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Lighthouse Brewpub (McMenamins)

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4157 NW Highway 101
Lincoln City, Oregon, 97367-5172
United States

(503) 994-7738 | map

On-premise brewing:
Lighthouse Brewery - established July 1986

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Elimination:
Photo of Elimination
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I Love this place, so does the wife! We drive regueraly from newport to get some great beer at a very great price. We honestly could care less for the rogues 5 dollar pints, lack of a real happy hour, and overpriced food.

The staff is not well knowledged in beer, but they make up for it in speediness, and helpfulness.

The food can be a bit expensive at times, but come during one of the greatest happy hours ive ever seen, and get 3 dollar pints, or 4 dollar pepporoni pizzas that taste great. 3 dollar garden burgers that are damn good, and 2 dollar cajun fries that are piled high and delicious.

The beer for some reason gets denounced as inferior compared to the big guys in the northwest, I dont understand why. It really is great, all of them, and Ive tried a ton from many locations in Oregon. There is a reason they have a ton of establishments, and tons of customers coming through the doors, they are good.

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Photo of RogueDave
4.75/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is the best place in Lincoln City to get a beer. The selection is very good, but the overall vibe of the place, the quality of the food, and the cleanliness far outdo any other place in the area (as far as bar/tavern setting). Their other locations, particularly those in Portland, tend to have better beer selections, but Lighthouse is worth the stop when on the coast.

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Photo of Admbmb92
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of DuaneKing
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mahanson
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KStark
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

While on vacation down the Coast I stopped in for happy hour while the rest the family went to the Outlet Stores. I've been coming here since the 90 's and it hasn't changed that much except I remembering there being Grateful Dead skeletons on the wall, somewhere maybe it was in the washroom.

The lunch rush was just over and I sat at the bar and started out with a Cascade Head. The staff were busy cleaning up from lunch but the bartender answered any questions I had as I watched him fill multiple growlers. The Cascade Head was ok but a lot lighter then I remembered so got a sample of their seasonal Copper Moon which good but I went with their IPA which I find to be their best beer.

I left to get the family and came back latter for a bite to eat from the happy hour menu. We all enjoyed our food, I had the burger. My wife had a glass of their wine and I had a Hammerhead both good. We've had their pizza in the past and it was really good.

We keep coming back to the Lighthouse whenever down the Oregon Coast. I find the beer at this McMenamins location to be consistently good and the food never has disappointed us.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

From the outside, this place doesn't look like much for a McMenamin's location. Inside, there is definitely a unique vibe. The upper floor has a nice openness with the windows and open central balcony-esque area.

Good lighting in the restaurant. The booths are enjoyable for a group. The food, beer, and service are consistent with all other McMenamin's establishments. I suppose consistency is good.

The bar downstairs is cool. Been here a few times on visits to the beach. Nice to have a familiar vibe to Portland and Vancouver. Always have a good time here with groups of friends or family.

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Photo of John_M
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the first McMenamins I ever visited, and as such, will always hold a special place in my heart I suspect. That was back in the early 90's, and I remember at the time I was completely blown away by the selection. At the time, you just never saw any place with over 10 house beers available like that.

Well, that was many years ago and the Lighthouse Brewpub is still going strong. Unfortunately, the experience I had there most recently was so similar to the one RedDiamond describes, it's hard to believe the experience isn't typical.

Personally, I like the Grateful Dead decorations in the Lighthouse (which believe me have been toned down considerably from what I saw on my first visit), and have always enjoyed the informal, laid back atmosphere. The beers and the food are your typical McMenamin's fare, but I have no problem with that. The salad and crab artichoke dip I had were just fine, and my friend was happy with her pasta dish.

The only real problem was the service, but it was a pretty major problem. We were given a table upstairs and sat there with our menus, waiting for service... waiting, waiting, waiting. I guess it's a hassle for the waitresses to come upstairs, but after a while I started to get the impression we were sittig in an area where there was no assigned staff. So I finally went downstairs to order our drinks from the bar. I mentioned to the bar tender the problem we were having, and he indicated he'd send a waitress on up. So we got table service after that, but getting drinks and food was unbelievably slow. On several occasions I ended up going back to just order beer and wine from the bar, which resulted in one beer order getting doubled up.

I just don't get it. The place was far from crowded the afternoon I was there, but we ended up spending nearly two hours getting a light lunch, when I had hoped we'd be in and out of there in under an hour. No complaints otherwise, but the poor service really ruined the experience.

I do like this place and will probably go back. However, I'm thinking from now on I'm just not going to ever get a table upstairs again. Previous occasions, when I've sat downstairs, service has been fine. Oh well...

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Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We visited this place on a very slow night for them. In my experience, that usualy means poor service and sub-par food. Not the case here at all though. The bartender was friendly, chatty, and helpful. This has a two story dining area, which made it seem all the more empty. Our sandwiches were tasty and well prepared. I tried three beers. I loved two of them, Gone Awry and their Farmhouse. I'm not sure what happened to the barleywine, but it wasn't very good.

Overall, I'd recommend a visit. I think with a bigger crowd in the summer months, this could be a great place.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Entering, there were several booths to the left, followed by a staircase up to the second floor, then more booths along the left side, all fronting the brewhouse and FVs which were visible in the window. To the immediate right were more booths, overlooking their small patio area. The "U"-shaped, copper topped bar was at a right-oblique to the doorway. Ascending, the second floor was all booth seating, but it felt isolated and removed from the bar. Once we got seated at a booth adjacent to the bar, I could breathe easy again. Claire was our patient server.

Beers: Cascade Head (Golden Ale); Wheat; Ruby (made with a hint of raspberry); IPA; Porter; Hammerhead (Copper Ale); and Terminator Stout. Amazingly, they also offered Terminator/ Chocolate and Ruby/Raspberry milkshakes! Steinbeck was waaaay ahead of his time.

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Photo of slander
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Now, I must admit I was convinced that this, wait, what are they calling it? "Pacific", yes, this "Pacific Ocean", I was convinced that it was a complete fabrication. See, this alleged other ocean was in fact our Atlantic Ocean and then they do it up with light trickery and mirrors so a sunrise appears to be a sunset, and yeah, like everyone's in on it. Pacific Ocean, Ha! But then, Newport; we got as west as west can go and I got to see the vast blueness there and when I put my feet in it, they were wet. Seems to be on the up and up. The sun was out over the horizon and I checked the time on my phone (kept solely in my possession at all times so I know nobody tampered with it) and it was definitely late in the PM hours, yeah, that sun's going down. It's legit, let all the maps be updated to show that there are 2 oceans...

So we're riding 101 up the coast, what are the chances that they'll be another brewpub along the way? After seeing the McMenamins Kennedy School location, I'd just assumed that the McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub would be housed in an actual lighthouse, not at the end of a strip mall. That's okay, I can't navigate ships worth a damn anyway but I would have enjoyed shining that giant light out to sea. The Lighthouse Brewpub occupies 2 floors at the end of the building. It's tight down below where you enter. There's a small kitchen area off to the right and an 8 seat straight bar running down towards the rear. 20 tap handles on 1 side of the bar back below mirrored pieces, many of which are dupes and some wine and the other side is shelving with bottles. 5 booths and 3 tables sit across from the kitchen and bar and to the rear, some looking on the brew room behind glass. The bar posts & rafters are covered with coasters and are lined with 1 & 2 quart Bali mason jars for fills. Some potted plants here and there, old framed Dead, Airplane & Quicksilver concert prints above and beer trays at both ends. The upper floor holds some 2 dozen booths & tables running the perimeter of the room, a rectangle looking down on the bar below. Brewery prints, local art, strange paintings, worn vintage ad tins and larger cigarette & tea signage. Red & blue neon swirls and shapes on the ceiling with shaped spurs of pattern and debris (Jon thinks it's a comet motif). The beams around the railways are also covered with coasters and dangling plants, and a single crossbeam balances a large model of a ship, a barrel and a mini fermenter. Another small fermenter tucked in the corner and free standing plants. Windows on the 3 sides of the room looking out over everywhere but the ocean.

7 regular house taps (Cascade Head, Wheat, Ruby, IPA, Porter, Hammerhead Pale Ale, Terminator Stout), plus a seasonal (Kolsch), a nitro (Terminator Stout) and a few tap macros. The Wheat was filtered, okay; the Ruby, their Raspberry, a hazy pink, light, sweet, non cloying; the IPA nicely hoppy, bitter; the Porter chocolatey, coffee, malty, a bit on the thin side; the Hammerhead was a deep copper color with Cascade hop nose; the Terminator Stout full bodied, a sweet, rich, silky impy; the Kolsch crisp, clean.

Service was good, attentive, dealt us what we needed promptly, we were just here for beers and a light app. I had a great homemade clam chowder in an ocean town. Who's better than me?

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I keep searching for the heart and soul of Lincoln City and I can’t find it anywhere. It used to be a joke to think of this place as a “city” at all. Now there’s asphalt, traffic jams, and corporate homogeneity everywhere. Yuck.

To top it all off, the town’s only brewpub – and the oldest one on the coast (1986) – sits in a shopping plaza adjacent to yet another shopping plaza. Most McMenamins’ locations are typified by refurbished historic structures and freak-adelic color. The Lighthouse has the color, but the location impinges upon the ambiance. It has two stories with a central atrium and two or three outdoor balconies. It might have a nice view of sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Instead it has a nice view of sunset over a Safeway above a casino.

The daytime bartender is friendly to a fault, like he answered central casting’s call for the archetypal friendly bartender. He doesn’t know much about beer, but that’s alright. I do. Unfortunately, the service was confused by a tumble of miscommunications and the scant knowledge the staff possessed of the house product. None of the bartenders knew much regarding the differentiation between the house beers and McMenamins’ standards. Is Wave Warrior a local name for the standard McM’s IPA, or is it a unique local offering? It was hard to get answers. This was further confounded by the lack of a beer menu upstairs, which necessitated repeat visits to the bar downstairs to read the menu. But when I ordered a beer from the bar, it complicated their ability to put the beer on my tab, which was linked to my table upstairs. Then my server brought me a pint of a beer I didn’t order. Ugh! Hear my advice: Never make it difficult for a man to order a beer. Period.

I do still like the place and it’s worth a visit if you’re in town and you’re thirsty. The patio may overlook a lot of vehicular traffic, but it’s still nice to sip ale outdoors in the summer and the clientele are good folk. The house features the usual lineup of McMenamins’ beers (Terminator, Hammerhead…) and the standard McM’s food menu. There’s also four or five house beers (brewed in an open fermenter) and Edgefield wines. The décor is funky with some Grateful Dead tie die, neon art on the ceiling, model boats and antiques and such. Assuming that moving the entire establishment to a more ambient location is not a viable option, I’d suggest that a prudent step towards improving the overall experience at The Lighthouse would be to provide the staff with an essential knowledge of the products they serve.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My girl and I stopped on a cool August day on the coast, after she dared me to go into the water when everyone else in it were wearing wetsuits.

I didn't expect much from the place when we first saw the sign. I had no experience with McMenamins being that we were new in the area, but I was aware that they own a number of establishments in the state.

I was initially impressed with the place: the bar was long and well kept on the rightside,and beyond the booths on the left you could see the brewery part of the pub. It smelled faintly of yeast. We headed up the stairs and ate in a spacious dining room that was open in the center so you could see down to the bar below. The place was decorated with black and white photographs and and some breweriana: trays and other signage.

The food was impressive renditions of typical American bar food. I ordered a beer battered halibut sandwich that I enjoyed. The sandwich came with a bowl of piping hott New England style Clam chowder that warmed up of after my chilly swim perfectly.

I found their beer selection about average. They offered 6 beers on tap regularly plus a special seasonal and nitro offering. I ordered the Smoked Porter, their special nitro offering but available on co2 as well. The beer was ok; the aroma was hindered by the nitro, but the waittress had said it was recommended being served this way. I then tried their Terminator Stout, which with that sort of name I had inquired if it were an imperial stout and the waittress was confused and unaware of the questions answer. The beer was solid, but no breathtaking.

Overall we enjoyed our stop there. The serve staff was very helpful, but our waittress was slightly less knowledgeable in the beer realm that I had desired. The atmosphere and food were very good. I would return there again if and when we're in the area.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Was in Lincoln City for an hour or so, so thought I would op in for a couple of pints.
The brewpub, is a modern building , in a new shopping center on the northern end of Lincoln City. It comprises of two levels ,on the ground level is the pub ( no minors) and the actual brewery and on the upper florr is the restaurant area.
I liked the cosy atmosphere of the bar area,,its small and is made up of nice dark woods and old style tables and booths, longish bar, can see the kitchen. Could also see the brewery behind a glass window , apparently when I was in thie IPA was in the open fermenter.
The service was Ok kinda slow,but then that is expected in Mcmenamins.
Selection was the usual Mcmenamins..not bad they always have a good selection of beer styles.
I did not try the food,but plenty folk were eating and it loked good.

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Photo of freed
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Lincoln City is sort of a depressing place. Casinos, Strip malls, and outlet stores have really left a rather sad looking strip of a town. So when trying to decide where to grab some lunch, we passed by a number of national chains and some other places that just looked bad to chance. Funny thing about this regional chain I guess - you know the menu.

Even at lunch, the place was already pretty lively. There were folks in the brewery working on what looked like a batch of Ruby (open fermenter, none the less!) and quite a few people just there for a bite and chat. Its two stories of wood paneling and typical McMenamin's Grateful Dead and local curio art with some great antiques serving out their lives as wait stations. Despite the deck and the name, there isn't really any view. In fact, the view of parking lots and strip malls really typifies the depressing feeling I mentioned earlier. But I'm sensitive to that sort of thing.

Service was great and fast despite our inability to make a decision and stick with it. Our waitress knew enough about the beer to recommend other styles based on the ones you mentioned liking. Good.

The beer was served well, and was above average for the chain. The food was quite excellent despite being typical of the chain. Safe bet pays off.

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Lighthouse Brewpub (McMenamins) in Lincoln City, OR
Brewery rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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