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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States

(714) 978-9467 | map

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Reviews by Rumrunner:
Photo of Rumrunner
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Tucked away in a strip mall is the Hollingshead's Delicatessen. Get the address correct because a person can drive right passed it.

The deli is a large square. To the left upon entering is the deli and the counter to order food. Directly across from the entrance is the bar area with about ten seats. To the right is the coolers of beer to be consumed on the premisis or for take out. In the middle, between the racks of snacks and the shelves of beer is the small seating area. The lighting is bright and the vibe of the place is friendly and cheerful. Since the owners are from Wisconsin there is a lot of Green Bay Packer memerobelia on the walls alongside some beer swag. The overall atmosphere is plain but not without its charm. I include the family who run HD as complimenting the good feelings of cheer that HD gives to the thirsty and hungry patrons.

The service is great if not somewhat ecclectic. The famly run business takes on its own set of rules. There is plenty of banter back and forth by all of the family members and I for one find this refreshing and it makes for a more lively and friendly atmosphere. My orders have been spot on. I have always been attended to promply and the friendly family has always made me feel like a welcome guest in their establishment.

The beer selection is excellent. About fifteen taps with no filler beers. I would list the taps, but they are in constant rotation. The taps usually consist of a few imports, a few American craft beers and then a special beer or two. A beer that is out of season or is hard to come by in general or in southern California. One can find Drake's on tap here. Sierra Nevada beers that are not at your local and sometimes some Russian River specialty beers. The coolers are loaded to the brim with American, German, English, Belgian, Scottish, Japanese, Polish, Czech beers and I am sure a few more countries are represented. A great selection for the beer hunter especially when looking for German or English beers.

Every time I have been here the visit has turned in to more fun than just a casual afternoon drinking a couple of pints, or mugs of beer. Be it the family's back and forth, the BAs I've drank a beer with, the people I've met, or just finding a beer in the cooler that I have always wanted to try. Hands down, this is just a great place to visit. Cheers and beers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of IceAce
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Been visiting the Hollingshead family through three generations. Ken Sr. was a mentor to me when I broke into the beer biz and taught me about European beers with an emphasis on German styles.

Ken Jr. taught me the craft beer ropes and was the first person I knew who ordered from the Blind Pig Brewery in Temecula. I'll never forget that first mug of Vinny's IIPA.

Michael Kenneth is bringing the establishment into the information age and has a great feel for the business.

All the tap handles rotate and the portfolio is always excellent and varied. Food is pricy, but it's great quality all the way around and I don't mind shelling out a few extra coins for an extraordinary product.

A must see if you are in the Orange/Anaheim area.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Popped into Holllingshead's Deli to check out the selection and the sandwiches. I had a roast beef sandwich that was really good but nothing to write home about. The beer selection is good only because they carry some good beers but they don't have a big selection. It was a little pricey compared to some other stores. A nice place to stop and have a beer and a sandwich and pick up a few bottles but I would not make it my go to bottle shop if I lived in the area.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best beer place around. You're like family (good or bad) as soon as you walk in the door, killer good sando's and sides, and the best on tap selection anywhere. Amazing tap take overs usually accompanied with guests/brewers/reps, and an amazing bottle selection. And usually the first place to get new beers and all the local stuff. Kenny is one of the friendliest, knowledgeable and passionate guys you'll meet. Michael ain't so bad either (haha). Always worth the extra buck. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Mad vibe points for all the Packers/Midwest gear all over the place. Quality of the beers here are good, quality of the food is excellent. Everything is on the more expensive side albeit.

Service is funny. They don't kiss any ass, they can be friendly or dickish, just depends. Not really a destination location, but if you're in the area . . .

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Photo of TriggerFingers
2.86/5  rDev -34.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75

So...I'm down near Disney and with all of the reviews I just had to check this place out. I was SO disappointed with the bottle selection. World class? You have got to be kidding me? Cooler selection on the back wall was...meh. Let's put it this way...they have more beer than sprouts but not as much as most BevMo's.

My BevMo in Walnut Creek has 3x the selection and pretty much everything I saw at Hollingshead. There are a few uncommon bottles which is good, but nothing you couldn't find at a good
BevMo or Totalwine. There was some seasonal stuff that was probably passed its prime and should have been pulled or discounted.

Tap selection looked good. Didn't try the food so,I can't say there. Just speaking strictly of bottle hunting. For bottles, I wouldn't make the trek...just not worth it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Tdizzle
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I've been going to Hollingshead's for nearly a decade. Now that it has been newly renovated, it's time to review it.

V - It's essentially a deli with a bar, and it is decorated to the rafters with Wisconsin Packers memorabilia. The place has a small, family-owned-business charm to it. The new renovation boasts nice hardwood floors, an exposed ceiling, and lots of tables. Much roomier, cleaner, and a touch classier.

Q - The place is clean, and the Hollingshead family clearly take pride in their establishment. Hollingshead's is an institution of the local craft beer scene, and they consistently get rare beer on draft. They clean their tap lines, too.

S - The service, or lack thereof, is my biggest complaint about Hollingshead's. It takes way too long to get a beer. Mike and Kenny Hollingshead will often finish entire lengthy conversations with regular customers before tending to your needs, leaving you potentially standing at the bar for a long time before someone acknowledges you. Some feel that this intentional bad service is part of the charm; but I feel that it is rude, at times.

Sel - Hollingshead's is one of the best beer bars in North Orange County. They have a great draft list and an extensive selection of bottles. They also have a great selection of deli sandwiches and delicious sides.

F - The food (sandwiches) and the sides (get the beet pickled eggs!) are very good. My only complaint is that they are small and overpriced; but the quality of the bread, meat, cheese, etc., is very good.

Hollingshead's is a great place to grab quality craft beer and good food; just be prepared for a somewhat cavalier attitude towards customer service, at times. However, I continue to come back to Hollingshead's because I feel they boast the best selection of beers in the city of Orange. Other establishments in Orange charge way too much for small pours in the same glasses that they serve water (Haven), and other establishments have redundant draft lists. Hollingshead's beer prices are high, but they pour almost everything in a 17oz mug. Can't beat that.

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Photo of Rutager
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The guy and his wonderful wife that run this place are the best. Gave me the low down on deliveries and .rar's without asking, based purely on my two bottle selection. The best!

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Photo of zaftigal
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been coming here for years. I remember the good ole days when they did pitchers of PtY. Oh how times have changed...

The revolving draft list is always good, I can't think of a time I was disappointed. The bottle selection is also good and is a nice touch surrounding the limited seating.

This is an environment for folks like me who just want to drink some suds and chat with long timers in the beer community. I don't mind that they are Packers fans, because my Raiders don't give me much to bring the table these days...

The food is good, but deli isn't my favorite. I love the glasses they use and if you come a lot they will keep your glass ready for you. This place is a must for those who want a Cheers-esque quality and comfort

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Photo of benzalman
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Safa1
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutely amazing. In a small area it feels like home away from home on the first visit. Family that owns it. Runs it so the service is great too. These guys and gals deserve community support and they have it.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of indian_pale_ale
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Killer sandwiches and beers on tap. Bottle selection is also awesome but can sometimes be pricey ($1-2 more than other local shops). However, they tend to get stuff that typically isn't found elsewhere. Great family owned business so to me it's worth spending the extra few dollars to help support that. Plus they're huge Anaheim Ducks fans which is a plus! Get the club sandwich and a RR brew on tap!

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Photo of Tuesdaythe5th
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dagubna
5/5  rDev +14.2%

GREAT brews on tap, great bottles, and great German-style food as well. When you order a food item, they assign your number as a beer, so they'll call you as "St. Pauli Girl" or "Anchor Anniversary" when your food is ready. They have great deviled eggs and their ham salad sandwich on wheat is to die for. Come for the beer, stay for the food.

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Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MonkeyKnfeFight
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of poormishi
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
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