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3.69/5
Harmon Restaurant & BreweryHarmon Restaurant & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1938 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3110
United States

(253) 383-BREW | map
harmonbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
35
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
369
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
36
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Atmosphere was very similar to mid size chain breweries like the Ram and Rock Bottom. It was fine, but it wasn't special. Relatively large place, which is nice. I imagine it gets pretty busy during happy hour.

Quality wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that great. Most of the beers were mediocre or boring; a couple were pretty (the porter and the IPA in particular).

Service was above average for the Northwest (where typical service is bad). They had a decent selection -- even the beer specialty places I go don't often have three different porters on tap.

Food wasn't great. Fish and chips was all we had -- the fish was dry and bland (although it looked really good), the fries were not bad, but they seemed like they were made from a bag of frozen fries.

Prices are reasonable, or on the high side of reasonable. Growler fill was $12, I think our pints were $4.75 or $5. All you can eat fish & chips at about $10 is a pretty good deal.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gandres
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited 10/28/2016 at 1:00 pm during lunch special
not a lot off people
attentive service
Good selection
Pizza was good
Value- lunch special is excellent

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Photo of socon67
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kubishark
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Went in here on a night a few weeks ago where some drugged out guy in a Bernie shirt was playing bass and mumbling into a microphone. It was the worst live music I've ever heard in my life, to the point it was so bad that it was good. Our waiter immediately sincerely apologized for the bizarreness of the music situation, but we were enjoying the ridiculousness of it. Was a great waiter who showed his honesty with that, and with how helpful he was with the menu and beer selection. Beer selection was good and standard, food selection also fairly standard. Food nothing special, but I enjoyed what I ordered nonetheless. Would recommend if you find yourself in downtown Tacoma.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Chances are that if you are doing some sightseeing in Tacoma, it is inevitable that you will find the Harmon Brewery. A stone's throw from the Washington State History Museum, Harmon takes on many of the qualities of your good standard brewpub; over ten different house beers, an available cask, a large bar, easy to spot from the street, and good comfort food. As it was just past noon, a few patrons were eating inside, and there was a little drinking going on as well. The decor could use be freshen up, but after seeing the graceful glass displays at the Museum of Glass, many things will look dull.

Fortunately, the beer is not dull. 10 different taps, all house beer, pouring a blonde ale, IPA, pale ale, amber , Porter, stout, and more. No listed prices for the beer, and the rotating beers were not listed anywhere. I did have a waitress who was more than pleased to answer a few of my questions about the rotating beers. The pale ale was a good way to start my day, and the seasonal stout, at over 8% ABV, was like a chocolate liqueur. This two beers helped wash down a delicious and spicy beer chili.

Harmon is not only convenient, but also delivers with the beer. Pop in if you are along the waterfront or on Pacific Avenue.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of alasdair
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of DaveRinn
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Duggie
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of FederalOC
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of warpig372
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jibbsy767
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Decently brewed beers - good prices at Happy Hour $3 pints. Right down the street from UW Tacoma.

Needs better selection - the 7 styles they offered were textbook microbrewery. All the styles were fair representations and good quality, nothing unique or outstanding. IPA was the best of the lot.

Food was exactly what you would expect - pub grub and pizza.

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Photo of grizzbar
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bundtcake
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The service is always good at the bar. I've been there a lot of times. The regular selection is decent. They have solid beers. The seasonal styles are the most interesting. The food is pretty good stuff, but you can definitely end up walking out having spent more than you wanted. If you hit happy hour or Taco Tuesday then its not a problem; you can walk cheap. I like to sit at the bar and look at the brewing vats.

The Vanilla Porter and the Bigfoot Stout are my favorite beers here. The Steep and Deep I had for the first time this year, and at first it seemed just okay, but then I gradually started craving it. So I don't know. Maybe I can only recommend it if you go here on a regular basis. The first time or two you go its worth checking out their flagship beers but after awhile I'm sure you'll be sticking to the special stuff.

My two favorite things to do here are 1) get a couple seasonal beers and the clams, which are pretty good here and 2) get three tacos and a brew and end up spending like 10 or 12 bucks. Am I focusing too much on food, or money, or both? I have a too-much problem with food, and a too-little problem with money. I don't necessarily think the Harmon is a great beer destination that everyone must experience, but if you live in the area like I have it's a pretty good regular stop. The historic building is really cool looking. I think I'm going to have to pick up a growler of the Vanilla Porter before it rotates back out.

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Photo of NWer
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Harmon has three locations. This is a review of the Brewery and Tap Room.
Nice friendly neighborhood bar that happens to have a brewery in the middle. Nothing spectacular, just nice and homey. The front has a bar and a few tables. There are pool tables in the back. Nice view of the working brewery in between.
Five tap handles. Four Harmon beers, one guest tap.
The beer is good, the food, well, go there for the beer.
We had a pizza. Don't go there for their pizza. Go for the beer.
Did I mention that the beer is good? But don't go for the pizza.
$3 pints early and $8 growler fills between 5-6

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Photo of hopburster
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on my way home from PDX.

A: Located in a neat old building in downtown Tacoma, the Harmon has a nice homey, old-school PNW tavern feel. Kid-friendly restaurant; nice bar area if you want to hang with adults.

Q: Appetizers were good, beer was OK...but after a weekend sampling the best PDX has to offer, less than impressed with the Harmon's brews. Don't get me wrong, nothing horrible...but I would tell friends to go out of the way to drink their beer.

S: Good service in the bar from attentive server.

S: Beer selection was rather pedestrian...amber, ipa, porter, etc. Nothing to write home about.

F: Had the wings...standard brewpub far done reasonably well.

V: It was Sunday afternoon so it was happy hour--the beer was cheap and the bar menu was very reasonable.

Overall: A decent place, with OK food and OK beers...but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Located on Pacific Avenue is downtown Tacoma near the historic art-deco train terminal, parking is on-street and a bit hard to access for the impatient. Brick walls, hard wood floors, 12 seat bar with numerous tables, room in back for gatherings, rowing dominated memorabilia, pleasant staff especially the statuesque bartender. The nachos seemed to be the big selling item, big plate, didn't see or try much other food, though the party in the back was having pizza, obviously undercooked. The brewery is visible behind the bar. 6-8 beers on tap, nothing that exceptional. They were having St. Patrick's day inspired trivia when I visited, that dude needed a personality transfusion, reminded me of a mohawked Ben Stein, anyone, anyone. Worth a visit, but I won't be going back, beers slightly above average, out of the Vanilla Porter, bottles to go. OK, but not that great.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is a bit bland inside, though not terrible. The food is above average pub food, not impressive but certainly not bad.
The thing that bothers me about this place and the Hub (sister brewpub) is that the beer tastes young. It's the type of thing I only came to notice once I began homebrewing, but now every time I have a beer here it tastes as if it needs another week or two in the bright beer tank to clear and let the yeast clean up the diacetyl and acetaldehyde (green apple flavor). The beers are a bit nondescript to me as well, a bit underwhelming.
The good things are the food, the menu is good and everything I have eaten has been delicious. Their happy hour has some great deals as well, such as personal pizzas.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I visited the Harmon several times when a good friend of mine lived in the building. What a lucky guy to have a brewery in the bottom floor of his building. I'd probably go there every night if it were me.

I really dig the wood all over the bar/restaurant...also the exposed wall. The bar stools are comfy. The lighting is spot on. The building is really awesome overall.

The place gets packed on the weekends, but if you can get a seat there is a good vibe.

The beer is decent. Good selection. Good service.

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Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

You will notice the silo as you walk-up. This is a nice location near Union Station, the University and the museums.

I like the outside community tables near the entrance. Unfortunately, it was only 57 in mid-June...

The bar is on your right as you enter. It seats about 20. they have a good selection of small and large tables in the bar area. The picnic table must seat about 12!

They offer 5 regular beers and 2 specials. The beers ran from ok (the ESB) to very good (the vanilla porter).

The menu is pretty standard with pizzas, burgers, fish and chips and that west coast favorite fish tacos.

The Food came very quickly and was no more than average (and that's generous). I wonder if they prepare a lot in advance as it was out less than 10 minutes after I ordered.

The soundtrack is a nice mix of modern and classic rock.

Bar Service is fine if a bit slow and they will give samples.

I liked the Rock Pizza place up the hill better.

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Photo of KBomb
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

On a weeknight or a drizzly Saturday afternoon this is a cozy spot. Clean, warm, and woodsy atmosphere. Friday and Saturday nights seem to bring out the polo shirts backward baseball caps. That's not really my crowd, but when its a little quieter this is a great place to sip a porter during the long months of cool Washington weather. The downtown Tacoma location is pretty good, save for parking challenge.

Food is a mixed bag: the wife liked her soup, but my Philly was pretty unremarkable. The price was right.

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Harmon Restaurant & Brewery in Tacoma, WA
3.69 out of 5 based on 369 ratings.
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