BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

Bar, Eatery

385 Sun Valley Mall
Concord, California, 94520-5811
United States

(925) 849-1090 | map

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jeffjeff1 from California

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I have actually been here a few times. Not too long after they opened in Sun Valley mall, my wife and I decided to try it. I usually get one of their IPA's but I have gotten the pale ale a few times too. The last time I went here my friend was working and he gave us great service. I gave him a huge tip. I do like to go there every once in a while. The burgers are delicious.

Jan 21, 2014
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TruePerception from California

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Remembering from a prior trip.

I've gone on two occasions, once for the actual bar, and once for a lunch break. I'd heard great things about the place, before ever going, but I don't see it as all that great. They have a pretty good collection of standard go to beers (like Pyramid and Stone). I only tried the Berry "Cider" from their selection, which was absolute crap! I'd heard it was good, but it's extremely light, and way too much like kool aid! Food was okay, and a decent value.

Sep 23, 2013
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jdhowe from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've driven past this place a number of times, but had never made it there.

Overall the place is dimly lit, like a slightly dark sports bar, but without the enormous TVs everywhere -- they are instead relegated to the bar area, which I did not visit. The seating is reasonable... I ended up in a "horseshoe" shaped booth -- the kind that's really tough to get in/out of if you're the middle person in a party of 3+ and is kind of useless if you're in a party of 2 or fewer.

We are seated promptly and shortly thereafter offered drinks; we take water as we're still sifting through a pretty extensive drink menu. They offer primarily beers and wines, but have a pretty extensive beer menu. I didn't pay attention to the wine menu and don't know if there was a cocktail menu or not (although the bar had a pretty reasonable selection of liquors from what I saw) -- but that's not why you're reading a review on "Beer Advocate." The beer selection was very impressive -- at least 8 staple house brews (not brewed on-site, but rather in Reno under Widmer's) and another two seasonals, and an extensive list of domestics and imports on draft. Additionally, to augment the draft selection, they offered the trendy "beer and cider blends" that many restaurants are picking up. For bottles, they had a reasonable selection of Belgians that included Chimay, Duvel, Gulden Draak, La Chouffe, Orval, Lindemann's (Framboise was available on draft), Piraat, and other staples.

Having already eaten dinner, we decided on appetizers and beer. The appetizers were fine but unexceptional (although we ended up with dessert and the beignet was delicious). The boneless wings portion size was a little small, but the potato skins were generously portioned. I ended up with a sampler of the beers -- 4 5 oz. pours for ~$7.

For beer, I selected the two seasonal (Brewmaster's Reserve) selections and two of the mainstays: Brewmaster's Reserve Blonde Lager, Brewmaster's Reserve Imperial Red Ale, Hopstorm IPA, and Tatonka Imperial Stout.

All of the beers were very good -- none exceptional, but all fine examples of their styles. The lager was clean and a little sweet, the imperial red was strong with a lot of malt character but didn't fully mask its 9abv, the IPA was hoppy and bitter and revealed a little bit of an off flavor with warming but was still good, and the imperial stout was smooth and smoky with a little sweetness. None of these beers knocked it out of the park (the lager was close, given that I don't normally like lagers much), but they all were quite enjoyable.

Our waiter was personable, attentive, and very helpful, excepting that he made a few small factual misstatements. In all fairness, I fully expect that almost all of his clientele on a normal day are less inquisitive about the beer than I was, and he did a good job of providing information.

Overall, a very positive experience. Drinks, a couple appetizers, and dessert for under $40.

May 24, 2013
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Concord, CA
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 3 ratings