Tap House Grill

very good

16 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

550 106th Ave. N.E
Bellevue, Washington, 98004
United States

(425) 467-1730 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 22
Photo of xoqx
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

[EDIT] Let me state something up front. After writing and submitting this review, I read the reviews below of several Seattle-area BeerAdvocates, all of whom I respect and whose reviews on countless beers I have enjoyed and found useful. My experience here was not good, but they apparently had good experiences. I will not discredit their accounts of this restaurant. I am of the opinion that it is impossible to carry this many beers and not have them get stale. I wish you better luck than I had.

Atmosphere: The environs have modern décor with several oil paintings, light woods, exposed metals, and dark painted walls. It was not too loud and about 1/3 of the tables were occupied at noon on a Wednesday.

Quality: It’s expensive, and not worth the expense for the beers that they have. $5.50 for all pints that are not on their list of 6 Belgians that they consider to be special. Here’s the main problem with the quality. They have !!160!! beers on tap. That’s a problem folks – think about it: 1) This place is in a mall. 2) Most people going here are not going to order a rare, good beer. 3) How much beer can they move through here in a month. THE BEERS ARE STALE! Go here and order a Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre or something else that you a) know well and b) don’t think most people would order and you will taste that the keg has been tapped for a frickin year and is not getting any more or better. I almost forgot to mention, the food was fine, and they cooked my burger the way I ordered it.

Service: Ok. Our server was polite and I was impressed she knew the 10 seasonals they have on tap without having to think about it. However, when I told her my first beer was totally lackluster, she didn’t seem to give a rip. She didn’t mind enough to take it off my tab. That said, if they didn’t charge for stale beer, they’d be giving it all way for free.

Selection: There are 160 stale beers on tap here. If you’re in the mood for a stale beer on tap, this place is hard to beat.

Summary: Please do yourself a favor and stay away from here. I read the bad reviews and still went due to the novelty of all their beers. If you want these 160 beers, go to the Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA and buy some fresh, and for less money.

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Photo of zacharius
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: This place is in a converted office building or something like that. I don't think it was originally intended as a restaurant. It's not like a normal bar ambience it's very uppity, not down to earth at all. Too many pretensious yuppys and fat businessmen smoking cigars frequent this place. The parking is horrible and you have to pay, even with validation.

Quality: Prices are outrageously high--people who break kneecaps out for a living would charge less for a pint. Two of the beers I had tasted a little off, like they are stale--paying a high price for stale beer just pisses me off.

Service: Wait staff doesn't know jack about the beers. While you must take into consideration that it was a busy night, service was slow. I guess the service could have been worse but they would have had to spit in my beer. Also, they serve belgian styles in pint glasses! Thats sacreligous.

Selection: This place has many beers on tap, over 100, so you should be able to find something to drink.With that many taps, I'd expect unique and exotic beers. While they do have lots of beers, most of what they have is pretty common. There is more to having a great selection than lots of selections.

Summary: I really hate the taphouse--I would have given it more 1's but I'm being honest. Considering the price, I really should have given it 1's. There is a Rock Bottom right next door, although it is a mediocre place, it's a better pick than the taphouse--I went there next.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Atmosphere – The atmosphere was very inviting here. The place is rather new, or “nuevo” as the case may be. You walk in and everything is open. The bar is on the right and is separated by a cool divider from the restaurant. Noise control is excellent.

Quality – This is excellent as well. As I said, everything is new so it doesn’t have that “run down” look. The bar is especially impressive. It’s well lit with all 160 taps neatly organized.

Service – They seem to have a high turnover rate with the staff, which means problems. It is not uncommon to have a waiter or waitress that knows absolutely nothing about the beer. For instance, I’ve ordered a hefeweizen and gotten a dunkel . . . that kind of thing. I’ve never actually had “bad” service there, though.

Selection – This is a tricky one to rate. On the one hand, they have 160 beers on tap, which is very impressive. On the other hand, I can buy just about any one of them at the local grocery store. I found an Elysian on the list once that I had never even heard of, but when I ordered it they were “out.” They deserve a “5” for quantity of selection but only a “3” for quality of selection, so I’m giving it a “4”.

Food – The eats are middle of the road. I had a killer spinach salad once, but other than that everything is pretty average. Their onion soup is good but so chunky there’s not any liquid in it. The pork ribs are cooked very well – the meat literally falls off the bone – but the sauce is so-so. The ahi tuna is thick and rare. I like the hot spicing on them but I’m thinking that it would be too much for most people.

Comments – This is located at the Bellevue Galleria, which is a strange shopping center in the heart of Bellevue. It’s like a vertical strip mall. The stores aren’t connected but there are three stories. If you go here and are not happy, there’s a Rock Bottom Brewery next door and a Hooters two flights up. If they don’t float your boat there’s a CPK across the street.

Parking, BTW, is underground and will cost you a buck even with the validation. Also, at $4.50 a pint this is not a cheap date. The last time my wife and I came here I dropped $74 including the tip.

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Photo of pluto
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ah, the Tap House Grill. Well for starters it's in Bellevue. And it's in some kind of weird mall like place called the Galleria which is unusual in that it has a parking garage and about four shops and if you get off on the wrong floor there's an art store with large paintings and a laquered rickshaw or goat cart.
But I digress. This place has a ton of taps, with an excellent representation of most of the standard pacific northwest microbrews, quality imports and belgians difficult to find elsewhere. The menu is interesting and the food of good quality, if pricier than usual for a beer spot. But jeepers, 4.50 a pint? I would also like to see some taps dedicated to the highly ranked breweries from around the country that one can't get anywhere else.
I commend the Tap House Grill for bringing together so many quality beers in one place. But I think you could have 50 taps with ten of them rotating through visiting breweries and lesser known local breweries and make it more interesting.
The staff is reasonably knowledgeable but quite young and clearly overwhelmed by the numbers of choices.
I have been here twice in the last four months and doubt that I'll frequent it very often given the prices but if you had one day in greater Seattle and wanted to try Hale's, Elysian, Snoqualmie, Fish, Deschutes, Pike and Hair of the Dog breweries this is the place to go. It's actually not that far from Sea Tac airport (twenty minutes by cab) so I suppose it could even be tried on a layover.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the newest additions to the Bellevue area, which sits about a 15 minutes drive east of downtown Seattle. A very trendy place that sits in the Galleria building which includes among other things a Rock Bottom Brewery, Tower Records, movie theatre, and a Hooters to boot.

As for the venue itself, a very relaxing place that offers both a large dining area for those who want to dive into their array of steaks, chops, seafood, and sushi offerings, most of which fall into the "fusion" category -- and quite well I might add. Those who want a more relaxing place to mingle can head over to the bar area, which is a decent size for a pub/restaurant, but could be larger considering they stock the largest beer selection north of the Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

Food wise, I've been quite satisfied with what I've had on the two ocassions I've visited. First time, I enjoyed a full multi-course meal in the dining room and the second time, just last week, I made my way to the bar to cozy up with some beer and some of their affordably priced, happy hour, sushi specials. Be forewarned that cigar smoking is a trendy habit here that can effect the enjoyment of some of the most delicate offerings on their menu.

Because they offer 160 different beers on tap, ranging from Pacific Northwest favorites to some Belgian rarities, it may be a good idea to ask for the price before placing your order. They're lengthy tap menu splits varieties into the basic categories, ales, barley wine, stouts, bitters, etc. etc. Sadly, they really don't tell you anything else about the beer, at the very least, it would be nice to see prices and brewery region.

Beer wise, they have a great selection, but focus too heavily on the regular Pacific Northwest and California region. but, kudos for having tap rarities like Ayinger's Celebrator, Hoegaarden, La Trappe, and Lucifer on tap. But with kudos, caution need also be given as these items carry HEFTY prices ranging upwards of $11 a glass -- and since many of the rare items are served in traditional glassware, you'll be lucky to get anything more than 1/2 pints worth.

Nevertheless, outside of the rare items, all the other beers I've had have fallen in the $4-6 a pint which is reasonable for this level of establishment.

PS. Parking in the area is a pain, but they do validate parking if you can squeeze into the underground parking facility situated on the backside of the building.

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Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Tap House is located a stone's throw away from the Rock Bottom brewery in downtown Bellevue. Both pubs are situated in the same 3 story shopping center housing one of the best movie theaters on the east side. The atmosphere in the bar + grill areas is very upscale and trendy. The bar sports 160 beers on tap most of which are NW brews. I found the list impressively large, but at the same time disappointing. While you should have no problem finding something you would like (I had an Arrogant Bastard), I found they could have done a lot more with specialty beers from some of the smaller brewers. As it stands the beer list consisted of a lot of beers you could get from the brewpub less than 15 minutes away. These are personal gripes which is why I still rated the selection as a 4.0. The food was quite good and was delivered quickly. The menu is little upscale featuring steak, seafood, and sushi but they also serve burgers and a decent selection of salads. Overall the experience was a good one.

(Note from future visit) Be wary of the bartender's knowledge. Was sitting at the bar, enjoying happy hour when someone asked for a good beer. Bartender says "Eye Of the Hawk" from Mendocino. Guest asks "Is it an amber?" and the bartender replies "No it's an ale". *sigh*

(yet another note 2/12/2003) Had a different bartender today that really knew his stuff. Seems like it's hit or miss.

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Tap House Grill in Bellevue, WA
3.62 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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