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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 43
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I love Jupiter. Located in downtown Berkeley literally on top of the BART and one block from campus. The atmosphere is cool, open, and big with a GREAT outdoor patio area where they often have really good, funky, avant garde music performances in the good weather months. Selection is great with a nice spread of house brewed beers and some good seasonals and guest taps as well. Moonlight is usually available and their house brewed double ipa quasar is pretty awesome. The food is great, with the pizza being a personal favourite and the prices are a little high but perfectly reasonable for downtown berk-dizzle. Put ya stunna shades on.
02-09-2008 05:56:10 | More by francisweizen
4.14/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My brother and I took the train from the penninsula and to my surprise, the bart station is across the street from the brewpub. I had a pint of Old Godfather while I waited for my old roomate to show up. I noticed that they had a pretty decent selection of guest beers on tap. Once everyone was there, we did the sampler and it was about 10 beers or so. I really liked the Quasar DIPA and I enjoyed the german hefe. There were a few other ones that were pretty good and there were a couple that I didn't think much of. But overall it was a pretty diverse beer selection.
The waitress was helpful as she arranged a sampler for us to try. She claims that they don't normally do samplers. We had already eaten at that point so we didn't even look at the menu, I couldn't tell you how good the food was or how expensive it was. The beer however was reasonably priced; the house beer was cheap and the guests beers were a bit pricey.
The setup was interesting as the furniture was all wooden and had a dark stain to it but the bar was a bright reflective copper. The bathroom was a community bathroom shared by the neighboring buildings and there was a rope elevator thingy to send orders up the 2nd floor. It had a very San Francisco vibe to it. It was also relatively quiet but it was early saturday afternoon. In end I enjoyed the place and would return if I find I myself in Berkeley.
01-03-2008 21:50:55 | More by t0rin0
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is GREAT!!!! The atmosphere was perfect both inside (all wood) and outside(nice gas fires). Service was friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. Food was terrific although not many choices on the menu. I would recommend this place to anyone living or traveling through the bay area as it is very affordable. It will also save you time going to other brewpubs in the area as they have their beers on tap as well. Their IPA is delicious. Cant wait to go back and I am hoping their porter is available next time.
12-14-2007 03:50:07 | More by xhcadamx
4.56/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
jupiter was the first brew pub i got to go to during my visit to the bay area this past weekend. it was funny because my girlfriend and i were visiting from los angeles and we didn't even know that USC was playing UC Berkeley until we go to san fran. we were at jupiter on saturday evening right around the time that the game started so it wasn't very crowded. the beer menu was very impressive, however they were out of about 25 percent of the beers they offered. i didn't see the guest tap list until i was leaving but they had some pretty good choices. the double ipa was very good. the seasonal white ale was good but not anything too special. the wheat was actually very good too. the only problem is that all the beers are served in the big ol' 20 ounce glasses, so you can't sample too many without getting drunk. overall a very nice place and a MUST stop if you're in berkeley (right across the street from the downtown berkeley BART station)
11-13-2007 04:42:38 | More by DaveDLD
4.55/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here a few weeks ago with my wife and friends before a Wilco show. You can walk in through a side entrance or the beer garden. Walking into the bar area you will notice a massive bar area with some round tables nearby. You can either go upstairs, outside, or grab a spot inside. We opted for inside near the bar. The atmosphere is excellent with lots of wood and a humming bar area and I didn't notice any TVs (yeah).
The had about 10 beers of their own on tap and another 10 or so guest beers. I tried the Quasar Double IPA and my wife the Porter-both were excellent. After a couple pints of the Quasar I had an Old Rasputian on Cask-Nice.
Service was good-it did take a while to get someone-once we did she rocked. One of the cool things about this place is that they use PDAs to take your order which means they know if they are out of a beer and they can also look up reviews!!!
Food was the "bomb" as the kids say-we had two of their pizzas and both were outstanding.
Word of warning get here early for a table-by 5:30pm it was standing room only.
It was 8 years since I was last at the Jupiter-but now that I live within driving distance I would love to make this aa regular stop.
09-06-2007 19:52:01 | More by bradybeer
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I do like Jupiter, but my complaints would be that 1) it's often hard to find a seat during dinner hours, esp. when there are 2-3 people sitting at tables for 8, and they have a large bar but only like 4 stools for the entire thing. Also, their menu is very limited. If you want to eat something other than pizza you're out of luck.
Lastly, their house brewed beers tend to give me hangovers/headaches the next morning, even if I've only had 1 or 2. I used to experience the same thing at the old 20 Tank Brewery in SF, and a friend of mine that used to work @ Pete's said it's because they're tapping/serving the brew before its fully matured. No idea if that's the case @ Jupiter, but the headache scenario has occurred there more than once, on nights that I wasn't getting "drunk".
Thankfully Jupiter also has an impressive guest beer list, which last week included El Toro's Poppy Jasper (unfortunately skunky), Bear Rep's Racer 5 (one of my faves), Humboldt Hemp, Moylans 2IPA, Rogue, Speakeasy, and other tasty micros from CA, OR, etc. As many of the other reviews have stated, the outdoor beer garden is nice, it's just often difficult to find a table if you're not there early in the eve.
08-22-2007 01:14:23 | More by HoppyDude
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The night I made it to Jupiter, there was a jazz band playing outside in the back. They were so loud that when they were on, it was hard to talk across the table. Fortunately, they took a bunch of breaks during which conversation was possible. The seating area out back is really nice and when it gets a bit chilly, they fire up some heaters to warm the area. Their pizza selection is good and the pizza itself it very good. All of their beers come in imperial pints, so go thirsty. I had their porter, which was advertised as a GABF medalist and it was indeed a great beer. A very good brewpub all around and I'm jealous of the Berkeley crowd.
08-20-2007 16:36:34 | More by drseamus
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to live within stumbling distance of this place, so its been a favorite of mine and I've been going here for over a decade. The atmosphere is great. Two stories, with tall ceilings on each level. The gem of the place, though, is the fantastic beer garden out back. Over time, Jupiter has taken over the small pedestrian plaza out back named Trumpetvine Court after the Trumpetvines growing all over the walls and over trellises out there. These vines are often loaded with red horn shape flowers that are pretty cool to have all over your beer garden. The beer garden is now quite large with lots of tables. Other features of the garden include a firepit, a second woodburning pizza oven, a stage where there is often music in the evenings, and heaters all over the place mounted above the crowds to keep the evening Berkeley chill away.
I frankly used to like this place better before they started brewing thir own beer. Their beer is fine, but before they used to brew they were a free house with 20 or so taps of the finest available in the Bay area. They still have roughly twenty taps, but now 8 or 9 of them have Jupiter brews, one or two have a cider, leaving fewer than I would like for other great brews. That being said, their brews have improved over the years, and maybe one day will be ranked with the best. Also, what they do still have on tap from elsewhere is usually pretty good. Last night there was Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Bigfoot, a couple of Moonlight beers, Rogue Brutal Bitter, and several others of similar quality. Their taps rotate frequently, and these people sell a lot of beer- the place is always packed at night- so the beer is always fresh.
The menu is limited, but both the pizzas and salads are quite good. They use woodburning pizza ovens, so when done right the pizzas are delicious with a thin char around the outside. When the orders are really stacked up, though, the pizza might just be ordinary as either the fire hasn't been stoked enough or the pizza is pulled out a little early. All the ingredients are quality. The service is usually solid, but hit or miss as far as whether your server knows anything about beer. During the day it's less crowded and a pleasant place to while away some time in the beer garden. I spent several years here doing my taxes in the beergarden while drinking Moonlight's Death and Taxes Black. Still a great place to go, and as others have pointed out, very accesible as it is right across the street from the Berkeley Bart station
08-22-2006 21:48:17 | More by Georgiabeer
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Had a couple hours to kill in Berkeley and I knew there were some breweries around town, and I happened to be standing in front of Jupiter as the thought went through my head. I very cool, pub like feel to the inside of the restaurant, and awesome outdoor seating in the back - actually the patio is quite large - with a concert stage and an oven.
I was handed a menu immediately upon seating myself, and the waitress came back for drink orders in just the right amount of time. In all, my only complaint about this near perfect service was that me and my girlfriend's food was brought about 7 minutes apart. I fault the kitchen though, not the waitstaff.
The menu is small and ordinary. Pizza and appetizers and beer. The 3.5 rating for selection is a balance between their excellent selection of 11 house brewed beers and their tiny food menu. I had a pizza and it wasn't bad, but nothing too special. Tried four beers, the 2IPA, IPA, Hefe, and their "Flagship Red." All beers are between $4-5 and come in 20oz glasses. I thought all the beers were tasty, and the Hefe is cloudier than any I've seen before.
It was a good experience and I'd definitely go back. Easy access, directly across from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop.
07-14-2006 00:11:10 | More by clickpush
3/5 rDev -26.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
In the heart of downtown Berkeley, Jupiter has one thing going for it that most brewpubs would die for: perfect ambience. They have a huge space to work with, including a tiered patio out back, and the designers/managers/other folks giving input have put together the most creative, pleasant, and slightly intimate brewpubs I've seen. The main building has two floors, the upstairs being decidedly quieter, and then the patio is split into an area surrounding a fountain and fire and a more traditional covered patio. My friend who lives in SF tells me that you can sit outside in February. If only that were true in Leadville!
There's also an outdoor grill that specializes in seafood. My seared scallops were delicious, and their brick oven pizzas (from inside) looked tasty as well. Some other ambience highlights: there's music every night, and even on a Wednesday, this place was packed for dinner.
Unfortunately, they don't have the beer to match the rest of the place. I mean, who could? Even average beer would have been made glorious by the ambience and food. But they really don't have it. I tried four of the ten or so beers they had on tap. The porter was palatable if not particularly interesting, while the other brews (a honey wheat, hefe-weizen, and double IPA) severely lacked any type of flavor. I won't harp on it; bottom line--the beer is no good.
Jupiter has the potential to be a great brewpub. I mean a great brewpub. One of the best. But to get there, they need to get their beer up to speed. If they manage that, I'll be the first in line to try it.
06-17-2006 02:04:27 | More by benito
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Jupiter in Berkeley, CA
91 out of 100 based on 43 user ratings.