BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona, 85050-4206
United States

(480) 538-0555 | map

Notes: Beers are brewed at / by another brewery. 
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Reviews by seedee17:
Photo of seedee17
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This was my first experience at a BJ's brewery. I actually didn't even know it was there, but we saw it on the way to the Yard House and stopped in. The service was pretty good for a busy Saturday night, and like the previous reviewer mentioned, the noise level was minimal. It had a pretty standard brewpub selection of beers, with a couple guest taps, including Sierra Harvest. The menu was big and had a good variety. I chose the BBQ chicken pizza, and it was just OK (go to Papago for awesome pizzas). The beers were also mediocre. The Hefe was watery, the porter was too sweet and was on a nitro tap which I thought was weird, the imperial stout was barely robust enough to be called a plain old stout, and the pale ale, well, I liked the pale ale. Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by this place. If you are going to go to a chain brewpub, you are better off going to the Rock Bottom nearby.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Visited the Desert Ridge location a few times, finally getting around to reviewing. Visited on Thursday 7-19-18.

Vibe is a loud packed restaurant/bar. Conversation was a struggle at time because of the noise level. Warm enough environment overall.

Quality and Selection of the beer was solid. There are 10 or so BJ taps which were solid beers and maybe 15 guest taps which are mostly from established well distributed breweries that i could definitely have had most of them.

Service was so-so, they were busy and the server had to cover a lot of ground. Her timing was not great here and there.
Seem ed knowledgable about the house brews.

Food was pretty solid as well. Good enough for me to go back but nothing spectacular. Pretty wide ranging menu that was split between wise lower calories choices and decadent dishes.

Would definitely go back, but not out of my way to go there.

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Photo of DocSpoon
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

This is a chain, but I was saddened to find out that this BJ's was simply not up to par with the Washington location that I had visited in March. The service was sub par for the price, although the server was knowledgable about the namesake beers on tap. The beer selection is IPA light, which suits me as I am not a big fan of IPA. I sampled three of their beers , one I liked the PM Porter, the Jeremiah Red was a close second and the Amber was simple not that great. I only hope that there is another BJ's around or that this was just an off night. When appetizers arrive before water or soft drinks for the kids that is a red flag.

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Photo of IreRican
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of danetrain0101
3/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place has a decent atmosphere, almost a upscale TGIF. Seems like a chain brewery attempt at disguising its restaurant as a original and unique place.

They have a decent selection. The drinks seem to be over priced and the freshness is questionable. The staff didn't seem knowledgeable about the beers anymore than the menu was.

The service is typical of what you would expect from a restaurant. Decent, clean cut waiters and waitresses.

The food is good. Over priced, but decent enough.

Overall I don't plan on returning unless there prices drop. There are many other breweries and restaurants I would like to spend my time at.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Wow, this seemed like the "Hops" of the west coast. Pretty slick and corporate atmosphere. Sports bar meerts TGIF friday's and they happen to have some micro-brews.

Beer selection was rather tame and the offerings were not that exciting. Geared towards the non- BA crowd.
The help knew nothing! About beer.

The beers we tried were just average. Nothing a BA'er would appreciate. Steer clear!

Sandwich was actually very good! California Chicken Sandwich.

I would not return.
Oh well, we tried.

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Photo of JollyToper
2.71/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Visited on evening of December 6, 2008

Atmosphere - BJs is in its own free standing building in the Desert Ridge shopping center. The interior and exterior are both cozy. Lots of brick and wood. There are TVs for watching games at the bar. It's a nice place.

Quality - I got their Jeremiah Red and my brother got their brown ale. We tipped our glasses, took our first sip, and we both looked at each other and almost simultaneously said, "Mine is bad." We tried each others' beer and both beers had the same off taste to them. We left half drank beers on the bar. Before we left though we heard a waitress bring a blonde ale back to the bar saying that the customer said the lines needed to be cleaned or something.

Service - They were pleasant at the bar and we didn't give them the opportunity to fix the beer problem. We didn't want the hassle so we can't fault them here.

Selection - They had their own beers on tap and they ranged across all the styles you'd expect a brewery to serve.

Food - Didn't eat.

Value - Prices for the beers were reasonable for that area.

In summary, I don't feel like I got a real opportunity to taste their beers because there was clearly a problem with how they were being served. I may try again and if I have the same experience will cut bate quickly and head to Rock Bottom Brewery or the Yard House, both of which are in the same mega shopping center.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

If you don't mind Chain/Suburb/Mall atmosphere, not too bad in the atmosphere department. Plenty large, the noise level was pretty nice actually, everything is clean. The plusses outweigh the minuses (the clientele being one).

I was not impressed with the quality of the beer. The marzen was weak, so I followed with an average pale ale - nothing spectacular, but sessionable. We were there longer, so I tried the stout, which was labeled Imperial but could have passed for a sweet stout.

Our server was reasonably attentive until the end of the night: I bet we waited for 45 minutes with no drinks (not even a water refill) before we got our tab, and of course another 10 to process and pay it. A full hour after you've finished your meal is far too late to leaving. But he was great up until then...

The beer selection I'm afraid it not very good. Pretty obvious styles, very cookie-cutter to me. The waiter was obviously well-trained on how to sell the beers, but he wasn't technically correct (he called the Marzen an ale, which I suppose could be true despite the proper style description, but A. then it wouldn't really be a marzen then would it, and B. it frankly didn't taste like an ale).

I might just have a predisposition against chain brewpubs, but I didn't love BJ's. For the BEERAdvocate audience, I'm advising against..I feel like the Yard House has you covered on more bases and Gordon Biersch has a stronger lineup of malt beverages.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

BJ's has a wide range of their own crafted beers along with frequently rotating seasonal beers that are often better than those on their regular lineup. Springtime means Maibock, and theirs is one of the better examples of this style. Many Belgian styles make their way onto the seasonal list, so there's always something for everyone. So, for the area that counts most - beer, this place is among the best for chain brewpubs.

The contemporary atmosphere here has high ceilings, spacious booths and tables, and a large bar area make for plenty of seating during the twice daily happy hour specials. The spacious structure also means the noise levels never get horrendous like at some local places that offer better beer selections, and the customers aren't the inebriated college fratboy types either.

Service is simply exceptional. The corporate model is working for them - you almost feel serviced to death. My beer never goes below the halfway point before I'm asked if I would like another, the food comes out as it was ordered, on schedule, and if there's even a minor problem the food item was "comped" from my check without having to ask. They make you feel as though they're delighted you're there to visit them, rather than having the attitude of "you're lucky we serve these beers to you".

Food is a fusion of traditional Chicago Pizza favorites with thin crust items, calzones & sandwiches, pastas, and more. In some ways this place is an upscale version of something like Old Chicago.

Price is reasonable, relative to other places of similar quality, but you'll pay more than a hole in the wall establishment.

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