Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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BEER AVG
3.95/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

24581 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070
United States

(440) 801-1001 | map
www.fatheadscleveland.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2009

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
232
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
5.39%
 
 
Taps:
34
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by bigkingken:
Photo of bigkingken
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Fat Head's is a giant restaurant that reminds me of an upscale Applebee's. The rooms are huge, spacious, dimly lit and way overcrowded. Despite the large amount of room, there's still way too many people in this place on a Saturday evening.

There wasn't all the crap on the walls that Applebee's usually has, but the atmosphere was the same. Maybe an Outback Steakhouse or Winking Lizard would be a better comparison. Whatever they're going for, I didn't love it.

Luckily, the food is way better than Applebee's, even if the atmosphere and d├ęcor isn't. The French onion soup was above average and the smoked chicken wings blew me away. Full wings that you have to tear apart yourself, highlighted by a pink smoke ring for authenticity, and topped by a great sauce.

Next time I'm in, I'm trying the sandwich Maxim called the fifth best in the country - a giant piece of bread stuffed with sausage and perogi!

The beer was decent, but not spectacular. I was slightly intrigued by the fact they have a ton of guest beers on tap to compliment their own. Again, this speaks to the "commercialized" feel this place gave me.

They featured eight of their own beers, all of which I would describe as being above average to very good. The one that sticks out in my mind, though, is the pilsner. It was very true to form, which is hard to find in a country dominated by American lagers; often mistakenly dubbed pilsners.

The service was decent even though they were crazy busy. The one mistake was that I ordered a roasted red pepper soup and got a bowl of French onion instead, but I'm thinking that was the mistake of the people in the back, and I didn't bother to correct her.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Leah and I had a very good experience here. Half off their beers for happy hour (4-6). 38 beers on tap. 15 of theirs. Fairly large seating area with high ceilings. Food selection is above average. Had the brewben sandwich. Yum!

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Photo of Rickybutler
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great beer and good food. So many unique menu items. Headhunter is an all time favorite.

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Photo of Leibuys
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BillBabbitt
4.61/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A huge brewpub with a cool history and a great venue. Huge sandwiches, outstanding beers and exceptionally friendly service. The brewery is behind the glass walls, so the beer is always fresh.

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Photo of shanegatter
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of jkonte
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of FlexMonster
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of jenrhart
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Decent beer but not excellent. Stopped on our way through Cleveland on a two week long beer-cation last summer. Just didn't stack up against the other greats.

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Photo of TrapJaw77
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Food is awesome. Beer selection was okay; they had lots of IPAs on tap; wished they had a lighter stout the day I went. Love this place.

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Photo of jrb378
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Junichi
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of RayOhioFelton
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is world class and a must visit! Use the app No Wait to avoid the long wait once you arrive!

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Photo of rjd722
4.61/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome beers, great sandwiches, and solid service. Had the Hop JuJu and Imperial Red, both pretty exceptional. Big variety of their own beers and guest beers on draft.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The size of the bar is pretty amazing. They have an expansive beer selection, including some local brews--some of which could even be considered rivalries--plus there's always something in a firkin. Their food combos are simple but are large, and they offer some unique takes on NE Ohio dishes. The problem with this place, and too many other breweries lately, is they want to cater to everyone and allow families--the worst part being small children, and lots of them. A bar or brewery is no place for rugrats, especially when it often consists of half the place. Sure it may seem great for business but they'd be doing good with an age limit as well. When a restaurant is this large and there's a line out the door on a weekday in the middle of winter, kick out the kids. Adults need their own place to chill.

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Photo of BeerMeDrD
2.48/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of BDeibs
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DSWeller
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited the Middleburg Heights location. Pretty cool setup with the tanks being about 20 feet from your tables. Good luck finding the place. Its actually in a giant warehouse with only a small sign to show you its the right drive.

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Photo of speedvagen
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Didn't try the food, but seriously, the selection, quality was amazing, possibly the best I've experienced! Tried an experimental dipa that was the best I've had, seriously, and I've tried A LOT.... Will definitely stop in whenever I'm nearby.....

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH
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