Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station

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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station
BA SCORE
100
world-class

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2816 Historic Decatur Rd
Ste 116
San Diego, California, 92106-6164
United States
phone: (619) 269-2100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stonebistro

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Photo of Lard_City
4.33/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Absolutely awesome and huge. No problem getting a table inside or outside. Beer selection is excellent including many from other breweries. Food is great but not typical brewery food. The setting is beyond belief. Go there.

Photo of oldsailor
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Definitely has a fancy designer's touch with all the stone and garden aspects. Love the solid stone table tops throughout and walking through the beer garden. The food here is absolutely amazing every time we go. My favorite is the pork belly a la plancha sandwich. Don't know how they do it, but it's great every time.

Photo of captaincoffee
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The outside garden is one of a kind...the kind of place you dream about being while enjoying a beer that you can't get anywhere else. Classic and rare Stone offerings. Food wasn't anything I'd run back for, but the environment and beer is like no place I've ever been.

Photo of bray
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

almost 100 ratings but love this location so much i still want to add to them...
Of course their beer is second to none,,,, Incredible food, Great location, and the greatest outdoor bar possibly anywhere.

Photo of docoman
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Overall great place... the beer garden outside was really nice... felt like walking through restaurant before getting to outside beer garden... recommend going outside versus inside for beer and food... they even have weddings onsite... had my best beer overall to date "lost abbey deliverance" bottled here... so selection is very good.

Photo of HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Amazing beers that you can't find anywhere else, cool beer gear, a great menu, and amazing ambiance. What more could you ask for?

Photo of Mikeb8
4/5  rDev -12.3%

The location is beautiful. Largest restaurant in San diego and it is a sight to behold. The beer is great, but the food leaves a little to be desired. Very pricey, which is fine, but it wasn't that good.

Photo of Jamie4beer
5/5  rDev +9.6%

This establishment is in a class by itself. Amazing restaurant, patio, and overall facility. Top notch!!

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%

My first time to San Diego as an adult, I fly in to San Diego Airport, and get driven 9 minutes to this place. I couldn't have asked for a better first place to hit. It's in a cool area, with attractive architecture and decor. Tons of earth elements, sandy spots, coy ponds etc. Huge outdoor beer garden area for dining and drinking. The beer list was impressive, and included many local guest brews. You can create your own flight of (4) four ounce pours of any draft beer. The food selection was also wonderful, with eclectic ingredients and different takes on old favorites too. I had lamb belly Asian style pork buns. The wait staff was very friendly and knowledgable. They have a large merchandise shop too. I would strongly suggest anyone get to this place.

Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First day in San Diego and a must on the itinerary is this place. A large spawling complex where there is several rooms, and a large oudoor area and just a great vibe here. Most folks are here for great beer. Unfortunately a long wait for an outdoor seat planted us just off the large bar by the gift shop area. The bar alone can seat 25+ comfortably.

The waiter explained the beer menu with some personalization on what he preferrerd and why which was nice. There are about 15 standard Stone brews here, with about 10 brewed here specifically for the restaurant, and about 15 or so guest beers (Alesmith, Green Flash, etc.). I ordered the single hop IPA which was phenominal, and I also ejoyed two other beers which were good.

Servive was prompt and friendly. The gift shop is a bit expensive but well stocked. Growlers to go which is nice.

Overall a must stop for any BA visiting San Diego.

Photo of SensorySupernova
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

5's across the board. Excellent beer selection, both in quantity and variety, including beers from other breweries and rare Stone brews. Awesome atmosphere: stone, wood, and iron decor, outdoor beer-garden, no musac. Not cheap, but worth what you get.

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The place is beautiful, really done nicely. The bar room is dope and the outside has a great ambiance. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

There were 40 taps, although over half of them were IPA's. I was looking for something dark or maybe stout, didn't find what I wanted. I chose something else and wasn't disappointed.

The food was pricey and a bit uninspired in my opinion. I thought that the value for money wasn't really there. Not that I was really there for the food but it was a lunch/beer visit.

Overall I love Stone beers. I might go back for another visit but it's not really one of my go-to places when I just want to grab a beer and relax.

Photo of jlisuk
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Beautiful setting slightly marred by being in the flight path of the SD airport. Loud jets fly over every 5-10 minutes.

Food and beer prices were on the high side (around $7 for drafts, food $15+), but everything we tried tasted awesome. Lots of limited release

In addition to Stone beers, they had an impressive bottle list with beers from great breweries around the world.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wow...do I love this place. Multiple bars, tons of taps, great service and a cool vibe. Beers are $5-7 which seems reasonable. I like that they offer indoor, outdoor and bar seating. They also have a great swag shop with beers to go. The menu seemed non traditional from a brew pub perspective but that might be a good thing for some.

I can't say anything that hasn't been said. A must visit if you are in the SD area.

Photo of RDB51
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew pub. Their beers are outstanding. The food is very good but the selection of dishes is a bit odd for a pub. I prefer the large beer garden for group conversation and dinning. The indoor bar is a bit cold and impersonal. Not a place to meet new people but great for meeting friends. The staff does a good job and I have gone here several times.

Photo of guityler83
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

This was my first stop on my trip to San Diego. It was barely noon when we started to head towards the airport in search of the legendary Stone World Bistro and Liberty Station and we got lost a few times, eventually going into a navy base and then navigating through the interesting gated community style location of the brewery.

We walked in and were immediately greeted by a server, instead of getting a table we went for the bar option. Sitting down and taking a look around the place was done up with rocks and water and the stone logo all over, there was a big court yard with fountains, tons of space.

Big tap list, I would say 30+ beers total, some raritys (an '06 Arrogant Bastard) and one offs from the brewery. The el dorrado IPA was my first pint and the thing was fresh and bright with hop aroma. The food menu was a bit pricey so I just went with a BBQ sandwich (which was ok). The next beer was a barrel aged smoked barley wine, which blew me away. There weren't many people there since it was so early so we got our drinks quickly and the bar tender was friendly. I got my AHA discount when the check came and left with some merch from the store.

In all, if you are in SD its worth a trip for sure, I would like to go back when its busier and get the full experience, but the beer was amazing from the source non-the less.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This place had atmosphere to spare. It just feels like you are truly somewhere special (beervana,perhaps?). While I have been to many breweries (AB,Boulevard,Schlafly,Goose Island) and nice bars,I have yet to find a comparison. the decor,beer list,and menu were the products of a lot of thoughtful planning. This is the Willy Wonka Chocolate factory equivalent for beer lovers (though obviously the vast majority of production was in Escondido). My wife and I sat outside in a very elaborate outdoor setting with plenty of lights strung about. There was a fountain that I heard and never saw. Thankfully there were countless outdoor heaters as it was a bit cool. I like that they had a lot of aged offerings from Stone along with plenty of draft options. They even had a good assortments of locals,micros and imports. I ordered the Oude Tart by The Bruery (I knew it was in the top 250 and had yet to see it elsewhere. We started with the hummus which was great,but the crackers were just good. I had the pulled pork & wild boar sandwich. It was great,but the chicken schnitzel and the bacon mashed potatoes my wife had were superb. We finished the meal off with the Arrogant Bastard brownie sundae and it was phenomenal. Service was excellent. Gift shop had lots of glass wear,hats,shirts,soaps made with beers,bottles and growlers to go. Really the only drawback was the frequent low flying aircraft overhead which you had to learn to conversation around.

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Having visited the main location a few days ago I was intrigued to see if some of their other locations lived up to the main one. A bit hard to find, only a very small sign out front hints at what is inside the building. Once we found the entrance we checked out the small store right inside the door, some pretty nice swag and bottles in there. Once we got to the bar area it was pretty similar to the main location, with a bit more plane noise. Atmosphere was pretty laid back but it was mostly dead at lunch time so nothing to amazing. Service was awesome. Our bartender was great to talk to and never let my glass sit empty for more than a minute. Quality was pretty high all around. Beers in the correct glasses and the building itself was beautifully renovated to fit their needs. Selection was even better than the original location. I know they just had their winter storm event a week or so ago so I can only assume I encountered some of the leftovers. I was able to get a StoneWall, one of my long time wants, and a ’08 Old Guardian aged in red wine barrels. They also had a few other leftovers but we had other places to be. Food was excellent as usual. I got the pulled chicken and boar sandwich and it was awesome. Also got to try some of the BBQ ribs and they were excellent as well. Prices on beers were pretty good, food was again a little overpriced but it was quality so thats not a huge deal for me. Overall I think I might prefer this place in almost every way over the main location except the overall vibe. I will have to return for dinner next time I am in town and see if it is any better then. Still an awesome place to have a beer and avoid some of the usual crowds that frequent the main location.

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I have been to the Stone brewery and this is like a mini version of their beer garden directly in downtown San Diego next to the train station. There is an outside area that has stones and nice chairs and benches in it. The chairs and benches are actually made out of wine barrel staves which I thought was a really nice touch.

What's amazing is that this was a Saturday night around 8:00 PM and this place was nearly empty. I think in total there were 10 people there. I bought a round of beers and then some 22 oz bottles to take back home with me. The cost was on the higher end which is the reason that they were empty I'm betting. Regardless, I would rather pay a little extra for their beautiful atmosphere in the middle of San Diego.

Great spot, go there if you are ever in the train station in San Diego. It is a great spot literally right next door.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by with the wife. Incredible setup, huge, indoor and outdoor. Nothing like it, just beautiful. Massive selection, it was a sour beer day, but I got a Brunch Weasel and Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine. Had some heavy hitting bottles from Stone and beyond but way on the pricey side. $14 for Brunch Weasel 13 oz. and ) $16 for the Heirloom. The $26 for a 3F Oude Geuze Golden Blend 375 ml was crazy and I didn’t pay that, but decided on a $22 bottle (250 ml) of Cognac George! for $22--I was buzzed at that point. Come to bottle share things with others and maybe the hit isn’t so bad. They have a retail store and I grabbed a Southern Charred and some Stone Dog Bones here as well for my pup back home. Food was awesome, got the crispy Brussels sprouts and duck tacos. Fantastic. Knocks: Service was slightly slow and a low flying airplane came by every couple minutes sitting outside. The planes really, really hurt what is otherwise an incredible atmosphere. Also way pricey. Overall this is a must visit, just get your wallet ready.

Photo of Victor
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Stone Brewing World bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station is a gemstone!
The atmosphere is flawless (although the garden in Escondido is superior). The garden area is built on flat terrain and there’s nowhere to lie out like in Escondido. However, the ponds and water fountains are a very nice touch. The fire-pits are very nice as well.
Service is perfect, the waiters, bar-tenders and hosts are all great! My first visit was in October when friends and family of the female breed celebrated my wife and our baby (baby shower). The bartender was awesome! My father was a Bud man and now a Corona man, but the bartender offered him beer that accommodated his palate (no IPA’s).
That brings me to selection. Stone brews some of the best beer in the world and they also host some of the best. The only problem I had was the food. The food was not bad, but it was not great. This place is great and I was expecting great food to accompany my beer.
Overall this place is awesome.

Photo of Alex_Mraz
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I rate Stone so highly because I love their beer so much and I was so surprised how awesome this new location was. Everything was great, the beers were amazing as always and the food was just as good. My boyfriend and I loved our dinner so much that we went back the next day for lunch.

More Reviews here: http://beerbellyblogger.wordpress.com/

Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was on a beer-centric trip down to San Diego, and had to stop by here for dinner before heading back up to LA. Upon arrival, you just don't realize how massive of a place this is. We were told it seats up to 950 people. Just an awesome area for a huge number of people. The requisite gargoyle decor is around just about everywhere. Very cool spot. Good tap list on hand, all of the popular Stone brews, plus a couple one-offs from the Liberty Station brewpub. Also probably 15 guest taps, which are of good quality. Not an outrageous selection, but very good. Finally, the food was on point. I had the chicken schnitzel which was awesome, and the wife had a steak. Very good quality, and nice presentation. Overall, I would call this a must stop on any San Diego beer trip. I have not been to the location in Escondido, but this one was a good stop.

Photo of DRTBrewster
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I am a huge Stone fan and have been to the Escondido location, I really liked this location from a restaurant, architectural perspective. There were many places to hang out and enjoy the great weather while basking in the glow of (as always) an amazing beer selection.

However, if you want that real brewery experience, I would take the trip to Escondido, Liberty Station is a great dinner date, business lunch, or out of town guest hang out. Beautiful place, great beer, and if their food is anything like the brewery in Escondido, I am sure it is outstanding. I just prefer to be around fermenting beer, bottling lines, and the aroma of fresh hops and malt when I drink my favorite craft beer.

Photo of kevrice88
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A fantastic place to visit. If you're not a beer fan and are just looking for a very nice place to eat this is still a good place.

Food was very good and portions were not lacking. The price is on par for a restaurant of this calibre.

A nice selection of beer, not the most I have ever seen, but it is a Stone restaurant and brewery so lots of Stone.

I wouldn't say it's a textbook "bistro" considering this is a very large establishment. Maybe view it as several bistros in one place. Nice outdoor seating with fountains, fire pits, and lounging areas.

On my trip we had very nice and friendly service.

As one reviewer stated there was no Stone sign on the building, making it a little hard to find. The main brewery didn't have one either.

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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
100 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.