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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
4502 14th Street West
phone: (941) 756-1069
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Reviews by Shaw:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
This is one of the last Hops restaurants around. I'm not sure why this one has stayed in business. I suppose they get more people visiting. It was fairly crowded on a Saturday evening on Labor Day weekend when I came here.
The atmosphere is nice. There's no smoking, which is super. Thanks Florida smoking ban! Booths and tables with a large bar. Old-style beer posters line the walls. The kitchen is visible, as is some of their brewing equipment.
The beer I had, Star Spangled Ale, wasn't anything to write home about. I should have tried their porter. Well, I'll do that next time.
I had their unlimited salad/soup. I got their house salad, which was a bit better than expected. They used a mix of greens instead of just crappy iceberg lettuce. For the soup, I got their chili. It was fine, though a bit greasy. Their rolls are pretty good and have a honey glaze. They have a lot of other options on their menu. Most is meat-based, so if you're a vegetarian you might have a tough time finding something you can eat.
Our server was above average and when she went on break she had other servers check on us and bring us more food.
This is the only place in Manatee County that brews their own beer. If you are looking for fresh beer, this is the place to go.
09-04-2005 02:27:16 |
More by Shaw
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vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
Hops is a very average restaurant with very average in house brews. Of all the beers that they have, which is only 4, I thought the Hammer Head Red to be the most decent. My wife got by on the Clearwater light. The Lightning Bold Gold and the Alligator Ale left much to be desired.
The food is hit or miss depending on the night and your server. They do have sweet buttered croissants and some spring rolls that are very tasty, but other than that its all pretty fair.
As far as atmosphere goes, its pretty much the same as a Chilis or Applebees type place.
Living in and knowing this area the way I do, I would recommend passing on Hops. If you don't mind a little drive, check out the Sarasota Brewing Co. They have some really good brews and better food.
09-03-2007 23:30:33 |
More by rcdjrFF
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$
Usually I am compelled to review something after a great experience. This is not the case. This place lacked in all areas. I came expecting very little and got even less.
My girlfriend and I got the sampler of beers and in the three "lighter" beers we could barely find a difference. Just quite tasteless. And the Red and the Alligator Ale - whatever it is supposed to be - both included chocolate malt and both had roasted flavor upfront, kind of making them similar as well, and just god awful. The waiter seemingly didn't know or care much about beer, and honestly was just annoying and made us feel uncomfortable with his failed attempts at humor...
And the food: not much better. I don't complain at restaurants but this was really bad and I had to say something. How can you serve undercooked rice? It is like chewing on little pebbles....
Anyways this place was a waste of time for me and my girlfriend. And I am not going to waste any more time on this review....
06-07-2007 04:44:19 |
More by tanarm
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $
From my limited travelling experience around the Tampa-Sarasota area, I feel its reasonable to say that this area is no beer hotspot...this hops "brewery" pretty much summed up the lack of respect quality beer gets in FL. The bartender explained that thier brews started with a light ale, that was pretty good and basically was like ,"Bud lite" and the next beer was pretty much like "regular Bud" sad stuff to hear at a "brewery"....I tried a dark amber beer that they called a porter...what can I say, this place was pretty lame from a BA worthy standpoint. Only saving grace was that it was like $2.29 for a draft in a mug
02-28-2006 14:32:47 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
This is one of the more average Hops locations. It is situated on a busy thoroughfare on Bradenton and receives a great deal of traffic. The decor is typically Hops with the food prep area immediately adjacent to the bar area. Also the brew area is located amidships to the bar and dining area, similar to the one near me in Ohio.
The brews here are also typical hops with the same general leaning toward serving the mass market macro drinker more so than the craft beer lover.
Service is good if not excellent and the food as credible as at other Hops locations, which is to say, tasty bar grub at reasonable prices - I'm particularly fond of their burgers.
03-18-2004 04:42:07 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I've been to this Hop's several times and have always had a good experience.One of the bartenders is a friend of mine and is fairly knowledgeable about what is being served there.The food has always been good and the service seems to be on par with most other resturants.The beer selection is the typical Hop's line and always seems fresh.I've seen poor reviews on some of the Hop's restaurants south of me,but I haven't run into any problems with this one.Nice place to eat if you're in town.
11-18-2003 17:57:36 |
More by dpend
Hops Grillhouse & Brewery in Bradenton, FL