Yard House

very good

17 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

330 E Colorado Blvd
Ste 230
Pasadena, California, 91101-2243
United States

(626) 577-9273 | map

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Photo of Offa
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We discovered this chain beer place when exploring downtown Pasadena. It is a large place with a cavernous room but enjoyable with nice big windows and a lively feel. It can probably be very load when really busy but it was only moderately busy when we were there.

They have a range of beers from various breweries, overall a good selection of beers of a range of qualities from American macros to some import and craft beers but nothing exciting or really hard to find it seemed. The import beers were mostly very standard like Newcastle. It does seem mostly to cater to people who are just interested in partying and seeming hip but not really into beer. That said, we found a few good beers.

The food was all very good, with some very nice and very successful variations of burgers which were great. Salads were very good, fresh with good dressing.

Service was nice and friendly and efficient.

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Photo of dipso123
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is more of a "scene" than a beer bar and more of a barn than a bar. A lot of taps but the stuff that moves at this place is SAB & AB-Inbev products. From what I tasted I'd say the better stuff has been sitting in the lines all day - if not longer.

There are much better places in walking distance.

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Photo of ArrogantHopHead
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Yardhouse is a good solid start to trying quality craft brewing. They have a huge selection (over 100) different types of beer on tap and bottled. Does a great job of organizing the beers in to general categories (although some I don't understand), and just recently presents some of their own microbrews (which I haven't tried, or wanted to for that fact).

Anyways, overall decent selection, but my beef is that they don't carry any specialty taps or custom brews. They have the general stuff I can find at my local retailer. For a real beer place, I want the stuff that only comes from the keg. The hard to find types of things. Yardhouse is not that place.

Other aspects, great atmosphere, but the service can be hit or miss. The bartenders are to the point with orders and provide no aspect of their humanity to the customers, but they are speedy and polite. The Happy hour is AWESOME though!! This is their strongest pull to get me there sometimes is the happy hour. Fairly good prices on craft beers and half of appetizers...I mean come on!! It's a great deal.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I did not realize what Yard House meant until it was too late. I suppose I could have turned around and walked away once I saw yuppies drinking out of yard glasses, but I foolishly decided to stay.

This looked like a modern American chain restaurant. More upscale than an Applebee's but not by much. The food was trendier but I didn't care about that. 100 beers on draft, let me see a menu.

WTF is this? 100 beer but about 40 of them are BMC or variant light lager knock offs. And they were more expensive then they should be. I suppose they want you to order the yard but I'm not doing that.

I order a tuna tartar dish and quietly eat is and drink my 16 ounce 7$ Rogue Dead guy ale. I finish and leave. The waiter was plenty nice and attentive. I tipped well. Time for a new bar.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Lots of beers on tap--and the selection does change and has improved a bit recently (added Bear Republic for instance). While there are few "great" beers on tap, there is always something good to choose from. Though you really need to dig through the beer list which is a bit overwhelming with lots of distractions.

This place is of the more is better, bigger is better, quantity over quality mind set. When it comes to quality, the staff knows really nothing about beer and have poor pouring technique. In addition, all beers are served ice cold without regard for style. They have a huge "specialty martini" list too... if that is your thing...

Food menu is big and of the corporate variety. Usually pretty decent, though prone to the off night. Food is also pricey, but you are paying for the huge portions.

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Photo of drugsbunny
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I was very happy with my visit to The Yard House. This is someplace you must go for a beer. It may be a chain restaurant with bland atmosphere and mediocre service, but they really have a focus on good beer. The food is fine and two vegetarian friends I went with had no trouble finding something they enjoyed on the menu. But the beer is what is so outstanding here. The selection isn't mind blowing, but everything you order will taste absolutely fresh and perfect. Their "high tech" draft system is amazing. I ordered a Weisse Dunkel (relatively obscure ale) and it tasted like it was just tapped. Never an old or stale beer at The Yard House... and isn't that the most important thing when visiting a place for a beer? And while you are in Pasadena, stop by Lucky Baldwin's just down the street. Another gem in town. It turns out that Pasadena is a real nice place to have a beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is a nice place to stop for a beer if you really have no good alternative. You will find some very good beer. You will likely not find many great beers and you will find a whole lot of decent, average and well drinking beers on tap. Again,- decent but nothing you have to have; nothing really worth going out of your way for. Yes they have the quantity - they don't have the quality.

Don't get me wrong; there is some nice stuff. It's just that with their "largest selection in the world" I had a tough time finding a beer that I really wanted.

I go to some first rate places and I have trouble making a selection because I want all of them!

Ok if you're in the area and are thirsty. Otherwise, one need not run to this place.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been to a couple of Yard House's, and this one is probably the closest to me. Everybody seems to like to celebrate their birthday at the Yard House. Then again, all my buddies have beer guts...

The place is noisy and crowded and usually is exptected to be such, especially on weekends. I don't find this too bad but some people may; it's just a typical sort of chain.

Service (at all the Yard House's I've been to) is usually pretty good. They pick up your orders quickly and with minimal screw ups.

The beer selection is amazing. Only once in ordering beer was I told my selection was out. Can't win 'em all I guess. I like their samplers too, for a $1 you get 4 oz. of beer. This is an excellent way to taste a brew and decide it you really wanna order that with your food or to pound it down.

Food is usually good. Nothing great, but well prepared and presented. Don't expect anything great. My only suggestion, don't order the California roll (sushi) here - it has an odd presentation and an even odder flavor.

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Photo of Newsman
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

100 taps? Immediately you think, wow, I gotta go there. So I did. Being from the east coast, I didn't know The Yard House chain. So when I went in to the Pasadena edition, I was immediately struck by how...chain-feeling it was. Blessedly, there wasn't a surfeit of odd crap on the walls. But it had very little character, either. It reminded me of a large, but subdued, sports bar. The bar itself was impressive...a massive oval in the middle of the room with taps all around it. But it was mostly made of stainless steel with some generic dark wood mixed in. Ehh...not a lot of character here.

The selection, of course, makes up for it. There's probably about 10 taps taken up with American macro crap, from Bud to Michelob to MGD. Another 20 or so are the kind of "classics" you'll see at various bars, from Sam Adams to Harp to Guinness to Stella. That still leaves a good 70 taps that ranged from rare Belgians to small local micros. The selection was primarily West Coast, with a focus on SoCal. Too bad...I really had hoped to see a Brooklyn brew there (though I know their distro has yet to reach that far west).

The waitstaff was not very knowledgeable. I asked for a saison, then had to explain it was a Belgian style, at which point I got a recitation of all the beers -- from Belgium -- they had. And the list overlooked the Belgian-style beers brewed locally that were featured. I ended up having a Pranqster, which was quite nice.

The food is VERY pricey, but the appetizers make meals all on their own, so some gourmet-esque sliders and fries were plenty of food for $9.99. And coming from NYC, I thought the $5.50 per beer was quite reasonable, considering rarity and selection.

Overall, the Yard House is an OK choice. But compared to some beer bars I've been to, the generic atmosphere, so-so service and pricey food make it a second-tier stop. I'd go for a tasting, perhaps, with some fellow BAs, but I wouldn't take the work crew there.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I was in Pasadena last week for a business conference and while out for dinner noticed The Yard House and made my way back the next night with the group. Amazing amount of beer on tap, I wish I had more time to go back. And it wasn't just crap on tap they had a really good selection (100 beers on tap I think they claim). I didn't try any food, although members of the group did and they seemed to like it. Service was decent. In fact, our waitress dropped some food that splattered my buddies shirt and mine and the manager came right over to offer to pay for dry cleaning. Since we aren't from CA we asked if he'd comp us a couple of pints and he agreed (at $5.50 for a pint of Franziskaner I thought this was a good deal). If you are in the area it is worthy!

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Photo of brewmaster411
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Take your typical TGIFriday/Chili's/ElTorito/CheesecakeFactory corporate type menu and service and add one very impressive beer bar, and you have Yard House. The food is good, but uninspired, and the service is what you would expect from TGI Friday/Chili's, etc.

The bartenders are not very knowledgable about beer, but if you know what you want, you'll have no problems. The customers are your aging yuppie type with the 20-somethings trying to keep it hip.

Like most Yardhouses, it's a draft beer oriented place. In fact, I didn't see any evidence of botles at all, but didn't ask. The draft selection is quite large however, and features a good selection of micros and imports. Breweries included Anderson Valley, Avery, Bear Republic, Corsendonk, Deschutes, Four Peaks, Gulden Draak, Left Hand, Lost Coast, New Belgium, Nimbus, Rogue, Stone, Karmelite, Young's and Fuller's. Quite nice, but there's a lot of filler here too, and most of the above breweries only had one style. There's not many extreme styles here, only one barleywine on tap, no DIPAs, but plenty of good IPAs and Belgians to keep most people happy.

Now, beers are available in goblets, pints or half-yards, but don't expect to get an Arrogant Bastard in a yard...apparently beers over 7% ABV are served in goblets only, although I did get a Hop Rod Rye in a pint.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Yardhouse in Pasadena offers a pretty good beer selection, some good food (lunch and dinner, but a little pricey for the young crowd it caters to). The atmosphere is usually filled with early to late 20's. Most of the people that go here don't know a whole lot about beer and neither do the bartenders. However, the selection is better than you will find in most places, with Bear Republic (racer 5 and rye), Stone (IPA, APA, Arrogant)), Anderson Valley, Anchor, Firestone, North Coast, Full Sail, and many many more, albeit many of the largely distributed microbrews (like Abita amber, the Sierra Nevada's, Redhook etc). It's worth checking out, especially at happy hour from like 3-6 where I believe pints are ~$3 +/- 25 cents. It's not much of a place for foreign brews other than the ones you can get in some of the better super markets (Young's, Guiness, maybe Fullers), but nothing really great in that area.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Yard House in Pasadena is more or less a glorified sports bar, a clean, fun place to hang out but not exactly a haven for beer geeks. Their beer menu is long, but not as long as the one in Long Beach and not very exciting, and they serve everything ice-cold, filled to the brim, and without a head. The appetizers are big and flavorful, and my burger was enormous but also one of the dryest things I've ever wrapped my jaws around. Clearly, their main focus is quantity rather than quality, but that's not to say they're all bad. I really enjoyed my Gulden Draak, even if it was too cold, and the fries, I must say, were excellent.

The atmosphere is nice, it's very spacious and surprisingly low-key. They have around 100 taps, but many of them are squandered on boring macros and the usual imports. Service was very attentive, bordering on pushy. The food was a mixed bag. Avoid the burgers.

I chose "inexpensive" as the value, but that's ONLY if you go during happy hour; I think this place would jump to "a bit pricey" during unhappy hours. From 3pm to 6pm every weekday, all beers are only $3, martinis are $5, and most of the appetizers are half-off (not that it matters that much, but the menu actually listed beers as $2.75 and martinis as $4.75, so that's just a heads up) and many are big enough to be meals in themselves.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The food at the Yardhouse is better than any other local place that has this kind of beer selection. While the Pasadena location has a lot of taps, the Long Beach location has more beers and a better atmosphere and location. Since the Pasadena location just opened a few months ago, it tends to be over crowded. But this a great place for young and old. I go there to hang out with the guys but I've also taken my parents there for dinner and beers. The service is good and their beers are tasty, but some of their beers taste a litte off. I don't know if the lines need to be cleaned or if I just caught the end of a keg or something. They don't really have any hard to find beers so you won't be impressed by their selection. The bar is a sight to see just because they have so many taps.

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Photo of drewbage
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sampled after the judging at the IPA Festival at Lucky Baldwin's.

For some reason recently, it seems like I've ended up going to the Yard House to remind myself of what I'm looking for in a beer joint.

Everyone else has commented on the decor, which is yardhouse corporate standard, gleeming steel and copper, dark marble and dark wood. Place is very slick and polished, which is fine, but a bit lifeless.

The taps are long and in charge with a fair variety of beers, I continue to give the Yardhouse folks credit because the selection has improved over the years. Is it still going to be enough to satisfy most beer hunting types? Nope. There's an array of solid selections that none of us should mind drinking, but Ive never seen anything that would make my heart leap. (And I'm also a bit disappointed, unlike the Costa Mesa which carries a large number of taps for local brewery Bayhawk.. the Pasadena pub doesn't carry a single Craftsman tap)

Anyway.. food is slick well prepared and tasty and pricey. Service is so-so. It's a corporate place.. You could come in there a 100 times and still get the same level of service and nothing more. A place like Lucky Baldwin's, however, may be a touch surly at first, but then you grow into the joint and there's nothing but good times and warm welcomes.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I knew this place existed since last fall but finally got around to getting there only yesterday. After a "fun" day of training in Pasadena, a couple of my buddies and I went to the Yard House for a couple pints and to unwind.
The Yard House's ambiance is what I term "New Age Corporate" chic. Lots of metal and wood with a futuristic design that would appeal to corporate drones and those who go out to be seen. To me, the word "sterile" comes to mind. The bar area dominates the room once you walk past the open seating/dining area. The bar has an oval, racetrack appearance with the taps (approx. 100) forming a center piece. Some yards, half-yards, and taster sets are displayed above the taps. The bar is metal topped with high barstools in abundance.
Okay, the beers. Plenty of taps. I mean, LOTS of them. Embedded within the large number of macros, foreign and domestic, are some ones worth checking out. Maudite, Paulaner Savator doppelbock, SN Celebration, a couple Lagunitas (Pils & IPA), Lost Coast, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA, Wittkerke, and a number of other quality beers are there. You just have to spend a bit of time picking through the crap to find them. I'd be happy to see some Ballast Point, Craftsman, or more Stone brews on the list. Don't get me wrong, their list does a pretty good job of covering a good range of styles. It's just that the quality is a bit suspect.
The food was pretty good, albeit a bit pricey. The nachos were tasty and big enough for three. The menu had a wide range of appetizers and meals ranging from sushi to pasta to steaks.
The service was good. The young gal behind the bar was pleasant and prompt with our orders but as the time wore on and the shift changed, the guy who took over had that "hurry up, finish up, and go" attitude which got under my skin a bit. Parking passes can be validated and parking in the structure is free for the first 90 minutes. Then the bite hits the wallet so plan accordingly.
All in all, the Yard House isn't my kind of place. I'm not there to be seen, I'm there to get a beer or two. It's a good place for neophyte beer drinkers looking to jump off the macro wagon. For the seasoned, veteran beer lover, take the time to go west a few blocks to L.B.'s for some truly quality brews.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Headed out to Pasadena last night with a colleague from work and met up with fellow BA DavidBanner whilst there also.

Having been to the Yard House in Long Beach many times, visited the one in Costa Mesa once, and walked in and out of the San Diego one, I was not at all surprised to see the formulae “Yard House feel” put to play again.

Set in the Paseo Colorado which is relatively, the Yard House feels right at home set amidst a high end Shopping Mall. Inside the main desk is to your right as is the single main room. As with the other settings the Main Bar is right in the center and has all of its 100 or so Taps in a continuous oval shaped central core. The steel topped wooden bar is free of clutter and usually busy with punters sat at the High Stools that surround it.

At the front is an open area with many Tables and Chairs, whilst down the right hand side there are many booths. The Kitchens are at the back with the restrooms. Nice to see that they learned a lesson from the atrocious lack of pissers at the Long Beach venue and actually put a few more docking stations in the Pasadena outlet!

The beer range is – well, how can I say this, it’s “Yard Housey”. I counted about 110 beers on the Beer List. Wow you may think, but once dissected, once the micro’s, crappy commercial Ciders and ‘less-than-average’ beers are peeled away there is probably a core of 30, or so, great beers. The Witterkerke was a nice addition as was the Lagunitas Pils & IPA, but sadly no Bear Republic and only 2 Stone beers. Maybe I am nit-picking but I would like to see a few more So.Cal. Craft beers. Something for everyone though.

Food is well made and equally well presented but a little steep I think and not that special IMVHO. I still love the Onion Ring Towers though – recommended.

First experience of service at the Bar last night was good, but when we sat down we were pestered quite a bit and felt hurried at times. The last female server was also a real ‘angry lesbian’ misery who obviously didn’t want to be there, which spoiled things somewhat.

If you want Food, and hence a Table, on busy nights and weekends, you’d better be prepared to wait, otherwise if you just want a beer I would recommend hitting the Bar and fighting your way in to get served. This place will be packed next Summer you can get bet on that.

Popular with a decent beer range and good food, but it still has that Chain feel.

Last Visit: 18 Dec.'03

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Yard House in Pasadena, CA
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