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Handles Gastropub

244 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (216)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (175)
  • Neighborhood Gem (163)

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
DInner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(925) 399-6690
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Hampton
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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.
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Private party contact
Erin Ritterbush: (925) 399-6690
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Handles is proud to offer catering services for more information please call or visit our website.
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Cross street
St. John
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Handles is proud to offer nights of live music & entertainment. Check out our website for our events calendar.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Leonor (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Handles does not recognize reservations done on Open Table. Do not make your reservations on this site!!!
They did not find our reservations and they told us that they do not get them if it's made on Open Table.
When they have large events- the staff are not well prepared. This is not the first time I have been there.
This is the third time I was there to support the same band and saw same thing happen as the last event.
Not going here any longer- will support the band at another location. It's too bad cuz I like this group and to have that kind of service just makes it hard to support them locally.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Brunch buffet was clean, high quality and service terrific​. Not the cheapest date in town but it's a well laid out, spacious restaurant with good views of the patio and the nice downtown area. Made a last minute change of plans on Easter be no stress. Thanks Handles!

vipWanderinGourmet (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

All appetizers/small plates are delicious. Kobe sliders, wings in particular. Salads very fresh. Onion soup thick and savory. Huge selection of craft beers.

vipMelvin2093 (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

This location did not accept open table anymore so reservation not accepted.. Enjoyed food and drinks in the pub area. Gail was friendly and had good suggestions for food.

ncfieg (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

good service and good beer ......nice menu of comfort food Something on the menu for everyone!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2017

Great food, fast service, great price! This is a great go-to place for a nice meal

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Terrible service, brunch was half the size it used to be and they advertise burrito bar of which there is none. Very disappointing.

vipGeneral (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

I really would not recommend Handle's. The floors and walls are all hard surfaces; therefore, the noise level is completely out of control. Very difficult to have any intimate conversations. The menu is limited.

vip5032015 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

This is a great place for comfort food. I had the meatloaf which was delicious. The service was very good in both the bar and the dining room. We will definitely go bck.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

I've been frequently coming to Handles Gastropub since they started business in the historic Pleasanton Hotel. I have always enjoyed the quality and selection of the food and beer that they offer, never to be disappointed yet. The only reason I give this review 3 stars on service is because we had to tell our waitress two times to get us glasses of water but on the other hand it's usually pretty good.

eatoutoften (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

I made reservations for 6 people for a special friend get together. When I arrived we were seated at a table for 4. Not a good way to start the night considering my husband is 6'4. Service was very slow and food was average. We were seated in the bar which was very loud. This made it very difficult to enjoy conversation with friends. I will not return.

vipBirdie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Great! Pork natchos amazing! Miss Pleasanton hotel but this a good replacement!

vipBrianM (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

We go to Handles almost once a month. It's a good place to go with a group because the menu has plenty of variety for a pub. The service is hit or miss. Some days we get a great attentive server. Other days, you can see you beer sitting at the bar getting warm.

I feel bad because I've met the owner and manager and they're working really hard to make Handles a great place. In general service in Pleasanton restaurants is abnormally bad and I'm not sure why.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Bar is good
Food and service is below average

Luncher (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

We were there for brunch for Grandma's birthday. No one else was in the restaurant. The omelets that the chef made in front of us were very good, but the other food served in the buffet was average at best. The french toast is not recommended. All pastries were not fresh. Grandma told us the outdoor patio is very gardenish and beautiful on a nice day but we ate inside because of the rainy day. I think this might be a nice place to come on a sunny day on the patio, and just order a fresh omelet!