from the beach.
The beer selection was:
Joes "how I got fired" high octane (no real discription in the menu, but on BA it's a scotch ale)
Honey Porter (a kind of hoppy porter with american hops, and a hint of honey)
Scotch Ale (smoked malts)
IPA (nice and hoppy, seems like the same hops in the honey porter)
Chille Pepper Ale (not suposed to be too spicy)
North Light Pilsner (a mild pilsner, nice and balanced and low on bitternes)
So I had the Porter and the IPA, and my wife had the pilsner. All were good and the porter stood out the most.
I had a jerk chicken sandwich which was highly seasoned and very flavorful. very tasty!
a nice place and so close the the ferry and a good but crowded beach.
This seems like the only place to go for a beer lover on Block Island

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Photo of drunkensailor
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3

So first things first, if you are cursed enough to be on block island on one of the hottest days of summer, this is the place to be as it is one of the ONLY damn places on the island with air conditioning. They have a small selection of draft beers, all of which are brewed in house. The quality is average. I didn't really find anything that I crave to drink again, but the beers were ok. They have a few bottled beers as well, of a quality higher han the typical american macro selection found in most bars. The food was supposed to be pretty fair, but I was out of money at this point. The bar tender however was awesome, and freely poured samples of any beer on tap.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

While I can't really recommend Mohegan, I can't really tell you to avoid it either, as you may stumble upon a halfway decent brew if you're lucky. For me, three of the six brews (which included, amongst others, the likes of a brown ale, IPA, Chili Pepper Ale) that I had were in fact halfway decent, with the others being average to tolerable at best, which isn't such a good thing for a brewpub, or any brewery or business in general, at that. The place is very restaurant-esque with the dining section taking up probably 70% of the locale. There are two tables in the bar area, which is as basic as you can get with your standard straight bar that seats maybe 15 or so. Cleanliness is a bit of an issue here (it's certainly not filthy but could use some tidying up), and the flies (again, not infested but even just one is one too many, in my opinion) are the size of sewer rats, so watch out.

Beers were in alright form save for one or two that may have been a tad stale, and it was a pretty good range of styles offered overall. Nothing earth shattering but solid and more than acceptable. I also didn't notice any other beer being offered aside from the house brews, though I didn't ask as I didn't want any part of them anyway.

Service, while friendly, was ignorant. When I asked for a bit more info on the style of their High Octane Ale, the response given to me by the bartender was that it was a "high alcohol beer, around 11%." She smiled and walked away after that and that's all I ever got out of her. The problem seems to be finding consistent service as this is a tourist destination who's population drops literally into the hundreds sometimes in the winter. The other problem seems to be that because they are right at the Old Harbor docks (If you walk straight out the main entrance/exit at the harbor docks and keeping going across the street you'd smack your face into their front door), they just assume they'll get (and probably do get) automatic business from folks coming off of the ferries and/or grabbing a bite/drink before departure.

The food seems to be hit or miss, which is why I gave it a 3.0/average score overall. My wife and I just split two appetizers: The calamari was quite good while the wings were dry and pretty subpar.

So, in the end, this is a place I'd never visit if it was in Boston, NYC, etc, but since it's on a small touristy island, I'd probably stop in again on my next visit to see what they have on tap, but would make my visit short and sweet.

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Photo of vitesse
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

this place is in such a great location (right across from the ferry terminal and old harbor), that i was a bit disappointed in my experience. i think they have some tweaking to do before this is a top-tier destination.
first off, the inside of the place is just bland. no flavor at all. the service was not BAD...but not great either. our waitress didn't seem very friendly. the beer was OK. i had an IPA, which was decent. the other selections appeared to be very "mainstream." --- they were offering a "honey lemon light." they had about 6 beers on tap, including a stout and a pilsner.
the main problem with the selection was the fact that they offered a bunch of macro-beers in bottles....including michelob ultra, which the table next to us was happily drinking. they must not have much faith in their beers.

the food was OK. a bit overpriced, i thought. i had the paella, which tasted pretty fresh.

overall, they need to work on giving this place some kind of theme because it just didn't have a lot of uniqueness to it.

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Photo of etho1416
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

This was the last brewery/ brewpub I visited in RI and is by far the worst. Block Island is a huge torusit destination and this place has a great location to bring in the throngs of NYC toursit that flock to BI. The beer was sub par. An average sized selection with awful quality. I do not remember all the specifics of their beer except that I remembered on not coming back anytime soon. The atmosphere was nice and the service was ok, but the beer was nothing to write home about. If you end up on block island, try going ot the many bars that serve various new england microbrews before venturing to this establishment.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I hate to bash a place especially cause I was pretty happy to see "brewery" on the front of the building as I walked by. I didn't have any food and was only there for the beer. they had a red pepper ale whic was not good and a lemon summer beer that was really lemony and not to my taste. The IPA was the best of their brews. They had an oatmeal stout that was the same color as the IPA. I was especially disapointed when I asked for a sample of the Irish Ale and she poured from a pitcher sitting under the tap where she let it settle cause it was a bit foamy. Over all not that great on my visit. But I will try again if I go again.

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Photo of WORT
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is located across the street from where the ferry lands. On the day I was there they were having problems with there draft system and they were cleaning the lines as well. Who cleans lines mid day on a holiday weekend? We ordered the sampler, 4out of 6 beers were available. Blueberry ale, Scotch ale, Red ale and a Stout. the other 2 that they were out of was a pale ale and a ginger beer. The beers SUCKED. None of the beers had any carbonation, they all tasted skunked. The only reason why the blueberry tasted half way decent was because the blueberry flavor cut the skunk flavor out. The stout tasted like the red, but was as dark as a Guinness. I soon realized why we were the only ones at the bar having the micro brew why everyone else was having a macro.
The food is half way decent though.The only micro bottle is a Sam Adams Lager, which I happily ordered and enjoyed.

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Mohegan Cafe and Brewery in Block Island, RI
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