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Johansson's Dining House

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Johansson's Dining HouseJohansson's Dining House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4 W. Main Street
Westminster, Maryland, 21157-4816
United States

(410) 876-0101 | map

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Tomkob11
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Excellent bar tucked in downtown Westminster. Great food, fair prices, and good tap selection.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

To be honest, the food just is not that great. Went here with 3 other people, and none of us left impressed. They were having problems with their brewing equipment at the time, so I did not get to try all of their house beers, but the ones they had available were decent. The guest beers they had on draft were definitely well selected. Server and bartender were both knowledgeable and friendly.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mcintire78
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nickthetick
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have lived in or around westminster all my life, I took all my first dates there and often got to go there for a treat after doing something well in school. Not until I got into the craft beer world did I realize how awesome this place(as a beer bar) is! They have an ever revolving selection of beers and almost always one to three on cask. The four TVs they have are tucked up in a corner and music is played instead of the usual ESPN. The staff know a bit more about beer then the applebees bartenders and are always willing to listen to advice. the food is exceptional and the house brews are pretty sweet too. For what you get the place is fairly well priced however a full meal can be a bit pricy. I am often there on the way home from work refilling my growler and trying a new beer I cant find in the limited selection of beers at the local stores. the weekend evenings and sunday ball games can get a little rowdy however there is a college bar right downstairs that keeps the upstrairs pretty tolerable.

This is an update: the past few times I have been to this establishment I have had the same bartender. She is nice and friendly and knows her liquor. Her service management skills however are disgraceful. I gave her the benefit of the doubt, however, until tonight. The bar had about six people in it and a few were her friends, I didn't mind her spending time clowning around with them as she got my first two in a timely manner. Then I finished the second and had my growler on the bar, ready for one final beer and a rye fill on the growler I tried to get her attention. 30-45 minutes later she finally wondered to my area of the bar where I promptly paid, left a mediocre tip and left with the growler empty and a sour taste in my mouth.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice place, nice atmosphere. Food's always really good and I love the feel of the upstairs bar. A little cramped but has that old school feel to it. The downstairs bar is a little grungier but has the same selection of beers and a livelier atmosphere if your into that.

I haven't been a huge fan of the beers they have, especially they're hefeweizen if I remember correctly. It tasted like lemon pledge. Other beers by Johansson's are solid but nothing special.

Selection of other beers on tap include the regulars of BMC and the regulars of the craft beers that have made it to general public, i.e. Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale and Sam Adams Boston Lager plus their seasonal. Admittedly, I don't make it in there that often but when I do, I usually end up having a good time.

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Photo of brewman63
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in a few times while in town on business. A couple of their own brews on tap with a decent, if limited, selection of other brews on tap. I can imagine this place, and the bar downstairs, get quite busy being in the middle of a college town.

The local beer was good if not exceptional.

Their food is pretty good also, though it focuses mostly on sandwiches.

People in the bar and working behind the bar seem fairly friendly. Not a bad establishment for being in the middle of nowhere. You could do worse.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've lived in Carroll County for what, 12 years? And never bothered to go to Johansson's. I should have tried it years ago. Very nice place, right off Main and 27... I've seen it a thousand times before. The bar downstairs isn't much to write home about, but the upstairs bar is gorgeous with nice seating in a window overlooking the street. Great for people watching as you sip your beer. Food (particularly the dining room entre' menu) was a bit pricey, but the pub fare was reasonable and extremely tasty--even a touch better than my usual haunt (Beck's in Sykesville). The thing that takes this place over the top in Carroll County, however, is the home-brewed beer. Wow. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection and quality of their home brews, not to mention the other quality offerings on tap (locals like Clipper City and nice imports like Leffe Brun). The IPA is excellent and the others were worth trying. I'm eager to go back later in the fall when the stouts and porters are back on tap. Well worth dropping by. Bartender(s) and wait staff were incredibly personable. It wasn't too crowded, so we got great service too. Well done.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Arrived shirtly after noon on a Saturday. We were promptly seated at a very nice wndow table with a perfect view of the downtown area. Our server soon arrived and g ave us a menu and took our drink order. Our drinks arrived promptly and our food order was taken. Our food was served in an appropriate time frame at the proper temperature. The quality of service was excellent. The food was delicious, of perfect portion size, at a more than reasonable price. The beers were all above average and very enjoyable. The one thing lacking was some type of card or paper describing the beers that they brew. It would have been nice to know a little bit more about the beers I was enjoying. Other than that, I highly reccomnend a stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Johansson's is in the heart of Main Street Westminster, set in an early 20th century building on the corner. It has at least 3 dining rooms, one of which looks onto the street with the brewery at the end of the room. The bar looks like an old English pub, with attractive dark wood throughout the room, although the smokiness and video trivia station are detractors from the ambience.

There are generally 4 or 5 house beers on tap, 3 year-round and 1 or 2 seasonal. Johansson's appreciates the proper serving temperatures for beer, which brings out the finer points of the flavor and aroma in its beers. The 3 year-round brews include an IPA, an amber, and a blond ale, all of which are average to slightly above average. The IPA is the best of the 3 with a robust American hop character. The seasonals are always worth trying, and have included a German Alt, a Belgian Wit, and my favorite of all their brews, a cask-conditioned Stout. I have only been to Johansson's once when a brew was on cask but given the difficulty of finding this in the local area I am anxious to have it when available.

One improvement that could be made is in serving the various styles of draught beer. While they are always served at the appropriate temperature, almost all are served with little or no head. The IPA and Wit beers could have been improved substantially by pouring with a little foam to better release the aromatics. That said flavor was still very good in both of these beers, although the Wit is skewed a little heavily toward the coriander.

In addition to the house beers, Johanssons also has a limited range of draught and bottled beers, and usually has a cider on draught. During our last visit, my wife had a very tasty pear cider.

The menu at Johansson's includes some pub fare but mostly continental American-type entrees--steaks, some pasta, and a substantial Maryland-style seafood selection. All the meals we have had at Johansson's are very well-prepared and high quality.

Service has always been good and prompt, with a very friendly waitstaff.

My wife and I are locals and will be frequent visitors.

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Photo of BabaJohn
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was quite pleased to stumble across this nice little brewpub in Westminster. The food was good enough and I'm always happy to find places and people brewing their own beers. I drank and sampled quite a few of their current brews. The Hoodlehead Pale Ale (Mt. Hood?) was quite tastey if you like strong hop character (I would consider this an IPA), and the German Alt and Whistlestop Ale were both perfectly quaffable.

In my mind however, the thing that made this place really stand out was the beer engine and the two real ales they had available. I must say that this was my first experience with non-carbonated beer and I was pleasantly surprised. My first order was the House Stout which was quite tastey if a bit on the malty side of stouts. That said, it wasn't overbearlingly so, and the mouthfeel was nice and full, without the bubbles of course. Still had a nice head on it at the start. Also tried the Clipper City Hop 3 Ale from the engine, which was tastey, but definitely created the strong impression of oranges and cider. So if your lookin' for the real ale style, Johansson's is a nice discovery, especially if you live in the area.

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Photo of pivoichamiz
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I was surprised to find out that this restaurant is actually a brewpub. Not sure why it's not listed as such on here. I asked how long they'd been brewing and they said 7 years!

They had four beers on tap: Honest Ale, Winter Pilsener, Hoodlehead Pale Ale and Whistle Stop Amber. Since I'm not a big fan of hoppy beers, the pale ale was my least favorite but I could tell it was good for a pale ale. My favorite was Honest Ale, for a lager it was quite quaffable. Their message board said it was good for summertime but any day would work for me. I also liked the Amber and the seasonal beer was tasty too.

The chicken sandwich I had was delicious, with good brewpub fries. The ambience was cool. It was an old-fashioned long bar (with a restaurant section separately from the bar) with what would appear to be original wood from whenever they opened, probably in the early 1900s. There was one of those turbine-like ceiling fans stretching the length of the ceiling.

This made a nice stop on a lazy Sunday afternoon in mid-January. Please list this place as a brewpub though and not just beer bar. Ironically I came to this place looking to try Clay Pipe Brewery beers since there is no brewpub associated with Clay Pipe.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I view Johansson's as an excellent restaurant which happens to be a brewpub. The house brews are average and somewhat lacking in variety. The Hoodlehead is a hoppy pale ale worth tasting. The one that stands out is their Barleywine Seasonal, which I have had on draft and from the cask. They offer a selection of guest brews as well and frequently have a good one on the nitro tap which is worth the trip.
Have a pint and secure a table for an interesting menu highlighted by Maryland Seafood Dishes.

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Johansson's Dining House in Westminster, MD
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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