There's no doubt that Gordon Biersch is one handsome brew pub. With all the marble, the pillars, the flags hanging from the ceiling, and the mahogany tabletops, this brew pub looks seriously classy.
But just because it portrays itself that way doesn't mean it is. My problem with this place is the menu. The food isn't anything special---standard American fare---and it's really not that great. Sure, the garlic fries are pretty good, but that's not exactly a complicated dish.
I've had some seriously fantastic meals in the city, so maybe my standards have gotten too high. But there is something about Gordon Biersch that feels so suburban mall to me. I don't know about you, but that's the last thing I want when I'm dining out in Chinatown.
Pros: Great location, good beer, beautiful setting
Cons: The menu is just okay, food isn't fantastic