SmithHouse Tap & Grill
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Member Reviews (6)
- SmithHouse Tap & GrillMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 05, 2013
Looking for a place to watch a sports game? Check out Smithhouse! They had TVs around the restaurant that could be viewed from large, comfy booth tables. Make reservations ahead of time and be sure to request the game of interest for the best seating placement.
Food and drink were good. Mac and cheese entree was cheesy, gooey and irresistible. Loved it. There were also many beers on tap to choose from and if you wanted to, you could pour your own glass of beer from a tap on the table! Our server was honest and said a better pour would come from the bar.
Only gripe was the slow waiter service. We received everything we ordered, it was just slow to catch the waiter to order more food and drinks. Keeping the beer flowing is key during a big game!
- SmithHouse Tap & GrillAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3May 23, 2013
Holy hell, this place has a LOT of beer! There are even tables with BUILT-IN TAPS! And not only is the beer selection crazy, they have some delicious food. We went here for lunch a couple days ago for a coworker's birthday and it was great! Service was spot-on (thanks Matthew!), and we stuffed ourselves with yummy food. For apps, we tried the Spinach Artichoke Dip and the Onion Rings. The dip was better than average, but the onion rings were tasty- too bad they give a rather modest portion. My coworkers all had the SmithHouse Burger, but I tried the Anchor Steamed Mussels. Now the description is "fresh Prince Island mussels in the San
Francisco favorite, Anchor Steam, along with lemon, butter, herbs, served with fresh sourdough bread". Didn't get any FRESH sourdough though (one of my faves!) unless they made the plain little toasts from sourdough. =( I got over the disappointment though, because they also gave me a side of their delicious fries. Lots of sea salt, light Parmesan, and some herbs, on fat, crisp steak fries- yum! The mussels themselves were large and very numerous. I didn't count but there had to have been maybe 2 dozen in that bowl! Happy seafood slut! I also had a pint of one of their brown ales, the Hobgoblin, which was quite good. Last but not least, they brought my coworker a generous slice of cheesecake, drizzled with strawberry sauce, that was among the best I've had.
I really liked the ambience, service, and menu here. Some things seemed a little odd (like the rice bowls? or the Hawaiian Shave Ice for dessert?), but I would definitely like to go back. They started offering brunch on weekends only a month ago, and there is a Happy Hour M-F from 3 PM- 7 PM. They also offer free parking, which is key! So if anyone is interested in doing a little HHing, let me know!
- SmithHouse Tap & GrillNov 19, 2012
I came here with a bunch of friends for the UCLA vs USC game. There are some things I liked about this place and some things I didn't.
First the bad:
- The service was terrible. Our waiter must have been a USC fan because he would not come to our table to take orders. I even tracked him down to get an order in and it still didn't come. I didn't get a glass for drinks until 30 min later. I didn't get a glass of water I asked for until 2 hrs later.
- The food is just ok and it was expensive. Our bill came out to be almost $45/person
Now I do have a couple of good things to say about this place.
- They have this self-serving keg built into your table which is really convenient. You can pour your own beer at about $6/pint. You only get a choice of 2 beers though, but one of them was actually very good. I'm giving this place 1 star for this.
- I'm giving this place a 2nd star because UCLA won that day ;)
- SmithHouse Tap & GrillNov 18, 2012
We went to this tap & grill to watch a football game. The place seems to only have valet parking next door, so I parked there. The valet guy was really nice and quick. The restaurant itself is good for watching a game with friends. They offer your own tap beer at your table, which was cool. However, the service was the worst I've seen in a long time. It's the only reason they are getting a bad review from me. The waiter could not to be found anywhere. Before I arrived, my friends were trying to get the waiter's attention and 30 minutes went by and still no waiter. We couldn't get a hold of our waiter, so I had to march up to the counter to get him, order my food there and ask for him to bring us 2 glasses for beer. The food took about 30 minutes to come out. The waiter also did not bring us any extra plates to share food and was really hard to flag down when my friends were asking about their order that was taking a really long time to come. The food was decent, but not the best. But it's good enough for bar food. I would probably only go back to this place if my friends all wanted to go back.
- SmithHouse Tap & GrillFirst to ReviewOct 04, 2012
Still full from dinner at SmithHouse, I may not need to eat for a week after the damage I did here last night. As I suspected from glancing over the menu on-line this place really reminded me of a TGIF's or Claim Jumper type restaurant - very casual place to eat, with a HUGE menu of just about everything with very reasonable prices. The food was OK but nothing blew me away and I tried a bunch of stuff.
beer fondue (beer infused cheese with spices) wasn't anything special, but then again I'm not a big "fonduer", but the pretzel itself wasn't that great.
St Louis ribs - were so tender, fell right off the bone but the sauce was just OK.
I ordered the Shrimp Po Boy entree - and it was just OK - nothing special or stand out about it at all, I actually left most of the bread and lettuce and just picked out some of the coated shrimp.
We were there with a party of 6 and one thing I can say, is the service was excellent, from ordering beers (over 120 on tap) to appetizers, entrees, dessert and coffee - everything came out in a timely manner. This place can certainly handle large groups without a problem.
Others in our group ordered the Fried Chicken Royale dinner - the chicken was heavily coated and very tender, the biscuits were just so so, as were the mash potatoes but the gravy that appeared a bit watery was actually quite tasty. Our table had everything from Veggie Burgers, to Chili Burgers, and scallops to a steak skirt but this just isn't really my type of restaurant.
I had a few different beers but don't know what the heck they were - two of them were the specials that evening (a Newcastle of some sort and something else served in a goblet that was ABV 10% for $5 so I was getting a lotta bang for my buck ;) and the other may have been a Weihenstephaner hefe weissbier - all three were good!
The dessert menu wasn't very impressive. We ordered the funnel cake and again it was just OK.
This is the sort of place that if I lived in the area, perhaps I'd pop in, sit at the bar and order a beer. I would not personally recommend this restaurant for a date of any sort, it feels like a "chain" restaurant. It may be a good place for the guys to go grab food and drinks but not a place for any "foodie" type peeps!