Pelican Pub & Brewery

Pelican Pub & BreweryPelican Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
3.77/5
4,294 Ratings
Pelican Pub & BreweryPelican Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

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

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

(503) 965-7007 | map
pelicanbrewery.com

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday
8am until 10pm

Friday & Saturday
8am until 11pm

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BEER STATS
Beers:
64
Reviews:
1,351
Ratings:
4,294
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.13/5
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
103
pDev:
13.08%
 
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Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Pelican has a great location right on the Pacific Ocean near Haystack Rock in Pacific City, Oregon. There is a lot of parking since they are right on the beach.

The restaurant/brewpub has lots of windows and natural light, which works nicely with their large dark wooden bar and booths. They have one of the prettier bars I've seen.

The brewery is visible through glass doors with all their Great American Beer Festival medals displayed, too. There are also many surfboards hanging from the ceiling since there's a lot of surfing on the Oregon Coast.

You can read all my reviews of their excellent ales elsewhere on this site. I won't go into them here except to say that they are quite good.

They were getting ready for the 2003 GABF on the September weekday I was there and were too busy to give a tour. Bummer.

They serve fancier food than most normal pub fare. And after visiting a lot of brewpubs, this was a nice change. I had a veggie wrap. Mushrooms, veggies, asiago cheese. It was good.

My server was curious about all the notes I was taking on the beer sampler. I tried to set his mind at ease by telling him I wasn't a professional reviewer. The service was fine.

I love Oregon beer and Pelican is great example of why that state's brews are renowned.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mrpitrolo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Oidmoe
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of TheDudeMichael
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of edhizdeid
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of irishevans
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of rbarrett86
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of gandres
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Goalslammer
4.75/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of mklisz
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of coldriver
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
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). D├ęcor 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.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of schroeder1200
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

one of the best oceanfront bars/breweries I've ever been to....can't be beat on a sunny day

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Photo of Dcbelkot
2/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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