Beachwood BBQ

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Bar, Eatery

131½ Main St
Seal Beach, California, 90740-6316
United States

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Rated: 4.35 by CrescentMoon83 from California

Jun 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
It just feels like a beach restaurant: difficult parking, wood interior, vinegar (like with fish 'n' chips), slightly cramped. It's great.

Good variety of food, as is necessary with a decent barbecue place, plus a few creative appetizers. And of course, the beer list is all the better because they stretch out to other folks' good stuff. I just wish they had a little more of their own for takeaway.
Jun 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Frosty11161 from California

5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
One of the premier places for a great beer with great food.

Chalkboard always changing, come in 1-2 weeks later and expect to see most if not all be different. Spin the wheel if uncertain. With long beach open, this is usually a locals spot, dont' be surprised if on a weeknight a few bottles are purchased from the in-house bottle list and shared amongst other patrons.
May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by StoutSnob40 from California

Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by HippieDave56 from Arizona

May 30, 2016
Rated: 4.73 by HeartofMiami from Florida

May 26, 2016
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Reviewed by ChaseBoat77 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I have been here 5 or 6 times now and I've finally decided to give it a 5/5. My only complaint is that its awesomeness is well known, so it is very popular and can get pretty busy. I've always been able to finagle some room to stand in the bar area, but I've learned to get there early if I want a bar seat. Awesome tap list with a great variety of beers, including some of their own brews, which are always spot on and worthy of a second and third round. This place stands on its own as one of the top beer bars in CA. The fact that it's in such a cool town is the icing on the cake. You have to visit this place if you're even remotely in the area.
Mar 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Mounty4Life from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
stopped in after visiting Riip Beer just south 5 cool little shopping dining area of seal beach and has solid bbq and a great beer selection. only tried a few samples of their beer as their was russian river and other offerings that i desired more!
Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 4.91 by Teen-o from California

Sep 04, 2015
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Reviewed by dddddddd from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
This is your spot if you love IPAs and like some good food to go with them. Much smaller than the Long Beach location with a more concise tap list. Bottle selection however is more extensive than at Long Beach.
Jul 28, 2015
Rated: 4.69 by sheenisgod from California

Jun 24, 2015
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Love Beachwood BBQ! The Seal Beach location is small, at times can be crowded – but always has a very mellow vibe. The beer selection is outstanding. While the Seal Beach location doesn’t carry as many in-house offerings at the Long Beach location – it has a greater selection of guest taps. Moreover, Beachwood offers a hop cam, so people can stay up to date on the latest offerings.
Jun 09, 2015
Rated: 4.85 by Modernrickk from California

Apr 19, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by midlifec from Michigan

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 4.61 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Mar 09, 2015
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Stopped by during Beer Safari in Long Beach/Orange area. Loved Seal Beach and community. Crowded of course but still laid back and a bit of a reminder of early 70's So Cal @ beaches.
BBBQ was small but great. Right on the street of town walk way,
Interesting that it had more taps than LB location, but less of their own beers. Like LB more for BBBQ beer choices (which were excellent); like SB for vibe.
Good news is that both had fantastic guest beers...including great choices from Alpine.
Mar 07, 2015
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Rated by Lbpoundcake from California

4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4
Started coming here when it first opened. Even then Gabe had a grand vision of what craft beer can be. So stoked for the success of Beachwood Brewing
Jan 30, 2015
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Reviewed by indian_pale_ale from Utah

4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Awesome menu that you'll find some "interesting" stuff (in a good way, I'm just not into alligator stew). The fries, BBQ chicken salad, hush puppies and ham are amazing. Oh ya, their tap list is always solid and the bottle list is pretty killer. Be prepared to wait if you go on a weekend/evening or if there is a special release. Seal Beach is extremely small but a cool vibe. LB has a rad outdoor patio which is good in the summer.
Jan 01, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by SimcoeKid from California

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by DCLAguy11 from California

Nov 14, 2014
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Reviewed by simplejj81 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +7.3%
Outstanding food and guest tap list. I loved this place, I just wish they had more than one of there own beers left the day i arrived. That said the many beers they did offer were carefully chosen and dynamite. I had to visit the longbeach location to enjoy their beer, and that place was also worth the trip. Best Gastropub i've been to, I see why the have been ranked #1 in that category for multiple years!
Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 5 by Tamigleo from California

Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by wethorseblanket from California

Sep 24, 2014
Rated: 5 by shoegueuze from California

Sep 16, 2014
Rated: 5 by AlexM from California

Sep 10, 2014
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Rated by Justinsosmart from California

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
Great food, great tap list, and you can almost find RR on tap. Can get a little cramped at times though.
Aug 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 5 by RolandBlunts from California

Jun 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Rollzroyce21 from California

Jun 11, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by greenspointexas from Texas

Apr 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by DotBier from California

Apr 05, 2014
Rated: 5 by jeff1973 from California

Apr 04, 2014
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Reviewed by ThirstyMiner from California

4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Beachwood is my local(ish) watering hole and I am lucky to be within 5 miles of it, as it's likely my favorite beer bar in the US. The quality of the beers on draft is unparalleled. Add to that limited taps (more new beer all the time), awesome events (Sour Fest, anyone?), and extremely knowledgeable bartenders (Vito is the man!), and you have the best place to grab a beer in Southern California. The bar seats about 12-13 so it can be a bit hard to get a seat when they're busy, but the bartenders are always happy to serve the standing crowd (plus, there's a thin bar so you can set your drink down if you do happen to be standing). Most of the food is pretty damn good too.
Mar 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California

Mar 12, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Dec 15, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by davegray from California

Nov 14, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by BAsbill from California

Nov 04, 2013
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Reviewed by metabrewing from California

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5
The Seal Beach location is the original Beachwood BBQ, and its success is what brought about the Long Beach BBQ and Brewery location. They publish their current tap list on their website through an internet connected "hopcam." They typically have 24-26 beers on tap at any given time, which are fairly small production beers that beer geeks will appreciate. I've been to beer bars all around the country, and this truly is one of the best in terms of beers selection and food.

The food: this is straight up BBQ, with a fancy twist. Nothing pretentious, just a twist that shows the owner's background in the restaurant business. Beyond the regular menu, they have a "wild game" menu that involves things like ostrich, buffalo and alligator. Unfortunately, one of the best things -- no, THE best thing -- that they have had on the menu was recently take off: the mushroom stew. I hope that enough people chime up on this decision to get them to bring it back. It was epic.

Beers: They do a good job of representing most beer styles on their tap list, and they often get some pretty rare kegs on the board. The funky and sour selection isn't quite what it used to be in years past. I believe the owner is now hoarding most good sours for the biennial sour fest, which is a week long amazing event. They also regularly do small beer/food pairing dinners with breweries. They're not cheap at all, but they're small, intimate, and good.
Jul 15, 2013
Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 135 ratings