Tapped Gastropub

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Bar, Eatery

1550 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451-6167
United States

(757) 965-5585 | map

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 10
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Tapped Gastropub in the Shops at Hilltop shopping center is right across the street from Bottlecraft so it's an easy secondary stop if you want to pick up some beers.

It's a decent looking place but nothing really special. There's some outdoor "patio" seating with garage door "windows" and ceiling fans which is nice during the hot weather - or perhaps not if it's too hot! Inside the floor is tile and there's the usual black acoustic ceiling-tile ceiling, but there's also a very nice wooden bar and back bar. The dining room itself is pretty basic, and on the bar side there are 4 "draft tables" where you can pour your own beer. It's at least interesting to see, although I doubt most beer advocates would actually be into that.

There are 32 taps and you can check their beer list "live" at their website. I found it pretty decent, fairly varied, and I wasn't disappointed. Talking to the bartender I was also informed that it's constantly changing. Given its proximity to Bottlecraft, and then Total Wine & More just down the road I'd call it a stop worth visiting.

As for food, you can also find that online, and I think it's a decent menu with fair prices and good food. I haven't eaten much, but what I had was good. A little common sense should tell you what to expect.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Good place to visit once in a while if you want to catch the game, have a decent meal and score a couple of good beers (now that they do growlers you can just get the growler and split if you want). Selection is good although nothing amazing and they seem to leave beers on tap (I've seen the same IPA on tap for three months and wonder if it is the same keg). Food is good but pricey even for area. Worth checking out but there are better options in the area (literally, in the same shopping plaza and you don't even have to park in a different spot).

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Photo of Rch2345
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite places to hit. Quite vibe (except late when live music comes in), beer selection is normally a good rotation of nice local brews with the occasional surprise (KBS or BCBS as an example).

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Photo of LAND_MINE
1.29/5  rDev -64.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.25 | selection: 1

How this place can call itself a gastropub or even imply that they serve anything but mainstream beer or whatever local breweries have already put in stores is beyond me. Also let me rant about not taking a job if you're not qualified to do it. Whoever orders there beer and hires there bartenders has no clue and is obviously winging it. Least knowledgeable bar tender ever. I had to explain to him what beers he had on tap! He tried to tell me he didn't have something and as soon as I pointed out the tap he says ohhhh, I've never even heard of that. It was a freakin Avery beer. If you don't know what Avery beer is and you can't tell me what beers you have on tap in the restaurant that you work in you should be fired because you obviously don't care enough about your job to be doing it. Also half the beers on there menu aren't available abd don't even bother expecting to see what they say they have online unless you love being dissappoonted. If you want a real craft beer experience drive right on by this place because you won't find it here. This may seem harsh but there are way better choices for beer within 10 minutes of this joke.

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Photo of volanova
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Virginia Beach doesn't have much of a beer scene yet, but I was relieved to see a beer-centric restaurant just down the road from my new digs. Perhaps I've been spoiled by Philadelphia, though. Anyway, while Tapped's beer list wasn't as extensive as I would expect to see in a city that sports places like Eulogy, Monks, and Standard Tap, it was good for a city that is just starting to get out of the Bud Light and Miller mindset.

They had most of your standard national craft breweries, as well as quite a few I was unfamiliar with. On a plus, they had Hoptopus from Virginia Beach's one and only craft brewer: Beach Brewing. Would have been nice to see more than just that, though. Their food was quite good, too. We had the lobster dip for a starter followed by the BBQ chicken sandwich and seared tuna salad.

The big con was the glassware: they only have 16 and 20 oz pint glasses. I for one don't really feel like chugging down a 16oz pour of a 9% beer. I'd much rather have the option of 8oz pours in the proper glassware for higher gravity beers or your specialty ales. It really would round out their image of being a gastropub that takes their beer list seriously if they'd stock a few tulip glasses and snifters in addition to the pint glasses. This is the reason they only get a 2 on the quality scale. I contacted Tapped about it and got a response that they would be talking about it among the owners and managers. Hopefully it'll be corrected, but it doesn't look like they've made in progress in the subsequent visits I've had.

Unfortunately, Tapped is an establishment that hasn't figured out what it wants to be. They call themselves a gastropub (which was a cool thing to do 10 years ago), but the night I was there it had a generic bar feel, bad overly-loud live music included. They have the beer list of a good craft beer bar, but they don't have the expertise and proper glassware to go along with it. They seem like they want to be a go-to local place, but their location in a strip mall parking lot just leaves a lot of ambiance lacking.

Come on, Tapped, you have a LOT of potential. Get yourselves a good vibe going, make the inside interesting (the outside won't ever be considering the surroundings), figure out how to serve good beers in the right way, and you'll have a home run.

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Photo of beerchicky
3.13/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This is Virginia Beach's newest beer bar, and I've got high hopes that they'll grow into a place I'll truly love. There's lots of potential here but also some serious room for improvement.

The best thing Tapped has going right now is an elegant but comfortable atmosphere. The bar is quite attractive with rich wood and plush booths. It's the great setting for an enjoyable glass of beer, but the draft offerings are just not very exciting. On my visit a high percentage of the taps were "pseudo-crafts," and the rest were things that I could have easily gotten from the chain grocery up the street. Nothing caught my eye, but there were still a few solid offerings on the list. I was disappointed though that everything was served in either a 16 or 20 oz shaker pint glass. Not only do I value proper glassware, but with some of the higher ABV beers, I just don't really want to drink a full 16 ounces and I certainly don't want to pay what then looks like a hefty price tag per glass. I'd really like to see more attention here to both the draft list and the appropriate ways to serve those beers.

It's quite difficult for me to quantify the service. On one hand, the waitress could not have been more friendly and eager to help, but on the other hand, she was completely ill-equipped to help. She did not have a working knowledge of the draft list and was unable to answer our questions about the styles of particular beers. She even said that she had not tasted many of the beers on the list. Beer education has got to be a priority at a gastropub. The staff should know the beers as well as it knows the specials. Management needs to take a lead here in making sure that the staff is tasting the beers, has detailed descriptions of them and can sell them based on customers' tastes.

I didn't eat on this visit. The menu was standard pub food of meat and seafood. It seemed way overpriced for the area, but I admit that some of the dishes I saw looked good. There was no vegetarian option though, and that will make Tapped a place where my friends and I will likely never eat.

Again, there's a lot of potential here. If they get a beer buyer or bar manager to refocus the joint on beer, then this could be a great place. Until then, it's not much of a gastropub but just an ordinary restaurant.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went last night with some friends and my wife to celebrate our 4th Anniversary. Made reservations for one of their draft tables and was promptly seated upon arrival. The overall look of the place is very nice, clean, crisp with only a few TVs scattered around playing sports (I could do without this, if I wanted to watch a game I'd head to Hooters).. Everything else was quite elegant and cozy and the bar area looked very nice.

The waiter was very nice (and honest noting he was still learning about beers so he may not know everything but he would certainly find out) and was helpful in explaining how the draft table works (each drinker gets a little key that you place on the tap before you pour then it tracks your ounces, one you reach the equivalent of two glasses of beer your key cuts off and they make sure you aren't drunk and reset your key to allow you more). Unfortunately the choice of beer at the draft tables, while appealing to the masses, were't the greatest, Blue Moon and Fat Tire, but wanting to just give the table a whirl I had my two glasses with no need to reset the table. The other table had Bud Light and DFH 60min.

He then explained they just started doing flights so we could pick four of any of their draft beers and get four 5oz pours for $8, which was a pretty good deal, problem there is the flight came to the table with no explanation of which was what, I had chosen four beers I've never had so if was a bit of a chore trying to figure out what was what.

Overall their draft beer selection, while adequate, isn't good enough for a pricey Gastropub named Tapped. Their bottle list helped, but that too could use some work but I will give them a pass as they are new.

The food was good, and everything is made in house (farm to table as the waiter put it). Entree prices were in the $18-$25 average range. My scallops were a little on the small and rubbery side but still tasty, wife had a cheese stuffed sirloin and from my sample of it I would have much rather ordered that.

When we got our bill the waiter had forgotten to charge us for the draft table usage, so we told him and it took quite a while to get it added to our bill correctly. Our bill for an app, two entrees, a sweet tea, two glasses of Fat Tire, a flight of beer, a can of Old Chub and two desserts was $110 with tip.

Overall the place is pricey, but it is at Hilltop so that is to be expected, and they are clearly having some growing pains being new, but I will certainly revisit them for a special occasion, but as it stands it's not a place I'd just pop in to hang out.

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Tapped Gastropub in Virginia Beach, VA
Place rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 10 ratings