Los Gatos Brewing Company – Los Gatos, CA

For halloween, Meep & I went out for dinner and drinks in Los Gatos. V suggested LGBC and raved about it. But as usual, I am wary because taste is a very subjective thing. Meep even mentioned once that we are both very critical when it comes to food. (eek!)

So our party of 6 got there at bout 8 ish. I was surprised (although I shouldn’t be since it is halloween and they have a bar) that it was totally full at the bar and dining area. And the restaurant was HUGE!

There were even giant brewing “things” for their house-brewed beers behind the bar.

Menu had a decent selection of about 8 different appetizers, some salads, meat, chicken and seafood dishes. I was surprised at the drinks menu though, there were pages and pages of wine but only one page of beer (weird for a brewery, no?).

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We started with some sourdough.

It came to the table warm and was actually pretty good especially with the roasted garlic balsamic oil drip.

I was impressed by how good the bread was.
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Pear Salad $9

Cherries, pecans, arugula, goat cheese vinaigrette

This salad was not good at all. The vinaigrette was weird tasting and the pear slices did not taste pleasant either. Overall a huge disaster.

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Ahi Hamachi Tartare $14.00

Sushi rice, avocado, ponzu sauce served with crispy wonton skins

I was worried about ordering this dish because it could be gross if the fish was not fresh. The waiter mentioned that it was one of their best sellers. It actually was not bad but it was a little odd. The sushi rice got soggy from the ponzu sauce and the fish was bland. And soggy sushi rice, bland raw fish on wonton skin just did not work.

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House-made bratwurst $15.50

Beer braised, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green peppercorn mustard.

Man, this is gonna one painful post. After the salad and tartare, I hoped the food would get better but they didn’t. Meep ordered this bratwurst that he didn’t mind. They were again bland. (Notice a pattern here?).

I mentioned how Johnsonville bratwursts were way better.

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Fish Tacos $12.50

Lime and chili marinated, guacamole, coleslaw, peppers and onions, pico de gallo, tomattilo sauce.

Again, bland. The tacos were the most disastrous out of all the dishes. There were barely any fish, and the ones I had tasted like frozen fish that was rubbery and gross.

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Homemade brioche doughnuts $7.50

Powdered and cinnamon sugar coated, bittersweet hot chocolate, raspberry sauce, vanilla bean gelato

Decent.

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German Chocolate Cake $7.50

German chocolate cake, vanilla bean gelato and toffee crisps.

Again decent. I guess the desserts here are the only decent dishes all evening. At least out of the dishes I tasted.

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Other diners ordered:

Mary’s Wood Roasted 1/2 Chicken served with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and herb jus. $16.50

Grilled 14 oz Bone-in Pork Chop w spinach, scalloped potatoes and pear chutney $25.00

Grilled Angus Tri Tip; marinated in porcini mushrooms,blue lake beans, yukon gold potato beignets, crispy onion rings, herb butter $23.50

Pan Seared Ahi Tuna served with roasted broccoli, crispy onions and potatoes with red pepper aioli and lemon oil $24.50

General response on other dishes – OK but a little bland.

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Total damage – $285 (includes about 8 drinks, tax & tip).

Personal rating – 2 out of 5 (Borderline of below ave to average)

The food was average (some were below average), the menu is approachable, drinks were good, and service… service was pretty dismal. Our server knows it too, and made a joke about it.

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Los Gatos Brewing Company

130 N Santa Cruz Ave
Ste 6
Los Gatos, CA 95030

(408) 395-9929

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