Brasserie Saint James


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

901 S Center St
Reno, Nevada, 89501-2307
United States

(775) 348-8888 | map

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Added by marct on 10-14-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 27
Photo of VashonGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Brasserie Saint James is a Belgian beer bar (mostly) with great food.

It's a big place that seems smaller, because it's got several different rooms. We ate in the main bar, full of old wood and cool decor. It's classy without being upscale, if that makes any sense. There are side rooms with TVs and games, and a completely different vibe.

It's a brasserie, as they say. That means a certain kind of Belgian/French food with strong flavors and a fairly casual vibe. Think mussels, grilled oysters, cassoulets, and braised meats and stews. I had a Basque mussel dish that was the best food I've ever had in a brewery or brewpub. I'd go back to this place just to eat, even if they didn't have beer.

The beer is mostly Belgian styles. There are a lot of different saisons and farmhouse ales. The quality ranged from very good to excellent. There is also a double IPA, which any typical American brewery (not doing Belgians) would be very proud of. They offer a tasting flight of 7 generous pours (prob. 5 ounces, maybe a bit more) for $12, which is a lot of great beer for a great price. Regular pours are generally 13 ounces in tulips.

Overall, Brasserie Saint James is one of the best combinations of food and beer that I've ever seen.

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Photo of flexabull
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Inviting, cozy, with lots of warn wood and a definite European feel to the place. Fairly busy on Friday night too.

Quality was good, I tried only one beer (Daily Wages) but I thought it was very tasty. They had I believe 8 or 9 beers on tap, with a definite focus on European/Belgian styles.

Service was a bit of a let down. Our server was pleasant enough, but painfully slow. My friend ordered a second beer and it took almost 20 minutes to arrive. As I mentioned, it was busy, but not so busy that it should take that long to get a beer.

Food was really good. Best meal I've had at a brewery in sometime.

Overall, a very nice place. I hope my experience with the service isn't the norm because this place could be fantastic.

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Photo of HopStar
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been in a few times and tried most of the regular beers on tap. Overall the menu is creative and the food has generally impressed. Some of the more daring dishes were not quite ready for prime time but worth a try regardless.

On to the beer. I'm an IPA lover and Brasserie offered a couple types when I was in. One was a traditional english style that I thought was a bit thin and watery. Can't remember its name but the double IPA, Hopalong Cassidy, was awesome. In fact, I bought a growler and took it home.

Now here's the downer...The growler and initial fill cost $50 for the Hopalong Cassidy. You read that right, $50 bucks for 5 pints. The bottle was nice quality and held a decent seal. The next day the beer still had some fizz and wasn't flat. But c'mon, the first fill up should be free if I'm buying a bottle so that I can come back and get refills. If I recall, the refils vary based on the beer but I think it's about $25. Let's see, I can get a couple nice tasty six packs and a 22 for that much on my way home. Probably will to rather than pay these kind of prices.

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Photo of marct
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I find it hard to offer a neutral review because I love this place so much. Maybe that is my review then?

Beer - Always a good selection of house brews available, mostly Belgian and other European styles, usually some funky/barrel/wild ones included, some just done classicly to style. I have yet to be disappointed.

Food - Delicious! Mostly Euro brassery style grub like mussels and fries, but there's a killer burger, catfish sandwich, and grilled cheese with tomato soup. Still many things I want to try.

Atmosphere - New but old - an old historic building decorated with lots of cool old stuff, and a view of the brewery. Big, well laid-out, inviting, lots of dark wood.

Value - Gotta expect to pay for quality. Beer ranges from $5-$8, totally fair. Food a bit on the high end, but worth it.

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Photo of cleverbeername
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Wow! The building is incredible, and it literally has the feel of being at a Belgian Brewery. Tons of dark wood/pillars/ fireplace with a high pitched roof and multiple rooms. There is copious amounts of roof top seating to enjoy the summer nights and view as well. The food is incredible, the staff is attentive and knowledgeable, and the beers are amazing. For anyone who enjoys beligian beers this place is fantastic.

The beer selection is awesome and already has something for everyone, but to any attentive beer geek the promise of whats inside all the barrels gives even more promise for down the road.

do it.

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Photo of VegasBill
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not much to add from Beerandraiderfan's review so just some thoughts and opinions. This is in a historic building and deep below is a working artisan well. The decor is awesome,two sides both with a bar, dining area and fireplace. For beer I had the Pilsner, I did not care for it, nothing wrong just not my style of Pils. Next the The Third Man, recommended by a man at the bar, this is a Belgian Tripel and it was outstanding.
The menu does have some pizzas and a burger but is has many Belgian items, mussels and frites etc. I tried the Duck confit and pork shoulder rillettes, basically a pate. It was good, I dont think I would order it again but worth a try once. I find myself in Reno more and more lately and I will be back to this one many more times.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

If you would have told me I was going to give a 4.5/5 for atmosphere to a St. James affiliated brewery in Midtown Reno, I would have suspected you were trolling. Located in kind of the slacker hipster transient deranged person part of Reno, in between the ghetto and downtown, sits this place. Its near the original Silver Peak and brick porno theatre. From the outside, there's a small grain silo and lack of appearance home to the area. But wow, once you get inside, holy crap, hands down, best looking place to drink in Reno already. Double side bar, beautiful, both sides have amazing fireplaces, the decor around the area is traditional flemish. Patio outside, skylight inside, patio upstairs. A pinball game, an old video game (Centipede). I would have given all 5s if it had the original Punch Out! A single pool table as well. I don't recall if I saw darts. Cool ass mounted animals throughout the place as well, a real rustic Belgian meets rural Nevada vibe going through it. The mounted animal trophies might be enough to keep some of the causeheads out of the place, good call. And unlike the St. James Infirmary down the road, it did not smell even a little bit like backed up sewage inside the place. Score!

I had a flight of beers (6) +1 and all of them were good to excellent. And I'm not really a big belgian fan, outside of lambics/gueuze. Their witte album and 3rd man tripel are fantastic, and those are far from styles I really get into. Their more American inspired dipa, Hopalong Cassidy is phenomenal, and will get the hopheads happy. They seem to make a lot of saisons, I had two of them, they were decent, but not mindblowing. I was real excited to try Sophia D'oren, and while good, it was probably the only thing that didn't live up to expectations. Service is quite good, many attentive persons helped out and were informative. I like the mix of attractive girls working. There's at least one of everyone's one type there. You want skinny blonde, got it. You want alternochicks, got it. You want cute nerds, got it. And they're knowledgeable too, most importantly. Even the other customers at the bar were really cool. It was a Friday afternoon, so its a little more business lunch friendly at that time as opposed to dudes with big ass guaged earrings and face tattoos.

I liked the tunes, heard Parachute Woman from the Stones, Imagination as well. Some good Neil Diamond. The type of place I wouldn't be surprised if I heard Black Flag played back to back with Johnny Cash. I didn't eat any, but the macaroni & cheese smelled amazing. I like that their promotion stuff (tshirts) is nicely priced ($10) and well made. They get it. They're taking your money, to advertise their stuff, why jack it all up, I crack up when I see breweries charging $50 for a hoody.

The selection department doesn't get as many points because so many of the styles are belgian,euro, rather than per se "american". there aren't too many things meant for other palates, but they are definitely carving out their own niche in Reno, that is for sure. Hopefully they will also include a nice bottle list like at the infirmary (St. James a few blocks away).

I will definitely be back. I hope scenester hipsters don't ruin this place, its totally in that part of town. . . You can really do a nice beer crawl in Reno, start at Silver Peak on the river, hit up Ole Bridge Pub, St. James Infirmary, Craft, St. James Brasserie, Silver Peak downtown, you will come across some good stuff.

These guys and gals got me to rave about a witbier and a tripel. I'm shocked, SHOCKED! I seriously might go back tomorrow before Canfest. So much bigger and nicer on the inside, don't let the neighborhood or outside fool you! I'm a notorious tough grader, and this place deserved every bit of praise I give it in my first visit.

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Brasserie Saint James in Reno, NV
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