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Trap Rock Restaurant & BreweryTrap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Eatery

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

(908) 665-1755 | map

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Along with The Ship Inn in Milford, NJ, I believe that this is the other crown jewel of the NJ brewpub scene. The funny thing is that they cannot be any more different.

Trap Rock caters to more high-end clientele, and you get a hint of this if you visit in the latter half of the week, as you are greeted by valet parking...the only brewpub in the state to offer this service, to the best of my memory. While the inside of the building is beautiful, you do continue to run into hints of haughty culture...which admittedly is not my kind of scene. However, when you sit down at the bar and order a beer sampler, the nuisance of all of the surrounding yuppies will quickly fade away.

In short, the beer is outstanding, particularly all of the various wheat beers (A+), the Virgil's Old Ale (A+), the Emily Rose ESB (A), the Smoked Mammal Porter (A-), the Marcus Brown Ale (B+), the Oatmeal Stout (B+), and the Maibock (B+). Furthermore, they will usually have one of these stellar beers on cask as well. The cuisine is that of a four-star restaurant, while the service is friendly, if not helpful. I only wish that the ownership group, which also owns several upscale north/central NJ restaurants (e.g. Huntley Taverne, Roots Steakhouse, Tabor Road Tavern, etc), would also supply the other restaurants with some of the aforementioned standout beers, and not, strangely enough, two of their only average beers...the Ghost Pony Lager (C-) and Hawthorne Red Ale (C+).

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More User Reviews:
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

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%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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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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Photo of crenegar
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in yesterday and had 2 beers, the pils was nice, crisp and clean, more Bavarian than Czech. The Oatmeal Stout was also pretty good but certainly not as good as Krogh's up in Lake Mohawk. Since we were doing some bar hopping we didn't want to eat too much in one place so I ordered the spring roll app. This was pretty tasty and pretty expensive, $12.95 for two small rolls cut in half. Everytime I go back to this place I remember why I don't go there more often. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the bang for the buck is just not there.

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Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ
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