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Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 119
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
419 S Main St
phone: (248) 544-6250
There is a city operated parking lot behind the building aboiut 1/2 block away and street parking is also available
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by nortmand:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1 | food: 5 | $$$
Stopped here with the wifey on the way home from one of those huge damn Detroit malls. This was in late summer 2005, but was a memorable enough experience to warrant a beerfly review.
I was really excited about this place, as I'd read the Michigan Beer Guide article about it in the spring, and the new brewer seemed enthusiastic, plus all Belgian style beers? Hell yeah! I started with a sampler and the waitress brought out for beers and described them as Stella pilsner, Liberty pale ale, a dubbel and Celis wit. I thought, that's strange, but maybe she's just naming common examples of their current styles, and it made sense, because there really aren't any common dubbels out there. Anyway, I started in on the sampler, and thought OK, boring pils, wit is pretty good and drinkable, dubbel, nice and malty. I ended with the pale ale and thought "damn, this place is making a very nice pale." But then I grew suspicious and went up to the bar, and sure enough, Stella, Anchor Liberty and Celis all on tap. Which meant that they only had one of their actual beers.
That said, their dubbel was fantastic! The food was very nice as well. This is a great place for dinner, and I am excited to try their other beers, but I'll have to call ahead to make sure they are actually on tap.
11-28-2005 19:51:53 |
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More by hotsudge
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This was stop #2 of a pub crawl for our group of 4 this day. We has just finished lunch at another brewery so we just wanted to try the beers as the primary part of our experience here. It was just after lunchtime and the brewery was nearly empty. Consequently we sat at the bar and had good service and got to talk with the bartender.
The brewery is a cut above most brewpubs as far as the ambiance goes, and the layout is more like an upscale restaurant and bar in the decor. The beers are all Belgian-inspired so I was a little apprehensive because this 'style' is usually not a favorite. We ordered a flight of 7 beer samplers, and all were very tasty. I may be changing my opinion about whether Belgian-inspired beers are to my liking. Our group (and I) liked every one of them, and we decided that they deserve a grading of a B across the board.
I forgot to look at the food menu but I notice that it is on the brewery's website. It looks very extensive, and I'd love to come back here someday for a meal. I highly recommend this brewery for a visit.
09-16-2013 16:41:08 |
More by Mothergoose03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been to this place twice; once inside, and once in the outdoor seating area.
The indoor atmosphere quite nice: clean, somewhat dark and barlike, and huge. It is a bit noisy, however, but nothing excessive. The outdoor seating allows you to people watch on Main Street, but it's a bit cramped and the tables are tiny. Also, if you're looking specifically to sit outdoors, prepare to wait a bit, as seating is limited. I'd actually recommend sitting indoors if you're having food simply due to space limitations.
The quality is top-notch. The food and beer are excellent and look excellent too.
The service is good; it was quite busy when we went both times and the servers were quick and attentive.
The selection is huge when it comes to food. Lots of fatty Belgian cuisine, but sooo good. It took me a long time to decide what I wanted since the menu was so large and had a lot of attractive options. I've only had burgers so far but they were fantastic.
The beer selection is quite wide, too. They offer flights of 6, 7 or 8, so I got the flight of eight, which was all their general beer plus their two seasonals. I liked all but one.
While a bit pricy, I'd say the value is worth it overall. Had my boyfriend and I gotten pints rather than the biggest flight each, our bill would have been much cheaper. I'd say the food prices are about average for dinner in Royal Oak.
05-09-2013 18:33:13 |
More by Kerrie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
(Visited 08/2011): Bastone is located in the heart of Royal Oak at the corner of S. Main and 5th. Metered parking is available in the surrounding area.
The interior is pretty cozy with a small bar area on the right and high backed booths and tables in the restaurant area. They have a patio as well. Brick and tile motif. Above the bar hang signs featuring each of their standard beers.
Bastone serves 8 beers including a seasonal or two, and a sampler is available. They range from Blonde, Pils, and Wit to a Dubbel, Tripel and Saison Noir. All of the beers are above average. They also have a few bottles from Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak.
Service on a relatively slow weekday (I arrived right as they opened). The bartender was knowledgeable about their beers and of other recommendations for the area.
The food at Bastone has a Belgian tilt, and my pomme frites and sandwich were good.
Overall this is a pretty solid spot. Maybe not a fair comparison but I think Brugge is a lot better, however this is still a place worth visiting in the area.
01-02-2012 03:16:55 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited this past Saturday night and it was a genuine disappointment. Not the best Royal Oak has to offer.
Nightclub music was loud, overpowering in pub/bar area. Although the continuous stream of youth walking downstairs was an aesthetically pleasing distraction. Our service was poor; not happy to see us or to be there. Food was filling but unremarkable.
Beer sampling selection was enjoyable, and although none of the beers themselves were earth-shattering, they were reasonably priced, well-presented and definitely the highlight of the visit!
10-23-2011 23:54:34 |
More by hopsolutely
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bastone in Royal Oak is a great place to eat and usually a great place to grab a brew. There are four components to the Bastone buildings. Commune in the basement is the nightclub, Vinoteca is the wine bar, Habana is the Cuban resteraunt and Bastone is the Dutch resteraunt and brewpub. You can get all drinks and beer at all places, but I am only reveiwing Bastone.
The atmosphere is a cool, trendy looking vibe with a younger crowd for the most part. Families are welcome, as well as the single crowd.
There is a small bar where you can order drinks including the beer. There is usually 4-5 differents drafts on. I would say 65% of the time there are really good taps, 25% of the time are average brews and 10% of the time is below average fare. The head brewer changed last year and he has been doing great things, with the saison being their best.
The food is where it is at here. My wife is 1/2 Dutch and loves coming here as it is a Dutch-American menu. Fish n Chips to Chicken Cream Sauce to stellar deserts. One of the top 10 in Royal Oak to hit.
All around this is a great place to hit in Royal Oak and shouldn't be missed.
08-04-2011 21:59:42 |
More by steebo777
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was in town for a sports filled weekend and found our way here after a red wings game.
A dimly lit place, that's for sure. We made our way through the bar and into the dining room where they sat us in a rather tall wooden booth. While the privacy was nice, it felt as though we were in a phone booth with seats.
They had about 8 beers on tap along with an extensive wine menu. The crowd, from what I saw, seemed to be more into the wine than the beer. I had the Royal IPA, which was nice, but didn't wow me at all.
The food was solid. I had a hangar steak sandwich with pomme frites that was prepared nicely with some arugula and a cheddar biscuit/pancake bun. My buddies each had a flatbread pizza and remarked that they were very good.
Overall, this was a nice place that I would like to check out again as I feel it has more to offer than what I got out of it on this trip.
I bumped the service score up a notch because our waitress was really good. On top of her game, able to explain the styles of beers, and was just plain friendly.
12-14-2010 15:55:25 |
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