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“Good food and fun place”
Review of HopMonk Tavern

HopMonk Tavern
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Ranked #20 of 134 Restaurants in Novato
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
San Rafael, California
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good food and fun place”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The beer is really good and the chicken sandwich was the perfect size and also very good. Almost felt healthy given the size. The sweet potato fries are nice and crispy. Service could have been better, but it was a busy Saturday night. I will for sure give it another try.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Robertiskute
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  • English first
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English first
California
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“3 strikes — won't be back”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

We were excited to see Hopmonk coming to Novato, since they seemed to know what they were doing. So the first time we went, when we were ignored at the bar, even though only two people were there, and everyone was clueless, I chalked it up to newness. But after the third time, on a Saturday night at 10:15, when very few people were in the bar, and we sat at a table for almost 10 minutes while staff walked past the four of us a few times, and after flagging someone down and then being told that (a) food is no longer being served and (b) no one will take your order and you need to go to the bartender, I'm done with the place. No wonder the bar is dead on a Saturday night. Let me add that the staff is not even friendly about telling you you're on your own. What I previously chalked up to opening missteps is apparently the status quo: ignore customers, give bad service, and roll up the carpet because clearly they all want to go home. The one consistent thing they are good at is a friendly goodbye! How about a friendly hello, what can I get for you? Next time we'll go back to Moylan's.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank ezee14
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Novato, California
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fun for the six of us!”
Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Went with a group of six and we had a great time - our first visit. One person had a problem with a chair and they immediately moved us to a booth! We had a great server, knowledgable and fun. We'll be back!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Hoonihoo
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Novato, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great beer garden”
Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

I visited Hopmonk for the first time and sat outside. They are in the process of finishing there beer garden. It is a wonderful outdoor space with modern fire pit and out side stage for music. They have heat lamps and lots of tables. They built a wall around the patio so you cannot see the parking lot ony the beautiful oak trees. t's going to be a great place to hang out during summer and warm evenings. The beer selection is incredible with beers from everywhere in the world. I'm looking forward to spending evenings hanging in the beer garden. Good job. Novato needed this!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank AME420
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San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good food and beers, service not as much.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Quite an improvement over Southern Pacific. 16 beers on tap and hundreds more by the bottle. Great bar food. Had the pulled pork and Philly cheese steak on naan. Pork was good, cheese steak was wonderful (although not a true Philly cheese steak). Very good sweet potato fries. Took forever to get our check and then had to track someone down to take payment. At least an apology would have been nice. Food and beer (which I guess is the most important) save this place.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Curt W
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