Coronado Brewing Company
Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
2.1/5 rDev -47.1%
My wife and I went into this place at around 10:30 pm. We stood by the door for about 6-7 minutes without anyone greeting us, although the bartenders looked out way several times. Finally a server walked by us, but we didn't get a "Hey how's it going?" or anything. Instead we got "I hope you guys arent' here for food, because the kitchen's closed". Not cool. Luckily we just wanted to try the beers, so we bellied up to the bar. The bartender did not greet us, and didn't place, but threw coasters down in front of us. Without a word he awaited our order. I asked if there was a sampler and he said "No" with obvious annoyance in his voice. So I ordered a pale ale and my wife ordered a stout. The beers were ok. They both tasted really sweet for the styles they were. Not very balanced. We were so upset about the service at this place that we only stayed for one beer. Very disappointing experience. Now I know this place deals with a lot of tourists, and it just so happens I was visiting from out of town, but they still should be a little nicer to people. You never know when someone will visit again.
09-06-2006 18:59:47 | More by beeritron
2.95/5 rDev -25.7%
This place is easy to find whether you take the ferry over or you drive.
Remember that our "value" score is based on the price vs. what we actually got for our money. I think what we got was pretty much sub par, maybe it was just a bad day.
This was our second visit, the service was horrible. This girl kept forgetting about us, our appetizer (quesadilla) took considerably longer than a quesadilla should take and then it wasn't anything special, not that I expected a quesadilla would be. The rest of our order was also slow in arriving at our table(grilled ahi salad and blackened ahi cesaer). Nice attempt, but both were lacking something.
At least the beers were good. We had some samples and ultimately ordered a few full pints. We also ordered a barrell aged Super Stoopid Stout. Pretty good, but because we let it set on the table to warm up and then we were sharing it and sipping it, the waitress asked if it wasn't our cup of tea! I think we said something like "no, this is a sipping beer...to be savored, we are just enjoying it" She smirked and wandered off again.
When we were ready to go we had to find someone else to get our check for us so that we could leave. she was no where to be seen. Finally she reappeared to take care of our check.
Not the first brewpub I've been to that has had questionable service and waitstaff members that haven't a clue about the beer they serve. I probably won't waste my time to go back the next time we go to San Diego.
10-11-2008 16:22:21 | More by juzy
3/5 rDev -24.4%
Coronado brewing company is in an excellent setting, but in the end falls short of what one would consider a great place to drink a beer. expect many families and patrons who do not drink regularly; actually, think of the clientele at Applebee's.
atmosphere is similar in decor to an Olive Garden meeting a Chili's. a kind of quasi beach mexican feel with louvered windows out front and a general hue of deep red. tables and booths are throughout with a small bar area as one enters.
quality and service are decent. the waitstaff do not know much about beer and are pretty slow with service. the beers themselves are all served in tumblers, and none of the four styles that this BA tried were anything of note.
selection is good. ten or so styles with three seasonals and seven standard brews.
food is along the lines of an Applebee's or a deep bar menu; nothing special.
overall, this place feels like a chain, with a very non-local aura. very odd since, the location and nature of the establishment could be wonderful. if one is in the area, make a stop, but there are other better options in San Diego.
08-16-2009 17:22:20 | More by botham
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
Stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon. Place had a fair number of patrons. The atmosphere was generic chain eating establishment (think Applebees). Probably would have been better to sit out front on the patio. Selection of all Coronado beers plus a handful of local/regional beers. Ordered two appetizers, the hummus and guac. Both were tasty and well prepared. The biggest disappointment was the server, who didn't have much beer knowledge, and seemed to be in a hurry to get us served and out the door. Would I return? Sure, decent beer, food was good. I'd make sure to sit at the bar or ask for a different server, though.
07-22-2010 15:14:46 | More by LittleDon
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
Stopped here on a recent baseball+beer weekend in SD. Really just wanted to taste the Idiot at the source but stayed for an hour or so picking at appetizers, which were tasty enough to provide soakage for the pitcher of double IPA. This restaurant is located where the outside sun is alone worth a million dollars, yet the place was a little like a cave, with waitresses dressed in tilted-kilt outfits. Busy even at an off-hour with families drinking soda and iced-tea, with maybe the man of the family having a blonde light ale or maybe something with a lime. Essentially no real bar seating area, just a nook with a couple of stools. That says it all, really. Love the Idiot though.
07-31-2011 20:26:15 | More by easong
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
This is in a nice touristy area across the way from the San Diego marina. It hase the typical wood and brass decor. A very small bar...maybe sits 8. Then they slap a 3 drink max on you. I did only have 2 beers: 1 being a Stone black IPA(VERY tastey) and then an IPA. The beer selection was limited but looked good. No beer engines that I could see. Nursing a hangover I just went with the peperoni pizza which was good but nothing to write home about. The service was good, and friendly.
I would reccomend this place if you are in Coronado, but it is more of a family brewpub with a 3 drink limit. =)
02-01-2009 02:40:56 | More by ndolover
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
Stopped in while on the island.
Nice building inside and out. The service was very good, but was a bit let down when they were out of the IPA, Porter, and DIPA. I settled on the Irish Stout which was okay. The wife had the orange beer which she enjoyed.
We stuck to soup and salad which was pretty good. Saw others with full meals which appeared to be nice portions and tasty.
The prices were a bit pricey, but nothing too overthetop.
I was a bit let down that the three styles I seek out were not on draft the day of my visit.
Would give them another shot if in the area though.
04-15-2009 02:03:49 | More by tpd975
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
Coronado Brewing is located not too far over the bridge from San Diego on Orange ave, near the water. There is street parking on both sides of the establishment.
The exterior is brick and hanging baskets. The inside is nice, with lots of wood and brick and greenery. They have an open fireplace too which adds a nice touch. The bar area is on the left side, with restaurant seating on the right.
The beer selection at CBC is fair. They range from Golden to ESB to a couple IPAs. The beers were all average to above average. Our server told us there were no samples available but a quick trip to the bar proved her wrong.
Service was decent on a weekday evening. Despite our server not bothering to even try to get us a couple beer samples, the bartender made up for it.
The food is pretty good, I had a fish sandwich that was very tasty.
Overall the beer alone is not reason enough to visit here, but the location and food tip the scales enough to make it a worthwhile stop.
07-14-2008 22:19:09 | More by Dogbrick
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
CBC is pretty darn, uhhhh, okay: as many have noted, the quality of the beers is very average. That is, they are fine, and drinkable, but nothing here is going to blow you away: they tend to safe styles, and safe interpretations of these safe styles. I've never seen a "big" beer on, despite eight or nine tap handles and plenty of apparent capacity.
Golden Ale: very light, and telling that they admit it's a "gateway" beer, and is the most popular beer they sell. It's crisp, served too cold, light, has a cheap grain bill, and finishes a little harsh, like a cheap pilsner style.
Islandweizen: (hefe style) Here, I'm torn, because I tend to prefer American interpretations of hefe: a little sweeter, a little bolder, with more banana, cloves, and estery zing. CBC's Islandweizen has little of these characteristics, and the tasters often as not come out with a large lemon slice in them for a 5 oz. glass. It's also served too cold, and is... uninspired.
Four Brothers Pale Ale: perhaps the best of their standard, year-around beers, Willamette and Cascade hops result in a pleasant floral bite and nice hop nose, and this is a fine example of style (basic APA) after it warms. Again, not a great example, and it's certainly not competing in the West Coast APA style, but rather is a british bitter style, with American hops.
Island Pale Ale: this alleged IPA style is usually a significant disappointment. it comes out ice-cold, like all of their beers, and I usually think that if I just let it warm a bit (to at least low cellar temp) that it'll wake up, but it never does. The IPA also follows along British style lines, and lacks the true hop pronouncement of the West Coast, American IPAs, instead putting forward significant carmel flavors with only hop hints. It finishes a little dry and with almost notes of copper, and after tasing it perhaps ten times at CBC, I would not bother with it again unless it was reformulated.
Pt. Loma Porter: We usually default to this, since it's a decent example of style: roasty, a little dry, light bodied and colored (perhaps 35 SRM) for style. (They advertise it as "nearly black in color", which is nonsense). It has carmel notes and roasty/sweet flavors, minimal hop content, and feels like they are relying on black patent for all of the flavor, and hoping for come chocolate to come out ot if. While we drink a lot of it, it's only because it's one of their better beers, and not because it's great in its own right.
They have another couple of beers that I've had, but don't recall well enough to fairly rate, since they often seem to not be on when we go: Outlet Stout, Mermaid Red Ale, and Brown. I recall liking the Outlet Stout, and beign completely bored with the Red and Brown.
The atmosphere of this place is perhaps its best selling point: varied places to sit, from a nice, high bar, to family-friendly tables near the bar and kitchen, to a very large, semi-outdoor covered area, much of which looks out on to Orange Ave. My favorite place to sit, by far, is the half dozen or so tables on the patio on Orange Ave, with great breezes and people watching.
Service is typically great, friendly, and reasonably knowledgeable, if a little harried (often, they look a little overwhelmed, and people who look like floor managers can be seen seating and running food). The bartenders are perhaps the worst of the service, but only in that they are very average, and clearly favor the super regulars (for a time, I went in as often as twice a month, but the regulars here seem to be dailies...)
The food is excellent, albeit slightly expensive (but typical for Coronado, and for that matter, consistent with downtown San Diego.) The current menu (updated 2/2/05) can be found on their web page, coronadobrewingcompany.com. The artichoke dip, onion rings, spring rolls, and giant pretzel are all excellent starters. While the flautas taste wonderful, it's a pretty skimpy side for $6.95 (or $5.95 at happy hour.) The veggie burger is very good, the pizzas wonderful, though additions and substitutions for burgers and sandwiches are pricey at $1 to $1.50 for already $9-$10 burgers.
The happy hour is wonderfully long (2p-6p) but of limited value (only a buck off of pints, pitchers, and appetizers.) it's the only time I bother to go anymore, since the food is pricey, and the beer not good enough to bother paying $4.25/pint for.
Overall, if you're in Coronado anyway, it's a fine place to go, and it's worth including on a local pubcrawl, but it's not worth going out of your way for. In the San Diego area, think Pizza Port, or even Karl Strauss (stick with their big beers.)
02-05-2005 21:14:44 | More by warmstorage
Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA
89 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.