Z's Tap House & Grill

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7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

5925 Calle Real
Goleta, California, 93117-2348
United States

(805) 967-0128 | map

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Added by JayTheFinn on 07-24-2006

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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Z's Taphouse is located in Zodo's, a bowling alley with an arcade and restaurant. There's about 40 taps with a horseshoe bar around them. Their beers include Anchor Steam, Gorden Biersch Blonde Bock, Fat Tire, a couple from Humboldt Brewing, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Red Tail Amber, Sierra Nevada PA, Widmer Hefeweizen, Firestone Reserve Porter, Great White, Telegraph's California Ale, Bass, Boddingtons, Guinness, Harp, Newcastle, Stella Artois, Lindeman's Framboise, Woochuck Pear Cider, three Z's brews (an amber, IPA and a honey blonde which I believe came from Santa Barbara Brewing), and then some BMC to round it off.

It's a great place for a fun evening if you enjoy drinking, eating, bowling or playing arcade games. However, if you only came to drink, you've also got to listen to people bowling and playing arcade games. And that's why this place gets a low atmosphere rating from me. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice clean place, a very modern vacility with electronic score-keeping and such. But the occasional scream of a little kid and crash of the pins is ever present. However, I do have friends who don't bowl and still come here for the tap selection. There's not too many other places in the area that offer you this range of choices.

Couple other things: The bartenders were a little slow getting around to each customer, but thankfully there were three of them on duty last time I went, so that helped speed things up. The food is a mixed bag. The popcorn shrimp tastes like muddy, unseasoned crawfish. The quesadillas were plain ol' plain. But the pizza's tasty enough.

Overall it's a pretty fun place for the family to hang out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shwillivanilli
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

So this place is more of a bowling alley than a tap house. With that being said, it is still a good place to watch a game, or hangout with friends. This was my first time coming here, little concenred at fist with the name Zodo's Bowling and beyond, but it was an enjoyable experience. Plenty of TVs with games on, an arcade, pool tables and a lot of lanes. This would be a good spot to host a party or get together. The taplist isn't huge. But they have some ok choices. Best would be the line of sierra and firestone general and seasonal offerings. They have 2 happy hours everyday and 23oz draughts are only $4.50. I had a firestone seasonal for 4.50 an 23oz?! That right there is the deal. We did get a pizza, and it was actually pretty damn good. Nothing special, but it hit the spot. The other food looked pretty decent too. Overall, an fun place, with decent food, and good prices on drinks. Not really a traditonal "taphouse", so just depends what you are looking for. I know I will be back next time I'm in SB.

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Photo of DigitalEye
3.5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We hit Z's about once a month or so and this is by far the best bowling alley bar I've ever been to. OK, thats not saying a lot but you really have to put it in that context to discuss it critically. Z's isn't a stand-alone place and they really have to have an extremely wide variety of beer for everyone's taste, more so than a standard pub or alehouse. Sure, maybe half the taps are plugged into Bud, Coors etc but there is still a nice selection of local and regional micro's. They've got several house beers, Amber, IPA, & a Honey Blonde that are produced for them by local breweries as well as flagship beers from those breweries such as Firestones DBA & Red Nectar, and SB Brewings SB Blonde. Add to that The top sellers from Fat Tire, Karl Strauss, Anchor Brewing and a few others and you've got a fairly decent line-up.

Food here is good. Not great but good and probably a lot better than you've got the right to expect at a bowling alley. Its essentially a sports bar that's less than 4 miles form a college so if you go when there's a game on, its both crowded and loud.

Perhaps the best thing about this place is that its as good as it is being located on a side of town that is essentially one massive strip-mall. Your other choices within a couple miles are an Outback, a Dennys or a 22 oz bottle of Stone IPA in the parking lot of the Vons.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I'm on vacation right now in Santa Barbara, enjoying some of the local scene. We heard Z's, or Zodo's, had 3 dollar pints during happy hour, and 4 dollar 23oz fills as well. Cool. Tap list looked decent as well, nothing too grand, but interesting.

Went down and of course, it's a league night in the bowling alley, so no bowling. We sat in the bar, got rather awful service and were twice informed that our orders were not available. Asked a beer related question, and that was a mistake as well, as we really got a BS answer that was pretty obvious a cover for his lack of knowledge.

While these things were a bummer, the taps list is pretty big, but without many home-run style brews. We had the Z's Hefeweizen, which was alright, very drinkable and a pretty decent hef. Food was cheaper during happy hour as well, so we made the most of that, but all in all, there have to be better beer bars down here.

That being said, they were showing the Titans/Steelers game on all of their 16 plasmas in the bar, and there was a lively group of Steelers fans who really got up in arms about everything. So it's definitely more of a sports bar than a beer bar per se, but you might find a good deal here and get some cheap grub, just come between 4-7 or 10-midnight (and certainly not on league night if you want to bowl).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

So this place is inside of a bowling alley. Yeah..it has taphouse writen all over it. I refuse to call this place a taphouse. The service was average and a little slow, food was average, you know, bowling alley grub..nice and greasy but better than some places I have been too. Bring Maalox. The atmosphere for a "place with beer" is rather bad. I saw lots Coors being poured so I was not impressed needless to say. No one really talked beer or was socialable. It would be a decent place to eat a lunch and grab a quick bad brew. I think charging 4 bucks for a macro beer is absurd. The selection was pretty bad. Lots of bad macro stuff, some Firestone products which are usually pretty good and a few locals but thats about it. If you are looking for something new then dont bother.

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Photo of rallison
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Not too much to add from the previous reviews. Yes, it's in a bowling alley, so atmosphere is a bit lacking. But they've done up the place relatively nicely. They have a pretty good selection, especially now that they carry the Telegraph California Ale and the Z's IPA (made by Firestone, and quite tasty). That, plus the usual micro/macro brew suspects. Overall, not a bad selection, and great for a bowling alley. Food I had was pretty mediocre, but it's cheap during happy hours, so it works out. Just don't get it at full price. Service is always good - the bartenders have always been cool and attentive.

Recommended for certain occasions. Going bowling? Perfect. Need a local place to talk to a friend over a beer and don't want to head downtown? Perfect. Looking for a lively bar scene? Go elsewhere. It's nice to have this just a few blocks from home.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Zodo's, located 2-3 miles from the University, is a staple for college students not wanting to visit the often overcrowded dives in IV, and also not wanting to go as far as State Street. That being said, it is not as packed with collegiates as State or IV tends to be, and the atmosphere is therefore not as effected.

They've got a fairly sizeable tap selection. Here's a list of their taps, from the web site:

Bud Light
Coors Light
Michelob Amber Bock
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller Lite
Amstel Light
Dos Equis Amber
Z's Amber Ale
Anchor Steam
Fat Tire
Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock
Z's Honey Blonde
Humboldt Hemp Ale
Humboldt Red Nectar
Red Tail
Sam Adams
Santa Barbara Brewing Company Blonde
Sierra Nevada
Widmer Brothers Hefewizen
Bass Ale
Great White
Guinness Stout
Firestone Reserve Porter
Lindeman's Framboise
Woodchuck Pear Cider
Thomas Kemper Root Beer (non-alcoholic)

Plus some seasonals, which really means random taps they decide to add and retract, not necessarily seasonal brews. I give the selection a low score because, quite frankly, they have quantity but not enough quality. Too many macros, etc. However, the Humboldt Hemp Ale is suprisingly tasty on tap, and the SB Brewing Company Blonde, Firestone Porter, and a few others are nice to have.

The real deal are the happy hours. 4-7 and 10-midnight every day. 90% of the taps, during those hours, are half-off, meaning 3 dollar 23 oz draft beers, which is a nice deal.

Food is terrible. Avoid. Ambiance is noisy, but visually fine. Bartenders are friendly - my friend, who smokes, was out of cigarettes, and a one of them overheard him saying as much and gave him one of his own.

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Z's Tap House & Grill in Goleta, CA
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