The Trappist

The TrappistThe Trappist
The TrappistThe Trappist
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

460 8th St
Oakland, California, 94607-3935
United States

(510) 238-8900 | map
thetrappist.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.44
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
99
pDev:
8.11%
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 99
Reviews by dirtylou:
Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I've been aware of this place for some time, so it was nice to get over to Oakland on a recent SF trip and check it out.

The Trappist is located in a cool older area of Oakland - the bar is split into a front/back bar, neither of which was crowded at all (shockingly so) on a Saturday night. They nailed the interior/decor/vibe of a Belgian dark bar probably as well or better than any other place I have ever been in the US.

The front bar area was gorgeous - dark and cozy, with some open air coming in from the streets of Oakland. It looked like the back patio area (also somehow empty) was pretty awesome too.

The beer selection was strong, but not overwhelming in quality. The taplist seemed more focused on classics of Benelux than other 'rare' european and american belge-clones. I had my saison dupont and la trappe quad, and left thrilled to have spent a few hours in such a fabulous place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bunnywax
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite Oakland beer joint. Always well-curated selections of beer on tap and a solid bottle and can selection. The tiny kitchen makes/serves great good.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.86/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Mburk
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I started frequenting this place when I moved to the East Bay about a year ago and keep coming back because of the vibe, the people, and the beer. The bar is beautiful with old dark wood and bottles lining the shelves. The bar tenders are always willing to talk about the beer they serve and the selection is like none other in the East Bay. They always have at least half a dozen beers you won't find anywhere else in the Bay Area. Highly recommended if you visit the the area!

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Photo of tshanahan
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TECHjoey
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of barleywin
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Goalcam
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The big problem here is they tap-out early. Need to replace kegs more frequently or cross off what's out.

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Photo of fishthe
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NavyGoat
4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Found this establishment via Beer Advocate and what a find! Very cool place and a nice beer selection. The staff was cool to talk to and I had the "Sump" while I was there which was fantastic! Both my buddy and I felt that if you are coming to Oakland, you must stop at the Trappist !!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of mxchap
3.62/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Another great beer bar in downtown oakland.
Always have some interesting beers on tap.
A little on the pricier side, and service is at times questionable.

Vibe [4.25]: Dark and mysterious. Two separate bars (although you can order from either bar and they will bring you your beer). And a great little outdoor area in the back.
Quality [4.0]: Always a great pour here and they have an extensive glassware selection. The price is more than most places (~$8 for a typical pour). High bottle prices plus corkage. I would stick to the draft menu.
Service [2.5]: Typically the service is ok. Never had a great experience here, but definitely have had some terrible experiences. Depends on who is behind the bar...
Selection [4.0]: Always a really nice/diverse tap list. Not as much rotation as you'd expect for how many taps they have though. The bottle list is nice, but typically out-dated.
Food [NA]: Haven't tried the food, so no opinion here.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool spot for nice imported beers. Usually 1-2 really good local brews. Seems pricey at times. Crowd is a little bit of the "new" craft crowd. I think they do a good job with the variety on tap. Arugula salad is nice.

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Photo of avwrite
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of peterlovesemail
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of comand
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mike312
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Imo an unparalleled number of spurs, wilds, and Belgians on tap. A must if youre nearby.

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Photo of Nbdreher
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jwhe
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Trappist in Oakland, CA
Place rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 99 ratings