The Big Cheese Pizza Co.


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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3397 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, California, 92501
United States

(951) 784-0555

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by womencantsail:
Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here after being out in the IE earlier in the day. Since I don't often make it out that way, I figured I should take advantage of my opportunity to tick some Big Cheese.

The brewpub would actually be quite easy to miss as they don't really have any signage out front. I did catch a quick glimpse of a vinyl banner hanging at the base of the building, but it was sort of by luck more than anything.

Inside this place is quite nice looking, at least in the bar area. A large wooden bar with comfortable seating and large TVs where I was able to watch some of the UConn/Kentucky game.

The two women who were working the bar area were friendly and providing quick service and were happy to answer questions about the beer, though they weren't sure of some of the answers.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by their house beers. They have 8, but only 6 were available that day (no Pale or IPA). All were at least decent, with some being fairly good. Only other beers on-tap were Coors Light and Bud Light, though.

If you're in the Riverside area, this would actually be a pretty decent place to stop and have a beer. They're not bad, and pretty reasonably priced.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of VegasBill
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is part of a small chain of pizza restaurants, this is the only one that brews beer.The atmosphere has not changed that much since the previous two tenants, sort of an industrial feel.
All 8 beers were available and I tried the IPA and the Scottish Ale. Both were good, no more than that but certainly drinkable.
They do not sell pizza by the slice so I went for the buffet. The pizza is average nothing that would bring one back but very edible. The buffet also had pasta with two sauces and a small salad bar.
I was told that the kitchen had a wood burning pizza oven, if memory serves probably from the Riverside Brewing days, but this group ripped it out in favor of a conveyer type oven, how sad.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

It's right off the freeway, but being so close, I nearly missed it. A quick lane change put me in a good position to grab a free parking spot on the street, but with plently of parking provided by Big Cheese, my effort was made moot. I had no idea where the enterence was at first, because there is no clear sign to where it is. You actually have to walk through the outdoor patio to get in.

A little non-descript around the bar area. Darker in this area than the rest of the restaurant. A few banners hang behind the bar. There's a small window where you can view the brewing equiptment. Lots of wooden high tables around and a bar that seats roughly a dozen people.

I was happy to see that a sampler fight of six beers were offered at the price of $4.99. With eight different house beers on-tap, I was glad to see that offer. IPA, pale ale, cherry lager, vanilla porter, scottish ale, and a few others pouring from the taps....and also Bud Light and Coors Light. House pints go for as little as $4 ($3.50 during Happy Hour), and with pitchers and 2.5 liter "towers" sold as well, you can expect the beer to be a very good value. And honestly, the six beers I tried weren't bad at all.

Pizza parlor meets brewpub; this concept has been done a thousand times over. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Big Cheese is almost on the fence in that regard. The beers are solid, and who knows about the food. I was told by one of the waitstaff that their pizza and sandwiches do receive good reviews, and if it holds true, we may have a success in downtown Riverside.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

came here for sunday raider games. usually you get a good crowd of about 30-40 people. so its good to get a table at the bar early. prices are decent. they mostly carry their own brews along with coors light and bud light. usually they have a cute bartender there working who is always on task. the food is pretty good not bad. pizza, wedges, and wings are pretty much the fare. they also have video games to keep the kids busy if you have any. if anything this place is like a poormans shakeys. they could do a lot to improve and hopefully, that comes to fruition.

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Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place doesn't have a better grade mostly because it dosn't have enough BA regulars that live in the area. I couldn't give any reason why this place isn't cool. I wish there were more brewpubs everywhere. Before they opened, the only real choices one had in the riverside area for craft beer and some grub were Main st. brewery/Lampost and Yardhouse. Both great places, but having a third option was greatly welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed quite frequently. I've got nothing but positive things to say about the Riverside location. Their line up of beers has improved and expanded greatly since the time of the origional reviewer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited 7/2/2010 after a trip to More Beer.

Stopped in on Friday early evening around 530pm and the place was pretty much empty. There was a guy playing the guitar out on the patio and a half dozen people listening. Inside there may have been 2 other customers. The service was very friendly and attentive.

We sat and tried all the beers and split a sandwich. It was a suasage sandwich that is basically a pizza folded in half. The bartender explained to me that its the same dough as is used in the pizza crust. I think it was $7.99. The beer samples were free.

The beer needs work but it was decent. Not a ton of niche styles for beer nerds but they did have a Scottish ale. The rest were the regular ales for the public. They had a pale ale, IPA, cream ale, and a hefeweizen in addition to the Scottish ale.

Would probably come back some time after a trip to the homebrew shop. Admittedly I have no idea what the place will look like when it's full on a Friday or Saturday night.

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The Big Cheese Pizza Co. in Riverside, CA
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