Irvine >Steelhead Brewing Co
mmmm. They have the BEST BBQ chicken salad
The beer is FOUL!. I usually don't expect much from these chain style microbrewpubs (i.e. B.J.'s Rock Bottom, J.T. Schmid's...) but Steelhead's beers failed to live up to my lowered expectations. I haven't had their food so I can't comment on it. I homebrew and drink craft beer and know my beers. I had time to waste during an intermission at a concert at UCI so my wife and I went to Steelhead for a beer. We got samplers and none of them were good. We couldn't even finish two of the beers because they were just gross. If you enjoy Natural Light, or Keystone Ice, you might think their beers are good. I would give 1 star, but I feel that might be unfair as I haven't had the food there. If you're a beer connoisseur, STAY AWAY!
Not open late!. For a brewpub near UCI's college campus, you'd think they'd stay open to feed and "water" the locals past 9pm. After multiple 9:30pm disappointments finding they were closed, I've come to realize differently! That being said, when they are open they have a great happy hour (love the barracude blonde brew and the nachos or burger).
good burgers. it's like another BJs. I stopped here with a few friends by accident and was quite happy. The burgers were good, drinks were good, and so was the service. Good place to go with a few pals and have some food and a few drinks.
BJ's-esque. Steelhead, to me, is like a toned down BJ's - fun, relaxed atmosphere with Chicago-style pub food. I went there recently and got a salad, but I've had their ahi burger there and liked it a lot. I just noticed they have a wide selection of signature cocktails as well. I like it, service wasn't bad either, and I've never seen it crowded, which is good.
GREAT SERVICE, super friendly staff, and food is really terrific. Specials galore usually during the week and their burgers are some of the best I have ever tasted. Big restaurant lots of things going on and close to the UCI campus are all plusses.
Not what I expected.. I've been to Steelhead before and enjoyed it. Good burgers - good brews; however, lunch proved otherwise - the smoked salmon appetizer wasn't salmon at all (possibly halibut or albacore) and the waitress insisted it was salmon. Dealbreaker - don't argue with the customer. Also, the beer (Raging Rhino Red) tasted like metal. I didn't say anything... until now. On the other hand, my burger was better than average. Good burger. Metallic Beer. Bad service.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Sup on full-bodied micro brews and straightforward American classics amid soaring ceilings, exposed brickwork and a bustling atmosphere.
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