Taphouse Grille

18 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

344 French Hill Rd
Wayne, New Jersey, 07470-3936
United States

(973) 832-4141 | map

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Added by richbrew on 03-17-2011

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by slander:
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, you bastard. I have managed to motivate and get out and about, even if just for a few hours. Sunday early afternoon in Wayne, happy to have a place to go when I’m out here that doesn’t involve my duality. Out here now to meet up for a few before Jed’s gotta run to pick up mom for corned beef and cabbage...

Bar side/dining side. A telephone shaped black tortoise shell topped bar with a panel base & piping foot rail; seating for a baker’s dozen on dark tan snakey leather chairs. Barback holds glassware the length, or mostly so, boxed, and booze tiered above on a brick wall back. 3 small flatscreens atop with a pair of boards in between listing a dozen taps each, origin, & ABV. Small sample paddles with the glassware, and cupboard space below on center with wine & glassware tiered. Larger flatscreens on the end angled for looking at. Dark tan walls with a white trim, pillars, & ceiling, slat plank floorings, and drop discus light brite lighting. 3 hightops off the bar, contained this side of a stairwell and divider to the dining side behind me. I will go look in on things there.

2 dozen + boos & tables, some sharing benchage on the ends. Beige walls over white lowers and trim. Arched curved ceilings of brick play, I like; very Copperfieldsesque. Wall mounted lanterns and track spots. Some light art and flats everywhere. They are doing a carving station brunch just now, and there’s something ‘Jazz Sunday’ involved. Banquet room space up them stairs, if you need it.

‘T’ tower of 8 on the center of the bar and one on each end, 24 in all, the menu broken out ‘stylish’. 2/3 of them are local and regional craft; a mix of a handful of wares from local NJ breweries (Bolero Snort Ragin’ Bull, Kane Head High IPA & Morning Bell Porter, Carton Decoy), 5 beers from Victory on the heels of Wednesday night’s promo with them (Braumeister Pils, Mad King’s Weiss, Storm King Stout, Headwaters Pale Ale, & K-Bomb), and other regional goods (Troegs Nugget Nectar, Shmaltz He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. & Funky Jewbelation, Harpoon Celtic Ale, Narragansett Lager, Allagash White, Starr Hill Psycho Kilter Wee Heavy). The remaining 1/3 are made up of craft selections from afar (Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Founders All Day IPA, Fish Tale Winterfish), a few imports (Unibroue Blanche de Chamblay, Chimay Tripel, Smithwicks, Guinness), and a single cider (Magners). And a hand pump along the way, currently silent.

Again, they just did a Victory night on Wednesday so now I’m stuck slumming it with Braumeister Pils. Life sucks. Oh, poor me. Bartender fed us samples as requested as I sought out another beer (Bolero Snort Ragin’ Bull), and another beer (Kane Head High IPA), and offered up ideas in our never ending search to find something suitable for Miss Dena, which we did.

When I showed up, they were well into the Hummus. I picked at it a bit, it was good, but I had to dodge the evil fucking olives. Goddamn, I hate them. And then I went with a bowl of chili; beef & black bean, gooey cheese, and something tomato salsa atop. Solid, sturdy, bone sticking goodness.

Chill Sunday, but we’ve seen the place a-jammin’. It’s a good show. They do promos, tap take overs, and events; rare beer night, NJ brewer night, et al. We’ve had some good beers here, someone knows what they’re doin’. J & D like the place quite a bit; been out a few times with them myself and will return again. Happy to have this atop the hill.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SebastianMandeville
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RobDB
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of njcraftguy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place, bar could be bigger but otherwise a place to try

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Photo of SRBush1974
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kevincredible
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of mk_ultra
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of keymcgrip
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Made a solo trip to the Taphouse Grille and took a seat (1 of 14) at the bar. A very friendly bartender gave me a beer menu to peruse. Like any good one it provided taste notes and ABV figures and was nicely broken down by style: Lagers, Belgian Style & Wheat, Pale Ales, Golden, Fruit & Dark Ales and Porters and Stouts. The menu listed 23 drafts in all, but didn't include bottles. The drafts were all crafts; the bottles appeared to be macros.

Being in New Jersey I opted for the not-quite-local Head High IPA from Kane Brewing. One off-putting bit of presentation: I had to drink this tasty beer out of a Coor's Light glass. To my great relief the next beer, a Carton of Milk stout from Carton Brewing arrived in a Dogfish Head glass.

I visited on a Tuesday, which is a special night for burgers. $15 for a burger and a pint. The Taphouse Grille makes a damn good burger. Mine was perfectly seasoned and cooked. A generous portion of hand cut fries rounded out the plate.

I can't say I was too wowed by the decor in the bar. Brick walls, not particularly well-lit. The dark space felt more dingy than cozy. The place was clean. Plenty (5) of flat screens offered a variety of sports.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BigBeerDaddy
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great parking and easy to find. Went early on the Tuesday Burger night. Some nice leftover DogFish on the taps...Immort Ale and World Wide.
Super clean and kinda romantic, plenty of candles. Music was on point. Bartender allowed me to sample a few.

Ordered the burger special and thought I was in a candid eating contest as the Burger was humungous!.. and Fries were awesome...wife loved the mussels I got to go.

Next time I gotta bring some friends. And am intrigued by the 1.9.13 rare beer tap takeover!

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Photo of shueyy
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was in the area for work and was on BA looking for a great beer bar and went on Taphouse Grille website and notice they were having a Weyerbacher event.
I was pleased they had 6 Weyerbacher on tap and at a very reasonable price. I was able to order a sampler of the beers for $6.
The atmosphere was upscale casual with lots of flat screen TV's ,dark wood and low lighting. The bar area isn't huge 3 high tops and maybe 25 seats at bar. Very clean, new, sophisticated bar.
The service was great the bar manager really knows his beer and brought out appetizers to share with the bar crowd there for the Weyerbacher event.
The selection of beer was awesome ranging from Avery New World Porter to Green Flash West Coast IPA to Weyerbacher Old Heathen on cask all said 24 craft beers on tap.
Over all a great relaxing bar to watch sports on the big flat screen and get a great meal and high quality craft beer. I would highly recommend this bar if you are in the area.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We have been going here since they opened and the keep getting better all the time. It is a little trendy for us but the good bar fare and draft selection keeps us going back.

They just hired a new beer manager and he is making changes for the better already. The tap selection is good, 24 total all craft. They just brought in Goose Island, Lost ABBEY, Kane, Port Brewing, and Carton among others.

They had a great rare beer event in January that included dfh 120, Otter Creek 20th Anniv. Kane Malus, Firestone 15, Founder Breakfast Stout, Oak aged Yeti and many others.

Food wise, they have great pizza, good wings and huge salads.

Thursdays are $4 craft beers

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Wow, I am surprised that I am the first person to review this place, but here I go.

Living in the area I have passed this place many times and always wanted to try it, but never really heard anybody that was into to beer talk about it.

The atmosphere feels more like an upscale resturant with valet parking (which is completely unessecary) and like a sports bar with a lot of flat screen TV's around the place. It has a small bar area if you just want a drink as well. The lights are very low and I had a hard time reading the menu.

The service was really good and our server Jack was always there to make sure everything was ok. I have no complaints about the service.

The selection is where this place really lacked in my opinion. While they have 24 taps with almost no Macros, I feel they are too narrow on the types of beer they choose. They did have the local Kane, Carton, and Cricket Hill, but they had about 8 Saranacs on tap and nothing was really eye popping. They had a Weyerbacher winter on Cask too which was nice.

The food was really good and decently priced, I had the pulled pork with sweet potato fries and they where excellent.

Overall, if this place increases there tap selection to get a little better brews, they could compete with the nearby cloverleaf tavern.

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Taphouse Grille in Wayne, NJ
Place rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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