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The Taphouse Grill
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
931 W 21st St
phone: (757) 627-9172
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The Tap House Grill is pretty easy to find, but if you did not know it was there in the Y of the road you would pass right by. There is nothing about the place that makes you want to stop in or that would make you think it is anything more than a dive in a bad neighborhood.
You go inside and it is a pretty quiet bar. I walked into the bar area and saw the Belgians on tap and knew I was home. I opted for a Smuttynose IPA on cask and it was just becoming sour, but that made it interesting. Tomorrow I would not suggest ordering the brew. They had 6 or 7 Belgian taps out of 35, one handpull, and only one crap beer, a PBR. Several VA breweries, but several from out of state as well.
The food was actually pretty darn tasty. They were out of the first item I wanted, but assured me that the rest of the menu was being served. My waitress was working my area and all the outside, but did a decent job although I had to wait a bit long for my first order to be taken. The barmaid was quite alluring, so at least it was dinner and a show.
I'd certainly go back for the selection and the food. The service could have been a bit more stellar, but go in with a relaxed attitude and come out with one as well.
Oh, the menu listed my brews at $4.50 ea, but the waitress had them on the tab at $2 each. Semi-decent service with a cost cutter attitude...see you tomorrow....
06-08-2004 00:27:08 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was the first place I went to when I moved to Virginia Beach. This is a beer lover's haven. First off, it is somewhat off the beaten path so you're not surrounded by average beer drinkers; the people here are here to drink. And what a selection! I asked the server for a suggestion and she had no idea, but the bartender had a few. The food is pretty damn good too. Now, on some nights they do live music which is not the greatest idea since this place has this nice, quant ambiance and then a band plugs in over in a corner and there is no place for the sound to go at all. It get really loud. Worse, they charge a cover for these bands around 9, so get there before then and you're in the clear. Other than that little complaint I would go here immediately if you haven't been here yet.
01-05-2008 02:50:11 |
More by clayrock81
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Finally stopped here before going to Cogans for some pizza. From the outside you wouldnt guess that there is a magnificent beer bar waiting for you within. When I first walked in there were several pool tables that I walked around before seeing the small dining area that was decorated with hanging bookshelves full of books. There is also an outside dining area that is relatively small. They looked like they were setting up on end of the dining room for live music at the time we were there. Pretty much a laidback-relaxing atmosphere that I enjoyed drinking in. Their beer menus is definitely one of the better ones I have seen with a good selection of bottled beers a little over 30 taps. PBR was the only crap I saw on the menu with there being several Virginia Beers, Belgians, Lambics and a variety of other brews. The ones that caught my eye were the Hop Rod Rye, which was excellent on tap, and Robert the Bruce from three Floyds. I wont comment on the food since I only had a bite of the 2 appetizers friends ordered but they were good. Service was good, as I didnt have to wait for refills. I will be returning here next time I am in the area for sure.
09-08-2004 16:03:21 |
More by meathookjones
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Had a meeting there so I decided to show up early and have a few pints. As has been stated earlier it looks a lot like a coffee shop. The building is divided up in 3 parts. A restaurant area that is non smoking. A back room with pool tables , and a bar that has a few tables and where smoking is allowed. I sat at the bar which is a cool looking burnished stainless steel. The bartender gave me a beer list which had about 30-35 taps plus on cask hand pump. On cask was Brooklyn IPA. The rest of the taps were a mix of local, national and international. There were 3 or 4 Rogues, a few Belgians including Lindemans and Corensdonk. Germany was represented by Spaten Lager and Paulaner Hefe. The choices rotate and unfortunately I was there on a night where nothing too exciting except for the Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. This is not a slag, as much as I was just looking for something extremely hoppy and the only thing to be found was Hop Pocket (geez am I jaded or what) The atmosphere is nice and as a smoker I dont worry too much about the smokiness. Food was pretty good with LOTS of vegetarian choices and some up scale food as well as burgers and sandwiches and such. Overall a very nice place to go have a pint or two. I would give it second place in the local rankings right behind the Bier Garden
03-02-2004 15:43:11 |
More by TinusTime
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The wife and I went to the Outer Banks this past weekend and flew into Norfolk before driving down. We visited Taphouse Grill at Ghent last night as we were in town for the evening only to get a hotel room before flying out this morning. We read reviews here on Beer Advocate prior to our visit so we knew what we were up for.
I must say, we were not disappointed. The food was much better than your traditional bar fare, especially for a place that is such a "hole in the wall". The service was very good at the bar. It looked like the service was a bit slow at the tables so I would recommend sitting at the bar.
The beer selection was very solid with some stuff that's usually not available in bars. Between the two of us we drank the following on draft: Hop Rod Rye, Duchesse, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken's Ale, St. Bernardus Pater 6, New Belgium Trippel and Trois Pistoles. Not too shabby. Most definitely not a selection you'd find here in Southwest Florida. They probably have about 20 beers on tap as well as an extensive selection of bottles. I had read elsewhere online that they used to carry Westvleteren 12 from time to time but no luck last night. My wallet will probably thank me for that anyway.
I would highly recommend checking out the Taphouse Grill at Ghent if you are ever in the Norfolk area. We will definitely return if we ever happen to visit the area again.
10-03-2010 21:20:53 |
More by adam42381
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place was descent. They just tapped southern tier iniquity which was amazing. they had two hearted and several bottles that I was looking for. Baltic thunder from victory, old horizontal, and several others. When I went back a few days later they were out of alot of things including the st iniquity. The remaining selection was lacking. They did offer samples of the brews they had. The food is pretty good. the burgers are great. They do a house mustard with newcastle and horshradish.
Definitely recommend this place.
06-29-2009 05:46:41 |
More by BgThang
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a bit out of the way for me, so I have to ask the question, is it worth a cab ride? While they do surely have a nice variety of beers on tap and bottled, they did not have the number of Belgians that I would prefer. On the other hand, they did have Saison Dupont on tap, and for that I give them much thanks.
I had some problems with the size of the place - too small. You could maybe seat 8 people at the bar. Bar staff was very attentive, and I have no complaints at all regarding the service. I'm a bit of a glassware ggek, and would have liked to see more in that department, but not a big problem.
If you like a good mix of beers, and are not tied too much to a particular Region or style, you will find the selection great. Price is hit and miss, but there is a happy hour until 7.
All in all a nice place, but not a return trip for me unless I happen to be in the area.
03-31-2009 20:05:56 |
More by Onibubba
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Aside from the bier garden in Portsmouth, this is easily my favorite place in Hamton Roads to grab a beer.
First off, the selection is excellent. Everything from Virginia brews like St George's porter, Ledgend brown, and Tupper's hop pocket to Belgian lambics (two of them, a peach and a raspberry) are on tap. PBR is the only swill tap I saw, but you have to pay the bills somehow, right? They also have an extensive amount of bottled beer on the premises as well. And they have updated their beer menu some. While the tap list appears to have no order to it (the flags are a nice touch though) the bottled beers are now grouped in styles, which makes figuring out if they do or do not have something a little easier.
Now, while I havent' sampled every item on the menu, what I have tried is good stuff. in Particular their wings are probably the best I've had in the area, and they're pretty big, although six of them for $5.95 (or 12 for $9.95) is a little pricey.
The only knocks I have against the place is the parking lot is very small, and poorly marked. I already mentioned the tap list. And the service at the bar can be spotty, but the regular waitress does a pretty good job. And everyone that has served me was knowledgeable on the different beer styles and what they had available.
Overall, this place is an oasis for a beer lover such as myself stuck in Hampton Roads. Around here it seems most places consider Guinness and Harp to be exotic stuff.
08-21-2005 22:32:25 |
More by FenwaySquid
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