Pinocchio's Restaurant

Pinocchio's RestaurantPinocchio's Restaurant
91 Ratings
Pinocchio's RestaurantPinocchio's Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

131 E Baltimore Ave
Media, Pennsylvania, 19063-3427
United States

(610) 566-7767 | map

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Added by drtth on 05-28-2009

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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This review is for the take-out Beer Garden only, although you can get any beer or food from the restaurant for you delivered to the take-out side. If you haven't been, the Beer garden entrance is on the west side of the building, through a glass sliding door. If you walk in and find the walls decorated with empties of Narke Kaggen Stormaktsporter, Westy 12, Splinters, Dark Lord, and every DFH you can think of, you're in the right place. Behind the register is a large shelf of beer not for sale, but for trading and sharing.

Pinocchio's is my go-to beer store. It's about 15 minutes from my house, which is fair drive but worth it. They have somewhere between 500 to 1000 beers on the shelves at any given time and most of their beer is stored cold in the fridges, which I really appreciate. The store is very clean and well organized. The seasonal beers are in the first fridge, the locals in the next, then American craft by brewer names arraged approximately alphabetically. Then the beers from elsewhere and the bombers. The Belgians are on a separate wall and gluten-free beers and ciders get their own fridge. Refreshingly, prices for most bottles is on the shelves below (unlike most Philly places) and you can get singles or 6-packs of almost all the 12 oz beers. They carry great selections of the Founders, Bells, Russian River, Port, Duck-Rabbit as well as good selection of local craft like Voodoo and Troegs.

The more limited beers like Voodoo Black Magick, Founders KBS, Hopslam, etc often are not kept on the fridge shelves, but behind the bar. If you know of an upcoming release, call the beer garden and make a reservation.

They have about 20 beers on draft at any given time and almost all of them can be had in growlers. I remember having Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, Hill Farmstead Citra, Old Raspy on nitro here. This also allows you to get samples of something before you commit to buying a glass of it.

The guys who work here vary in their knowledge of craft beer with some that are experts like Dan and others that are enthusiasts still learning. However, all are nice and will almost always offer to let you try something on draft for free. They ask what you like and can make recommendations based on that. If you want something and ask, they'll do what they can to help you out. If you see something on the back shelf not for sale that you like, make a trade offer for it. A good Cantillon could probably get you most of the beer back there.

The food here is pretty straightforward pizza joint food. The nice thing is that you can order from the beer garden and have either a slice or a whole pizza delivered to the beer garden. There is a small seating area by the front of the store, but also standing bar by the register where a TV is conveniently placed, and normally tuned in to local sports.

Great place, the biggest "problem" is that too many people know about it and often the most desirable recent releases are quickly gone like KBS, or even Sculpin in bottles. They do try their best to keep the shelves well stocked. A minor quibble is that the prices are significantly higher than the grocery stores (Wegman's and Whole Foods), however this isn't really a fair comparison since they are different animals altogether. Pinocchio's does compares well to Hawthornes, Foodery's and various city shops like Food & Friends and Latimer Deli. Almost all beers will be cheaper at Pinocchio's than at those locations, and approximately comparable to Capone's although many bombers seem to be $0.50 or $1 cheaper. However, this is off-set by the large selection and the fact that I would need to drive another 30-40 miles or so round trip to one of the grocery stores and gas these days is not cheap, so I think the pricing is fair due to the selection they have and the possibility of one-stop shopping.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Love this place. They have a deep selection, the guys are very knowledgeable, and their events are always eventful. The prices are a little marked up, but the availability of 25 beers on tap, and ability to get crowlers of those beers makes it an absolute gem. Food is standard pizza joint fare and is always good. You can sit in the restaurant with the fam or drink and bottle shop in the beer garden which has more great beers per square inch than just about anywhere else locally!

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Photo of epyon396
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Shnanign
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of HappyPappy
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the happiest (hoppiest?) place on earth. Always something new and interesting on tap, generous samples, tremendously helpful staff, and a very sociable and welcoming crowd of regulars.

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Photo of BrandM
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gmartin75
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Made my first trip over to Pinocchio's over the weekend based on the reviews below, and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed! Very small place, basically a hallway with coolers and a bar/cash register but that cooler was packed with good beer. They were even a bit wiped out due to the holiday rush but I still found plenty to take away. Had a glass of Pirate Bomb! on draft, which is unheard of in Central Pa. Ended up with bottle from all over the place including but not limited to: Thirsty Dog, Firestone Walker, Russian River, and many more. Didn't get to try any food but these little pizza joints are typically excellent. Both guys working in the bottle shop side were knowledgeable, friendly, and super helpful.

Overall this is an awesome place, if it was my local shop I'd be in there multiple times a week.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Pinnochios beer garden is a great little spot to find some stellar brews. Their anniversary celebrations are 10++ with some of the best stuff available! I really like the fact that you pay $3-$4 for the really tough to get stuff, unlike Capone's who charges $10. Interesting Delco crowd in there and laughter typically fills the air which is very inviting to me. I've had some really nice conversations with other patrons of whom I had never met before. The prices are fair and the food is great!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

My favorite place in Media. Amazing beer selection on tap in the restaurant.
Here's a PARTIAL list from my last visit:
Avery duganA
Funk Private Stock #2
Lagunitas Fusion 24
Champion Stickin' In My Rye (IPA in collaboration w/ NOFX)
Hardywood Huell Melon Saison
Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper
Pizza Boy Sunny Side Up
Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru
Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
Sam Adams Black Harbor Stout
Lindeman's Framboise
Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux
Big Hill Standard Cider
Top that off with great pizza and you can't lose!!!
Also, they have a great beer selection of beers to-go at reasonable prices. A must visit!

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Photo of jgiordano88
4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

The wife and I had a company car picked up at the airport. Where to go? I scouted some beer locations in the suburbs… Pinocchio’s made sense, so close to PHL. So there we went, on a Sunday night. Media is a nice-looking small town, more Middle (pun non intended) America than Boring Main Line Suburb.

Pinocchio’s is an old jawn, kind of like a traditional diner and/or pizza joint that carries great beer. Not much atmosphere to speak of, but the service is nice, the pizza is delicious and the beer is wow.

During my visit, they had Deschutes Black Butte XXVI, Neshaminy Leon Russian Imp Stout, Uinta DIPA, Southern Tier Warlock, Evolution Migration Rum Barrel, Allagash Victor and other goodies. They ain’t joking about the beer here!

We had a white pizza to die for, thin crust and super delicious. Attached to the main restaurant is the Pinocchio’s Beer Garden, a take-out shop with lots of coolers filled with a wide array of good beer. You can also order a pint from their taps and drink it there or fill up a growler.
I can’t wait to go back!

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Photo of danrennix
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of GreenMind
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of JPowell712
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Sean_King
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of timnkate
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kingston2
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of buzzy
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of little_star
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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Pinocchio's Restaurant in Media, PA
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