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Beast - 32 Reviews - 638 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY - Spanish Restaurants Reviews - Phone (718) 399-6855


638 Bergen St (at at Vanderbilt Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 399-6855
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Beast - Brooklyn, NY
Beast - Brooklyn, NY
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IT'S TAPAS FOLKS!! For those that don't know what tapas is, it's basically a appetizer sized portion.. That being said, the food is delicious. The burger however is regular sized,...


I have given this place a few chances and I want to like it, but they just never seem to get it right. Most of the food consists of tapas, which is an interesting twist for that ...

pretty good, not great 1/24/2012

the steak was good, but ive had better. id come back because the portions are good, and ot for nuthin so was the steak. if you have a favorite spot, stick to it, but if youre not to partial, this place will satisfy your hunger. more

key word: decent, decent, decent! 1/13/2012

read my headline- its self explanatory... the steak was alright, a bit bland if you ask me. the appetizers were nothing special either, and they took 50 minutes to arrive at my table! anyway, if it was convenient for me, id return to this establishment but if i had a better option... guess taking it! more

decent not great 1/9/2012

this place was alright by general standards, but that doesnt mean id nessecarily eat here again. steak was alright, i asked for medium and i got a charcoal pancake. sides were decent, couldve bee n fresher. overall, theres definitely better places out there, but with my experience, ill tell you theyre hard to find. more

you call that steak? 9/10/2011

i gotta be honest, i was looking forward to eating here for a long time. unfortunately, the dinner i was served seemed like a underseasoned, overpriced mediocre appetizer... i ordered the steak and left hungry... very the service was poor, my appetizer was forgotten altogether..... i will not be going back.\r \r more

Great go to for kicking off your evening 2/24/2010

This is, as stated, a great place to start your evening. (Or finish it, that's your call.) Always a comfortable bar stool, and a selection of beer that won't leave you rolling your eyes. It draws a nice mix of crowd. Pros: An old standby in a block of change Cons: It's popularity may continue to grow more

Nothing bad, but nothing really good either. 2/19/2009

Nothing bad, but nothing really good either.\r \r Everything was tasty, but nothing really that ht the spot. The place does have a romantic vibe, but I don't know if I want to come back.\r Cheese plate was too expensive and not that great. Seriously had better. more

I love This Place 12/8/2008

I have been here time and time again. The menu is constantly updated and challenges me to try to new things (which I'm typically not very good at). This is the type of place that makes you think of ""Top Chef"" - where they make the beautifully presented dishes that happily surprise you.\r \r more

Great food, great wine, iffy service 11/12/2008

If you want really amazing food with a well though out wine selection, go to this place! However, the servers are really unorganized and not very polite about it when they make mistakes. \r \r But really, the food and drink is fabulous. more

I have mixed feelings about this place. 10/13/2008

\r \r The first time I came here with friends, we came in the afternoon and ordered only tapas. Tapas and tapas and tapas and they were GOOD. The service was friendly, the sangria was good, and the tapas were wonderful. My friends and I really enjoyed it.\r \r And then I decided to go back almost a month later with a different group of friends, and this time we came for lunch. And we ordered actual entrees with a couple of tapas. This time the food wasn't so great. One of my friends had a VERY oversalted dish that she ended up not being able to eat, and no one seemed very happy with what they got. If I had based my opinion on this meal alone, I probably would have gotten two stars, or two and a half.\r \r As a result, I'm giving this place three stars. I'm sorry the Beast , I will always treasure my first memories of you~\r more

Inconsistent food, inconsistent service 10/2/2008

I have given this place a few chances and I want to like it, but they just never seem to get it right. Most of the food consists of tapas, which is an interesting twist for that neighborhood. When the food is done right it can be very good, but I think there is some kind of flow issue in the kitchen. For instance, on one visit we ordered various tapas and the ricotta tart came out at the right temperature but the brussel sprouts came out ice cold and the manchego cheese bites were undercooked and almost solid inside. Another time I got the ribeye which was cooked perfectly medium-rare, but my friend's chicken came out dry and tasteless. Service is the same thing, once I was the only person sitting at the bar for lunch but the bartender could not tear herself away from washing glasses to come take my order. Another time my girlfriend and I sat down for dinner and were greeted by a friendly and eager waiter, only to have him switched for a dull-looking, inept waitress half way through the meal. We went from receiving capable and prompt service to having to repeat each of our drink orders because the waitress kept forgetting to enter them in! All in all, I would avoid this restaurant and eat at one of the others in the area instead. more

great food, service erratic 7/29/2008

this is one of my favourite restaurants in the neighbourhood, consistently good food, chilled out vibe and a good selection of wines. like the idea of the wine in quartino size. we have never been disappointed with food here but service is very erratic. don't go if you're starving, it's not quick. usually with just 2 of us no problem but took 4 friends and ended up in the back room one night waiting 40 minutes for a bottle of wine, yes 40 minutes.. don't mind waiting for food when it's busy but it's not difficult to grab a bottle of wine and usually keeps the customer happy while waiting for food. avoid the back room and the australian waitress (our wine culprit) Pros: food, wine list Cons: service more

Great food, Good Service 7/13/2008

20 of us ate here for a freind's bday and were served quickly and efficiently. The food was great. That paella was good enough for a return trip. Looking forward to eating there again. more

It was okay. 6/26/2008

The food was good, but not a great value. I found the service to be a little lacking. We were going to order dessert, but our waitress disappeared for about fifteen minutes. The ambiance is nice, but It's not a place I would eat at again. more

my favorite place to eat in Brooklyn... and really all of NYC. 6/6/2008

The space is super comfortable and the food is great... I love tapas. And their wine list is amazing. \r \r In the past we've always had great service but the last time we went the service was pretty bad,,, I'm hoping they're not getting too busy as can happen with really great places :(\r \r There isn't anything I don't like on the menu and I've tried almost everything. And I usually skip dessert but not at Beast, their smores are delicious!\r more

Excellent food and service 7/12/2007

IT'S TAPAS FOLKS!! For those that don't know what tapas is, it's basically a appetizer sized portion.. That being said, the food is delicious. The burger however is regular sized, and a good bargin. One of the best burgers I've ever had. The chicken is a good deal too. They have a great beer selection, wonderful brunch, and the wait staff are incredibly nice and helpful. My only problem is that sometimes it gets a bit loud in there. They need to learn about volume control. I've only been annoyed once or twice by the music level, and I've been there at least a dozen times.. If you live in the hood you must check it out... Pros: Great brunch Cons: Too loud sometimes more

Best Burgers Ever and Best Brunch!!!! 6/4/2007

They have the best brunch! My Favorite local place to eat!!! I love the scallops entree too! The brunch hours are great 11 -4. Pros: great cocktails Cons: non more

good beer, average food 5/30/2007

i had a really delicious beer here- i think it was 5 points? tasty! the happy hour prices are great and i love that there is a latenight happy hour as well. the food here is just average though. i ordered ""greenmarket vegetables"" which was really a misnomer. there are no yellow beans growing in the northeast in early spring. also, the veggies were cooked in way too much butter. we waited 30 min for the roasted chicken which was okay but not worth the wait. i've roasted better in my own oven at home, for half the price. i say, come for the beer, not for the food. Pros: good beer, 2 happy hours Cons: average overpriced food more

So good, so chill it's an antidote to the office. 5/18/2007

After recently moving to the area, my roommate and I wandered in after work just looking to grab a beer. We were pleasantly surprised by the decor, replete with centaurs and griffins and the chill atmosphere. The bar boasted some great Belgian ales. Then we smelled the food being prepared and had to order. . After splitting some nicely peppered cracker bread still warm from the kitchen, I had a hefty 10 oz. burger nicely spiced and roasted potatoes with a velvety Guinness mustard sauce. The skirt steak with chipotle aioli was so good it demanded to be savored. It being a tapas bar we were expecting smaller portions but these were satisfying. The staff was super friendly and attentive. If you're in Prospect Heights don't pass it by. Pros: Friendly attentive staff, chill atmosphere, uniquely tasty dishes Cons: reserve a seat for brunch it fills up fast more

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 4/19/2007

i did brunch here last sunday & rsvp'd\r Good: table was waiting\r Bad: table was right next to front door\r Ugly: it was freezing rain & the front door kept getting stuck in the open position. my friend & i had to keep asking people in the doorway to close it, would have been nice if the staff noticed this. a sign on the door that says close it completely would work as well.\r \r we had a waitress\r Good: she told us the specials\r Bad: she never asked us if we needed salt, pepper or their much balleyhooed house ketchup. when our food arrived, we had to get up & go ask for it after waiting forever.\r Ugly: b4 our food arrived our waitress never once checked on us. we probably would have had about 3 more mimosas in the time waiting for our food, money lost by unattentive staff. it took about 50mins. to get our food. we had to flag down another waitress for a new mimosa. after 10 minutes of waiting, our waitress finally showed up to ask if we wanted a new drink, duh, yes.ordered chorizo hash w/ eggs, ""crispy"" polenta & ""the standard"" (eggs and sausage)\r The Good: chorizo hash w/ eggs & a spicy hollandaise sauce was so creamy i almost forgot how annoyed i was with the freezing draft from the nearby open front door. another bite & i almost forgot that it'd be great to wash it down, if only i had a drink\r The Bad: the ""crispy"" polenta, was NOT crispy, it was smothered with a tomato based puree that totally destroyed any chance for ""crispy"" anything on that plate. presentation was gross & the polenta was the same. sorry to be harsh, but it's true\r The Ugly: the wait staff really sucked\r only redeeming thing was the chorizo hash. i am actually mad i left a 20% tip, it happened by accident, reflex actually. Pros: location? Cons: too much, way too much. the waitstaff needs to be rehauled more

If you're in the neighborhood, you should go here. 4/4/2007

The food is amazing, the wine is great, the atmosphere is a Sit and Talk for Hours place (although I've never been there on weekends). Thank god it's there. more
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Owner Message

  • Beast serves tapas and small plate dishes that are perfect for sharing. A few notable menu items include portobello mushrooms, venison, skirt steaks, pear tartlett, burgers, garlic chicken, roasted vegetables, fish, and spicy almonds, to name a few. The menu at Beast frequently changes and this restaurant has an extensive selection of wine served in quartino - a glass and a half.


  • The Scene
    The wrought iron fence encircling this corner restaurant only hints at its slightly goth interior. Renderings of mythical creatures festoon its walls, and heavily tattooed...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 4pm-1am Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Prospect Heights