Raven Cafe

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4.09 w/ 7 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

142 N Cortez St
Prescott, Arizona, 86301-3016
United States

(928) 717-0009 | map

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Added by bobinverted on 04-25-2006

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of breadwinner
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Best spot in Prescott, combining a killer vibe (if you're not on the upstairs patio, best spot is the table hidden under the staircase or the two easy chairs next to the checkerboard as you head down the ramp toward the restrooms), diverse and ample tap list, excellent food (the reuben was stupendous on my last visit), and a surprisingly cool cellar list (lots of old Deschutes, etc. 2009 Mirror Mirror for $25 on our last trip. Fun stuff.) Absolute must in Prescott, followed by a walk about the courthouse and perhaps a stop-in at Superstition Meadery.

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Photo of mrichey
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Huge selection. 30 taps downstairs (1 cider, 1 hard root beer and 1 regular root beer) plus I think another 10 upstairs (6 unique, 4 duplicates). And a amazing selection of bottle beer. No crap, all craft beers. Food is locally sourced and mostly organic.

The one oddity is the service. It's not bad just different. They offer counter service only. So no server takes your order or refills drinks. You have to go up each time. Took me a few trips to this place before I got a full grasp. I think they are going for more of a coffee shop feel. Now that I know what to expect I enjoy every trip I make.

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Photo of ortie
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of FremontBar
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Raven is the go to spot if you are in Prescott and love beer, or food, or music. They have a bar downstairs with about 30 taps and a roof-top patio with another 10 taps upstairs. They have good food sourced locally and generally have the best live music in town. It can and does get really crowded on weekend nights which is why I usually go earlier or during the week. Beer program is amazing, always rotating and get some rare kegs for Arizona. Had several hundred bottles when they opened but seem to be down to around 100 as maybe that was a little too ambitious for Prescott. Service can be a little slow, but that is usually because they are busy and I still find every one to be nice and knowledgeable about the beer they serve which I appreciate. Must visit for any beer lover that finds themselves in Prescott.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My favorite stop in Prescott, hands down. Amazing selection of taps (best in Prescott, and arguably better than some famous Phoenix places). Bottle selection is good too. Some traditional logo glassware is used, but not with most beers.

Food is good, and I've sampled it for breakfast and lunch. Falafel portion was a bit small though, and they've been out of veggie burgers on multiple visits. Prices fair.

Coffeehouse feel to this place which is nice for a change, so just keep that in mind with ordering at the counter. A lot of mellow people work here as well as visit here to have a cup of coffee or a craft pint. Lots of street parking available during the day on weekdays, but I can imagine it being more of a challenge on weekends or holiday weekends.

Simply a MUST STOP while in Prescott.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Was in town for Thanksgiving and had occasion to stop by here today. I think this is a very good place, but the thought kept on crossing my mind that it could easily be much better then it is.

Just off the downtown square, the Raven is a modest size cafe with an upstairs and downstairs dining area. There's also a modest size bar in the back on the ground floor that probably holds around 10 patrons. There are high ceilings and the usual beer related brick a brak here, and while nothing fancy or unusual, it's a nice enough place to hang out and have a beer or three.

The selection here is pretty decent, with some 28 beers on tap (and one cider) that has no crap on tap. While they didn't have any cask beer, the Young's double chocolate and the Deschutes Obsidian Stout were both served on the nitro. There are also some cold boxes in the back holding beer that I believe you can order to go or enjoy in the bar. The selection is pretty diverse and solid, and quality is very good. On this particular day they had things like Ruination, Arrogant Bastard, Maharaja, Draak, New Belgium's lips of faith (dandelion beer) and the Lost Abbey Angel's share. All things considered, I was surprised by the variety and quality of the beer selection here.

As for the service, it was decidedly average. My server was very pleasant, but was quick to acknowledge that she knew nothing about beer (but is trying to learn). Also, it seemed as if there was some sort of disagreement or altercation between staff members, which tended to slow things down considerably. Our original waitress took off during our stay, and I gather it was not entirely clear who was supposed to take over for her when she left.

Prices here are decidedly on the high side with my 10 ounce glass of angel's share costing an expensive but understandable $8.50, and my lips of faith running $6.50 for a 10 ounce glass (which struck me as decidedly high).

All that aside, this is a very good place with a selection of beer that would have me overlooking all the negatives if I happened to live here. Would definitely recommend this place...

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Photo of bobinverted
2/5  rDev -51.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

The Raven Cafe is a beer and wine bar with a limited food menu. The Cafe does have a good selection of beers, a few things I've never tried and even a few things I'd actually never heard of, but the selection really doesn't matter if the service is horrible, does it. When we visited it took about 10 minutes for us to be greeted, even though the place was nearly empty. While we waited we noticed the kitchen which is open to the bar. We decided not to have anything to eat after seeing the kitchen crew. The guy washing the dishes looked like he hadn't bathed for a week and the cooks were crusty Prescott College types, not very appetizing. The person who finally waited on us was an owner/manager. He seemed annoyed that we were there, impatient and unfriendly. He took my credit card and wouldn't give it back. When I demanded it back he told me that they had a lot of people walking out without paying their bills, so it was their policy to hang on to peoples cards. I just wanted a couple of beers and some food, I didn't expect to be accused of being a thief. If they had better service they wouldn't have people walking out on them.

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Raven Cafe in Prescott, AZ
Place rating: Ø out of 100 with 7 ratings
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