Hawthornes Bier Café

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

35 Reviews
Hawthornes Bier CaféHawthornes Bier Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

738 S 11th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-2651
United States

(215) 627-3012 | map
www.hawthornecafe.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
51
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
600
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've visited Hawthornes a few times, once in the spring and again more recently. Both times I went was during the day for a weekend brunch. The cafe is very bright with a lot of handsome furnishings and cool seating options. During the day it looked very nice compared architecture in the surrounding industrial and working class neighborhood.

The food my party ordered was well prepared and tasty, but the portion size for the sandwich I ordered let me a bit wanting after I finished it. My dining companions agreed that the food servings were a bit small, but within reason for lunch.

Service was fine if a bit slow and flighty. Sometimes it was hard to get the attention of our waitress and the food look it's time coming out even though we had sandwiches and egg dishes.

Now, on to the beer. The glass-front refrigerators hold an impressive selection of bottled beers and the taps have an interesting array of brews available. There are fresh seasonal beers, limited releases, and classic beers for one to choose from. The annoyances I had are that when I was there, one could only buy growlers of the kegged beers, some of the beers are out of stock, the prices are high, and beer is self-service. I've heard that they will now serve pints of beer, but I think most of the taps are only for filling taps because of their fancy growler filler machine. I can understand that limited beers will sell out, but if they do one shouldn't just leave empty spaces on the shelves. The prices are pretty similar to what one who shops at the Foodery or similar place can expect, which is 0_0. And finally, the last complaint I had was that you'd have to walk up to the case and get your own beer, or growler fill, and then wait in line to pay for it. Twice I was waiting in line when my food arrived and had to wait to eat it.

Overall, it's a nice little place to go and eat nice food. The beer side of the operation is a little annoying, with self-service beer that you have to pay for separately, higher prices, and inappropriate glassware (mason jars?). However, it's a much comfortably place to sit and enjoy a good beer with locally sourced, fresh food

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Pint of Hill Farmstead, growler of Tired Hands, plate of scrapple. Not sure how many other places on this planet can offer all three of those.

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Photo of Joshua1973
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of RPH2327
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of soulcougher
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of cheah
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JD_Lombardi
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Nathan_Snyder
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of joel_j
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A: Very busy at about 1pm when we showed up on a holiday Monday. Most folks sitting at tables enjoying lunch, but a few browsing the large beer selection in the fridges at the back.

Q: Lots of hard to find beers in several fridges at the back. Also some on tap. Very high quality selection both in bottles and on tap.

S: Service was great. Multiple employees asked if we needed help and offered us samples of what they had on tap. Once seated, our waitress was very attentive and friendly.

S: Great selection, as mentioned above in Quality.

F: Food was very good. Just had a quick burger with fries for lunch, which went very nicely with the beers we chose.

V: Nothing special here. Not expensive, not cheap. About what you'd expect from a craft beer establishment.

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Photo of rikatine
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been to Hawthornes twice now. The tap selection here is interesting enough. The bottle selection did not really excite me though. After stocking up at Bella Vista Dist. across the street, I may have been a bit jaded. On our first visit it seemed too crowded to wait to eat, but we did wait on our second visit.

We waited on the comfy couch by the fireplace, with draft beer in had. The place is lively and really cute. We did not have to wait that long to be seated. We ordered brunch and we all enjoyed our meals. The server was friendly and knew the menu. Overall, we all really liked it and agreed we would return on a future visit.

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Photo of KentEisenhuth
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is excellent. I would go as far as saying they have the best brunch in the city. The staff is amazing, attentive and super friendly. You can sample beer while waiting for your table. If you frequent Hawthorne's they remember your beer preferences. The draft list changes frequently and the bottle list is very impressive. The food is also outstanding. They feature very interesting specials and also some amazing comfort food. This is a fine place to go for any occasion and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really awesome atmopshere as soon as you walk in. Fireplace to your left, table in the middle and a cooler of beers you can just go buy for take-out or drink with your meal in the back.
There are lots of bottles (mainly 22oz) and growlers as well. Above average selection including locals and stuff I can't get in Jersey like Alesmith, Bells, Dark Horse, etc. Prices are a little aweful but it is a restaurant and wouldn't go there to shop but just purchasing a bottle for dinner is fine.
Food was great, friends got some apps that looked good. Out table also got a Sheppard's pie, Fish Tacos and the Chicken/Mac n Cheese special. Everyone was pleased. Coffee at the end of the meal from served in a French press which gets bonus points for me. Service was excellent so I can't complain there. Only downside was the ability to not split a check but it didn't affect us as we all had cash but could be a problem for some if you dont plan ahead.,

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My first time at Hawthornes, after passing by it a number of times during previous visits to Philly (the wife and I always stay around the Bella Vista area).

This is a bottle shop and a cafe/restaurant/bar. Cool stuff. Go in and you'll find a dining area first, with bistro tables where you can have food and a pint of beer from their 9 taps.

Beyond that there are two registers and the bottle-shop area, with lots of cooler divided in 10 "doors" by theme/region: Locals, Seasonal, Limited, Midwest, Colorado...

I drool after the brews I can't get at home in NYC: Great Lakes, Dark Horse, Central Waters, Fifty-Fifty Eclipse, Dark Rabbit and a bunch of locals (including Voodoo Big Daddy).

I paid $20 for my bomber of Voodoo Daddy and a small Arcadia Bourbon Shipwreck. This is Philly for you, folks!

Pints are better priced at $5-$7 for quality taps including Verdi Imperial Stout, Southern Choklat, Dark Horse, Central Waters... growlers to go too.

Service was cheerful and good, and next time I'll stay for dinner and a pint instead of just buying beer to go.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was my first time here. There was no street parking directly in front of the place, but plenty to be found along the adjacent side street. There were several groups of people sitting outside for lunch. When my wife and I entered, we were greeted immediately by a host who asked if we would like a table. I said that I was just here for the beer, and he told us to take our time, very polite.

The place at sort of an upscale cafe feel to it. There were lots of people eating inside as well. It was very clean. The beer coolers were in the back, and there was plenty of room to maneuver around other shoppers. They had a great selection including Founders.

Overall, it was a bit pricey, but I was impressed. My wife said she would like to eat there sometime, which is a plus.

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Photo of orangesol
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I stopped in here after I went to Bella Vista. This was my first trip here.

Upon entering it appears to be a nice mix of bottle shop and small cafe. I went straight to the bottle shop area and, while it wasn't amazing, I was pleased with what I saw. They had signs above each door of the cooler telling you where the beers inside where from. From what I could tell most of the beers were fresh. Plenty of classic staples with a few "rarities" thrown in. I noticed they had a few bottles of Marrón Acidifié and I was wondering how they had lasted that long until I saw the $30+ price tag. No chance I would pay that much for that one. Most of the other bottles seemed to be priced right around where they should be. I picked up a few bottles for the cellar and it only set me back around $20.

Service was good. I was asked if I needed help by three different people. The guy I talked to knew a good bit about most of the beers I asked about. I didn't have time to eat but the menu looked pretty good. I will have to return in the future and try the food.

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Photo of Sheaffdogg
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a few times now and thought it was time for a good review. They have a solid selection of craft beer, including Russian River, Firestone Walker, Bells, Founders, and a bunch of up-an-comings that are always fun to try. They also have a couple of rotating drafts with growlers to go. Servers are extremely friendly and accommodating. People here are also knowledgeable about what they sell and can make good recommendations if you are itching to try something new, as I always am.

I went to a Firestone Walker beer dinner here and was extremely impressed with the food quality and the pairing choices. Obviously they put some thought into what they do here and I appreciate it immensely.

Bonus, its not too far from a Broad Street subway stop so its a good spot to grab some great beer to go on the way down to the sports complex. Go Phils!

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Hawthornes Bier Café in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.
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