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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

Gastropub, Brewery, and Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor
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  • Kevin Y.
    "(arguably) best beer selection in AA with delicious truffle fries"(26 Tips)
    Erin P.
    "Truffle fries and jp burger: happiness."(5 Tips)
    John P.
    "The truffle pizza is fantastic."(6 Tips)
    Jesse V.
    "sour beers but the Biere de Mars is a refreshing and tasty one"(4 Tips)
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  • Mia
    MiaJanuary 15
    Must try! Steak salad. The flavor of basil oil dressing on top of spinach and roasted potatoes with perfectly prepared steak will leave you speechless!
  • Whitney W.
    Whitney WoodsJune 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Where do I even begin with Jolly. My ALL-time favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor! I will miss it so much now that I've graduated. Truffle fries are a MUST. Only annoyance: no reservations or call ahead.
  • Todd S.
    Todd StewartDecember 4, 2014
    One of the best souring houses around. Make sure you have time to sample a few beers because they are tasty. The food is also good gastropub style fair.
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LucasFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The beer sampler is a great chance to try all their beers. Pizza is a great price for two people to split & the bacon they use is delish. The rosemary truffle fries are my favorite fries ever.
  • Chelsea O.
    Chelsea OrdeApril 24, 2016
    The truffle fries are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! My fiance got the Carnivore Pizza and it was wonderful as well! Definitely worth a trip!
  • Jean T.
    Jean TorresMay 18, 2015
    We had rosemary fries and they were amazing. I ordered steak frittes and also really good. I liked their beer selection. Amazing place!!
  • Scott W.
    Scott WintnerFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Separate waiting lists for upstairs and downstairs, but same menu -- be sure to put your name on both, since wait times often vary quite a bit.
  • Marie L.
    Marie LuluSeptember 16, 2016
    Fabulous place! Ambiance, smell and feel!! Great staff, brews and food!! Worth visiting for sure!!👍
  • Destiny H.
    Destiny HoltMay 30, 2015
    Truffle fries are to die for. Also, you can't go wrong with a place that locally sources ingredients!
  • Rachel
    RachelJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The chocolate stout is great. If you're vegan or otherwise dairy free, the soy cheese on the pizza is awesome, too.
  • Neal
    NealAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't go for the happy hour as your wallet won't leave happy. Do go for the food and your tummy will be very happy.
  • Alina W.
    Alina WeinsteinDecember 16, 2014
    The best chicken salad I have ever had! I comes with full leaf grilled salad pieces. Sooo good!
  • Jesse V.
    Jesse VApril 16, 2011
    Truffled fries are a must. They favor sour beers but the Biere de Mars is a refreshing and tasty one even if you dont dig on sour.
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne StewartSeptember 20, 2011
    This is a fun place to go with friends to have a beer and some fun! The Marguerita Pizza is great too!
  • Lexi W.
    Lexi WSeptember 1, 2015
    Fun place to eat in Ann Arbor. Definitely recommend! We had the nachos to start.
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EizansJuly 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I can highly recommend the "Carnivore" pizza. That 130 year-old starter for the sour dough is fantastic.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TietzSeptember 5, 2012
    Must try...Truffle pizza...Shitakes, truffle oil, goat cheese, parmesan, topped with arugala
  • Luis Eduardo A.
    Luis Eduardo Arenas QuezadaJune 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Lamb Hamburguer and the Carnivore Pizza.. choose one, and you will not fail
  • Yash G.
    Yash GodboleJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    you'll probably see this quite a few times on the tips, but the Truffled Fries ARE TO DIE FOR!
  • tio L.
    tio LechugaSeptember 15, 2013
    Noel is great no matter how close or far from Xmas you are. La Roja is just plain solid. Try 'em both.
  • Ben R.
    Ben ReynoldsMarch 18, 2016
    If you're stopping in for dinner, get something from the seasonal menu. You're welcome.
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaJanuary 3, 2015
    All the sour beer you could ever want! And delicious truffle fries, too.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonJuly 6, 2011
    upscale gourmet pizza in an awesome brewpub atmosphere with lots of other great menu items/beers Read more
  • George C.
    George CaseMay 23, 2013
    Great pizza! Get the Fire and Smoke. Truffle fries are a must!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyDecember 29, 2015
    They have some veggie options, their sandwiches are good. Skip the steak frites, they put the steak over the fries and ruin the fries. The beer is too warm. The polenta fries are NOT good.
  • Kyle D.
    Kyle DanielSeptember 2, 2012
    The fries come with a hint of garlic and rosemary and are phenomenal!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieMay 21, 2016
    The best ever fried chicken sandwich. FRIES. BEER. Everything was really really tasty.
  • Jake B.
    Jake BockMay 24, 2016
    Exceptional beers, and great food to match. Don't miss it.
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BernalAugust 20, 2016
    The truffle fries were good. The chicken and brie sandwich was pretty good as well.
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OettingSeptember 3, 2012
    Try the outdoor patio. Great environment to share with friends!
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BernalAugust 20, 2016
    Service is a little slow, but super friendly staff and great ambiance make up for it.
  • Kevin Y.
    Kevin YienJune 26, 2015
    (arguably) best beer selection in AA with delicious truffle fries
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 21, 2016
    I went here for my birthday a few years ago and I only remember that the fries were good.
  • Angela A.
    Angela AzarMarch 19, 2016
    I love the food. I eat here all the time. never been disappointed
  • Scott W.
    Scott WintnerApril 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cran-Strawberry Martini is NOT to be missed... men, swallow your pride, it's worth it!
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PaigeAugust 3, 2011
    Very happy to find that they have Brunch items on Sunday! Loved the Goat Cheese Omelette!
  • Ross Gourmet Club
    Ross Gourmet ClubNovember 22, 2011
    High-quality affordable gastropub style food, with great beer
  • Mark G.
    Mark GarrisiNovember 9, 2015
    The JP Burger , truffle fries and the many beers on tap.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonJuly 6, 2011
    great brewpub with excellent food and beer - priced very reasonably Read more
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LaramieJanuary 22, 2015
    Jolly Pumpkin burger w/ side of truffle fries will do you right
  • Matt F.
    Matt FelkeyAugust 24, 2011
    Great beers and try the truffled fries. Best fries I've ever had.
  • Kurt S.
    Kurt SAugust 30, 2014
    Diabolical IPA is awesome. Great beer, great atmosphere.
  • Brad
    BradAugust 13, 2014
    Ask for Charlie. He is a truly terrific server with a high beer IQ.
  • Drew B.
    Drew BuikemaNovember 8, 2014
    The beer is amazing, the food is pretentious and OK.
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SiegJuly 16, 2012
    Best Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! Order it!
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WalkerSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    JP Burger with truffled fries!
  • Caryn J.
    Caryn JendroOctober 15, 2013
    Go for a tasting, and don't leave out the la roja!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BennettJuly 24, 2011
    Fair warning, the Red Chili Tofu sandwich is only a little less greasy than a stick of butter.
  • Maria C.
    Maria CostelloMay 26, 2013
    Try the JP burger with gluten free bun!
  • Jack S.
    Jack SchmidtJuly 1, 2016
    Great beer and food. Highly recommend!
  • Josh K.
    Josh KeyesJuly 1, 2016
    It's nice to sit on the roof. A somewhat pricey place though.
  • Ed A.
    Ed AltounianAugust 28, 2010
    The Helion IPA is the best I've ever had. Incredible aroma and taste!
  • Christina D.
    Christina DJuly 9, 2013
    Have the chicken and brie sandwich. You can thank me later.
  • Polly J.
    Polly JacksonMay 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the rooftop deck! It's open every night after 4 and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan W.May 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The strawberry balsalmic martini is great! They have the best home distilled vodka!
  • Matt C.
    Matt CernyMarch 26, 2015
    The pizza and beer are both immaculate.
  • CK G.
    CK GillMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out the seasonal beers. They're always amazing.
  • A S.
    A SJuly 11, 2015
    Great for a Friday night out with friends!
  • Jen C.
    Jen CunninghamOctober 7, 2016
    Get the truffle pizza!
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie BrothersMay 1, 2011
    Truffle pizza is delicious! And, they are open very late!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MolldremMay 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The hefe here is a really splendid brew. Too bad they only make it every now and then :-(
  • Laura E.
    Laura EOctober 25, 2015
    The nachos are with freshly fried chips.
  • Sara R.
    Sara RechnitzerJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order La Parcela if you love sour beers!
  • John P.
    John PazJune 30, 2013
    The truffle pizza is fantastic.
  • Dawn W.
    Dawn WhiteJune 24, 2016
    Loved the chicken nachos!
  • Ian S.
    Ian SandersMarch 6, 2011
    If the beer's too sour for you try the Log Cabin cocktail.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoseSeptember 4, 2011
    Make sure you get Kaitan as a waitress! So nice :)
  • Wayne E.
    Wayne EakerOctober 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best hamburger in town if you love strong cheese and bacon.
  • Dane H.
    Dane HillardNovember 3, 2015
    Get the "Not Just a BLT" sandwich!
  • Patrick Benjamin
    Patrick BenjaminMarch 13, 2010
    Rich and unique-tasting brews. Much better than more commercialized breweries in Michigan, like Bell's.
  • Alisha W.
    Alisha WilkinsFebruary 21, 2013
    Truffle fries & ginger Cosmo --dreamy
  • Alfares A.
    Alfares AlzahraniSeptember 27, 2014
    Best beer selection in Ann Arbor.
  • Lee Ann A.
    Lee Ann AckermanMay 6, 2016
    The food is great and their microbrews are too!
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BlachaOctober 27, 2012
    Truffle pizza is incredible!
  • Road Unraveled
    Road UnraveledJuly 5, 2011
    The truffled french fries are fantastic
  • Karen W.
    Karen WäisänenMay 31, 2013
    Have the crack fries- truffle fries
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They're always out of something....I always leave feeling disappointed. Always.
  • Erin M.
    Erin McWainJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're not doing beer - try the Thai Boxer, a refreshing summer delight!
  • Tanushree S.
    Tanushree ShirodkarSeptember 21, 2015
    Truffle pizza was awesome!
  • Dusty H.
    Dusty HowellJuly 20, 2011
    Truffle fries were good but nothing exciting...Pizza was really good but waited a LONG time to get it!
  • Saso P.
    Saso PirkovicMay 1, 2013
    Everything is good!
  • Karen W.
    Karen WäisänenMay 31, 2013
    Dark n' stormy is off the hook
  • Corey
    CoreySeptember 3, 2014
    Vegan options are pretty good!
  • vik
    vikJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the truffle fries are incredible!
  • Molly C.
    Molly ConlenJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Truffle fries. Best fries ever.
  • Virgil J.
    Virgil JonesJanuary 14, 2012
    A sour ale specialty brew pub
  • Tony Rosé
    Tony RoséJune 26, 2015
    The carnivorous pizza!
  • Erin
    ErinJune 29, 2013
    The Bog drink tastes exactly like a cough drop.
  • Grant G.
    Grant GuntherAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    What isn't good here?
  • Alina W.
    Alina WeinsteinDecember 17, 2014
    Beer, fries, pizza and salads!
  • Eduardo C.
    Eduardo CoronaApril 3, 2015
    Mmm beer and truffle fries
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongDecember 7, 2014
    Jolly pumpkin burger
  • Erin P.
    Erin PavacikSeptember 2, 2011
    Truffle fries and jp burger: happiness.
  • Dave S.
    Dave S.January 30, 2012
    Great food...horrible beer. Go to Ashley's for better beer.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RiegleAugust 20, 2011
    Try the filet salad! It's amazing!
  • Stacey E.
    Stacey EidJuly 11, 2010
    The Farmer's Fritto appetizer is yummy!! Read more
  • Bethany O.
    Bethany OsborneAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent service on the roofdeck!
  • Joe Y.
    Joe YoungDecember 7, 2014
    Best brunch around.
  • Corey S.
    Corey SuiterOctober 20, 2011
    JP Burger is a good choice here.
  • Gail R.
    Gail RushAugust 15, 2014
    Many options for vegetarians
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