United States > California > La Jolla
orangesol (153) Pennsylvania | February 18, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
t0rin0 (1139) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 31, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited October 2013.
This is one of the places that Iíve been meaning to get to for a long time now but just never made it over. Also, I hadnít 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 wasnít 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 isnít much need to make the journey over here. Oh, and they have a cask usually.
tkingsbury2 (15) San Diego, California | March 31, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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 IPAís 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.
Sledutah (298) Utah | October 14, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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 (JalapeŮo 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. Iíll come back when in the area.
daknole (356) Scottsdale, Arizona | August 2, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
For a brewery/restaurant this one is really nice. Good service, nice selection of beers. Good food.
rotoguru (12) Fort Collins, Colorado | June 9, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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. Iíd go here again, if Iím ever in the area, and esp if they have the Big Barrel DIPA on tap.
ebmalon (22) Georgia | March 28, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 17/20
Probably giving a higher rating that what some would say is deserved, but I like this place (all locations). Large California inspired menu and Iíve never had a meal I didnít 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.
DeadGirl (76) San Diego, California | March 2, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Took a drive around La Jolla Shores to search for a good lunch spot. Karl Strauss did not disappoint. Thereís outdoor/indoor seating, and a bar area. We sat in the bar area to check out their beers. I wouldnít say itís a great selection, but I settled with an Oatmeal Stout and a Hef. Whatís cool is that they have a weekly or monthly "beer pairing" special on the menu that you can try. Itís pretty much an appetizer they just came up with to pair with one of their beers on tap. I tried it, and it paired well. My friend and I had the fish tacos for our meal, and that was filling and pretty good. The service is outstanding, too. Overall: Go for an enjoyable lunch. Return: Yes. #46 on 02032010, DG.
yemenmocha (66) Glendale, Arizona | August 10, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clean and somewhat upscale place in La Jolla that has reasonable prices, unlike many competitors that line the adjacent blocks. Beers were rather mediocre across the board, and they had run out of one of their main taps (hefe-weizen) on my first of two visits. Food was above average on the whole but very good as far as brewpubs go (which can be bad at times). Service was good and we didnít have to wait for a table which was nice.
Their Hefe-Weizen is among the most banana-like that Iíve had in years. IPA is another worthwhile pint. They offer a cask beer but it runs out quickly, at least thatís what I was told.
hopdog (232) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | December 9, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
I stopped by here while the wife took the kids down the street to the Starbucks. I said, why dont you head up the street and I will meet you soon...how understanding.
I stopped at the bar and did not have any food. The bartender was nice and friendly and kept me company while I drink my 2 beers. The Rye IPA and Belgian Brown Ale were pretty good. They had a total of 10 beers on tap that included 4 seasonals. If I am ever in the area again, I will probably stick my head in to see what is on tap.
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