Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

99 Ratings
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

620 McMurray Rd
Buellton, California, 93427-2511
United States

(805) 686-1557 | map
firestonebeer.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
6.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by semihobo:
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Easily accessible from 101, just off the highway.

Pretty typical atmosphere for a brewpub place, I snagged a table in the front room to watch an NCAA basketball game on TV. Smallish bar right when you walk in and what looked like a mammoth seating area in the back. Definitely family friendly, at least at the dinner hour.

Beers were fine, I tried the four mainstays via their sampler ($6 for four 4oz samples and a souvenir pint glass) and then had the honey blonde and the rotational offering, Lil' Opal. I was excited for a low ABV (below 4%) Belgian but it was pretty watery. Beers were fresh and tasty but all were pretty mainstream and there weren't that many to choose from. Plenty to keep you busy on one visit, though.

Service was great, our waiter was working a lot of tables but still got to us often and took care of water, beers, food, etc. Food was also solid, you can tell the chef takes his job seriously. There is a nightly special, on the night I visited it was pasta with seafood. When I inquired about vegetarian options, they offered to whip me up the pasta dish with no seafood and more vegetables. Not only do I appreciate the flexibility, but it was pretty tasty to boot. Sides, salad, dessert etc. were also good although not mind-blowing.

Total bill for a few beers and several courses for 2 was about $75, probably could have kept that down with cheaper food selections. Pints are $4. Nice place, not too adventurous but good people and competently operated.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of artdob
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Unique place with a slew of options for how to approach their beer (patio, high-tops, bar, sit-down restaurant, and then Barrelworks in a separate room). We ate before heading to the latter for a liquid dessert of BA goodness.

Like others have said, the staff can certainly be angsty and a bit forthcoming with you. Regardless, our server was friendly, knowledgable, loved their beer, and gave us relatively quick service.

The food is expensive but man is it delicious. My wife had the 805 pizza (vegetarian) which was awesome, and the Wookee Jack Brisket sandwich was incredible.

My only complaint is that most of the seasonals were not on tap, and they had no stouts or Wookee Jack on tap either. Great stop for sure!

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Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of chrisjws
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Camillo
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of the_encinitan
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This spot is in the same building as Barrelworks, but this is geared towards their food and "normal" beer operations. They usually have all of the widely available FW beers on tap with an occasional one-off or special release. There is bar seating available, but most of the space is tables for eating. Service has always been pretty good, but it can get busy when there are special events.

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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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1.72/5  rDev -57.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Buellton, CA
4.09 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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