Faultline Brewing Company

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Faultline Brewing CompanyFaultline Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1235 Oakmead Pkwy
Sunnyvale, California, 94085-4040
United States

(408) 736-2739 | map

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Troyone:
Photo of Troyone
4.25/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Located near a business area the building could easily be a park visitor lodge. Spacious wood Tavern like beams hold this unique building together from the inside. The bar is spacious with lots different settings for dining including a patio that faces what appears to be a park. The only set back is the hours 1130 - 930pm Mon. thru Fri. not open on weekends.

All stainless steel tap nozzles, did not see the kitchen, and the restroom was clean. The bar is a type of granite or marble with metal siding and there are wood tables and chairs all around inside.

Service was friendly, prompt, and knowledgable - befriend your bartender.

Many different beers brewed there and a cask engine, no guest beers that I noticed. The cask was their Pale Ale and was good. All the beers were possible notables, definite notables were the (not in any particular order) Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Best Bitter, and their Stout.

A good selection on the Lunch and Dinner menu's, I had a starter that was plentiful.

The food is pricey.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of daem3384
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Geiszler
5/5  rDev +33%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great atmosphere friendly help amazing food best beer around!

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Photo of chrisjws
1.6/5  rDev -57.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

I've been here three times and regretted all three.

Business heavy crowd. Dead at night. Never really a happening place vibewise.

Had issues with beer being served in glassware that wasn't clean.

Generally unless you're at the bar, good luck finding your waiter. Your glass will remain empty for 20 minutes at a time.

Beer selection is okay, nothing special.

Food tastes very good, but they charge $15-20 for $10-15 dishes. The last time I went (and its the final time ever) 4 of 6 people in my party got food poisoning. We all got the Jambalaya, the other two got something different. What a coincidence. The place handled it very poorly. Never going again after that.

Overpriced, mediocre, poor service and so so vibe. Go somewhere else.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of brywhite
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mike-Harms
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of richard_stanton
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of johnhkelm
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Stewartr
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Forth trip to Faultline, and was very suprised to find the place pretty empty on a Saturday night. Maybe it was the live entertainment, he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

Service was worse that usual, but I come for the beer. They seemed to be running short staffed even with the light biz. Had to get a manager to get my check, after waiting fifteen minutes with it.

The do have great beer. One of the better brews in the south bay area, though there is not a lot to choose from.

It is really a great place if only they could lower their food prices, or improve the quality. Have to wonder if they are having problems based on the last couple of visits.

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Photo of leschkie
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is my go-to place for happy hour after work, as it's literally a 4 block walk from the office.

The interior is very nice. It reminds me of Stone's little sister, but not quite that extravagent. The tanks behind the bar gives it that micro-brew type of feeling. There's an outside patio overseeing a small pond where one can relax with a pint and watch the waterfowl...quite peaceful and lovely.

As far as I know, you can only get what they brew themselves there. Standard selections: IPAs, hefes, stouts, bitters, ambers, and pilsers...nothing out of the ordinary. They definitely play it safe, which, unfortunately, only makes for an average brew that you'll forget about the minute you walk out the door.

I wouldn't consider the food there to be your typical brewpub line-up, but more upscale. And a little pricey. I've only had their apps so I can't comment on the actual meals.

Honestly, this is the place I will go to when I'm dead tired after a long's day work and don't feel like driving. Else, when I want to really treat myself, I will drive up to Palo Alto to the Rose & Crown for great tap selections that hit the spot everytime.

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Photo of colonelforbin
3.46/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

The interior of this place is quite nice, lots of windows. The layout is pretty well done as well, with a large bar area and small high tables separate from the restaurant area. I don't know if I've ever seen so many TVs in a bar/brewpub/restaurant before. They had quite a few, particularly in the bar area. I imagine it's a good place to watch NFL games on Sundays.

When I was there they had about 8 different beers on tap with three different versions of the Best Bitter (nitro, cask and regular draught). The beers were straightforward in style. Nothing over the top. Not outstanding but not mediocre either. The kolsch was very good and the best bitter was pretty good. The IPA was decent, as were the pale ale and Irish Red Ale. Again, nothing to wow you but worth drinking.

Service was fine. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Worth checking out if you are in the area, but the beer is nothing to drive way out of the way for.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went to the brewery for dinner with my girlfriend and two other couples. The atmosphere in the place is very laid back and nice. There were a fair amount of people, but it wasn't busy by any means. There wasn't any complaints about the service. The food was also pretty good, but not worth the price. The chicken in one of our entrees was raw in the center, but it was just one piece, and they comped the dish. I got a salad with steak on it that was decent, but not worth over $15. The beer was good to average with the addition of cask IPA as the highlight. Their website says they make a lot of interesting beers, but when I went just the old staples were on tap. Overall, I would probably go back to this place as most of the food was good, and the beers were better than average, but their prices are pretty steep for me to go there regularly. It's worth a shot if you're in the area or live nearby.

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Photo of thielges
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Faultline is without a doubt a businessperson's pub. Come here at any time and you'll find Silicon Valley workers relaxing (or maybe not, trying to clinch a deal !). If if weren't for the outdoor patio area I'd ding Faultline more on the atmosphere which can get loud without even being rowdy.

Food is better than average pub grub though prices are accordingly higher. Keep in mind that half of their customer are probably charging to their expense accounts.

Where Faultline shines is their beer quality. Usually a brewpub that is all over the stylistic map (British, Belgian, German ...) they produce mediocre results. Faultline bucks this trend and somehow creates some great stuff from all styles. I'm partial to Belgian styles and they hit the mark on the "standard" dubbel and trippel when in season. More interesting though is their K├Âlsch which is crisp and fresh as if it were made in Cologne. They produce a good IPA as well which is sometimes available on hand pump.

It is a little hard to locate if you don't know the area but worth seeking out. It is however right off of the 101 freeway so easy to reach in car.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was out in San Jose for IT training and of all people, my instructor said this place was right near his hotel! You can see the brewery with the silos outside, as well.

This place has lots of tin and wood all over the place. It's located near a nice little pond in a business park type setting.

The server was friendly and knew a fair amount about their beer. I had their sampler flight and their IPA.

The food was good, as well. I had the spicy meatball app.

All and all, a nice time and I recommend it if you are in the area!

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Photo of nobletrout
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been visiting this place off and on during business trips for the better part of a year now. Historically relevant as one of the places where multimilliom dollar silicon valley deals get done. That said the food and beer is reasonably priced, bartenders keep your glass full and atmosphere is rather relaxed. Place where suits and this sneaker t-shirt wearer mingle with ease.

The ipa is a must have, especially if its on cask while you are here (GRAPEFRUIT!). Other good beers of note include their kolsch and bitter, though I'd be happy drinking any of their offerings here. Only beers brewed on premis appear to be served, although they have a good selection of liquor.

All in all a good clean bar. If you are on a budget, stop by later, order the burger, and be nice to the barkeeps, you might get a top off.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here after a business meeting in the area. Sat at the bar and had pretty good service from the two bartenders. Both were pretty nice guys.

I sampled most of the beers but stuck with the Irish stout for the night. The beers weren't bad, just sorta mediocre. If I lived in the area I'd probably frequent the place though.

Food - the appetizers were good and not too bad price-wise. My companions stuck with the apetizers for their dinner (hamburgers). I ended up ordering the shrimp. It was pretty good actually.

Value - The beers weren't bad - $4.75 for a pint. The appetizer prices weren't bad either ($10 or so for the hamburger). However, the entree prices seemed very pricey for the atmosphere and overall feel of the place ($30+ steaks, typical price was $20+)

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Photo of bbothen
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Large restaurant open ceiling type place off the 101 in Sunnyvale. Place attracts mostly the after work dot com crowd. In fact I don't think they are even open weekends.

10 or so taps & 1 cask. Stout, IPA, Pale, Porter, ESB, Hefe, Best Bitter, etc. All the standards. They have had a respectable barleywine & Belgian Tripel as well. All the brews I've had have all been solid, nothing spectacular.

Service & food have both been average on my visits. Nothing bad or good. Just fine.

Not a bad place to stop in for a housemade beer.

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Photo of beerjournl
4.36/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Working in San Jose this week I stumbled over to Faultline with three coworkers. It was 5:30pm and we sat at the bar, not wanting food just yet. We were promptly greeted and shown where the beer list was hanging behind the bar. We ordered a round of the IPA, and then a round of the Cask Conditioned Bitter. The IPA was very good with a decent balance, nothing over the top hoppy, and the cask ale was also very good. Nothing that really stood out as spectacular, but better than most. They had about 8 beers on the list, but we still had other places to go.

The atmosphere was "upscale brewpub" with the crowd ranging from me in a Harley shirt and baseball cap to well-dressed Silicon Valley business folk. Not really "upscale" enough that you felt out of place having a few brews after work, but definitely a very nice place to go.

No complaints.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped off here after a crappy internship interview. First off, this BP is only open weekdays and is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. As I was leaving, I noticed they had reserved a bunch of tables for Intel folks. Atmosphere is upscale industrial-but with a garden feel. The bar is located to the left of the door.

The beers were pretty good overall. They had 9 beers on tap-I had samples of the Best Bitter, IPA, Case Pale Ale, Stout, and Belgian Triple. Only the Triple was a miss.

Service was excellent.
Had a burger was good enough-

Food prices are high, but beer prices are reasonable for the location.

Would like to come back with my wife and put away a couple of IPAs and Best Bitters

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Photo of GrandSport656
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

overall.... just nothing special. food was OK, service maybe average, though certainly not bad. menu is OK- trendy, acting like it is fancy cuisine, but turns out just good food, not anything unusual or special. I've been twice, same thing both times.

9 beers on tap. reading the other reviews, looks like the ONLY cak conditioned they have is the pale. it's good. stout, ok. IPA, needed to be more hoppy. best bitter, not bitter enough.

all in all, the beers were just not enough. it's like they made them for the masses, for people who don't drink craft beers. so while they were good, I think they were made for a non-beer fan who can then say "I like kolsch!" to sound impressive than a beer fan who wants something different. keep in mind though, I like HOPPY beers, mainly IPAs, so maybe I am the other end of the spectrum.

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Photo of baiser
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Faultline is a pretty big restaurant/bar with lots of seating area for dinner and a large bar area with a stainless steel taps, wooden tables/chairs and a pretty good atmosphere for a beer after work. They're closed pretty early and aren't open on weekends so it's pretty hard to get their for a drink. Anyway, they did have quite alot of their beers (kolsch, stout, IPA, wit, hefe, brown ale etc) on tap and also a Pale Ale on cask.

Prices for food were very high, and their beers were above average in price as well ($3 for a 12 oz, $4 for a pint, $5 for a large mug). Cask ale is $4.50 a pint. The beer was served properly and promptly.

Service from our waitress was a bit surly, and rude, simply because we didn't order any food and she kept reminding us to order food. We left her a pretty good tip despite her attitude. So if you want good serivce, at least order some appetizers.

I'll definitely be back to try their other beers.

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Photo of Chuck
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

nice atmosphere with a good selection of BOP beers. The IPA could have been a bit hoppier, but the Burton-on-Trent Pale ale was quite nice. The ESB was also good, though I could do without the nitrogen tap. Faultline was a nice surprise after a hectic day of business meetings.

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Faultline Brewing Company in Sunnyvale, CA
Brewery rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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