Chapter One: The Modern Local

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3.7 w/ 6 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, California, 92701-4862
United States

(714) 352-2225 | map

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Added by dcgunman on 11-26-2011

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

A really appealing dark and atomspheric place. Could you miss with a date or a Valentine's dinner at this place? In spite of some quibbles this is worth a stop if you're heading down I-5 or if you have a weakness for the stylish joint.

The building in the middle of the historic preservation district downtown is full of character on the corner. Windows across the entire space but dark inside. Small bar but expansive table areas. Bartender was quick with samples but wanted to know "what do you usually drink?" I've got to think of an answer for that.

Beers are interesting and eclectic with 14 taps counted. Guiness, Old Chub, Jewbellation 17, Festina Peche, Telegraph Prime Meridian, the Reverend, plus a stout, dunkel, rye IPA, pecan brown, and a Wit. Beer menu is full of information but confusing to figure out prices, ABV, and pour size. Is Dupont's Avec les Bon Voeux really worth $14 for a small tulip?

I didn't try the interesting menu but will next time I'm passing through with female company.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of 9uns
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a couple times on different occasions and haven't been disappointed yet.

Beer: There's always a beer or two to pick from their rotating draft list or on their extensive bottle menu.

Service: Service has always been top notch for me, and I've been there a couple times for dinner and for lunch as well. The servers I've had, have all been somewhat knowledgeable and have been able to successfully recommend me and my friends a beer or two.

Price: I do agree that their prices are on the steeper side of the spectrum, but it's a "gastropub" so nothing out of the ordinary here.

Food: Although it does take a while to get to your table, the food has always been very good and has always arrived hot-warm. I haven't had a burger at Chapter One that I haven't liked.

Conclusion: All in all, I wouldn't mind coming back here again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

What's this? A bar in downtown Santa Ana with good beer options? I'll be damned. It's a short jog south of Main Place Mall.

A pleasant, somewhat rustic environment all around. There's a backward "L" shaped bar off to the more open side of the establishment, the other half seems a little "closed". Relaxing music playing overhead and the sunny afternoon's light entering the gastropub creates a great vibe.

Warm, friendly service got the visit started after I sat down at the bar and looked through the menus. There's a seperate draft menu from the main drink menu consisting of bottled beers, wine, and cocktails. A dozen beers on-tap and four times the amount in the bottle. Beers from Avery, Lost Coast, Ommmegang, and Oskar Blues exemplify the draft list, and a few beers were listed being "on deck". The bottles are categorized by style, and with offerings from Fullers, Alpine, Iron Fist, Bootleggers, Lost Abbey, and Duvel, you couldn't go wrong with a bottle either.

I ordered an Ommegang Witte to start off. Yum. Served in a chalice-like glass and fresh. My mac n' cheese with chicken was good, though not an especially large portion for the $13 pricetag. I After finishing the Witte, I asked for a Maui Coconnut Porter (can), but were out. Ok, how about a bottle of Fuller's ESB? Yum again, and served in a nonic. Perhaps the oddest selection was seeing Busch Beer in a tall boy.

In usual gastropub form, the prices are on the higher side. $6-7 pours for most drafts, the bottles ranging from reasonable to outrageous. I mean, c'mon, is there a good reason to charge $22 for an Alpine Duet? Chapter One comes close to being in the exclusive $$$$ category, but is saved by offering several promotions on its drinks; 3-7pm M-F = ½ off drafts being one of the more important ones.

With limited (and metered!) parking in downtown and its pricey food and drinks, it's difficult to say how often I'll be back. I won't go out of the way for it, but at least there is now an option to drink craft beer in downtown Santa Ana.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Was around the corner at the Playground with OCBewfish, so we thought we'd walk here to check it out.

It's in the art district of Santa Ana and quite nice, clean and warm inside. I wouldn't say it's a beer destination, but more of a foodie place with 10 good taps of micro and about 20 good bottles.

Came in after the lunch rush but there was still a good crowd and vibe going on. The bar is to the right with many whiskeys i on the shelves, mirrored wall and some big screens. It was quite comfortable and the bartender was helpful.

I gave the quality a little below average because their draft system was pouring on the way too foamy side and on top of that, our beers weren't that cold (they need to talk to IceAce). I unfortunately didnt get to try the food but the menu looked great. I will be back for dinner and will probably have some wine. (not because of their beer selection which was fine with Sculpin, Avery, Craftsman, Uinta and New Belgian)

This seems like a nice place to hang out with your wife/hubby/whomever. Open with high ceilings, warm atmosphere, good food and drinks. It may be a little on the pricier side but worth it in my opinion. I'll be back for dinner.

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Photo of dcgunman
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Happen to be near the Chapter One location for jury duty at the Court House in Santa Ana. Walking in is a long narrow restaurant/pub. To the left is a large fireplace with tables and chairs. To the right is more tables and chairs and in the middle is a fairly large L-shaped bar with 12 taps of craft beer and a full bar. This place caters to the area which has alot of government and state agencies. So the price is a bit higher. A 10oz glass of Bear Republic Mach 10 was $6. Ordered the fish and chips. I think the price was around $14 or $16. Was just okay. Fries were thin and the coleslaw that came with it was bland. 2 pieces of fish were small and thin but good. Like the Haven Gastropub they made their own ketchup. Whats up with these places and their gourmet ketchup? Whats wrong with Heintz or Del Monte? The gourmet ketchup tasted like red paste. At least they had a sauce for the fish that looked and tasted like thousand island. No tarter sauce. I used the thousand island type sauce for the fries. It was a good thing they had Mach ten to wash down the paste like ketchup.

A word to all you gourmet chefs that want to make their own gourmet style ketchup. . . . .DONT!! Stick with whats best. The original. There's nothing wrong with Heintz or Del Monte. Beachwood BBQ has no problems with serving KETCHUP with their meals. Thats why people go back to Beachwood BBQ. They know "exactly" what they are going to get. Good food. Good beer. Good service. Real Ketchup. All at a good price! Period.

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Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana, CA
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