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Pelican Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 2,089
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr.
phone: (503) 965-7007
Sunday - Thursday
8am until 10pm
Friday & Saturday
8am until 11pm
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Had dinner on a business trip to the coast. There were six in our party and everyone enjoyed their appetizers and food. I ordered the baked salmon fillet, and it was very good. Food seemed better than typical pub fare, and the prices were closer to a fine restaurant, which the Pelican is not.
Service was very good. The restaurant and bar were very busy. The Pelican is a popular place.
The reason to visit, in my opinion, is their beer. I ordered the sampler which included Kiwanda Cream Ale, MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale, India Pelican Ale, Doryman's Dark Ale, Tsunami Stout, Organic Heiferweizen, and Nestucca ESB. All were quite good, but the two standouts were India Pelican Ale and Tsunami Stout.
Brought back a growler of Tsunami. Awesome fresh from the brewpub.
I hope to have the Tsunami Stout Float dessert on my next visit.
09-27-2010 02:35:39 |
More by velosuds
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Before this trip my last time here was seven years ago. Prior to that I would regularly make the trip out from Portland just to visit the Pelican Pub. So I had some high expectations going in this last time.
The atmosphere can't be beat. The place sits right on the beach with an amazing view of the ocean. The inside is nice enough, but if they have the tables set up outside grab your windbreaker and flip-flops and go out there to enjoy the real Oregon weather.
I had a Doryman's Dark Ale first and it was amazing. I got a growler of it to drink later. Next was the Tsunami Stout. Once again a well made ale. I had some of their clam chowder and beer cheese soup. Both of which were original and perfect for a stormy Oregon coast day.
They had their five core ales on tap, plus two seasonals. I was sad that I wasn't going to be around for their Elemental Ale (brewed with wet hops) that was coming out the next week. They also had two (Saison and Grand Cru) of their Belgium style beers out of the bottle available.
I would still go out of my way (from Portland) to get some of their beer fresh and have some more clam chowder. But find somewhere else to enjoy the Oregon seafood.
09-11-2010 05:35:59 |
More by Fatehunter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Da Boss and i visited here yesterday for a very late lunch. Overall atmoshpere was very good, beautiful view of Haystack Rock. The brewpub itself was the largest one i have been in, approximately seating for several hundred both indoors and outdoors. The bar area itself seemed attractive and warm.
Overall quality was very good, the beers were quite tasty and the food just as good.
Service was good, the young man was serving the big room by himself but he did well keeping us beered and fed.
Selection of the beer was very good as there were at least 8-9 beers avaialable. Food selection had a full range of appetizers to sandwichespizzas to deserts. Food itself was good, we shared a crabcake appetizer and one of the pizza options. The side salad was very good compared to most places.
Overall it was a bit pricey for the food but then again August is the high tourist season. 20 oz pints were $6.00 which is somewhat expensive. But given that it was a rare calm day and the fact we were seated immediately with quality food and beverages made this a worthwhile trip!
08-11-2010 22:51:04 |
More by arizcards
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
We stopped in here for a quick drink on a day trip from Portland. It's in a beautiful tourist area. Magnificent view from the back deck, with Haystack rock and towering dunes facing the ocean. We grabbed a spot at the bar.
There were 9 beers on tap: their five core beers, plus four seasonal/rotating beers. Decent selection. It was pricey, at $4.75 for a 1/2 pint. I guess that's to be expected in a tourist area. Bottles/growlers available to go.
We had decent service at the bar. Nothing special, but good enough. Didn't try the food.
Overall, a nice spot for a quick stop if you're on the coast.
06-11-2010 20:15:48 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Finally got to visit this place after hearing rave reviews and trying a few of their bottled beers. Pelican is located right near the ocean (at least by looking at the map, it was dark when we visited) not too far off the 101 on Kiwanda. They have a decent sized lot out front.
The outside is appealing to the beer-lover's eye with a large tank and windows allowing a view of some of the brewing equipment. The interior opens into a gift shop that sells bottles and clothing along with other goodies. Beyond that is the restaurant and bar. The bar wraps around with table seating the whole way. There are also separate banquet rooms. The brewing area is again visible from the bar and is pretty impressive in scale. A chalkboard above the bar reveals what brews are available. They also offer a 7-beer sampler.
As for the beers, they are just as good at the brewpub as what I have tried in the past. There are around 8 taps and they range from lighter fare like the Kiwanda Cream Ale and Bière de Garde to the Tsunami Stout. There are one or two seasonals such as the Bridal Ale as well. All of the beers are high quality.
Service on a weekday evening was very good. We sat at the bar and the bartender was punctual and knowledgeable about the beers.
It's hard to avoid seafood in a place like this, but as we had been eating and drinking beer the whole day all we could manage was a split appetizer of spinach/artichoke dip. It was very good though.
Overall this place is awesome and well worth the drive from Portland.
03-11-2010 19:38:48 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
f me. well, i'll say these guys do okay. running late for a meeting in astoria on our way from coos bay. rogue held us a little late. almost forgot this was on the way, dear god, what a mistake that would've been. we rip the dragonwhale into the parking lot, turn off the jambox and roll in, reeking of silliness and fanciful dreams.
we had several of their nice beers on tap before an outstanding and beautifully presented lunch. if you're at a restaurant that's on the water, always get fish unless you see cows on trying to graze on the beach. then you can say, "steak, please, that one, i want the dumb one." or whale. why aren't we eating whale in this country while the japanese live it up? the stout was delicious.
the brewer was really busy but a sales guy was there and gave us a tour of the brewery for no real reason except i think he loves the place. and i would too.
then we rock out the 04,05,08,09 stormwatchers vertical closed by "the mother of all storms" aka "the perfect storm"
we buy a few bottles and for the two of us, we find the $150 completely acceptable. even as we are broke college kids. freed from the candy store.
03-05-2010 08:34:40 |
More by olympuszymurgus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 5/4 & 5/5, 2009.
The first stop on our Oregon beer/outdoors honeymoon took us to Pacific City and the Pelican Pub. The sky had opened up that late afternoon and early evening. It was pouring down, with the howling, cold wind blowing the moisture sideways. A day that would forbid many from venturing outside, yet the perfect time to spend a few hours inside this award-winning establishment, winner of several recent American Brewpub of the Year titles.
Thankfully, the miserable coniditions outside took nothing away from the stunning view that is one of the trademarks of the Pelican's atmoshpere. Very wisely, its proprietors installed a multitude of windows upon construction to take advantage of what has to be the best natural view from any bar or brewpub in the U.S. My words will not do it justice. Suffice it to say, the Oregon Department of Tourism needs to plaster the ocean view from the Pelican's annexed back room on its website as the visual representation of their state's beautiful coastline.
Interior-focused atmosphere is nearly as appealing. Nice use of somewhat dim lighting and ample wood surfaces, walls, and ceiling supports add a welcomed touch. Neither an old-fashioned or new-age look. Overall, a cozy and welcoming feel. There are three main rooms. First upon entering, is a small entry way with register, vending station (large bottles of beer and clothing), and hostess station. The main barroom consists of a relatively long, three-sided bar. There are approximately 15-20 seats. All handles are nicely displayed, as are multitudes of award banners on the ceiling, letting you know that the Pelican stands for quality. Around the perimeter there are many dining tables (mostly booths) and, as preveiously mentioned, a very open feel due to loads of window space. Finally, the back room is a large unit with several tables, some of them long for large groups. It was added 5 years ago (or so the informative movie that we saw that night told us) to add space for the busy summer season and for various functions. We happened to catch them on their thirteenth anniversary and were privileged to take part in a celebration in that room (4 free 4 oz samples, food, and dessert--what a great perk!!)
Beer is fantastic. We had those four free samples (more like 6-8 oz. each). Included were the Saison, Wedding Ale (a Belgian dark), Riptide Red, and Doryman's Dark. Afterwards we tasted a sampler that included all of their basics and a couple of seasonals. Among these were the India Pelican Ale, Kiwands Creme, Nestuca ESB, Tsunami Stout, MacPelican's Scottish Ale, a Belgian IPA, and a couple of repeats from earlier. Liked them all, but the two IPAs--especially the Belgian IPA, right up there with Piraat in my book--were the best. The quality of these brews is absolutely awesome. Additionally, three days later, I was fortunate enough to sample the MacPelican's Wee Heavy on draft and was overwhelmed by its flavor, body, and overall quality. In short, the Pelican's beers were the best I've ever tasted at a brewpub. Their awards are well-deserved.
Service was pleasant, friendly, and relatively prompt. Food was almost as good as the beer. I had a Cuban sandwich that was great. Next morning we went back for breakfast (was free with our hotel package). The Huervos Rancheros were equally tasty.
On the whole, if you are coming to Oregon for any reason and like craft beer, you must visit Pacific City and the Pelican Pub. Both the city and brewpub are absolute gems. Make the 2 hour or so drive from Portland. You won't be disappointed.
05-14-2009 14:51:37 |
More by macpapi
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
On a nice sunny blue sky day right on the beach. Surfers riding waves, my dogs tied up on the patio, the ocean goes on for miles. Good food, wonderful local, good to great beer. its probably a B+ brewpub, but the local makes it an easy A. On a nice day this is as close to paridise as you can get... good beer, ocean that goes on forever, the works.
Prices are a bit premium for the eats, but go for the beer and share an app. Inside its a bit bland, generic seaside restaurant. Outside it is amazing. A little sand may get in your beer, but its just extra fiber.
04-05-2009 05:34:41 |
More by heapofaoatmeal
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Took a few hour trip down to Pacific City. It was a perfect sunny day, drove around a little bend and saw the gorgeous setting on which the brewery sits. Literally its right on the beach. We walked inside, it was a weekday afternoon, so it wasn't really busy. Sat by the large windows facing t. Hhe ocean. How can I say... it was really really nice. I can only imagine how busy it gets in the summer time. The blackened chicken sandwich that I ordered was very substantial. For $10 I thought I was getting a small little meal, but it was actually very filling. I did get the raw veggies on the side, they did look a little dried out. Other than that I had a nice glass of the 08 Stormwatchers. It was great! Then when you exit the place you can load up on all the beers they sell. They even give you a discount when you purchase a case. All in all it was a very lovely place. I hope to take another trip out there with the girlfriend. The beach was beautiful.
02-22-2009 19:42:33 |
More by Dajtai007
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I think I caught this place on a bad day. It was just around dusk on a blustery day and we were looking for a place to warm up. And they had the windows open. So we shivered in our jackets for awhile and closed what windows we could reach.
Our appetizer of avacado and asiago dip was great but barely touched before our dinners arrived. They weren't busy at all, and I hate feeling rushed. Our entrees were pretty good though. As other reviewers have mentioned, the prices are indeed high. Given their location right on the beach though, I didn't find them too outrageous.
I tried the Scotch ale (weak) and the fresh hopped Elemental ale (very good).
As I said, I'm sure I caught them on a bad night. I wouldn't steer anyone away from here.
10-06-2008 19:01:05 |
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