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The Taphouse Grill
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
931 W 21st St
phone: (757) 627-9172
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I have been here couple times and stopped by tonight just in case they had something new on tap. I am an IPA fan and tried the Racer and a "Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA" that I really liked. As for the food it is very average. We sent back a pizza "Margharite" which had hummus on it (?) on a very thick doughy crust! Taste was horrible. Sorry, but for someone who has lived in Italy and was hoping for the real thing it was terrible. Rename it. As for the beer selection it was pretty good for this part of the country with a number of beers on tap, both foreign and domestic but there are better beer pubs in the Tidewater area; e.g., Portsmouth. The food is better there too!
06-08-2007 00:15:06 |
More by ottobon100
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This used to be my first choice watering hole until The Birch opened up. I like their selection and they do have a good list of beers to meet about any taste. The food is OK but I usually do not go there to eat. Summer is the best time to go as the patio is open and the college crowd is gone. The wait staff are OK but they do seem distracted and at times almost annoyed when you ask a question about a menu item or need a refill. Service at the bar is much better and the bar tenders very attentive and friendly. If craft beers are your thing give them a try. Just avoid weekends unless you are into loud live bands, rowdy patrons, and a cover charge.
02-21-2011 18:06:22 |
More by Geuzedad
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in for lunch on a Thursday. Honestly I was looking to go to 80/20 Burger Bar but they don't apparently open until 5pm weekdays.
Their tap selection is very good, plenty to choose from with a good bit of variety. The food was ok, I ordered a tuna steak sandwich, the very friendly bar tender asked how I'd like it cooked and I selected medium-rare. What came out was grey....I don't know whether it was a marinade or what but it didn't look right. Tasted ok but the side of pasta salad was my favorite part, it seemed very freshly made. But really for $13 I wanted a nice looking piece of Tuna steak.
Atmosphere was hard to judge since we were literally the only customers there Thursday at Noon. I'm assuming this is a nights/weekend place. I can imagine it being a great place to hangout though if you lived nearby. Prices were high on the food side but very decent on the beer side so that's a win for beer geeks.
I can say next time I'd stick with beer and some sort of fried appetizer. I see the last review done for here was a couple years ago, I can see why, with all the new places that have opened there is really no draw here, they don't have anything I can't get elsewhere.
10-18-2013 12:35:31 |
More by Hanzo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Taphouse is definitely one of the best beer bars in Hampton Roads. Located just down the street from Total Wine (where you can also pick up a ton of hard-to-find beers), it combines good food and good beer. Taphouse has a fairly sizable draft list and a huge list of bottles on the other side of the menu as well. All the local hipsters rave about the Aventinus, but they offer a lot of other good beers in addition to that. My only qualm is that they don't offer Gulden Draak. The Bier Garden in Portsmouth has a slightly better selection, but if you can't get out there, then Taphouse in Ghent is a great place to go for good beer, good food, and good friends. The atmosphere is nice-- music plays all night; there are outdoor tables, indoor tables, and the bar itself, plus a separate room with some pool tables.
*Tip- The service can be a little slow at times if you're at the tables instead of the bar, so if you want to order a drink, it's best to go to the bar and order it yourself instead of relying on your waiter, who usually has about 4 other orders to fill ahead of yours.
07-04-2010 13:44:27 |
More by jporf911
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $
The beer selection is outstanding, as many reviewers have stated. The draft list is great, and check the board for specials. However, a lot of people never turn the draft beer menu over to see the extensive bottled selection. Some real goodies here too.
The best beer selection in Norfolk, nice staff, and decent bar food with some interesting twists. Veg and vegan-friendly. Definitely your urban hipster vibe. The outdoor patio is a wonderful place in nice weather. A popular place with locals from all walks of life. The food is very reasonably priced. These are some of the things I love about the Taphouse.
However, there are a few things to be aware of, although they may not bother everyone. The bathrooms are quite old and have seen some abuse over the years. While they are cleaned daily, it is not sufficient to handle the mess that builds up. The bathrooms are not a pleasant part of the experience. The main dining room is nonsmoking, which is great, but the smoking bar and pool room odors sometimes, not always, permeate the place. Occasionally bar patrons and even employees walk through the main dining room with their lit cigarettes. Once or twice I've seen (and smelled!) an employee hanging out in a corner of the nonsmoking dining room, by the kitchen, smoking a cigarette. Really, a staff member should jump on that immediately. On the other hand, if it isn't crowded and the bar area isn't filled with smokers then it's usually fine in the main dining room. And you get to drink some great, hard-to-find beers!
FYI when they have bands at night it becomes all-smoking and there is a cover charge. Most nights, though, there is no band.
So I've tried to present a balanced review. If you are a beer lover, this is the place to go.
01-31-2009 20:34:45 |
More by catwoman
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in whilst in town over the weekend to visit family and friends. A buddy of mine I hadn't seen in a long time has started working there, so I hung out with him before his shift started, then went inside to see what all the fuss was about.
Overall, an eclectic mix of young and old, the tragically hip and the nonchalantly un-hip. This is perfect, because it seems like you can never really feel out of place, whether you order a Bud Light or a Westmalle. I opted for some of the more premium selections, of course.
The place had that hole-in-the-wall kind of feel to it, but I didn't mind that too much when I saw the beer menu. Good selections on tap, supposedly the largest tap selection in Southeastern Virginia, according to the header. Had some good German lagers on draft, so I ended up starting with a Hacker-Pschorr Edel Hell. After being informed that a few selections were unavailable, I ordered a Czech pilsener that wasn't poured. Seemed like one bartender knew what he was doing, while the other didn't. Still, friendly and respectable service.
08-20-2007 15:55:21 |
More by CharlieMopps
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a bit out of the way for me, so I have to ask the question, is it worth a cab ride? While they do surely have a nice variety of beers on tap and bottled, they did not have the number of Belgians that I would prefer. On the other hand, they did have Saison Dupont on tap, and for that I give them much thanks.
I had some problems with the size of the place - too small. You could maybe seat 8 people at the bar. Bar staff was very attentive, and I have no complaints at all regarding the service. I'm a bit of a glassware ggek, and would have liked to see more in that department, but not a big problem.
If you like a good mix of beers, and are not tied too much to a particular Region or style, you will find the selection great. Price is hit and miss, but there is a happy hour until 7.
All in all a nice place, but not a return trip for me unless I happen to be in the area.
03-31-2009 20:05:56 |
More by Onibubba
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
stopped in here for my birthday for some beers and a good time. overall, i was very impressed with the beers, selection, and the overall knowledge of the bartenders and servers. however, i think we came on a wierd night causing my reviews of the service and food to be low. we were obviously there during a bad time because they seemed to be understaffed as there was only one server in our section of the bar. as more people came in, he got overwhelmed. he did his best, but it's frustrating when you sit with an empty glass for long periods of time. also, the fryer was down. so a large portion of the menu was off limits. a lot of us weren't able to get what we wanted to eat, but everything everyone had got good reviews. we'll go back and i'll rereview the service and food at a later date. back to the beers- excellent selection with tons of taps and bottles from all over the world. lots of things i hadn't tried before and the menu changes often. everything was poured in proper glasses and the prices were reasonable except for some price gouging on one very special belgian abbey quad. again, we'll be back, and i'm sure things will be better. just based on the beers, i can highly recommend this spot.
06-29-2006 16:00:43 |
More by Px2GrafX
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went on a Friday night which was probably the first mistake. The selection was great had a lot of good and varied beers that you wouldnt think you could find in the area. They were out of quite a few beers that i asked for and would like to have seen that marked out on the menu or something. The service was good considering there was only one waitress in the place.
The food was decent too just got a tuna wrap not to many ways to mess that up.
I would recommend anyone go and try this place out if you are looking for an easy laid back place to just enjoy your favorite beer or try a few new ones. Dont miss the great bottle selection on the other side of the menu too
04-05-2009 10:39:24 |
More by BringusKilkenney
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The Tap House Grill is pretty easy to find, but if you did not know it was there in the Y of the road you would pass right by. There is nothing about the place that makes you want to stop in or that would make you think it is anything more than a dive in a bad neighborhood.
You go inside and it is a pretty quiet bar. I walked into the bar area and saw the Belgians on tap and knew I was home. I opted for a Smuttynose IPA on cask and it was just becoming sour, but that made it interesting. Tomorrow I would not suggest ordering the brew. They had 6 or 7 Belgian taps out of 35, one handpull, and only one crap beer, a PBR. Several VA breweries, but several from out of state as well.
The food was actually pretty darn tasty. They were out of the first item I wanted, but assured me that the rest of the menu was being served. My waitress was working my area and all the outside, but did a decent job although I had to wait a bit long for my first order to be taken. The barmaid was quite alluring, so at least it was dinner and a show.
I'd certainly go back for the selection and the food. The service could have been a bit more stellar, but go in with a relaxed attitude and come out with one as well.
Oh, the menu listed my brews at $4.50 ea, but the waitress had them on the tab at $2 each. Semi-decent service with a cost cutter attitude...see you tomorrow....
06-08-2004 00:27:08 |
More by GCBrewingCo
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