Nice place in a great location. Food was good, but nothing special. Service was very good, beers were good.
StefanSD (57) Ouray, Colorado | February 1, 2008| Updated July 27, 2008
This is a nice upscale brewpub/restaurant. They always have about a half dozen or so fresh brewed beers plus one or two seasonal brews. The food menu changes frequently, I have visited this place about twice a year for the past 6 years running and I have never looked at the same menu twice. That aside, the food is always very good and that is the real appeal of this place. Of beers I have sampled here the Hefe is very good and authentic, the marzen is mediocre and the alt-bier is exceptional.
i’m not down on gordon biersch but if you have been to the chain elsewhere there really is not reason. espcecially when san diego offers so many other places to indulge in beers. good malty german style beers with more of an upscale food menu.
Situated around Hotel circle, which appears to be an extremely dense area of over-commercialized area of chain restaurants. At least it fits in, yeah? Inside is fairly typical inside. Lots of shiny brass and dark wood, focused decorative lighting. Pasta/Pizza/Burgers for food. Had a swordfish special that was decent. Only 1 seasonal (Vienna). Cool looking beer garden, but it was a bit chilly outside still. This is a very trendy and upscale. Cool view of the large, modern shiny brewing equipment.
First off, I don’t like Gordon Biersch’s beer. Its a telling statement when you see their staff hitting the Bevmo next door to grab beer. The food is good, as is the service and ambiance. Too bad their beer sucks.
fordest (62) Santee/San Diego, California | November 13, 2005
I wasn’t too impressed with the food. The beer selection is OK, but they only had 5 house beers when I was there. Some that I could not get on bottle, so that was nice. People were friendly as a restauant shoud be.
I cannot understand why this place is so popular. Food is no big deal. Undistinguished beer -- if you order a bottle they don’t even give you a glass unless you ask for it! Great way to sample beer, eh?
The food is much more the draw than is the beer, which falls a little short for me. The marzen and blonde bocks are just so-so, and I’ve given both beers more than one try upon return visits, only to be left with the same bland, immemorable result. For a chain, the food offerings are well above average. I avoid the night crowds and prefer to go at lunch, when a seat is always to be found at the bar, and the apps and sandwiches are quite tasty and well-presented. Ahi appetizer and crab cake sandwich are highlights.