Karl Strauss Brewing Company - La Jolla

1044 Wall St
La Jolla, California United States 92037
brewpub (Karl Strauss)  3.85/5.0 18 reviews
Sun - Tue 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM; Wed - Sat 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

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Taps: 6-25 | Bottles: 3+
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | January 7, 2015| Updated January 12, 2015
Séparé en trois partie: Bar, grande salle à manger et petite terrasse sur le côté. Les bières maison sont classique et très axé sur les houblons. J’ai bien apprécié la corpulence de certaine de leur ipa, moelleux et confortable. Le service était à l’écoute et généreux. Sympathique endroit qui ne croule pas sous le poids de sa personnalité.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rlgk  (589) Göteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
Quite nice place, big and with alot of seatings. Small bar area where we decided to spend our time. Lots of thir own beers, some of them rather nice. Outdoor seatings available as well.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222  (60) East Greenbush, New York | June 10, 2014
I was very impressed with this place. They had a session ipa that was fantastic and rivaled the best session IPAs. The food was good and prices were reasonable for the area. Didn’t get to try too many of their beers, but what I had was good and I would definitely go back. Very solid brewpub.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
orangesol  (159) Pennsylvania | February 18, 2014
Stopped in here for dinner tonight. A nice corner location in the heart of downtown La Jolla, or what I can only assume is downtown at least. Atmosphere was hopping, tons of people at tables all over the place enjoying themselves. Quality was good across the board. Correct glasses and top notch food ingredients mixed with high quality fixes around the restaurant. Service was great, but also a bit overbearing. He never let my glass get empty before he was on top of us asking what I would like next. Selection was pretty good. All of their normal beers and two specialties on, a "sour" and their 25th Bourbon Barrel beer. I got a sampler of four and two were really good, the other two not so much. I went with the Piggy Bank, a triple meat mac n cheese, and it was really good. Prices were a little high on the food but my sampler was only $6. Overall a decent spot in La Jolla, glad we could finally check it out after talking about it for the last few nights.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 31, 2013
Visited October 2013.

This is one of the places that I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time now but just never made it over. Also, I hadn’t been to La Jolla in almost 15 years so it was about time. This was supposed to be a quick stop but the nachos took so long that we were there for about an hour. The server was nice and the place is friendly and cozy so it wasn’t that big of a deal but seriously, how long does it take to make some nachos? We sat next to a couple of Swiss travelers and while my Swiss German is pretty non existent I managed to speak some kraut with this couple.

They have a dozen beers on tap but some of them had kicked and they also list the bottle-only beers without differentiating on the menu, which is a bit frustrating. Prices were pretty high but that was to be expected. The whole area has a wonderful view, especially when down on the beach or just coming over the hill from San Diego. Worth a stop if in the area or just want to experience La Jolla but in terms of quality of beer there probably isn’t much need to make the journey over here. Oh, and they have a cask usually.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
tkingsbury2  (15) San Diego, California | March 31, 2012
Went in on a saturday to watch some basketball and enjoy some good stouts. On their website they had both an Oatmeal Stout and the Wreck Alley on draft. I was informed that they only had the wreck alley in bombers for sale and were out of the oatmeal stout. This was disappointing as their IPA’s are not my style. We got some good (great) and I got a bomber of the Wreck Alley which was quite good. I guess I was just a little late and missed the good stuff on tap, but not having either draft on tap and average at best service made this a rather ordinary experience.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah  (551) Utah | October 14, 2010
Nice bar area with plenty of seating in the bar and some patio seating. The restaurant was average size with a view of the brewery. Service was good, food was good (Jalapeño Burger). The beer is average, most of their mass produced beers have a bland malt flavor. I did like the Imperial beers they are brewing. I’ll come back when in the area.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
daknole  (464) Scottsdale, Arizona | August 2, 2010
For a brewery/restaurant this one is really nice. Good service, nice selection of beers. Good food.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
rotoguru  (12) Fort Collins, Colorado | June 9, 2010
Had the Big Beer Burger and it was dang good; the bacon makes it (order extra bacon). Otherwise, typical bar/restaurant with a small patio and large bar. Service was very good and helpful with the beer and food choices. I’d go here again, if I’m ever in the area, and esp if they have the Big Barrel DIPA on tap.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ebmalon  (22) Georgia | March 28, 2010
Probably giving a higher rating that what some would say is deserved, but I like this place (all locations). Large California inspired menu and I’ve never had a meal I didn’t enjoy. Garlic brewers fries haunt me. The place is a chain around San Diego, their beers are available bottled around town. Beer is average with that mass produced feel to it, but enjoyable and was my go-to session beer while living in San Diego.

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