Beer Baron Whisky Bar & Kitchen - Oakland

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen is located in Oakland, Rockridge; of College Ave. We are a restaurant and bar focusing on craft beer (25 on tap), whiskey and cocktails, excellent food, live music, and great company. We serve Lunch and Dinner Monday through Friday and Brunch and Dinner on the weekends. Whatever it is you’re looking for, the Beer Baron has you covered.
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San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good neighborhood place. Lots of bourbon and beers to choose from.

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous experience. Our server was great, she was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I ordered a dish that didn’t taste quite right to me, which I didn’t send back but I didn’t eat it either. Our server noticed and apologized and asked repeatedly if she could get me something else. I declined since I had eaten all of my boyfriends fries (which were the best fries I have ever had!!). When we were all done the manager came out and apologized for my meal and said he tasted it and it was off for some reason and they were fixing it. He comped our WHOLE meal. I was completely shocked. I am extremely impressed by how they handled the situation, accidents do happen by the way you handle them is what really matters. I highly recommend them and will definitely be back myself!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for a girls lunch with two moms and their young daughters. Had a lovely time. Champagne and Shirley Temples were on point. Shared a bunch of small plates, which were great. Nothing to rave about but nothing to complain about either. A very fun, casual, and good spot to hang out and enjoy a couple of hours. Would come back.

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So glad we found this location. Not too busy when we arrived at noon on a Saturday but quickly got busy. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food and drink. Staff was attentive and friendly. Will go back for sure !

DN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This place has a great outdoor space, dog-friendly, with a mix of sun and shade, and some tasty menu items. They've got a great beer and wine list, great accessibility to BART, so there are lots of things to recommend this as a hot spot. Where they can improve is on consistency. Dining here a week ago, the hummus plate with crudite was absolutely delicious. Ordering it on this visit only a week later, the preparation was completely different - the hummus was dry and formed like a patty, a single radish was cut lengthwise into two giant pieces, instead of being sliced, and the asparagus was cooked to the point of being floppy -- pretty hard to dip into anything! We will be back, but hope they will work on these issues. It's disappointing to come back for another serving of a great meal, only to find that it's completely different.

DH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great beer selection. Very welcoming for families with kids. Spacious with nice outdoor patio space.

o
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I've enjoyed several meals with friends at Beer Baron over the last couple of years. This time I asked my guests what they thought and their personal reviews were mixed. Of the 3 other guests, 2 thought the food was average and everyone felt the menu was pretty limited for brunch. Our server was wonderful. The outdoor seating does not have sufficient umbrella coverage so we were pretty boiling at a table with no umbrella. The bloody mary's were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a blast yesterday! Thank you again OpenTable 😌🙏🏽

m
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We were here for lunch service on a Saturday.

The food was good, but it took a really long time to arrive. The service was abysmal. Don't be in a rush when you dine here.

We ordered appetizers and our main courses, and there was no sign of any food an hour later. We inquired with the server, and shortly thereafter, she said she punched in our appetizers. Uhh, what? Finally, our main courses arrived, and five minutes after that, our appetizers showed up. We sure could have used the appetizers during that hour-long wait.

Luckily, it was the weekend and we didn't have to rush back to work, so we enjoyed the company of friends while we were waiting. It's also good that nobody had low blood sugar since the food took forever to arrive.

Apparently the server was new, but new guests arrived at tables around us, ate, paid, and left before we received our food. We saw food constantly flying out of the kitchen, but none of it was headed our way. Not sure what's going on with this place, but it feels chaotic and not in a good way.

P.S. We received a burger that we asked for grilled onions on -- and it contained raw onions, too. Double the onion!

MV
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Drinks and patio are lovely, but the food is terrible!

D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A very odd experience at Beer Baron. We stood in the front by the host table waiting to be seated in what seemed like a relatively empty restaurant with plenty of servers. A server did come by and let us know the host would be with us soon. She eventually came and sat us and acted like it was an inconvenience. We then proceeded to wait for probably 15 minutes as people (servers and what seemed like maybe the manager) walked by us numerous times without initiating contact. It was not busy and there was a lot of standing around. We were puzzled , found some humor in this, and eventually got up and went to the bar where we were served relatively quickly. Once initiating contact with the bartender, things improved. Cocktails were good as was food. I would go there again just to see if it was a one time event or regular service .

o
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been to the BeerBaron on College several times, always leaving with a smile on my face. This time, however, I was a little less enthusiastic, perhaps because we ate at 8 pm and by then the sidewalks had rolled up and the place seemed lackluster. Although it probably hasn't changed, the menu seemed less compelling. My guest and I both had the beef cheek tacos which were just 3 tortillas with the stewed beef and a little garnish. However, it was listed as an appetizer so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Nothing really stood out on the mains except for the burger which I've had a few times and love. Just wanted something else. Service, as always, was very nice and the bar is a stunner.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

This was my second time going, I have too say I was very disappointed in the quality of the food. The first time the quality of food was much better.
I thought our server was the best part of the meal.
Not sure I will come back, unless the quality of the food improves. Also, my daughter ordered the kids Mac and cheese and the portion if it was quite small.

LO
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious, service was terrible. They accidentally gave our reservation to another party, and were generally slow and inattentive- took forever to get us menus, water, the bill. The bartending staff was great, though.

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was awful! It took forever & their was both a good & a drink auction! Ridiculous!

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Graduation

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BJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lively corner location in Rockridge with indoor/outdoor seating. Have eaten there twice, dinner and weekend lunch. Service very slow both visits, starting with waiting to be greeted. Friendly staff, though, and we liked our fried chicken and waffle. Generous portion. However "Fresno slaw" consisted of 2 microscopically thin slices of jalapeño and another pepper. Our iced tea refill incurred a totally new glassful and an extra 50 cents apiece. Would still return one more time.

a
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

SLOW service, food was fine, nothing to write home about, $10 for guac and chips! -- but you get to sit outside with a fairly large beer menu. Not bad, but felt more like I was in Walnut Creek than Oakland.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Does not offer outdoor reservations despite Open Table’s offering of such.

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Sunny patio. Server friendly but two of us did not get served at the same time. Food quality pretty unacceptable, unfortunately.

ED
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dined on the patio, and staff was accommodating when we requested shade. The mac and cheese was delicious as was my friend's beef cheek tacos.

o
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff! Great food! Maybe I'm just too old now, but $40 for beer and burger/fries seems a little stiff, but I'd do it again! One problem: noise level inside. My dinner partner and I could barely hear each other!

GF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Need more variety in the menu, particularly more salads that can be mixed with fish or meat or tofu.

The desert menu also needs a slight expansion.

The beer menu is good.

OT
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great room, excellent design, great beer and I guess, Whiskey selection. Friendly staff...service a bit up and down. Small menu with tasty items. I had pulled pork fritters and a felafel burger..both very good. My sister had veggie tacos which she liked very much. Will come back to sit on the patio...very inviting, when it gets a bit warmer

JS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food is just so bad. Very underwhelming burger, salmon acceptable but had to ask for lemon. Do they have a clue as to how to make ratatouille? Note:eggplant should not be basically raw. Spices horrid. Did anyone taste it? And chicken tacos filled with chicken slop. Wow! Only good was the chick peas. Do not eat here. Only go for drinks and the patio.

GK
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Amazing outdoor patio, poor service, food menu that tries too hard and ends up disappointing. It’s really the drinks and patio that will keep me coming back

CJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great pub! The tables are spaced well so you don't feel like you're packed in to the place. It's a great location and easy to get to but the parking may be a challenge since it's College Ave and you have to park in the surrounding neighborhood. The small plate food was really good. We had the fried chickpeas, kale & quinoa salad, and chili lime cashews. The service was good, but I at one point I wanted to order another drink, but I think they got slammed (it was a Friday night), so when the waiter checked on us ~20 minutes later the desire had passed and we were getting ready to go. Overall, I definitely recommend this place to meet up with friends for good food and conversation.

TM
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Service was good. The waiter was attentive and came back to check on us several times. The food, however, was disappointing and very over priced. The description of the items on the menu do not accurately reflect what is served on/with the meal and the portion sizes were very small. I would not recommend eating here.

C
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Beer Baron for Happy Hour with a friend. This visit the beer selection had two Belgian strong dark (quadruple) beers. Great! Often an American bar brags about many taps and you have a choice of 20 types of IPA. I do not like IPA. So I was very happy to see my preferred beer style. m More quads and more tripels! And the Belgian fries are also good.

MJ
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Beer were great. Definitely would go back again.

OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Burger was to die for!!! Duck fat fries perfectly crispy and fluffy inside. Amazing cocktails so don’t let the name “beer” baron mislead you.

ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mini reunion

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KS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly servers, good food . We arrived a little early but they let us wait inside for our friends. We were not rushed and I would definitely recommend them. A few mor choices on the brunch menu would be nice.

MA
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time. Our server was spot on and the food very tasty at a great price. Ambiance is energetic-fun. Definitely try the duck fries.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met my daughter here after work. Good spot to snack and drink.

t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went here for brunch and at best it was average. The food has good flavor but wasn't hot when it arrived at our table. I had the mushrooms and polenta the flavor was okay but the presentation was bad. It looked like polenta soup and I ordered an egg over easy with it and the egg was over hard. My son had the French toast. My five year old was pleased with it or it could have been because he was starving, it took 30mins after we ordered to get the food. My husband ordered the heat stroke club and it was the best dish but the fries were greasy and luke warm. We waited and waited and waited before we could wave down any employee to request a check. And then we waited and waited and waited for change. Finally I walked up to the waiter station to get my change and waited and waited. Finally I just gave them a credit card and bounce. All this waiting added and extra 20 mins to our dining time.... And that was just trying to get the check and change. Not worth the reservation unless you really enjoy waiting and requesting everything you need.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I have dined out at least weekly for the past 25 years and have very rarely written negative reviews but had to this time. The food was good but the service was beyond terrible. I made reservations for 7:15 and arrived right on time. My husband and I weren’t seated until just before 8. But another couple who came in right after us who also had reservations was seated about 20 minutes sooner. The hostess checked in with us often and each time she told us that we would have a table in the main dining room in a few minutes. But when we were finally seated she put us at a table in the bar area. Apparently at no time was there ever a table in the main dining room being prepared for us, contrary to what the hostess had told us repeatedly. When I asked the hostess why the other couple who came in after us was seated a long time before we were seated, she stumbled over her words at first and then apologized and said that the other couple had asked for that specific table when they arrived. When we were finally seated it took quite a while for someone to take our order. It took even longer to get water. Three people offered us water but none seemed to be able to deliver for for several. Meanwhile the other couple was enjoying dinner and a second round of drinks. And when our food finally arrived, one of the three items we ordered was wrong. At that point we didn’t complain or send it back. We just ate, paid and left. One important detail I’ve left out so far: I’m black and my husband is white. The other couple was a white couple. Now I can’t get inside anyone’s head to know if race had anything to do with how I was treated but throughout my life I’ve seen a number of situations where people have treated me differently because of my race. To be fair the restaurant staff members were all outwardly friendly but it felt somewhat passive aggressive. I’ll never know if it was just incredibly bad service or bad service due to racial bias. Either way I don’t plan to return.

Beer Baron Whisky Bar & Kitchen - Oakland
Responded on January 20, 2019

Hello Kim, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, I apologize for your poor experience. I can, however, assure you that our intentions were absolutely not racially biased. Had you given me any indication of your dissatisfaction during my check-ins, I would have made every effort to resolve any issue. You will soon be receiving a personal invitation to return and allow us to make it up to you. Thank you again for the feedback; We cannot improve without it. Kind Regards, Shandel-GM

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience. Reasonably priced. Good beer and spirits. Outside options. Only two downsides: parking availability and having to wait on our reservation. On the positive side the hostess found a spot for us to wait at the auxiliary bar. Would recommend for casual dining.

HS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It is hard to overstate the stellar flavors and robust whiskey list. The rest of the review comes with the disclaimer that I enjoyed the whiskey list before, during, and after enjoying the food. I went on a cute foodie date for restaurant week after reading about the steal that the restaurant week menu is. Collectively, we ordered the pulled pork nuggets, the kale salad, the butter chicken, and the salmon. My date tells me the kale salad was really good. I'll trust her and appreciate that it filled her up so I could indulge in the nuggets, chicken, and salmon. Deep fried pulled pork is a great way to start any meal and these did not disappoint. The chicken in the butter chicken was tender and the gravy was so good I mopped it up with the stellar fresh nan. After eating the butter chicken, I was surprised at how authentic the western style salmon tasted. It was great. The salmon was cooked perfectly. I should have taken more pictures of the food.

B
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to visit with friends on a rainy afternoon.

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