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Taps: 176 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
401 Shoreline Village Dr
phone: (562) 628-0455
(Place added by: insomnboy)
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| Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$
This was my second visit to the Yard House, and the first for just drinks. We ordered an Ommegang Hennepin (excellent), and a Fullers London Pride. However, the drink which actually arrived was an ESB. Upon complaining, we were lectured for ten minutes on how it WAS a London Pride, and we had no concept of the difference between a bitter and a Pale Ale. We then ordered two Karl Strauss Endless Summer Lights, both of which came out flat. Terrible.... The food is very good, but the service is not... too bad.
06-22-2008 23:59:21 |
More by kb199
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$$
Let me start off by saying that I havent been to a Yard House in quite some time before I went to this palce.
It was very crowded with tourists, and snooty people. I stopped in before I went to a Strung Out show, a punk rock band, and I felt like people were stairing at us. What really pissed me off it that aparently, they no longer sell yards of beer. I asked, and was told that it is because the glasses are expensive, and break all the time. They need to change their name to the Half Yard House.
The beer selection, while large consisted mostly of macros, and pale ales. To say that their selection is great would be a lie. Extensive, but the same. It was very hard to pick something. In my opinion, most choices were overpriced, and booring.
Being that it was crowded, the service was slow. My waitress was not at all knowledgable in beer. She called the Hefeweizen a "Heffa- Why-Sen" I might aswell order a "fill-it-mig-non" or something with "ja-lop-in-ohs" I cant stand that.
The food was ok, but at the price, it better be.
Overall: Never again.
03-18-2008 23:38:54 |
More by OStrungT
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
nice place, and, uh, St Bernardus Abt 12.
big, usually busy, lots of seating. Then there's the view, and I don't mean outside, although that is very nice - Hard to not stare at the taps, although since my first visit I haven't bothered trying to count them.
A little noisy but this is hardly a quiet pub - companion complained a bit but I felt at home.
Can't say that our server has ever shown much knowledge of beer except to spout off the number of taps. Since I'm not drinking them all, that information is hardly useful - talk about that stuff in advertisements to get people IN, but once in I want to know more about what's available. I've had better luck at the bar, but even then I've sometimes been given a shrug and "it depends" when I ask for a recommendation.
There's a lot of taps that to me are wasted, but let's not quibble - there's a lot of good stuff here; too much to drink on a single visit, so I can hardly call this less than a 5.0 on selection. And anything with Deschutes, Bear Republic, St Bernardus, Anderson Valley, and Firestone is going to get a good score from me. Another companion swore by the "black and blue" while I looked on dubiously, as well as Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Over the years a few pints have been less than ideally fresh here, but overall there's little to complain about.
Food was a little less varied, but more evenly good. I recall tasty Jamaican wings, steak sandwich, onion rings and a surprisingly good portabella mushroom burger. Don't ask me why the mac and cheese is squared.
prices for both food and beer were on the high side, but I've paid more for less. I'll be back again.
03-05-2008 03:17:33 |
More by udubdawg
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Took a trip up to the Yardhouse today, to check it out, since their Happy Hour prices are real good. Just off Ocean Blvd., on Shoreline Dr. in Downtown Long Beach, the Yardhouse is located in a little parking lot with a Mexican cantina right next to the sea. The bar is to the left as one walks in, with the vast array of taps going around the elliptical bar. Very loud inside. Probably over 200 taps were listed on the menu. I ordered a North Coast Pranqster and later a Murphy's Stout on nitro-tap. Both were good, yet the Pranqster tasted a little off. Service was a little indifferent, but it seemed like they had a lot to do, so I won't fault them that much. The happy hour prices were great, but the fact that I had to pay $3.00 for parking sort of negated that. Didn't have time or the money to try any of the food, they looked good, but very expensive, near Charthouse or Captain Jack's territory. All and all, as a beer bar it is good, a lot of taps, but nothing really rare, a few goodies like DT, and St. Bernardus were there which is good. I might go again, but there are better bars in the area. Had the food, back in November '09, the lamb was very tasty, good stuff.
11-20-2007 02:55:43 |
More by Halcyondays
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I was in Long Beach for a conference and read about the Yard House on the plane ride in, of all places.
Decided to stop by during some down time....
I thought the selection was pretty reasonable. A lot of mediocre beers from good breweries and a couple of good beers I had never had on tap (St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap, North Coast Old Rasputin, Delerium Tremens, maybe a few others). Sadly I had had all but 12 of their beers at least in bottles.
The California selection seemed pretty reasonable. I didn't see any non-California breweries represented with more than 1-2 beer sthough.
Prices were not horrible - my St Bernardus was $3.25 since we got there early. But even the $5 or so we paid for most taps seems pretty much in-line with what else I've seen in the area.
I was most impressed that the (attractive) waitress was able to comment on a few of the beers and met my "just give me a good belgian/stout/porter" request pretty well two times.
Food was ok, though maybe a bit pricey. I had the "(Mac+Cheese)^2" though describing this as Mac^2+2*Mac*Cheese+Cheese^2 was lost :)
Anyway, seems like the best place within walking distance of the convention center. Worth stopping by at least once if you are in the area.
03-28-2007 05:03:10 |
More by isubsmith
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I won't waste too many words, as this place is already described well in previous reviews. 300 taps, but I rated the selection only 4 because >250 of them were basically the same (pale lager). That still left at least 30 good selections on tap, including some nice CA beers I can't get at home. Also there were some old favorites I like to try on tap (Delirium Tremens being the best I can remember).
There's a nice choice of atmospheres:
1) At the bar with hundreds of taps to choose from
2) Outside with a beautiful view of the port
Well worth a visit whenever you're in Long Beach.
05-18-2006 01:29:51 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
The Yard House in Long Beach happens to have the highest tap selection out of all the different locations. I have been there quite a few times to meet up with people, but it is not really my scene. If you end up going on a Friday or Saturday night, they line you up like it's a night club and you have to show your card at the door. This is not really my idea of a good time. Like everyone else has said, this is not really a BA atmosphere. It's more like a meat-head/Britney Spears worshiping girls type of place. If you are into that environment, it is worth the trip. You won't be able to have a conversation without yelling because they crank up the music so loud and you will see people ordering "high-end" beers like Boddington's. Ugh...not my type of place.
It really is too bad, because they do have a pretty decent kitchen that cranks out some good food. I would suggest a trip during the day or on a weekday night. The service is rather good even if they are busy, so there is really nothing to complain about on that end.
They have some decent local selections on tap, so it is not that bad. Hit it up if you are in the area, but I might suggest going to Rock Bottom instead.
04-21-2006 03:53:13 |
More by PuckLSHS
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Hit the Yard House several times during a recent business trip to Long Beach, and came away impressed though not dazzled.
ATMOSPHERE: Previous posters are correct. This ain't a BA crowd, so if you want intense discussions of lambic with the guy on the next stool, this probably isn't the place.
Still, I found it pleasant enough. As an unhip, not tremendously upwardly mobile East Coaster, I didn't feel like I was intruding into some different world.
Nice setting by the water, though I could have lived with maybe one fewer TV.
SERVICE: Solid and timely, in terms of receiving beers and food. I didn't really quiz the help on the beer; I kinda knew what I wanted. That's probably the best way to go in.
I do remember being asked one night whether I'd like to "try a lager tonight."
Not sure why they were pushing their lagers, or whether the wait staff is taught a couple of beer names to rotate interchangeably on their customers.
SELECTION: It is true that a lot of beers on the list are kinda undistinguished, or similar to one another.
Still, even if (as another poster said) only 30 of 155 taps are interesting, 30 beers ain't bad ... more than a smaller bar might have, and enough to keep most people occupied for a while.
(This is not intended as a slam of the earlier reviewer, just as another way of looking at things.)
So, yeah, it would be better if they got more creative and wide-ranging, but I think what they have is worth some credit.
FOOD: I sampled several appetizers and entrees, and enjoyed them all.
PRICE/VALUE: On the costly side. I was on a corporate expense account, which helped. If I was a local looking for a regular place to tank up, this might be too costly to become a regular stop.
Still, I think this is a good place for certain beer lovers -- for instance, business travelers to the nearby Long Beach Convention Center who want interesting beer choices, but don't want to poke all around town for them.
03-29-2006 17:14:57 |
More by elsinore
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I couldn't design a large beer bar better than this. Its right next to the long beach harbor and has a wooden deck with heat lamps. The inside is quite modern, with dozens of high-res plasma screen tv's showing various sports being played. Their happy hour is fantastic, half price appetizers and 3.50 pints from 3-6 on weekdays. The nachos are huge, enough for 3 people.
They claim to have 250 beers on tap. I counted 189, yes i did actually count. There's about 40 or so brews that I think are great to find on tap. Maredsous, North coast imperial stout, Bornem Double, Delirium Tremens, Belhaven scottish ale. Many of the local breweries are well-represented such as: Stone, Abita, Pyramid, Rogue. I especially like the selection of Hefeweizens. They had Franziskaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Erdinger, Bayhawk, Grant, Primo Blue Hawaiian, Widmer, and of course Pyramid. The place doesn't get too packed and they have ample space to account for any overflow.
12-16-2005 19:52:48 |
More by drewmprs
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here with the wife one night. I had read about all the beers on tap so I had to go check it out. Boy was I surprised when I asked for a Moose Drool and they didn't have it. I did get a Anchor Steam and it tasted fresh, as did the Spaten Oktoberfest. The wife was happy with PBR, but she did start off with a Pilsner Urquell. I had the New Zealand lamb chops. They were excellent, cooked just right. The wife had the shrimp caesar and enjoyed it. I finished the night off with an Old Rasputin. We sat near the bar so it was a little loud but the numerous tvs more than made up for it. A very good place and worth a try.
12-15-2005 20:47:00 |
More by theautorestorer
Yard House in Long Beach, CA
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