Jake's Bar And Bistro

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Type: Bar, Eatery

215 Wilkes Street
Steilacoom, Washington, 98388
United States

(253) 581-3300

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Added by Hortus on 04-29-2008

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Reviews by TheName:
Photo of TheName
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hit this spot on a sunny Sunday afternoon for an early dinner while visiting my parents. Managed to get a seat on their fairly large deck (great spot to sit in the summer I'd imagine!).

Beer list was impressive if constrained by their unwillingness to offer more than one size for any of the beers (what? I can't get that 12% imperial stout in anything smaller than a pint?!). But I was happily able to enjoy an Avery 15, a Pliny pint, and other things I hadn't seen at places other than Brouwer's/Beveridge/Uber/Collins.

Service while not awful, wasn't as responsive as it could be. Beer knowledge wasn't all that impressive but was passable e.g., Mom asked for something drinkable and he didn't ONLY suggest the Trumer Pils. One beer never came until server was asked again. Other than that? Fine. The food was a bit pricey but tasty. Nothing spectacular but good all the same.

My one quibble? Steilacoom. No offense to the inhabitants but are they all wealthy-ish fuddy duddies? And if so why don't they go somewhere else? Every person at every other table complained loudly and annoyingly about their lack of any impressive wines and more than a few suggested that "Steilcaoom's not really a 'beer' town" to their server. I'd love to wander the place with a pint and order some folks things to try and open eyes but the crowd also had the passive aggressive "don't even LOOK at me" air about it. Not exactly a friendly local.

In short, head over for the beer and food if you HAVE to find something in the area. But don't bother trying to speak with the other patrons or be too overt in your enjoyment of the excellent brew you might be sipping.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of youradhere
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is located above some businesses in the bucolic town of steliacoom. They have recently remodeled to allow for more booths for smaller parties, the interior has classy and classic NW flavor, upon entering you know this isn't just a watering hole. The menu for food isn't very large and they don't have a deep fryer; options range from steak to cevice, from vegetarian lasagna to blackened snapper. The food is artfully prepared and top notch, and a bit on the healthy side seeing as there is no fried food. There is a separate beer and wine menu, there is no BMC offered at this place and as such the largest brewery offerings are Stella or Bitburger. Their rotating forty-some odd taps have anything and everything, from RR rares, 2008 Dissident, Czar, Green Flash, you name it they either have, do or will have it. My wife and I never leave here without dropping at least $70 on dinner and a couple drinks, when the beer floweth tabs usually run in the mid-hundered range. In a separate outbuilding they have an event room where you can rent it out for parties, and every so often they hold tastings there. This place is great and I am fast becoming a regular.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A: Where do I begin. You can often times here people discussing beer, many of them posers like the guy who said he liked Stone stuff and then asked if Stone was in Oregon? Or the guy who said he had a bottle of PtY, or perhaps the guy who said it tasted like soy sauce because of the big malt backbone. People really try to hard and have no idea what they are doing.You cant fault Jakes for this bafoonery. I have never had a boring time at Jakes. The local military crowd keeps me entertained. Lots of bad fashion going on, douchebag comments running rampid. The guy in the sleeveless suede vest and black leather fanny pack, and aviators is classic. The bombardment of cotton dockers and tucked in polo shirts is a pleasant site, perhaps the drunk girl spitting on the floor and trying to make out with guys at the bar is among the most memorable to date. If you come, come when it is a dead time. If you want to be entertained, well, anytime is a good time at Jakes.

Q: Always good, never had a bad beer here

S: Service is grand. Never have an empty drink and some are expereinced, know beer well, some do not. However, out of the servers most have worked at a local brewpub

S: Always good. Consecration sometimes, lots of good local stuff from the NW, Maharaja and plenty of East Coast stuff rolls through as well


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Photo of mrseamus
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This will be the last time I visit this establishment.

Tonight the wife and I thought we'd give it another try after our previous visit was spoiled by the basically being pushed out the door to make room for the jazz patrons. We wouldn't have been in there so long if it hadn't taken so long to get drinks, place orders, receive long awaited food, and wait a very long time to get the bill. I was not in any hurry at the time, but woukd not have stayed as long as we did, considering the slow service.

This evenings visit started of with the hostess fumbling around and answering the phone as we stood in the entry, as another of the wait staff could have answered. I started of ordering 2 beers, so as not to have to wait for a second, as we sat on the beautiful outdoor deck with a wonderful view of the South Puget Sound and both of the Narrows Bridges. Beers came over 10 minutes later, but then our order was quickly taken. We recieved our appetizer and enjoyed it awaiting our meal to follow shortly. After 20 more minutes the waitress came by to tell us our entrees would be right out. A steak and a salad..How long should that take? After almost an hour we had had enough. Two other tables next to us in either side had already received their meals, and were ordered after us. We walked out said we wanted to square up for the beers and appetizer, they said "2 more minutes", I said sorry, time's up! We didn't have to pay the bill at least, but of course, on the way out we heard, "please try and come back again". Sorry, I've had enough!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went to Jake's for dinner and drinks while on a business trip in the Tacoma area.

Jakes is a modern place in a quaint and historic bay side village. Wood floors, nice booths and furnishings, clean and uncluttered. It is on the 2nd floor with an excellent view of the Puget Sound and Tacoma Narrows bridge.

The quality of the beers is good. Mostly western craft brews, with some "premium" eastern US and imported beers.

Service was good. I sat at the bar and got good service from friendly and personable wait staff. At one point the owner re-poured a beer served to me with too much head. I didn't think it was that out of line, but it was nice to know he watches for that kind of thing.

Selection included 42 taps. 9 imports, 10 specialty brews and 17 regular offerings. A full bar and wine is available as well.

The food was very good. Better than bar quality. Sandwiches can be had for $10, entres for $15 - $20. I had the salmon,, which was in season and very good, with a tasty sauce. Sauces and reductions seemed to be a part of several menu items, which suggest to me they take cooking seriously. Portions may be a bit small, but I wasn't really there for the food anyway.

Value is OK. Regular selections were $3.95 a pint which is good. $5.25 and up for specialty/premium/Import brews, and some of it I thought was a bit pricey. I was satisfied with the $4 a pint offerings.

Well worth the drive down to Steilicoom, and I would be inclined to go back next time I'm in the area. I bet it gets pretty crazy down there in the summer.

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Photo of Hortus
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Jake's is on the second (top) floor of a new building. The room has wood floors, booths, and bar. A small stage is to the right as you enter. There is live music several times a week. Mainly jazz. The back deck should be open by the end of May 2008. The deck is actually the top of the roof on an adjacent building. The 180+ degree view is excellent. To the north you see Chambers Bay golf course (site of the 2015 US Open), then rotating west you see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Kitsap Peninsula, Fox Island, McNeil Island and Anderson Island, and back dropping all of this is the magnificent snow caped, jagged peaks of the Olympic Mountains.

There are 42 taps that are constantly rotating. There are usually a couple that are out so at any given time there will be 36-42 excellent beers on tap. Examples of tap selection range from the excellent to the unique. An example of some beers I have seen on tap are the Abyss, Dick's 2006 Barleywine and 2006 Grand Cru, Anchor Old Foghorn, Oscar Blues Bourbon Ten Fidy and Gordon, Hop Wallop, Rouge Imperial Pilsner and several one-off Pacific NW brews. The taps include about 14 Belgian beer including 3 different St. Bernardus, Poppering Hommel, Abbey Des Ros Triple Imperial, and Duchesse De Bourgone. Usually has some pils and hefe from Germany. If you are wondering if he has BMC on tap the answer is no. The most "main stream" beer he has on tap is New Belgium 1554 and that is not all that mainstream.

There is a full menu with appetizers $6-12, sandwiches $6-10, Salads $9-13, Entrees $15-20. One example of an entrée: Old Woody Rib-Eye $18, 12-oz. rib-eye marinated in Old Woody barleywine w/ fresh garlic, thyme and rosemary, finished with tomato, garlic and Old Woody reduction.

One hint...This place really gets packed on weekend nights, last time I was in there it was Sunday afternoon and the bartender said Saturday night had an hour wait to get in. However, if you go in on a weeknight or early on the weekend the place is usually less than half-full.

The view and beer selection of this place are really hard to beat. In fact the beer selection is really, REALLY hard to beat.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Upon entering the bar/bistro, the first thing that crossed my mind was how new everything appeared. This was around noon on a Saturday (today in fact), and there weren't too many customers in attendance, so I chatted up the very pleasant and friendly bartender. She mentioned the place had only been open since 12/15, was in a new building, and that they were still trying to get all the bugs out. The back deck is still a work in progress (though it's already apparent this will be a killer place in the summer), and the interior furniture has that freshly lacquered look about it. Still, at least on this day the service was more then adequate and friendly, and from what I could tell, the food fine. Granted, this was an early Saturday afternoon with a small crowd, but I saw no problems with the quality of the food or wait time on this particular day. Jake's also has a very good selection of wine and spirits. Today there were around 10 single malt scotches, with nothing out of the ordinairy, but still a nice selection. As for the beer list, it was simply killer. The establishment boasts 42 beers on tap. OK. Today they only had 39, but it was still a very strong line-up. They have the list broken down into "regular" craft beer and then what I would call a "reserve" section. The latter included the Abyss much to my surprise, and my jaw hit the floor when I saw it. It was served in a 12 ounce pilsner glass for $5.75. They also had the maharaja on tap, as well as the Fat Boy Belgium ale.

I won't go into any more detail, and will simply say that for such a small town, I thought the selection at this first class beer bar awesome. Even if this place had terrible service I'd go back for the beer selection, which is truly very, very worthy. Prices are fine for what you get, and I was impressed with the passion of the owner (who giggled with glee over the fact that he had "cornered the market on the local Abyss," and had gotten all 5 of the kegs allocated to his county).

So yes, I guess it would not surprise me if one could have less then a stellar experience at this place, but the owner is working on it and the location is outstanding. I highly recommend this place, as the beer selection is excellent and varied. I really feel this place is worth some patience, and defitinitely worth a shot from anyone who loves good beer.

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Jake's Bar And Bistro in Steilacoom, WA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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