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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San DiegoKarl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego
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very good

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1157 Columbia St
San Diego, California, 92101
United States
phone: (619) 234-2739

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Reviews by Fabric8r:
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4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in here while on vacation because it was on this beer fly list of brew-pubs. While trying to navigate downtown San Diego (one of the hardest cities to get around in) we finally found this place and parked OK. A little bit uneasy walking up to the place, wondering if the car would be the same when we came out, etc, but once we got inside we were pleasently suprised. The waiter was very friendly and I ordered the 6-taster, to get a feel for the different brews. Each beer was true to the style and I enjoyed each one. The Red Trolley was my least favorite as I had a hard time considering it as an ale, but it went down just fine. Their beers are wonderful, although not anything to write a rave review about.
The food, wow, that was the best meal we had during our week visit to southern Cal. The three of us each really enjoyed our meal and we got to taste each other's.

This place is a must-visit for anyone interested in good beer and good food. I wish they would open up one here in Bozeman, we sure need a quality place like this!

Oh, the car was just fine when we left.

More User Reviews:
Photo of qcghost
3.99/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must visit if you are in Gas Lamp area.

Photo of GatorCoop
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.95/5  rDev +1%

I forgot this place was only a few blocks from the Sante Fe Depot. It was perfect to grab a few tasters before jumping on the train back home.

It was a Friday evening, so it was packed, a good sign. The atmosphere was inviting. Bartenders and servers were all friendly. I sat at the bar to grab a series of tasters. I had a nice chat with a fellow from back East visiting San Diego to watch the Patriots/Chargers game with buddies he hasn't seen in over 20 years. That was cool.

I didn't order any food, but it looked pretty good. The beers were good, nothing earth-shattering but solid. My favorite of the night was Five Wee, a scotch ale. Very nice.

I'll surely return in the future, and make my rotation of places to hit before hopping on the train.

Photo of myelo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Seems primarily a restaurant with good beer selection. Convenient to downtown. The food is better than a lot of brew pub places and atmosphere is upscale casual. Tried the chili, fish tacos, and the squid and ahi poke appetizers and they were all excellent. Service is very good and servers knew about the beer offering, which was about 10 beers on tap as well as some bottles. Also fill growlers. Tired the Belgian IPA, Octoberfest, Red Trolley ale and one other that I can't recall and they were all nice. Most main dishes were in the $15 range so figure $25-30 with a few beers.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Upon entering you first notice the lighter shades of woods, yellow walls, and plenty of tables and 1/2 booths. There are a few tables outside too. The bar overlooks some of the brewing tanks. Big open wood ceiling give this a bit of an airy feel.

There were about 10 house beers on draft with some beers available in bombers. I had numerous beers over a few stops here and the ranged from OK to really good. One of the older places in San Diego, and it is worthy of a stop.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Overwhelmed by choices during my recent San Diego Beer Week sojourn, I did not give much thought to Karl Strauss; however, an exhausting trip to the nearby Maritime Museum, as well as an overwhelming thirst, led me to this downtown venue. Located on a generic block, the building can be spotted immediately identified from the massive leaf drapery that festoons its’ façade. Thus began, my tenth stop of the trip.

Entering into the dimly lit interior, which has plenty of wood décor, can be found in any other restaurant in the city, I found a seat at the sparsely populated bar and was greeted by the cheerful and very exuberant 14-year old server (she was young, to say the least, but certainly not a pre-teen).

Karl Strauss offers a wide range of brews; during my lunchtime visit, I was proffered with their Red Trolley Ale, Tower 10 IPA, Pintail Ale, and yet-to-be-named amber taken directly from the fermenting tank. While the beers cannot be compared to many of the local hop bombs, the beers here were pleasing and good accompaniment to the big and juicy cheddar burger.

A pleasant experience nonetheless: decent beer, hearty chow, a friendly server who was liberal with samplers and another day in America’s favorite beer city.

Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is a cozy little place kind of away from a lot of the action. Still right downtown though. It is on a quiet corner. I went in the evening it was happy hour so the bartender convinced me to get boneless wings, they were nothing special but good. The bed of spicy as fuck mustard and cabbage was the best part about it. I had a sampler of a few of the beers. They were decent. Nothing stuck out, I think this brewery has more beers to offer but they run a pretty limited selection at the pub. Only about 5 taps total. Overall a god stop in SD.

Photo of exodus1369
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Great place wonderful location, not huge not to small. The quality was outstanding. The service was great, out standing waitress! Besides being HOT she new a ton about beer and loved to talk about it. Selection is not huge of cores it is a single Brewery. The food was great! and every thing was very well priced. No complaints at all, they have growers that are priced very well. They have monthly beer pairings witch is nice. Not a huge menu but every thing I have tried has been great. They have a nice selection of food made in a beer sauce. If ever in San Diego a wonderful place to check out.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego in San Diego, CA
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.