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Four Dogs TavernFour Dogs Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

1300 West Strasburg Road (Rt. 162)
West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19382
United States

(610) 692-4367 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by RobertColianni:
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2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

All of the windows were open on a brisk Spring night that dropped down to about 58˚. Neither my girlfriend, nor I were entirely comfortable and had to wear an extra layer that we retrieved from the car for dinner.
Lighting was a huge annoyance. The room was very dark, and all we had was one candle. I like to see my girlfriend when she is sitting across from me.
Upbeat jazz was playing all night, which would have been cool if it went with the setting, but it didn't. Sports on the television seemed odd and no live music showed up even though it was on the calendar.
It was a real shame that such a beautiful early meetinghouse for our nation had been transformed into a lackluster restaurant. The architecture is absolutely stunning.

The beer seemed like it had been sitting in the draught lines for days with temperature change. I had an Arrogant Bastard and Lagunitas IPA. Both tasted completely different from what they should have been like. Swordfish seemed cheap and overcooked. Very thin cut, too. Burgundy Snails were masked with over seasoning and a puff pastry.

Pretty good service from arrival. No problems and speedy on every move.

Nothing stood out on the menu to either of us. There was a five-six count selection on pastas, burgers, and salads, all of which were pretty general. No interesting "specialty" items. Beer list was sort of cheesy, but people at the bar were drinking liquor all night so I can understand why they'd neglect beer like they did.

Lousy at best. The swordfish we ordered was served over greens and with a side of spinach. The spinach was bland. No olive oil, salt, or garlic were added to the steam. The cut of fish was extremely thin and way overcooked. Did not flake apart and had no moistness. Burgundy snails were over seasoned and in small quantity (six) with a pastry and too much cheese. When I pay for escargot, I want to taste it. Beer was tap-line-sat for far too long and the selection was small with Arrogant Bastard, Lagunitas IPA, Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, and four adjuncts. I assumed that beer was not a popular item at this place.

We spent $55.xx between an appetizer and an entree to split along with two beers. $45.xx +tip. If everything were prepared correctly, great, but with this huge let down, I can not justify overall value and the fact that the swordfish was prepared so poorly, tasteless, and served over raw greens blew my mind. When looking for flavor, we prayed that the spinach would offer something, but weren't surprised when that turned out bland as well. When going out, I do so to get something that I cannot get at home. I cook pretty well and always have good beer ready to go. I could have done better for half the cost and done it in comfort. Slamming an establishment in a review doesn't give me any pleasure or get any money back into my pocket.

Would not recommend or go back under any circumstance. Girlfriend said she wouldn't go back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Although the Four Dogs Tavern was one of the places that added craft brews early on they haven't kept up with it, and to a certain extent that's understandable, it's not the kind of place that does enough business to warrant more than 12 taps, and I'm not sure they're even busy enough to handle that being out in the middle of nowhere - but they keep trying.

During my last visit their tap selection included Lost Abbey Devotion, Levante The Chief, Victory Dirt Wolf, Deschutes Black Butte, Tröegs Trögenator, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, Sly Fox Helles, and Yuengling, Guinness, Smithwick's, and Stella of the regular crowd - but notice there's no Bud, Color's Light, or Miller 64.

Their bottled beer selection included Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome, and their Nut Brown Ale, Yards Brawler, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Duvel, Gulden Draak, Hoegaarden, Victory Hop Devil, Chimay Premiere, and Grand Reserve, and Omission pale ale.

More important than the beer, however, is the place it self - and some BA's might disagree with me on this, but there are certain places that deserve a listing regardless of their selection: McSorley's, Fraunce's, Pete's, and The White Horse all in NYC; The White Horse in RI; City Tavern (although rebuilt) and McGillin's Olde Ale House in Philadelphia; The Bell In Hand, Union Oyster House, and Green Dragon (rebuilt) in Boston; Old Ebbitt Grill in D.C.; Scholz Garden in TX and so on! The Four Dogs is one of those places.

Built in an old farm house it's got stone walls, wide plank floors, and a fireplace in the barroom. It's interesting to look at, and it feels comfortable to be in. Oddly, the patio out back is one of its most popular features, but maybe that makes sense as there aren't a lot of places around that offer that with such a good view as well. The food and service are average to very good; and they also offer live music Thursday through Sunday.

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Photo of Barleycorn
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Soonami
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a very quaint little restaurant that I went to on a work outing. We had dinner together in the loft over top of the rest of the restaurant, which was a very nice, secluded spot. The walls were all natural stone carefully placed with nice big windows letting in a lot of natural light. It was rustic yet elegant.

The food menu was very good, with a nice selection of flatbreads and appetizers. The food was a bit slow coming out but with a large group, we expected that. The highlights of the meal were the Mac and Cheese with Prosciutto, Fish and chips that came in a little wooden basket, and five cheese flatbread (pizza).

Service was nice and the waitstaff were attentive and quick to refill beer and water.

The beer selection, was somewhat limited. There was about 10 beers on tap and they had Stone Arrogant Bastard, Dale's Pale, Victory HopWallop and Yards Philly Pale Ale when we were there, but the rest were macro beers. So this is better selection than the normal BMC + Sierra + Sam Adams, but it definitely does not make this restaurant a beer destination.

The menu items were not expensive by Philadelphia standards, but an hour outside the city, the prices seemed a little elevated. The quality was good and we had a great time so there was little to complain about. I would definitely go again if I were in the area, but its not somewhere I would travel 50-60 minutes to eat at.

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Photo of schmitter
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

The Four Dogs is pretty much my favorite Saturday spot in Chester County. I wouldn't say it is in West Chester (Martindale, right outside of Downingtown), so that is a bit confusing, but it is only 10 minutes away.

The tavern itself is in an old 1800's farmhouse and the inside looks like something from an Andrew Wyeth painting (with a huge fireplace right beside the bar).

The food is incredible, everything from the appetizers to the entree's, albeit a bit expensive and not much to choose from. They have a grilled flatbread with goat cheese and honey that is the best appetizer I've had anywhere.

The beer selection isnt exactly extensive, but they always have a few great crafts on tap (I've seen different Yards and Dogfish Head) and always a couple internationals worth drinking.

The best thing about the four dogs is the outdoor patio overlooking the countryside. They have live music at least 3 nights a week in the warmer months and it is always a great time.

If you are visiting the Victory Brewery for a night and want to stop for lunch, this is nearby and definitely a great experience in this part of the state.

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Photo of dudley
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Four Dogs is a cozy little restaurant and bar located about 10 minutes west of West Chester, PA. The building itself is definitely period construction (that means old) - wide wood plank floors, post/beams, etc. The main bar area is a great place to be on a cold and snowy day...You can enjoy a great beer selection, good food, and watch the fire in the fireplace when you're not watching the cute waitresses. In the warmer months, the patio opens up and provides a great view of the rolling Chester County country side. They have live music on occasion as well. Check it out!

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Four Dogs Tavern in West Chester, PA
Place rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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