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someyoungguyy Jan 12, 2008 03:27 PM

they seem to be a chain mostly in SO CAL, but they are opening up 1 spot in vegas soon, they "bill" themselves as having the largest selections of draft beers anywhere....reviews?? THX.

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    LisaN Jan 12, 2008 03:58 PM

    Here are a couple of threads
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410288
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/73127
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/72897
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366681

    1. jcoz23 Jan 14, 2008 01:00 PM

      They do have a great selection of beer both draft and by the bottle. They have some really good Belgian beers by the bottle and their wine list is not bad either. The food is pretty good but the reason to go there is definitely the drink variety! The ones in AZ have some good happy hour specials also. The only thing I don't like is the ones in AZ are in mall areas, so the crowd reflects it.

      1. butrfli1227 Jan 15, 2008 07:18 AM

        Yardhouse is great! They have one here in South Florida. They have about 100 beers on draft at all times, including great seasonal selections. The food is really good too...like "upscale" bar food.

        1. Chew on That Jan 18, 2008 06:32 AM

          We have one in Glenview, IL. It's alright, I find the food overpriced but they do have a great beer selection.

          1. KaimukiMan Jan 19, 2008 04:02 AM

            They opened one in Honolulu, in Waikiki. I haven't been but a friend went for lunch and enjoyed it.

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              aurora50 Sep 10, 2008 02:58 PM

              Uh - no sale here. Although I know that their main reason for operation is the beer.
              My sister and I were walking around Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga last night (Tuesday), around 8, saw Yardhouse, and decided to give it a try (we'd never been). We ordered a Ribeye steak, medium-rare, and Caesar Salad to share. We had 2 glasses of wine, since we prefer drinking it to beer.
              The Caesar Salad was nothing to write home about - the dressing didn't taste like any Caesar that I've ever had (and I've had many).
              The steak turned out to be shoe leather, with long, tough green beans and just passable mashed potatoes. We called the manager over, and she quickly comped us the steak.
              I don't think we'll be back. Besides the bad dinner, we don't care for LOUD places with TV sets all over the place, showing sports.
              Yuck.

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                mlgb Sep 11, 2008 04:48 PM

                Doesn't sound like a good fit for you, does it?

                I like their assortment of unusual brews and appetizers best, especially the ahi stack with wasabi.

                Never would have thought to order steak, caesar salad and wine there!

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                  bubbles4me Sep 14, 2008 10:54 PM

                  I'm with mlqb on this one. The Pub grub is fine, anthing fried is tasty, the beer selection is HUGE and the size oprions of said beers is really fun. Not fine dining but a cool spot to have some nibbles and good beer....I think the wine list is as un-inspired as they come

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                    aurora50 Sep 19, 2008 12:13 AM

                    I just have to say something about my experience.
                    As I said before, I know that it is a brew pub and appetizer place, but I strongly believe that you shouldn't put things on the menu that you can't do well. "If you can't do it well, dont' do it at all".
                    We first looked at the menu as it was posted outside, and based on what we thought we could eat, we decided to give it a try.
                    If they didn't have the salad, wine, and steak on the menu, then we would have realized that the place really wasn't for us (remember, it was our first time), then we would have gone to another restaurant.

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                      ferret Sep 19, 2008 03:35 PM

                      "but I strongly believe that you shouldn't put things on the menu that you can't do well"

                      That implies that there are restaurants out there that have perfect menus - given the general subjectivity of food choices, an impossible standard. Usually the market defines the menu -- they don't just throw things on willy-nilly. Take CPK for example, they used to have a caper, anchovy, onion and kalamata olive pizza. I thought it was great but I'm guessing that I'm the only person who thought so because it was banished to the CPK graveyard. If it soesn't sell it won't stay on very long. Maybe not to your liking, but it's a glorified TGI Friday's so caveat emptor.

                      And the manager addressed your issue, so that says a lot.

                      There's one in an outdoor mall in the Chicago suburbs and the 2 or 3 times I've gone it's been with my wife or with friends as a detour from shopping. I don't recall ever sitting at home and saying "let's go to the Yardhouse." It's the place you go to in the shopping center when you're hungry. In that context it's fine.

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                        mlgb Sep 19, 2008 07:24 PM

                        They are not a brew pub, they have a lot of draft beers on tap, but they don't brew their own.

                        Also, part of their "thing" is rock music and TV sports. I'm surprised you didn't notice that before you decided to order.

                        I do agree that it's pretty sad that they couldn't cook your steak (to share) properly, but at least they did comp it.

                        Now you know, anyways.

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                          aurora50 Sep 20, 2008 04:10 PM

                          You see mlgb, we did know that it was loud beforehand, but we decided to try it for the FOOD - if the food was to our liking, we could have put up with the loud music and TVs.
                          As you said before, there is just not enough for us, particularly, to make for a good fit.

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                Kam7185 Sep 11, 2008 12:45 PM

                Went to the North Scottsdale Location back in Feb. We started with the crab cakes- quite good with awesome fruity sauce. Shrimp Ceasar salad was fine and the Miso Sea Bass was OUTSTANDING. We've had this dish at many fine restaurants, and their rendition was on par. However, pricing did seem to be off. The sea bass was $25 and I paid about $27 for the same dish at Nobu!

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                  Mag454 Sep 14, 2008 10:13 PM

                  I have been to the one in Waikiki a dozen times and find that it is okay as far as food is concerned. There is a big list of beer, but unfortunately I am not a beer drinker, so that part doesn't do much for me. Because it is always crowded and the food is only so-so, I am not a fan of it. Maybe its just that I hate Waikiki, but I try not to go there anymore.

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