Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 181
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Firstly, I am thankful there was an actual brewpub on Disney property...how much Bud and Miller can one take? Aside from Epcot's World Showcase (and its $7 beers), the resorts offer very little in terms of beer variety.
In regards to this place, the beers were pretty good...they had approx 6 beers on tap (including among others a wheat, a red, an Irish red, a light ale, etc)...
Nothing extreme, no stouts, porters, IPAs, etc...pretty mellow stuff...but clean and crisp...enjoyable, as I said, a welcome change from the generic macro selection served pretty much everywhere in the resort area.
Food wise, the menu is very limited. We had cheeseburgers, which were a bit overcooked. Only came with potato chips, not even fries. No fries even on the menu. The jalepeno dip was really good though.
All the food was rather pricey...typical Disney prices.
We sat at the bar. Which was fine, but the interior's seating section was quite mundane. The metal seats and the very tiny dining area made it resemble more of a counter service type of establishment rather than a full restaurant.
The outdoor seating is much more desirable...if you can get a table there, go for it...this place is also located at the very underrated Boardwalk area (smaller crowds, low key and quite charming)
Overall, I would have prefered more food options at a lesser price along with some "bigger" beers. At the same time, I was thrilled to see a brewpub on the Disney property.
If you love beer and are down in the area, be sure to also stop over at the Orlando Brewing Co....about 15 minutes east of the resorts.
04-27-2007 16:43:07 | More by Nutleybeer
More User Reviews:
2.79/5 rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$$
A kinda modern with a lot of brushed aluminum... Cool that you can see the brewing stuffs.
Q the beer is well crafted but lacks flavor and variety...
S this is the highlight of the place, bartenders are very nice.
S same thing every time... Nothing new or exciting in the past five years.
F eh... Mostly fired, comfort food. Nothing too fancy
V very expensive, but its disney so it's expected.
06-07-2013 17:52:17 | More by Lare453
3.48/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I took the family to Walt Disney World for a mid -February vacation, and we visited this brewpub for a quick lunch soon after we checked int a nearby resort. I had actually visited this brewpub several years ago (1999, I think) with my wife, before we had children. Nothing had changed. Modern decor, malt aroma, moderately limited seating. The location on the boardwalk is nice, and it is a great place to people watch. The beer is typical ales, oohing adventurous. They were well made, and there was nothing wrong with them. I particularly liked the winter rotation, a brown ale. The service was fast, and, typical of Disney, very friendly. The food was somewhat better than most pub fare. I had an excellent mushroom Swiss burger. The prices are higher than. Necessary, but in line with a vacation resort/theme park. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
02-18-2013 21:05:32 | More by Suds
3.66/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Snuck out of the Boardwalk resort one night last week to have a few beers at Big River. I'd been here last years ago (at least 7, if not more).
Atmosphere: Tuesday night, not too crowded. Entering through the now white awning, the bar is straight on. To the right, a small seating area and brewing equipment. To the left, more seating. Behind the bar, additional tanks. The bar area has a second, long table that passes for a second bar. Tap handles and alcohol behind the bar.
Quality: The restaurant was slowing down. So despite a few fratboy shenanigans all was quiet. That gave me the opportunity to talk with the bartender. Plus there. Six beers on tap and a full menu. Also, very busy at regular meal hours.
Service: The bartender was friendly but not overly talkative. He did, however, make some recommendations for me.
Selection: Six beers on tap. A stray firkin and handpump sat unused as well. The regular lineup included a pale ale, red, and pils with a seasonal hefe and IPA. I liked the pale and and red best and, after the sampler went with a full pint of pale ale. Several were good.
Food: A full menu is available but I didn't eat.
Pricey like everything else in an around Disney. Despite the Boardwalk being a mecca for outdoor drinking, Big River's license doesn't allow for carry-out to to go sales. Too bad there.
07-02-2012 00:45:38 | More by akorsak
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Found this place during our vacation to Disney World. It was a nice suprise to find a brewery in the resort. It is the typical brewery & grill. It has a nice full bar and a nice display of the beer tanks. It was a fun busy night with a lot of drunk people having a great time.
The beers were not watered down. Every make was a nice full-bodied beer. No short cuts.
Our waiter was very helpful and taking his time to explain the beer and even pointed out what order you should drink to maximize taste.
They had at least 8 beers on tap which were suprisingly almost all very good. The beer sample consist of the light lager, pilsner, pale ale, red ale, double IPA, brown ale and a stout.
The food was good. My favorite was the Beer Cheese Soup.
YES! It is made with one of their ales. Overall the entrees and apps were pretty good compared to most breweries.
It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.
02-25-2012 02:06:19 | More by GeneralZod
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited this place with some family on our first night in Disney a couple weeks ago. Located on the boardwalk, we sat outside. Pretty nice atmosphere, people strolling by an even fireworks going off as we ate..well it is Disney after all. Waitress was nice and helpful. As far as beer goes, they brew their own and have about 5 or 6 different ones on tap at all times. I had the pale ale and the rocket red amber ale. Neither are anything to write home about but both are decent brews an I'm glad I got to try them. I would say the rocket red ale was a little better. As far as the food goes, I had the BBQ bacon cheeseburger, and I have to say that it was fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised. That burger was definitely the highlight. If you're looking for a place to eat and drink some decent craft beer in Disney then this is a pretty good place..give it a try.
09-07-2011 17:33:26 | More by Rymar9
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Big River Grille & Brewing Works in Lake Buena Vista, FL
85 out of 100 based on 54 user ratings.