BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

334A Coddingtown Ctr
Santa Rosa, California, 95401-3507
United States

(707) 303-1980 | map

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Added by Offa on 10-26-2012

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Photo of ajf0825
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2.25

The review below is spot on. Very corporate feel. Beers for the most part very sweet and not particularly memorable. Hop storm is one of the few drinkable beers, not what you would expect for an ipa but with more balance than most. Service can be awesome or indifferent depending on who's working. Decent burgers. Skip the crappy pizzas.

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Photo of Morgan_Elaine
2.44/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.75 | food: 2

Photo of 31Sam13
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of Offa
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is the local BJ's branch in Santa Rosa. It is fairly new, having opened less than a year ago. I have been a couple times and each time had about the same impression. I should note that I have only been at lunch time.

The lace itself is large and flashy in a chain way, which I partly don't like, but it is nevertheless nice. It has a large outdoor seating area, nicely covered, but then that faces a parking lot, a minus. The overall decor outside and in is kind of nice, if rather commercial-big-business-like. The outside is interesting mostly because of the large fresco/mural on the outside that gives the impression of a Soviet-bloc state - the presence of grain, though logical since this is a beer place, adds to that effect since grain was a common symbol of all the old Soviet-bloc or other so-called "communist" states - and I immediately think of the large mosaic in central Tirana, Albania.

Anyway, this is the first Bj's I've been to and I find the beer ranging from decent to very sub-par, although I've had only a few thus far. They are all simple, not only lacking uniqueness or originality but, much more importantly, not even being well-balanced, characterful, well-made beers for the most part. That said, one or two I've had are pretty good and enjoyable, if simple and a bit sweet. One, the porter, is very simple and too sweet. The good ones are, at least, worth drinking and the place is not a total dud for beer. The range also is pretty standard.

Service has been pretty good, fairly attentive, friendly, and reasonably efficient if a bit too much of the very corporate-feeling type with nothing but overly cheerful, overly "beautiful" cardboard model-types who all look the same and who all look like they were in a Heineken ad.

Food is not great or well-crafted but it is pretty good, especially considering that it's mass-produced chain food probably mostly prepared in some central industrial kitchen 1000 miles away and then shipped pre-made. Then again, I've only had a couple of the salads and nothing else, so my experience is limited.

Prices are reasonable in absolute terms, but not reasonable for the quality that you get.

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in Santa Rosa, CA
Place rating: 2.75 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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