Yard House

Not Rated.
Yard HouseYard House
BA SCORE
88
very good

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
Taps: 120
Bottles: 5
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1023 4th Ave
San Diego, California, 92101-4815
United States
phone: (619) 233-9273

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @yardhouse

Notes:
Place added by: xlperro

No notes at this time.
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
to view more.
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by stangelj:
Photo of stangelj
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was in the Gaslamp district of San Diego so had a chance to visit for dinner. We arrived at about 5 pm on a Thursday, so was not busy at all, although it got very busy as the evening went on. As previously mentioned there are lots of beers on tap, I counted 115 on the beer menu. Most are indeed local west cost beers so the only downside is not a great selection of international beers. Also, I could not find one example of a Belgian style strong ale on the menu with all those beers. We sampled 8 different beers for a dollar each for a 4 oz glass, and then finally ordered a pint of the favorite of the lot. The service was great, with a very chatty waitress who knew most of the beers and had tried many of them. The music was a bit loud for conversation, but not too bad. Given we were there during happy hour (between 4-6) we found the prices very reasonable. Pints of beer were $3 and most appitizers were half price. A very good experience, I'd go again when in town.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mrcraft
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This Yard House is near the Gaslamp District in San DIego. It's a fairly large space both in the dining and bar area. They are known for having a very large tap list. This location is no different. Large doesn't necessary mean great all the way around. They had nice beers on tap, but also your standard stuff which is probably by design to attract the most diverse clientele possible.

I sat at the bar area and watched some college basketball. I didn't have any beers since I was at Stone earlier for a cheese pairing event.

I ordered their surf and turf burger which was a nice burger with some lobster claw meat on top. It was a nice combination and tasty.

My servers were prompt and courteous.

It's one of many choices in this area of town, so while Yard House is a good place to grab some beer and food, it's not a must stop for San Diego, in my opinion.

Photo of Ucsbrandon
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great beer selection, mediocre everything else including food and service. Many better options in San Diego.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

If you have been to any Yard House, it is basically the same. A large bar that can seat a boat load of people, 100+ taps, and decent food. The layout here was a bit different since the dining space is a bit different from other Yard House restuarants. Loads of TVs through the place showing sports. The beer offering were typical for a Yard House with a few more local San Diego beers. Overall, this place is consistent to other YH restaurants and is worthy of a stop.

Photo of stevoj
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Something for everybody, beer menu organized by taste/style, making it easier to locate what you want. 100 taps...enough said. Take the trip to the restrooms and look in on the Keg room. Enough for everybody, even particular people like me.... Good selection of local, regional, and international

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

HV

Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Atmosphere: this was my favorite part. it was just so big inside. of course, its a typical model of a chain restaurant, but it was nice being able to find a secluded booth in which just my girl and i could enjoy some good beer on a busy night for the city.

Service: since it is a chain restaurant, the staff are more than likely required to be as nice and chipper as possible. the bartender was fairly knowledgeable and willing to help as well.

Quality/Selection: very large, but not very great. it did have some great locals, but nothing rare. It really would be a great place to go and enjoy a great beer...if it were not in the area that its in. San Diego just has so many great treats to offer...so don't waster your time here!

Photo of easong
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Went here because I was staying in the neighborhood, and needed to get lunch before an afternoon baseball game, and the nearby pub called Neighborhood was not yet open (boo). Here am in a pub with nearly 100 taps, and nary a Ballast Point, nor a Port, nor an Alpine, nor hardly anything local other than a Stone and one Green Flash. I got a West Coast IPA which sadly tasted as if it were the first to pass through the tap line in a few days. Fresher in the bottle up in SF. Maybe the PBR and Blue Moon sells better here? As for the food, the thin-cut truffle fries are quite tasty -- everything else was large in size but average in edibility. As we were among the first customers of the day, the place was uncrowded and the service attentive and capable. With the huge wrap-around bar, and given the nightlife in the Gaslamp, I can imagine this is not always the case. This is not a place for BAs in SD.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a pint while waiting for check in time at a nearby hotel.

The tap list was huge - must have been over 100 beers on tap, most of which were craft beer. The selection was also decent, including offerings form Stone, Ballast Point, Alaskan, Sierra Nevada and others. Heavily focused on lagers and other easy drinking beers. Of the 100+ taps, only 3 beers were listed in the stout category and they included the liked of Guinness. Selection did include IPAs, DIPAs, a few porters and a lot of pale ales, ambers, etc. There were also a few house beers, but I didn't try any. I had a pint of BP Black Marlin Porter, which was excellent.

Atmosphere was very reminiscent of a chain restaurant, which this basically is.

Photo of barbaraeliz
3/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

We're staying in San Diego for 8 days, and have been hoping around town. Looking for a specific beer bar, we came across Yard House right on Broadway in the Gas Lamp District, one of the busiest and commercial and tourist-oriented areas in San Diego.

The restaurant is large, and the bar is in the center of the establishment. it's a little dark, there is definitely as hipster/commercial/chain feel, which the place is a trendy chain (they have dozen or so locations throughout the US). Downstairs, there are clippings from many newspapers toting the Yard House as a successful restaurant and business venture. You can also view the kegs and storage areas for their beverages in the basement.

The bar is set up in an oval shape with the 130+ taps all around the inside of the oval. There were some repeats, and several outs. The nice apart about empty taps is that there's hangers for them explaining they're dry.

The menu is large. Kudos to the restaurant for having the beers right up front. They're listed by ales, lagers and misc, then from lightest to darkest/most intense and by beer style. No prices are listed.

You can order pints, half yards, yards, and apparently it looks like they also do samplers. Did notice that Belgian beers were given proper glassware. A variety of split beers were also available.

Service was fine. I can imagine it can be slow or frustrating at times, because half of the bar will always be out of sight. Our bartender was polite and as quick as she could be. She made sure we had menus as soon as she saw us, got us the proper silverware and plates for food (which was just an order of fries) and offered to offer suggestions.

The biggest downfall to this bar is that even with so many choices, if you're an experienced beer drinker, you're going to have trouble finding something new or exciting. This was the second place I've seen in SD that has DFH 90, the first time I have seen it on tap, so if you're a local, that may be exciting.

They also have an extensive food menu featuring everything from snacks to full course meals. They have an O.K. wine list and about 30-40 specialty drinks and cocktails.

Overall, there is nothing that stands out to me about The Yard House as a border-line obsessive beer drinker. But if you're a casual drinker, or staying in the area (there are dozens of hotels in walking distance) or just need some place that will make everyone in your party happy for lunch or dinner, The Yard House is a decent place for a beer.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The fact that this place is downtown means Ill rarely get to go there but I must say the food was great and they did have a ton of beer on tap.

I had an Oaked Arrogant Bastard which was great because its a hard beer to find and it wasnt any more expensive than the rest of the beers. This beer alone is worth stoping in because it can run upwords of $16 a 6 pack so instead just stop in and grab a pint!

The lighting was a little dark but if you like beer and dont mind going downtown Id suggest going here rather than the Hard Rock or something along the sorts.

Photo of armock
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Atmosphere - As you walk in theres a bunch of seating with the big bar toward the rear. This place has a very corporate feel to it that tries to come off as a trendy club type of place that I'm not a fan of.

Quality/Selection - Yes theres a lot of beer to choose from but they're serving just about every average beer out there. There was a decent selection of styles to choose from but the beers where all basic versions no doubles or variations.

Service - I went on a Monday night after diner and it wasn't really all that busy but it took quite awhile for the bartender to serve us.

Value - The prices on beer weren't all that bad here I paid $6 for my pint before leaving.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This was the place closest to my hotel during a recent stay but the last place to go.

Atmosphere is good - similar to the other Yard House location I've been to (in Long Beach) with lots of wood, a large central bar, and lots of TV's. It's actually fairly similar to Flying Saucer and Taco Mac locations (although I don't remember the former having TV's).

Quality is OK. The temperature of the beer is good however the head is minimal. The glassware was appropriate for the beers I had.

Service is pretty good. We had to wait a bit longer than we should have to order drinks but after the initial order we didn't have to wait long again.

Selection is good. Nothing spectacular but a solid selection of local and non-local brews.

Value is a bit on the expensive side. This may be because the pours are larger (16 or 20 oz. I believe) but I'd rather have smaller pours and spend my money on different drinks. Maybe they have half-pours?

Overall, as mentioned before, this is my second Yard House visit and I remain less than impressed. They have a ton of selection but nothing exceptional - worth a shot if you're looking for year-round locals but otherwise there are plenty of other places nearby with a more eclectic selection.

Photo of MadElf25
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

i went to San Diego on Vacation with my sister and brother-in-law and we were at this place every night if not ending the night there, we found this place to be a very good hang out spot, not to mention over 100 beers on tap we were always satisfied with our drink selections. as far as service, i am from NY and i found it odd that the place gave me and my family a hard time with our ID's granted they were out of state license's but i think most people know what a NY license looks like, other then that i found the place to be very enjoyable and if i am ever in San Diego again i will definalty be hitting up that place again

Photo of aevarela
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

While its good to have a big multitap bar in a downtown that is otherwise devoid of decent beer, this place was not particularly inspiring.
The generic, sleek, modern interior had tons of big flat screens in your face in case you're there to see the big game. At least the music was at a tolerable level and bar girls were friendly if not particularly knowledgeable.
I ordered lunch of crab cake sandwhich that was highly touted by the bar girls and found it bland but filling.
Stuck with the handfull of Belgians they had on draft, all of which I had already had at some point. Trois Pistoles on draught was a first but the keg was spewing more froth than beer (had to beg the girls to give me the 1/2 glass of beer that remained after it had settled). Ommegang Hennepin, Delirium Tremens, St B's Abt 12. A couple of dIPA's like Pliny. Poor selection of the many amazing San Diego area IPA's. With over 100 taps and awesome area breweries, selection should be WAY better.

Photo of BigBlacke
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I find the yardhouse a great place to have a meal and a few beers everytime I visit San Diego. You will find a vast selection of beers here. I believe there are over 100 beers on tap at any given time. They even sell some beers mixed together to create some interesting tastes. Food here is great, but a bit pricey. Service was up to par, and it has a great atmosphere. As with many upscale bar scenes, it is really easy to run up a hefty tab. Expect to pay between 60 to 100 pigskins per person to have a meal and a few beers. All in all a great place to go have a blast every so often.

Photo of fatalbert23
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Heard alot about their late-night happy hour, so while staying in the Gaslamp quarter I tried it out. When I walked in I was overtaken by the beer bar which is an oval shaped bar with an inner oval beer tap station containing 130 taps and at the time I was there, 117 different beers. Really good vibe in there and lowkey leaving you room to strecth out and talk about the unreal amounts of beer ahead of you. Didnt try the food but the nacho app was excellent. I would absolutely tell anyone who is anywhere near a Yardhouse to stop in and enjoy the bartenders favorite beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Yard House really gives Rock Bottom a run for the best overall chain-feel. It's nice though... wood floors, stainless steel bar top, TV's, and art on the walls.

"The World's Largest Selection Of Draft" though? I'd have to question that. But they do have a lot of beers. The question then is how good are they, and how fast do they turn over. Well I've never had a bad beer, so OK on freshness; but it seems like a lot of their beers are pretty basic (which I guess is OK, since they're catering to a mainly tourist and semi-elite crowd - meaning not beer nerds!).

The service is good, and pretty quick. It can sometimes be hard to keep up in these larger places, but they seem to have it under control.

As for pricing, well, it is San Diego. I thought that prices were reasonable.

Might or might no be worth a stop depending on your bent - I personally like places with a little more individual character.

Photo of eewhiz
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went to Yardhouse in San Diego (Gas Lamp District). It was happy hour and it was hoppin'.
Sat at the bar, and the bartenders (3) were all of the female persuasion and pleasant on the eyes. The bartenders were fairly versed in the brews, but not experts, but that was okay with me.
Drank several Belgian imports on draft (St Bernardus Abt 12, Delerium Tremens etc) and they were $4.25 ea at Happy hour, so I thought that was a great deal. Appetizers were 1/2 price, got a large plate of Nachos for $4. Overall a great experience.
Highly recommend at Happy Hour!

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Weak. The amount of taps is impressive until you see they are mostly macros you can get anywhere. Then you look closer and see that a lot of the taps are repeated. I could not believe they did not have more local beers. Seriously, no Alpine? No AleSmith? One Stone (Hazelnut)? Food was good and so was the service. The burgers and chickes sandwiches are very good, which makes it possible to go here. The prices are reasonable as well, considering you are downtown. I just wish they would put better beers on tap. The one in Newport Beach does...

Photo of chuckd123
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited the Yard House the other night while on vacation in San Diego. Good selection overall, but I can't help but be skeptical of any place with so many taps. Not sure how they can possibly keep some of the rarer brews fresh, much less the tap lines that must be a mile long each. Either way, I was there for the beer and was happy with the selection. Nothing outrageous, nor was there anything I couldn't get or haven't had before, but good overall. Had a few Racer 5's as well as a great Alesmith IPA. The atmosphere is not really great imho -- huge square bar with tourists (yes, I am one too but try not to act the part) everywhere. Not really a quality-beer crowd, just a bunch of people with expense accounts looking for booze. Not terrible, but I'm partial to more focused beer bars.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The downtown San Diego Yard House is located at the intersection of 4th and Broadway. There are pricey garages and parking lots nearby, and some street parking.

The interior is clean and spacious, with the wraparound bar right in the middle of the upper floor. There is a lower level as well that offers some interesting rooms full of kegs and other curiosities. The decor is abstract art with lots of dark colors and wood.

Yard House boasts a pretty large tap list, with goodies from Alaskan, Stone, Ballast Point, Bayhawk, Deschutes and others. The bottle selection is fairly robust as well. The beers are clearly displayed and well cared-for.

Service on a weeknight prior to a baseball game was good. The bartenders were efficient and one of them was quick to give me a replacement beer for one I felt had turned.

As for the food, my appetizers were presented well and tasted good, and were pretty cheap to boot thanks to happy hour.

Overall I would definitely stop in here again if I found myself downtown with a little time to kill.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.53/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The obvious is that they've got a ton of taps, lots of macros within those offerings though which will turn some people off. Beer prices are a bit high, but there's usually a few interesting offerings mixed in and a good time can be easily had.

Huge bar, wraps all the way around in an oval, metal counter takes some getting used to, looks cool but isn't the most inviting.

Menu's decent, I really enjoy the spicy tuna roll which is nothing at all like a spicy tuna roll but still interesting and delicious.

Mostly appropriate glassware is used, part of their shtick is selling yards and half yards of beer, which inevitably get broken at least once a night.

Huge place, but the layout makes it nowhere near as spacious as you would think. Bar gets jammed big time on occasion. Very loud in here even without music playing, almost clublike especially later at night, not the type of place you mellow out and relax when you end up having to shout to talk to people two feet away.

Beers are a bit pricey but it's downtown right near Horton Plaza so I can understand why. Really neat walking downstairs to the bathroom, they've got an open glass area where you can see all the kegs lined up in the basement.

Clean appearance, aims for a very adult, lounge-y kind of vibe but with the volume way up and the music not so mellow. Lots of beautiful people in here at night, doormen ready for ID checks etc. as people line up outside for busier times. Not a craft beer crowd in the evening as the trendy clubhoppers roll in which can be annoying.

Overall enjoyable enough place though, for all my carping. The craft beer scene still isn't quite what it should be downtown downtown (yet) so this place still hangs on until that happens as a place to get a decent beer.

to view more.
Yard House in San Diego, CA
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.