bsierra (11) Vista, California | October 3, 2008| Updated October 7, 2008
I’ve been to the Bistro a few times. It’s a very visually appealing place. The food selection is fantastic and pairs very nicely with the many brews on hand. On my last visit the Stone triple collab. was on tap and man was it good. The Belgique IPA was perfect with my Buffalo burger, yum! The beer menu is always insane with tons of killer bottles and an impressive draft lineup that’s constantly changing (nice work Peter). My wife was pleased to find some of her favorite somewhat local wineries represented and Stone’s always got her Dutchess. Proper glassware seems to be the rule and that in itself makes me happy. The brew tanks are towering and quite magnificent. All and all this is an outstanding place to chill, eat and most importantly drink, the garden is cool, I like what Chili’s done with it!
AMAZING. I compare it to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Great ambiance, awesome selection of San Diego brews, and Stone Brewery Only offerings like Double Dry Hopped IPA. Tour was fun, and the samples were a plenty. You can not pay for a drink and drink a lot. But, you won’t do that because the beer selection is top notch. Wow. Service was the only bad spot, as it took over an hour and a half to get our lunch. Food was great though so it didn’t matter.
boamr (11) Allentown, Pennsylvania | March 14, 2010
All I have to say is WOW! I can’t believe this is a brewery. I cringe to think how much it cost to put this place together. Everything is so beautiful here from the landscaping to the bar. Dr. Bill was nice enough to bust out some bottles from his cellar for me and the guys I was with. The food was outstanding but I have to admit it’s very very pricey. However getting Dr. Bill’s discount was really sweet and really glad I got it. I would visit this place in a heart beat if I came back out to San Diego and it deserves the high rating it gets
cquiroga (11) Tujunga, California | May 13, 2008| Updated September 23, 2008
A mammoth new brewery with state-of-the-art facilities designed from the ground up, this place will *not* disappoint you if you’ve never been there. The vast warehouse serves as a backdrop for the huge vaulted ceilings and open space in the chic bistro bar/restaurant area, and the outdoor patio and gardens are another highlight altogether. It’s almost like going to see an assortment of lavish, synthetic habitats at a posh zoo, but without any animals. They have a nice little shwag store with a bunch of Stone paraphernalia (and beers), but you usually won’t find anything exotic for take-out. The bar, on the other hand, often has some vintage wares or otherwise interesting small-batch treats, as well as a great assortment of standard Stone stuff and some of the best local beers around. They also have a carefully-selected bottle list, but I don’t go there for the bottles. The food is strongly flavored and interesting, but could be a little more refined. Definitely a few steps above standard pub grub, so it’s still a great change of pace. I wish they had a way around the long-draw system to their island bar (in the center of the bistro), but you take the bad with the good. Beers come out frosty cold.
Place rocks, gorgeous unique setting with one of the worlds best breweries attached. They also have a ton of great food from local place and a lot of it is organic. Stone one-offs and rarities are found here, as well as a lot of guest brews. The place is so graet they are sticking a hotel next to it so people can hang out there more.
This place was awesome! Very beautiful setting. Architecture and garden were great. You get to grab a brew and find a cozy spot in the garden. Best brewery I have been to. The tour was great and ended with beer sampling. I was truly impressed and felt very welcome there. They have many beers of tap, not just their own. All I had to eat was their appetizers, which were very good.
Where’s the category for tourist attraction? That’s what this is. Wrap it in with Sea World, The Zoo, and Legoland. Always overcrowded due to the fact that this is a frequent tour bus stop. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Stone beer....this just isn’t the place I’d like to drink it. It’s a one-timer in my opinion. The grounds and architecture are phenomenal and worth one visit. However the overcrowded atmosphere and average food isn’t worth a return visit.... unless you’re just stopping in for a growler refill. It probably won’t be a quick one though.
Simply amazing place, I visit whenever I’m in San Diego. Amazing food, great beer selection from a lot of breweries, phenomenal tour, and employees that truly enjoy where they work. Be sure not to miss it, but reservations for dinner are recommended. The beer garden is gorgeous if you’re just looking to hang out and drink some great pints.