Pelican Pub & Brewery

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3.81/5
Pelican Pub & BreweryPelican Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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:
54
Reviews:
1,263
Ratings:
4,000
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
102
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 102
Reviews by portlandjeff:
Photo of portlandjeff
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Oidmoe
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of TheDudeMichael
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.48/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of edhizdeid
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
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 +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of irishevans
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of rbarrett86
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of gandres
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Goalslammer
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of mklisz
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of coldriver
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of schroeder1200
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.74/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -51.3%
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 +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of Drift
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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