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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4270 N Oracle Rd
phone: (520) 690-1990
Reviews by bennetj17:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
BJ's has been a nice addition to Tucson since it opened a couple years ago. I think of it more of a big restaurant than a brewpub, but nevertheless they do serve their own microbrews. The beer is not brewed on premises, it comes from the Chandler location I believe.
As for atmosphere the place is clean, but pretty unremarkable as it's nothing too original. Service is consistently good. It sometimes takes awhile to get a table on busier evenings. I think the waitstuff doesn't know much about the beer sometimes. I once had a girl describe a Witbier as a German style, but it happens. There are about 6 year-round beers they offer, none of which impress me. I think I would like their stout or porter, however they always serve them on nitrogen which I don't care for. I usually only go hoping they have a good seasonal on draft. Unfortuantely that only happens once in awhile. There are usually at least 2 seasonals available, my favorite was the barleywine which I only got to try on one occasion. The Belgian Grand Cru is nice too. They also have a small menu of imported Belgian bottles.
As for food, they have a wide range of choices: Sandwiches, Burgers, Pasta, Pizza, Ribs, Steaks, and a bunch of Appetizers. I would recommend going for Pizza, it's thick like deep dish and probably a better value as some of the entrees start to approach $15-$18.
Overall a pretty average place, but in Tucson we only have so much so it will do. Would love to see more seasonals and more experimentation but I don't think they really have the passion.
06-19-2009 06:00:48 |
More by bennetj17
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Has all the touches of your typical chain place, but the TVs are well positioned to see throughout the entire place, the decor although kind of generic is nice, and it has a good feel.
Although the selection is not huge, what they do have on their guest taps are damn good. Whoever is picking their beer selections knows what they are doing. I, unfortunately, didn't try any of their beer...the guest beer selection was just too good.
The food I had ranged from okay to really good which is much better than most chain joints. Although the food may be a touch pricey, the beer was very fairly priced...almost seemed cheap to me now that I live in NY. The service on the other hand was a bit slow, they managed to smash a small wine carafe that was on the table flinging glass over everyone, and although apologetic...just left the glass shards sitting there until we asked to have the table wiped down.
I will be back at BJ's whenever I am in Tucson, very good selection on the east side.
(This was for the Broadway & Craycroft location)
12-09-2011 00:32:52 |
More by steelerguy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Indeed a nice addition to the Tucson franchise restaurant/brewery scene. I went here several years ago and this place is really bustlin' modern and chic. Very large and industrial metallic looking inside. Retro. Staff was really cheerful, helpful, and prompt. Food was really good I recall. The pizza and some appetizers were good. A really nice beer selection - brewed in-house as well as local favorites. A nice distraction from the usual bars with the more mainstreamed beers. I'd go back here again!
02-23-2011 21:55:03 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Their deep dish is better than Gino's East in Chicago! It was a deep dish but not so doughy, lighter and fluffier. They advertise chicago style pizza, but I think they out-do it. The Pirahna PA was very good. However their Tatonka Stout was undrinkable, to which the waiter brought me another beer (I picked SN Celebration Ale.) So The service and food are excellent. They had many more offerings to try for brews, but I did not have the time. I will definitely like to visit there again! The atmosphere is of course a chain pizzaria.
12-29-2006 00:46:12 |
More by TechMyst
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located on the other side of town, a good half-hour drive, this isn't a place I would necessarily frequent, but I had reason to hit the mall that lies across from it, and ate at my favorite rib joint in town, which is located across the street from BJ's, so I decided to give it a try while I was in the area.
The building itself fits in with the mallish style of the area. It's basically a large concrete box with windows and a parking lot. The BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse logo sits in large letters along the upper edges of the walls.
Once inside, though, it's far more lively. To the left of the door lies a large restaurant seating area. To the right, a large wooden bar and seating area, with tall bar tables. Both are seperated by a wooden railing. It was busy that day, and there was that fun hum of conversation that comes with the crowds. Music played quietly in the background. A large TV wall (four flatscreens placed side by side in a square shape playing four different channels) lies behind the bar.
I took a seat at one of the tall bar tables, as I had already eaten lunch, and was greated by a pleasent waitress. She offered a food menu, which I turned down, and then she gave me a rundown of what they offered for beer. I was quite impressed. They offer a line of their own branded beers, which I presume are contract brewed or provided by a brewery. They also offer a large selection of other beers, from macros to belgians, like Duvel.
I decided to try the sampler, which included six of their own branded beers. It included their Blonde (a Kölsch), Piranah Pale Ale, Harvest Hefeweizen, Jeremiah Red Ale (an English Strong Ale, PM Porter and Tatokna Stout (an Imperial). The waitress seemed to know enough about the beers to explain them all, which was nice. They were served in what I would describe as miniature pilsner glasses, which was quite attractive. My favorite, by far, was the Piranah, which had a great IPA like piney hoppiness. The Porter and Stout were both on nitro (for a better head, she reminded me!), and were both strangely and unpleasently sweet, as I find most nitro beers to be, but I could tell that there were solid beers lurking underneath.
I can't comment on the food, but it looked good, from the menu they had posted outside.
In the end, I would recommend a visit to BJ's if you're in the area. The atmosphere was fun and lively. Their beer is good enough, and their selection of other beers is nice. The food looked good, and the service was pleasent and relatively knowledgable, for a chain. I enjoyed myself.
12-12-2005 18:05:43 |
More by UberWasser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Yes, I know it is a chain brewpub. But this particular BJ's happens to be fed beer by the Chandler location. That is good news for us because they brew solid beers there. It is nice to have another option now in Tucson. The beer is good, not incredible, but good. And the food is actually quite good. I had the buffalo chicken pizza and I am hooked. I have a hard time ordering anything else now. It is a place I can convince my wife to go and we can take the kids, while I can still get some decent beers.
11-21-2005 19:30:52 |
More by highibus
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