General Lafayette Inn-Brewery

★★★★☆
  • 646 Germantown Pke

    Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

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  • 610-941-0600

About General Lafayette Inn-Brewery

Hours
Mon, 1:30pm - midnight; Tues, 11:30am - midnight; Wed, 11:30am - 1am; Thu, Fri, 11:30am - 2am; Sat, 11am - 2am; Sun, 10am - midnight

Food

Food
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I celebrated getting my first job in Philly at the General Lafayette, and it was a worthwhile celebration. The food was good--about average in price--but the beer was the real star. Their microbrews were delicious, and the beer tasting was well worth it. I would love to take friends here the next time I go; it was a great experience.

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I celebrated getting my first job in Philly at the General Lafayette, and it was a worthwhile celebration. The food was good--about average in price--but the beer was the real star. Their microbrews were delicious, and the beer tasting was well worth it. I would love to take friends here the next time I go; it was a great experience.

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I've only to General Lafayette's once, but the trip was satisfying. The food was really quite good and the I like to try the different beer variations that you can't always get in other restaurants. Recommend a trip.

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I've only to General Lafayette's once, but the trip was satisfying. The food was really quite good and the I like to try the different beer variations that you can't always get in other restaurants. Recommend a trip.

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The food and beer are okay but the service at this establishment is one of the worst I've experienced. First, you walk in and are met with an abandoned hostess stand. Good luck finding anyone to steer you to a seat. You're completely on your own. Once you do find a seat and clean it off (avoid the choking smoke of the bar), expect to do a few laps to find someone to serve you. Bartenders, when you can find one, are aloof and uninformed. This place might as well be self-serve.

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The food and beer are okay but the service at this establishment is one of the worst I've experienced. First, you walk in and are met with an abandoned hostess stand. Good luck finding anyone to steer you to a seat. You're completely on your own. Once you do find a seat and clean it off (avoid the choking smoke of the bar), expect to do a few laps to find someone to serve you. Bartenders, when you can find one, are aloof and uninformed. This place might as well be self-serve.

Pros: Decent beer, some of the food choices are palatable

Cons: Service is nothing short of abysmmal, choking smoke, filth

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I've only eaten at General Lafeyette's for brunch & it was pretty good.
The atmosphere was warm & cozy & the restrooms were fairly clean.

The two times that we've been there, the service has been great.

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★★★☆☆

I've only eaten at General Lafeyette's for brunch & it was pretty good.
The atmosphere was warm & cozy & the restrooms were fairly clean.

The two times that we've been there, the service has been great.

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General Lafayette's beer is top notch. I'm a big fan of their Germantown Blond. They have two menus, one for their more formal restaurant and one for the bar area. Both menus are solid and the food is well prepared. They are Philly Fair Food supporters which is a great bonus.

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General Lafayette's beer is top notch. I'm a big fan of their Germantown Blond. They have two menus, one for their more formal restaurant and one for the bar area. Both menus are solid and the food is well prepared. They are Philly Fair Food supporters which is a great bonus.

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I really like the Lafayette, and I have seen a number of its incarnations, from expensive restaurant in the eighties to present restaurant/brewpub. The ambiance is unmatched, from the old building itself, to the private numbered mugs hanging in the rafters. Parking is fine & there is a bed & breakfast in back. The staff is generally friendly & I know a few of them by name. Now, all that having been stated, there have been changes in the last few years which I would prefer to see changed, primarily with regard to the menu. One of the charms is the unusual food & presentation.The more exotic dishes have gone & the appetizers have lost some of their touches.The "jalapeno fries used to come served with several full, batterless, fried jalapenos, but now they come with just a few jalapeno slices. The mandarin orange, fried calamari was unbelievable, but now its cornmeal encrusted & unremarkable. As of August 2006, the food [while still very good & unique] has lost some of its specialness. Sometimes during the day the barwhile very clean and extraordinarily well keptcan get a little gamey with beer saturation. These days, DO NOT sit in the dining room. It is nice It is kind of romantic but it is EXPENSIVE. You can get the same menu for a lesser tab at the bar. Do NOT expect to get yourself a bottled beer The only beer is homebrew. You can buy growlers for take-out beer. Hard liquor [including top-shelf] is not the cheapest. Single rocks drinks tend to be the most expensive & the glasses arent big. It gets busy in the bar area on weekends. Ive encountered all ages here & have even brought our kids in from time to time. The usual demographic on a weekend night is late 20's to early 40's, men women pretty much equally mixed & usually coupled. If youve never been to the Lafayette Inn, I would recommend it more then just about any other restaurant. I consider it one of my favorite places.

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★★★★★

I really like the Lafayette, and I have seen a number of its incarnations, from expensive restaurant in the eighties to present restaurant/brewpub. The ambiance is unmatched, from the old building itself, to the private numbered mugs hanging in the rafters. Parking is fine & there is a bed & breakfast in back. The staff is generally friendly & I know a few of them by name. Now, all that having been stated, there have been changes in the last few years which I would prefer to see changed, primarily with regard to the menu. One of the charms is the unusual food & presentation.The more exotic dishes have gone & the appetizers have lost some of their touches.The "jalapeno fries used to come served with several full, batterless, fried jalapenos, but now they come with just a few jalapeno slices. The mandarin orange, fried calamari was unbelievable, but now its cornmeal encrusted & unremarkable. As of August 2006, the food [while still very good & unique] has lost some of its specialness. Sometimes during the day the barwhile very clean and extraordinarily well keptcan get a little gamey with beer saturation. These days, DO NOT sit in the dining room. It is nice It is kind of romantic but it is EXPENSIVE. You can get the same menu for a lesser tab at the bar. Do NOT expect to get yourself a bottled beer The only beer is homebrew. You can buy growlers for take-out beer. Hard liquor [including top-shelf] is not the cheapest. Single rocks drinks tend to be the most expensive & the glasses arent big. It gets busy in the bar area on weekends. Ive encountered all ages here & have even brought our kids in from time to time. The usual demographic on a weekend night is late 20's to early 40's, men women pretty much equally mixed & usually coupled. If youve never been to the Lafayette Inn, I would recommend it more then just about any other restaurant. I consider it one of my favorite places.

Pros: When I lived out-of-town for a while, I would often pine for going to the General Lafayette for lunch, dinner or drinks. Best Wings and Burgers Around.

Cons: Food presentation has gone down [but you probably wouldn't know it, if you have never been there before]

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Every time I go back I like it more and more, although I'm not sure what I like best: the simple game-oriented menu, the little terrace in the back, the cozy wooden bar, the nice people, their beer or just the whole shebang. Convenient getaway from the city for a few hours, perfecto.

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★★★★★

Every time I go back I like it more and more, although I'm not sure what I like best: the simple game-oriented menu, the little terrace in the back, the cozy wooden bar, the nice people, their beer or just the whole shebang. Convenient getaway from the city for a few hours, perfecto.

Pros: Colonial ambiance, Simple, hearty fare, Native beer

Cons: Sometimes crowded

 

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