Seattle >Elysian Brewing Co
Forget about it... Picture this: Four pitchers, at least 20 pints sitting atop the bar waiting to be served...and it's been almost 25 mintues since your sassy waitress said, "I'll be right with you". Another case of greddy waitstaff, who take on more than they can handle. Even if the food is tasty, or the beer is decent (35 minutes after showing up), the whole establishment becomes a bad memory. Maybe they should consider hiring a few more people to join their waitstaff, or offer "self-serve" beer on tap.
Mediocre At Best. For being rated "best french fries" on City Search it is funny that the folks rating it have been duped by yet another restaurant. These fries are merely pre-seasoned, frozen fries that come in boxes to be dropped in the deep fry. Anyopne could buy them at a store and other "chain restaurants in town also use the same fries (Wingdome), just to name one. But then again maybe the people rating "best fries" actually havn't ate many around town to tell the difference between hand-cut and frozen bulk. The Elysian fish 'n chips are among some of the worst in town, suprisingly. It's hard to understand how a good cook could screw up battering cod fish but they do. The cut is far to big and soggy in it's light batter, when two otr three smaller pieces would have turned out crisp and tasty. The batter itself tastes "out of a box" i.e. breadcrumbs (mixed with parsley?). To make the feeling of over-rated tasteless food worse, the servers are curt, if not rude, and portray a better than thou aditude that leaves the diner with an upset stomach. If looking for good breweries in town, skip this one.
CAPITOL HILL'S LIVING ROOM. Elysian is the place to go when you don't want to cook, your college roomate is in town for a meeting & has 2 hours to spare, on the way to a movie..... well, in short, a great every day place. Our family hits this spot at least 2 times a month -- a good 10 block walk home after the fries & beer. Nice to have a brewpub in a neighborhood that feels good for families yet doesn't lose its Capitol Hill / Pike Pine edge. We like the tatooed hipster waiters. We have had nothing but great experiences -- you may have to wait an extra minute or two but it is a big & busy joint. Our 12 year old has moved from the kid menu to a full burger and the waiters have always treated him like an adult. Favorite foods? Hands down the Pork Taco with peanut arbole sauce.... also great burgers & fish & chips.... big piles of fries & homemade tartar sauce. Prince Charming likes the Perseus Porter & I drink whatever is gold & cold.
great beer selection and happy hour. this place delivers for people watching as well as getting a good pint of beer. i find this place relaxed, easy and fun
Nice open space, lots of food & drink choices. I went to the Elysian Brew Pub for the first time last night, and overall, Im giving it a thumbs-up. As Im not much of a beer drinker, I was concerned that I might have to leave my comfort zone being that the Elysian -is- a brew pub. My fears were immediately put to rest, however, as I entered to see the full bar. My drink for the evening was a glass of Syrah-Viognier, which was only $6.00 and pretty enjoyable. The Elysian has high ceilings, low-backed booths, and plenty of windows which keep the space airy and open. There appeared to be a couple of standing-only tables, but for the most part, this seems to be a sit-down sort of place. I was impressed with the many food offerings, though there didnt seem to be any happy hour chow specials. My friend and I settled on the yummy crumbly-coated French Fries (accompanied with a unique sour cream-horseradish) and a great Mediterranean plate complete with hummus, baba ganoush, olives, roasted peppers, feta cheese, tomatoes, and stacks of pita wedges. The food was tasty, although we did seem to come up short on the pita wedges...or maybe we just received gargantuan servings of hummus and baba ganoush...? Our server, while perfectly friendly, did seem to stop passing by our table as the place filled up. As she was otherwise attentive, I have to wonder if the pub was short-staffed. Id go back, though...nice place, worth a visit if you havent been there!
This place ROCKS!. I love the Elysian. The food is often just what you had been craving all day. I highly recommend the bangers and mash as well as the hummus platter. The beer is great, especially the great pumpkin ale. The special guest beer nights are a great way to spend an evening while being introduced to many more delicious types of beer. The Elysian has some of the hottest waitresses around. The servers are very knowledgeable about the beers and have always given me tasty suggestions.
Go when it's not crowded.... I've been to the Elysian several times. And, as some of the reviewers suggest, the beer can be hit or miss. The Immortal IPA is...okay, for the most part. The food really is quite good, I've never been disappointed by it. When you go, if you do, go when there are very few people. Naturally, there will be better service (one would hope) if there are not many people around. The last time I went I got the sampler and ended up loving their Jasmine IPA, so that's a good way to go if you go visit. The staff might seem a little out of it and strange, but IT'S SEATTLE! Most people there are!
Great beer; lousy food; sketchy service. Great beer selection. Good location- except parking can be a hassle. Service always seems to have attitude of some sort. Food can be average, but I've also known it to be shockingly bad. Space can be loud.
Great Vegetarian Food, So/So Beer. There is a fantastic vegetarian food selection with things like cheese "steak" sandwiches and specialty mac & cheese which is a major bonus for pub food. The beer was bitter and I tried 3 different types (schooner size). It is a family friendly place during the day and that is also a plus when you want a tiny beer after a long day with your toddler. Although smoking and family friendly don't go together...a smoking section would be nice.
Open setting and wide selection of brews make this a Capitol Hill favorite..
They don't call it a public house for nothing. The windows run from floor to ceiling, creating an open environment with "look-at-me" bar types inside and sidewalk voyeurs outside. It's a huge, open space with a bar a half-block long. But don't miss the more intimate spaces in the lounge area, which boasts inviting couches. Live music, once regularly scheduled here, has been discontinued.
A slew of beers have been brewed here since 1996, including the signature Indian Pale Ale (IPA). For a strong contrast, try the Extra Special Bitter. Or for a little of everything, go for the beer sampler: It will give you a taste of six of the pub's draft beers. The food is worthwhile. Among the offerings are the barbecue pork sandwich, the hummus platter, burgers, beer-battered fish and chips, and specials such as ceviche tostadas.
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