Ritual Kitchen and Beer Garden
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 32
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by olympuszymurgus:
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
This place drips of sexy. The dark atmosphere, the crowded bar, the textiles and beautiful people. Half a dozen of the finest taps, a cask, and a long bottle list make up the beer selection. The snack was delightful, the patio cool and fun.
The problem came from the cask beer. It was a Barleywine, something I have a deep love for. A love that was squashed when I tasted the vile brew. To call it sweet would be an understatement. Cloying isn't harsh enough. The mere sight of it could probably kill a diabetic. It was, without a doubt, the grossest thing I have tasted since my last trip to mexico.
The bartender laughed and insinuated I wasn't ready for such heady beer when I returned the offending chalice. He also charged me for the unconsumed beer. (I feel like I am lying when I call it beer, it had more in common with wort)
The owner was kind though, we had a fine conversation and we walked into the night. I will be back there, for even the slimy glass of honey water couldn't ruin this fine place.
03-13-2010 04:04:42 | More by olympuszymurgus
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Ritual, in many ways, is San Diego's hidden gem. They've always got good beer on tap (yes, it's a little limited compared to bigger bars) and their food is good (try the hummus). The real advantages of Ritual come when you think about their outdoor seating. You can really get a feel for why the locals love living in San Diego when you sit outside drinking all afternoon. Here's the real plus for locals: you know that two week period at the end of August/beginning of September when it gets excruciatingly hot? They've got A/C. COLD A/C! There is no other bar in North Park that can boast that.
There is a front porch and a rear beer garden. Sometimes they've got a live band. They know and love beer and food. Go to Ritual. You'll like it.
10-30-2013 16:20:48 | More by radshoesbro
4.57/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Been meaning to write this...Went in April 2012 with my son to enjoy an afternoon Lost Abbey Rare Beer tapping. Met Michael Flores and Staci (both wonderful!) and were treated to a great afternoon of beer, beer talk and genuine friendliness. No matter how busy it got, we never were rushed or not checked on. That and sipping on fresh drafts of Red Poppy, Cuvee de Tomme and Deliverance...well, let's say it was pretty special. Can't recommend Ritual enough, and look forward to getting back to San Diego so I can swing over to Ritual again.
10-16-2013 03:37:46 | More by BillRoth
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Following a lunchtime visit to the wondrous Toronado, and to snatch some pizza in the interim, I wandered a few steps to the Ritual Tavern (I guess coming here from Toronado must be the ritual), where I made my way to a dark and claustrophobic bar area for my final evening quaff. That said, there were offered a great choice of draft specials from which to choose. I went for a Left Coast Voodoo Stout ($4.00!) The service was decent despite the clusterf--- atmosphere. So, I enjoyed my stout immensely and made my departure. All in all, this was another great day in San Diego. So, boarding the No. 2 Bus for my return trip to downtown and bed, I anticipated tomorrow, because after all, “Tomorrow is another beer.” (My sincere apologies must go to Scarlett O’Hara.)
02-19-2013 00:15:40 | More by jjboesen
4/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in here for dinner on our last night here and enjoyed the place. Rather small with an eight or ten seat bar area to the left inside the door. We did not check out the dining room.
About eight taps, all high quality, with some different selections than we saw the rest of our visit (fresh winter Yulesmith, yum!). A nice bottle selection too, though our focus was on the tap beer.
Food was good, maybe a bit of a letdown as we were expecting better. Service was good. Nice place, missable but nice.
11-18-2011 20:25:19 | More by sholland119
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I have been coming semi regularly for a few years now. It's our Friday the 13th "ritual".
The atmosphere is nice, but a bit odd at the same time. It's a small place, so it can be cozy. It seems like there are two opposing atmosphere's they're trying to go for, which accounts for the oddity. On one side, it seems like they're going for a nicer cafe/restaurant feel. On the other, it seems like they're going for a more casual lived in pub feel.
The service is always great when I've gone. The host/hostess is attentive and the servers are knowledgeable about the food and beer.
I think they have a great beer selection for their size. All craft beer, all the time. They also do occasional special casks. I'm able to try something I've never had before every time I go, and always enjoy it.
The food selection is also good, with a focus on locally grown products and good options for vegetarians.
02-17-2011 21:45:24 | More by djaeon
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ritual Tavern was my last stop in San Diego, and it was more of a dinner and beer place for me, which was fortunate.
Atmosphere is nice. Very laid-back with a bar on one side and seating on the other. A string trio plays in the background. Dimly lit, kind-of trendy in a good way and generally a neat vibe. Lots of outside seating, but it is all occupied by dogs today for yappy hour.
The food was pretty good. The stand out was the house made roasted red pepper hummus. 5 bucks for a big portion and it was fantastic. My bouillabaisse was good, and came with fresh baked bread. My friend's crab cake sandwich was also good.
The waiter was friendly and prompt, but kind of strange. My friend and I got a large table to ourselves, although there were a few smaller ones. When we offered to move to accommodate a party that was waiting, he thought we were trying to pick up girls or something and kind of blew us off. Oh well, not a negative for us.
The beer selection is solid, but nothing amazing. Some solid, very small local choices, so the choices there are pretty good.
01-20-2011 02:49:01 | More by Hojaminbag
3.21/5 rDev -22.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Closed on Sunday and Monday - WTF? Atrocious service at this place from the moment we walked into the door. Someone who arrived 20 minutes before us was told 5 minutes, and was then told that she (the hostess/server) forgot to put them on the written list (and said this as she seated yet another party at the open table). Our wait was similarly problematic, with virtually no organization or planning on their behalf with the tables in this tiny place that reaks of fish.
Very average tap selection if you're measuring it as a San Diego beer bar. Menu is vegetarian friendly but has relatively few choices overall. I know they're running a small, intimate place but anyway...
Cute atmosphere both inside and out, but it's just sad that the service was so poor and they're only open five days per week.
04-02-2010 02:53:26 | More by yemenmocha
4/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here last sunday with my girlfriend before heading back to LA, pretty cool little place with a dark restaurant feel, atmosphere was cool and this place was pretty mellow, with all the old wood and tight space it was pretty cozy, place was super clean and had a cool layout, service was decent and was helped quickly, not the nicest bartender but cannot really complain, saw they had Alpine Duet on cask which was cool, I had a New English ESB, they did not have many taps but the ones they had were quality, there was another Alpine, Alesmith Lil Devil, Green Flash, and Ballast Point, just missed the Triple Rock collaboration for the red rye beer, the food looked good but we did not eat as we had just indulged at Bronx Pizza a few minutes before, for having only eight taps or so, this place was cool, and while Toronado is a half block away on the other side of the street, I could see myself going back here
11-08-2009 18:47:29 | More by Floydster
Ritual Kitchen and Beer Garden in San Diego, CA
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