GB is a brewery, and that's really what it does best. The beers really are excellent (for those that enjoy hefty pints), if a tad strong. these things will knock you out if you're not careful.
Be warned that the food is your typical dressed up pub-grub, except with white china and silverware..poppers, calamari, garlic fries, burgers, really the usual gamut of items. and none are excellent enough to justify the prices.
Atmosphere-wise, the layout is quasi-good for game nights, but can get packed very quickly, owing to the limited bar space crowded out by the dining area. Its almost as if the owners can't make up their mind if they are a bar or a restaurant.
Either way, stick with the beer, and you should be fine here.
This is the original Gordon Biersch restaurant, located just off of University Ave in Palo Alto. The beer is still great, but the dining experience has waned over time. The last time I had dinner there the food was average at best, even though it was not during a peak time. If you’re interested in a simple place to have great beer, this is it. Appetizers are typically safe, but I’d skip the entrees. San Jose location seems to have maintained better consistency with the quality of their food.
The saving grace of the SF and Honolulu Gordon Bierschs is their outdoor seating. The P.A. G.B. has massive front windows that open, but no outdoor space. It tends to get dark and noisy inside. The beer is always excellent, but the food is mediocre. Garlic fries aren't a novelty anymore, and these guys don't even make them best. Burgers are eh, sandwiches tend to be dry and unappealing. I only go here when other places in the neighborhood are closed.
Don't be fooled by the garlic fries -- the real star here is Gordon Biersch's brews. You can find them in local stores, but it's hard to beat 'em on tap. The brewpub has seasonal brews & specials too. The food is good, standard American pub fare. The portions are huge -- you can split a 'personal' pizza between 2 people easily. You wouldn't want to eat so much you can't finish that glorious ale!
Comfortable Steak and Vodka. Gordon Biersch has been in business for quite a while, and their brick buildings offer the basic beerhouse, but with food that attempts to be a notch above. I don't drink beer, but the Palo Alto location has decent wines and also a full bar. I have seen people order the steak and vodka tonic for more than one day in a row, and, although the food at times reminds me of Chili's, now and then I'll receive a dish that is really good. The hawaiian hamburger was very good, and they were able to cook it rare enough. The chicken skewers are passable, and the cajun pasta looked okay. The garlic fries are good, and cooked well, but they are not very garlicky. The building itself has the high walls necessary for the beer urns, so it can be hard to hear others speak. However, the service was wonderful every time I have frequented the Palo Alto establishment, and I like the idea of feeding pub patrons to keep them from becoming too inebriated. I think that is how this chain garnered its popularity to begin. I like the place. 2.5
Fun place if you want to grab a burger and fries. The food was good, the service wasn't the best and it was a bit dirty. If you want to grab something quickly it is fine, but I wouldn't go there on a first date.
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