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Diamond Knot Brewery
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 603
Beer Avg: 3.5
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
621A Front St
phone: (425) 355-4488
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This building is a run down, backwoods, fisherman's depot that happens to be an alehouse. Right by the ferry terminal in a rotting property that looks like the rough Pacific Northwest winters have taken their toll. Great dilapidated character.
As you enter, a long train station sort of building opens up. Peanut shells coat the floor and waiters are running from table to table with sizzling Rueben's and other bar food concoctions. The place is smokey from the bar food and reeks of sauerkraut and roasted meats. Kind of a midwestern, deerhunter dive bar sort of vibe. One old, brick wall extends the length of the building, and overall there's a rustic, homey feel.
Diner stools, makeshift wooden and tile tables line the place. Drinks were served very sloppily, each glass wet to the touch and dripping with beer foam down the sides. Slightly annoying, but the lack of attention was sort of humbling. On our taster trays there were virtually no even pours and every time you reached for a sip, beer dripped all over you. By the end of our experience our table was covered in beer circle rings and excess beer. Very laughable. Nice variance in the beer selection, with consistency in the "Diamond Knot" flavor. Overall, nothing mind blowingly special about the brews.
Our waiter treated us as we knew nothing about beer and explained each variety offered with great detail. A bit annoying, but showed a sense of care. In general, service was looming and aggressive, almost sitting at our table waiting for us to finish our tasters to order pints. Weird pricing for tasters, half pots (half imperial pints) or pint pots (imperial pints) to make for an evenness after tax. All beers served in big mugs.
Overall, a very local bar type experience. Didn't eat, but from what I saw pretty hearty portions served on a sizzling slabs of granite and pieces of wood. Kind of like camping. I really should have hated this place, and I really wanted to, but the dilapidated lack of care created a cozy charm that just made me laugh. I felt good drinking beer here and I have no clue why. Still was great though. It's really a terrible place that offers semi-moderately tasty beer.
11-22-2011 02:26:08 |
More by suncrust
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is a small hole in the wall near the ferry terminal to Whidbey Island. I actually drove past it while not looking for it twice, instead more interested in the lighthouse and the long line of cars waiting for the ferry. When I did decide to go, the place had sort of a unique old pub feel, although I thought their beers were standard that day and nothing that really impressed me. Perhaps it was a bad day, or my taste was towards the darker beers at the time while in August they didn't seem to have as much on that end of the spectrum... although other breweries did. I did not try their food. If waiting for the ferry I might stop in for a few, otherwise I might consider other alternatives in the area that I liked better.
10-19-2011 06:23:39 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
odd spot - the drive into town passes seemingly miles of cars in queue for the whidbey ferry on a Friday afternoon. the descent into town yields lovely views of the Sound and Olympics
diamond knot is located directly across from the Sound and ferry station, adjacent to an odd local grocer and hidden from light behind large wooden doors.
inside, this place is busy as hell at 5:30 - surly locals but mostly rich seattle-ites taking off for the islands. I'm not sure where I fit in this mix, but who cares, I'm here for the DIPA aged on port/oak chips.
peanuts on the floor, waitstaff bitching about customers ordering blended beers, barfood.
tap selection was strong - a couple of mug club exclusives that were available to the public shortly after my visit, all the IPA's including the popular dipa.
i could barely sitdown before the very busy bartender was throwing a pint at me - major props for that.
cool place - has the vibe - looking forward to returning with guests
08-20-2011 04:59:44 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
First place I visited upon visiting Seattle and man was it worth the trip.
Diamond Knot is in a relatively small building next to the beach and a ferry station. Parking can be tough especially on the hot summer day I visited.
Atmosphere was awesome inside. Very down home and a little borderline dive barish but in a clean and cozy sort of way.
I had three beers on tap. All were outstanding. The porter was my favorite.
I totally loved the food here. Basically you cook your own meal. They bring out a heavy heated stone with what you ordered and then you cook it to your specifications. I had a great time doing this. Luckily, I did not burn anything.
The waitress was fairly friendly but a little slow at times. She messed up our drink order but promptly fixed it.
Diamond Knot is definitely worth visiting despite the drive. The food and beer are amazing. I recommended it to a buddy of mine who recently went on vacation and he immediately fell in love with what Diamond Knot has to offer.
One negative note: Their menu is unclear about their growlers. They list a growler as costing 6 or 8 dollars. That is just for the growler itself. If you fill a growler it cost like 15 bucks each. Thus instead of paying 18 or 24 dollars for 3 growlers to go, I ended up paying 45 dollars. There was no way to know this from the menu and the server did not tell me this. I still paid up and I devoured the beer with glee, but it's a good warning for future patrons.
07-28-2010 20:18:17 |
More by clarkm04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Diamond Knot again today for some lunch and a couple of brews. I showed up a little before noon on a Saturday, so the place was almost empty and my service was, consequently, great.
The atmosphere is one of a local. As the place filled up, most people knew the staff and each other. It's really got a great homey feeling.
They had about a dozen in-house brews on the menu covering a wide range of styles. I had their IPA and their hefeweizen and they were both quite good. They tap a cask of one brew on Saturdays, but sadly that is an evening thing and not available at lunchtime.
I had had their pizza in the past and thought it was good, but today I had a club sandwich with balsamic slaw and it was fantastic. They make good beers and have just great food. Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Diamond Knot if you are in the area.
04-17-2010 20:17:01 |
More by flagmantho
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A: Sropped in here on a Sat after lunch. Walked in, sat at bar and ordered up a few with wife. I had the IIPA and she had Porter.
S: We had to go out of our way to get a food menu after 10 minutes of being ignored. The staff seemed more concerned about slacking off and taking care of their regular buddies. One of the servers was terrible. Everytime a patron ordered something he threw an obvious temper tantrum behid the bar, like he was 6. The other servers just plain ignored us for other regulars and other patrons walking in well behind us. All in all. We had to beg to cash out and then got attitude, waited for 20 minutes to have a server to say a few words, plead for a menu, never ordered any food after trying to get attention of the servers.
S: Selection was good with a Porter, IPA, IIPA, Red ad others.About 10 total. They also had a guest tap or two.
All in all it was a terrible experience and I will never ever come back here. Lousy service trumps everything to me.
03-28-2010 05:46:48 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Though it looks humble and somewhat touristy on the outside, the Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse is a boisterous and fun place to be. Its location a block from the Mukilteo Ferry and the historic Mukilteo Lighthouse assures an obvious nautical theme in that familiar yet gritty way sailors' bars can be. Peanut shells litter the floor. And the place is always a bit noisy the way places are when they're full of people having fun.
Picture a lot of old, structural wood, redbrick floors, tiled tables, and framed advertisement for English inns, and ales and such. Add ten house beers of fine quality (plus one guest beer, one cider, and one cask tapped each Thursday) and you've got a recipe for proper relaxation. Beers are customary models, well prepared, and served in big dimpled mugs. And the urinal made from an Anheuser-Busch keg is pure art. Wish I had one at my place.
The centerpieces of the food menu are the hot stone grill items. Essentially you get an array of raw foods and a hot, flat stone upon which to cook them yourself. It's fun and very popular. They also serve pizza and an array of salads and barfare. Service is friendly and competent.
If you have kids and you're looking for a more mellow setting, Diamond Knot also runs a pizza and beer house just a few blocks up the hill on Lincoln Ave. Both locations come highly recommended.
12-04-2009 02:16:06 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
DK is one of those places you wish you lived next to - at least I do. Very laid back atmosphere - not a dive - but very "lived in". Peanut shells adorn the floor as pints of tasty brews are served up.
The food is quite good. If you've had too many - stay away from the hot rocks (as I call them). They're awesome for cooking your food when somewhat sober, a burn fest when you've had too much to drink. I suppose some would find that entertaining, though.
If you're a real ale/cask BA - give 'em a call or check the website to see what cask is being served up on cask night!
A fantastic place to have a few!
03-11-2009 02:16:00 |
More by ScreamForMe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This review is for their original location on Front St. in Mukilteo, right across from the ferry.
Atmosphere is kind of nautical shipbuilder warehouse, it used to be a garage, but there's lots of wood, exposed brick and seafaring knick-knacks, although it's very working man, complete with the peanut shells on the floor. Perhaps the greatest urinal I've ever seen, a sideways mounted A-B keg with the side cut out, awesome! A few crappy TVs in odd places, but an internet jukebox that allows me to play my favorite drinking CD of all time, The Allman Brothers Live at The Filmore East. That just got them another 2 beers of of me, and it certainly helps that my hotel is on the same block!
Quality is great, these guys make killer, quintessential NW ales, fresh and tasty, you really can't go wrong.
Service is good, laid back but attentive, a real locals vibe. I didn't sit at the bar but my glass never sat empty.
Selection is great for a brewpub, they had 11 of their own beers plus a guest tap and cider.
Food is pretty good, I had the happy hour thin crust Thai Chicken pizza, nice spice too it, tasty crisp crust, could have used a tad more peanut sauce, but I love Thai food, so I guess you can't overdo it. I'm addicted to that hot sauce (I forget the name, big clear squeeze bottle with roasters and asian lettering, green nozzle, super hot, cocktail sauce texture), and they were very liberal with it, which I loved - a perfect excuse to keep their IPAs coming! I finished with an order of the chips and salsa, which was a really chunky homemade type, very tasty. Way more chips then I needed, and when I ran out of salsa about 1/4 of the way through, they offered me more immediately.
Value is good, happy prices are $2.75 or $3.00 for pints, depending on strength. Up a buck or so after that. The pizza was only $6.50 for about a 10" thin crust, 1 hungry 1-man serving. Great brewpub, a last minute work trip I had no idea it would be right next to my hotel, what a score!
01-06-2009 01:19:01 |
More by ccrida
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Have to say thanks to all the BA'ers that recommended I hit Diamond Knot while I was in Lynwood on business. Would not have stumbled upon this place without it. My only regret is that I ate dinner with business associated before hitting this spot. Food looked great and John, the bartender, told me that Hot Stone cooking was their specialty. I have to agree as I saw about 15 of these Hot Stones served while I enjoyed a couple of brews.
The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. Looked like I was in a scene from "The Perfect Storm" It was just like a bar that commercial fishermen would hang out at after returning from the sea. Peanut shells were strewn about the floor and really added to the character. The service was fantastic and friendly. John could not have been nicer and more accommodating.
I enjoyed the IPA and the Industrial Ho Ho (Winter Warmer) I enjoyed both but would actually pick the Ho Ho if I had to choose another. The beer menu featured one guest draft in addition to the 10 or so that are brewed by Diamond Knot.
I would say this is a nice stop if you happen to be in this area. I thank the BA'ers for sending me to Mukilteo.. I like the town name and I like Diamond Knot.
12-09-2008 12:06:34 |
More by Reagan1984
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