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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
71 Fortune Drive
phone: (949) 753-9373
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Reviews by PhiloPsych:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I got to the restaurant at the tail end of happy hour, in time to get one appetizer and one beer at the discounted happy hour price. I wish happy hour went until 7:00 instead of only until 6:00. Happy hour is definitely the good call for this place. They have a long list of appetizers and pizzas that are half price (and thus a pretty good deal) during happy hour. And the beers are only $3.25 per pint during happy hour, whereas they run about $5 - $6 during normal hours.
I was there for the NCAA basketball national championship and was happy they put it on all the screens and turned off the normal music and turned on the audio for the game. As pretty normal, the large bar area was very busy with seats being filled as soon as they opened up.
I had a porter and a stout, then the bartender recommended and gave me a free taste of Lost Coast's Winterbraun (which was really excellent, I thought). I ordered a different beer because of the food I was having, but I was glad he took the time while it was busy to make that recommendation, and very glad to get a free taste of an excellent beer.
The place is usually busy, so the atmosphere can't be called relaxed or relaxing. The music is louder than I like (especially at the Irvine restaurant, it seems) and it is also darker than I like (though dark restaurants are just my personal pet peeve).
Of course Yardhouse sells itself on its huge selection of beers. However, many of their beers are common macro lagers and light beers. They do have a lot of pretty good beers, but not really a big selection of what I would call excellent beers. (Still, there was no excuse for the couple next to me to drink three rounds of Bud Light!) What is disappointing for me is that this restaurant is in southern Orange County, yet it has no offerings from AleSmith, Lost Abbey, or many of the other nearby high-quality breweries. They do have a few offerings from Stone, but only a few and no special releases or anything.
The food is good at Yardhouse, I have to say. Comparable maybe to Cheesecake Factory. But the prices are high enough that I won't be going back much outside of happy hour, except maybe for special occassions.
04-03-2007 06:19:09 |
More by PhiloPsych
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vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The Yardhouse.. how to surmise. You know those bars that the fratboys dominated during college? This is basically version 2.0, with an amazing tap list (the ONLY saving grace of this place). Atmosphere made me want to puke. Have no idea how we found a table, but there was no room at the bar, nor did I want to sit up there and watch guys get denied by uptight princess OC girls.
I also had a Ruination, and maybe 1 other beer (I was driving, sucked). They were good. That's about the extent of it. If all you care about is selection, go here. They have a VAST selection, not necessarily a rare one. If you care about atmosphere, stay away from here at night at all costs!
11-03-2010 05:02:21 |
More by AWolfAtTheDoor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Yard House is always a good choice to fall back on. Despite being a large chain now, they still stay true to their dedication and passion for beer. I recently visited and wanted a light refreshing beer to pair with my seared ahi tuna. I noticed a Tangerine Hef and decided to give it a try. It was a great pairing and the bartender came by to have a quick chat. He was surprisingly knowledgeable about all the beers that were available and actually spent time tasting me on some interesting new arrivals. I always have a good experience here, the food is great, the beer list is never a disappointment, and I really hope they get some life and limb in one day.
06-19-2010 22:01:47 |
More by SteelerChris
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was very impressed. I started with a St. Bernardus Abt 12, (2) Speakeasy Double Daddy's, and an Old Rasputin. The total bill was less than $25. The service was incredibly quick and the beertendress was very knowledgeable. She served a hefeweizen to a customer who asked for a lemon and she insisted they try the beer before "tampering" with it.
Overall a very positive experience. I will be back.
I was originally put off by the $7 St Berny's 12, but the rest of the beers were $5, and with that type of selection, I was willing to pay while my girlfriend shopped at The Spectrum. Anything that keeps me out of Urban Outfitters is a plus. If it involves beer, it is even better. Can't wait to come back
Clean, affordable, knowledgeable, and pleasant
09-14-2008 01:19:56 |
More by bradford
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Your standard Yardhouse. An obscene about of beers on-tap, somewhere around 140. Lots of macros, domestic and imported. Maybe about 15 beers that would get a beer-geek excited. They don't seem to rotate their taps much, the list is printed on a menu and it seems like it doesn't change much. The atmosphere is rather sterile and a bit corporate. It's not at all like a bar but more like a slightly upscale restaurant. If you ever find ourself stuck at the Irvine Spectrum it's certainly a good place to stop and have a brew.
05-19-2008 17:55:34 |
More by willjschmidt
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Yardhouse is my all time favorite bar anywhere. With over 150 beers on tap, you really have a great selection to choose from. It took me half a year, but I finally got through every single beer they have on tap (including all the light beers!! yuck).
The service at the bar is definitely exceptional. The bartenders are really easy to get along with and are extremely friendly. I would give them a 5 on service, except for this rude ass bartender named Andrea. What a bitch. Sorry to say, but she acts all snobbish and if you get on her bad side, peace buddy. But if you run into Bobby, Danny, or Jesus, definitely order a brew from them.
About the food... wow. Lots of selection and it all really tastes great! I have to recommend the chicken wings and the crab cakes. During happy hour, the pizza is amazing.
Happy hour is everyday from 3-6 PM. That's the best time to go to get CHIMAY for $3! What a steal.
Anyhow... I'm off to Yardhouse right now.
03-16-2008 19:10:13 |
More by Vansmack
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I took a couple of my German buddies over to the YardHouse in Irvine for happy hour beers yesterday. We walked in with an oval-shaped bar right ahead of us. My buddies were amazed to see so many taps at one bar, even by typical YardHouse standards. They feature a mix of mainstream lagers, imports, and craft beers. I was happy to find St. Bernardus Abt. 12 on draft at this location. The bartender who served us gave us her opinions of what were the best tasting lagers (which my buddies were seeking and not familiar with the ones we have in the US). We each had two beers, with me ending witha Rogue Hazelnut brown. We ordered their chicken nachos as an appetizer, which were okay, a little more cheese and chicken wouldn't hurt. Overall, my buddies and I were impressed with the place.
As with any YardHouse, go for the happy hour M-F from 3-6pm, where you can get a St. Bernardus Abt. 12 for the same price as a Bud Light ($3.25), and half-off appetizers. If you can't, prepare to spend a little bit of money.
09-19-2007 22:27:02 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
The $3.25 pints at Happy Hour saved this place from a bad review
Cannot get St. Bernardus ABT 12 anywhere else for this price on tap
Also have Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock, both Brother David series beers from Anderson Valley, and Maresdous 8 Dubbel
Food was really disappointing, appetizers are expensive, small, and below average in taste
Service is bad when its busy because they only have 2 bartenders working a 360 degree bar
Lots of businessmen hang out here and have meetings
Inside the Irvine Spectrum across from a comedy venue
Happy Hour is awesome, but everything else is not recommended here
09-08-2007 04:55:00 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I finally ventured into this Yardhouse with my wife. We stopped for a drink on our way to dinner at Javiers. If you're at the Spectrum and need a good pint, this is the place to come to.
I've already wrote about what i think about Yardhouses in my Costa Mesa Yardhouse review so i wont repeat here.
This one is much larger than the Costa Mesa one. Large eleptical bar in the center, like a race track. The taps are in the middle and there's over 100... quite nice inside. High ceilings, dimly lit, many large screens, a vibrant thrum of social life going on here. We came on a Friday and it was packed, but a good crowd. A bit yuppy but it was fine.
Being that it was very crowded i was prepared for crappy service at the bar. I stood behind some people in bar stools and had a bartender asking me what i wanted in about 60 seconds and it was like that for the rest of the evening. I ended up having an arrogant bastard, Maudite and a delirium tremens.
While there are many taps here and many macros, there are also a lot of micros. You will definitely find a beer you'll like, english, belgian, canadian. You wont be disappointed. And actually, you need to come during happy hour to enjoy $3 pints. While the Yardhouse isnt a destination per se, if you want to take a date or some friends and hang out somewhere that isnt a beer bar, this is the place to come to. It caters to the masses agreed, but a beer geek is catered to as well. Cheers.
02-08-2007 20:15:43 |
More by SwillinBrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
200 or so taps makes for a pretty good bar, no matter what. Toss in a good food selection and you're set. Albeit somewhat formulaic, the Yard House succeeds at that. The atmosphere does err a bit towards Disneyland, it's a loud cavernous space, and you are just one person amongst throngs filtering through the door that night, but I've certainly always had a good time here. As for beer, I sometimes feel that the 200 taps are plagued by a slew of mediocre imports. The American micros and in particular West Coast selections are of a higher quality and offer a lot of solid choices, although there's nothing terribly obscure. The food is a definite strong point, and everything I've had from their menu has been highly satisfying. Service is relatively good considering how busy they often are. All told, maybe not a one-of-a-kind beer destination, but definitely worth spending a good amount of time at. One last note: get rid of the guy in the men's toilet room handing out cologne. Not necessary.
09-11-2006 17:32:59 |
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