Tin Lizard Brewing Co

3.7
32 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Tin Lizard is a Craft Brewery that offers Smokehouse Southern BBQ. The first floor offers a bar, TVs and table seating Additional dining is available on the second floor and our guests can enjoy dining on our deck weather permitting. Reservations for 5 or more, please call restaurant directly. Walk-ins are welcome.
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3.6
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3.7
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JS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

While the brisket was outstanding, the service was dismal at best. We waited 30 minutes for our drinks (it wasn't even overly crowded), but only 3 out of 4 drinks were delivered. My husband was told that they were changing the keg on the beer he wanted; the waitress came back 10 minutes later and told him it wasn't available. He ordered another beer, and after waiting another 20 minutes, he went downstairs to the bar to get it himself. His original beer did come (someone else brought it to the table), and when I mentioned to the server that delivered it that my husband went down to get his own because it took so long to get service, I was told, "I don't really know what to tell you." Our food came, my friend's order wasn't correct (wrong salad dressing), but no one ever came back to check on how our food was or if we needed more drinks (which we did by that point). We finally flagged down a server, got the right salad dressing, and when our original waitress came back to bring us the check, her demeanor had completely changed. She was short and curt, and never did ask how we liked the food. The brisket was phenomenal, but it was so overshadowed by the poor service. It was very disappointing overall.

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JT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice brewery with a great selection of beer. The food was great. The fried pickles were a big order, and we couldn't eat them all, the buffalo cauliflower was really good, and the sandwiches were tasty and filling. We had too much food! Next time we will only order one appetizer since they are more than enough for two people. I would go back again soon.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food and service mediocre

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Staff seemed to be panicking. It turned out there was only one waitress for both floors. Food was okay and so was the beer. I would have liked another round but that wasn’t possible with limited attention. Also not ideal to be out of ribs and chicken wings during prime time dinner service. Smoke alarm every 10 minutes was a nice touch. We’ll give it another shot and hopefully things will be smoother.

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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The price for food didn’t match the quality or quantity of food. My husband and I were disappointed.

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding beef brisket.....not readily available anywhere else in this area!

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual place for something different at a fair prce point

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LH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We had been here once before and the food quality seems to be much worse now. In our party of 5, we had two meals go essentially uneaten and nothing was great. The portabella cheesesteak was extremely disappointing. The cauliflower appetizer was also unpleasant. Clearly not a good place for vegetarians. We are big dessert eaters but the carrot cake tasted stale and the cheesecake was out of stock before 7PM on Friday. We had a few good beers. Maybe a better place to go to drink than to eat...

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Yosemite
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best BBQ in the area.

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beer is on point! Food is excellent! I will be a frequent flyer at this place

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B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

First and most likely last visit to Tin Lizard. If you decide to check it out, request a seat on the first floor. Better atmosphere, TVs, bar, and I imagine more attentive service. We were seated upstairs, where it was quiet, a little cold (management turned the heat up but commented that it would be a sauna shortly - thanks?), and inattentive service. Feel isolated and somewhat forgotten.

Food hit or miss: buffalo cauliflower and fried pickles apps were great. French fries and cole slaw sides excellent, and pulled pork sandwich pretty good. Don't recommend brisket cheesesteak or the burger, and skip the cornbread muffins. Only other occupied table upstairs ordered the BBQ platter, looked pretty good. BBQ sauces offered on the table were all pretty good, so only reason I would go back would be a platter or the ribs.

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DF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time sitting at bar. Trying all the beers.
Food was awesome and we met some nice people.
All good.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great beer!

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MQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it!!! They were out of thr beer I wanted to try but that gives reason to go back. The food portions are big.

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited more than an hour for BBQ. Forgot appetizer and still took 45 minutes after reminding them. Didn't fill water. Didn't offer to do anything despite knowing it was a poor dining experience. Won't go back.

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TE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The microbreweries were excellent. Great sandwiches had hand carved turkey & beef. Our waitress was awesome. Fun lunch with family!

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C
Philadelphia
137 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I like Tin Lizard for an informal casual meal of pub food.

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Tin Lizard! The beer is excellent. The black IPA was delicious as was the North East IPA. We both had baby back ribs and they were so moist and flavorful that we didn't need any of the 5 barbecue sauces available on the table. They were the meatiest ribs we've ever had. My husband could't finish the full rack he ordered but was very happy to have them for lunch the next day. If you like barbecue and if you like craft beer, Tin Lizard is a match made in heaven.

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Wasn't at all what I expected.. the food was cold, and not gd.. It just wasnt authentic barbecue..

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought this place had very, very good beer and barbeque. Friendly and accommodating staff added a very good touch. Will go back, again and again

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HQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Tin Lizard for Father's Day with our 2 and 6 year old boys. The food was amazing, the beer was fantastic, and the atmosphere laid back and comfortable and totally fine for crazy kids. We'll definitely be going back.

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S
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good, enjoyed the food and beer. Only complaint is that we sat upstairs and that room can get really noisy really fast. Hard to have a conversation at the table.

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KI
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fun place to catch up with friends. Good BBQ and beer.

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LD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great barbecue along with a fantastic beer list.

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MD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ and beer. Yum!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food!! It is loud upstairs, but we were still able to enjoy our meal.

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c
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good beer, staff is friendly and attentive, and food is good if you don’t mind eating a lot a meat.

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C
Philadelphia
137 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We enjoyed the food and the beer brewed on site is interesting. It was a little cold the day we were there; we told the server and she said they would address it. I would return.

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b
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed tin lizard for the beer and BBQ. Thought the beer was better than the food though. My sandwich was served on the lukewarm side but the meat was tasty. Unfortunately could not eat it as a sandwich because the bottom of the roll was too soggy. Better bread would help. Still, glad the TL is in Bryn Mawr. Should be a good spot in warmer weather

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AS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome BBQ in a casual and fun location. Super friendly service too. Definitely worth the visit.

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t
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I was coming to the restaurant to meet a friend whom I have not seen in a few months - his dad just died and I wanted to see how he was doing after that. The beer was very good as was the food. I really recommend the mac and cheese!! I would definitely go back again, but I had 2 small complaints: (1) the upstairs room was absolutely freezing - it was a cold night for sure, but I don't think there was any heat on upstairs at all.(2) happy hour specials are only good on the first floor - it seemed to be a bit of a scam to me because I wanted to sit somewhere to catch up with my friend and not be there with all of the noise on the first floor. Why couldn't I get a few bucks off my first drink?

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w
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid BBQ place in Bryn Mawr. We enjoyed the chicken wings, and ribs especially. Husband had the BBQ brisket sandwich and really enjoyed it. Beers were great.

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