Taps: 3 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
3.95/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Frankly a disappointment. Checked out the menu before our arrival in SD and loved the concept (local, fresh, constantly changing array of sausages. Who doesn't love sausages?).
We loved the look of the place. A bit bright but comfortable. We grabbed seats at the bar. Service was prompt for the first half of our meal; things derailed a bit when a former employee (or current employee with the night off) stopped by and had a meltdown, which distracted the whole staff for the rest of the meal.
Beer selection was nice. We visited during SDBW, and they were coming off a Green Flash night. We love GF beers so that was cool.
Food was described beautifully (and adventurous: beef heart anyone?) but execution was lackluster. Sausages were bland and too dry, accompaniments were also just ok. It was not bad, just well below the expectation set by the concept and what they are striving to be.
04-02-2012 15:35:52 | More by sholland119
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Decided to stop by for dinner and beers during a recent trip to San Diego. The Linkery is a somewhat trendy, farm to table restaurant in North Park that specializes in house made sausages. They also have a nice selection of ten rotating taps and a pretty impressive bottle list.
The place looks kind of small upon entering but it is on a corner and the seating wraps around the bar area and continues down a long hall. Large chalkboards are visible from every seat with the specials, sausages and drafts. Spacious with a dark farmhouse vibe and very high ceilings.
A gratuity of 18% is added to every bill and no additional tipping is accepted. This is a source of complaints from some people, but that's mostly because they are cheap and have a distorted view on tipping. That being said, the service here is excellent. Everyone from the host to bartenders to servers were incredibly friendly, helpful and most important, knowledgeable about beer. Our server in particular was very knowledgeable about beer, moreso than most people who post on the forums of this site. In addition to being knowledgeable and friendly, she always made sure our glasses were full and that we had everything we needed.
The food and beer list were both very impressive. They had several different sausages available and all of them were delicious. We tried andouille, Greek, American farmhouse and one more that I can't remember. All were delicious. The entrees looked great as well but were a bit pricey.
They only have ten taps but they are carefully selected with a nice selection of local SD beers, other CA options, casks and even some east coast offerings. They even had some beers from Moonlight which was a nice surprise. In addition, they had a very impressive bottle list including several vintage options. VE060606, VE090909, 09 Supplication, batch one Consecration and GF Rayon Vert too name a few
Overall, I was very impressed with this place. A really cool place to hang out with friends, have a great meal and drink a nice variety of high quality beers. Highly recommended!
01-16-2012 07:43:14 | More by corby112
4.08/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went there last night for the beginning of San Diego Beer Week for beer and dinner. Had a great time! Had to stand at the bar for a few minutes waiting for a table enjoying a neat offer of 2 half pints of the same beer, one cask and the other regular draft. All the beers were great! We were soon seated, had a fabulous dinner and order some their own bacon and a couple each of all the sausage links they currently had (six) for take home. Service was friendly and good. Good vibe. But the cost kind of blew us away - $200! We ordered a bit more than we knew we'd eat so we'd have great munchies for later - like today. But I just discovered that one of the items we brought home was the wrong one. I'd go again, but be very careful to pay closer attention and ask cost of each item.
11-05-2011 17:19:59 | More by drpimento
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
this place has fantastic food & a nice beer selection. I always start my 30th on 30th night here. The specials for the 30th are always great. the people that own/work here are also super nice. The lardo ice cream sandwich is beyond good. The food is all super fresh. True rarity can be found in the bottle selection, bottles can get pricey. a weekend cask is usually cracked. It is really a foodie/beer lover dream come true. I've been told the homemade pepperoni is worth the price of admission (non of my friends seems to save some for me). have a 30th street pale ale for me.
05-27-2011 21:17:40 | More by gerrick
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I know there's a lot of criticism for this place by locals claiming the prices are too high, pours are too short, and food portions are too little, but this place isn't supposed to be a "watering hole" or even a "beer bar", it's a fine dining establishment specializing in local artisan foods (generally farmed organically and locally), wine and craft beers.
The atmosphere is bright and open with huge windows up front that open allowing fresh air and ample amounts of light to pour in from outside. The service is 4 star and top notch (gratuity is included in the bill - if you want to pay over the 18% on your check, it goes towards a selected charity) and all the staff are knowledgeable in regards to food and drink (good pairing suggestions, etc). The selection is solid and their cask selection is second to none (except maybe Toronado in SF). Food is off the hook! I'm not a big meat eater, so I can't give a fair assessment of their on-site cured/aged meats, but they always have a nice seafood or vegetarian option. The cheese course and fresh baked beer bread goes great with a casked Sculpin IPA.
This place is spendy and I have often left with a $100 bill between the wife and I, but you definitely get what you pay for in every aspect - great atmosphere, quality ales and wines, great service without being overwhelming or too standoffish, and the food is some of the best in SD. Where else can you get 4 star dining with a selection of cask ales that are better than many of the tap selections out there ???
12-07-2010 18:21:46 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and made a stop at the Linkery in the late afternoon on Sunday after stops at Stone Lost Abbey, and Ballast Point. My goal was to kill some time and consume well more water than beer.
The Linkery occupies an open corner location on the 30th street corridor which is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and down the street from the Toronado.
The Chargers were playing the Raiders and there was a very busy bar caddy corner which was loaded with Raider fans doing a lot of cheering. There were 4 other people at the bar and two in the dining area all sort of watching the game.
I had the sausage plate with an additional sausage and a half pint of the cask Alesmith Halloween Red Ale. I didn't take very good notes but I recall the cask selection was ok and since I'm not a huge fan of cask beers, I didn't take much of an interest in what they had.
The sausages were all made in house. I had a Brat and a Kielbasa. I've made sausages a number of times and take an interest in any place that makes their own. These were pretty tasty but provided a little sticker shock when the tip-included bill came. The water they serve is infused with sage which I enjoyed.
I'd recommend this place to those that can say artisanal food is of equal or greater importance than quality craft beer. Also keep in mind their draft selection is all cask.
10-18-2010 02:41:22 | More by Yetiman420
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
A localvore's dream come true - The Linkery sources pretty much every item on your plate (or in your glass) from a local farm, preferably one utilizing traditional organic practices (e.g. grass-fed and finished pastured beef).
The interior is dark, but flows very well with a mix of booths, tables, indoor and outdoor seating - most of it with a good view of the kitchen.
Meats are their forté, and if you make a trip to the restroom, you'll notice a curing/aging room proudly displaying all manner of cuts on the way. I shared the goat head-cheese (ask for the house-made mustard as it is a bit bland otherwise), their burger (which is topped with an egg and house-cured bacon - far superior to the burgers from Father's Office, Apple Pan, Library Alehouse, Billy's Grill, or anywhere else you think makes the best burgers in SoCal), and their "low-country boil" (extremely overpriced and underflavored despite the house-made andouille sausage, clams from Carlsbad, shrimp, corn, potatoes, and corn-bread). The food quality was truly outstanding, although the execution was hit-or-miss so I won't rate them a perfect 5.
Their beer selection isn't enormous, but they clearly emphasize quality (and usually local-ness) over quantity, and have 4(!) cask engines running along with some high quality if not rare (Moonlight!) draught (5) and bottle (~30) offerings.
Service was prompt and friendly without being pushy. Beware that tips are not allowed, but an 18% gratuity is added to your bill automatically. Also, sales tax is not included in the prices on the menu so keep that in mind when ordering.
Great for a special occasion when you want to satisfy the staunchest foodie without compromising on beer selection (their wine list isn't bad either).
07-12-2010 04:32:04 | More by augustgarage
4.7/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
visited on 3 Apr 10:
The Linkery is a great place that turns off lots of people because they include an 18% fee for table service and don't accept tips. If you're not averse to excellent food and drink that also doesn't require you to rely on underpaid servers hoping for a decent tip, this is a great place for beer, as well as house-made sausages, great breads, wine, etc. etc. etc.
My wife and I visited on Saturday while waiting for a reservation at a place nearby; later on she said that the Linkery was well worth the trip; our actual dinner destination, not so much.
We had their beer flight sampler: Aprihop, Levitation, Coronado Brewing's red, and Green Flash's stout. All but the Aprihop were on cask, as the place prides itself on having a great selection of brews on cask. The Aprihop was on tap. All were excellent, and the bartender was, as usual, very knowledgable about the brews, as well as the food. A great place.
04-04-2010 20:50:20 | More by ocmpoma
4.63/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Now, if both UKBrewing and Cuz. Colby Chandler of Ballast Point (Home Brew Mart) recommend a place, where should you headed?
The entry was angled to the corner at 30th Street and North Parkway with the kitchen to an angled right. Big, open-windowed garage doors on both corners. Walls were lined with booths with a number of standard tables and chairs center. The whole place was designed on a concentric circle. Brick-red walls, soft lighting, dark chairs.
Great, rotating selection of beers.
Food: German-style, house-made (!) sausages. My second favorite to salmon.
Server: A really cute redhead named Kerry who was wearing her hair in Pippi Longstocking-like pigtails. Oh, ma coeur! She was very patient with me and somehow resisted my advances. Usually, my charm works. Ha!
12-24-2009 13:16:17 | More by woodychandler
5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One of my favorite places in San Diego. I love the farm to table concept. I love the in house butcher. The fact that they can serve up to eight casks at a time without a major change. I love that they have their own wine, in cask, in the restaurant. Oh, and then there is the beer and food selection.
The atmosphere is lively, upbeat, local, and probably a bit hip. Fantastic mix of all ages. Good layout. Very busy. The place seems a live and has a great presence.
Quality: Top shelf list of beers both on draft and in the bottle. Small production beers, seasonals, and tons of craft beers, with a huge emphasis on local beers. From cask Stone Ruination to 09 Lost Abbey Angel's Share to aged beers.
Service: They add in 18% gratuity to all checks automatically and don't accept additional tips. (if you think they deserve more you can donate to the charity of the month) So anybody walking by can and will help you. You're never far from a server and never have to worry about your server being overwhelmed. All of them seemed knowledgeable and more than friendly. Including the manager who I spoke with briefly on the way out.
Food: Fresh, dynamic, seasonal, and creative. Fantastic menu, full of flavor, and with choices you will not find in many other places. (well maybe in SoCal). Fantastic sausage. Great lamb.
Value: for what you get, the freshness of the food, and beer, the value is fantastic.
My second favorite place that I went to in San Diego and my favorite place to eat and have beer.
11-12-2009 22:50:37 | More by Loki
The Linkery in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.