Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 125
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 12
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 27
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I visited Red Oak with my wife on the last night of a 3 week working (mostly) trip through Australia. It was a rainy Friday night and the place was packed. I'd probably give it a better atmosphere grade, but it was so loud you could barley hear the bartenders across the bar. Once it settled down a bit, and we were able to get a seat, it was quite nice. They had a huge selection of their beers on tap, as well as others by the bottle. My wife liked more beers here than at any other single brewpub we've been to (which is many). So if your gal drinks beer, or you want to introduce her to craft brewed beer, this is probably a good date place. Red Oak probably has the largest range of styles I've seen out of one brewpub. All the beers I tried were at least good, and some were outstanding. I'll post reviews individually.
One thing I found unusual was that to order sample flights, you had to get them paired with food. They have 5 different flights, each with 4 food and beer pairings. We tried the dessert flight and I have to say that the pairings were excellent, as were the dessert samples. My only problem with the place is that some of the beers cost as much as a meal. The Baltic Porter and Imperial Stout were in the range of $14-15 for what I believe was a 345ml (~12oz) serving, and the sample flights were $20 apiece for 1 or 2 bites each of four desserts and four 4 ounce (120ml) beers.
Overall we really liked it and would definitely go back. The beer was very good, as was the food, the people we met were friendly, and the staff was knowledgable. Get the prices down a bit and it would be almost Nirvana!
06-15-2006 19:03:01 | More by Fireboy
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on a Wednesday evening. There was a fair crowd in and the place was buzzing. Was initially by myself (business trip), but was delighted to run into a fellow BA (Dwarbi) and share a few pleasant brews.
Decore is modern, clean and upmarket - in keeping with the quality of the beer and food on offer. They sell only Redoak brewed beers, but there is an excellent range available, and they all appear to be well brewed. I tried the Dunkelweiss, the Honey Ale, an English Real Ale served at room temp from a proper beer engine, the Porter and the Alt Bier. All beers on tap are served in 250ml of 500ml glasses using glassware appropriate to the style. Bottle beer is also available (330ml bottles), but I stuck to the draught. The beers are not cheap (between $8 and $10 a pint), but given the quality and location I think the prices are reasonable.
The food was excellent, and covered a wide range of prices. The main I had (Stout Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks) was the co-indidentally the cheapest on the menu, but packed full of flavour. Went really well with the Porter and the Alt Bier.
Service was competent and and efficient, but the only real negative criticism I have of the place is that the staff are not very helpful with information about the beers. I was unable to engage any of them (including the owner) in any meaningful conversation about the beers and how they are made. Many thanks to Dwarbi for his company!
06-08-2006 00:26:25 | More by hefevice
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I can't complain too much. I tried 2 brews, both very good. Nice, classy place. Not a pub or a bar. They're definately going for the upmarket restaurant theme that also serves good beer.
It's a must go-to place, but I don't know that I could settle in there and be comfy enough to stay for more than a couple beers. It's just not warm and inviting in my opinion. It's the sort of place that if I worked in Sydney, I would expect a vendor to take me to. But I doubt that I would go there on an average evening on my own. It just has that sterile atmosphere that I don't like about contemporary places like that.
But the beer's great!
06-03-2006 10:41:36 | More by DaveFL1976
4.72/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is a real gem in Sydney. Located in the middle of CBD, it's an easy visit for anyone who makes it to Sydney, even for the night. The space is classy and definitely upscale. There are a few table outside, but most people prefer to settle into the bar tables or few couches by the window.
Redoak offers a good 12 beers plus about 6 seasonal or one-off beers. You won't get a bad beer here. The worst you'll get is mediocre. They tend to favour traditional, if forgotten, styles such as Wee Heavy, Vienna Lager and Rauch Bier. Perhaps the best beer they offer is the Baltic Porter. Wowzers.
The people who run Redoak also know how to train their staff. If you're in for dinner, as for a beer to go with you dinner and your waiter will recommend a good one. And everyone is friendly.
The beer selection is awesome but only thing missing are new styles, such as Double IPAs or Imperial Stouts. This is not a knock against the brewer: kudos to him for being so consistent!
Redoak is a real restaurant, not a pub, so if you're looking for a good meal, you're set. The food is appropriately priced, but not cheap. There are bar snacks too - the wedges rock.
As far as price, don't expect to hit the Redoak for a night of cheap piss. The beer and food are great. It's well worth a regular visit, but they must have to cover for expensive real estate.
03-29-2006 12:13:06 | More by dwarbi
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Another beer spot stop on my recent Australian adventure.
The Redoak is very easy to find as it has bright red awning and tables out front of the restaurant. I visited twice during my stay in Sydney. Once at nite for dinner and a second to meet up with Dwarbi late afternoon.
The restaurant has a bit of an upscale feel to it. Walking in the bar area is to the left with several stools at bar and some high table and chair setups. The Fermenting tanks are in plain view out front near the entry.
The tables in dining area are set with glasses and extensive silverware prior to our arrival. There are red candles, and tablecloths and several other red items in bar. The floor is dark hardwood and the ceiling is white plaster with some engravings.
The sampler is 4 beers paired with 4 foods what a cool idea! There are only house beers available with about 16 to choose from. Several styles are represented including a rauchbier, pilsner, oatmeal stout, frambozen, scottish ale, and hefeweizen amongst several others. Some styles are served in bottles like the christmas cheer and also the belgians and cherry stout. Quite a lineup IMO.
The food is slightly highend for dinner with a shorter list of choices while the bar menu is more pub oriented. I ordered the pork belly for dinner and my wife had the pesto pasta. We also worked through the meat/beer pairing sampler. THe beers were bavarian pilsener, scottish ale, racuhbier, and oatmeal stout. My only complaint was that the tray/food was not labeled and the menus were long gone.
All were good and paired nicely except the bavarian pilsener. I found this one to be appley sweet and not hoppy at all. I didnt have enough to review but this didnt impress. The rauch was good and I ordered a glass of it for my meal (see my review of the beer).
THe service for dinner is very friendly and excited that we were into micro brews and that we found redoak so quickly! Service is also just a bit slow but not a big deal, as it was fairly busy.
The overall atmosphere is very accomodating even though it was a little loud on a Thur nite. When we returned on Saturday late afternoon it was quiet and the staff remembered us form the previous visit.
If you visit Sydney you MUST check this place out as it was the best selection of beer I found anywhere in the country and almost all I tasted were high quality.
You can find some of their bottled beers in various locations, there are some bottles in the Qantas terminal at Sydney airport.
12-07-2005 02:30:05 | More by sulldaddy
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The Redoak is just a couple of blocks from Darling Harbour in downtown Sydney. It's an upscale restaurant and brewpub which offers beer suggestions for each menu item. They have a good selection of beers, ranging from a Blackberry Hefeweizen, to an English Pale Ale, to a Chocolate Stout. All were competently brewed, but of the 6 I tried, the only standouts were the Organic Pale Ale and the Oatmeal Stout. I was a bit dissapointed with the Belgium Chocolate Stout because with that name, I expect some Belgian Yeast in there... it's just their Oatmeal Stout with Belgian Chocolate added.
They do have a nice cheese board, which matches 4 cheeses with 4 different beers, and the rest of the food was good, although I would have been happier if they had a few more items on the menu.
The waiter was a little clueless with regards to the flavors of their beers... I asked him which was hoppier, their strong ale or the pale, and he was way off (the pale is hoppier.)
All in all, a pretty good place, although for the price, I prefer the James Squire Brewpub in Darling Harbor.
07-15-2005 14:56:45 | More by zerk
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Visiting from the US, our Sydney mates steered us to the Redoak for a great food and beer experience. We tried four beers (Bock, Oatmeal Stout, Strong Ale and Christmas Cheer.) All were excellent. Redoak offers a good range of styles they brew themselves.
The menu is diverse with suggested beer pairings for all items. Service was attentive. The pasta was excellent and the beef chop was outstanding. Prices appear reasonable for downtown Sydney.
After finding out from our waiter that we were visiting homebrewers, Janet Hollyoak, one of the principles, spent some time talking with us. She explained they were only 10 months into the business, brewed their own, and had won 18 medals at their first Australian competition.
We could see why. We would highly recommend the Redoak to anyone looking for good food, good beer or both.
04-22-2005 08:45:50 | More by saj2694
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Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe in Sydney, Australia
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