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Sunset Grill & Tap
Taps: 112 / Bottles: 380
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
130 Brighton Ave
phone: (617) 254-1331
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 227 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I snuck in for lunch, and chose a combo of soup with potato skins. Might be just me, or the day, or the time, but my mug of clam chowder had a **** load of clams in it! And not to pasty, as some can get. Skins were well done, filled with broccoli and cheese.
Victory Hopdevil on cask? mmm.
and DogfishHead Snowblower.... nuff said, a nice trip.
Lunchtime's pretty quiet here, my review might've been different when the place is jammin. Looks like they're trying more adventursome fare at lunch as well as the taco bar. Try it for lunch!
01-29-2004 19:04:02 |
More by okra
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Wow, the draft and beer selection here is superb. Over 100 beers on tap. And the beer menu shows that at least 3 times that many are available in a bottle. The menu is organized well, and it shows that some time and effort was put into the selection and grouping of the menu.
The atmosphere here was nice, but it didn't seem like a place you'd want to be if it got really crowded. If you can get a seat at the bar, you should be able to enjoy yourself.
The bartender (Mike) that served us was excellent. Some of the best service that I saw during my recent trip to Boston. My wife and I tried three beers apiece, (all beers I'd had in bottles but not on tap) and they tasted fresh. Unlike others that have reviewed before me, all of the beers we ordered were available.
I would (and plan to) recommend this place to any beer friends traveling to Boston. A fellow BA or two directed us here, and I'm grateful for it. The beer selection alone is enough to make a North Carolinian beer drinker consider moving to Massachusetts.
01-20-2004 12:18:21 |
More by beerinator
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Very large selection, but you're best off going to the just-tapped section of the menu. It's nice to be able to get flights from such a wide variety. I haven't had any problems with the bottles, higher price of course.
Service is s l o w very very slow, the crowds can be very annoying and loud - it's right in the middle of apartment buildings rented out to college kids and amoungst the variety Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Bud Light and Corona are stocked, I don't have to tell you how that equation turns out.
I think the food is adequate, the crew I normally go with has their usuals that they love - the steak sub is supposed to be great, I'm the "beer guy" and there for a different reason.
11-18-2003 22:08:27 |
More by mschofield
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Well, thought I would weigh in on Sunset as I have probably been there a hundred times in the last year and a half.. Quite the selection, (100 taps 300+ bottles) and despite the comments from some other BAs, on the fairly rare occasion that I have had an off beer on tap, they replaced it. I would suggest sitting at the bar, and going on an off night (as the crowd is not the greatest). The bartenders, when they're not overwhelmed, can be quite ready, willing, and able to talk beer with a beer geek.
Now, regarding the tap lines, I have spoken to a couple of servers relative to off beer etc. and was informed that the lines have been fully renovated (august 2003). They must have been tired of beer geeks complaining about the drafts. Let the customer dictate the actions of the establishment, I say.
The bottles, as far as I have seen have been good, well priced etc. but maybe, I'm not ordering the rarest of the rare. The glassware, I would agree, is sorely lacking, serving a barleywine in a pint glass, c'mon?
The food is average bar food, burgers, apps, etc. but I am a vegetarian and couldn't comment on most of the food..
My two cents, the tap lines have been replaced, the selection is the best, and on a Tuesday evening, have an Anchor Foghorn for me.
09-20-2003 18:37:30 |
More by mydeadguy
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The atmosphere and décor at the Sunset Grill and Tap is almost identical to the Sunset Cantina. Lots of breweriana adorn the walls, same basic color scheme. The Sunset bars are beer bars with sort of a TGI Fridays feel. The bar is toward the left and back of the place. The bar area is dinky compared to the overall size of the restaurant. In holding true to the reputation of Sunset, I was served a spoiled Dry Hopped Rogue Red that I was so looking forward to tasting. The beer was sour and looked as if someone stirred in a couple spoonfuls of mud. Of course I sent it back in favor of an Anderson Valley IPA that was pretty tasty. I ordered dinner, blackened catfish which was actually very good. It got a bit crowded, someone was sitting in my bar stool each time I returned from the bathroom. Funny thing, with all those beer choices I only found a couple things I wanted. I was interested primarily the draughts. Some of the bottles were a bit pricey, $11 for a bomber of Stone IPA? WTF? I found the Sunset Grill and Tap was worth a try but I wont hurry back here. Visited 18 Sep, 2003.
09-19-2003 14:41:39 |
More by John
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
100 or more beers on tap and even more in the bottles. Often have a variety of specials and seasonal beers. Not a bad size establishment. It has seating on the ground floor as well as the basement. It can become extremely busy during the weekend and it tends to be a college hangout so when you go you could be sitting at a table next to someone with a bud while your drinking a chimay. It has very reasonable prices for both the bottles and the tap beers. You can also get Yards of the tap beers. The food is actually very good with a wide range of selections that is bound to have something to your liking. Some issues are that I have been given the wrong beer before at the wrong temperature. If you ask for a very rare beer dont be surprised to find dust on the bottle sometimes. I have also had hit or miss beers with some of their taps as well.
08-29-2003 18:57:51 |
More by PZuke
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
It's like "cool beer bar" meets "Miami Vice-inspired college teen hangout." The light pink lighting gave it a bit of a Miami feel -- but what that had to do with the beer and food, I have no idea. Selection was impressive -- one of the three best I've seen ever -- but it was about 100 degrees in there, our waiter, while very nice, took his sweet time, and the crowd just wasn't my type of people. Definitely worth the stop and probably worth more in the future if I'm staying with my pal in Brookline again.
06-29-2003 19:43:36 |
More by marburg
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
This was my favorite place for beer when I lived in Boston. Over 400 varieties with almost a hundred on tap. Their pledge to fresh beer was commendable. They would tap a keg for 14 days and dump it afterwards empty or not. Food is pretty good for barfood. Great samplers for beer and yards as well. Boy do I miss Boston!!
06-01-2003 14:47:32 |
More by BierReise
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Living only a block away, Sunset tends to be my goto restaurant/bar of choice. With over 400 beers, and just as diverse a menu, there's enough variety to please just about anyone.
The 100+ beers on tap and 300+ bottles rotate often, with seasonal selections and new beers appearing every month. Prices remain steady on tap beers, with a few exceptions mostly for belgians, at $3.95 per pint. Bottle prices are varied, but are still very reasonable. For those looking to show off, they even offer all their tap beers in a yard or half yard size.
Food is eclectic and can meet just about any pallet. Ranging from vegetatian, burgers, steak, seafood, even Peanut Butter and fluff. The appetizer menu is large and diverse enough that if you go with a bunch of friends you could easily just order a few items to share.
Weekend nights often get very busy and close to an hour wait is not uncommon. The college age crowd during peak hours can get rather annoying and I deffinatly recommend trying to go during lunch or other off hours. Also lunch usually features a make your own taco/burrito station as well as brunch on sundays.
I only have a few issues with Sunset. They only have one type of pint/soda glass they serve all their beers in. This is fine for your average tap, but for the higher quality beers I wish they'd have some other choices.
Also I've had several issues when ordering bottled beers. Everything from the wrong beers being brought, to widely varrying tempuratures on beers that shouldn't be that way.
Beyond that, Sunset is a great place to go and try some new beers while enjoying some good food.
A must visit if you're in Boston.
04-22-2003 04:00:28 |
More by taez555
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I attend this place regularly and rarely do I leave unsatisfied. The selections are plentiful but I would always recommend first looking at the "Just Tapped" menu as I question the freshness of some of their tapped brews. I've always enjoyed the atmosphere, definitely on the youthful side but that adds to the energy. I've found the service to be spotty at times, but generally they do their job. My biggest gripe are the infrequent stops to my booth. If they were quicker with the rounds, I would have at least 1 or 2 more beers every time I go. One thing I do love about Sunset is the food. The menu is big and modestly priced. Sure it can be on the greasy side, but I haven't been disappointed by an entree yet. With all said and done, I say it's worth your trip.
03-07-2003 08:54:15 |
More by Hhawk06
Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA
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