Beachwood BBQ

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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 DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Meet up with Halcyondays earlier today at Beachwood BBQ, and what a treat it was. The place is small and nondescript on the inside, but if you like BBQ and beer, then you have to stop by.

Beer: 22 rotating taps are offered with a very limited number of bottles, it might be the best draft selection in OC. Many of the drafts are hard to find on draft elsewhere and also feature some locally brewed beer, which is a rarity for me to find at my usual hangout (Hollingshead's). A cask is offered as well, and so are several types of glassware to match each beer. Great presentation of the beers/ What keeps the selection from being exceptional is the lack of bottled beers.

Food: Can say say BBQ pulled pork with sweet potato fries? Delicious. My sandwich was served on a baguette, and their house BBQ sauce is awesome. The fondue is also great.

I usually don't travel to the Seal Beach area, but Beachwood BBQ gives me a reason to come back more often.

Update: After numerous visits, I have no choice but to up the selection and service scores. The tap rotation is frequent, and is always highlighting hard to find beers. Oh, and they do have an exceptional bottle list. Servers are always on top of things, friendly, and know more than a few thigns about beer. And if you are lucky to meet Gabe...well...let's just say he is the man. It is him and his exceptional staff which makes Beachwood BBQ a MUST VISIT!!!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well bless my little cotton socks. Just when I had given up all hope of ever having a decent beer bar in Long Beach, along comes the Beachwood BBQ right out of the blue & firmly & squarely stuffs itself into that empty hole & proceeds to fill the vacancy to capacity*.

Set in the rather quaint Main Street in downtown Seal Beach, it is still nonetheless very easy to miss this place & walk right past it partly because of its small width frontage, especially on a first visit. At 131½ Main Street, you need to watch the numbers as you walk here on your premier stop, but note that the ½ hints at the small nature of the Beachwood so keep your eyes peeled.

As the name suggests, the Food is the main reason to come here for many. Appetizers, Sandwiches, Smoked Stuff, Salads & Sides are the main headings for the menu. I love the Pulled Pork which is dry rubbed & slowly smoked with applewood, pecan & oak. I always opt for a side of the house steak fries. A well constructed menu offers something for most & the portions are filling.

Aside from the BBQ, the real reason many like to head here, despite the great quality of food, is the superb range of beer. There are some very cool looking red stools at the bar but only 3 of them, so there is no room to hang around &just enjoy a beer on its own. So if you want to drink, you’ll have to get a table for that, it could involve a wait at busy times, but it’s worth it. Quieter periods, such as late on a night say an hour before closing, are the better times for the drinking only option as the foodies start to leave & tables free up or populated by the remnants of the earlier punters finishing off the food with a round or two of beers. The Tap selection is awesome; no crap on tap here, ALL Ten Taps serve the real deal, personally selected high quality offerings from the better CA/US Breweries plus some Overseas classics. The range is well thought out style wise, the appearance of rarities is common place. Moonlight Reality Czeck & Triple Dry-Hopped Stone Ruination are just two of the recent special libations to shine. A small range of Bottled beers backs this up, but really, there is almost no need to go here with such a terrific tap list.

Service is outstanding & exceptionally friendly. The people that work here are more than employees, they are just a much a part of Beachwood as the physical fittings & definitely help to make the experience of eating & drinking here a sincere & genuine pleasure. Helpful hints are available if you have any questions about the food, or beer come to that, if you’re not sure they will be more than happy to offer a sample of the beer on sale.

Street Parking on Main Street can often involve driving around the block a few times, but there is parking at the back of Beachwood, & although it is limited, it is often available, but Shhh…..that’s a secret only the locals know about.

Arguably the Beachwood is a victim of its own success, & some may find the cozy atmosphere, read limited space interior, as an issue. But time it right, early afternoons or around 8:30pm on a night, & you can often avoid the crowds, otherwise you could be in for a wait, there are seats outside but they are often occupied with people waiting to get one of the tables, or the dreaded Cancer stick addicts. A sign-up sheet hangs up just to the right of the door as you walk in, & keeps the comings & goings under control but I prefer the quieter times when I can chance to chat with the staff & they aren’t too busy Gabe & his Wife.

I cannot speak highly enough of Beachwood, it has some draw-backs for sure, it is cramped when busy & it can be very noisy when full, the bare walls really seem to accentuate the talking voices to loud levels at times. But the rumors of expansion into adjoining premises abound with some truth, & the good thing is that this also applies to the tap range which could treble, just the thought of that is a treat & welcome news.

Despite the current nit-picks, this is a fantastically friendly place to enjoy some BBQ food & an unparalled range of high quality beers, some that you will likely not see anywhere else in SoCal.

The slogan goes, “Where the Pork meets the Fork”, but it is also where I meet many great beers on a regular basis.

Opens Daily 11am to 9pm. *CLOSED MONDAYS*

#Highly Recommended#

Last Visit: Not a chance...

*OK, it’s not really in Long Beach, but it is close enough to the LA/OC border where I live to have become a pseudo-local for me. Served well by Public Transport too. If you head down the Blue Line, from the Pine Avenue Transit Mall, outside Rock Bottom take the Passport “A” Alamitos Bay (Red) Bus Eastbound & get off at the last terminus stop by Busters Crab Shack, or better still the penultimate one before the Bus heads into the parking lot. From there, head over the bridge, walk straight down Central Street which brings you out onto Main Street. Turn right & Beachwood is just a block down on your right hand side.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in here after the bruery party for the tasting. What an awesome place.

First off, this place is small, and our group was quite large. We squeezed our way in and grabbed the last few seats at the table. The place was packed with tons of local BA's there for the tasting and others just looking to eat and drink that this awesome spot. The quality was absolutely top notch. From the amazing food to the excellent beer selection. All the beers were served in the correct glassware and nothing in the place felt cheep.

The service could not have been better. Like I said our group was quite large and they didn't mind at all. Our server Jackie was great and she really knew her stuff. The owner, Gabe, came around quite a bit and was a really cool guy. He even opened a few bottles for all of us to try. The only thing better than the service was the food, which was just awesome. I got the triple meet sampler made up of ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket with sweet potato fries and blue cheese grits. I could only eat half of it because there was just so much food. I ate the rest the next day and it was just as good as the night before. I just wish I could have tried even more because I spied quite a few things on the menu I would have liked to try. Prices were very good. My huge meal was only $20 and the beers were just as reasonable.

Now, on to the beer. So many tasty offerings, so little time. I really wanted to try the Midnight Sun panty peeler but it kicked right when we walked in the door, oh well, I had to settle for the Stone double dry hopped sublimely self-righteous...yeah poor me. After that I was going to go with the cask ruination with simcoe but they put a keg of Moylan's apple brandy barrel aged double kilt lifter on, yeah I know so many words, and I just had to get it. One of the best tap lists I have seen in some time.

Overall one of my favorite stops on my trip to cali. I can't wait to see how the new brewpub location turns out. If it is anything like this place I am sure it will be one of the best.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is a real gem and perhaps not quite what you expect. 20 taps which "yesterday" was a lot...."today" its good but almost average for a beer place. The difference here is that what's on tap is very special and always changing. We went during the Italian Festival which was not only unique but fantastic! (Going on May 6-9, 2010). Fantastic selection of special beers and you can check the website for their ever changing list.

The real difference in going to Beachwood vs other places is that the food at Beachwood is absolutely extraordinary. The BBQ is very good; the rest of the food is fantastic! Best wings I've had; blue cheese grits are amazing; a mushroom stew that bowls you over; and it goes on an on. Super creative and prepared perfectly. Great place.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BillRoth
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The OG Beachwood location is super duper small with a few tables and a bar area. Come at the wrong time and you will be waiting for a while. Even when there is no real crowd it feels a bit cramped. Lots of brick and wood and beer memorabilia around the walls. All of the beers are listed on chalkboard squares in the bar and the dining room area. This location doesn't seem to have as many beers on tap (maybe 15 or so) but definitely has the better bottle list with a surprising number of rare bottles. Quality of all the beer is great and I think the bottle list is their strong point at this location. Half pours are available and they are great about giving you a free taste of something if you are on the fence about it. Food is great as always. Prices for beer and food are quite reasonable. Service is always good even when it gets super busy. Definitely recommended but come early!

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Floydster
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Finally got to check this place out yesterday as a belated birthday present from my family

Located on Main Street in a really cool part of Seal Beach next to several other bars and restaurants, near the ocean, does not look like a beer hot spot from the outside

This place was tiny with like ten tables total, but by the looks of the wall, they will be expanding some time very soon, cool athmosphere and everybody seems real excited and relaxed, the owner and beer guy, Gabe is a real cool as well

Unfortunately, the two beers I planned on trying today ran out right before we got there, St. Bernardus Wit and Moonlight Twist of Fate, but I was not worried about it after I tasted the different Rubicon beers I ordered

I had a Rubicon Black Capricorn black IPA and a Monkey Knife Fight pale ale, and an Ommegang Hennepin saison farmhouse ale, prices were around six dollars a pint which is a bit pricy

Only had ten taps or so and other consisted of Victory Prima pilsner, Stone Double Bastard, Unibroe Trois Pistoles, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown and Speedway Stout

Place was super clean and our waitress was on top of things the entire time, knowledgable about beer too, she even gave us four different tasters before we ordered

Nice selection of beer for such few taps, have had some beauties here in the past like Moonlight Reality Czeck, some hard to find Lost Abbey stuff, and rare tap only beers from Bear Republic

Food was awesome as well, had 1/2 chicken and beef brisket with sweet potato fries, hushpuppies, corn on the cob, and cranberry cornbread, all for only fifteen dollars

I cannot wait to go back to this place, especially now that I know it is less than a half hour from my parent's house, so when I come visit them, it will become a frequent trip like Naja's is

Very highly recommended and one of the best food and beer combinations I found here on Beer Advocate

Update: Gabe is the one of the coolest guys in the craft beer world and this is the best damn food you will have!

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Photo of midlifec
4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of 86sportster883
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Beachwood BBQ is my favorite OC haunt. I've been here several times over the past two years and I'm always impressed with the incredibly unique selection of draught and cask offerings. Tonight is no exception as I happen upon the BBQ's kickoff of their 2nd annual Winter Beer Week. There are few choices under 7% ABV for this event, so I started with the Bruery's Lookal Red, follow it w/ J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale (on cask), and finish w/ Port Brewing's Road Helles Lager.

At the bar, the clientele always seems friendly, the staff is quick and always fully fluent on all the beers being poured and the food is very good. I've been to many a beer bar in many towns across the States, but this is the only one I consider an essential stop, every time I come to town.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped by on a recent trip to Long Beach based on the glowing rec's here on BA - have to say, this is one of my favorite places in the world to drink and eat.

The place is tiny, but I arrived on the early side (during Happy Hour - $1 off beers and special food menu) and was able to grab a seat at the bar. Dig the vibe of the place.

Tight, well-though out selection of local, national and int'l beers. Had my 1st 2 glasses of Pliny the Elder and was not disappointed. At the suggestion of a local tried an Inland Empire Porter which was quite tasty too.

Authentic BBQ is served here. I can be a bit of a priss about my 'cue, and this place was spot on. My pulled pork sammich with coleslaw on pretzel bread was delicious.

First server in the evening was extremely prompt and friendly - second not so much.

I am jealous. I want to move to the area so I can frequent this place. A must-stop for BA's in the area.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of glid02
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I made it over here three times in a five day stay, needless to say I'm a fan of this place.

Atmosphere is good. I was surprised at how small this place was. A fairly short bar with stools sits on the right side when you enter with a shelf on the opposite wall with just enough room for people to slide by in the middle. A dining room is adjacent to the bar room. The atmosphere mirrored the cozy confines as the owners seemed to know 80% of the people that walked in the door.

Quality is good. I don't remember any logo-ed glassware but all beer was served in the propoer style of glassware at a good temperature with nice head.

Service is great. I happened to strike up a conversation with one of the owners and from there it was on. My glass was never empty and oftentimes it wasn't even beer that I'd purchased.

Selection is great. I believe at one point all but three of their offerings were from the state of CA however no brewery was represented more than once. AleSmith, Stone, LA, Port were all there along with some smaller locals such as Bootlegger's and Huntington Beach Brewery. There were also a few imports such as Ola Dubh and a Belgian that I can't remember. The bottle list is also impressive, with heavyweights such as LA Bourbon Angel's Share, FW XI, Isabelle, Beatifaction, etc.

Food was surprisingly good considering it's a BBQ joint in CA. I had the macaroni and cheese one night with gruyere and bacon then the BBQ sandwich the next. Both were very good.

Value is very good. If you're not in the mood for a full beer, many times you can order a half beer that's a bit more than half the price of the full.

Overall this place is a must visit if you're in the LA area. Big thanks to Gabe and Kyle for being so hospitable.

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Photo of jdense
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited 8/5/09 with a couple of Bruin homeboys.

Been looking forward to visiting for some time, Smallish hole in the wall feel, small bar area with about 8-10 stools, pretty crowded, with adjoining dining room about 8 tables. The beer selectio of about 20 taps ran towards summer brew (Ommegang Hennepin, Allagash White, Sumner Kolsch, Allgeyer Pils, North Coast Wheat). A bit light on IPAs (Hop 15, Tustin, Karl Straus Rye) but it is summertime. It was cool to see new beers get posted on the Blackboard, check out the webcam to see what's on tap. It was obvious that a lot of thought and care had gone into the beer selection, always something amazing on tap. Not the biggest selection in terms of number of taps, but a great selection of outstanding beers that will give a BA pause before ordering-decisions, decisions!!!

The food was pretty good, we ordered the fried pickles for an appetizer, and had the pulled chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll with the sublime blue cheese grits as a side. It wasn't the best BBQ I've ever had (spent a lot of time down in Texas Hill Country, podnah) but it was pretty good for SoCal. You won't have any trouble finding a nice beer pairing for anything on the menu.

Parking is a bitch, unless you take the back alley, good luck finding a spot on the street. Most certainly worth a visit for an OC-bound BA. Very Highly recommended.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a Wednesday night about 5:30 on my way from Thousand Oaks to San Diego. Easy to find but limited parking options. There was a short wait for a table, 5 minutes. There were 16 to 20+ beers to choose from, all exceptional quality, most hard to find. There was a nitro tap, but I'm not sure anything was on cask. The two I finally decided on were very fresh. The beer must rotate on a frequent basis, as two of the selections were replaced during the two hours I was there. The server was above average, we had no wait for beer or food order. Very good beer knowledge, too. My only beef would be the chinchy sample I got when I asked for a sample (slightly more than 1 oz of foam). I was there with three other colleagues, so I was able to sample a few appetizers along with my entree. All items were well above average. Fried pickles were thick cut and had the perfect amount of breading. Mussels came in a wonderful broth that could have been served by itself with bread. The BBQ (I had ribs and chicken) were both very well done. Ribs were a bit dry, but had a great flavor. Chicken was moist and smoked perfectly. The BBQ would have stood up against most of what I can get in Austin.

I will definitely consider returning here the next time I'm in town. For beer, food, or both.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was here during Sour Fest, so obviously it was a bit different than one would normally expect.

I was there during Lost Abbey night and the place was so packed we had to wait outside for about 10 minutes before there was even enough space in the bar area.

Plenty of (sour) beer loving people all around, which was nice for a change.

The selection of beers and the quality was outstanding. I just wish it wasn't so crowded. Between my girlfriend and I, we had Phunky Duck, Cuvee de Tomme, Sangria, Sinners 09, Eric's Ale, Le Terroir, Confluence, and Ommegang Rouge. All were delicious.

The food was very good. I had the pulled pork and my girlfriend had the brisket. The meat was great, as were all the side dishes.

The prices were pretty reasonable all around. The sour beers were a bit pricey ($4-5 for a 5.5oz pour), but I guess that's not totally out of line considering the rarity of a lot of the beers.

A great place overall, and I'd like to check it out again, I just wish it wasn't so far away for me.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for the first time last friday. The place is clean and about 100 yards from the water. Its easy to miss. Things started off wrong with the bartender giving me crap about the bar being too crowded after the lady sitting there asked me if I wanted her to move over. He then turned around and started walking away before I could order a drink. When I started asking questions about specific beers and when I mentioned that I had been to Rubicon Brewing (after seeing the 3L on the counter) he eased up. Also, when we walked in the front door, the lady that came up to us acted like she didn't know what we were doing there. She started with "What do you need?" and when asked about getting a table she responded "I don't know, maybe 20 minutes". Like I said, the bartender warmed up and the overall experience was nice after the first couple minutes.

The tap lineup was amazing. "Only" 15-20 taps going but they were all very solid choices and probably 1/3 of them were ones that I had never tried. Got a 8oz glass of something called Cuvee de Raisin, and split something called Speakeasy Scottish Ale with my brother. Don't know if this is the same Speakeasy as in SF but I can't seem to find any info on it. My brother got a glass of the Rubicon Rosebud strong ale. All 3 were good beers (especially the Cuvee).

Didn't get to try the food unfortunately because we were running late and didn't have time to wait for food. Everything I saw and smelled was fantastic, but I will reserve judgement until I actually get to eat there. $16.50 for the 3 specialty beers, not great but it could have been much worse. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, even on a Friday night. I was expecting another Toronado but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 136 ratings