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BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Overall: Great    Score: 78 / 100
280 South Coast Highway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
United States
(949) 494-3802
Listed Since: January 1999
Last Updated: May 2010
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Had a party for my daughter's engagement on the patio. With about 75 people present, the food & service was great, the Beer hit the spot, and everyone had a great time. I would suggest this place for attentive service and great atmosphere, topped off with awesome beer selection (They have their own Belgium Brew List, just ask for it). Bottomline: Much better than a hotel for this event, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Scott Scott, Dana Point, CA
(06/22/2007)

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Great Good Awesome! Great Great
I've been going to BJ's since it started in the mid-70's in Newport beach. The Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is one of the best. Topping that off with great micro-brew beer is heaven-on-earth. Definitely go for the generous sampler the first time there, but don't count on driving afterwards. Not relevant to great beer, but BJ's is also a strong supporter and generous contributor to the cystic fibrosis foundation.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from philippe  tusler philippe tusler, mission viejo, CA
(12/04/2006)

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Not a great location. Difficult to get back onto the freeway as a kind of busy street.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Glenn Glenn, Bakersfield, CA
(09/16/2005)

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Vastly better than the Gordon Biersch it replaced: it re-opened as BJ's about a month and a half ago. The beer selection and quality are both worlds better: four seasonals on on this visit (IPA, ESB, Wit, and an amber), in addition to six+ normal house brews.

The Tatonka (sp?) Stout, amazingly for a standard house beer, is a 8.1% imperial stout, and is great: thick, sweet, strong, yet finishes clean. ESB was a little underhopped, but decent; IPA was floral and citrus-spicy: highly recommended; the wit was fine, if not spectacular. Lindemann's raspberry lambic was on as a guest tap (!) and is particularly wonderful on tap, as compared to the great bottle style more people have had.

The place is huge and loud, with the same industrial-chic style furniture and design Gordon Biersch had. A four panel bigscreen is behind the bar, and other bigscreens are elsewhere. The music in the bar was ridiculously loud, even for a Saturday night, and the bartenders had to practically yell to be heard.

It was super busy, so be ready to wait with a pager, or try to find a seat at the bar. (Out in front, they passed around free slices of pizza to people waiting for tables!)

As for food, the pizza is very good, appetizers were tasty, and the veggie burger was fine, if a ltitle dry and bland. All the food is slightly spendy for the size/amount you get, but this is typical for the area.

Parking is plentiful as it's in a mall parking lot. Service was very solid and friendly, if harried.

Overall, a great place to go, and with the only good beer in the immediate area, it'll be a great place for people who are visiting family at nearby Leisure World, a huge retirement community (~19,000 residents), some of whose walls you can see from the parking lot. It's a HUGE improvement over the bland, thin, corporate, loud, boring, expensive Gordon Biersch.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from dan dan, san diego, CA
(08/23/2004)

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NOW CALLED BJ's CHICAGO PIZZA!!!

Probably the best thing that happened to this location. I am a professional market researcher and I know what the consumer likes. The food is excellent whether you are looking to have a cheat day on your diet (Pizza, Pasta and Pazookie) or maintain the strict regimen (Some of the best chopped salads in Orange County)!!!

Check it out; however, I do suggest that you call ahead if they accept reservations because it IS popular.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Tim Nash Tim Nash, Aliso Viejo, CA
(08/17/2004)

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When I was there it was very busy. I liked the beer. The service was a bit slow, but given how busy it was, that was understandable. What I didn't like was the food selections on the menu. It was the only I've ever looked thru a restaurants menu and found Nothing that looked appealing.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from John Calabrese John Calabrese, Mission Viejo, CA
(03/01/2002)

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I stopped by earlier tonight (Friday night) about 10:00 PM. They had live music from the late 70s & early 80s. Nice mix. The menu had shifted to the late night menu and I opted for the deep fried artichokes. Good choice. The beer was standard GB and I had the Golden Export. Music was a bit loud and I left after perhaps an hour. Very young crowd, but this has to be the only place in Laguna Hills worth going to, and a decidedly non-teeny-bopper venue when compared to the Irvine Spectrum. On a scale of one to four mugs, give this a 2 1/2.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from John Gezelius John Gezelius, Orange, CA
(11/24/2001)

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Great Good Great Great Good
Loved it, I had their October Fest last night, very hopy, very drinkable. I had a sweet spicey Chicken-Stir Fry that was very good also, and the beer stood up very well. Their Pilsner is very light - too light? And Larger was wonderful... Highly recommend it.. Over-all the atmosphere was too sterile - but that's modern Franchises I guess...

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Irvine, CA
(09/21/2000)

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Awesome! Awesome! Great Awesome! Awesome!
This is another great bar in this brewery chain! Open for just one week, it's already become a hot spot. This reviewer has been there four times now - for dining, drinking and holiday cheer! On my visit last night, December 27th, I had the pleasure of meeting the PubCrawler site creator and his family. A heck of a nice group - thanks for the beer last night! From them, I learned about PubCrawler and decided to pay a visit. Now, back to the important review of this Brewery. If you dine, ask to be seated in Bobbie's section. She knows what great service is and will be sure to make sure your visit is the very best! I highly recommend the Ducliss beer, my personal favorite. It has a nice robust flavor, not too filling! On the appetizer side, I recommend the Shrimp & Chicken Potstickers. Very tasty! Finally, each night I've been in, there has been a different band -- ranging from dance, to jazz and to Ragae. No matter your taste in music, it's all been good and the atmosphere is great!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Shelley Shelley, Laguna Hills, CA
(01/06/1999)

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Great Good Awesome! Great Great
Another fine entry in this chain. Fun place, great atmosphere, stylish architecture/decor, good live entertainment, excellent food, and decent beer -- they only make four or five kinds but they make them all well. And most importantly, Laguna Hills really needed a brewpub!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Don Grage Don Grage, Arlington, VA
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