Taps: 120 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Dropped by here a couple of times over our trip to SD, as it was quite close to our hotel.
A: Very "cool" atmosphere, or at least trying to be. Dark, lots of booths, pretty people to sit you. A large wrap around bar in the center of it all.
Q+Selection: Well... in terms of numbers it's obviously high (what, 120 taps I think?). But really, in the grand scheme of things, other than a few beers there's nothing here that's going to jump out at you... and I'm from New Brunswick, for crying out loud. A lot of the beers I've had on more basic U.S. beer trips. But, it was nice to be able to try a couple of beers that I've tried to clone since and can't get. I don't know about freshness though... the Mirror Pond I had seemed a little off.
Service: Served fast, asked if we wanted another when we were empty, but that's it. They WERE very busy both times, though.
O: I wouldn't seek it out, but if you're crawling in the area... you'll easily find something there that you'd like to drink.
09-30-2011 19:43:31 | More by berley31
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4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We stopped in to this location a couple of times during our week in San Diego since it was across the street from our hotel.
The place is big, with a huge oval bar, counter space and high tops behind, a good sized dining room. Downstairs is the "barrel room" which is open on weekend nights but which we did not get to. Sports bar like feel in general but a bit darker, which gave it more charm than the Yard House I visited in Las Vegas.
This is a mega tap place, 120+ beers, heavily concentrated in local and regional craft taps. To fill this number of taps with craft and keep it fresh, you have to have lots of the standard products and few seasonals. So the choice can be oddly unexciting for a craft drinker who has done a reasonable amount of traveling and/or trading and is looking for something new. We lucked out here as our visit was during beer week and there were some special kegs (GF 9th Anniversary, Hamilton's 5th Anniversary Black Ale, DDH Ruination with oak). But even on a non Beer Week visit, it's nice to have fresh Deschutes (even if it's *just* Mirror Pond), FW (even if it's *just* Union Jack), etc.
Service was really good, prompt, friendly and more knowledgeable than I would have expected. Food was decent, nothing memorable.
On the whole, if I lived in a town with a Yard House, I'd probably never go. But for an out of towner the experience can be quite nice.
11-15-2011 13:01:18 | More by sholland119
3.29/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This may have been my least favorite place in SD. The atmoshpere was purely sports bar with no real ambiance or feel to the place. They had a shit load of selections but none of them were really any good. I think I had Green Flash IPA or something really mundane.
This may be a cool place for a large group of people to watch college football or an NFL game but the lack of beer atmosphere and beer selection would keep my away from this place, especially considering what else is out there.
The service was pretty non existent. I was served my beer and then forgotten about. I guess that is what you get at the big chains.
09-13-2011 20:06:56 | More by SaCkErZ9
Yard House in San Diego, CA
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.