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7837 (3) Alabama | October 17, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | August 25, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
BŁckDich (215) McCall, Idaho | April 13, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
mjg74 (46) La Mesa, California | April 6, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (318) Tempe, Arizona | April 2, 2006| Updated December 7, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
trokini (56) San Diego, California | March 20, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
jimbowood (22) Freeport, Georgia | January 11, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
Braudog (697) Hampton, Virginia | June 18, 2005
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Visited here in July 1997 during my fledgling beer nerd days. Need to go back.
Crit (135) Surrey, British Columbia | March 30, 2005| Updated September 18, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Eyedrinkale (129) Astoria, New York | August 16, 2004
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
The downtown location is the original Karl Strauss, now open more than 15 years. Upscale brewpub (as all of their locations are). This location does a bang-up lunch and dinner business but itís kind of dead most nights, especially during the week.
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