Hollingshead's Delicatessen

Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen
Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(714) 978-9467 | map

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sweethome from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited at about 1:30 on Thursday afternoon - the lunch crowd was still out in full force. Unique little place - quite different than your average so-cal lunch spot! Yes - the Green Bay Packer stuff gives a unique feel...and the owners have their own vibe - very Wisconsin, even if they have been in LA most of their life (dad) or all (son). I was uncertain if I should visit based on a few reviews regarding service...boy, am I glad I went. They are great folks - they try their best to provide great service. The place was very busy, but both took time to help me pick the right sandwich and beer - and when I was buying beer to go, the dad dragged me back to the cooler wall to point out a few other choice beers I couldn't get in Chicago.

Draft list was great - Octoberfest from Bear Republic (excellent!) was fresh and big stien pour for $6. Blind Pig IPA and Pliney the Elder also on - plus other CA brews and a couple Belgians. Well done. The retail selection was great too given the size. I stayed with CA beers and was not disappointed - Ballast Point, Port, Alesmith, etc. Some nice Deschutes offerings too.

Sandwiches use good ingredients - agree that meat is bit on the light side - but price reflects that. I really enjoyed my turkey with avacado.

I love the atmosphere and the vibe of the place. This is a must visit if in the area - if you are not pretentious.

Nov 11, 2011
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pmoersch from California

3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

One of the unique features of this place is that despite its Southern California location, it is a museum of Green Bay Packer Memorabilia. So there's that. As far as the beer selection, what they lack in quantity they make up for locating unique finds. The bottle selection always has four or five "Gotta Try It" choices plus they will let you know when they can get you a special beer. If you are looking for a place that has your regular favorite all the time, this is neither the size of selection nor the environment.

There is a bar in the back where they are always tapping excellent choices in local beers. The regulars can join the club and have their own stein and they meet regularly at the tables in the middle to drink and chat at different times of the day.

Hollingshead is one of the lucky recipients when Pliny the Younger comes out but they don't play favorites and the line is usually out the door. All in all this place is a gem.

Feb 11, 2017
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IceAce from California

4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Mar 08, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Feb 05, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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!

Jan 27, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev -5%
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 . . .

Dec 28, 2015
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TriggerFingers from California

2.86/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Dec 03, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Oct 27, 2015
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dddddddd from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Jul 31, 2015
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2beerdogs from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 17, 2015
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Tdizzle from California

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jun 11, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Apr 27, 2015
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zaftigal from California

5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Mar 28, 2015
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OneBeertoRTA from California

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Mar 22, 2015
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benzalman from California

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Mar 03, 2015
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Safa1 from California

5/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Jan 24, 2015
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MoorBeerPlz from California

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Jan 17, 2015
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indian_pale_ale from Utah

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Jan 01, 2015
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Nov 30, 2014
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OCSA_1978 from California

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 07, 2014
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shoegueuze from California

4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Nov 06, 2014
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JackNip from Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.5%

Oct 24, 2014
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Coach_Fleags from California

5/5  rDev +14.4%

Oct 18, 2014
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HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Oct 10, 2014
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poormishi from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Aug 21, 2014
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
Place rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 134 ratings