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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station

Not Rated.
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station
BA SCORE
100
world-class

91 Ratings
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.22%
Taps: 40
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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

Notes:
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(Place added by: DeanMoriarty on 05-27-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

Snellgg5, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -20.4%

There are actually 40 taps and an interesting variety of mostly worthwhile beers. Several Stone products, including three from the brewery just opened at this location, all hoppy. At the bar the servers where not very talkative but quite friendly, and happy to tell you what they know about the beers. No one offered to pour a sample, I noticed. Food seemed very over-priced with tiny portions. The $15 cheese, fruit, and crackers plate had a thin-sliced eighth of an apple and one strawberry carefully sliced in half. I'd eat at the Roseville Cuzhina around the corner, which has plentiful Portuguese food and ten taps.

Aside from the beers, the main attraction is the vast outdoor area with giant rocks, a variety of seating, and landscaping. It was thronged on a Sunday early evening. Indoors is a cavernous succession of rooms. I just wonder who designed this place, and who decided to spend so much money on it? It's just silly and and a strange combination of beat-up concrete and flue tiles, mixed with indoor watercourses and huge random slabs of rock. So swanky it's not what I would think of as a place to taste beer. At least it wasn't noisy, for all the people, with music that played softly most of the time.

I know people are big fans of Stone, but I prefer the many neighborhood bars and restaurants around the area that serve endlessly interesting beers, over this huge corporate place. Our server said they can seat over 600 people, making it the largest restaurant in San Diego, and something like 300 people are employed at this location. There is plenty of parking in the big lot under the giant American flag. The 28 bus goes along Rosecrans from Old Town trolley station.

mactrail, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of briang01
3.72/5  rDev -18.6%

briang01, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of LaneMeyer
3.95/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

LaneMeyer, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Mikeb8
4/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

Mikeb8, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

HopHead84, Yesterday at 05:46 PM
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

jeff1973, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Dafixa, Monday at 05:38 PM
Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

zhanson88, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Deaner1308, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

bumchilly25, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

ortie, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

drewone, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Lucnifter, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

patklupe, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

MrDave, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

pmarlowe, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

spark3148857, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of DRTBrewster
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

DRTBrewster, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jlisuk
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

jlisuk, Jun 11, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

orangesol, Feb 19, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Just visited with Da Boss earlier today.

Atmosphere was very good, a very large restaurant with several different seating areas indoors and a ginourmous outdoor patio that can seat maybe a couple of hundred. One of the servers mentioned this was the largest seating capacity restaurant in San Diego. It even tops Pelican Brewing up in Oregon which was the biggest brewpub i had been too until today.

Quality was excellent as there are not too many places that serve the grog Stone has (30 listed taps and a bottle list of 100 or so).

Selection of beer mentioned above was pretty awesome. There was the usual Stone lineup mixed in with local San Diego and smaller California brewers. And beyond that there were some wonderful European brews in the mix.

Food was excellent. Da Boss had the Chicken Tiki Masala and i had the Yokisaba noodles. Both dishes were from the hands of professional chefs...well worth the price of admission.

Overall value was a bit pricey...but as the old adage says you get what you pay for. Definitely check this place out!

arizcards, Jul 28, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

guityler83, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

heffIPAlover, Jan 22, 2014
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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
100 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.