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Whole Foods Market

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91
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20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
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711 University Ave
San Diego, California, 92103-3202
United States
phone: (619) 294-2800

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Made a quick stop here before leaving town during a recent visit to San Diego. Having never been to one of these stores anywhere before, I was at first generally impressed with the goods offered at this yuppified grocery store. It's a mid-sized store by supermarket standards but beer & wine do occupy a fair amount of space toward the middle-front of this store. There were many decent beers represented here, mostly in open coolers, both locals, general domestic micros and imports. Many were not particularly new to me but I was happy to see a fair selection of local brewers like I was looking for. I snagged an Alesmith Numbskull along with some Left Coast Hop Juice and a bomber of Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing. There were some other goodies and overall I would have to say it was a decent place to stock up as a visitor or a thirsty local. The selection did seem somehow oriented toward the discriminating diner/drinker. Not too many macros or blue collar type brews to be had here, if that's what you were looking for. Get your PBR's down the street. Service was not particularly evident but people were working all around the place so I guess there was easy access if you needed help. The checkout girl was very friendly. Prices were pretty standard considering the products, maybe a tad high but there were some good surprises as well. Was glad I found this place and would go back on future trips.

Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Stopped In to the store to do some grocery shopping today with a friend. Got in to the store and it was apparent pretty early that this isn't my type of that grocery store. However I remembered that I heard Whole Foods has good beer in them. Sure enough I wasn't disappointed with a very good selection of craft beer from Southern California. I picked up a number of bottles that include Ballast Point, Port, Russian River, Lost Abbey, Ale Smith, Samuel Smith, Dogfish Head, and Avery. They have a good selection of Belgians and other crafts form around the country. Since its a grocery store there really wasn't anyone asking if you need help with finding things. Overall its a good place to grab some good beer worth stopping by if your in the neighborhood.

Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.25

This would be a good stop for someone from out of town who wanted a good selection of southern California brews. I stopped by this evening, as I do every couple of months, but left empty handed. However they seem to have the complete line-up of standards from Green Flash, Lightning, Coronado, Alesmith, Mission, St. Archer's, Ballast Point, and New English. They are short in other San Diego area breweries, but have some variety in Eagle Rock, Mother Earth, and others from the region.

This store also has a big shelf area of Belgians and oddball imported beers in big bottles. It's across from the dairy cooler so it's not exactly warm.

Clean and well-stocked place. Prices are higher than average. There is the tap room at the entrance on University Ave. so you can try before you buy.

Photo of djaeon
3.9/5  rDev -3%

I was very surprised the first time I came in here. I walked in just for some grocery store stuff and stumbled upon a treasure trove of great beers. They have an excellent selection of local craft beers, as well as many Belgians, lambics and a few sours. And it's rounded off with a good variety of craft breweries from outside of San Diego. It is a little pricey, but who can really complain when you can't find some of these beers other places? I won't say it's necessarily worth driving far out of your way for, but if you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have to say, I was way biased against this place before I saw their beer selection. I work at Trader Joes and we pretty much listen to customers tell us about how much Whole Foods rips them off all day. As a store, Whole Foods sucks. There's no reason to charge what they're charging pretty much 75% of the things they carry. Alright, rant over. However, my friend convinced me to check out their beer selection, and when I did I was pretty impressed. Not only did they have a great selection (way better than Trader Joes. Don't get me started...) but their prices on beer are really low. In fact, for some of the beer there, it's the lowest price I've seen anywhere. Buying singles from six packs isn't cheap but everything else there is. And they have a pretty good selection of locals and Belgians. If you happen to be in a Whole Foods, definitely check out their beer selection.

Photo of ocmpoma
4/5  rDev -0.5%

visited Jan 2010

Even by Whole Foods standards, this place is pretty nice. Maybe not Austin nice, but pretty nice.

Plenty of craft brews, especially locals, to choose from. Also lots of European beer: British and German, mostly. And of course Belgians. Oodles of good Belgian beer, both in 750s and small singles, as well as Belgian-style brews.

I last was in there in early January, and there was plenty of Stone, SN, Alesmith. Belgian stuff included Unibroue, Allagash, standards like Chimay and Duvel (I scored a Duvel tulip in a 4-pack), Ommegang, and lots of others.

Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

High end supermarket that caters to granolas and others seeking out ridiculously expensive organinc food. Despite that, I love this place. The cheese selection is great and the guys behind the counter are very helpful. Good paninis that you can get to go. Beer selection is on the high end, but average. A fair selection of organics, which I quickly gloss over to peruse their small but decent mix of locals. Green Flash, Anderson Valley, and the usual mix of Stone, AleSmith, St. Peter's and others. Every now and then you can score a Hair of the Dog. Good Belgian selection including The Bruery. Prices are high, no matter how you look at it.

Photo of mobud
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

I know that is a super market, but they really had a most amazing beer section. We stopped in there to get food(we visit a Whole Foods back home) to take to Balboa Park and over by the takeout area, I spied some of the beers that I only get to read about on this site. I saw Lost Abbeys, Alesmith (got a Yulesmith -Summer), all the Stone stuff, Coronado, Ballast Point,....I could go on. The prices for beer seemed fair for a higher price chain located in a pricey city. The people that were working the section were really nice and I had a great talk with a local about Alesmith. If I lived in this neighborhood, I would need a second job to keep up with the beer (and the food!).

Photo of d0ggnate
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

I often find myself shopping at this location of Whole Foods, looking for that hard to find or unique ingredient for the latest and greatest recipe. Once I'm in the store, I casually wander over to the beer section and often stare for 20-30 minutes. My fiance always knows where to pick me up when she is done browsing the wine section.

Some of the great things about Whole Foods Hillcrest, relating to beer:

- Always have a great selection of recently released local brews.
- An above average selection of brews distributed in So Cal.
- Sweet selection of Belgian and belgian-style brews.
- A ton of bombers and 750's to choose from.
- All this great beer is inside one of the better stores to shop for food = great pairings at your fingertips.

I find their prices on some things high at times, but overall on beer, they are reasonable. You can always find something to go well with the dinner recipe you're shopping for.

Photo of rayzorwit
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Whole Foods is a grocery store. Therefore, this isn't a beer oriented place. There is a decent selection of beer here, though it is small. There is a BevMo just down the hill which is less than 10 mins. away. So it is kind of hard to justify a beer trip here, unless you're within walking distance to Whole Foods.

The good news is, that if you do eat healthy then this would be a convenient spot to pick up some beer along the way. The wine selection is decent, too. I gave it a 4.0 for selection, because as far as grocerie and health food stores are concerned, their selection is top notch. Plus, every once in awhile I'll see something in their that catches my eye, whether it's a beer on sale at a great price, or something extra special. I've seen Russian Imperial Stouts, special yeast brews, and the last score was a jug of Rogue Buchwheat Ale.

update:
I should add that this is a great one stop place to pick up items to plunge your palate into. It's got a wonderful deli, the best selection of cheese and sausage, freshly blended fruit beverages, a good wine selection, and a good selection of beer. If you're wanting to have a gourmand's evening at home or in a hotel room, this is definitely a must go place.

Photo of sharkboy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of surfer4life
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

This place is quite possibly the best kept secret in San Diego. Most people go to BevMo or other places in search of something rare, but usually find the same old labels. Well not at this place. I know the buyer and she is a remarkable gal. The only place I know of in San Diego that sells Pliny the Elder in the bottle. All your locals available and a huge selection of Belgian and German lables. The customer service is great as they are willing to bend over backwards to help. Most are lacking in knowledge as this is a grocery store, however they make of for that in willingness to learn and trying to find answers. Yes it is a bit pricey do to it being in the area it is, not to mention most of the store is organic. Bottom line, this is a gem and I support it weekly.

Photo of gildobeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Whole Foods as a market sucks. My girlfriend loves the place but all the food is way expensive. You can get a sandwich for like $7.50. If you go to a deli a sandwich is less, it just doesn't make sense in a capitalist society, but I digress. The beer selection is good, they don't have too many 6 packs, because they are super expensive, but their selection of craft, micro, and Belgians is impressive. I prefer going to a non-chain licquor store, because I am and anti-corporate badass, but in a pinch their beer selection will certainly get the job done. You foofy bastard.

Whole Foods Market in San Diego, CA
91 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.