t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 23, 2014| Updated October 24, 2014
Visited September 18, 2014.
First stop of a tour around Costa Mesa and Huntington with chinoskillzian. This is in an expensive OC mall. Despite my disdain for malls and mall parking lots the restaurant is kind of nice, like most Karl Strauss locations. Very open and with a bar in the middle. We happened to be there during the tapping of their Oktoberfest cask. Actually, we had to wait a while because while the sandwich board outside said 4pm they weren’t actually tapping it until 530 or so. I passed the time sipping on their mosaic wheat beer, which was pretty good a few months earlier when it came out but now is pretty old. Meh. Anyway, they went through the ceremony of pounding the faucet into the side of the cask and everyone cheered. It was fun. What I liked about that cask was that they had it sitting in ice to keep it from getting to room temperature. It was the coldest cask I’ve ever had though, so maybe not quite correct but better than the alternative. The beer was pretty good actually.
Didn’t try the food and the prices were good during happy hour ($4 per beer). Worthy stop at least once. My only real complaint is that the service was pretty slow. We were at one of the bar tables for what it’s worth.
Kind of a small location on the outskirts of South Coast plaza. About 9-10 beers available on a regular basis, with a cask every Thursday. Service is alright, beers are alright, and food is pretty good.
Modern, slick place; central horseshoe bar with ten taps at both ends, brewing equipment to your left as you walk in. Only sell their own brewed (and other Strauss beers) beers with eight regular and a couple of changing ones. Happy hour food was good and the beers I had we’re fine. I however think my Bomber of Four Scowling Owls was a bit expensive at fourteen dollars, should have stayed with the four dollar pints during the happy hour. Service friendly and efficient with minimum fuss. Some TV screens dotted about but otherwise a fairly quiet and laid back sort of joint.
Solid food with adequate service. Great location near the South Coast Plaza shopping center, but what it really comes down to are the growlers. There’s no feeling like walking out of this place with a giant growler full of Karl’s beer.
The only reason I stopped by here is it was 1.5 miles from my hotel and at a mall, we needed to stop by and pick up something before hitting the airport tomorrow. Typical chain look and feel. 10 beers on tap 3 of 4 of which were the same seasonals that were on tap at La Jolla. Food was decent as was the service. The food was good to. I enjoyed the Pork Chops.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | November 27, 2007| Updated August 14, 2008
I love this place. I love going, I love drinking, I love eating, I love taking home growlers. Sure they only pour Karl, but this is the one place with dedicated taps whose beer is good enough to be dedicated. In my humble opinion.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 12, 2004
Karl Strauss is a San Diego based chain of brewpubs. Their restaurants are family-friendly and have a nice atmosphere. Their regular rotation of beers is average, however they occasionally surprise you w/ a good seasonal.
Good outside patio seating durning lunch. Food was good with pairing beers, summer food abit spicey for me. All the brews where solid in style guidelines. Bottles where scared, but plenty of tap brews. A solid brewpub.
Brew pub location in Orange County. First time here - had a good experience. Beer was pretty solid - had the DIPA and the Imperial Stout. Food was overall very good and service was friendly and prompt.