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The Office Beer Bar & Grill

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7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

411 North Ave W
Westfield, New Jersey, 07090-1416
United States

(908) 232-1207

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Added by jwc215 on 03-26-2007

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Reviews by jwc215:
Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A couple of my friends and I ate there for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. We were going to Antone's, but it was not yet opened, and this place is only a couple blocks away, on the same street.

Upon entering, there is a well-lit, fairly large round bar. Small tables were on the side. Tables for the restaurant were in a different section, though viewable from the bar. There were about twenty beers on-tap and about forty bottles. The menu was not quite up-to-date. The bartender had explained that they changed the menu slightly within the last week. The taps were mainly easy-to-find micros (Magic Hat, Brooklyn, etc.) The bottles were more impressive, though not overly so. Wide variety, but nothing much out of the ordiny - A lineup of Bavarian brews and English brews, including Samuel Smith. After a bottle of Brahma (for reviewing purposes only), I had a Smuttynose Brown Dog (my other friends each had something different)- seemed like the lines were clean and the beer fresh.
The waiter was attentive and energetic, but he seemed very limited in his knowledge of beer. (When I asked him for unfrosted mugs and a Smuttynose, it caused him to be somewhat bewildered in both cases, but with help, I got what I ordered. An unusual event did occur that I want to mention: We saw a sign for growlers of Widmer with the name of the bar and the beer for just under $12. I don't like it much, but one of my friends thinks it's decent and his girlfriend likes it, so we decided to purchase it. Well, the bartender poured it and gave us each a glass. We looked at him and explained that it was to go. He said that it had to be consumed there at the bar. And, we couldn't take the growler even after consumption. That seemed goofy. At least he didn't charge us for it.
The food was okay. Typical, what you would expect from a chain. We each had different types of burgers. They were fine - far from special. The menu was nothing special - a variety of chain-type foods.
Bottom line before this review becomes a novel - With Antone's only a few blocks away - well within walking distance (almost in sight of it), it's not worth choosing this over that, unless it is closed, like the situation we were in. On its own, it's decent enough - You'll find something worthy to drink, but nothing really special - not much different than other Office locations.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a typical Office bar and restaurant. It's crowded because its convenient. The atmosphere is fine. The service and food are acceptable but not special, and the beer selection is about what one would expect. Mostly macros. I have nothing against this place. It's comparable to the ones in Cranford and Summit but not nearly as good as the one in Morristown.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Givemebeer
2.43/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Grew up in town with this bar and it was great. Before I could drink it had a great crowded atmosphere with nice people and great prices. When I turned 21 happy hour meant $3 craft beers with stuff like Kane, Carton, DFH Burton Baton - so great stuff. Then, management changed and happy hour is gone and those great beers have no happy hour and are at a minimum $7 each. Ridiculous. My father at one time was charged a normal beer price 6 minutes before happy hour ended because "they don't go by the real time but by their time." After he complained the manager came out and lectured him for getting upset with the bartender. Forget ever going here again. STAY AWAY. This is my only bar review ever and I hate just crushing beers or places but this is necessary.

Oh and with happy hour gone, this place is empty all the time. Hopefully they go out of business.

Good food though.

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Photo of MO5290
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of HopsYeast
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

a-this place can get packed on a weekend night but it is typically a very calm friendly crowd. the dining area is seperate from the bar and is mostly filled with families. they have a few tvs and offer customers free roasted peanuts in the shell. can be annoying to stand since all the customers just litter the shells on the floor! but oh well. the beer selection makes up for it.

q-all the beer i have had tastes pretty good. dont think too much is sitting too long and apparently they clean the lines pretty often.

s-everyone i have had there has been friendly and knowledgeable. i mostly sit at the bar so dont have any experience with the servers. but the bartenders i have had all are prompt and dont leave you to waive your arms for attention. they are quick to refill you glass with water or whatever youre drinking.

s-the beer selection suprised me for it being a chain. dogfish head, stone, harpoon, smuttynose, sam adams, blue point, and a few others that are craft, they did have seasonal beers on tap so it shows they rotate stuff in and out. did notice that the bud/blue/miler selection was actually out of site almost underneath the bar. they focus on craft beer.

f-this is the only sore spot. its typical chain restaurant food. there is absolutely nothing special at all about it. go to a different place in this town to eat if youre looking for food, then come here for the beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went out to eat here once... located on a busy avenue in downtown Westfield where parking is scarce and hard-to-come-by... the food offerings were pretty good and there was a nice selection of your typical appetizers... the servers and were really friendly... and the atomsphere was cool.. the place was pretty crowded when I went, so that's usually a good sign... There wasn't a wide variety of beers on draft, but the prices were reasonable.. I heard they have a decent happy-hour with relatively low prices for some brews, although I'm not sure if this applies to the appetizers as well, which would make it great...

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The Office Beer Bar & Grill in Westfield, NJ
Place rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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