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#16 of 133 American in Erie
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American, Bar, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
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Reviewed September 15, 2020

This restaurant is located in the old Train Station in Erie. It was interesting to see all the old furnishings. I had their crab cakes which were good, but not the best I've every had. My wife had the Chicken Quesadilla which she really enjoyed....Our waitress suggested a craft beer to me that I didn't care for. She got me another beer at no charge!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 14, 2020 via mobile

Cool place. I had the Rachel with fries and it was good and a large portion. My husband had the salmon dinner and he was very happy with it. Very cool atmosphere and they also do weddings!!!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 18, 2020 via mobile

Stated as a matter of fact, the subject line describes my experience at this atmospheric-savvy brewery. As an experience during the 2nd wave of the CoronaVirus, the servers were coming back from a nearly 5-month furlough. Although they were still brushing up on their history...education of the former train station-now brewery, the girls did their darndest to have our history-laden questions answered. Servers: A+ The beer was just okay. I've had better, but certainly had much worse. A pet peeve of mine is when anyone has a passion for a beer and serves it's final result in plastic party cups. The food, mind you, was served on dishware. Is the staff who washes dishes too lazy to wash glass pint glasses to serve beer?  Food was the most disappointing, and frankly, disturbing part of our experience. Before I comment, the atmosphere is a former train station, which still serves the Amtrak train several times a day. Please take a self guided tour and enjoy the nostalgic pictures, old world furniture and memorable decor from the past. It's worth the trip! The food will get better in due time.  To be specific: My dad and I ordered burgers with fresh cut fries. Fries can also be served for an extra cost for certain meals. Unfortunately, both our servings were raw and not edible. Temperature-wise..Room temperature, and far from being cooked thoroughly through. Second interesting food head-scratcher was the Pittsburgh Burger, served with swiss cheese and...wait for it, Saurkraut? Nope...It's actually fresh cut cabbage. I like sauerkraut! This was a freshly cut, crunchy salad on a burger with some cheese on it. Please fix your food issues and we'll be back! PS Consider visiting in the fall and participating in the haunted history of the station. Our server, Patience, narrated a beautiful history of this eerie part of the station, revealed some spooky personal happenings of her own and made our trip totally worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

I’m in town on business and have been here in years so I had to stop by to enjoy a bit of preserved history that has disappeared elsewhere in the US. Unfortunately I had a late lunch so I didn’t order food. (I recall it...being very good on my last visit however.) I did enjoy a flight of several of their fine brews.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed October 27, 2019

The Brewerie ,(814) 454-2200, has salad and entries like salmon, steak, and more. Handmade beer and soda.  We went to the Brewerie after seeing the Erie Maritime Museum and it’s only about a mile from the Museum.  We pulled into a metered parking spot and...didn’t have to parallel park.  It was $2.00 for 2 hours and a very convenient lot just across the street about a 2 minute walk to the Brewerie at Union Station.  As you go into the front, you are greeted with a wonderful aroma of brewing as you walk in.  I had the beer batter fish sandwich which was very good and substituted green beans for fries.  Husband had the Rueben sandwich which was very good and hand cut fries.  I had the cream soda drafted right there on site which was also very good. Service excellent.   If you’re not hungry, you should go just to see the Union Station building erected in the 1920s.  However, the bathrooms looked like they hadn’t been updated since the 1920s! We sat at the front of the glassed in lobby that contained an extra dining room labeled “Barber Shop” and had the bathrooms in the back. See photo. If you sit there, you can watch black and white beer commercials from the 1950's or 1960's on TV screens above that side entrance.    Supposedly they have tours, but I forgot to ask about that.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2019

Nice atmosphere but the surrounding ding areas not so nice. Mostly street parking. Just had drinks and snacks

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

If you are a rail buff, or a beer geek, this is a must stop. The station has been beautifully restored. Several dining areas, including the main rotunda. Great selection of brews; about six of their own, but several dozen more from local breweries. A...nice plus: good selection of local Lake Erie wines! (Too many sweet wines, to my taste, though.) Food is typical pub food, but my Reuben Sandwich was huge and very tasty. Beer and wine prices are very reasonable.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 29, 2019

There are two entrances so look for the wheelchair accessible entry that has the large signage above it This entrance takes you to the main dining area but the bar area is through the double glass doors towards the southeast portion of the restaurant. The...restrooms are in a room opposite the bar area. The restaurant has mostly low tables with the exception of a few high tops in the bar area. The ambiance is quaint with throwbacks to when it was a railroad station. The food was really quite good. We ordered burgers with slight variations on the type but we liked that they were the thick type so we could enjoy every juicy bite. The issue in the women's restroom is that the handicap stall was barely large enough to handle a small manual wheelchair and that was only after backing into it. The one grab bar next to the toilet was a plumbing pipe so it was hard to grasp due to its thickness. The next issue was the height of the toilet as it was low to the ground. The last issue was the location of the toilet tissue dispenser, which was on the opposite wall from the toilet and no way to reach it unless you could stand and lean. The positives were the roll-under sink area and no door to enter the restroom. I did not check out the men's restroom so I can't determine if that was any better of a situation. If you are in the area definitely check out this bar/restaurant as the prices were good for a beer sampler. We parked on the street (metered) and there were two cutouts to access the sidewalk.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 8, 2019

The food and service for our wedding party's dinner were excellent. The atmosphere was a nice mix of old-fashioned, rustic charm with modern facilities.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 7, 2019

We try to stop here for lunch when are in the Erie area. The food is always good. It is a beautiful old building.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Response from 204kent | Reviewed this property |
Dont know but they have alot of rooms there that you cant see.
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Response from jmmarquette | Reviewed this property |
Yes! We had a function there last month and had 15 kids ranging from age 5 to 17. Since its so big and open, you don't have to worry about them making noise and they can go upstairs and see where the trains come by on... More
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