Handles Gastropub
Handles Gastropub

Handles Gastropub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.handlesgastropub.com/
  • Phone: 9253996690
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    DInner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Brian Hampton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Handles is proud to offer catering services for more information please call or visit our website.
  • Private Party Facilities: Handles Gastropub has private meeting and event space for rent as well as a beautiful outdoor patio. We are the perfect venue for your next event.
  • Private Party Contact: Erin Ritterbush 9253996690
  • Entertainment: Handles is proud to offer nights of live music & entertainment. Check out our website for our events calendar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. John
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Handles Gastropub
Handles Gastropub at the historic Pleasanton Hotel. Our gastropub is a unique combination of a traditional public house (think your favorite watering hole) that serves high quality food. The menu is seasonal, ingredient driven American comfort food with an emphasis on all natural meats, poultry and fish with fresh, local produce. The public house will feature 30 craft beers and 16 local wines on tap. Your favorite cocktails will also be available.

It is our goal to become your favorite neighborhood place. We look forward to serving you soon.
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Handles Gastropub reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Our waitress made us feel
    MelanieVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2012
    Our waitress made us feel rushed and had to be asked to bring drinks, etc all thrughout the meal. When we received the bill, we realized she never brought us the second drink one of our guests had ordered or coffee we requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was fine.........nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    It was fine.........nothing special. Sent food back for a re-heat, but overall it was fine!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    There was 7 of us. We sat out side and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place, love the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Wonderful place, love the patio, great ambience & a good wine & beer selection but service is consistently terrible! Had to ask for the kid’s menu 4 times & were finally told that they hadn’t printed any that day. Every drinks order took forever to arrive & the kids drinks were brought in glasses & we had to ask for plastic kids cups which took 20 mins before they finally materialized. Our food was very slow, & one of the kids had to wait another 15 mins before their meal came out. Lastly the kids’s meals came with ice-cream but they had to wait 20 mins & 3 reminders later before receiving it. I really want to ‘love’ Handles &for it to become a regular place for us visit, but the terrible service over shadows all the other good points!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I came here with my boys on
    benhur
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    I came here with my boys on a Thursday night. They wanted to watch the games so we had dinner in the bar/lounge area. Although it wasn't busy, we found ourselves waiting a good amount before our drinks order was taken, our food order was taken, etc. The food was just ok...about average for bar food. It seems like a good place to grab drinks and meet up with friends. Don't come here just for the food, though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch was not a good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Easter Brunch was not a good time to go to Handles. The staff seemed new or just inexperienced. Service inside was poor at best. The food was good, but for the price it seemed uninspired and average in its creativity. Hostess and server not good. Asked for outside, told no, because they had "other" reservations that got those tables, since we made our reservation "online" they didn't consider those as preferential as the direct ones...? What? Then we received barely decent service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great balloon maker and fun
    meme
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    great balloon maker and fun making cupcakes. prime rib was awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellend, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    The food was excellend, the only complaint was it was a brunch and the plates were not removed when we went back for seconds so at the end of the meal the table was piled with plates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Brunch is definitely one of the best kept secrets! We've been several times - random Sunday, Mother's Day, Easter - every time the food has been fabulous! The ham is simply delicious and the hash is to die for! And the Handles Bloody Mary is definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    The food was delicious and sevice excellent ... they went out of their way to make an off menu dessert (fresh fruit bowl)! The waiter was knowledgeable and helped with drink selections! I will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to have a bite
    TrnrmomVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    Handles is located in the old Pleasanton Hotel, so the ambience is built in. While it was bustling when we walked in at 6 PM on a Sunday night, it was dead by the time we left. The food was pretty good, although they were out of the "Flights & Bites" which is their happy hour type offering - $5 for 3 beer tastes, $6 for 3 wines & $7 for 3 "bites". Our party had Kobe beef sliders, salmon salad, the soup of the day (bean & bacon), & a burger. It was all pretty tasty, but service a tad slow as servers were obviously sent home as the crowd dispersed. We'd return, but hope it was just a quiet night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little gem in Plesasanton
    Natalie
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    We enjoyed ourselves at this little gem. Good solid food with a bit of polish to make it special (like the blue cheese burger, yummy). Located in the Pleasanton Hotel, it is nicely located in the heart of Pleasanton with easy walks along the vibrant downtown scene. Parking is easy and the relaxed and comfortable ambiance makes this a must return standard.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW and YUM!
    KristaVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    It's been a long time since I've been wowed in so many different categories by a restaurant. Our server was super knowledgeable (he rattled of the names of the local food purveyors and even knew why one of the beers was infused with nitrogen without having to check in with the bartender). Everything Handles serves is made on site, including the ketchup (which was delicious by the way). The sweet potato fries were amazing. The three cheese mac and cheese with pastrami was out of this world and the serving was beyond generous. Their handcrafted Handles Sun Bathed Blonde was also fantastic. The prices are great too. This was the first time I've ever even been to Pleasanton, so I was thankful we hit the restaurant jack pot our first time there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was decent overall. Beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    It was decent overall. Beer and Wine were the highlights. The food was really just average. We were intrigued by the wine kegs/taps and that's what brought us here. Pretty neat idea for sure. I'd imagine that in the evenings, with music in the bar, Handles would be a lot more fun for adults.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to have a casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Great place to have a casual meal and drinks with friends. There were six in our party. It was the first time for all of us. We all agreed, entres were good, dessert was not so good. Will go again, but skip the dessert. Oh, and the guys loved the beer selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    I was pleasantly surprised by this place. We went there on Valentines day with limited expectations and found the food to be great. Ambiance was super nice, service was fast and cost was reasonable. Its a new top favorite for us in Pleasanton!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Valentines menu. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Great Valentines menu. Service was very good. Clean. Pub looked great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting food choices.
    GinascucinaVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Interesting food choices. Restaurant filled up fast for lunch on Saturday, we were glad that we made a reservation thru Open Table. Waitress were not as attentive as we would hope, we waited a good 10 mins after finishing meal before another waitress stopped our table and said that she should would send out waitress over. Employees are very nice and we enjoyed the table for 2 right in front of the fireplace!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely a neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Definitely a neighborhood gem. One of those places we like to go to just hang with friends. The wine and beer selection is excellent. The meatloaf is consistently delicious. Can't wait for spring time - looking forward to Brunch coming back!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buffalo Burger was amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/5/2012
    Buffalo Burger was amazing! Beef dip was a little dry and flavorless. Huge "on tap" list for beer and wine :-) Comfortable & inviting place, nice and open for larger groups, but intimate enough for a chill date night. Staff was very friendly. Will definitely go back for ambiance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burgers and sweet potato fries
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    Burgers and sweet potato fries are good. Bread pudding is NOT
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The mac & cheese with bacon
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    The mac & cheese with bacon was COVERED in tasty, crispy bacon crumbles but the casserole itself was underseasoned and the pasta way overcooked. The salads were HUGE even the small ones. The drinks were large and strong. I'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had lunch at Handles for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    We had lunch at Handles for 6 adults, and it was okay. food for fair-to-good, although I thought the menu was a little limited for a 'Gastro pub'. Service was fair; we had a used water glass on the table that the waitress kind of ignored. Prices were reasonable for the food. Not a great experience, but, not bad. I'll probably give it another try, especially when I can try some of the beer menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was extremely salty;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    The food was extremely salty; all 6 dinners complained about that; each had different meals.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great. Awesome local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    Food was great. Awesome local beer and wine selection. Kitchen was a little slow, but this place is a great value and outstanding setup. The dinning room side is very comfortable with a moderate noise level and the bar side can get "energetic." Will absolutely be back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed they didn't recognize
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Disappointed they didn't recognize my friend's 75th birthday as noted on my reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected Pleasant Surprise!
    ArmoPrincessVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2012
    Took the team to Handles expecting the usual salad/burger menu, but was happily surprised by the delicious meals served. Smoked meats, meat loaf, and beer and wine samplers were highlights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My husband and I had reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    My husband and I had reservations for New Year's Eve. They had a great pre-fixe menu and the food was really good! I was pleasantly surprised. My only negative comment would be that at times I felt like we were being rushed through our dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Handles never disappoints.
    CellarSnobVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2011
    Handles never disappoints. I'm working my way through their menu and so far everything I've had has been good. A little messy - but good! This last visit was especially fun - rather then desert we sipped on Candy Cane Martini's. I highly recommend you try one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Xmas lunch
    Happysmacker
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    Everyone in our group seemed to enjoy their food. Reasonable price. Friendly setting. Hostess was attractive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We made reservations assuming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    We made reservations assuming we were going to sit in the dining room on your right. Instead we were seated in the bar area.VERY LOUD CANNOT HEAR EACH OTHER LEFT WITH A HEADACHE. I had been told to go there will not do so if I have coice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great new spot! We're
    KristinVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    What a great new spot! We're so glad to see something in the Pleasanton Hotel!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The turkey spinach salad was
    djshaferVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    The turkey spinach salad was really good, but the menu said it had grilled peaches which was intriguing, but it came with sliced pears instead. Not a huge big deal, but it would have been nice if our server told us there was a substitution. Also the poached eggs on the hash at our table were overcooked (too hard). But we had a great experience, great prices and we loved the atmosphere, so we'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Handles divides the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    Handles divides the restaurant into two sections: One is a sit-down restaurant seating that is quieter and will a more formal service staff. The other part is near the bar, with self seating, and a lot more bar noise. If you make reservations, you get seated in the more formal area. I wouldn't quite call the place "schizophrenic"... you have options. Quiet sit down, or lively bar food. Works for me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great concept, great beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    Great concept, great beer selection... LOUSY service. Who sits at a bar and practically has to reach over the counter and grab someone to get a beer?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great selection of beer, nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    Great selection of beer, nice bar, great ambiance, saw families dining - but with well behaved kids, food was delicious! This will become a regular spot for us!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Handles is a good value and
    GMark
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    Handles is a good value and has really good food across the board. Everything that hit our table was very tasty and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Shepard's Pie was delicious
    LinWoVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    The Shepard's Pie was delicious I would go back just for this dish. I would recommend this restaurant for one who likes comfort food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We met friends for lunch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/28/2011
    We met friends for lunch and had a very nice time. The food was great and large quantities. The menu is pub fare and my husband had a wonderful shepherd's pie. My fish & chips lunch was very good. There was no one to greet us when we arrived and we just took a seat at a table by the window. We were not rushed and were able to have a long lunch visit with our friends. It was a Monday but they were fairly busy. The bar area looked good and they have a large list of interesting beer selections. We would go back again. It is very casual and a bit noisy but a fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had the Kobe beef sliders,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    Had the Kobe beef sliders, yummy! Good pours on the drinks, too. Good service rounded out a pleasant experience (we were initially seated to a couple of noisy little kids, and the receptionists happily relocated us to a quieter table). High ceilings contributed to the "energetic" noise level and took away from the ambiance a bit. However, we'll go back often!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic