Callahans Pub and Brewery | San Diego, California
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Callahans Pub and Brewery
Exceptional based on 17 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

8111 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, California United States 92126 [ print map ]
858 578 7892

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Hours: M-Th 11am-12am; Fr-Sa 11am-1am; Su 9am-10pm


Taps: 6-12 | Bottles: 10+


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17 reviews for Callahans Pub and Brewery
 Ambiance  62%
 Service  67%
 Selection  57%
 Food  68%
 Value  60%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  67%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 20, 2013| Updated September 24, 2013
Visited after the Veritas release with womenecantsail on a brewery hopping trip around SD.

This is a restaurant combined with sports bar. TVs and a bar and eing inside of a strip mall means there is plenty of parking. The place wasnít all that full in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday but there were some dedicated locals there drinking the house beer. The service was friendly and brought us a sampler. The beer was middle of the road, perhaps a bit sub par even. The best one was the Peep Show Pale Ale. Thatís right, itís made with peeps, those marshmallow bunnies that people sometimes give away on Easter or sometimes microwave so that they grow, but rarely eat. The beer was pink, bright freaking pink. And it was surprisingly decent. I donít see myself going back here often but the novelty of the peeps might be enough for me to take someone there.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (756) Orange County, California | July 31, 2012
More of a sports bar feeling than anything, but oh well. A handful of house beers on and quite a few guest taps as well. House beers ranged from bad to halfway decent. Service was fine, as were prices.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitasfan  (66) San Diego, California | May 9, 2010
Saturday afternoon. Place is fine. Bit sterile, maybe. 5-6 of their beers on tap, but none looked very interesting. I had unrated New Belg. and Widmer Bros. brews. Fish and chips were absolutely swimming in oil. Iíd really like to find a British style chip shop here. And I donít get how restaurants serve Kraft boxed mac n cheese! Cmon man, cook some real food already. Service was good. Eh.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Phischy  (57) California | March 11, 2010
I want to like this place. The old meeting spot for QUAFF meetings and they hosted our BJCP classes. So I was there once a week for months. I just canít dig their food. The salad is OK, but the rest is just average. Beer selection varies, at one point they had zero IPAís on tap...this is San Diego! They are in conjunction with San Diego Brew Co, so you can get growlers filled at either spot. Both are far from me, so itís not a major stomping ground. Def I give it an .... eh...
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick  (677) Columbus, Ohio | January 29, 2009
(Visited 05/2008): Callahanís is north of San Diego in the Mira Mesa area, a couple miles from both the 805 and the 15. They have a private lot, plus they are in front of a strip mall that has additional parking. The place looks like a cookie cutter Irish/sports bar. The bar is in the rear directly opposite the entrance. The rest of the space is for table seating. They have chalkboards up showing all the beers available. As for the beers, Callahanís only had 2 of their own beers available out of the 25 taps. Aside from macros, other highlights were from Bear Valley, Coronado and Green Flash. The bottle selection looked pretty standard. Callahanís beers were fairly average overall. The bartender was familiar with both Callahanís and guest draughts enough to describe what they were. The food was pretty good as well. I had a teriyaki chicken dinner and it was competent. Overall I would try checking this place out again on the condition that they had more of their own beers available.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22  (60) Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California | December 12, 2008
Nice sports bar slash irish pub. Lots of tvs, with a nice bar as a central location. Wide open dining area with sightlines all around the pub. Very good sevice, the bartender kept checking up on us frequently. Decent selection of beers, about 5 regulars and 2 seasonals. Real good food, had the Tri tip special, very good. Overall a pretty good place.
58
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
EFC1878  (22) Manchester, England | May 27, 2008| Updated August 25, 2008
Decent bar. Irish themed. The food was edible and the beer was ok. Overall, though, the place didnít quite click with me.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel  (83) Encinitas, California | September 26, 2007
Above average brewpub. Went there for my first QUAFF meeting, Sitting next to outstanding homebrewers and Alesmith brewers, etc. Typical american restaurant food. I think itís association with excellent brewers keeps itís beers good and underrated.
52
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | July 20, 2007| Updated August 10, 2007
Iím not quite sure what wasnít working with this place. Sort of an Ir ish pub; sort of a sports bar. I didnít try the food, but the service wasnít great and beer about average. I doubt Iíll go back.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Vac  (38) San Diego, California | January 2, 2007
Callahans always gives me the feel of a family restaurant when I go in there. Ther food is pretty good, but, I donít really crave there stuff. The beer selection is pretty good, with several of their own beers as well as other locals and micros available. Unfortunately the best beers iíve had there are nights when the QUAFF homebrew has their monthly meetings and brings beer for the meeting.

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