Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

BEER AVG
3.85/5
Trap Rock Restaurant & BreweryTrap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

279 Springfield Ave.
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 07922
United States

(908) 665-1755 | map
traprockrestaurant.net

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BEER STATS
Beers:
41
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
163
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
64
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
7.43%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by PopeDX:
Photo of PopeDX
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

...pulled in on the road between Defiant/Gaslight and Somerville SuperSaver/Porterhouse. Again, a very convenient stopoff. Valet parking. Mandatory. Packed inside. Took forever to get a bartender's attention. There were only two of them with a packed bar and restaurant to tend to. I made the cardinal sin of wearing a hat inside. If you want to have a no-hat policy it's ok, it's your place. I mean it's 2006 and it rings really pretentious, but it's cool. You're the one stuck staring at my hat hair, I can't see it. But it'd be nice if someone said something when I came in or even the person helping me rather than having the other bartender rather rudely "ask" me to take it off.

It's in what appears to be an old farmhouse that was gutted and had an addition put onto the side. The addition has the brewhouse and the stairs to the bathrooms. Really a gorgeous place inside. They had at least 4-5 times as many kinds of wine as beer, though. To echo some of the other reviewers, it's a fancy restaurant that just happens to make their own beer.

We'd planned on staying for a couple of brews and some grub, but it was way too packed on a Saturday night. I had the Helles Lager, Karen had the Stout and Ev had the (reformulated since he'd last been there he said) IPA. All were solid...the Stout had a fantastic aftertaste and my Helles Lager was a really solid brew...nice and bready and clean. $4.50 for what we all agreed was about a 12 oz. glass? Wow-wow-wee-waa. We drank our beers, decided against getting growlers filled (would have taken forever and nothing impressed us THAT much), Ev went out to have the car pulled around, and...

POSSE OUT!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Timtac
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Links41
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mikr
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of psweendogg
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Trouty
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of MacMalt
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of PERDIDOUSA
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BillCheck
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of JimKochFan
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Muldoon
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A pleasant place with three very different environments: (1) classic bar and stand-up tables, very warm and pleasant noon and night; (2) open atrium-like dining area, very light and airy, somewhat loud, nice for lunch; and (3) booths off the bar area for seated meals with conversation. Modern American food varies from very good to acceptable depending on the chef. Their beers are interesting, sometimes surprising, mostly just fun. Prices are a bit high but not out of line. A nice place to go now and then for a drink or meal.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Vibe: This is an upscale restaurant that also happens to have a brewery. The interior is a little rustic and feels like you are in a chalet in the country. Outdoor seating is also available.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware.
Service: There was a variety of wait staff that offered prompt service and were knowledgeable about the menu.
Selection: I counted nine different beers on-tap, which were available in pints and jumbo (23 oz.). Samplers were also available, as well as growler fills and kegs. One of the beers was on hand pump.
Food: The food is really what sets this place apart. We started off with House Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos, which were in miniature hard shell tacos on a bed of black bean salsa. We also tried the Fried Chicken and Cheddar Waffles and the Yellowfin Tuna. The appearance of each of the dishes was very fancy. Everything tasted excellent.

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Photo of lknox511
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of JG-90
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Gnarles
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

recently went here for a buddies birthday and out of all the local brew pubs in the cnetral jersey area I think this is the nicest one. We tried their sampler and a couple of beers after and all were amazing. Excellent beer! Excellent service! Enough said!

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Photo of djrn2
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I love this place. By far the best Brewpub in New Jersey that Ive been to. Yes the atmosphere is not your typical "brewpub" style and the food is upscale and pricy, but the beer is great. There are always about 8 beers on tap, ranging from Imperial India Pale Ales to Oatmeal Stouts to Raspberry Wheats. There are 4 flagship beers with 4 rotating sesonals and specialties. The food there is excellent but on the gourmet side. You wont find nachos and chicken wings. I highly recommend this place if you have the chance to get there. And remember, no hats allowed!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

From the exterior, the place looks unassuming, but you are greated with a moderately upscale dining and drinking environment upon entry. Exposed wood and some masonry star in the decor, dimly light at night. Very euro feeling. Smallish bar, but a lot of table seating throughout. Warm and cozy.

A nice selection of 8 beers available, from average to solid. As with most places, the standard line leans towards light and crowd pleasing, instead go towards the roating seasonals and special brews. Menu covers standard fried affair and burgers as well as more inspired cullinary creations. All was solid to fantastic. Service was spotty despite the comofrtable crowd.

All in all, the beers are average, save for a few seasonals, but the food was quite good. Well worth a revisit.

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Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ
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