Tap House Grill

BA SCORE
86
very good

52 Ratings
Tap House GrillTap House Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1506 6th Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101-1706
United States

(206) 816-3314 | map
taphousegrill.com

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Added by morebeergood on 05-04-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Taps:
160
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of alfrantzell
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I dropped by in the middle of a heatwave, so was pleased to see Southern Tier Unearthly on tap. I was not as pleased to see that their menu didn't list volumes or prices.

I ordered anyway, figuring that youth is the time be to reckless. The bartender treated me and my sister with disinterest, the sports confrontation on the TV being more diverting. Or maybe just didn't want to face the stark concrete interior of the bar, which was empty but for us. Or be recognized through the glass wall separating the Tap House Grill from the community center meeting rooms and conference halls housed in the same industrial basement like building.

$6.75 is how much a thirteen ounce pour of ST Unearthly goes for. So much for the recklessness of youth. In my zest I even tipped on the water my sister ordered. I regret that to this day.

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Photo of hopburster
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

After many visits to the Bellevue Tap House, I decided to check out the Seattle location when I was downtown the other day.

Pros:

1. Good selection of beers, usually served in the proper glassware.

Cons:

1. Lousy, expensive food.
2. SLOOOOW service.
3. Several listed beers not available...I had to go to my 4th choice before finding something to drink.

The tap list is impressive, but don't get too excited until you see it sitting before you and skip the food.

You can do better in downtown Seattle...try the Collins Pub for a treat.

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Photo of Gsg114
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of sweethome
3/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Stopped in at about 5 pm on a weeknight. Downstairs bar from street level.

Rather modern - hipster look - not what I would expect for multi-tap. Sat at the bar, bartender walked up and I asked for a draft list - he obliged, but I then had to wave him down to order.

When I asked a few questions about the local IPA's, he was rather smug and cocky. When I told him I wanted to do a flight of local IPA's, he pointed to few and went off to get them.

One tasted off. I had another beer by this brewer the day before with dinner (Boundry Bay), so I knew they were a great brewery - but this IPA just tasted off - a bit sour like a bad tap line. The bartender suggested I didn't know good beer.

A guy walked up next to me and waited about 4-5 minutes for service - even though there were only 4 of us sitting at the bar. He finally left.

This was the worst experience of two days of Seattle beer sampling - mainly because of poor service and "too cool" feel of the place.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

160 taps, it's a lot. That said a lot are fairly easy to find anywhere so there are only a handful to write home about, the first two iasked for were sold out but still on the menu, a bit disappointing but what can you do. They had damnation on the menu so that's always good.

Atmosphere is decent, baseball games on TV, decent music at a decent level, the bar is huge and its quite busy but no wait on a weekday evening. The bar seemed a bit under staffed so super wasn't super fast but the girl seemed pretty up to speed with what was on tap.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I live in Seattle and often have business meetings downtown and also tend to see movies downtown with my wife. I've been to Tap House Grill a couple of times and I will avoid this place in the future. Being a Seattleite, I just have too many superior options.

The bar is subterranean to street level; therefore, there are no windows. It's clientele tends to be on the younger side and a bit yuppie. While the beer selection is exceptional (over 160 taps), the atmosphere IMO is more about being seen drinking craft beers than about actually enjoying drinking craft beers. And unfortuately, there have been problems with dirty taplines and stale beer.

The bartenders and wait staff are knowledgeable and helpful about the selections and will readily bring and suggest samples.

The food is standard fare and is overpriced.

If you are a visitor to Seattle and do not have the means or opportunity to get out of downtown and want a vast beer selection, do visit Tap House Grill. But, even then, there are a good number of downtown bars with much better atmosphere and good selection.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of tokyofatts
3.45/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A-It is a big space, but it is downstairs, no natural light, cavish. Sports on TVs, downtown professionals, slow in afternoon, busy at night, 9 ft pool tables

Q-food is okay, beer has never been an issue (160 taps), but it has made me wonder when I don't enjoy something new- is it because it is sitting or do I just not like the beer?

S-Staff is usually knowledgeable, usually attentive, but sometimes a little understaffed, beers on menu are often out

S- Who couldn't get selection right w/160 taps?! But they do better than average, almost all craft beers. Ruination on permanently when they don't run out, Russian River, Avery, Bear Repub, HUB, you get the picture.

F-adequate, uninspired

V-prices vary, pints$6-7, tulips the same, food can get pricey, but happy hour has some good value like sushi rolls, wings

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Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is an interesting place, but despite the 160 beers on tap, it is not a beer place.
This is a trendy place, one of those "to see and be seen", well lighted, shiny tap handles, nice decoration, loud music, pool tables, etc. It is nice, just not my idea of a beer bar.
The service is nice and efficient, but generally lacks beer knowledge. Food is actually quite good, the high mark of the place; great burgers and similar pub food.
The selection is overall disappointing. Even though I found a few nice ones, including Ommegang Rouge, it is incredibly limited considering the large number. There is a lot of redundant selections, and even some notables from the area are missing.
It is worth a visit, but do not expect a wonderful place with 160 great beers. And do not forget to ask for the specials.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here twice, once on 14 Sep for dinner and drinks and then again on 16 Sep for drinks. As previous commenters noted, it is easy to run up a high tab here for dinner ($19 for a steak salad, $16 for crab mac & cheese!?). Beer selection is good, and the servers are more than happy to print out a list of beers they did not have on the menu. Beer prices are a little more reasonable than the food prices but still not a deal by any means. Service was quite variable, we were seated in the dining section each time (the bar had a few spaces but not enough for our party of three to sit together), on 14 Sep our waiter was attentive and prompt, on 16 Sep we were forgotten/ignored almost to the point of walking out.

Curiously at the bottom of both of my receipts is the message '100% of gratuities are returned to employees'.

Overall I would consider going back for happy hour specials but not for dinner.

Edit forgot to mention that the music is decent and not too loud, if you are like me. And I know I am.

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Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of froghop
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

crowd was very young, and more like a meat market than anything else, they had over 160 on tap, and all on the beer menu i had already had, this really is not my type of place but more loud and 'yuppyish' for my taking.

since that i had already had all on the menu, i asked the server if there was anything else that was 'newer' and she produced a list of about 12 beers. she even printed out the stats on the one that i chose, seemed very knowledge able on the beers being served and on the new ones.

overall a lot of beer, a lot of noise, but overall a decent place to have one or two beers.

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Photo of efsulliv
3.64/5  rDev -4%

Photo of rousee
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Tap House Grill is located about a block from the hotel I stayed at when I recently visited Seattle. Its in kind of a corporate neighborhood directly across the street from a high end steak house.

The biggest problem I have with this place is it is all sub-terranean and I generally prefer an establishment that has wiindows that you can look out through. So while the decor inside is kind of pleasing to look at , its just a real shame that it is all in the basement of a building.

We managed to get in here right before happy hour (3:30-6:30) ended so they had some fantastic pricing on some of the food items which we tried- sushi rolls and some jerk chicken wings. Both were decent and hit the spot but we were hungry at the time and these items were far from the best of their type that I have tried. I dont remember if the beer prices were discounted due to happy hour but they sure had a fantastic selection of beers. I got an Elysian IPA and a Georgetown pilsener, neither of which I had tried before. Both beers tasted fresh and were served in pint glasses.

The service was kind of bad at first but got better once I just started to kind of speak up and not wait for someone to come over and ask me if I wanted anything.

The other thing that I didnt really like about this place was some of the clientele were just a bunch of corporate types who were clueless about beer and just kind of had bad manners. They were blocking the path for servers to pass through and talking so loud as if everyone wanted to hear what they had to say. Maybe it might be a different vibe on a weekend or later in the evening and I would be willing to give it another try if I were in the neighborhood again but I cant say that Tap House is really worth seeking out in a town where huge craft beer selections seem to be the norm rather than the exception.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Just happened to stumble across this place on my last trip to Seattle. This space used to house the Planet Hollywood, or so was the rumor. It's a huge place, with stairs that lead you below ground level to a cavernous sized bar/lounge area. The bar area is very modern looking, with all 160+ taps on display behind the bartenders. There is a variety of seating options, from the bar, to stand-up tables, to seats for food, to a lounge area with big couches. Service was good, we were greeted right as we got to the bar. Selection was great. They had a lot of American beers, with a big section of Belgian, German, and other Euro beers thrown in. I just wish they focused a bit more on their Washington selection. I ended up getting a Alaskan Oatmeal Stout. It was good, but I thought that $5.75 a pint was a bit steep. All the prices here seemed a bit high. It is located right downtown, so maybe that's the rationale. I enjoyed my visit, but I had to cut it short, because I could just imagine the bar tab in this place would creep up pretty quickly.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I was a late arrival into Seattle, and after getting checked into my room around King Street at midnight, my list of places of a few pints were limited. Luckily, the Tap House Grill, located near the retail heart of the city, was open until 1am, even on a plain Wednesday night. You will find the entrance and the host's table with ease, but swirl down a flight of steps and then you can let your beer imagination start flowing.

The Tap House Grill is huge! It feels like a clean lounge with a very large, winding bar, tables on tables, and additional room which included pool tables. I imagine this place can crank people and money during major sporting events. Service could handle the pockets of people there during the late night, and the bartender did offer that I pick her brain for Northwest beer. Knowing very little about the Washington state scene, I fired several choices and hoped for the best.

There could be many firings of shots here, because there are taps and more taps. 160 taps, if you're looking for a rough number. On the menu, Washington state beers are given a special indication, and during happy hour, receive a discount. Variety is not a problem here, as beers from 21st Amendment, Ghostfish, MIkkeller, To Ol, Georgetown, Elysian, Rogue, Snoqualmie, Scuttlebutt, La Trappe, Petrus, Bellevue, and Firestone are among the representatives. It leans heavy on the West Coast, with a drizzle of Belgian mystique, plus a small rotating list.

The one negative is the questionable care of the beers. I do appreciate the usage of different glassware when the time calls for it, but my first two beers didn't taste right (or maybe they're rubbish in the first place, I don't know); astringent and faded hoppines,respectively. I'll choose more carefully next time. I will say that beer number three hit it right, so at least my boozing at Tap House Grill ended on a positive.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Typical sports bar, modern but no real distinct character to it. It's on the basement level so maybe would have stayed longer if it was raining out rather than being a beautiful sunny day. The private room in the back with pool tables looked cool but there was a loud group of suits doing shots of jager in there. Large selection with some rotating local brews, nothing super unique but a solid selection nonetheless. Fish tacos were good.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cosmo4u
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

stumbled onto this gem by accident while spending a few days on vacation.. besides the basement feel going down flights of stairs its a wide open place with a long and winding bar..I can see where this could be a disadvantage but our bartender stayed to near us the whole time.. The choices were so many it actually made it hard to choose.. We stayed late and got to experience the drop in food and beer prices of a late night menu...overall if youre in town and have a few night, dont miss out on this place

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A bit classy. It is downstairs in a basement, there is a large bar and quite a few tables.

The service was good. The place didn't seem too busy, and I was well attended. I didn't ask many questions on the beer, but the waiter was able to give a recommendation when asked.

Obviously the draft list is solid, a wide range of beers and all kinds of styles. Local and import.

The food was really good, and the value was so so for a place like this.

Overall I would visit again. Worth a trip if you are downtown.

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Tap House Grill in Seattle, WA
3.79 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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