JT Schmid's


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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2415 Park Avenue
Tustin, California, 92782
United States

(714) 258-0333 | map

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Added by LittleDon on 02-25-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by womencantsail:
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Had to swing by the office after being in the field and decided to stop by Whole Paycheck across the way when I realized this place was here. Figured I'd stop in for a quick tick.

The inside of the place is quite nice and I strolled up to the bar (also nice) and joined a handful of other patrons. The bar staff was friendly and the service was quick, so I can't complain about that.

Unfortunately, the beers aren't very good (though the IPA and Extra Stout weren't too bad), and the price for the sampler was a bit high at almost $9. But hey, it wasn't 21st Amendment prices.

I didn't have any food, but the stuff looked good and everyone seemed to be enjoying theirs.

I don't think I would stop in again just because the beer wasn't very good. But it seems like a pretty decent restaurant.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IceAce
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Ambiance is not bad; what you'd expect from a restaurant like Outback, BJs, etc. Clean bathrooms, dim lighting inside, some TVs with some sort of sports always playing. Unfortunately, whether you sit inside or outside you will have generic top 40s music playing. Service has always been pretty good.

The food is pretty standard brewery type of stuff, towards the nicer side of the scale.

Their outside beer selection is okay (about 10 taps, 10 bottles), and around $6 a pint. Their house beers are somewhat generic. The best is definitely the Imperial Stout - nothing super unique, but still solid.

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Photo of aoampm
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

JT Schmid's Tustin location is at the crossroads of Jamboree and Barranca, or if you prefer, the southeast corner of the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station (look for the huge airplane hangars). It looks really nice and trendy on the inside... dark furniture, stone walls, a waterfall and fountain located inside...not much to complain about. If you're the clusterphobic type, be warned, as several walls seperate the restaurant at several places. It's a sizeable place, but feels a little smaller than it is.

JT's six house brews were on-tap, but there is no rotating house beer that I'm aware of. A few guest beers are offered along the tap selection, with Hoegaarden, Lindeman's Framboise, and Chimay White being the standouts. Beers are served in chilled shaker pint glasses, expect the Chimay and Lindeman's offerings had their own branded glass.

My bartender was friendly, quick, and helpful taking my order. I ordered a pizza...the sauce was a little sweeter, and the crust had a buttery flavor to it. I enjoyed it, a little different from the usual pie.

Despite the beer, JT's feels more like a restaurant first and a beer place second. No crazy experimental/different beers here, but I do have to say this visit was better than the one I had at the Anaheim location 18 months ago. Maybe it was the happy hour (M-F 3-6pm, $3.50 pints, $6 individual pizzas) or the patron on the right having fun with the bartender. Go here for a meal and beer, not a beer and meal.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

One of two located in the OC (the other is in Anaheim). I sat at the bar (15 - 18 stools) and had dinner and two beers. A larger proportion of the place was devoted to tables. The feel was that of an upscale brewpub. The menu had both entrees and standard pubgrub (burgers, pizza, etc.), both on the upscale side. Wine and energy drinks were available along with a few bottled beers. Of the 16 taps, 6 were brewed in house, 3 were Big Beer, with the remaining beers (and one cider) all relatively common. The beer is kept much too cold (for all the Big Beer drinkers). The food was well prepared and reasonably priced. The service was decent. (My steak did come out before I was done with my appetizer, but the mistake was recognized and I received an apology). The bartender was personable, I received a few unsolicited samples when I showed an interest in beer.

In all, I felt like I was in a place that was trying to be a successful chain. Much about the decor was formulaic (lots of stone and earth colors, hip outdoor seating with fire pit, etc.) The selection outside of the 6 in-house beers was abysmal. It was a restaurant with aspirations of being a brew pub, as opposed to a brew pub with good food. I would have preferred more uniqueness, but I got the impression that the owners were afraid or didn't know how.

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JT Schmid's in Tustin, CA
3.47 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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