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Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 124
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 12
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
201 Clarence St
, NSW 2000
phone: +61 2 9262 3303
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited RedOak a couple times while I was on vacation in Australia last month. What more can I say about this place, except fantastic beer, great friendly service, and a great atmosphere. The first time I visited, it was for a nice dinner with my wife. I will say up front that the food is great too.
I was able to try a few brews, and loved every one of them. I started off with the American Double IPA. It was a great beer, not as potent as some of the ones we get here in the USA, but as far as Aussie beers go, I believe this one is pretty extreme. Since my palate was still in good shape, even after a pretty hoppy beer, I went with the Marzen Rauchbier. What an amazing beer this was, and as it would turn out, it would be my favourite one that I tried. I finished the night off with the Baltic Porter from the dessert menu, this too was awesome. On this first visit, the waiter was a great guy, and once he found out I was knowledgable about beer, he really started conversing with us. Needless to say, he gave fantastic service and was very passionate about beer which was nice to see. At the end of the night the owner came over and talked to my wife and I. The waiter had told her that we were from the US and I was a BA. She told me that the BA guys had visited there too and said some of the same things I did (I assume she was talking about the Bros., who must have visited at some point). It was really nice to feel special and recognized for being a BA, I felt the love!!! She brought me over a free copy of Beer and Brewer mag that RedOak was featured in, and I told her how it would be nice to see their beers in the US at some point.
I went back one more time on my trip, and this time I sat in the bar and tried all the brews that I wanted to try but didn't the previous visit. I was once again greeted by our waiter from a few days before, who recognized me and said "you're back!". This time I had the Hefe, the Pale Ale, and another one I can't recall, I believe maybe a wheat beer with fruit. I finished off the visit with their limited edition barleywine. It was kinda funny, as the bartender was all excited that I ordered it, because he didn't get to serve it very often. He carefully measured out my 55ml serving from the 11.2oz bottle, and I drank it up and loved every sip.
Overall this place was fantastic and definitely a must visit if you are in Sydney...which may I add is an incredible city, and one that I wish I could have stayed in for alot longer!
03-26-2008 18:09:51 |
More by Beervis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I timed my visit to Red Oak to coincide with one of their Beer Dinner/Class on 19th of Jan. I got there at 4:30pm and left at 11:30 roughly (I think).
It certainly is more restaurant than bar with most of the space taken up by tables with table clothes, napkins, the works.
As part of the beer class the first beer offered was the Irish Red. Having had it before I opted for the Kolsch instead.
Then being seated for the dinner with a quick introduction from Janet the first course was served. Crab & roast pumpkin risotto paired with Organic Hefeweizen. Without going into all the details of the beer dinner it was great with Simon, the beer sommelier, talking about beer history & talking about the food and beer pairing.
Their selection is amazing, not much more can be said. I'll say more anyway. Everything from their signature Framboise Froment to Old Baltic Porter and everything else in between; All the regular bottled beers on tap as well as a very tasty & well balanced IPA, Marzen-Rauch, Berry Weiss, Oatmeal Stout & many more. The reserve list is pricey but very tempting. $75 for a 250ml bottle of beer is pushing it...
They are obviously very passionate about beer & their service reflects this. One of the guys advised me to let the Belgian Choc Cherry Stout warm for 5 or so minutes to allow the "black forest cake" flavours to come through & it was well worth it. Allowing it to warm for more like 10 to 15 minutes was even better. Even the English girl who had only been there for 2 months seemed to know her beer. Compared to other "beer destinations" that was quite pleasing.
As mentioned above the beer dinner was great, I think a regular meal would also be pretty damn good.
The beer dinner was great value - 6 beers, 4 courses, $79.
They are certainly on the higher end of the scale in terms of the price but it is well worth it. In a way I'm glad I don't live in Sydney as I could see myself spending way too much time and money here.
A MUST visit for anyone in good beer.
01-23-2008 08:21:32 |
More by brendan13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Great place. Well designed layout with a good amount of seating for both drinkers and those who are eating.
Great quality food and beer. Bathrooms are very neat and a welcome change from some of the ones around. Individual glassware for each beer. All well presented.
As good as service as one can ask for. Barmaid was keen to talk and teach about each beer and happy to chat about various styles and sudgest new ones. Having staff that care about what they are serving is a nice touch. All seem to know how to pour a beer properly and even wash any residue from the outside of the glasware before serving.
Very nice food at a good price. Bowl of chips plus a kolsh for $12. Thats excelent value in Sydney. The best brewpub in Sydney hands down
12-09-2007 10:58:44 |
More by Finite
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
the red umbrellas outside help identify this in an otherwise undistinguishable sydney city street. walk in and the decor is rather upscale and tidy, almost lacking in personality and a welcoming feeling to be honest. nice hardwood floors. the bar is along the left past two brewing vessels. a few stools at the bar, self-serve short tables directly in front with dining tables to the right.
about ten taps, each with a different redoak brew. only tried four, but from those examples, i doubt you could go wrong with any. roughly another half dozen other brews in bottles behind the bar.
service was good though we didnt sit at the dining tables. had to order at the bar but the servers were quick and helpful, even suggesting another similar style when my first choice wasnt available and letting me know the ipa is on the strong side of the abv scale (thanks, i'll have two).
speaking of the ipa...fantastic. the menu mentions ekg and fuggles as the hops, and they are used to full effect. great aroma and full flavor and bitterness. also enjoyed the kolsch (my wifes new favorite beer), marzen, and baltic porter. wouldnt get tired of any of them. very tasty and unique.
didnt have a meal there but did have some chips with horse radish. recommended.
only two negatives to this place that would keep it being a regular hangout, or place i went to for a long session (though it doesnt seem like the place that caters to people coming in for a long session anyway). the "boring" atmosphere, and the price. pints are well over the $10 mark, and some of the strong beers are priced and served to encourage just having one.
to end on a positive note, the glassware is also great. each beer came in a different appropriate style, and all with the redoak logo.a nice touch.
as others have said. if you're in the city, or near the city, dont miss this place. the beer is very likely the best brewed in austarlia.
10-28-2007 07:54:50 |
More by joecast
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Pub-style restaurant that has about 20 brews of their own. Atmosphere is good even though it might be a bit loud for some people. They won't sell
you sampleboards of their beers unless you order it alongside food. Some of the beers are truly exceptional and a must try. I found their beer "Christmas cheer" to be the best beer i've tried in australia. Tastes alot like liquid christmas-pudding. If you're in Sydney you can not afford to miss this place. The food and beer is a bit on the pricey side but well worth the money.
10-12-2007 10:19:34 |
More by baggio
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went on a Saturday afternoon .It was quiet which made the atmosphere disppointing It is very much Cafe rather than bar.
There were a dozen beers to chose from and the staff were attentive but not over engaging (ie they left you alone )
I had a sample of 4 beers and 4 small food samples for $20.I was pretty impressed with what I was given and thought it good value.
I also tried some 250ml size beers , and a couple (oatmeal stout and mild ale were a little on the too chilled side I thought).
It is a sterile environment and not conducive to settling down for an afternoons beer drinking which was the worst aspect for me.
Definitely worth a visitand next time I am in Sydney I will go again.
08-20-2007 23:25:04 |
More by jarmby1711
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
visited with family & one of the co-owners, janet, opened a few minutes early on a saturday for us. and were we thankful she did!
i won't pretend i've been to that many breweries (technically they don't do much brewing on-premise as this is their flagship face to beer lovers), but this is undoubtedly a world-class brewer. i was amazed at the quantity of beer styles they made ( something like 20), but more importantly, each of the styles i had were of phenomenal quality and taste. i tried the doppelbock, old baltic porter, special reserve, and tripel -- all big beers, all very tasty & worth bottling (only the special reserve is bottled currently).
and i had a chance to meet the other owner & brewer, david. he was very humble about the success they've had in a short 3-4 years of being around. he gave me some great insight into brewing and the australian beer scene. both he & janet were great hosts.
we ate lunch & enjoyed it as well, though not as much as the beer. and the atmosphere was very pleasant, with a good mix of music from heavy metal to jack johnson.
the only knock on redoak is the pricing -- everything was very pricey, especially the big beers. while i understand it is costly to brew in small batches (especially in australia with the add-on taxes) & they are truly a boutique brewer, i couldn't frequent the place too such steep prices.
despite that, redoak is a must-visit for any beer-fan who goes to sydney. cheers to janet & david for a top-notch brewery!
05-08-2007 22:54:00 |
More by belgbeerdrinker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
As far as selction, there is no place that I have been that has offered more beers (not yet, at least!). True, they do not brew all of their beers on premises (they only brew 2 beers at the brewpub) but they do offer a selection of about 20 or so beers. Around 6 or 7 were available on tap (including a hand pump) and the rest were bottled. They had every style that you could imagine. Most were good to very good but a few were just out of this world. I was disappointed to hear that they stopped brewing (hopefully not for long) their cherry chocolate stout and were out of it. They did have a couple of amaging stouts and a very good rauchbier--a beer you rarely find at a brewpub. I liked every beer I tried, which was about 14 of them (they had a food/beer sampler, which paired beer and food and was very good but they did not have a stand alone beer sampler, which I was disappointed by). Service was excellent--the bloke behind the bar was really friendly-- and the food was good. It got a little loud in the place--and we were seated in a corner--but the atmosphere was very good. The value was pretty good. Overall, this is the place to stop if you can only hit one brewpub in Sydney. G'day Mates!
12-18-2006 02:33:28 |
More by porter17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
What a fantastic range of beers they have at Redoak. All the standard range is on tap, plus there are additional beers that are not readily available, either on tap or in bottles. The result is that have a beer for every single category of British and German ale that you can think of. Baltic porter, barley wine, ESB, Irish red ale, wheat doppelbock. I loved being able to have a hand-pumped ale (God I miss this from home!). No Belgian styles but not needed when Britain and Germany are covered so comprehensively. New things to try. It's all done well. I could not ask for more from a beer selection. Top marks.
And then the food. This is seriously good, an interesting menu in its own right, and good value too. The $20 tasting plates are great: 4 tapas portions matched with 4 50ml serves of beer. There's a fish one, vegetable one, meat one, cheese one, dessert one. You could be there all day, but they are actually quite filling. Very good chips. There is a separate restaurant area where you can get proper mains, which looked absolutely massive when they went past. The restaurant menu looks bloody lovely and is proper restaurant food cheap at $25ish a main. Damn good coffee too. For somewhere specialising in beer the menu was exceptional.
Service was mixed. I started off being neglected by the distractible barman for about ten minutes in an almost empty bar. But this was easily made up for by later exceptional service. Great to have a personal talk-through of the tasting plates. And beyond the call of duty, one of the staff goes outside with an umbrella in a torrential downpour to get us a taxi so we don't get wet ourselves. Service seemed to be modelled on top restaurant service in a relaxed bar setting.
All in all, this place is even more excellent than their beers. Outstanding.
10-23-2006 13:34:08 |
More by norwichboy
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
We visited this place on our first night in Sydney, a very wet June evening, and we were very impressed indeed. This is a place that really cares about beer with a wide range of their own beers available on tap and in bottle. The beers are brewed at their brewery in Camden, although two beers are conditioned on site (Special Strong Ale and Irish Red Ale at the time of our visit)
On entering I immediately spotted the hand pump and quickly ordered a pint of the "English Real Ale" a 4.7% amber best bitter. It was served at the correct temperature and proved to be an easy drinking, not heavily hopped typical English bitter.
Before our meal we sampled a taster with cheese. This consisted of 4 beers matched with 4 cheeses. Honey Ale 5.2%, a refreshing light bodied pale ale, Hefweizen 5.2% a german style clear wheat beer, Organic Pale Ale 4.5% served too cold for the style and Irish Dry Stout 5% which was typical of the style. I didn't note which cheeses we tasted with the beers except that the pale ale was matched with a superb creamy blue cheese.
Apart from the real ale, the beer that most impressed me was the Framboise Fromet a 5.2% bottled framboisen brewed with fresh raspberries. This proved to have an excellent subtle fruit flavour.
I counted a further 13 beers on the menu, but did not get the chance to sample them. Our meal was very enjoyable with good service. Perhaps the only slightly disappointing feature of this excellent establishment is the ambiance and decor which is not what you might call intimate.
08-12-2006 07:11:48 |
More by sgwestby
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