Coronado Brewing Company
Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 4,268
Beer Avg: 3.78
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited 26 Nov 2013, around 2:00 - 3:00pm
An impromptu day trip on our first full day in San Diego (staying in nearby Chula Vista with my wife's family, actually) resulted in a damn good hour+ spent as a late lunch. A fortuitous right turn at Orange St (we meant to go left toward the famed historic hotel and beach, which we visited later) meant a U-turn, after which my eagle-eyed wife stated: "oh, that place looks cool...oooh, and it's a brewery!". SIL and MIL agreed to go, especially after some rave Yelp reviews were read aloud, curbside.
A single story brick building with bold lettering and a colorfully painted mural above and nicely landscaped, Coronado *is*, indeed, a pretty little brewpub from the outside. Inside is a bit more dimly lit and "pub"-like: a large central bar, a room full of booths, an open kitchen, a room behind the bar full of copper and stainless tanks. But we were able to snag one of three tables on a small patio, fronting the sidewalk, so as to enjoy the splendid weather and sidewalk entertainment.
Larissa was our server and did a nice job offering advice on food and beers ("happy hour starts in 5 minutes if you'd like to have water until then." (We did and it was worth it for cheaper food and $3.50 pints!) and gently steering us away from some menu items (love honest opinions from a server!). I chose shrimp tacos (loaded and delicious), SIL got the "small" nachos (huge!), MIL did the Cobb Salad (liked it)... but wife "won" with a terrific Lobster Mac & Cheese - worth every penny ($15.50)! Big menu and some very good Happy Hour discounts (2-6pm).
So, beer? Yes, there's a lot of it! Having only had one beer EVER from Coronado prior to this visit, I was really impressed with both the variety of beers and the quality of what we tried. Wife decided on the Rye Dogg (after trying my taster), SIL picked the Orange St Wit and I got the Silver Strand Saison (very tasty). We also tried some VERY generous sample ours of Scotch on the Rocks, Señor Saison (pretty great, with jalapeños and sage), Old Scallywag Barleywine and an intriguing one called Beer-No-Grigio. All very tasty.
Really liked everything about this visit. We'd definitely return --- and SIL who lives in the area stated she definitely wants to go back soon. Recommended!
11-28-2013 18:51:32 | More by msubulldog25
3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Last stop after a long day running around to many of San Diego's breweries/brew pubs. We went on a Friday and it seemed pretty crowded, yet we were seated right away. Their dining area is large but it gets a little crowded around the bar area.
Wait-staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about their beer selections. Varied menu with a little something for everyone and prices were reasonable. Food was delivered quickly after ordering and everything was nice and hot, looked/smelled great and tasted good. We paired the food with some of their beers were not disappointed.
After dinner, we walked out and noticed a large crowd waiting for seating in the restaurant, which simply means come early on weekends if you don't want to wait. It's a popular place and it's worth a trip if you're in the area.
10-19-2013 21:57:56 | More by MoorBeerPlz
Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.