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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
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1000 Great Highway @ Ocean
phone: (415) 386-8439
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the second floor of the Beach Chalet on the western edge of Golden Gate Park, the table seating along the windows and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The doorway opens onto the m.d.s. to the immediate left with the restaurant area beyond the m.d.s. The "U"-shaped dark marble and blonde wood bar ran along the right wall and overlooked the brewhouse. Although it was undoubtedly a clean, well-lighted place for beer, I cannot really dun its ambiance. The music was 1940's and '50's crooners and standards. I went with the Black Forest Ham sandwich for lunch. Great barter among the waitstaff.
Beers: VFW Light; Ocean Beach Oktoberfest; CA Kind Ale; Riphide Red; Presidio IPA; Fleishhacker Stout; Dee's Bitter Ale (D.B.A.);the Brewer's Special was a "Harvest Ale", utilizing fresh, wet hops; plus Celebration Ale, a spiced holiday beer. Further the IPA was on gravity pour and DBA was on ahnd pump. Holly Heaven, Batman!
Also, their liquor selection was top shelf (pun intended). A BT of Johnnie Blue waved to me, as did a BT of Old Potrero.
Waitstaff all in black. I might have offset it with white aprons, but I'm an aesthete.
Bomber BTs of their six (6) standards, for you to-go junkies.
My new pen, courtesy of B. C.
Park Chalet Garden Restaurant: A bar downstairs with the m.d.s. to the right and a working fireplace dead ahead. Off to the left was the inverted "J"-shaped blonde wood bar. Lots of standard restaurant tables and chairs to the right. The bar area was a mix of standard and high tables and chairs. Much jazzier music down here. Patio seating with killer view during season.
11-25-2009 09:58:29 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is great, just a 10 minute walk down the great highway at the Pacific ocean from the last N-Judah light rail stop. The atmosphere is great with the second floor dining room being one of the preimer places in the city to watch the sunset in the evening. The quality of the beers is usually very good, but the selection can be a little limp at times...still the fantastic ambiance of the dining room and the great views and fantastic (although a bit pricey) food and service more than make up for it in this gem of a restaurant...of all of the brewpubs in San Francisco, this is definately the classiest one and one of the only ones i'd take a date to...
05-21-2007 04:14:25 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
As noted, Beach Chalet overlooks the aptly-named Ocean Beach. Go up the stairs and you will find a busy, and somwhat classy, dining room bustling with families, tourists and waitstaff. You can wait for a table that looks out at the beach - and where Gidget and Moondoggie are no doubt hanging ten - or you can find a place at the bar to the right as you enter. You can see the brewing tanks from here as well.
Beach Chalet offers a variety of styles - about a dozen beers, one of which was on cask during my visit. A six-beer sampler runs about $8.00. They also bottle their beer to take home. ( I took home two by the way.)
The menu seemed a bit hoity-toity; of course, I am not some swell that descends from a Pacific Heights loft when in need of victuals. In any case, the food was pretty good - I chose the roast beef dip. Service was efficient, but hurried. Obviously turnaround is important, so you should have a few pints without lingering.
Beach Chalet is adjacent to Golden Gate Park and is accessible to Muni (the public transit system.) An enjoyable lunch with some decent beers.
01-02-2009 01:08:37 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First stop on brewpub tour of SF. Located across street from beach/ocean in northwest part of SF. When you walk in you are in a museum that showcases the swimming/bathing facility that this place once was. Straight ahead and down some steps brings you to the bar.
My friend and i had a sampler of 8 beers (?). Beers ran the gamut from light easy drinking beers like Hopsession (top pick here for us) and a porter. We found the beers to be solid, a few misses, but all in all nice beers. Didn't try the food but what I did see others eating looked good.
Value and service were good and the barkeep knew her beer. I would come back to see what the brewer has whipped up.
01-30-2011 18:12:48 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
This was the last stop of the night on a beer tasting trip a month ago. The place is a real nice high class joint right across the street from the ocean. We went on a saturday night and it was packed. All kinds of people in there but the whole vibe was just too ritzy and high end for me. I felt really out of place not wearing a $150 shirt. Good place to go for a nice dinner but not necesarily for beer sampling.
The food was wonderful, just really expensive. I think we each paid something like $25 / plate. The beer was pretty mediocre, the ipa was decent and the light beer was decent for what it was supposed to be. Didn't like the octoberfest though. I think my brother pissed off the waitress and so she didn't come back except to give us our check.
11-17-2007 02:29:10 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Spacious dining areas including a nice enclosed patio area, with a bar, downstairs in the back. Upstairs is a nice dining area with a great ocean beach view and a bar area, kind of yuppy-ish.
Located in a historical park building with some historical items below the dining area. Restroom was clean. Nice wooden tables, chairs, and bar area. The kitchen is not in the open.
Good and prompt service, business like.
A decent selection with two cask options only available upstairs. I had the Dee's Bitter (handpump) and tasted the handpump Porter, did not get a chance to taste their beers on tap today.
Good menu with some healthy options, did not eat here today.
05-09-2005 15:05:34 |
More by Troyone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located in a really nice spot overlooking the ocean and at the end of golden gate park, the beach chalet is a pretty cool art deco building, with murals on the ground floor and the bar/restaurant one up. The place was extremely busy when we got there (it was new year's eve after all), but service was quick and efficient, and our food arrived soon after ordering. Everything was a bit pricey, and we erred towards the more traditional options, which were very well prepared. When we visited they had eight taps of their own brews (of vastly differing quality). I can't recall the cost of the sampler carousel, but it seemed to represent good value, and it was pretty cool drinking a beer and watching the waves crash.
01-11-2008 14:17:23 |
More by bobsy
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
We visitied the Beach Chalet at night so i didn't get to see the view of the Pacific Ocean on this occasion! The Beach Chalet is easy to find and is located above the visitors center at the ocean end of Golden Gate Park. Arriving on a Sunday night we found the bar fairly busy and sat ourselves at the bar itself. The staff were very friendly, well informed and offered us samples of the beers on offer. My VFW light was just what i needed!
An excellent brewpub, probably very touristy during the summer, worth combining with a daytime walk through the park and a stroll down Ocean Beach.
02-13-2005 22:33:55 |
More by Clembo1957
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Beach Chalet is worth visiting for one reason alone, the location (across the street from Ocean Beach, and elevated for even better views) and the incredible views from the restaurant and to a lesser extent, the bar area. There is also a great outdoor seating area with a little lawn that adjoins Golden Gate Park. Fantastic location that is really tough to beat.
Unfortunately, the quality of the beer is a notch below good, and closer to average. A few beers can be tasty, but overall, not something to seek out for its high quality. The IPA is worth drinking and you could do a lot worse than sitting at the bar and turning your head to see an amazing view of the beach and the ocean while drinking a Beach Chalet Presidio IPA.
This place is unique in that the location, views, and ability to walk out the door and be on the beach kind of dominate the reasons to visit. The quality of the beer really does take a back seat when going here, and for once, in my visits to brewpubs over the years, the quality doesn't really matter when placed in this context.
Vibe is nice, tourists and locals, and people generally seem to be having a good time. Very much worth visiting for all the vibe/atmosphere reasons mentioned above. Definitely check out the Park Chalet, back patio area as well and certainly walk over to the beach and/or Golden Gate Park. One of the better brewpub locations I've been to in California, or anywhere for that matter. If they stepped up the quality of the beer a few notches, this place would truly be world class.
11-15-2011 07:31:13 |
More by colonelforbin
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