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$$$ - a bit pricey
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1875 Newport Avenue
phone: (949) 642-0090
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Reviews by mountainbiker602:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this establishment three times in three days this month. It is easy to find off of Rt 55 south adjacent to the first traffic light you hit as the freeway ends in Costa Mesa. It is on the second floor of a commercial building that includes a parking garage. There is an outdoor area with a nice view of distant features however it appeared to be used mostly by those waiting for tables. Very nice oval shaped stainless steel bar with quality wood finishes throughout. The open kitchen area is on the left hand side as you enter. After passing the hostess bar is on the right hand side. Be sure to check out the overhead conduit encasing keg lines that lead back to the kegroom along the back wall. The equipment is impressive and looks very well cared for. Nice beer selection however too many macros. Food was excellent each visit. Waitresses were somewhat knowledgable and the service was very good. Nice offerings from North Coast ,Stone, and others. I was disappointed that they did not have any Alesmith since it is fairly close. All in all this is a great place that has good brew and a nice atmosphere. During my Friday evening visit it was very crowded however I was able to snag a table after a 15 minute wait.
03-21-2007 17:10:08 |
More by mountainbiker602
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Have been here three different times now, usually after a day of surfing, located on the second level of a shopping center right at the end of the 55 freeway, where the old Niketown used to be, had an Anchor steam pint for $3.25 during their happy hour, which is from 3 pm to 7pm I believe, had a lot of decent offerings here, but could not drinka anyhting too high in alcohol because I have to drive home, also had an Anderson Valley Brother David's Dubbel, various Belgians including some Lindmenas, Piraat, Gulden Draak, some ciders which my girlfriend jumped right into, Barney Flats oatmeal stout, there is too many to list, cool place inside with some neat articles about this very location right outside of the bathroom, spacious and clean, lots of businessmen in here drinking some beers, one guy jokingly gave me crap about the shirt I was wearing and I had to explain to him that it is a funny quote from a band, I think prices are only about a dollar more outside of happy hour, they serve anything above seven percent and some others in goblets instead of pints, they even put Arrogant Bastard in a pint which is odd, they have half yard glasses available, also things called a six pack where there is six specific beers picked for tasters that day, cool place in a great area, will most likely venture here again in the future if I have time in between my visits to Hi-Times, Newport Beach Brewing Company, and the Beverages and More location across the street from here, one of the best Yardhouse locations I have been to
02-19-2008 06:33:35 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The Beer Liner
I stopped in the Costa Mesa Yard House while on a short trip to Orange County. I had been here once before and wasnt initially impressed, but thought Id go back and give it another try. This time my visit was mid week, late afternoon and during happy hour (4-6pm) when their beer prices are much more reasonable. HH Pints - domestic $3.25, Craft/Import - $3.50, Goblets - $4. Craft beers went to $5.50/pint after 6pm.
The YH is an impressive place. It's big, with an open kitchen at one end and large windows running the length of a singular, large, triangular shaped room. The place is dominated by the stainless steel bar that sits in the middle of the room, like an ocean liner, dividing an otherwise open floor plan. Both large and more intimate booths line the walls, while tables fill the spaces between the massive bar and the booths. At the bar, yard glasses hang from the ceiling, but rarely come down, and the lineup of tap handles is a sight to be seen.
The draft beer selection is quite large, although once you eliminate the macros and other beers that you can find most anywhere, the selection is not quite what I would consider world class. What I did like was the selection of local CA beers that are often difficult to find on tap on the East Coast. These included:
Stone's - IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Pale, Ruination & Smoked Porter
Bayhawks Amber, Blonde, Chocolate Porter, Hefe, Honey Blond and OC Lager
Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA
Green Flash's West Coast IPA
Humbolt's Hemp Ale, IPA, Pale & Red Nectar
Lost Coast's Alley Cat Amber, Apricot Wheat, Downtown Brown, Great White & Raspberry Brown
I started with a pint of the Deschutes Black Butte Porter, followed by Green Flashs West Coast IPA and then the Humboldt IPA. Each was distinctive, fresh and thoroughly enjoyable.
The "big beer" drafts included Ayinger's Celebrator, Bornem Double, Delirium Tremens, Gulden Draak, Maredsous 8, N. Coast Pranqster, Piraat, the Spaten Optimator and a few others.
As for food, their pizza will run you about $12, Seafood entrées $15-$25, Steak, Ribs and Chops $22-$30, Burgers $10, other sandwiches $10-$16, Entrée salads $9-$15, Appetizers ~$10 give or take a few bucks.
Two things that I found unique and interesting were the draft beer floats, and the blended beer offerings. The floats were made with vanilla ice cream and either Lindeman's Framboise or Young's Chocolate Stout. The blended beers included several unique blends made mostly with Guinness and one of the following: Sea Dogs Blue Paw Wheat, Blue Moon or Lost Coast's Great White. Another unique blend was a mix of Young's Chocolate Stout and Lindeman's Framboise that they called a Youngberry Chocolate.
The LA Cavaliers were playing the Nets on most of the flat screens surrounding the bar, while the music was primarily 70s and 80s classic rock such as Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Super Tramp, Yes, Floyd, etc. The service was prompt and professional and the other patrons at the bar were mostly friendly and amiable.
Overall, the Yard House is a pretty decent place.
12-12-2007 05:07:08 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I was sent to work in Costa Mesa yesterday, which meant I got a chance to check out Costa Mesa's Yard House. Best of all, my lunch break was during happy hour.
Located in Triangle Square on the second floor, it offers plenty of beer, good music, and a great change of scenery, even though I was at Brea's Yard House the other night (though this one has many more taps). You walk in with the restaurant and bar to the right of you. I sat at the bar for a few beers and a bite to eat. Cheeseburger sliders were offered at $5.99, a very good happy hour special. But I came more for the happy hour beers, at $3.25 a pint. My beers were poured nicely, although not promtly because of the demand for beer during the time I was there. My food was good, and so was the beer; I had a Summerfest as my "appetizer" and a Rogue Hazelnut Brown to go with my meal.
(The $$$ rating indicates the regular prices, not the happy hour prices.)
06-20-2007 19:30:01 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A great selection of beers and the food is pretty decent too. I wasn't paying too much attention to the prices because I'm on the company dime while I'm here, but the tap selection was really great. Some local California brews, German and Belgian beers, much more but I didn't look too long because I was thirsty and the waiter was standing over me. I had a Delerium Tremens and a Maredsous 8 which were served in goblets at a very nice temperature. I didn't get a chance to try any other beers and I was in the mood for strong Belgians so I stopped at 2. But the tap menu looked extensive. The food was quality and about what I'd expect for a larger chain restaurant. I would say this is a place to go when you really want a good tap selection and a decent meal.
03-13-2007 04:35:39 |
More by jletts
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
EDIT: I inadvertently put this review of the Costa Mesa site under the Irvine site. So now i have put it here and deleted from Irvine. (Thanks for the heads up Rumrunner). Originally reviewed on 2-14-06.
Lots of folks bag on this place, but i'm going to have to give it a thumbs up. Yeah it is rather corporate and yuppy but it doesnt pretend not to be. The beer lines may be long, but i didnt have any bad beers. Many times I want to go out with my gal and when we settle on a good restaurant, they most likely dont have good beer. Well, i'm able to take my girlfriend here for a nice dinner and have good beer. Isnt that what we as BA's want? Good beer at more than just the beer bars?
Given that, the bar in the center has about 100 brews on tap with about 40 that would please any BA. I had an arrogant bastard, maudite, pirrat, maredsous and a racer 5. It was a bit hard to select my pint because of the solit selection. Many macros for sure but also a good representation of micros.
I would have given the food rating a 4 but my rib eye was medium when i asked for rare... still tasty though as was the seared ahi appetizers and my gf's entre of new york steak. There were many couples and groups in the bar/dining area. It was pretty crowded with a friendly vibe. The ambiance was dimmed lights, laughter and scents of good food. Have the peach cobber, it's damn tasty.
The service as excellent. Given how crowded it was, we were really attended to. The waitress bumped into our table and spilled some of my maudite. She apologized and brought me another chalice of it, fricken cool!!!
I'll be coming here again. The happy hour prices look great as the price for a coors light is the same as a maudite. Let the masses support my habit i say. After dinner we walked across the street to the goat hill where i had a pint of fullers london porter, but that's another beer fly.
04-25-2006 05:19:25 |
More by SwillinBrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
High tech, modern feel with a huge stainless steel bar dominating the area. Behind the dining area is a large glassed in keg room where they keep all the beer. Apparently this place has over 3.5 miles of tap lines, and employs a full time person maintaining them. Beer selection was good - a nice selection of imports, local offerings, and nation wide micros. I thought it was a bit odd that you had to sign in for a seat with a hostess even in the bar area, but it was busy. So we just sat at the bar instead. The crowd is a bit pretentious - mostly nicely dressed people out to impress each other. And unfortunately most of them were drinking bud light and kamikazes instead of good beer. I suppose their dollars allow the Yard House to stock the more obscure stuff though, so we can't complain too much. Also had a nice selection of ciders on tap.
01-21-2005 16:40:34 |
More by rowew
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Had to stop in here to see if they had Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale on tap (they didn't), but pretty much knew that I wouldn't like it as much as the Goat Hill Tavern I had just come from. Very slick, futuristic, yuppy, and corporate atmosphere. More of a restaurant than a bar. Very clean and orderly. I expected to see robots coming out with trays. The bar was in the middle of the restaurant and was, again, very clean and orderly. They had close to 150 taps and a nice beer menu. Lots of good W. Coast micros and a few Belgians. A few too many macros, but they bring the bucks I guess. Prices were slightly higher than across the street at the Goat (5 bucks a pint). I'm betting they keep very clean tap lines and the beer I had (Hop Rod Rye) tasted great. Service was fine, although the poor fellow wasn't too keen on beer. Food was a little pricey but looked good. The onion ring tower I had was decent. Great beer selection, but not a place I would hang out at much.
11-30-2004 20:43:26 |
More by alexgash
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
After stopping at Hi-Time down the road, my good friend Jim and I hit the Yardhouse for a bite and a brew before venturing off to the Goat Hill Tavern.
The whole Yard House is very slick and corporate with some copper panels leading out of a giant stainless steel reefer room. Cool stainless steel and black marble dominate the rest.
Service here was great and very attentive to our needs. The food was slick and tasty (all Asian inspired fare) and for once at a Yard House.. I only saw 2 tap handles devoted to Budweiser and 2 to Bud light! There were a few more inspired choices here than I've ever seen at one of these location, so that's the reason for the bump up in selection score.
Could this be a change of pace for the corporate resturant/bar chain? Let's hope so!
06-27-2004 21:46:58 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This place is just like any Yard House. A corporate family feel. A centered oval bar. Tv's for sports and a medium lighted establishment. A very family style corporate restaurant/bar.
The food is good here. Not great but good. The menu is varied so there is something for everyone. A bit expensive.
They have about 180 taps. Sadly many of the selections are repeats. Also a few that I wanted to try were out. Macros to craft brews. Could have a better selection of stouts and porters. This establishment did have a better selection of imports than the Irvine location. Piraat ale and a few other european brews.
I say get rid of the repeats and add a few more import or locals.
The service was close to excellent. They were very attentive and friendly. Big bouncers watch the doors. Is Costa Mesa a rough and tumble town after dark? It does not appear so but then again I do not live there.
Anyway this is a good replica of the cookie cutter life style that society wants us to adhere to. Many good brews but not much to stir the visual senses. Good food. A very family oriented establishement.
I would rather go to the Goat Hill Tavern but if I want a bite and a brew then this location serves that want better.
08-12-2003 07:45:13 |
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