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The Walrus

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5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1136 N 3rd St
Bismarck, North Dakota, 58501-3556
United States

(701) 250-0020 | map

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Added by Wutz on 05-29-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of sfdragoon
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of consigliare
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of DrMalt
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Group of 7 went for a meal & a few pints. Service was prompt & courteous. All orders were exact & served together & hot. Prices were very reasonable for entrees & pints/bottled micros were under $5.

Quality of food was excellent & menu was large & offerred something different from pub grub.

Had a 2 Hearted Ale on tap & then a Big Sky IPA. Tap selection decent but could be better with a better offering of seasonals. Local offerings from Summitt & Leinenkugel were well represented.

Overall a worthwhile experience & a chance to consume some micros on tap.

Ed note: Served 1st round in chilled glasses until we asked for future glassware to not be cooled.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm originally from Bismarck and now live in Minneapolis, but when I get back to Bismarck I always try to spend some money here.

The establishment itself is a small box in a strip mall that also includes a grocery store and a dry cleaner (where my mom actually works).

It is great that Bismarck has a place like this, because for all the city has to offer, there really is no where to get craft beer or much variety outside of New Castle (which may as well be Pliney or Chimmay for the area).

The establishment is small, but the service is good and the food is a bit better than typical diner fare.

With time I would expect this place to have some great success as the market grows and the local taste becomes more sophisticated.

Edit 7/3/2010

This place has come a long way.

The quality selection is the best in Bismarck, the atmosphere is amazing (the only draw back being location), and the food is terrific.

If you want craft beer on tap, this is the place to go in Bismarck, even if it is a bit out of the way. Go for lunch and enjoy the beer. You won't be sorry.

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Photo of Wutz
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Unfortunately, Bismarck, ND doesn't have a whole lot to offer in the realm of great beer/beer establishments. The Walrus is an oasis in the beer desert of central/western North Dakota.

The people there are typically friendly. It's one of the more respectable establishments around here so it draws all types and the varying patrons reflect the feel, but it's typically pretty relaxed and friendly.

The food is pretty good and does a good job providing vegan/vegetarian options for those who would chose to use them. I'd recommend the Florentino pizza or the Green Thumb sandwich if either of those types of foods interest you.

The beer is as good as it gets in Bismarck. There are 18-ish taps of consistant brews ranging from adjunct lagers to import (macro) ales to 10-ish regional brewery selections. There are always three other taps that are rotating (and oftentimes they're rotating a few seasonals). A good range of bottles caps off the selection with different specials every day of the week to encourage patrons to stop in. Unfortunately, the beer distribution in this area is pretty poor so we don't have a whole lot of smaller/more adventurous breweries' beers available in the state, let alone in this specific bar. They're a bit reluctant to take any risks on more interesting brews but it's understandable; that stuff just doesn't sell very well around here.

The staff does a pretty good job taking care of you and are always trying to make your evening enjoyable. The fair prices make the place a little more enjoyable, too.

Overall, it's the best we've got right now and I've graded it on a bit of a curve because of that fact. It's not a great bar compared to the rest of the world's spots but it's the best we have and I've thoroughly enjoy stopping by every time I've been there.

Check out their website for menu and beverage lists.

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The Walrus in Bismarck, ND
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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