TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery

BA SCORE
99
world-class

117 Ratings
TJ's Restaurant & DrinkeryTJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

35 Paoli Plz
Paoli, Pennsylvania, 19301-1303
United States

(610) 725-0100 | map
tjsbeer.com

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Added by ggaughan on 05-22-2006

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
77
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
5.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 77
Reviews by Slatetank:
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went to Tj's for the first time w/ my brother-tenderbranson69 for the 6th Anniversary celebration.

The place was about 1/2 full when I arrived and it had just started to snow - 1st snow of the season. I sat with him at a bistro table directly behind the bar which seats about 18.The room is very loud and slightly cramped, but there is sufficient seating for the space with a couch and a couple comfy chairs by the take-out coolers. The bar is decorated with breweriana and is organized with an overall neat appearance. They have about 12 tables and their is the dining room on the other side, generally a cozy establishment but not very much to dampen the noise level in the bar area with metal ceilings and tile floor.

The service level is very good considering the amount of people they serviced while we were there, the crowd became large when the second wave of taps opened at 5 pm. There were people waiting to be seated at the bar and everyone was served relatively quickly. I waited for a few minutes for my second draft, but overall good service since the staff introduced themselves and was very efficient with our orders which were handled in an accurate manner.

The selection is good, the event brought many drafts which are sought after beers -such as Pliny the Elder, Barrel aged Sea Monster to name a couple. They have plenty of Belgian selections and a good cross section of craft styles such as dortmunder, Imperial IPA, RIS, rye beer, Wit, American strong ales and a few lagers too. The drafts are what you want to see, though and TJ's doesn't dissapoint as they had over 10 plus cask ales to choose from.

The food was prepared well and came to the table hot and was presented well. The menu is standard bar food but care in preparation is taken They have tasty onion rings with horseradish dip which I sampled and the shepherds pie I ordered was tasty however the meat seamed to have a slightly high grease quotient. I sampled the fish and chips my bro ordered which were battered in Great Lakes lager and they were very tasty. It seems that they are trying to present the opportunity to pair beer with food and use beer in the menu items which is a plus. I liked the menu which was laid out well and looked cool with a metal cover embossed with the restaurant logo.

I found the value to be reasonable for what you get. I would return to TJ's and was glad I got to try the 7 beers I enjoyed since they offer flights of three in sampler glasses. I appreciate the opportunity to have craft beer on cask and options like Russian River Temptation and Ithaca Brute are a treat, not to mention an '08 Black Chocolate Stout, Life and Limb, limb & life and one of my favorite hoppy beers - Sculpin!

I recommend TJ's, I enjoyed the place and really didn't want to leave with the 20+ draft selections they offered on this anniversary.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of heddar33
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of biker2679
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Always a solid, well thought out tap selection with something to please everyone. They seem to have good relationships with distributors/brewers and pull a fair number of harder to find brews. Weeknight events are fun. I wish the menu was a bit more inventive, but the specials are usually pretty decent.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of trapper2408
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Shnanign
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cjohns73
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Upscale place that had both a bar area and a more formal restaurant area. Obviously we were there for the draft list -- I remember something on the order of 20 lines. From the looks of it they have specials on Mondays to kick kegs from that weekend and get new stuff on. When we visited there were 5 options from Hill Farmstead, which was amazing. Apparently they will always have something on tap from HF going forward, and I will also always be there as I move to the area. Oh yeah, food. Very nice, gastropub+ type fare.

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Photo of shaemmerle
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great variety of dishes, all are executed well. Bar has a nice ambiance, as does the dining room. Best tap list west of Philadelphia. A favorite stop for my wife and I.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Fat_Maul
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

No crap on tap sign says it all. Always something new here I haven't tried. Food is bangin.

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Photo of Aaron_Jones
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Fcip78
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of blassor
4.05/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bill69
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of TipsyKitty
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Lurkerson
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of little_star
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Newbyjam
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ccapurso
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jimbomill
4.5/5  rDev 0%

TJ's has a consistently fine beer list coupled with fine cuisine. What's not to like? Their Anniversary events are top-notch, too.

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Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Sean_King
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pwoody11
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA
4.5 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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