Kickbacks Gastropub

BA SCORE
96
world-class

94 Ratings
Kickbacks GastropubKickbacks Gastropub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

910 King St
Jacksonville, Florida, 32204-4206
United States

(904) 388-9551 | map

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Added by CampusCrew on 11-26-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
65
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by Lerxst:
Photo of Lerxst
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Finally found my way to Kickbacks and now the only question is, "What took me so long?"

The wife has no interest in craft beer and was hesitant to try it, but I convinced her telling her I heard the food was great and after showing her the menu posted on the internet, she was all for it.

A fun, lively atmosphere greets you as you enter. This is a beer bar, no question. A tap list of at least 60 (more on the way soon, according to Steve the owner) is listed on the wall with over 300 bottle selections as well. We were seated promptly and immediately greeted by our server Ron. He was very friendly and asked what styles I was into so he could offer suggestions. He returned with our drinks and took our order.

Our food arrived quickly and the food was very, very good. While enjoying our dinner, Steve the owner stopped by the table and chatted for about 5 minutes. He was very friendly and a great guy to boot. He told me about the future plans and asked if everything was to our liking and that if wasn't to let him know and he would take care of it immediately.

When my first beer was nearing the bottom of the glass, Ron returned and asked if I wanted another. I ordered a different beer and Ron said he'd be back shortly. It was very busy and Ron was handling many tables. I saw the bartender draw my beer and set it on the bar. I knew it was mine, and stared longingly at it while awaiting Ron's return. The owner Steve noticed this, got up from his table and served me my beer and apologized for the delay.

Once our dinner was complete, Steve came back over and very genuinely thanked us for coming in and we chatted for a few more minutes about beer and his future plans.

As I said my wife was reluctant to try Kickbacks at first, but when we left, she enthusiastically said she loved it and we should come back sooner rather than later (which means a lot if you know my wife!).

The "service issues" others have mentioned didn't seem to be a problem. Steve even noted he was aware of the reviews dissing the service and he was actively working on correcting that.

Overall, this is a GREAT place for beer and food and Steve the owner is a heckuva great guy. We will certainly be back soon.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jmmochowski
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of skacer
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The decor is absolutely fascinating. Wonderfully enticing and mysterious bar.

Well over 100 taps, and an incredible list. More authentic German and Belgian taps than you will find at a specialty restaurant; American craft classics; rarities; aged options.

On my second visit, I went with a very high ABV pour: Prairie Bomb! Surprisingly, this came in a 6 oz pour. As this is one of my favorite beers, I went along with it. I was shocked when I got the check: $4.95. This beer hits my wallet to the tune of $10 per bottle at Total Wine; getting half the beer for half the price on tap? A very pleasant surprise (not that $5 for a 6 oz pour is cheap by any means). They could easily have gotten away with charging another $1-3 with very few complaints, given what I normally see Bomb! go for on tap and in stores.

Huge food menu, ambitious even; I wonder how they offer this kind of food selection while maintaining quality. Reading some of the older reviews, it seems that the answer is .... they don't. We'll see.

On two visits now, I have gone with a stuffed burger and fries, and a classic Cuban sandwich with fried onion petals. The Cuban was very good; the burger was excellent; the fries were quite poor; and the onion fries, while nothing special, were adequate.

Certainly, the food is nothing terrible; whatever this place used to offer, they're a step up from that. That said, from what I've sampled, it isn't great, either. Better than a dive bar, and more variety than normal pub fare. I may stick with the burgers from here on out.

One of the most impress overall tap lists I've ever seen, and when combined with the decor, just a phenomenal bar. I would live here if I could.

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Photo of J_Mueller
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

In town for a business trip, visited here on a Sunday night. The beer selection is insane, over 200 beers on tap. Some great stuff on tap, was surprised to find Morning Wood, Wide Awake It's Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park on tap. Food menu is huge and it's just ok, but came here for the beer and wasn't disappointed. Live music made for a great vibe. Visited another place that is highly rated just around the corner and it was totally disappointing, wish we would have stayed at Kickbacks.

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Photo of valrxman
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Coolest place in town. Huge tap list and great food. Worth the trip. Cheers

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of CalebM
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of max85
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Davidjkeeney
2.8/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

My first visit was this year and was very disappointed after all my buddies hyped the place up. I had heard that ownership changed hands and since it has gone down hill. They have a great tap selection and I hear bottle selection but would have no idea since there is no way to find out. Let me elaborate, the tap selection is on a menu but every time I asked for something on the menu the response was "oh we don't have that anymore." What in the heck is the point of the menu, they tout having 180+ on tap but they have no idea what they have on tap, the servers have no clue about beer, beer style, or what is there. There is no bottle list, if you go to the website they talk about this huge cellar they have in the basement, well they have no list of what is in there, the servers haven't the slightest clue of what is in there, nothing is posted on the website and the app is a waist of your phones memory and space. The app is useless has no menu, the only thing its good for is pulling up the phone number. I am all for being creative and dressing yourself is your prerogative, however I have no idea what ownership is thinking, the servers and hostess, looked filthy un-bathed, unsanitary, one look and your thought is there is no way I want this person serving me food. I hate to be so harsh and I normally don't write reviews but this place was such a huge disappointment. I hate to say that I would return only for a drink for some of those hard to get limited brews on tap if I hear by word of mouth that its on tap. When it came to the food I thought there were some fantastic dishes and some that were not so good but for the most part good food I just wont order again, for aforementioned reasons. I wish management would wake up, this place has so much potential.

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Photo of Hans_Olo
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of donnyowens
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Tim_Brack
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of joec1965
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Excellent selection of over 80 beers on tap. Atmosphere was fun, there was plenty of sitting space and the food selection was impressive.

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Photo of FedorableDrummr
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of JaxBeerBear
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer, great food, and always a great time. If you are stopping by Jacksonville or are anywhere close, you need to stop by here and give it a try.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Big food selection and even bigger beer selection. Even better now that renovation is finished.

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Photo of JohnK1366
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The food was incredible; the beer selection was very good and best of all the staff was very knowledgeable. Our waiter was nothing short of phenomenal in terms of his beer knowledge and desire to make our experience fantastic. I ha to knock down the food and selection categories as they were short on some of the food items we ordered.

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Photo of Merizalde
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Drwpiersonindy
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Cbeury
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bradkb70
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL
4.37 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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