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About 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.

855 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Brewery

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
DInner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
St. John

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 399-6690

Website:
http://www.handlesgastropub.com/

Entertainment:
Handles is proud to offer nights of live music & entertainment. Check out our website for our events calendar.

Catering:
Handles is proud to offer catering services for more information please call or visit our website.

Executive Chef:
Brian Hampton

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: (925) 399-6690

Additional:
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

Handles Gastropub Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

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3.5

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3.6

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (216)
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Notable Wine List (51)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2016

We came for dinner on a Sunday. Our server was attentive but not over the top. The food was great with good menu choices for adults and kids. We would definitely visit again. We have given a lower score for ambience because another guest had a really loud voice and used it to 'entertain' a young child in her party. It was distracting for other guests and made conversation at our table quite difficult sometimes..... Not the fault of the restaurant but it did spoil the ambience for us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2016

The food was great, drinks were good. We just had the misfortune of being there when there were two different groups having birthday celebrations. Oh, the service was excellent. I've been there on several other occasions for a drink or two and I absolutely love the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2015

I ordered the fish and chips and it was severely overcooked, didn't have time to reorder.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2015

I don't know why this place has negative reviews, it's awesome! Nice service, spacious and clean. It's fabulous bar food w/out the ruckus.
The Pork Nachos were huge and to die for!
We also had the fish and chips and porkchops, also delicious.
Really big selection of beer as well.
I will definitely be back to try all their small plates.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 4, 2015

This was our first time to Handles. We picked it because of the extensive beer list. The beer variety was great, the food was pretty good too, and the service was top-notch. I was actually blown-away by the knowledgeable attentive service. If you're looking for pub food and great beer and/or drinks...try Handles...it's great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2015

We ate early so as to make a 7 pm event. Good selection of beers, ordered the fish of the day which was long cod

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2015

The service was so poor that I thought about emailing the restaurant to let the owners know of the situation Sun eve, but they don't have an email address. After reading the Yelp reviews I realized that our dining experience wasn't unusual.
So stick to the bar and appetizers, that seems to be where they want to excel.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2015

Haven't been here since it was the Pleasanton Hotel and I was impressed. Had the bison burger and my daughter had a burger. They were great and the fries were awesome. Very friendly staff and my 6 yr old grandson enjoyed it also. Great beer menu too

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2015

We met up with a group of ladies to celebrate our friend's birthday. We were un rushed, enjoyed some nice glasses of wine, and a bunch of yummy appetizers. Our service was excellent, and we ended up staying for 3 hours!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2015

very accomadating for large groups. vast beer menu. good selections of food items.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2015

The beer list wasn't quite as big, the drinks weren't quite as good, but it was fine. If you want a beer and you're in downtown pleasanton, might as well go here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2015

Service food and atmosphere were great. Bummed patio was closed for an event.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2015

Let's start with basics: for a primarily bar operation, listing the red wine category beside white wines and then whites beside reds on the printed menu isn't good. But then misspelling Berkeley on one of the craft beers shows someone isn't paying attention. To be fair, both a chosen glass of wine and craft beer were great. But then the entrees came. A listed chicken breast turned out to be a leg/thigh quarter, not the same and not as healthy. Told the server right away who, much like her entire service, was indifferent. No sorry, no offer to exchange, just "oh". Felt rushed the whole time even though 2/3 of the tables were empty and on a Wednesday night around 7-7:30pm when it wouldn't be getting crowded later. Beautiful historic setting, probably best for having a beer and then going to one of the many nearby other restaurants. Reading other posted reviews of similar poor service now brought me to my conclusion that someone isn't paying attention.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2015

very loud in the restaurant because it is so close to the bar and it's a very open area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2015

Quick lunch with the family before hitting up the fair. Drinks a little slow, but overall food was good and service was attentive.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2015

Although I was hit with a rather overwhelming dead-fish smell when I entered the pub, it quickly dissipated and I had an enjoyable meal. I ordered the salmon and it was done to perfection, and was just the right size. The place was charming, and although there wasn't a terribly broad selection of entrees, the food was very good and quite reasonably priced. I would go back on my next business trip.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2015

3rd time here and 2nd time for Mothers Day. Hostess was very nice and polite and honored our exact time and seating booked on open table. Our server was good, but this places suggests a huge gratuity for serving water when you buy a buffet. They wanted upwards of $110 tip for serving water. Really!?!?!? The buffet was suppose to go on until late afternoon, but we were being rushed after just after being seated and they ran out of food before then. I asked some of the servers and some ignored me while others just said "That's it! no more food!" Dropped $350 here and we did not get enough food? Wow, that's really brave they must have money to spare.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2015

Took the family here for mother's day brunch. They screwed up the reservation and was forced to rearrange our plans for the day and take a super late time slot. Food was super low budget. I felt like I was at a low rent hotel's complimentary breakfast. Service was non-existent. Handles has no business trying to put on a nice holiday brunch... They just don't have the ability or skill set to pull this off.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2015

I have been to Handle's a handful of times and it has always been good. On Friday night we had terrible service that soured our experiences.
We were seated by the hostess and sat for almost ten minutes before I had to ask the hostess to send our waiter over. Later, when our food was delivered, one member of our party didn't get theirs. The waiter had to re-fire the order. All around disappointing dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2015

We arrived for Easter Brunch at 1 pm and were seated within a reasonable amount of time. We found the actual buffet very disappointing. The only egg dish was the omelette station; I was hoping for a bagel with lox and cream cheese, but there were only one and a half bagels on the table to choose from. Further, they had some type of weird salmon for the bagel, which looked grey around the edges. I took a little, but it didn't taste good. They had a carving station with ham and roast beef. The beef was good, but not great flavor on the ham. Further, there was no gravy or mashed potatoes. No cold cuts. Only two salads -- green salad and fruit salad. My husband and I ate the same things, except I ate some of the weird salmon on a bagel and he didn't. That night, I had major stomach issues (you know what I'm talking about). Had to be the salmon. It was just a sad buffet that was seriously lacking, not what we had expected. Never again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2015

My recent outing was for Easter Brunch - the variety of food was ok - it needs to be more fresh and hot - most of the food was luke warm and/or cold. The fruit selection was awful - needs a definate boost. Service was very good and everyone was pleasant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We went for Valentine's Day dinner. I have had awful luck at other restaurants on V-Day in the past.
This was different, thankfully.
We were seated very shortly after we entered. There was no special menu with jacked up prices. Our hostess was very helpful and around to meet our needs just enough.
The food was good, great for V-Day.
I have been there before and will be back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Very good pub in downtown Pleasanton. Extensive selection of wines, beers and cocktails and a great 'pun grub' menu. Nice that the dining room is very open and the tables are not squeezed closely together.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We came in excited to try this restaurant. The location and atmosphere are very good. But the food was only fair and the service was awkward. They brought the dessert menu with the dinner menu, then when they picked up our menus, left the dessert menu. We were at a table for two and had nowhere to put it, so I put it on the booth seat next to me. We ordered the artichoke heart appetizer. When it was served, the waiter mumbled, I'll be right back with the ..." We couldn't make out what he was coming back with, and good thing, because he never did. Dinner was so-so. I got the meatloaf, which the waiter recommended. It had an odd, fluffy texture. The whole time I was eating it, I wondered what was in it. It was also very bland, dominated by the strong mushroom sauce. At some point, a bus boy finally came to clear our appetizer dishes, which were all empty. He took away the main appetizer plate but left our individual appetizer plates. Odd. When the waiter poured the rest of my wife's sparkling water (my bottle was empty), he took away her bottle but left mine, and didn't ask if we wanted more. After dinner, he brought more dessert menus. We were on the fence about dessert since we didn't feel the food was that great. He came by to see if we wanted to order dessert, and we asked for a couple more minutes, After waiting about 15 minutes for him to come back, we had lost any desire to try their desserts. We finally had to flag him down for our check. Too bad. We had wanted to like this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2015

We met some friends from San Jose and had a delicious lunch together. They were so impressed they went to come back to the same place when we get together for lunch again. The food was served nice and hot and it was delicious. We also enjoyed great desserts.
I do have to mention that I had coffee with my dessert and once the bill came and was paid, the waitress never came back and offered a refill. Considering what you pay for a cup of coffee, an offer to refill is not asking too much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2015

The mac and cheese topped with bacon was pretty awesome as were the street tacos

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2014

I booked lunch here for my team at the reccomendation of a friend. Our service was super slow, it felt like we were a bother to our server. Before even taking our order we were told she's have to take another's before she took ours. Long story short I will not be back to Handles anytime soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2014

I am from out of town, wanted a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and thank goodness Handles had just that, they did a very good job with the dinner this year, salad, soup and sides were really delicious, choice of desserts and of course the main course turkey or prime rib, we had the turkey very tasty!

I was stuck in town last year at Thanksgiving and we had also went to Handles, last year was disappointing, the turkey was barbequed and not nearly as good, salad not tasty, etc. Handles has fixed ALL of these problems, this year's mail was delicious!

We strongly recommend Handles for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2014

We had a pleasant time at Handles for thanksgiving, but not sure that I'd go back. Portion size was huge (too huge), but felt like it was slopped on the plate and it really wasn't anything special. Our waitress Kayla was sweet and helpful, but not sure that I'd return for the food . Drink menu was very good (lots of craft beers and ciders)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2014

The meatloaf is delicious and there is a good variety of food. Love the selection of beer and its comfortable bar area adjacent to the dining section. There's actually two dining sections; one has a little more atmosphere and the other is quieter. Both are really nice. This place is fine for well-behaved kids which makes it great for families, but please don't bring active young ones that ruins the dining experience for others! This is one of my go-to places - casual but nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2014

I probably go hear once a week. Always had a good experience, nice people, great food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2014

I have been here a few times and have always enjoyed. I will be going back. Very good food, great service and a layout.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2014

Traveling to Pleasanton on business. I have been here three times and would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2014

Had breakfast at the outdoor area. Nice spot and the food was good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2014

Nice place with good food, good portions and a great beer menu. A little loud even though it wasn't full but that doesn't really bother me. Really well done from a decor perspective. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2014

Food was very good, nice beer and wine selection, server new and not very good but pleasant. What brought down the overall is that it was very noisey and the ambiance was disappointing.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 17, 2014

we went for the live band.the music was good the patio nice to have dinner.

The food was ok didn't have a lot of flavor

It was a nice evening probably would try it again

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2014

I am new to the area, out for business. The web site showed a promising list of food and beer. Glad I went because it was a nice night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2014

Handles Gastropub has the makings of a fantastic restaurant/craft beer pub. The service is fantastic. The staff is friendly and capable. The bar has a great ambiance. They also had a great band playing live music. Should have been a "great" experience, but the food was just good, not great. Artisan hamburgers under-cooked, wedge salads that were literally iceburg heads chopped in quarters and some dressing and bacon thrown in its general direction, mediocre presentation. If you are going to feature the fact that all you serve are craft beers on tap and charge upwards of $7 a glass for them, they had better be the right temperature. They were not. The beer was cool, not cold. Could have been great, but alas merely good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2014

The service was horrible! It took awhile for us to get the food and we asked server what was going on and he said that they were busy! There weren't many people in the resturant! When we got our food it was not that hot as well. We have been here once before and the service was alright but I don't know if we will be going back after this last experience. Server was not sympathetic. He did not offer to pay for meals or anything! We probably waited 45-1hr for our food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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