Beer Baron Whisky Bar & Kitchen - Oakland

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$30 and under
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American
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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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Been here several times, and have always enjoyed it, but this time the service was really poor, forgetful, slow, and unapologetic. While it was Valentines evening, it wasn’t busy enough to justify the service.

KG
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful staff and a great whisky selection, plus a fun patio that is dog-friendly. It’s a perfect date night place.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They did not honor reservation . We waited a long time.

PL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Took my daughter and her friends who are students at Cal Berkeley here for my daughter's birthday brunch/lunch. The food was so yummy and the service was amazing! Our waitress did a great job accommodating the large group. When there was a slight hiccup with our order, the waitress brought out an extra, favorite appetizer without us even asking for it. It was the perfect spot and we had an awesome time!

p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice friendly convenient place, with plenty of seating and open to dogs on the patio.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thank you. We enjoyed our visit and would come back again.

Cheers,

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m
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I had a decent experience. However, our server was a little forgetful. Additionally, I saw staff petting a dog and it did not appear that they washed their hands afterward. That was a huge turn off.

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was very amateurish. The menu was poorly designed. For example, when I ordered the kale and quinoa salad the server asked me, "Is that all you want?" I told him I also wanted to order the Mac and cheese entree. We had previously ordered cocktails and they came almost simultaneously with the first round of food, which included entrees ordered by the other three diners and the salad I had ordered. When we ordered cocktails there was nothing on the menu that looked like a started, nor were we offered one. NOrmally, I cocktails would be served, perhaps with a started of some kind, then the first course, the the second course to all of the diners at the same time, then dessert/coffee or after dinner drink. We all finished the first course (one huge salad for me and entrees for the other three) at the same time, and when I asked the server about my mac and cheese he acted surprised even though he had asked if I wanted "anything else with your salad" and I said yes and he wrote something down on his pad. I cancelled the order, the server apologized, the manager came over and offered his apologies, and then some discoumts were made on the bill.

C
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came by during Winter break so it was less crowded than usual. Everything about it was a good experience. Food is good. Drinks are good.
This last bit of advice is not criticism but advice: word of note, the tables are sticky, so I recommend before it reopens the owners wash the table tops. I would like to see Beer Baron diversify the beer menu to have more Belgian style winter beer (dark ale) over winter. I notice they have reduced the IPA from 30 types of IPA to 15, which is a big improvement from before.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the patio and it was perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch! Thank you!

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Beer List

B
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place for families or a nice date night!! My husband and I really enjoyed our date night there. Good food and drinks.

C
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beer Baron has great hamburgers, a good selection of other fare, great selection of beers, and a good wine list. The outside tables or side room are good for conversation. It s a good casual and inexpensive restaurant.

j
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very pleasant place to spend a weekend afternoon. They had two outstanding dishes I hadn’t experienced before and I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t have—a Benedict on a latke with house smoked salmon and a mock Benedict poutine (gravy instead of hollandaise). Both were delicious, innovative, and amazing. Throw in a remarkable bar and dog friendliness, and I’m not sure why we don’t go there more often.

S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The polenta was great. Wife liked the butter chicken, wine list worked out ok. Did not sample whiskey menu, will return for the beer list.

j
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Happy Hour!! Food was also great with great service! I will definitely go back.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always like coming to beer baron! I like the way how they make my margarita! ☺️😉 their staffs are awesome too

B
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very tasty and nicely presented. However, due to the noise level, I'm not sure we will return.

o
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Whiskey selection is quite good tho how they organize their ‘Bible’ of whiskey could be better. Food is average. Will go again for whiskey and for snacks.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surpassed my expectations. Birthday w 6 people. Excellent food. Great fish and vegetarian dishes. Couldn’t get in to Wood Tavern but this was just as good! Low corkage. Whiskey cocktail was too sweet. Churro style waffle dessert was fab. We will be back with many more friends. Easy to hear. Liked the corner booth.

h
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

o
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

m
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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
Overall3food1service4ambience5

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

D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
46 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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BJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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