Encinitas Ale House
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by charlzm:
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I visited for lunch on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010.
They were a little behind in opening today - I arrived at 11:15 and they were still pulling chairs off tables and getting ready. No biggie. Within 5 minutes, everything was squared away and I had ordered beer.
I am very happy to report they have an awesome, varied and extensive tap selection with no pilseners, no macro brews and a healthy balance of non-IPA brews. Yeah!
The space is a bit smallish with only room for a few tables, but there is plenty of bar seating. Dark wood and a cool glass wall looking into the kitchen are memorable features.
My partner and I both ordered burgers: she had the mysteriously named 33.0384°N, 117.293°W cheeseburger (Google Map the coordinates) and I had the Harmonica Bill burger. Both were excellent if a bit much; I managed to down all mine, but she had only half and took the rest to go.
Service was swift and attentive which is not surprising, considering we were the first in the door and were down before the lunch rush started in earnest.
Another plus - the bill was line-itemized and the recommended gratuities listed on the bottom were based on the pre-tax amount (as they should be). Best bill I have seen at any restaurant anywhere!
Overall, the best bet for beer in Encinitas and a welcome variation on the gastropub/Father's Office/microbrew meme that has swept south from Los Angeles. Oh, and the music? Well, if you like Cake and Death Cab for Cutie, you ought to like it.
12-30-2010 04:08:12 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4.76/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I walked in here randomly with my father about 2 weeks after it officially opened. I have since consistently been going back.
Draft list is impressive and updated daily (assuming a keg kicked in the meantime). Large bottle list and while some reviews state it is never in stock, I would pose the question if they thought that Alpine and RR would always be in stock once someone realized the bottles were there. High profile bottles will never last long. Specials change every day, usually 2 different types of burgers (the trio being one of my personal favorites).
The service is tough to beat. It may be due to going there so often but when the staff knows you by name and knows your beer palate it just feels good to be there.
It is a small location, which is unfortunate, but it allows for a more personal feeling/interaction.
I am a twice over 80in80 member and can say that the other beer drinkers are always friendly. They have 3 televisions in case you just need to watch a game and they will always try to find the game you are looking for.
07-25-2014 22:26:46 | More by SDReaper
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
They have a good, but not great beer selection that tends to be heavy on Belgian ales. So, if that's your thing, it's a great spot. They also have some good local beers on tap. Also, close to some great surf spots. Their Burgers are AWESOME. Seriously, some of the best, if not the best burgers I've had in San Diego County. Delicious french fries as well. It's pretty small and kind of dark. Pretty laid back atmosphere when I've been there.
02-26-2014 00:16:34 | More by hops_and_waves
Encinitas Ale House in Encinitas, CA
92 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.