Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown) | San Diego, California
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
Exceptional based on 41 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1157 Columbia St
San Diego, California United States 92101 [ print map ]
619 234 2739

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Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-12am; Sat 1130am-12am; Sun 1130am-10pm


Mayor: ARH (1) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 10+


Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)

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Beer Available At Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown) (arranged by most recent)
Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale 88, Karl Strauss Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale 87, Karl Strauss Amber 45, Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout 97, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale 82, Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA 93, Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA 83, Karl Strauss Windansea Wheat 71, Karl Strauss 25th Anniversary Doppelbock 44, Karl Strauss Endless Summer Light 14
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41 reviews for Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  79%
 Selection  64%
 Food  75%
 Value  70%
 Overall  75%
 Rating  81%
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76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99  (377) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 11, 2007
Easy to find location in downtown San Diego. Clean inside with wood bar and clean bar and tables. Brewing operations behind glass behind bar. Freindly service with good knowledge of selection of 9 to 10 taps. All beers average drinkable with good selection of styles. Good food menu and the calamari was a good portion and very good flavor. I enjoyed the visit.
62
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
7837  (3) Alabama | October 17, 2006
Once upon a time I thought this place was the epicenter of all things SoCal. Went there from right around day 1. SD native, moved to OC now back in SD. Yard House and Stone make Karl Strauss now seem like Black Angus Vs. Ruthís Chris. No contest. Sorry Karl.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr  (106) Omaha, Nebraska | August 25, 2006
My favorite of all the Karls. Iíve been coming here since 1990. There is always an interesting seasonal specialty beer or two pouring. Food is always good or excellent. Unlike many places around the Convention Center Area, they treat tourists with respect. Hardcore baseball-watching group on the bar-TVís is always a plus for me.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich  (215) McCall, Idaho | April 13, 2006
Very nice outside, several blocks from the waterfront, a few blocks away from the gaslamp district. Nice bridgeport-ish outside with the vine thing. Cool looking patio that looks like fun at night. Inside you can view the brewing equipment and the long bar. Lots of tables and a typical wooden interior with odd carpet. They had on a good porter, a mediocre abbey red and a barleywine as their seasonals. Service was fine, food was excellent. It was about noon when we got here so it was almost dead. I really liked the food. Ahi Poke and drunken shrimp.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74  (47) La Mesa, California | April 6, 2006
Good place to get a few ratings. Kind of a yuppy type it seems to me. Iíve never had the food before, but the only time iíve gone it was about midday and the place was packed.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3  (338) Tempe, Arizona | April 2, 2006| Updated December 7, 2007
This is where it all started for me. Around 1990 domestic beer was just beginning to come out of the dark ages. This place was an oasis. They always had an excellent selection on hand listed from the light in color beer to the dark. The food was pretty good. At this time it was really happening. Some nights it was tough to fight through the crowd and get a beer. The people that worked there were great and more than happy to talk about beer. I loved the $1 beers on Tue nights. It doesnít look like they do that anymore. Sometime when Iím back in town I need to go back and re-rate it. This place rates high for what it gave us back then.
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
trokini  (56) San Diego, California | March 20, 2006
Good place to grab a beer. Good selection of their beers with a rotating seasonal. Food is pretty good, better than standard bar fare. Kind of pricey and can be crowded. Parking sucks.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood  (22) Freeport, Georgia | January 11, 2006
Nice spot within walking distance of the Gas Lamp. Much better than I expected. Had a barley wine and an imp. stout on draft. Good selection and quality of beers overall. House IPA was EXCELLENT.
56
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog  (699) Hampton, Virginia | June 18, 2005
Visited here in July 1997 during my fledgling beer nerd days. Need to go back.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Crit  (136) Surrey, British Columbia | March 30, 2005| Updated September 18, 2008
I was here in the early days when it was the only one.Decent selection of good beers. Food was average at best...service was exceptional, but I was the only one sitting at the bar.

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