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Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 68
Beer Avg: 3.53
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1000 Great Highway @ Ocean
phone: (415) 386-8439
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 25
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
One of the last places I hit on my recent San Fran trip, this was more of a nostalgia trip than most. In 1998, an old ex and I sat in this restaurant, and with the waves rolling in dramatically behind her, she and I parted ways, never to see each other again. It was called something else back then and it had beer that was about average.
Service at this current incarnation was absolutely terrible. We hit the patio bar, and nobody behind it seemed familiar with the concept of multi-tasking. After about fifteen minutes we finally got our beers. I understand how things can get at a bar, but with this location, I can hardly believe that they hadn’t seen this size of a crowd before. I guess they’re relying on their location in this regard.
Due to ghosts and a gorgeous day, we refrained from staying inside and opted to drink out on the back lawn. A gorgeous, warm San Fran Saturday had people everywhere, drinking, eating, or playing with their kids/dogs. We leaned against the trees at the edge of the park woods, talked, and felt really happy about our decision to stop here, even with the unreasonable wait at the bar. I have to say that I really enjoyed the Fleishhacker Stout that I got, a fantastic, flavorful beer that I would have gotten again if we’d had the patience to deal with the wait at the bar. Next time I get here I’ll plan for the wait.
03-07-2012 18:43:53 |
More by LeeMarvin
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
This was the last stop of the night on a beer tasting trip a month ago. The place is a real nice high class joint right across the street from the ocean. We went on a saturday night and it was packed. All kinds of people in there but the whole vibe was just too ritzy and high end for me. I felt really out of place not wearing a $150 shirt. Good place to go for a nice dinner but not necesarily for beer sampling.
The food was wonderful, just really expensive. I think we each paid something like $25 / plate. The beer was pretty mediocre, the ipa was decent and the light beer was decent for what it was supposed to be. Didn't like the octoberfest though. I think my brother pissed off the waitress and so she didn't come back except to give us our check.
11-17-2007 02:29:10 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Went here recently on a bright sunny weekend day. You cannot beat the location as it is directly across from Ocean Beach. The building itself is nothing to marvel at from an architectual standpoint but it does have a view of the ocean from the top floor. It also has a cheaper downstairs area to eat with an outdoor patio.
We arrived around noon to find an overflowing parking lot. We were lucky enough to show up right when a car was exiting. However, I can tell that parking at this place can be extremely tough especially on weekends. We went down into the lower seating area and were told that it would be an hour wait for a table of 8 which was not unreasonable given the circumstances. We only had to wait 35 minutes which was a plus before being seated on the outside patio. Problem was there were no umbrellas on the table to shield out the sun which was beating down on most of the people at the table. Also lots and lots of tourists here so the atmosphere is lacking in character somewhat.
Beerwise the place is definitely lacking in quality and most of the beers tasted the same regardless of style. They had the standard offerings of pale ale, IPA, wheat and some type of stout none of which even close to impressed. The rest of our group, most of whom are not beer snobs, agreed on this evaluation of the beers. I had a couple strong ales which were decent but definitely out of balance and not true to the style.
Food: was above average and nobody in the group had any complaints. Standard brewpub fare of sandwiches and fried foods. My burger was very tasty and cooked perfectly. They even had a nice kids menu for my children.
Service: our waitress was very nice and friendly but it was clear that she was overwhelmed as there were times when 20 minutes passed before she even came to our table to check on us or give us an update on our food. It was 45 minutes to an hour before our food came which was longer than we waited for the table. They really need to have more servers especially on the busy weekends.
Prices: definitely expensive but not for the location. If the beers were a little better I would have absolutely no qualms with the prices.
This is definitely NOT a must-visit beer location or destination in San Francisco. However, if you find yourself out at the beach in need of a craft brew and a burger, then this is your place.
01-27-2009 20:20:59 |
More by ipa247
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a pretty good place that gets the most points for the place and location itself. It's in an historic 1920s building at the western end of Golden Gate Park, with the front looking out at the ocean, with nice views form the windows all along the front, and the back, operated as a separate restaurant but part of the same business, facing the park. The building has beautiful frescos and other details from the period and has been nicely restored after having been derelict for some years. The main negative of the building is that the back part, the Park Chalet, although attractive in a conservatory-like setting, is hot and overly bright in sunny, warm weather. However, since this is San Francisco, and it's on Ocean Beach, warm, sunny days are not all that frequent. In the summer, especially, one can often bet on it being cool and foggy.
The beers are of a very limited range, not widely varied, and not imaginitive. However, the ones I've had at the place itself are very good, well-rounded, and enjoyable.
Food is pretty good, but not great, and rather pricey for what you get.
Service is adequate.
09-19-2012 04:40:04 |
More by Offa
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Location, Location, Location!
Atmosphere is what the Beach Chalet is all about. While a few years ago this wasn't all the Beach Chalet relied on, today it seems that atmosphere is all it really has going for it. That said, what a location it is. Acting as the boundary between SF's Golden Gate park and the ever stunning Ocean Beach, the Beach Chalet is a great to place to relax pint in hand. They have the downstairs outside cafe and the inside upstairs dining room with a fantastic view of the pacific ocean.
On the quality side, the food and beer have taken a hit over the years. I don't know if the brewer has changed or what, but the beers lacked the robust flavor I've come to expect from Brew Pubs over the years. In fact the Belgian Dubbel I tried actually tasted watery.
I hate to agree with the other posting I saw regarding poor service, but unfortunately I can't. I will say our server had a great attitude, it was just slow. I actually got this impression this resulted from a lack of leadership and organization and not just the servers attitude.
The food selection was pretty standard, and while I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was decent, my father had the burger which was impressive. The beer selection was also average for a brewpub, though I was dissapointed that the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest wasn't on tap.
I might be a little off in my value rating. The food was a little pricey for what you got, but again with the location because the food isn't the only thing you are paying for at the Beach Chalet. It has a tough to beat location, and I will be going back.
02-28-2010 15:40:46 |
More by marzen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Atmosphere - This is a nice place with a wall of windows that over look the ocean for a great view while eating. The restaurant is on the second floor as you get up the stairs the bar is to your right and the seating is to the left.
Quality/Selection - During my visit they had eight house beers on tap tat ranged from a Light Lager to a Stout and ran from average to good.
Service - During my visit the service was pretty average the waitress was friendly and brought us our food in a timely manner.
Food - The wife and I stopped by for dinner and I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich it was ok despite not having much BBQ flavor to it at all. The wife enjoyed her dinner as well.
Overall the this is a nice place to come to for some good food and a beer.
03-01-2011 05:31:22 |
More by armock
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
We ate and drank in the Park Chalet section, which has a nice upscale restaurant look and feel complete with fireplace and a nice view of their park area and patio. The service was prompt, attentive, and friendly. The number of beers that were offered was typical of a small brew pub with a decent range of styles. I was less than impressed with the quality of the beers and food, which at $5 a pint and $11 for an average burger were way overpriced. Overall, a decent place, but not one to make a special trip for.
06-16-2006 15:06:42 |
More by klewis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Amazing location for a brew pub, but I was not so impressed with the beer that Beach Chalet offered. I would recommend it just for the views.
The Beach Chalet overlooks the Pacific Ocean near Ocean Beach. It is about as remote a part of San Francisco as you can get, so it may be about 20 minutes from the downtown/Chinatown area.
The beers were decent and the food was fine, but a bit expensive. There are not a lot of alternatives in that area of the city that have the great view, so why not hit a place with its own beers? I would recommend a trip out to the Beach Chalet.
05-18-2007 19:06:07 |
More by cbreitro
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere: This was perfect, other than the fact it was a little upscale. its located on the upstairs of this building that has huge windows and over looks the beach. its simply beautiful. the inside is modeled to look very old world, i loved it.
Service: unless you're at the bar, you're likely to be waited on by a server. though they may not be completely knowledgeable about the beer, they still will know the small facts, and will also be very friendly.
Selection/Quality: obviously, the only beer there are the ones brewed on premises. they have a decent mix of your average beer styles, as well as one cask fed ale. the beers won't amaze you, but its always fun to drink something fresh from a brewery.
I'd recommend getting a lunch here while trying a few good beers.
07-10-2011 18:33:32 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Spacious dining areas including a nice enclosed patio area, with a bar, downstairs in the back. Upstairs is a nice dining area with a great ocean beach view and a bar area, kind of yuppy-ish.
Located in a historical park building with some historical items below the dining area. Restroom was clean. Nice wooden tables, chairs, and bar area. The kitchen is not in the open.
Good and prompt service, business like.
A decent selection with two cask options only available upstairs. I had the Dee's Bitter (handpump) and tasted the handpump Porter, did not get a chance to taste their beers on tap today.
Good menu with some healthy options, did not eat here today.
05-09-2005 15:05:34 |
More by Troyone
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