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Taps: 100 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
21001 N Tatum Blvd
phone: (480) 563-9273
(Place added by: Boilermaker88 on 11-30-2005)
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| Reviews: 15
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My final stop in Phoenix as we were on the way to the airport. Gotta eat, and a beer (or two) before the flight home wouldn't hurt, either.
This Yard House is located in the Desert Ridge Mall on the NE corner, not far from the Rock Bottom Brewery. Yard House has their standard corporate yuppie-chic interior; lots of dark wood, brushed stainless steel and glass. The racetrack-shaped bar dominates the center of the front half of the interior, surrounded by tables and booths. To the rear is the kitchen area to the left and the keg room to the right. The kegs and taplines can be viewed through windows as you walk to the restrooms in the back.
The Yard House boasts a large number of taps, at least one hundred. Yes, there are the usual assortment of macros, pseudo-craft brews and the like but there are also some real gems once you take a closer look. SN Bigfoot, Gulden Draake, Tripel Karmeliet, Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale, SN Celebration, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, plus a sizeable number of taps dedicated to local beers provide for a wide range to choose from. I opted for a goblet of Tripel Karmeliet and a pint of New Belgium's 2º Below Winter Ale. Both were quite tasty though I thought the T.K. was missing a bit of carbonation. And here's where I get to the sticking point I have with bars or pubs running huge numbers of taps; some brews don't see much action and aren't switched out very often. So the beer sits and gets a bit stale. This may not happen to the BMC's on the taplist but can easily befall a quality brew that may go unnoticed by all but the most discriminating (or adventurous) beer lover.
The food was quite good and plentiful. The service was very attentive and took good care of the four of us. The waitress went to extra effort to take care of my young son. The prices are a bit steep if you get there in the evening after happy hour ($6 a pint) but for the lunch crowd it was reasonable.
The Yard House is a good place to go if you're with a group that has varying tastes in beer (mixed drinks are available, too). From macros to gateways to beers for the beer enthusiast, everyone could find something to appeal to their tastes.
11-30-2005 22:51:33 |
More by Boilermaker88
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
The key with Yard House is to go there during happy hour (3-6 Mon-Fri). Then you can get great appetizers and pizza for basically 5-8 dollars a dish. There is a location over in West Valley at Westgate if you live on the west side of town. I think it's technically in Glendale.
The food is great. Appetizers include everything from boneless chicken wings to sushi to an awesome spinach-artichoke dip my wife and I get almost every time we're there. The pizzas are good too, my favorite being a Thai-Chicken pizza that's got Thai Sweet Chili sauce on it instead of marinara.
The beer selection is pretty much perfect as far as restaurants go. They have Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (Black IPA), St. Bernardus ABT 12 (Belgian Strong Dark), and probably over a hundred other beers to choose from. This part can get expensive and probably requires a DD for the night if you really start trying things, but when you're like me and you have kids, hitting up happy hour at 4:30 on a Tuesday and being able to order a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA for a reasonable price is enough to make it worth it.
Great restaurant, great beers, I'll keep going here as long as they're open.
08-01-2013 04:48:48 |
More by ISmith87
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've visited this establishment a few times as it's very close to where I work. As you walk in, you walk by a glass window through which you can see the tons of kegs that they have for the beers on the menu.
The selection of beers is diverse, eclectic, interesting, and high quality. I would highly recommend going with a designated driver because they have some very interesting high abv Belgian Strong Ales.
The food is also amazing, but a little pricy. My favorite is the sushi roll (yes…singular). It is really one giant roll, served as an appetizer I believe, but is more than enough to stand as a meal.
The servers there have always been friendly and fast.
04-15-2011 23:35:51 |
More by Nerudamann
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I'm actually surprised by all the love this place is getting on BA. While the selection is the best you get anywhere, the food is way overpriced and not that good, and the three times I went both myself and my girlfriend our beers felt and tasted like they'd been tapped a month prior. Even things you'd think would sell like crazy (the last time I went I ordered a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) were undercarbonated and bad.
I guess when you want selection on tap you're going to be sacrificing quality but for my money I'll just be headed out to buy bottles to take home.
10-09-2010 18:37:08 |
More by z3niMAGiNE
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a busy Saturday night out. The Yard House may be a chain and it's located in a huge "open air lifestyle center" on the suburban fringe of the city, but I really didn't mind too much. A bit uncharacteristic of me. Not a free seat at the bar. Somehow got a huge booth for two of us in about 10 min. after we expected a long wait. My first was a Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale. My wife, fan of wheats, had the Breckenridge Agave Wheat. On a tip from a friend who had been to Breckenridge Brewery recently, had a Vanilla Porter...awesome. Finished post-dinner with some of my first local beers from Four Peaks, 8th St. Ale and Kiltlifter, and loved them both. The beer selection was enormous and walking around the giant oval bar just checking out the tap handles, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Expecting food on par with that of Applebee's or Chili's, I was pleasantly surprised. Steak salad came with plenty of delicious strips of steak and it was huge. A burger and sweet potato fries was tasty and hit the spot, matching well with beers. Plenty of TV's around for sports-watching or whatever as well, and not really a bad seat in the house.
04-23-2010 20:48:30 |
More by mwalcheske
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the future of craft beer in America, a commercialized profitable way of bringing it to market. 100 taps in industrial steel bar, and covering pipes, trained who can move around. Smething for everybody, very crowded at night with 7 minute wait despite speed. Classic rock, who can argue with that? Fast service during the day, and you can get away from set samplers. Big quantity orders. The house beers, despite being brewed by Firestone, were rather ho-hum, they can do better. If you are on the cutting edge of craft beer, if you are part of that growing small and mostly young group, there are other excellent smaller places for you, some of which will survive. If you are a mainstream average beer drinker out there not a geek, this is the future of where you will drink beer.And that's The Word.
02-05-2010 19:31:26 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
this is an oasis in the desert. with 114 taps, i can easily forgive their false claim of "world's largest selection of draft beer." at least 20 taps are crap, and several more are run of the mill, but that still leaves a big selection. brands like green flash (excellent ipa!), anderson valley, bear republic, dogfish head, and stone. impressive display of taps. large selection of appetizers, including sushi. this is a fun place, popular but not crowded. but at $5.50 a pint, try to visit during happy hour.
03-20-2008 23:55:17 |
More by maxlogan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Out of the norm for me but I liked it. If you have been to an Old Chicago, it is along those lines. The servers were excellent!!! The beer selection was good. I expected a vast selection of Butt and Poors products but was disproved immediately. I sat down, opened the menu and saw Rogue Old Crusty 06 amongst the selection and many Washington beers that were just my flavor. I was pleased with the food as well. Th manager looks like Fabio and so that had me laughing after a few brewskys. It is in an outdoor mall with a movie theater outisde. Great place for a weekend getaway. Went back two more times before I left and will keep going back.
01-14-2008 15:10:45 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Took the family out for dinner to the Yard House at Desert Ridge on Tatum last evening.
Arrived at 8 and waited for 30 minutes for a booth that could accommodate 5 people. While waiting I was able to peer through the windows into the huge keg room that accommodates the 120 beers, which is very impressive.
Ordered: Salads, Burgers, Crab Cakes as entrees and the food and service was very good. Got the familiar deer in the headlights look from our server when I had a few questions on their beers. In the future I swear I will not bother. The desserts of Lemon Soufflé and Crème Brulee were outstanding.
To the beer: I ordered a snifter of Rogue Old Crusty and my daughter had the Strongbow Hard Cider. Both were delivered ice cold so cold that I had to wait 15 -20 minutes with my hands warming the snifter before it had warmed enough to a proper temperature to drink.
Their happy hour is the time to go, as their prices are a bit steep. I only had the one beer as I was not up to taking the time to warm up a pint of another beer.
01-05-2008 21:11:47 |
More by NitroGen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The Yard House located at the Westgate City Center has a large seating area, inside and out, parking is not a problem, with parking lot B just a short stroll from the front door. 113 taps, selection, amazingly only 8 of these are macros, majority craft beers with a fair to middling export selection. Staff was courteous, fairly knowledgeable, and the service good, as this joint was a hoppin on Saturday afternoon. Food menu standard restaurant/pub fare, prices a bit pricey, beer prices also a bit high, but hey, you pay for ambiance, selection, location and quality.
11-04-2007 15:53:13 |
More by Gusler
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