BJ's Restaurant

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BJ's RestaurantBJ's Restaurant
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BJ's RestaurantBJ's Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery

22920 Centerpoint Drive
Moreno Valley, California, 92553
United States

(951) 571-9370 | map

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Added by Dukeofearl on 08-22-2005

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Photo of Phocion
3.75/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

If you've seen one BJ's, you've really seen them all. This place is larger than most, but aside from that nothing special. We went on a Thursday night, and the restaurant was packed until about 11. Two very large dining areas and a smaller area by the bar, where we sat. Our waiter was friendly, accurate, and prompt, considering how busy they were.

We later moved to a larger booth since we had more people show up in our party. It was starting to clear out and our new waitress was the absolute lousiest I have ever seen. We actually had to ask for silverware and napkins three consecutive times before she finally remembered, and she had a terrible attitude.

The selection is pretty basic. The 7 BJ's brews - which are definitely solid, if not quite award-winning beers - with an occasional seasonal and a couple other taps. About a dozen or so bottled Belgians as well, and probably one of the best selections in the area, though nothing special if you're in town from San Diego or L.A. Plenty of specialty mixed drinks if you're visiting with non-BAs as well.

Now on to my favorite part of BJ's, the food. At this location we only shared a few different appetizers around our party. The nachos are big enough for a full meal, the chili fries are incredible, and the wings truly are hot, all of which sat very well with my Piranha Pale.

Aside from the service seeming to be a complete toss-up, I'd definitely go back.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Out of town for work I found myself up in Moreno Valley. I was cruising around looking for a place to grab a bite. I stumbled upon BJ's and figured I'd stop there.

The place looks very nice, I liked the big stone arch way entrance. There was a large dinning area and the biggest bar that I've seen at any other BJ's location. Long bar with a giganitic tv covering the whole wall. Quite a few tables behind.

It was really busy for a Thursday night. I sat at the bar. BJ's had the usual line up; (blonde, hefe, pale, red, brown, porter, stout, seasonal.) I ordered up the PM Porter, served nitro'd.

I ordered up the bbq steak sandwich, it was really good.

After my sandwich I had a sample of the Nutty Breunette Brown and the seasonal Pumpkin ale. I didn't care for it, too spicy.

Noticed that BJ's offered a selection of Belgian beers, suprised me because BJ's seems like kind of a trendy place that macro drinkers visit to take a walk on the wild side! A little pricy too $8 - $14, for belgians that you can find just about anywhere.

The bartender was very nice, new aboout the beers and did his best to serve me and prepare drinks for the packed resteraunt. He told me that there was no brewing at this location.

I've found that BJ's food is usually pretty good at all the location that I've visited. The beers are safe but pretty good.

Good food and original beer selection, I'll choose a BJ's over an Applebee's or Chili's any day.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.05/5  rDev -34.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

UPDATED 3/2008: In the last couple of months, both my sister and I have had bad experiences with this place. My wife and I took my parents for dinner, and long story short, this place is not handicapped friendly, and the staff were worse than bad about it. On a separate occasion, my sister had a bad experience with staff and the Manager didn't care. We won't be returning.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: The second Inland Empire outlet of this growing chain opened in the Spring of 2005(?) and I have visited several times since.

Atmosphere is decent, I haven't been to a lot of BJs, but seems fairly typical of the "brewpub chain" feel that I am starting to get used to. This place is in 3 big pieces- a bar area with a large number of bar tables & stools, a main restaurant room, and a second room that can be separated for private functions, I guess (since it's always too busy to close it). The separations are by a line of glass garage doors that are closed by chain pulls- only in America! Colors are brick, yellows, and wood tones. Decent enough, I guess, but not any big thing. Lots of TVs for sports to be shown (OK, that's good). Biggest downside is that it's always busy. Be prepared to wait.

On-tap beers at the last visit- 6 BJs brews (blond, pale, red, porter, brown, and they were out of the hefe), Lindemans Framboise, Beamish, and root beer. I've seen a Chimay or two in the past. Selection is decent, nothing extraordinary.

Beer is decent, I enjoyed it. Can't say much more.

The food is good. Not homemade great food, but it's good.It's the main reason I go.

Overall- If you've been to other BJs (or Rock Bottom, for that matter), you've been to this one. It's fine, but nothing to get excited about.

UPDATE: After subsequent visits, where I have actually tried to review the beers a little more carefully, I can say (IMHO) that they are generally well-crafted, tasty beers, but the chain does a dis-service in serving them very cold. This place is so busy that one almost feels guilty sitting around waiting for a beer to warm up, so BJs does not really allow real beer lovers to get the best from their craft beer. Quality rating reduced accordingly. On the upside, Tatonka stout and their seasonal (ESB) were very good.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Last night, I saw the bottles for the first time. Hidden high on the bar, I saw about 15 fine craft/import beers, Chimays and Westmalles and Piraats and Fantome Chocolate. Selection kicked up a bit accordingly.

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BJ's Restaurant in Moreno Valley, CA
Place rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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