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Garrett Hill Ale House

3.9
37 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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If you are in the mood for a casual dining experience with delicious food, great beer and good friends, visit Garrett Hill Ale House in Bryn Mawr. Garrett Hill Ale House is everything you could possibly want and expect from a restaurant and beer hall combined. Various tap handles from different regions throughout the U.S. and across the globe pay homage to the deliciousness of a well-crafted beer.

The foods featured on the menu are nothing short of mouthwatering with options like the grass fed all natural 10-ounce burger, prosciutto wrapped horseradish shrimp, hot turkey and stuffing wrap and the London broil. Visit Garrett Hill Ale House for lunch, dinner or a round of drinks while you kick back with friends and family.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch/Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am -4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
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Phone number
(610) 519-0500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nuwan Chaminda
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Conestoga
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Parking details
Private parking in rear of restaurant.
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Public transit
Walking distance from R5.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.7
service
3.4
ambience
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on November 15, 2014

Comfort food with little attention to quality. Servers were pleasant and the prices are reasonable but it is really mediocre overall.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2014

the food came out of the kitchen hot. Very good beer selection on tap and bottles. Great service also

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2014

The place was empty which was fortunate for seating however the food was long in arriving. Food was just "ok" but the vanilla crunch cake was awesome. No unsweetened ice tea so booze or sugary soda as options for beverages.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2014

Service was prompt, food selection & quality were good. Liked their select-your-own-beer flights. Very reasonable pricing. I would just turn down the sound level of the music/TV. We had the mussels (traditional), scallops for apps, Mediterranean salad, meatloaf for entrees. All were wonderful.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2014

Nice restaurant, food was solid and service was good!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2014

We have dined here many times and love the food and beer choices. The service the other night was not the best...no plates with our appetizer (a dip and chips) which made for a mess on the table and then we used our napkins as plates and for a little clean up....messy and had to wait until we were done eating before anyone came back so we could get another napkin. Dessert also came without napkins...

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2014

Went during Phila Beer Week. Enjoyed a couple flights of some good draft beer. Ordered a couple small plates and an appetizer. All we good, but not great.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Interesting beer selection, better than average bar food, good service, friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

We are weekly customers and always have a great meal. The casual atmosphere is perfect for Garrett Hill.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

First time to eat there. Great neighborhood find. Delicious, interesting food.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2014

I went here with a friend on Saturday night and it wasn't too busy so the service was very attentive. Not sure what it will be like when it's busy seeing as they only had 2 servers. We got the original mussels and the duck egg rolls to share. They were delicious! We ordered another side of bread to dip in the mussel broth. Yummy!

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Showed up for our reservation at 8PM on a Saturday night. Stood at the entrance for almost 10 minutes, waiting for someone to at least acknowledge us. Didn't happen, so we left....... I rated the food a 3, since other reviewers thought it was good. Sadly, I will never know.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2014

The food has been exceptional on all occasions we have visited. Beer selection is also great...lots of craft beers on draft! They are always very welcoming and also accomodate any requests for food/drinks.

Only drawback is the parking....very limited parking available. But would highly recommend the restaurant....food, drinks and service far outweigh the parking dilemma!!!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2014

The specials are delishous. the regular menu is just as good . Friendly staff

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2014

I've eaten at the Garrett Hill Ale house before, but it was not during it's busy time.Apparently, you should not come in the evenings since their kitchen cannot keep up with the food orders, even though it is not a very large place.This would have been fine with my group if our waitress was attentive and checked on us to make sure we had enough to drink. Regardless of running out of beer, I ran out of water and finally had to get up to ask the waitress to get me some more.
On top of this, our waitress knew nothing of the beer menu and could not offer opinions. She also tried to pawn certain beers off as being "pretty much the same thing." I'm sure she was new, but I would expect her to at least have the training to get someone who did know.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

This place has a HUGH collection of craft beers (on tap and in the bottle). The food selection was very good - from the mussels as an appetizer to beet salad follwed by variety of main dishes - Bon appétit!
Our waitress was very helpful and very knowledgeable. We would just mention what our taste buds were looking for and she would suggest a beer and we would agree and then she'd bring it out. The beer was always very pleasing.
The four of us had a great evening.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2013

Everything you want in a neighborhood place

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2013

Friendly local pub with a more upscale menu. Food is uneven though. Caesar salad was delicious. Mussels were fair.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2013

I love this place. They rotate craft beers on tap. Are very good at suggesting beer pairings with your food or mood.
I love the food. It is not your standard bar food. The food is very well prepared and has a beautiful presentation.
It is a casual bar scene with the taste of a 333 Belrose restaurant.
If your looking for cheesesteaks and cheap beer, this is not your place.
They have wine also.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2013

Great neighborhood spot. Great pub food, but hit a night with slow service. Large beer/ale selection.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2013

It was far better than we expected in our first visit. The food was great, unusually prepared in very pleasant ways. Service was attentive but they realized we were there to talk and respected that. Great beer list and the wings appetizer was wonderful.

It was very cozy and felt like a great neighborhood spot. They had a live performer who was good but it did up the noise level. If we weren't in to heavily catching up, it would have been more of a treat.

I wasn't sure where to park...there are a number of competing establishments at the corner but found street parking a half block away.

I will definitely try it for brunch. If it is half as good it will be great.

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1.0Dined on October 4, 2013

GHAH looks like a real find, neighborhood pub feel, good beer selection, gastro good menu. Some dishes were well executed. Service was very poor. Slow, inattentive, and actually unfriendly. We will try once more.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2013

We all enjoyed our brunch, especially the creamy polenta served with the egg dishes. It was cozy, casual, with Sunday football on behind the scenes. The service was great. Excellent choice of beers and we loved the recommendation made by our waitress for the seasonal pumpkin beer. We decided we needed to make it a regular Sunday destination.

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2.0Dined on September 22, 2013

Very surprised this restaurant was voted best brunch in Bryn Mawr. It just doesn't make the transition from beer bar to brunch spot.

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2013

Had a nice dinner with the wife Saturday night. I had a 4-beer sampler and it was only $7. My luck that a few that i wanted had run out (on tap) but there were many other selections to choose from. We had an artichoke dip for an appetizer. It was pretty soupy but tasty nonetheless. We both had burgers for dinner. They are ENORMOUS. I think it was a meatloaf in disguise on a roll. However to have a large / thick burger be cooked inside the way you want and not charred on the outside shows they know what they're doing back in the kitchen. If i'm in the mood for some good bar food and a nice beer selection just 10 minutes from home it's certainly on the list of places to consider.

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2013

Two of us for dinner and drinks. We were initially interested for all the craft brews and hoped the food was as good. We were extremely surprised with the food - excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2013

Great Gastro pub. Something in the diner menu for everyone in the family. Extensive craft beer list. Will return.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2013

This place has an incredible selection of beer and an amazing five star menu.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2013

My first time here was for a hppy hour with my group and we liked it so we returned.
Second time, and last,we went for restaurant week $20 dollar dinner. We did not expect much for $20, however, even though the place was EMPTY, we were rushed to leave,and we left hungry. The "mushroom ravioli" was not ravioli, but 4 pot stickers that you get at an asian restaurant for 1/2 the price. On their menu,they are $15.00!. This was an appetizer, not a dinner. The people that ordered fish were given a very small portion, perhaps 2 ounces. We asked for bread because we were hungry, and were charged 50 cents a slice! We asked why, and were told they don't usually serve bread.We did not feel welcomed, nor appreciated,so we will not be back.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2013

We had a very nice dinner however there were only 3 staff members working and they had to cover the entire restaurant. They did an admirable job but the management should try and ensure that doesn't happen again. Otherwise everything was lovely.

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2013

A group of us went for Main Line restaurant week and the food was sub par at best. Aside from the great service, the only think that Garrett Hill Alehouse had going for it was its beer selection. It had tons of craft beers that were all reasonably priced. I would recommend this place as a good beer bar, but the food is overpriced for the quality.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2013

The alehouse is a great neighborhood restaurant and bar with high quality food that's affordable and delicious. Service is great. Friendly staff with a wide knowledge of different beers. Menus come with recommended drink pairings. All in all an excellent choice that fills a void on the mainline.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2013

We went on a Saturday night. The bar was packed and very loud. Although there was a defined seperation between the bar and the dinning room, we were able to hear everything. The music was loud and the bar was very loud. The TV's in both rooms and music didn't help. The lights were so brite it didn't feel like a "tavern" at all. The staff (the one lone waitress) was very friendly and helpfully although she was clearly overwhelmed.
She made a point of telling me the bus boy quit the night before and she was all alone. On a good note, the food was amazing! I just wish the food and the chef matched the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2013

Have been there twice now, once for brunch on Sunday and now also for dinner. The chef is WONDERFUL. He creates very unusual dishes and I feel like I have discovered a real neighborhood treasure ! Are you open for lunch any other day, other than Sunday ?

We will keep coming back, best food around !!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2013

We really came here for the beer, but it's great to discover a corner pub with really good food too. It's not a large menu, but everything we ordered was beautifully prepared and the service was fast and courteous.

Finding a new and really good beer bar on the Philly Main Line is always a pleasant surprise. This isn't downtown or Manayunk where high class beer is everywhere, so the Garrett Hill AH is definitely a very welcome addition. They have some interesting beers on tap and have a very respectable bottle list. Chatting with the bartenders, it's clear they are serious about beer. Excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2013

Service was slow at first, took 35 min for drinks to be served. However, once the matter was brought to the attention of our waiter, it was quickly resolved. Good food. Great local place to grab a bite to eat.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2013

Outstanding food; reasonably priced!

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