TAPS Fish House & Brewery - Brea

4.4
1715 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
At TAPS, our eclectic, award-winning menu blends together the flavors of France, Asia and New Orleans in a celebration of fresh seafood, U.S. Choice steaks and thick chops. Our decadent desserts prepared on premise by our Executive Chef Nelson Barillas are a perfect way to conclude your evening. TAPS offers a 21-seat oyster bar, an incredible lounge, an 80 square foot big screen TV, four fireplaces, banquet seating for 20-500 people and a cigar friendly heated patio. Enjoy Brewmaster's award-winning handcrafted European ales and lagers, or enjoy our wine list honored by Wine Spectator. Whether you’re joining us for our incredible Sunday Brunch Extravaganza, popular happy hour, or a wonderful lunch or dinner we are sure you will agree that TAPS FISH HOUSE & BREWERY is on the cutting edge of dining.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Brewery, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday 11:30am - 4:00pm. Dinner: Daily, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Brunch: Sunday, 9:30am - 2:00pm.
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Phone number
(714) 257-0101
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nelson Barillas
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Private party facilities
Two private rooms, one for 50 guests, one for 65 guests.
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Private party contact
Melissa Burney: (714) 257-0101
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brea Blvd.
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Parking details
Valet parking is $5.00 from 11:00am - midnight.
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Public transit
Brea 95L
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Entertainment
Sunday Brunch Extravaganza: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,715 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
60%
Very Good
29%
Good
6%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
3.0Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Sunday Brunch was wonderful. Server talked too much and at the end he kept my change without asking my preference. In the end he lost the extra I had planned to give.

TAPs Brundin is one of my favorite places to dine.

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OT
Washington DC
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was impeccable. Starters and dessert (red velvet) was amazing. Not a place I’d go to for steak though.

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JB
Orange County
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael was a fantastic server! We had a fabulous time & everyone that works there is happy & helpful!

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t
Orange County
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best places in OC to do Brunch. Move over mimosas...you can have included beer instead 🍺🍺

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B
Orange County
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointed in the chocolate cake. Taste more like a brownie and it was hard.

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HO
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

IT IS OVER PRICED. COMPARE WITH THE PRICE & FOOD. FOOD WAS LOTS OF SELECTION, BUT NOT MUCH SPECIAL

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RS
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was great. I celebrated my 10 year anniversary and our servers were phenomenal! Great environment. It’s ehy I keep coming back.

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J
Orange County
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taps is one of our local “go to” restaurants. They always do an amazing job serving fresh seafood in interesting ways. Their bread and dipping sauce is the best and their beer of course is always top notch. I have always enjoyed their more traditional European styles in particular. A Brea gem for years!

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CD
Los Angeles
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, but the lobster bisque was short on lobster.

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MS
Orange County
2.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We have found that each time we go, things seem to decline. Service is not that great. Waitress forgets everything, pushes liquor drinks on you, asked if we wanted bread & garlic dip and never brought it! Asked for hamburger NO PINK, was pink! Chicken club had so much dressing on it that I couldn't hold it without completely falling and sliding apart . Waitress brings back three 20's and three one dollar bills for change like we were going to leave her a $20 tip! You need to improve TAPS!

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IO
Orange County
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic! Shrimp tacos were delicious! Silent Warrior was very good, but not quite as good as the barrel aged.

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OT
Orange County
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu! Amazing service and delicious food! I will definitely return!

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OT
Orange County
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebration for my daughter

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R
Palm Springs
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wife’s birthday was a hit. Sam was our server and took very good care of us. We shared two entrees which she recommended and were extremely pleased. Great evening!

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IO
Orange County
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Tried dipping pizza in clam chowder soup... mmmmm good!

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BB
Los Angeles
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was fantastic. Food was delicious. The only down-side to Sunday's dining experience is the cramped room they seated us in. We requested indoor seating, and they sat us in the room just above the bar. They had too many tables for a such a small area. The servers and bussers had to squeeze past our table to get to their beverage station in the corner. We finally moved our two-seater table towards the beverage station, making it easier for them to move around. Management should be more aware, and not cram in that extra table!! We would rather pick a different time on Open Table than sit that close to strangers.

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G
Los Angeles
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday on a Saturday afternoon. The staff gave excellent service from making sure our glasses were filled to a surprise Crème Brulee for my friend's birthday. While the food was good, I was a bit taken back by the Margherita pizza. It looked and tasted more like a cheese pizza with slice cherry tomatoes. It was still good, just different than the classic Margherita. Overall a pleasant lunch for a Saturday afternoon.

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JH
Orange County
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was great. Our server, Steven, was funny and attentive.

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MB
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a nice time, however their was an accident at another table which was disruptive. Paramedics were called, so it wasn't exactly a quiet time for us.

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BS
Los Angeles
2.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

been here numerous times. Was very disappointed this last time. Server didn't seem to care, ordered filet only to be told later it was sold out, ordered salad with ranch only get a salad with blue cheese, when returned got the salad back with ranch however chunks of blue cheese in the salad. By the way the salad was for the one vegetarian we had in our group and her salad didn't come back until after everyone else had finished dining.

Overall this was one of my favorites however something has changed. Don't know if it was the server or the food or what but definitely not happy.

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SC
Orange County
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a bit of a disappointment. Our martinis were ordered on the rocks, we recd them straight up. Our Caeser salad was all ribs, no exaggeration. My fish was barely warm and a little fishy. My 2nd martini arrived w a giant cube of cloudy ice. To top it off, we ordered a decaf French press, which was the WORST coffee we've ever had. Literally undrinkable. I've had their caffeinated French press and it's lovely, apparently they use too fine of a grind in their decaf. After spending over $100 for our dinner, these were a disappointment.

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B
Orange County
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening and enjoyed the new surroundings after the remodel.

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LC
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been to Taps many times and my all-time favorite food is their Chilean Sea Bass. This visit, however, was disappointing. The cut of meat was different, it was ‘fishier’ and not as lean as on previous occasions. Also, it was served while I was still enjoying my soup and was therefore not hot. At a price in excess of $40, I expect it to be exceptional—which it usually is. Hoping this was just an off day.

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S
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated in a reasonable amount of time. We enjoyed the food and the environment. Thanks for a good prom dinner!

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KC
1.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was lousy considering the restaurant wasn’t busy in our section. We waited for a long time before someone took our drink order. Another considerable amount of time to be delivered. We ordered at the same time since we figured it would be a while before our server reappeared. We waited a long time for our meal. My salad arrived the same time as my meal and was not chilled. My soup was lukewarm. My friend only ordered soup and she sent it back because it wasn’t hot. I went ahead and ate and we had to ask twice for her soup. When it came it was extremely hot and the server said they have industrial microwaves and that if you are not watching it can get too hot. Seriously? First of all you shouldn’t admit your order was knucked in a microwave and how novice not to be trained from sharing that detail. Our lunch was over $40 before tip and was a complete waste of money and ruined what should have been a nice meal. Last thing... so many servers were just standing around in groups and doing nothing and a manager was nowhere to be seen. Such a bad experience!!!’

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B
Orange County
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic at this restaurant and the service was outstanding as well.

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BB
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Costa Mesa, and the Brea location is far superior to the Irvine location, so we make the trek. We went for Mother's Day Brunch on 05/13. Ashley was our server. She was FANTASTIC! She made all three of feel very welcome. Food was excellent. Beer was excellent. My fav was the shrimp, crab, spinach omelet covered in lobster bisque from the buffet egg menu. My husband really liked the fried chicken on a biscuit from the same menu. We will be back for sure.

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CH
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very lovely brunch and our server was outstanding his name was Joseph. We were celebrating our certain 36th anniversary and had a very wonderful time. Thank you all for the great food and wonderful service.

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S
Los Angeles
4.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to celebrate a friend's birthday! Food is always yummy and service was okay. We lost our server for a moment, but someone else was able to assist during the gap. Always a good time!

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DM
3.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the Sunday brunch limited number of items I was under the impression it was a seafood front very limited in the amount of seafood no omlette bar. Staff was friendly and attentive unfortunately food was not up to the Quality I expected or the variety of selection

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OT
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always, service was great,fantastic remodel

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EH
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Taps and go here frequently for everyday dinner, to birthdays, to anniversaries, to date night. The food is always delicious and the staff is always friendly.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very attentive and the food was deliciously creative.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasmine was a server - she was great! Very helpful and patient with all of our questions!

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JK
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent and is our go to for out of town guests

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JN
Orange County
3.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to TAPS many times over the years. I was there two weeks before this and had a great experience. It was busy this time around and it was my MIL's 99th birthday. The server was distracted from the start and very forgetful. Missed the mark service by a wide margin. I would put it down as a bad night. It won't stop me from going back.

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f
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot.

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EB
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taps is my favorite restaurant. The food and service are consistently excellent. From a comprehensive wine list that pairs well with their seafood and steak to their award-winning beer, there's something for everyone.

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B
Orange County
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic at this restaurant and the service was outstanding as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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