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 DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +5%
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 -1.9%
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 GRG1313
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of orangesol
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -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 -7.4%
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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Photo of Floydster
5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 86sportster883
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of glid02
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +0.6%
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 +0.2%
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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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -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 -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 charlzm
4.85/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

First visited on Saturday night, 04/05/08 with a group of four adults. The wait time for a table was about an hour. Second visit on a Sunday afternoon. No wait for a table at all.

The women folk took the toddler leaving the two male beer geeks to have a few at the bar. The tap selection was awesome, as was having a Stone Smoked Porter on cask! There were also excellent bottle choices at fair prices (Firestone 11, anyone?).

The owner, Gabriel, was nice enough to stand at the bar with us and indulge in beer geekery while we discussed the beers he had and what he wanted to have. The bar is also a spot for other beer geeks to gather and bring their rares and homebrews. There's an actual "scene" developing here!

On our first visit, the joint was packed to the gills and I saw beer going to almost every table; a good sign. Saw some fellow BA/RateBeer guys at a nearby table and started chatting with them. They brought a growler of Russian River Blind Pig with them and in a few seconds I was tasting their freely offered sampling.

The food was good barbecue, but not quite as full-on great as the atmosphere and the beer selection.

Bottom line: come for the beer and the atmosphere and have some food, too. Yeah, I loved it. I just wish I didn't live 40 miles away.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I'd love to begin this review by thanking all the people who responded to my thread about where to go in Cali on vacation. Beachwood was a popular answer so our group went there for lunch after our time down at Huntington Beach. I made the trip up US 1 even more interesting by riding bitch on my girlfriend's cousin's Harley.

Once we arrived at the little strip mall on the road which heading straight to the sea, we went inside the small rectangle place. The atmosphere was actually pretty lame to be completely honest. Pastel green paint covered the walls and there wasn't much of anything to look at. Just inside the entrance you had 3 choices: A bar to the right, a straight hall which headed straight to the bathrooms and back employee area, or lastly, a small dining area to the left divided from everything else by a wall.

The three different decor things going on that were actually good were all placed poorly. The hall leading to the bathroom was lined by tap handles almost horizontally screwed into the walls on either side creating what seemed like a little archway. In the same hall on the right-hand side wall was a framed hop bag from Sierra Nevada. Lastly, one of the two unmarked bathrooms contained a hand-painted picture of a personified fork chasing a pig in hot-rod cars. "Where the fork meets the pork" was the tag-line. Very nicely done.

The beer selection was very nice with a great variety of different offerings listed on chalk-board squares mounted to the wall behind the bar as well as in the dining area. 19 different beers with vast variations in style was awesome to see. Prices on the beers weren't bad either. Specifically, my first pint was Pliny the Elder for $6.

While Beachwood BBQ is a great beer bar the food was by far the pinnacle of this place! A little bit on the pricey size for the serving size, but well worth it's bold, utterly fantastic flavor. I think three of the five of us all got something different. I ordered up the Pulled Pork, "North Carolina style, dipped in our red wine vinegar BBQ sauce & served on a pretzel bun topped with coleslaw". It was sinfully good. Once we all started eating, moans of pleasure came from every mouth at the table.

The other people I was with didn't have a clue what to order for beer so they turned to me and I did the deciding for them but, when another table came in clueless, the waitress that also served us seemed to know just enough to get her by; minimal education to serve decently but no passion in her delivery. The same thing occurred with her serving. She didn't seem to want to be there at ALL.

Besides the almost complete lack of decor and average service, Beachwood BBQ stood out as a place to everyone at the table so much so that the consensus was, "we HAVE to come back. This will be a must-stop on any vacation" which is completely fine with me!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I'm in LA for work this week so I stopped by on my drive up. I'd never been to Seal Beach before but it looks like a nice place, though it was hard to tell in the dark. The Main Street had a bunch of pubs and little shops. It reminds me of a place I've been before, but I can't remember where exactly. Maybe that's the beauty of Seal Beach. It reaches out to you on a different level of reality, transcending GPS coordinates and becoming ubiquitous and maybe, just maybe, immortal. It was dark though, so I can't be certain.

Beachwood Barbeque is a small place that you might walk by without realizing it's a beer bar. The facade is less attractive than others nearby, but it houses some a fine beer selection. I sat down at a small table and was immediately helped by a server who explained to me the finer points of craft beer. He then presented me with a bottle list and explained to me that they had none of the bottles on the list, but that it represented a list that would one day detail the beers they had available in bottles. I must say, it was a very impressive list of beers they did not have.

The tap list was very good. Beachwood maybe had 18 taps? I'm not sure on the exact number, but it showcased a nice mix of Belgian and American craft beer. I ordered a Hop Henge to drink and the smoked chicken with baked beans and corn on the cob. I was a bit surprised when the food was brought to me 3 minutes after I ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love prompt service, but I immediately wonder how long the food has been sitting around when it comes to me that fast. Somehow I forgot that I loathe the flavor of smoked meat. How a person forgets something like that is beyond me. Despite that fact, the chicken was not bad. The beans and corn seemed to have been prepared quite a while before I arrived, so they were not too great.

For some reason the people at the two nearest tables to me were yelling instead of talking. They didn't have beers in front of them but it was obvious they were either half deaf or they'd been drinking for the better part of the day. That was pretty annoying.

To conclude this roundabout review, I wanted to check this place out because I'd read about it, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't come here to eat again, but I might return if I saw something good on the Hop Cam (awesome) and I was in the area. This place has a fine beer selection.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here after the Bruery RS Party with a huge number of local BAs on-site for our post-party. What can I say about this place that hasn't already been said!? This place was just plain awesome... The beer selection, stellar. The food, great. The service, great. I'm guessing either the manager or owner was in attendance and definitely made all of us feel very welcome and got us anything we needed while there. He also shared a few brews with us while we were hanging around. With me being from South Carolina I got quizzed on my preference of BBQ while I was there. Had an awesome time while I was there and got to meet quite a few BAs while I was there and could even see the Pacific from just outside the restaurant. Not much wrong going on here. I WILL be going back here even if I have to drive for a bit to do so. I suggest you do too.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited this place on a Saturday night. It's located on the main strip in Seal Beach. It's a very small room split down the middle by a dividing wall with the bar on one side and the dining room on the other. The bar was packed but it was still fairly easy to get a beer. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful and I think that one was the owner. We waited about 30 minutes to get a table for 4 which wasn't too bad.

The beer list is great. They had 21 beers on-tap, all top-notch stuff. American micros, Belgians beers, German beers, and even a couple of British brews. It's a very well thought out list. The hop cam on their website is awesome. You can see what they have, and it constantly updates. Prices were reasonable.

The food was very good. It's a large menu with lots of options. Everyone was happy with their food. Not the best BBQ in the world but still very good. Very good service for the food as well.

All in all, I'd highly recommend this place. Easily the best beer destination in Orange County.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Original review (7-6-07) - The Beachwood BBQ sits at the back end of Main St., just west of PCH. Walking in, it is quite cramped, with just 3-5 seats at the bar and a collection of tables. Luckily, I went here around 4 o'clock Thursday, so it wasn't crowded at all. Their tap list is quite good for 10 taps or so, they concentrate on California microbrews. The only non-California brews they had were Avery's Maharaja and Paulaner's Hefeweizen, no macros on tap. I had a Triple Rock Dragon's Milk, which is disappearing quite quickly, one keg I think, and since I was low on Cash, I had the sweet potato fries, which were quite good (and high in beta-carotene to boot). I did not have a chance to try some of their BBQed meats, I will have to return. The food I had was good, the beer and beer list were exceptional for such a small place, a great place to visit.

Edit (12-23-07): Since the expansion happened I've upped the atmosphere and selection scores.

Edit 5/5/08 - Definitely now my regular haunt, go there at least once, usually twice a week, highly recommended.

Food Edit - I usually have the brisket sandwich during happy hour - a great deal for $5. For dinner definitely try the mac'n'cheese, they use gruyere, yum. The deviled eggs are great. For entrees I'd recommend the wild boar meatloaf in blueberry sauce or venison, I'm a huge fan of game meat, so this is right up my alley. Check this place out on New Year's Eve, Gabe creates some interesting game meat dishes and will always have something special planned.

Update (July 2011) - Lowering the atmosphere score a bit, let me tell you why. It's just gotten so crowded lately, especially on the weekend, it seems the only time I can get a seat is mid-week happy hour. Hopefully Beachwood II can assuage the situation, and make me anticipate a seat instead of standing for the first time in a while, like it was back pre-2010.

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Photo of Jodi215
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is our go to place when we are in So Cal. We never miss going there and drove over 70 miles one way on our last visit for dinner. The food is great and includes everything from BBQ to gourmet bistro. I always have the BBQ and really love the Pulled Pork, Brisket dinner or Ribs. The smoked asparagus is fantastic but the BBQ beans are a little to spicy for me. My son loves the Wild Mushroom stew on the starter menu. The BBQ chicken was raved about by our friends on our last visit. Just about anything you order you will love. They also have a huge beer list that is varied and changes daily. The service is always friendly and they go out of their way to make your visit enjoyable. Value for what you get is very reasonable.

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Photo of mjl21
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here on a recent vacation to Southern California. Beachwood BBQ is located on the main drag in Seal Beach. The day we went it was raining and we had no problem getting a parking spot outside. I could see how parking could be a pain when the weather was nice.

The space itself is smaller than I imagined. When you walk in through the front door there is the bar area and the chalkboard beer menu that is updated online. They have a second room with tables and that is where we sat. They also have another beer chalkboard in that room.

The beer selection was really good. They have at least 20 beers on tap and also had a cask version of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker. They had stuff from Stone, Port, Ballast Point, Bootleggers, Victory, Coronado, Alesmith, Ridgeway, Sierra, and a bunch more. I opted for a Ballast Point Dorado and a pint of the Palate Wrecker. Beers seemed to be priced between $5.00 to $7.00.

The food overall ws very good. We started with an order of fried pickles that were mediocre, but improved when we put some of their bbq sauces on them. I had a very good pulled pork sandwich with a side of smoked asparagus. My wife had a fried green tomato sandwich that she really liked. All of the food looked good and they had some amazing sounding sides.

Service was very good. We never had to wait in between beers. The waitress we had also seemed to have some good knowledge about beer.

This is definitely a great place to hit up when in Southern California. It was nice to see so many draft only offerings from good breweries available all at once. The food also was very good. I will be back.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.25/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beachwood is located about a block away from the beach. Right on main street that leads you right into the beach it's a great setting for a bar like this. When you walk through the door you walk immediately into the bar area, which runs front to back on your right. If you want to be seated at a table you go to the room on your left and sit down. The bar is in an "L" shape and probably has 14 or 15 seats.

The draft menu is on the wall behind the bar, on little square pieces of chalkboard that are pegged individually to the wall. Each beer get it's own board so they are easy to change out. There are about 25 beers on tap along with a cask serving. The selection is very unique. Each time I've been there I've seen things that I've never seen in this area, or even heard of (ie small offerings from big breweries). Beers are served in proper glassware... weizen glass for hefe's, nonic pints for english beers, (large) goblets for strong beers etc. Pours generally range from $5.50 to 6.50.

There is a big flat screen TV positioned at the left end of the bar, running sports which is very nice.

The service is great, very friendly bartenders.

So far I've tried the BBQ Chicken Nachos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and smoked BBQ buffalo wings. All have been very good.

If I didn't live 45 minutes from this place I would be there every day, easily.

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