Taps: 16 / Bottles: 35
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.5/5 rDev -22.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stoped in with my wife about a week ago. we have been meaning to get over there but just kept putting it off.
A- Very cool with a hipster feel to it. We felt comfortable right away.
Q- They had a good selection with maybe 8 drafts and some unique bottles. All above avarage and kinda rare for the type of place.
S- Maybe hipster places it is chic to give bad service, but our service was poor at best. For the price we were paying the service has got to be better. Our server had an almost indifferent attitude like we were an imposition, not cool.
F- The food was very very tasty but a little light on the portions. I had a burger w/ smoked onions that was tasty while my wife had a chicken dish that was so small she asked if the sides were coming out on a seperate plate. But the quality was excellent.
V- Over all we just thought for the price the service and the portions were off. Would go again just not when hungry.
10-22-2009 14:48:22 | More by iluvbeer67
3.63/5 rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Julians a cool funky place in Providence that has good food matched with good beer. The hipster vibe is in full effect here and it shows in the servers and atmosphere. I like the food , the beers and especially the bathroom with the tv playing He-Man episodes, I just wish the service was better. I definitely recommend this place but just be prepared for an exercise in patience. The draft selection is probably the best in the city and the bottle list is decent too. The menu has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options for people that practice those diets. Lot of funky knick knacks and sign age make this a fun spot to have a beer.
12-07-2010 16:20:26 | More by Cmack15
4.03/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for the first time on 1/25/09, early Sunday evening. This place is definitely not the type of beer bar that I'm used to. The atmosphere was quiet & relaxed but I definitely felt out of place, since I'm more of a sports bar kind of guy. 9 taps, but 2 were out, the remaining 7 were DFH 90, Avery Czar, Uerige Dopplesticke, Monk's Flemish Café Sour Red Ale, Leute Bok, St. Louis Framboise & Duchesse De Bourgogne. The bottle list was also quite diverse, but it wasn't as extensive as some other places. However, the good part about it was that there was no Bud or Coors products and only High Life from Miller. The service was very knowledgeable about the beer and glassware. The prices for the food were reasonable and the beer prices seemed a little higher than normal, not outrageous. Overall, if you like the vibe of the place, it would be a great bar to relax and drink good beer. However, I don't think I would find myself in there again unless I knew they had a beer I can't get anywhere else or there was BA event going on.
01-26-2009 22:06:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Visited this place a few days ago for the first time. If every better beer bar/restaurant were this good what a wonderful world this would be. One of the best combinations of good food and good beer I've ever seen.
But the place was not perfect. Some of the waitstaff was a bit too surly. And there were strange seating rules. We were waiting for a table and got kicked off the bar because other patrons who arrived after us were going to eat dinner at the bar. And we, being a party of 3, couldn't take an open table with six chairs because it was reserved for 5 or more. So we had to wait 20 minutes until a lone diner at a table with 4 chairs finished. I don't get the math...
Still the beer selection was top notch. They used appropriate glassware and gave smaller pours (a growing trend that I prefer - you get to try a wider selection without getting tanked). And the food was even better - great vegetarian selections!
If you don't mind a heavy "hipster vibe" and you want great beer and food in Providence - don't miss this place.
11-17-2010 06:25:47 | More by ritter57
4.14/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I finally got around to visiting Julians after much procrastination - what can I say, I live in Coventry and work in Middletown. Although I do have to say that the Longest Night of the Year party with J.W. Lees Calvados was a great motivator. I don't know how much more can be said, that hasn't been already. Definitely gives off a cool hipster vibe with a pretty eclectic bunch of patrons; very laid back atmosphere. I have to say that I was pretty blown away by the size of the kitchen area, relative to the rest of the restaurant/bar - it was huge, and it's kind of cool to be able to see your food being made; however, there is definitely a drawback in that the size of the bar area is substantially reduced. Tap selection was nothing short of exceptional - I had the Lees on cask, as well as the BBC Holidale on cask which was pretty awesome. Other highlights were Curieux, Avec Les Bon Vieux, a beer which cannot be named (but was awesome), Aventinus, My Antonia (wish I tried it), Tillburg Brown, etc. They also featured a generous sized bottle cooler with bombers and were featuring Sculpin. Brian Oakley was very friendly and welcoming, which definitely contributed to a positive experience. I can't comment on the food; however, it looked and smelled great. Tap prices were a little higher than I am used to, but the selection definitely moderates that price differential to some degree. There are four definite regional beer hubs in RI in my opinion - Pitcher's in Northern, Track 84 in Kent, Pour Judgment in Newport and Julians in Providence. Well worth your time if you are in Providence.
12-23-2009 11:56:05 | More by Jwale73
4.15/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went into Julian's for dinner at about 6:30 on a Friday evening. Semi-Busy little street with not too much around, bakery on the corner and plenty of parking. Couple of tables on the sidewalk in front.
Walked in and were sat right down. The service was a little slow in coming to take our orders, but it didn't seem out of negligence - more so just being a bit under staffed. When the waitress did come take our orders she was very pleasant and helpful.
Beer list was great. About 20 or so taps and some more ~22oz bottles. A lot of stuff from breweries you know but beers I've never seen out and about before (Dogfish Head Wrath of Pecan, Stone 7.07.07 and Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Sout).
I had the Menudo Burger and loved it. Atmosphere was pretty cool. If you're thinking about working here, make sure you have visible tattoos. I believe its a requirement. Misfits playing on the stereo but not obnoxiously loud (give me a moment!).
Some more patio seating in the back with overheard covering, probably pretty nice on a really sunny day. Bathroom maybe the most interesting part. Star Wars figurines, Pez Dispensers, and skateboarding videos playing on a small tv directly in front of the toilet.
Overall, I had a very enjoyable time. I could see how the atmosphere may be a big turn off for some and turn on for others. I'll definitely stop back in next time I'm in Providence!
07-03-2010 18:04:06 | More by charliedvrs
4.25/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I finally made it to Julians last night, and it was well worth the wait.
Four of us went on a Saturday night before Waterfire for dinner and beers, a little worried that we would be faced with an extreme wait. Thankfully this was not the case, but it was pretty full. We were seated at a "communal" table, taking up 4/8 possible seats. This didn't bother us, actually I was more disappointed that we did not get any random company during our meal.
Pretty Things just had a release in Providence, so 4 of the taps were serving their libations. Thanks!! The prices were reasonable, $5 for a 12oz tulip of each Pretty Things (If I were asked, I would say it was a touch more than 12oz in the glasses).
The service was decent. I get the feeling from the atmosphere, and other reviews, that a certain style of service is to be expected there. It wasn't rude, it wasn't bad, but it was a bit slow and forgetful.
I was in heaven just reading the menu, everything sounded out of this world. They have a heavy hand in the vegetarian side of dishes. I ordered a frisee salad with poached egg, among other condiments, for $8. The portion was a perfect size and the salad components were plentiful, not sparse. The Naan pizza my friends ordered with roasted duck was the winner of the night though, get that one while you can.
I will be making it a point to visit Julians whenever in town.
Also, Pez Dispenser display and movies playing in the single serving bathroom!
08-01-2010 20:43:29 | More by naproxen
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went Saturday night and arrived about 7:15. Easily found parking on a side street very close; free. A few tables outside were busy; we went in. The bar starts on the right and curves around towards the back, not huge but good sized. The rest of the L shaped room has tables and chairs; we were seated at a table for two near the back against the brick wall. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive, and had good suggestions.
The food menu is very different, featuring many vegetarian choices, but has meat and poultry, and burgers as well. Not huge, but probably will cover anyone that isn't super picky. We started with the Naan pizza, which I have to say is darn near the best pizza I've ever had. Get this! My wife ate the burger and I had their home made turkey sausage. Everything was quite good.
The beer menu had maybe 15 drafts and a couiple dozen or more bottles. I had 3 beers and all tasted great. Not a seleciton that is going to blow anyone away, but very nice.
In summary, I love this place, and hope to return often. Did I mention how good the Naan pizza was?
08-22-2010 21:08:51 | More by BeTheBall
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I went to Julians this past Saturday, which also marked the first day of Fall. There was about a fifteen minute wait, but it was well worth it. We ordered a round of beers while we waited outside at one of the tables.
We were seated at the bar area up front. I really liked the music here with selections from Bob Dylan, Van Halen & Donovan.
I counted about 16 taps with selections like Delirium Tremens, Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak Quad 9000, Berkshire Brewing Octoberfest, Racer 5, Allagash White, Goose Island Matilda, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Schneider Weizen-Edel Weiss and many others. I started off with a Weiss and finished with a Boon Kriek Lambic. As you can see, this is an awesome selection of craft beers and a nice cross-representation of different styles and breweries. All beers are served in appropriate glassware.
The bottle is equally as impressive and way too many to list. One really cool option I noticed is they offer a Stone Old Guardian Vertical from 2006-2011 (22 oz bottles) for $150. That sounds like a good time for me and a few friends!
The food was excellent and ingredients are super fresh. They feature an eclectic menu and deliver some really tasty food. Check out the menu on their website. I had an omelet that I built myself with spinach, red onions and cheddar cheese. The home-fries were seasoned to perfection. You can tell the chefs here know what they’re doing and take pride in what they cook.
Atmosphere is really casual, with a good amount of hipsters (reminded me of Williamsburg in Brooklyn) and college aged clientele in attendance.
The bathroom is uniquely decorated with an awesome collection of G.I. Joes and a Pez collection that brought back childhood memories.
This place lived up to all expectations and highly recommended when in Providence. Julians gets it right, check it out.
09-24-2012 19:17:43 | More by Hibernator
4.47/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Beer: The craft selections here are amazing and delightful. I would be surprised if you could find some of them anywhere else in New England.
Food: Tremendous. Not stuffy or pretentious, just creative and delicious. I realize whenever we come here how much awful food I eat to justify going to "good beer" places. It's not cheap but the value is great.
Service: I've never had a bad experience here, even though it is always packed to the gills. I came from NYC, so maybe I am used to this state of affairs when it seems to put other folks on edge. If you don't like crowds go on a weekday and get there early.
Don't hate on the hipsters. They put TVs in the bathrooms.
02-06-2011 05:15:56 | More by rinypa
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Julians in Providence, RI
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