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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
37 E State St
phone: (610) 627-2515
(Place added by: Beermaninpa)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Quotations on Saturday night, January 17, 2009 with my girlfriend and another couple. Got there about 6:30 and was expecting it to be pretty crowded, however, it was not too bad and we were seated right away. Decided to bypass the bar area, which had about 4-5 flatscreen televisions on the walls, and about 10-15 tables in addition to a decent size bar. Ended up sitting in the dining area to the left, which had about 10 tables.
Went with a Bell's Hopslam to start things off. My girlfriend had a glass of white wine, and my other female friend ordered a Martini. My Hopslam arrived in a nice Quotations goblet. It was my first taste of Hopslam and it was wonderful.
Ordered up some mozzarella sticks and shrimp lejon as appetizers. Food came out in a timely manner and was pretty tasty. I could not decide on what to order as my meal, so I just went with a crab cake sandwich and a side of onion rings. My girlfriend went with the hot pork sandwich, her friend with the endive salad (she didn't want the crab, so she asked for chicken and the waiter said no problem at all), and her boyfriend ordered the filet cheesesteak. Again, food came out in a timely manner, and my crab cake sandwich was out of this world. There were no complaints about the food.
Our waiter, Dave, stopped by several times to see how things were and to refill drinks. Overall, a very pleasant experience. Nice tap list, decent menu, good service and reasonable prices make Quotations a worthwhile stop if you are in the area.
01-18-2009 16:33:55 |
More by bjspicer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really like this place, media is a cool little town.. In my hs years I knew some girls that used to live here, its a cool place.
This place is interesting, like most beer bars it seems to be a mix of beer geeks and people that just wanan drink macros or red bull and vodkas
they have at least 15 taps, maybe more. They seem to have a heavily rotating bottle selection as well.
The service has always been good, there is no real reason I havent eaten here, the food looks good and seems reasonable. I have just never been full when I was there
The beer menu has very good on the nose discriptions
They have a good amount of belgians as well as some really cool domestic
They have some cool off the beaten trail stuff too, its the only place I have seen 2 brothers on draft
My friend has been playing music here once a month or so, and I always have fun
Really big place,I love that its non smoking
I have seen the owner / or at least manager post on here he seems like a man who cares about really taking care of the beer geek customers
This place is really good for the craft/ belgian beer movement, it does a great job of crossing people over from macros
def worth checking out
12-06-2008 23:55:59 |
More by gdfan47
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited for the first time with 6 BA's. Wasn't sure what to expect with some of the previous reviews. But, with some of the slections they had flowing, the recent into PA Oggi's/Left Coast Brewing, I felt this place deserved a chance.
Located directly across the street from IH Media and Media Trader Joe's there is at least reason to stop in here every now and then.
The overall vibe is fine...nothing spectacular but certainly clean and pleasant. You will understand the meaning of the name once you visit.
Despite not having an overwhelming number of taps I gave the selection a bump up due to the originality of the selection. Many of the brews on were quite different....such as ST Pumking, Laughing Dog CSB and three Oggi's/Left Coast choices. I like to see different and not a repeat of the same old stuff.
Our service was solid and pleasant. I am told that we talked to the owner and despite previous posts we had a very nice chat with him. I am sure he knew we knew our beers....and he treated us as such.
A quality place, that I am told is much better now having gone non-smoking. I will certainly poke my head in to see what is flowing next time I am in the Media area.
11-22-2008 08:56:19 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The best beer bar I have found in Media. Compared to most areas in the Philly suburbs, Media's best restaurants, bars, brewpus, etc. do not match up to the best in West Chester, Paoli, Wayne, Malvern, Newtown, etc. This is true for Quotations too, though it's still good.
Atmosphere is fine but way too smoky and as bright as a diner in the bar area. Selection is somewhat limited (10 or so taps, 15-20 bottles) but very high quality. This is *the* place for Bells products in our area. We had Hop Slam on tap a few weeks ago and Oberon on tap today and both times they were the only place in the areas that had the product on tap. They are also on the forefront with the Italian craft beer movement.
Service is just ok. For some reason, I don't mind when I go to Capone's and the bartenders don't know a thing about beer. I think it's because it seems like all of the bartenders were there long before Matt started bringing in craft beer and they are doing the best they can. Here the bartenders are young and uninformed. I find that inexcusable but maybe that's just me...
There's some good stuff at Quotations but I won't go out of my way to stop here unless we're in the mood for Bells on tap . The place could be great but, well, it's not.
UPDATE: Atmosphere has improved dramatically since the PA smoking ban. Selection continues to shine as there is a lot of stuff you will find nowhere else. I also upgraded service based on a couple of good experiences with one of the young bartenders (even saw him at the Kennett Brewfest) and with Mike, the owner.
04-04-2008 02:29:47 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My son and his friends have been here a couple of times and were complimentary.
So my wife and I went here for dinner on a quiet Wednesday night. The food was fine and so was the service. I found the owner very well informed about beer and I got some useful ideas about beers I want to try. The bottle and draft beer list is exceptional and well worth exploring. As for beer prices I found them consistent with the quality of the beer. A pint of draft Bell's Expedition Stout in this restaurant was priced as I'd expect given the per bottle price if you can find it. We did not care for the part of the dining area where there were two different large screen TVs (both on and on different channels) making conversation difficult.
02-18-2008 21:09:27 |
More by drtth
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been here a few times now, most recently for their 12 Belgian Taps of Christmas.
Atmosphere is on the higher end as far as bars go. Actual quotations from famous and not so famous people are everywhere. On the walls, bar, windows, every where you look.
Every time I'm here I find a real treat on tap. They do have a solid tap line up, and I've yet to be served a bad pint or snifter. They had Goudenband on tap for the 12 Belgian Taps of Christmas, and it being one of my favorite beers, that made the night. I have yet to eat here, so I can't comment on the food.
Service, well, thats a touchy subject. Every time I'm here I get lousy service. And I've only sat at the bar. You typically get the best service when sitting at the bar, which makes you think how sitting at a table would pan out.
While having my last beer of the night, another Goudenband, a gentleman sits next to me. He flags down the bartender, and says that he has a couple of questions about the beer. The "bartender" then points at me and says "Ask this guy, he's had a couple of them" and then walks away. Are you freaking kidding me? The poor schmo sitting next to me hadn't even uttered the name of a beer, and was told to ask the stranger sitting next to him, who was just another customer, about the beer he was interested in. At that moment, I set my glass down and left. That goes beyond unprofessionalism, thats just a dick move. Why don't you take the time to train your staff, or even just give them a sheet to read off of. You have your help telling customers to answer other customer's questions?
My opinion, just go to Iron Hill right across the street. You'll get great service, knowledgable staff, and you won't have to answer other customer's questions.
02-18-2008 18:52:18 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
After seeing all the previous reviews of this place, and after a few less then entirely satisfactory BA posting dialogues with the owner here (Mike), I confess I didn't know what to expect when I visited this place the other night. However, suffice it say, what I did see/experience was not what I guess I had come to expect.
As you walk in the front door, the first thing you notice is a good size bar area to your immediate right. The bar itself easily accommodates around 20 patrons, and includes probably 8 or 9 tables as well in the bar area. As you stand by the bar with it on your right and look back, you can see three modest size dining areas. None of them are particularly large, but all together I would guess there must be close to 30 tables and chairs. So the restaurant area is actually pretty good size, and set far enough away that diners here miss quite a bit of the smoke and noise from the bar. It's a pretty nice set up. The place itself has sort of a newish, almot industrial feel to it. By that I mean it has something of a TGIF/Applebees feel to it. I didn't get any food, but what I saw looked good, if not particularly exciting or special. Still, at least based on what I saw, I can't imagine anyone panning the food here. It looked to be a cut above what I'd call typical pub grub, if not exactly a huge cut above.
As for the selection, at least with the beers on tap, it was jaw dropping awesome. The night I was there it included hopslam, stille nacht and the scotch winter ale from Canaster. There were an additional 5 or 6 Belgians on tap, as well as Bells Kalamazoo Stout, Aventinus, Pyramid Apricot (not to generalize, but Mike has a better then average selection of "chick beers" here - fruit beers and lambics), and a number of others. I think there were roughly 20 beers on tap, all of which were solid. I spoke to Mike about the selection, and he confirmed that he goes out of his way to try to feature beers you are unlikely to see any place else. That would explain the unusual fact that there were no beers from Victory, SlyFox, SmuttyNose, etc. the night I was there. Mike was quick to point out that he has nothing against these local breweries, but just feels you can get their beers pretty much everywhere, and that's not what he's about.
The service was generally excellent, and I noticed there were plenty of employees working behind the bar the night I was there (Saturday). The bartender confirmed that the size of the crowd (the place was packed) was pretty typical for a Saturday night.
I guess I agree that the prices here are a bit high (in the $6 range for the non-Belgians), but the beers here are exceptional. I paid $7 for a 12 ounce glass of Stille Nacht, which I think is VERY fair. Also, the beer was incredibly fresh, and was probably the best stille nacht I've ever had on tap (which granted, amounts to no more then 2 or 3 other times).
I had told Mike I would likely be stopping by, so I sat and had a couple of beers before introduing myself, just so I could see him and his crew in action. To say the least, I was impressed by normal operations at Quotations.
One thing I've noticed at the beer bars I've visited in the area, the owners are not afraid to work. Matt at Capone's, Jeff at TJ's, they all work very hard and put in VERY long hours. However, I've never seen anything like Mike and his wife (Stacey as I recall). Here it was 8:30 on a Saturday night and Mike was just everywhere; taking orders, talking to customers, taking out the trash (I kid you not), bringing out more beer, helping with table service.
This is an exceptional place, with one of the best draft selections I've seen anywhre. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
While I'm here, I might as well say something about the owner (Mike), who I was able to talk to for 10 or 15 minutes. The man is clearly wound pretty tight and is extremely passionate about his place. He does occasionally crack a smile, but it's obvious he loves his restaurant/tavern, and is serious about his work there. Talking to him about his beer list, I think it fair to say that he is also very competitive about how his place compares to some of the other outstanding beer bars in the area (this area is just teeming with great beer bars). I have no doubt he wants people to think it the best, and he's not above working his butt off to achieve that result. The results speak for themselves.
It's a pity this place doesn't get better recognition from the BA population. IMHO, it truly is one of the better beer bars in the area, if not the entire country. I'll definitely be back.
01-20-2008 19:14:04 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
So I finally tried Quotations after my mini-dust up with the owner (or manager, I forget). I had a pretty open mind going in and was actually pretty impressed with the decor and set up when we strolled in.
My first glance at the tap list had me looking over it again. Not that it was bad, but there wasn't a single beer I was geeked about seeing. Some of that is probably personal preference and some was the fact that it was a bit ho-hum for a bar that claims to have the best tap list in the area (claim was made in a beermail to me). Of the three other people I was with, 2 of whom are BA's, none of us ordered a draft. The bottle list was solid with a pretty strong variety and a varied selection. Not sure that this selection is destination worthy, but if you are in Media, the IH/Quotations combo ain't bad. It certainly isn't enough to get me away from TJ's or The Drafting Room (or the upcoming Belgian place in Wayne).
Service was solid but unremarkable.
I have lowered my service number to 1 based on the possibly insane owner who started an incredibly unprofessional email string with me via BeerMail. The tone of which was pretty much that he didn't need BA and then went on to badmouth just about every other bar in the area. I just couldn't bring myself to give this place any more money after the interactions I have had with him.
05-21-2007 19:39:47 |
More by NolanGTI
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Quotations continues to improve. Beer selection, particularly selection of Belgian beers, can only be called outstanding. During last visit, within the past week, Q had 5 Belgians on tap, including St. Bernardus, McChouffe and Urthel Quad, along with 4 or 5 other good American beers. Also good bottle selection, many very good Belgians and Germans. Nicely mixed crowd most of the time, light beer enthusiasts keeping the bills paid, and Belgians on tap quite reasonable at $6. Food was somewhat mediocre at outset of restaurant, has improved a fair amount to my thinking, but strength of Quotations is the beer selection. Some bartenders knowledgeable, some others less so. Raw bar Thursday and Friday afternoons, live music Fridays and Saturday nights, often quite good. Certainly best beer selection in Philadelphia suburbs, by far. Several negative reviews seem way off the money, I think.
03-08-2007 19:04:29 |
More by BelgieScott
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I went there today while my girl went to the book store up the block.I had the Russian River/Avery duo belgian beer and a Bells Expedition stout.I expected the begian to come in a goblet but not the stout.I felt cheated out of that, and each of the beers were 6 bucks.I got to talking to the bartender and he asked how I heard about the place and I told him about Beer Advocate and the rating system.He asked how the rating where for Quotations and I didnt have the heart to tell him that they sucked.I dont think I will go there again,I just wanted to see what was up with the place.Ide try Iron Hill next time .
02-24-2007 23:33:16 |
More by MmmIPA
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