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“Less than perfect...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of John Barleycorns

John Barleycorns
14610 SW Sequoia Pkwy, Tigard, OR 97224-7185
(503) 684-2688
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Ranked #44 of 119 restaurants in Tigard
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Bar, Brew Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Nampa, Idaho, United States
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Less than perfect...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

This was my first trip to this restaurant, but I was very disappointed with the service, and the food was less than stellar. Our waitress was a little on the grumpy side, and we waited a long time for drinks and our meals - which consisted of soggy, unsalted fries and a greasy burger. I don't recommend it.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Tigard, Oregon
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82 reviews 82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Too Bad About McMenaservice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We began frequenting John Barleycorn's in Tigard as soon as it opened in 1996. Its very family friendly; they have large booths that can easily accommodate six to eight, and the menu is diverse and reasonably priced. It does fill quickly on weekends and peak times so plan upon waiting if you aren't in early. There is also a bar area where kids are not allowed, and in good weather the outdoor patio is open. The wood burning stove centered in the main dining area is a nice addition and maintains a nice warmth in the cold winter. Additionally, while Oregon banned smoking in restaurants in 2001, John Barleycorn's has been non-smoking from the beginning which was very appealing.

McMenamins was a pioneer in BoP (brew on premises) establishments and the brothers fought for legislation allowing brewpubs. Their craft beer is very good and anyone who likes beer will likely find a style they like. They always have at least one tap pushed with nitro which is really nice. They also own the Edgefield Winery which produces very good, and very reasonably priced red and white wines.

Two down-sides ... first, of late the kitchen seems to believe every sandwich is better with horseradish. I imagine that's okay if you love horseradish. If you order a sandwich and don't want horseradish I suggest asking at the time or ordering. In the past I would have given anything for a McMenamins Reuben sandwich as it was perfect. Then without warning I ordered up a Reuben and was hit with intense horseradish. Seriously guys, on a Reuben too? My sandwich was literally inedible (to my taste). Second downside, and the specific reason I cannot in good conscience rate any McMenamins establishment higher is the service. In Portland if you say "McMenaservice" people know what you mean. Any server will help you and can help you, and since you are everyone's customer you are no one's customer. We went in once for happy hour; arrived at 5:20 and happy hour ended at 6:00. We ordered and received drinks immediately, but the server didn't come back until 6:05. We said we wanted to order from the happy hour menu and she said we were too late. We mentioned we had been sitting for over a half hour and she replied "I didn't think you wanted to order food." Tip - never allow a server to leave without ordering, and under no circumstances ever ask the server to give you another minute; there is no way of knowing when s/he may return.

Still, if you get in early or are out at off hours this is a great place to eat. While the servers will often forget you when it is busy they are still extremely pleasant and when its not busy they are a joy. The food is very good and the portions are ample; we avoid the fries as you never know whether they will be good or not. The atmosphere is quirky, fun, and amusing, although a little low light. Great place for families, great place to meet up with friends.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, good service and great fries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We often used to go to pubs when we lived in the Portland area. We could always count on great burgers, a fun atmosphere, and bad fries. We decided to stop in here while we were passing through town and were glad we did. It was happy hour and the place was packed, so we were happy to find seats at the bar. The service was speedy and our burgers and chicken sandwiches were great...and surprisingly, so were the fries!
We will make it a point to stop on future trips.

Visited February 2012
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“What happened?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

John Barleycorn's is part of the McMenimans restaurant family. We used to go there frequently when we lived in the area and we loved the menu. Service was always poor -- long waits-- but food was good.

We were in the area this week and stopped in for dinner. Service was great. We had a short wait for our appetizer and meals. The fries are still good. And they now have a good selection of teas.

But the burgers have fallen in quality. They really messed up the Communication breakdown -- always one of my favorites -- by changing the sauce. It's now a mess of mayonnaise and dijon with a few grilled onions and mushrooms. Previously, it consisted of a slew of onions and mushrooms with just a hint of a sause. Our daughter had a regular burger and could only eat a third.

I appreciate the improved service, but without the great burgers there are only two reasons to go to John Barleycorns -- the fries and the beer.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food, slow service...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

Great food, slow service as always at McMenamins.... what is up with that?

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