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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
368 S Main St
phone: (714) 978-9467
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 92 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Indeed it would've been very difficult to find had I not known to look deep into the strip mall. Super nice people own/run this place! I felt like a guest at a party in their home. They have a tremendous selection of German bier in bottles (one's that you can't find at BevMO), and their prices are pretty much the same. Some interesting taps that I will try on a subsequent visit too.
I ate a veal brat that was pretty nice.
Overall, a nice find. If I lived in their part of the county, I'd probably go there 1x month at least.
03-26-2006 17:37:30 |
More by weizendoc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by Hollingshead's Deli for the first time today and did not realize how close it is off the 22 (Garden Grove FWY).
This place is a hidden gem tucked away in a corner of small strip mall. Walking in the place itself is very interesting. Sandwiches on one side, a decent bar table in the back and a good sized cold section with bottles as well as shelves full of bottles and glassware. Also, some imported sweets. The middle of place is somewhat open space with tables but, very limited table space. The bar area may seat about 10 people. It is easy to see how this place can get packed very quickly depending on time of day.
What can I say, the owner is awesome. Very friendly and talkative. We walked straight to the bar, I said "ah, I missed Racer X uh?" Then, he pointed out the Pliny the Elder as a substitute. We talked beer a bit and he gave my wife and I few samples. Since we were there early (before noon), I knew I can only drink down one brew so I went with the Bear Republic Sammy's Strong Belgian Triple Ale and my wife had the Bear Republic Crystal Wit - both very tasty brews.
We decided to spit a "double" BBQ Club sandwich. I will say this - the sandwich was excellent! But, I was bit disappointed at the size of it; especially, for $12.99. Was also suprised by the cost vs. portion size given the amount of competition around them in regard to other sandwich places within walking distace of Hollingshead. I don't mind paying the price but, man, this sandwich should have been at least a foot long. My wife, who is very petitie, even was saying; "that was small .... small ... small..." So, unless you eat two or three don't plan on satisfying your hunger with one.
Overall, I this is still a solid place for beer. Tap selection is about quality not quantity and prices for brew here are very reasonable. Their bottle prices are right in align with other popular bottle shops in the OC/LA area listed here on BA. The only downside is the price of their sandwiches for the amount you get. But, as we saw during our visit, several people came in, drank a brew, and left. So, good news is you don't have to eat here in order to drink here. So, my value rating rating of $$ is for the brew only. If looking to eat, then you are looking at $$$ to $$$$ depending on what kind of sandwich you get.
Hollingshead's Deli is another solid So-Cal beer friendly location that warrants being added to my list of one touch "Favorites" in my GPS unit.
09-19-2007 21:04:08 |
More by koolchas
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was quite a find. I'm glad I stumbled upon the draft list while online.
The atmosphere of the place is small-town deli. Packers stuff is all over and Ken, the elderly owner, will fight you if you say anything about it. Don't let it put you off, this place is awesome and the crowd as well as the bartenders really know beer.
The quality of beer is top notch. Whenever you have Delirium, Sierra Nevada and Stone as just a small slice of the selection you know it is going to be good.
Service is a bit lacking, but that's because they will leave you alone more often than not so you can enjoy your beer.
Selection is off the charts. 5/5.
Food is very good. Maybe a little pricey for what you get, but delicious.
Value ranges from $$ to $$$$ depending on what you get. Not disappointed in value, but just be wary.
12-18-2011 21:43:29 |
More by Murrhey
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Festooned with piles upon piles of Green Bay Packer paraphenlia - from Barbie to vintage jerseys to custom fishing rods - one would think this would be the place to be on Superbowl Sunday; but, no, unlike every other bar on the planet, they close early every evening and are not open on weekends at all. "Last Call when We Call" is a fitting motto for the bar, a slender slab of wood against the back wall, backed with maybe 20 taps of a mix of fresh kegs of California IPAs (e.g. Blind Pig, Sculpin, Hoptimum, Pliny the Elder) and a good mix of Belgian and Belgian-style ales with a few darker beers thrown in for good measure.
On the left wall is the deli, often manned by the octogenerian couple that runs the place, the food looked good (though "The Exterminator" will leave you with the worst breath on earth I imagine), but I didn't have any during my visit.
Bottled beer fills up every other nook and cranny, and you'll find yourself squeezing by people drinking at the various tables/chairs in the room trying to grab a prized bottle sitting just behind them. The selection is impressive, with a notably full range of German beers in particular. There are two prices on each bottle, one for take-away, and one for popping open on premises. Tons of local (California) craft beer as well as a sizable selection of Belgian ales offers something for everyone. For the very rare or limited releases, you might have to ask (or perhaps be a regular), but you'll find most of what you are looking for here (though occasionally at an immodest mark-up).
Craft soda and gourmet snacks take up another shelf, just in case you hadn't spent enough money yet...
This is a family run business, and the servers are cantankerous, amusing, kind, and gruff - to me a nice mid-west breath of fresh air compared to the forced smiles common to many other So-Cal establishments.
If you can get there when they are actually open (and you have to be in Orange County for some reason), I highly recommend it.
02-06-2011 23:20:03 |
More by augustgarage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Update 12/23/09: Still a great place, but the prices are out of control. Bottles are on the pricey side, and the draft prices have become ridiculous. $10.95 plus tax for a 12 ounce pour of Delirium Noel? I had the same beer on draft at PJ's Abbey (also in Orange) the week before at $8. The draft selection still remains very good, however some of the taps are frequent repeaters. Because of that, visits have become rarer, but I wish they weren't.
(The following was written on 9/12/08)
Hollingshead's has become a favorite of mine among places to crash at for good beer in my area. Located near the St. Jospeh's Hospital complex sits this hidden gem, where the moment you walk in you know something good is going to happen. From the cheerfullness and friendliness of the family staff, the intimacy of the bar, the frequent customers who love to chat, the German mugs most of the beer is served in, and the superb selection of brews, something about this place will make you smile.
At the bar sits 16 rotating taps, where you can expect to find a very good mix of beer on a given day. There's usually a few German beers interweaved with California beers and a few other imports. Beers I've had on-tap here include names like Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, AleSmtih IPA, Ommegang Rouge, Hop 15, Racer X, Orchard White, Black Marlin Porter, Innstadt, and Bischofshof. And how about those 17 ounce mugs? Supercool! The bottle selection is great, and you can buy bottles to go or to drink there.
I've eaten here once, but was dissapointed with my BBQ Beef Sandwich. I haven't revisted the sandwiches since my first visit in June 2007. Another disadvantage of Hollingshead's are the operating hours. They're closed on weekends and only open until 8-9pm (it's a family run deli).
The only thing left to say is if you happen to be in Orange County, you must put this on your list. And if you're lucky, you might catch me at the bar ;-)
06-28-2007 01:26:54 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been hearing about this place for so long and I finally made the trip down to Orange to check it out.
The place (as I'm sure many have said) looks pretty unassuming from the outside (as far as what you would expect a fantastic beer depot to look like).
The inside, however, is pretty much all beer. Yeah, there's some snacks and the deli counter, but about 80% of the store is dedicated to beer. Tons of German beers, good selection of Belgians, and a very extensive wall of American Craft. I ended up walking out with a Maui CoConut Porter, Ballast Point Dorado, and Anchor Christmas 2007 and 2008, but I could have also walked with hundred of dollars worth of beer. They had plenty of Russian River brews (Blind Pig, Pliny, Consecration, Damnation, and Temptation).
The service was exceptional. I was greeted immediately upon entry and asked if I needed help at a couple points, but not in a pushy way at all. Everyone was just very friendly in general.
I didn't have a sandwich as I wasn't hungry, but I have heard good things about them.
The bottles/cans were very reasonably priced, but it seems the draft beers are a bit pricey (tended to be $8 for a 500ml pour) but they had such awful beers like Maharaja and Stone 13, so I can kind of see the justification for the price.
A great store and I will definitely make return trips whenever I get the chance.
08-08-2009 21:27:25 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$
Since this review is for BA, I based my review towards the beer aspect of this fine establishment. Personally, I feel that this establishment offers the best beer, on tap, in "The OC". On any given day you'll find a plethora of quality micros being poured. Additionally, if your a rookie to beer, just ask Kenney and he'll steer you in the right direction.
The service is top notch. Kenney is always greeting his customers with friendly "hello" and his dad is always willing to joke with the customers. He even asked me: "Whats your problem?" I said "Why?" He answered: "Because your glass is empty?" Once in a while they'll get a rush, and you might think they forgot about you but they didn't. Well, if they did just holler and somebody will be right with you.
The food here is a bit pricey for a sandwhich but they say they use top notch ingredients. I guess that would explain it. But I don't come here for the food. It's all beer for this drinker.
By the way, he offers a nice bottled selection too! Excellent domestic micros as well as the European suds too. Whats most impressive are his German offerings. He has one wall dedicated to German beers. I forgot to mention, if you don't like whats on tap, you could get a bottle off the shelves and enjoy your beer that way too.
Overall, if your looking for some quality beer with good people then make Hollingshead one of your stops for a pint. Cheers!!!
01-27-2005 19:15:14 |
More by OCbrewfish
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the back corner of a strip mall, Hollingshead's isn't the easy place to find, though the effort well worth it for traveling hopheads. The owner, Kenny, is a virtual compendium of information on all things beer, and features a bottle selection heavy on Belgians, Germans and west coast craft offerings. The real prize is located at the bar in back where 10+ rotating taps offer up exotic delights. Venturing in during the Christmas holidays one found holiday brews from Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam and St. Bernardus (!) on tap. Previous visits found other worldly delights from Avery, Doghead Fish and other cutting edge Breweries. The sandwiches are quite tasty and Kenny is always happy to suggest a beer pairing. I can honestly say that every patron of this place is friendly, wiling to strike up a conversation about brews with a stranger from Beervana. While the prices are a bit high, heh, this is Orange County after all. Highly recommended.
01-07-2009 15:58:05 |
More by jdense
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have passed this place all the time on my way to the Haven but never stopped in. So I decided to just have my lunch here today and give it a shot.
Bartender knows his stuff and had some nice beers on tap when I stopped by. Bootleggers, Stone, Allagash, Russian River, Lagunitas, Avery, and Victory were all on tap. Bottle selection was huge with plenty of Belgians, German, and Domestic craft brews lining the shelves. I had a Plum Riot and Lucky Bastard. Both nice lunchtime choices and beers I've not had before.
Everyone was very generous and kind. Food was top notch and definately hit the spot. I am definately going to have to stop here more on my way to werk. I am sure I will have manyh more great experiences at Hollingshead's in the near future.
05-16-2011 19:24:58 |
More by snpub540
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is great. It's just a big room surrounded by beer. The back side has a bar with maybe 12 or more taps and stools to sit, and on the left when you walk in is the deli. Lots and lots of good beer to choose from. The bottles are all sold with 2 prices, one for drinking it there (more expensive) and one for taking it home. They had Russian River in bottles but not on tap on my visit. The sandwiches were simple and good. Nothing too fancy but on good bread (which can make a sandwich in my opinion) and decent amount of meat. Any sandwich has a single (normal) and then a double price, which is just double everything except the bread. It is a bit on the expensive side. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. We let them know it was our first time there and they were eager to offer suggestions and explain everything we had questions about. Very friendly family run place. They also take orders by beer names so it funny to hear them called out while you're eating. There's a few tables outside too which is nice, but you can't drink beer out there.
06-07-2011 18:28:13 |
More by harsley
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
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