We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Unique hot dogs and beer menu, good value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Red Hot

The Red Hot
Ranked #11 of 746 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Unique hot dogs and beer menu, good value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

The hot dogs were delicious and I can see why this hot dog place ranks in the USA's best. I was pleasantly surprised by the vast beer menu and choices for local brews. Prices were reasonable. The wait staff are cheery and open to talk about the place and local area beers. The only negative thing I could say is that it does not look like a restaurant from the outside and on the inside is more of a bar/pub style rather than a fast food restaurant, which is why it gets 4/5 rather than 5/5 from me. I was in a group of 6 and we all had a great time.

  • Visited August 2011
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Michelle A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

91 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    51
    34
    4
    1
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fox Island, WA
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Way Over Rated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2010

There are more than 300 restaurants in Tacoma and, for some strange reason, The Red Hot is currently rated as #9 in the city. In my opinion, this hole in the wall 6th Avenue wiener joint is being way, way, way over rated. While The Red Hot has a respectable selection of wines and beers, the food fare is not so varied. Your food choice is pretty much a choice between hotdogs or wieners or frankfurters. Um, seems like the food selection is a bunch of synonyms, huh? You can find far better places than The Red Hot to clog your arteries. Do youself a huge favor and don't expect a whole lot if you "dine" at The Red Hot!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank ZoeWizard
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tacoma!
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Tavern In Tacoma!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2010

Hands down my favorite tavern in Tacoma! The Miller family and their great staff have done a fabulous job creating an institution in just a couple of years. If you are a beer-geek you will go crazy. They also have a smart and affordable wine list, and of course the dogs are delish. Be sure to check ‘em out in the summer when they open the back parking lot for special events!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank tacomalocal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
tacoma
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hot Dogs, Beer, No Jerks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

Local Business owner, sassy staff that doesn't stand for bad treatment from customers. You gotta love hot dogs, or veggie dogs, or you might hate this place, unless of you are looking for a $1 moon pie to snack on. A great place to gather with friends, not a place to bring a date.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank tacdharma
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gig Harbor
Level Contributor
58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great chili dogs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2009

Unpretentious, welcoming, inexpensive and top drawer dogs. Looks ordinary from the outside, anything but once you're at the bar. Small but respectable beer selection, comfortable atmosphere, and just plain excellent hot dogs and sausages with all the usuals and some good unusuals. New one on me was the dog with homemade coleslaw, but the prize goes to their double chili dog with peppers, onion and cheese so aptly named after local working waterfront "The Tideflats."

Helpful?
Thank Tacomataster
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Red Hot also viewed

 

Been to The Red Hot? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing