Pelican Pub & Brewery

Pelican Pub & BreweryPelican Pub & Brewery
Pelican Pub & BreweryPelican Pub & Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr.
Pacific City, Oregon, 97135
United States

(503) 965-7007 | map

Notes: Sunday - Thursday
8am until 10pm

Friday & Saturday
8am until 11pm
View: Beers | Place Reviews
Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 110 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Danno4367 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited here about three years ago. This place has an amazing location and is well worth a visit. The Tsunami Stout was truly the highlight. I live in Chicago and was working in Portland for a week and decided to play hooky. Now, all I think about is how to get my hands on Tsunami Stout!!!

Mar 13, 2019
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edhizdeid from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

The location is stunning! Facing the Pacific ocean is a hard thing to beat in my book. The place itself is very typical of a seaside bar, that is not a bad thing here. The staff was friendly but, beyond the bartenders, they had a hard time helping me with their beer selection. Talking of which, the beer selection was fine. They had their regular offerings and their seasonal beers available.
As for the food, fairly typical of a brewery/pub. Nothing crazy but it was fine.
Quite enjoyable place to stop at.

Jul 21, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited Friday while spending time in Cape Kiwanda
Vibe: Place was packed: very furnishings,
Quality: Beer is excellent
Service: busy but friendly staff
Selection: 11 beers on tap
Overall: Excellent place, worth the drive, excellent views
Visited: May 6, 2016

May 17, 2016
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coldriver from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Perfect day at one of the most spectacular locations on the Oregon Coast! After a morning of exploring Cape Kiwanda it was time for a beer so I left the wife and kids to play in the surf and headed for Pelican. The place had a big waiting list with all the tourists enjoying the weather but there was room for a single at the bar. They had around 8 beers none of which was too far above average. It was disappointing that they didn't have at least one brewpub-only offering. The family joined me for lunch and the food was equally unremarkable (but decent). Décor is typical tourist beachy, outdoor area was nice but I doubt it gets used all that much considering the typically iffy weather on the Oregon Coast.

Nov 12, 2015
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bhyndthebottle from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Friendly staff, and excellent location. The beachside patio is something out of my dreams! Great food! If you have the chance, stay at the brewery's hotel. My only complaint would be that I was hoping for a more varied list of beers. Maybe some brewery exclusives and mother of all storms.

Oct 06, 2015
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Dcbelkot from Washington

2/5  rDev -51.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

This place is too big for its britches. Charge to much for their beer and the wait is terrible to be seated for a meal. service sucks , they are just trying to tun and burn tables to seat the next patron that is fed up and justs wants fed.

May 20, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Well, the location is certainly pretty cool... right on the beach, haystack rock, etc. the pub itself is more ordinary, it's got a pretty standard 90s brewpub feel. Nice enough, but nothing special.

They offer taster flights, but you can't pick your beers, which is a bit archaic. The beers we had were well made, but mostly unremarkable. I was quite disappointed by this as I knew of their numerous GABF and WBC wins and expected something pretty special. Unfortunately it seems that the awards speak more to their skill at entering competitions than their brewing particularly outstanding beers. Not that the beer was bad, but it was really no more than average.

The service was good,even though they were crowded. The food was good enough, but like the beer nothing special.

Overall, I left mildly disappointed, but my expectations were set too high by letting myself forget that GABF awards don't necissarily mean much.

Apr 25, 2015
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almostjay from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Just about the best location possible. I quietly mentioned to my wife as we were relaxing on the patio, enjoying the view and the crisp and beautiful 60 degree air on this day in mid-January that I was about as happy as I could be. The only way I could be happier is if I was drinking a slightly better IPA.

The beer is good, not great. The food is greasy, standard pub stuff, nothing special. But the view, and the relaxed nature of the place, particularly on a not so busy day in the offseason, is worth a trip on its own.

Jan 17, 2015
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Serenity_Now from Washington

5/5  rDev +21.4%

One of my favorite places. My wife and I got engaged there. We visit as often as we can. Great beer, nice people, incredible view. Fill your growler and take a walk on the beach. I love it!

Nov 14, 2014
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souredonbeer from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Probably the best location for any brewpub. Fun surf in the summer. You can drive on the beach and I'm pretty sure you can sleep in the parking lot. There's a campground right across the street too. Watched my friend paddle out on a massive October day and almost die.

Oct 13, 2014
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BrewtalHonesty from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Tillamook Pub: Wonderfully diverse & stylistically delicious brew selection, attentive & swift service, knowledgeable staff. Appropriate pricing on create-your-own brew sampler platters (for me, this is always a highlight for any brewery visit).

Aug 31, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

My wife and I stopped for lunch on a Tuesday as we traveled up the Oregon Coast eventually to Portland. We arrived at 2pm and it was still packed for lunch. Picture a very beach town type crowd. It was mostly locals or coastal tourists there for lunch.

We had to wait about 30 minutes for a seat outside, but the back patio is nice and the view is amazing. It was a beautiful, slightly cool sunny day and like most say on here, that ROCK is mesmerizing for some reason. If you like ocean views, check this place out.

They had all staples on tap, plus 3-4 seasonals/one-offs. In the front, they sell tons of brewery merchandise and most staples to go. They sell pints, a smaller size (I think it was 10oz) and then a flight. Their flight is pre-set to include all of their staples and one (1) seasonal/one-off. No substitutes. For example, the non staples they had no tap were Sea Hops, Peliweiss, Winema Wit and their Summer Ale.

The food was good, no complaints, but more expensive then I thought it would be. I wouldn't say I was impressed or blown away, just good food, average to slightly above average beer and good service with a great view.

Aug 05, 2014
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was stop #12 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here to try their beers, but ended up having a snack as a go-along. The pub is located on the Pacific shore of this rustic community, and has an ocean view that has to be the best of any brewpub anywhere with that giant rock sitting out there in the water, even when it’s gloomy and rainy like it was that day. (I don’t know why a giant rock is so mesmerizing.) The exterior of the building is seaside rustic, and the interior has a balanced feel of a restaurant that also has a nice pub feel to it. A long wooden bar and back-bar just fit nicely here.

We came here for dinner and to try the beers. We ordered the brewery’s standard sampler flight with 7 beers, plus three others that we also wanted to sample. Every one of these beers was brewed to a level above the norm for the style, and our grading system put this brewery into the top 5 of the 40 breweries that we visited during our three-week pub-crawl. We felt that all of the beers graded to at least a B level, and the Cherry Poppin’ Dory was the standout at an A- rating.

Our food was equally as impressive as the beers, plus we added a Beer-A-Misu dessert onto our feast. (Yum!) We also discovered that the pub was open for breakfast, so since were staying across the street we returned the next morning. The breakfast was also very good, plus we got to enjoy the scenic view again, but with sunshine this time. This pub is a must-visit for anyone who is touring the beer scene in Portland and has the time to detour to Pacific City.

Jun 27, 2014
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BREWS4LA from California

4.16/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Took some time off last summer and drove with the wife from LA to Canada so I hit numerous breweries in Northern California all the big boys and they were all great.

This place was memorable because it came as a complete surprise I found it by pure luck looking for a restroom off a rural section of PCH. It was literally like an oasis.

First off we parked the jeep on the sand walked over and sat in the patio right by the water had some great food and several beers. The service was great nice mixed crowd of friendly local and tourists. Even picked up some cool sweatshirts. We will definitely be going back.

Jun 26, 2014
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drrone from Utah

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Another stop on my West coast brewery tour. This place has the most beautiful location of any place I have been too. Pulling up the place is awesome. It sits right on the coast. Amazing. The building is quite nice, with a friendly and cozy atmosphere. The service was very good and the beer selection was good also. The Tsunami Stout I have was pretty good, it didn't blow me away. I didn't try the food. They have a decent sized gift shop, with an okay selection. They also have a nice selection of beers to take home with you.

Well worth stopping by. Enjoy the tasty beer and marvel at the scenery.

May 24, 2013
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JustinTClausen from California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Although it was built and opened after I left for college, having grown up in Pacific City, I have an emotional attachment to the Pelican Pub. I still consider it my home town brew pub.
Getting home a couple times a year, I get to go to the Pelican at various times of the year. So some times the place is packed with a significant wait time, and others there might be one or two other locals.
The food is typical ocean side bar fare with an upscale twist. Burgers and crab cakes are our favorites. The atmosphere again matches the location. The view it tough to beat (again a bias view), and the sand on the floor may not be typically what you expect to find in a brew pub, but it fits perfectly.
As for the beer, well that speaks for itself. Pelican has been working its way up into national prominence in brew pubs of its size.
The Pelican is an absolute must stop on any trip along the Oregon coast, and probably worth a special trip from Portland even if your route doesn't take you too the coast.

Oct 08, 2012
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gkunkle from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Pacific City this week with one of my aunts who has a place practically a stones throw from the Pelican, we went in and tasted some beers and had dinner there then got some pizza from there another night with take-out beer. Though it wasn't too bad when I was there, the pelican is usually relatively busy, summers especially. The waiting room is filled with typical Oregon coast T-shirts offered in a million colors, it drives your eyes crazy. Beer to-go can be bought there and you can order take out as well. Inside of that room is the bar and restaurant. My server the fest night was actually one of the bartenders, he was a rally nice guy an knew his stuff when it came to beer. Another worker caught me taking notes on a snifter of Mother Of All Storms and exclaimed "that's what I like to see!" Very cool that they encourage beer-geekery, props to that guy, pretty sure he's a BA user too. The dining room is very open, well-lit and clean with the exception of the slight grit on the floor due to the sand that gets in, I suppose you gotta take that when you have a prime beachfront brewery. The bar had about 10 or 12 working taps that night, featuring most of their regulars and a couple pub specials. I got a sampler tray with my meal and added a sample of MoaS for an extra buck, which is totally with it. The food was really good, my aunt is a total foodie who has been to the pelican a bunch of times and she have it her stamp of approval. The second night I went to get some take-out pizza and beer. There was a new guy working the register and he had some trouble, eventually requiring the help of someone else, I felt bad for him, it was a busy night and h had a lot of pressure. Unfortunately my pizza order got messed up, but they fixed the problem at no cost to me. Pizzas are delicious, but are really small, I almost ate one by myself. I really njoy this place, it's tough to compete with an oceanfront view and world class beer. I'd just like to see PAC-city grow up a little more so that the pelican can really grow to its fullest potential.

Feb 16, 2012
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debaucherous from Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I like the Pelican - been a few times now. Most recently for the 2011 MOAS release.

Did a vertical taster of Mother of All Storms and Storm Watcher this weekend. Excellent panels. It was awesome to be able to taste the various years at the brewery. A must do if you have the opportunity.

Wait staff is well trained - host staff is not. For example, I don't like a host that makes customers actually at the establishment wait while taking a phone call.

The views can't be beat as the place is right on the ocean.

Nov 22, 2011
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

4.86/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to many brewpubs and this easily has the best vibe to the place, I mean the back of the place has a deck that opens to a bay into the Pacific complete with monoliths and on this particular day, a sunset. All the beers were very good, and the Wit beer... a style I'm not as well versed on, made me want to try more of these as it is the tastiest one I recall ever having. Naturally their bigger and dark beers were also quite good, considering they are the source of the Mother of All Storms (not present). I did not try the food, but hopefully someday I will. If you have a lady friend (or boy friend) for that matter, this would seem to be a really nice place to start a romantic evening and also to try some world class beer.

Oct 19, 2011
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augustgarage from California

4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A beautiful brew-pub, enshrouded in heavy fog during my visit. The first room you enter is filled with a fridge with bottles for sale and lots of memorabilia. You also can request a table here. Inside, there are 12 seats around the spacious bar and at least that many booths on each wall. Clean, comfortable, NW-feeling, but modern with good acoustics and lighting. A good happy family crowd was in attendance.

Taps rotate frequently - sadly they had no cask offering while I was there, but they frequently do. Their line-up is diverse and well crafted, so I give them high marks for selection even though they don't seem to have guest taps. The bottle list usually includes everything you might want from them, again, all very reasonably priced (as are the small growlers they sell).

Service is rapid, friendly, thoughtful, and anticipatory from the hostess to the bartender (who will mix up a wide variety of well drinks without a snicker) on down the line. I've ordered from them over the phone before as well and experienced the same unparalleled care.

I had the pizza which was OK, though the crusts could have been better. The other food looked tasty, though a bit expensive.

Very much deserving of your time.

Sep 28, 2011
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LevG from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Ok, the atmosphere of this place is beyond amazing. Show up on a sunny day and grab a seat at the patio. You're having some great beers while listening to the waves.. So, the beers are pretty good! Get a sampler of their beers (to try out some of their other beers). Ideally, November time is the best, when they release MoaS. If not, you can always have their Storm Watcher Barleywine. I mean, the taps are great and all, but if they don't have MoaS, I don't see too much of a reason to drive all the way to Pacific City. Nonetheless, it's got some great food (I recommend the Ahi Burger and Onion Rings). All the waiters and bartenders are really cool (one even went out of their way for 20 mins to see if they had any MoaS or even PS somewhere in the back). Oh, and you can buy their bottles to go.

Awesome place!

Aug 08, 2011
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isualum12 from Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice place with amazing view.

You walk into the little beerswag shop slash wait to be seated area. I thought " ohhhh I will get a shirt on the way out" as walked through. We headed through the bar to seating room over lookin the beach and the amazing rock.

Menu was alright. We did pay 17 for fish and chips which I think is high. The food was average I would say. Decent kids menu. My 6 year old loved the spegetti. Chowder was great.

Service was outstanding.

They didn't have two different beers I ordered off of their menu. Odd

They had limited shirt sizes on the shirt I wanted. Not my size large. The next long sleeve was 25 for a cotton shirt. Ouch. So we settled for a sticker and key chain.

Overall I would head back right away. Try the cream ale. Great. Oh and the root beer.

Jul 26, 2011
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yuriruley from Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The atmosphere is awesome at this place. You can tell they put a lot of time and money into making this an enjoyable place to be. During the summer it looks like you can also eat outside, so you are practically sitting on the beach. The booths insides are very comfy and spacious.

The quality is great. All of their beer I have had with the exception of one or two are really great.

The service is amazing. I was there on the Mother of all Storms release date, not only was our waiter on top of things, but there was another guy (think he was the host) that was making sure we had water/drinks all the time as well. They were also all very knowledgeable about Pelican's products which is always a plus in my book.

The food was delicious. I got a breakfast burrito, it was kind of small, but they also gave me a huge bowl of fresh fruit with it.

Only downside in my book is the price. I felt the food was a bit on the spendy side, but it was also very high quality. So I can't complain too much. I can't remember what their regular lineup of beer cost per pint, I got a taster of the barleywine vertical and I think it was about $16.

This is a great brewpub, and they definitely deserved the awards they won for best brewpub a couple times. I'd love to go back when the weather is better.

Feb 04, 2011
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portlandjeff from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been here twice now, and think it's time for a review.

The atmosphere is hard to beat. This is a good sized, attractively designed and laid out pub, although not significantly different inside than a lot of places. What sets it apart is the INCREDIBLE location and view. The back doors literally open up onto a beautiful oregon coast beach. In the summer you can watch surfers, beach babes, and dory boats coming in with the day's fresh catch of seafood. In the winter, there's no better place to watch a storm.

As the countless medals hanging on the walls suggest, the quality here is top notch. There's a good variety of expertly crafted beers on tap, including a standard line-up of beers and several seasonal releases, including such infamous beers as the Mother of all Storms. I've had both breakfast and lunch here now, and the food is on par with the beer - very tasty, and a notch above what you find in your average brew-pub for sure.

On my two visits, service has been mixed. The first time, on a busy sunny warm early spring day that brought a lot of people out to the beach, the staff was a bit overwhelmed, and the service was a little slow, but they were doing the best they could, and were very friendly and apologetic about their ability to serve the unexpected off-season crowd. The second time things were great. Our server was very attentive, and the bar manager made many stops at our table as well to make sure we were having a great time and enjoying our experience in Pacific City. I'd give this place a solid 5 on service if it weren't for the first experience.

Selection is good. There's a good variety of styles on their standard line-up, including one or two styles that you don't generally see most breweries making. On top of that, the seasonals are quite varied and interesting, even if they're not really pushing any limits and getting too experimental.

Like I mentioned before, the food has always been a step above what I usually expect to find in a brew pub.

As for value, I think the food prices are a bit high, but they're the only show in town, the quality is good, and I don't mind spending an extra dollar or two per item to enjoy it with that kind of view.

I think my biggest complaint about this place is that it's not closer to me here in Portland. Still, it's a beautiful drive through state forest from the city, and I'd suggest it not only to northwesterners, but also anyone that will be in the region with a half a day to burn on something special.

Nov 22, 2010
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velosuds from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had dinner on a business trip to the coast. There were six in our party and everyone enjoyed their appetizers and food. I ordered the baked salmon fillet, and it was very good. Food seemed better than typical pub fare, and the prices were closer to a fine restaurant, which the Pelican is not.

Service was very good. The restaurant and bar were very busy. The Pelican is a popular place.

The reason to visit, in my opinion, is their beer. I ordered the sampler which included Kiwanda Cream Ale, MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale, India Pelican Ale, Doryman's Dark Ale, Tsunami Stout, Organic Heiferweizen, and Nestucca ESB. All were quite good, but the two standouts were India Pelican Ale and Tsunami Stout.

Brought back a growler of Tsunami. Awesome fresh from the brewpub.

I hope to have the Tsunami Stout Float dessert on my next visit.

Sep 27, 2010
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