Beachwood BBQ


104 Reviews
Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(562) 493-4500 | map

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Added by instrumentality on 02-06-2007

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Photo of TheEremite
4.85/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I think this place is a new "must stop" for Orange/South LA County. First, on the down side, it's a little cramped and if you get there after 7 pm then you're in for a wait. Also, if you're there to just sit at a bar and have a few good beers, then... well... there's only two seats at the bar. Both spots were taken when we got there so my wife and I just stood around with our beers and chatted up the staff and the owner. They could definitely use some more space, and rumor is they're going to try to expand into the next door unit.

The beer selection is great. They've got 8 taps and they're all craft beers. The owner is partial to California craft brew, but he had 2 European handles when we were there. 5 of the 8 beers were either one-off brews from California breweries, or they were really hard to find selections. Of the beers there, we had an Alesmith "My Bloody Valentine," Craftsman "IPA," Brouwerij Van Den Bossche "Buffalo Belgian Stout" and Moonlight Brewing Co "Reality Czech." Great stuff.

The food is really good too. It's your standard bbq fare with some unique side options. There's certainly no shortage of options with their mix n match combo platters. The brisket and pulled pork are great, but I haven't tried the ribs yet. The service is fantastic and they're happy to let you try out a side dish or a beer if you're undecided about anything.

We'll be back for sure.

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Photo of rallison
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a great little place - finally had the chance to stop by today.

Since my girlfriend was working, I decided to sit at the bar and got to chat with the owner throughout my meal and beers. Cool guy. Anyway, on to the good stuff..

Tiny little bbq joint with maybe 7 or 8 tables. Nothing too distinctive about the look - but I don't mind, as it's a bbq place.

Service was great - of course I did sit at the bar and chat with the owner while there. But still, everyone was very nice and seemed to actually like being there - what a nice change!

Selection was very good. While there are only 8 or so taps, it is all quality. Never any macro, and so far he has never repeated anything - he just finds good new craft brews to put on next. That and a few nice bottles available too - even a small vertical of Thomas Hardy's 05 and 06 (and he'd like to get a longer vertical of that available too!). Only reason it's not a perfect 5.0 is because there are places like Liar's Club and O'Brien's with 30-40 taps of only great craft brews. But, for a small local bbq joint, you could not ask for anything more! And you get to eat bbq too!

And speaking of which, I only had the hush puppies, but they were tasty. I'll probably revise this score once I've been back to try more and have a more accurate sampling, but those hush puppies were delicious.

So, what's my opinion of this place? So far, I love it. Glad to have it only a couple miles from home. I'll be going back for sure! If you're in the Long Beach area and looking for a place with good beer and food, I'd have to recommend this over the standard recommendations of Yardhouse/Rock Bottom/EJ Malloys/etc. Give it a try, you'll probably like it.

Edit: Selection goes to a 5 - one of the best selections in the entire Los Angeles/Orange County area. Reality Czeck, Ruination Triple Dry Hopped, Craftsman brews, Racer X, etc. For what is ultimately a BBQ place, I definitely couldn't ask for more.

Second Edit: Having had most all of the food on the menu, I must say it is definitely worthy of the 4.5 rating. Only reason it's not a 5? I don't think I've ever handed out a 5 for food, but this place comes pretty close. For those uninitiated, there are a few must haves: fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies and, most importantly, the baby back ribs. Man, that is one good dry rub. Also, Gabe recently got approval to expand the place, so this will about double the space inside. Furthermore, the bar area will expand along one of the current walls, so there will be a lot more bar space. And, another 10 taps! Excellent. I'm excited to see such success and excitement for this place - LA/OC is sorely lacking in good beer destinations, and this expansion should really help put Long Beach/Seal Beach more on the map.

Edit 3: The mac & cheese (add spicy sausage to it), is my current go-to dish. The lamb corn dogs on the new menu are very good as well.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stop one of a meet-up with several BAs for a "Long Beach" pub crawl (they did a lot more stops, my wife and I met them for the Seal Beach portion). Located on the main drag of downtown Seal Beach, a couple of blocks from the beach and pier. A long, narrow room with two rows of tables reaching back to the "bar" and kitchen. Decor was rather plain and inoffensive. This place is new and had a clean and fresh sensibility to it. Was rather busy on a mid-Saturday afternoon, but we had no problem joining up with our friends.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, there were 8 taps, all craft brews from the West Coast (and from California, if memory serves correctly). Not a large selection by any means, but all good to very good ones. The only problem was that they didn't carry anything my wife liked- she only likes a few beer styles, and she was left on the outside looking in.

The food- I had a pork sandwich and my wife had the brisket. Obviously fresh and homemade, good style. Interesting choices for sides, all creative recipes used (for beans, cole slaw, etc.). I have to admit that it didn't really grab me as BBQ goes, but I think that was just me, because everyone else in the party (10 of us?) just loved it. So I'm going to defer to their opinion and think that maybe I just had an off day.

Overall, a great little stop if you are down at the beach, a nice addition to the beer scene, and the BBQ scene. Give it a try!

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Photo of instrumentality
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My first experience at this place was last Saturday during the inaptly named "Long Beach" crawl several BA's and others experienced. (I still like to think of Seal Beach as an extension of Long Beach though just so I don't have to acknowledge that it's actually behind the Orange Curtain - aka Orange County for those of you who don't know what the hell I'm jabbering about.)

Located in one of my favorite little local stretches, Main Street in Seal Beach, this is a spot I expect to get a lot of foot traffic in the near future.

Nothing particularly exciting to look at, the restaurant is relatively small with not nearly enough tables. Still, the simple, white decor and gentle lighting makes it a great afternoon hangout (and probably a bit of a pain in the ass in the evening).

The beer menu was, of course, my first order of business. There were about 8 taps, all craft beer, including Bear Republic Red Rocket and Mortality Stout from the recently demised ReaperAle. I had never had either on tap and they were both fresh and tasty. The other taps escape my memory, as I'm not sure I had heard of any of them, but that's a problem soon remedied.

The head chef/owner (?) stopped by our table multiple times to see how we were doing and also inform us that he is a BA himself and is always on the lookout for good brews.

Moving on to the food...I ordered the brisket and hush puppies. The brisket was so tender I accidentally cut it with my fork before realizing I didn't need a knife, and very tasty. The hush puppies, something I haven't had great experiences with so far, were also quite good - more corn bread than breading, and not at all greasy.

I'm not a barbecue connoisseur - my main hangout before this was Lucille's, a chain restaurant located in several parts of SoCal - but to me, this was some damn fine food.

Various types of BBQ sauce were available in large squeeze bottles placed in a tray on the edge of each table. I tried the spicy sauce, which was ok but nothing special. The meat was good enough on its own.

Some of the BA's passed around a basket of deep fried pickles, which were not too shabby either.

The other guys at my table enjoyed their food as well.

It's a little out of the way, especially when I'm trying to avoid driving, but when the opportunity strikes, I'll definitely pay this establishment another visit, sample some more brews, and then perhaps stroll the quarter mile to the beach and enjoy the scenery while my buzz wears off. And if I have room, there's always the Cold Stone down the street (corner by the beach) to cap it off.

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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
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