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BEER AVG
4/5
Based on:
217 Beers
26,792 Reviews
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 304
Visits: 862
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States
phone: (760) 471-4999

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stonebrewingco

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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens website & hours:

 http://www.stoneworldbistro.com 

Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Kitchen closes every night at 10:00 pm
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Reviews: 304 | Visits: 862
Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Stone World Bistro is dead to me now.

$3.00 valet parking? Really? Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" as reinterpreted by some easy-listening flamenco guitarist wafting over the loudspeakers?

Stone went from being the underdog with attitude back in the day (small brewery, awesome anniversary festivals, underdog attitude) to being... well, arrogant bastards.

Their anniversary festivals are now very produced affairs and have an extra VIP component that requires you to pay double to get access to rare beers. If you don't pay extra, you get common variety beers from the participating breweries. But it's for charity, so if you don't like it, you're a bad person. And too poor, apparently. I remember the festivals back before new brewery, the ones with only one session, an embarrassment of rare beer riches and plenty of places to sit, eat and drink.

Just this last weekend, they released an undisclosed amount of 2006 Double Bastard bottles with no warning about the mobs that they must have known would show up and snap up every available bottle in the first 15 minutes of the event. Dare to show up 30 minutes after the start of selling and there is not a single bottle left. Hell, the crowd had even dispersed, like it never happened. Wasted a trip down from Los Angeles? Too bad. You should have known, chump.

And now they're publishing books about how awesome they are.

Their beer is great, but I think I'm about done with these people. There's plenty more craft beer out there of equal quality without the headaches.

And now more detail specifically about the Bistro...

I have visited the Stone World Bistro and Gardens at least a dozen times since they have opened.

The food concept features sustainable, organic and local foods. Great concept, except the food is not very happening on a flavor level. I have had almost every entree throughout the last three years or so and have found the very best to be only so-so. For what this restaurant charges for its food, there ought to be a world-class chef curating the menu.

The service is sadly lacking, as in slow and inaccurate. This has not changed over the years. This extends even to the hostess, who wanted to deny seating for my party because only five of the eight had arrived. After using a little logic with her, they said the manager decided to let us be seated. Good move, as we ordered lots of food and beer between the five of us before the rest of the party arrived, who ordered almost nothing.

The ambiance of the physical space is fine: architecturally impressive, beautifully executed and manicured. I love it.

The beer selection: awesome. All Stone beers, plentiful guest taps and, during special events like the annual Winter Storms, rarities from the cellar. This leads us to the problem areas...

Overall, I have to say I am as disappointed with the way the Bistro and even the company is run as I am impressed with the concept (not execution) and physical place itself. (2,962 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArmOnFire
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No sign anywhere....only reason I knew I was at the right place was the large party bus that had "Stone or Bust" written on the side.

Did the tour, it was informative, but felt like it was missing something compared to other brewery tours, could have been that it was a busy Sunday, they sell out a few hours in advance. Got a taster glass and about 5 or 6 pours....worth the $3.

Beer - It's Stone, I don't need to say more....I was surprised by the selection of non-Stone brews that they had. Amazing selection, they need to make a hotel across the street (rumor I heard was in planning).

Food - Excellent, very broad range, picky eaters beware, you will either starve or expand your horizons.

Atmosphere - Awesome

It was an experience. (742 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.64/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped at Stone Tasting room near the stadium. Small quaint place. Servers were freindly. Small selection of Stone beers. Had several tasters, all of which were pretty good. Wasn't there during anything exciting on tap. (225 characters)

Photo of abkaroll
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ryannel24
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Wow what a nice place!! Great place to spend a day. (51 characters)

Photo of DrifterBrew
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Where my IPA / Hops addiction was created. Love this brewery. If I lived in Escondido, CA; my liver would be shot in the first year. (132 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Everything about this place is awesome. The only disappointing thing is the beer selection. It's good, but dominated by Stone's regular year round rotation. (158 characters)

Photo of mwaltz99
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.13/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Richard-Scott
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

You've got to go. Sit in the Adirondacks, eat a sampler and taste some of the best beers in all of California. I won't miss a chance every time I'm in SoCal. (159 characters)

Photo of jasonsolis
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A MUST visit if in the SD/Escondido area! This is a five-star establishment, one certainly for those "worthy"!! IMHO, try the humus and the yakisoba, paired w/ a nice IPA and you will not be disappointed! I cannot WAIT for the Richmond location to materialize....closer to the ol' homestead!!!! (294 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stone is the biggest brewery/restaurant I have been to thus far. Huge parking lot, huge space, but it is still quite crowded most of the time. Expect to wait for pretty much everything. They have a solid list of taps and bottles with the occasional rare treat. Service has always been good. (290 characters)

Photo of Teen-o
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -38.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Frequently crowded, Stone can be a tough spot to find a table at. Selection is almost always above average (and quality - at least in terms of beers from other breweries), but the quality of the brewery's own draft beers is often lacking - especially relative to the price.

Service has never been stellar during my many visits here. Expect long lines to order beers, surprisingly unknowledgeable waitstaff (most of whom seem to be blindly devoted to Stone's offerings - or just brainwashed by the company culture), and the occasional odd issue with general customer service or even basic human courtesy (I saw someone with a legitimate driver's license clearly showing their well-past 21 birthdate get rejected when trying to order a beer because the license happened to be expired by less than a month; it's not like Stone would have been fined or anything had they been caught as nothing illegal would have transpired). I imagine they employ a paranoid GM who trains the staff this way, replete with suspect poppycock antidotes about California's governmental regulators "cracking down" on alcohol-serving establishments. I guess they really did commit to the whole "Arrogant Bastard" image - and not in the tongue-in-cheek way they might have us believe...

The pricing is quite high by San Diego craft beer standards; compare to Lost Abbey <20 minutes away. Food is quite pricey as well, but I've heard it's good.

The vibe is a bit sterile and impersonal. Stadium-esque parking can barely accomodate the demand. The crowd is mostly casual beer drinkers and tourists who have heard of Stone - or think it's hip because they saw Stone's fantastic marketing via an Arrogant Bastard bottle at Trader Joe's. But (of course) there are plenty of hardcore craft beer fans, and I'm always glad to stumble upon Stone's promotion of homebrewers at their many events - provided I can find a table.

All things considered, Stone World Bistro & Gardens is more for casual "I like hoppy beers" and "Oh, this is good! What's in this?" type drinkers than discerning enthusiasts, but it's worth stopping in on the way to breweries like Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, or even Alpine if you fancy a San Diego beer trip. I'm sure I'll end up back at Stone for a pint or two, if only to avail of their guest beer selection. (2,303 characters)

Photo of Mo_Dolf
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stone's mothership lived up to the hype! Really cool place. Tour with Haley was definitely worthwhile, and Cherry was the best waitress I've ever had! Food was a little too "foodie" for my taste, but there was more than enough to choose from. Picked up a bottle of Enjoy After - which I hadn't seen on the east coast at all. (326 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place to take the family. (33 characters)

Photo of eawolff99
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Holy Christ!!! That is all! Destination spot for any self respecting beer nerd!! (82 characters)

Photo of jaydoc
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sathanas
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
99 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.