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North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
444 N Main St
phone: (707) 964-3400
(Place added by: Mark)
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Great beers...good food...average digs. We go to North Coast Brewery whenever we stay in Mendocino. It's worth the trip up. The place could use some updating but who really cares as long as the beer is cold and flowing? The food is generally a bit better than normal bar and grill grub. Thumbs up.
04-13-2013 22:12:17 |
More by Ilovebeer1549
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Drove up to Mendocino and Fort Bragg from Boonville on a day trip. We only had time for a beer, as my pup was waiting in the car and there wasn't a ton of shade to park under.
The place was very busy, which is exciting for a local brewery. But TVs were on and some folks were pretty loud. It felt more like a sports bar than a taproom.
The service wasn't anything to write home about. Our waitress was short with us, and the people behind the bar were severely overpouring the beer. I didn't expect this in a brewery taproom at all (maybe I'm naive?). It resulted in a flat tulip of PranQster. There were plenty of beers on tap, though.
The shop had nice selections of beer gear, and I picked up an etched nonic that I've come to really love! I also brought a bottle of PranQster back home with me, since I knew that it had much more potential out of a bottle and with a careful pour.
I will definitely go back someday to try other beers and take a stab at their food!
04-15-2009 18:02:48 |
More by washburnkid
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Sleepy seaside town location across the street from the brewery, but I made the mistake of showing up at dinner time, so the place felt like a restaurant which was too classy for me yet simultaneously smelled of old women (I think that would be down to one of the old women sitting near me, so I doubt it is a regular feature). I should have sat at the bar, but that was small and full for the vital few seconds after I walked in.
Service was rather perfunctory. The three beers we tried were good (although I wouldn't recommend the pilsner), but rather expensive at $4 a pint (particularly so given that this would have been happy hour at many bars and transportation costs have to be negligible). I would expect to pay less for the same beer if it had been shipped hundreds of miles to my hometown only for another comapny to take a cut.
08-29-2005 02:58:16 |
More by charlatan
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This was the second time I visited this place and the first time I decided to review it. Basically I went on a rainy monday night in the off-season, so maybe that made it worse, but here goes. First there are signs everywhere that say wait to be seated. No one comes, other people come in we're all waiting, finally gift shop girl just says take a seat anywhere. The bar section is about half full. Finally waiter shows up, gets us our beer. My friend ordered the sampler tray which the waiter/bartender tried to be smooth and put his pre-printed label thing down and then put the samplers down later. I was thinking "wow that's pretty good that he knows all 12 beers just by site" Let's just say he didn't. He mixed up all the red seal and pale ales ones. Then the clientel at the bar were basically a bunch of drunk local hillbillies. My favorite quote of the night was. "That's what I love about my job being a butcher, job security. There's always meat!" The food wasn't terrible but not great. Overpriced for average food. The manager came in and talked to the bartender in front of all customers about another bartender and whether he was going to 'work out'. Seemed innappropriate. Lastly waiter did not ask how food was once, did not offer to refill water, did not provide ketchup or condiments for fish n chips.
05-07-2009 00:26:30 |
More by bret27
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I don' understand when successful businesses use old buildings but don't update and fix them up. It cheapens the experience and tarnishes their reputation.
Such is the case with North Coast. Decent food, good service, great beer, but my overall memory is of how tired and old the building was....especially the bathrooms. I'd hate to see the kitchen.
Anyway, I had a good lunch...fish and chips with Acme pale ale. Mmmm. I'd visit here again when I'm in the area, but I hope they fix the old place up.
07-22-2012 06:38:49 |
More by DrunkenMonk
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$$
Diner-quality food, gourmet prices. North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill is in the spirit of those wannabe-upscale, pretentious, profit-driven, California places with corporate overtones. As opposed to the funky, hole-in-the-wall, local joints that don't take themselves too seriously and are all about awesome beer, while providing something simple and reasonable to chomp down on while you enjoy their fresh brew. Beer-wise, I was disappointed and a little put off by the fact that they only have their standard offerings on tap (no seasonals or aged styles), and they actually won't even serve you a full pint (16oz) of their stronger, more interesting ales (Le Merle, Old Stock Ale, Old Rasputin, etc.). Oh sure, you will pay the same amount (in some cases, even more!) but you will only get an 8-10 oz serving, and in the case of Old Stock you only get 6oz!!! So, basically you are paying more for the alcohol content in the beer, not the actual beer! Would you do such a ridiculous thing with wine which has as much as 18%?! How stupid. If they really think their beers are that valuable then why can you buy 12oz. bottles at grocery stores for a reasonable price? If they are concerned about people getting wasted then why not put a disclaimer on the beer menu...and, while they're at it stop serving wine and tear out the full bar? I've been to many, many brewpubs and never seen such a strange and slightly condescending practice. If you've never been to a brewpub, this place is for you. Otherwise, avoid it. There are much better places in N.Ca. that are worthy of your hard earned cash (Bear Republic, Triple Rock, etc.).
05-10-2011 22:04:09 |
More by MadeInOregon
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$$
Went back for my first return to North Coast in about 15 years. I wasn't wowed the first time, and the second time, was even worse.
Atmosphere outside is beautiful. It ain't bad inside. Restaurant area to the left, ridiculously priced gift shop straight ahead, old wooden pub area to the right.
Quality, eh, the beers are ok, very much stuck in the late 80s, English style versus American. Copycats. They definitely make some great beers, but rarely show any degree of experimentation or worthiness otherwise. And quality goes to things beyond just the beer, if it was just the beer, it would be a 4. Service, staff was decent, although they did forget and still charge for my girlfriend's lack of garlic fries she ordered. They also were quick to add the automatic tip on our party of six adults.
Selection? Terrible. They have one of those websites that sucks, claims to have all this barrel aged stuff on tap. Get there, nothing. None of the barrel aged stuff on tap (which is ok because its expensive, way better having regular rasputin).
Food? Terrible and expensive. Big on the deep fryer, small portions of not particularly good stuff.
Would not visit again on my own initiative (which this second trip was not). Don't eat here.
08-02-2012 23:17:00 |
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