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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento Mesa

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento MesaKarl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento Mesa

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.69%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

9675 Scranton Rd
San Diego, California, 92121-1761
United States
phone: (858) 587-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @karl_strauss

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chinchill

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$$

Nice menu. Great venue with the pub open to the Japanese garden. Small, U-shaped bar seats about 12. Lots of tables on various levels both inside and outside. Sufficient flat screen TV for sports viewing, although the boomy sound system should be improved. Beer flights available. Adequate free parking.

07-01-2014 21:34:38 | More by chinchill
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utfiero

Texas

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $

The happy hour food specials are huge and quality. We had the piri-piri appetizer, and it was very generous. For our dinner we had a Mediterranean salad and a burger. Both we enormous and mouth-watering.

Finally, the beer was some of the very best ever. The ESB blew my mind. I'm a beer connoisseur, and their ESB was better than Fuller's ESB and other English ones I've had in the past. Also, the hefeweizen is excellent. Finally, management is attentive. Jeff (we later found out he is a VP of the company) stopped by our table to ask for our thoughts on a beer sampler. We provided some positive feedback on the good brews and some frank feedback on a skunk brew. He took it all in stride, complimented our beer knowledge and gave us a round on the house. Great experience!

06-06-2014 21:20:44 | More by utfiero
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MickeyHops

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-26-2014 16:37:56 | More by MickeyHops
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gshak

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-25-2014 22:53:23 | More by gshak
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dwagner003

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-10-2013 18:15:36 | More by dwagner003
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claspada

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$

Went here for dinner, super super crowded because it is the nicest of all the Karl Strauss locations. The lake was a nice atmosphere but not worth the busy, loud crowded atmosphere.

Sat at the bar, had some forgettable overpriced food as well as a cask red trolley which was nice but nothing I couldn't get elsewhere in the city.

Service was decent enough, but the overall experience can be skipped for others in the area and would definitely do so in the future. Not a must stop by any means, especially if this is the nicest of all the locations.

06-19-2013 02:13:35 | More by claspada
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

At first glance this seems like the type of brewery you would see at a mall, servers going quickly about the joint with modern and pristine decor. The place was packed when I visited so service suffered a little. Beers ranged from OK to very good, with the favorite being an imperial brown. This is worth a stop to anyone who hasn't been to a Strauss brewery, but in SD the competition is fierce and I'll go to better alternatives elsewhere.

03-15-2013 21:38:01 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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LittleDon

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

I was fortunate to have been taken here by locals who know very little about craft beer. It was a Wednesday and the place was fairly full. Beautiful atmosphere, probably the best thing about the place. The service was excellent regardless of the fact that we were a party of about 8 and our server was 11 months pregnant. Food was reasonably priced and portion size was good. Ahi poke and the Artisan Cheese plate was split among the group. The Ahi was refreshingly spicy and the cheese plate had a nice combination. For my entree I had the Mesquite Chicken. Good, but not great. It was a bit too sweet with the addition of the apple slaw. Unfortunately, the beer was the most disappointing thing about the place. Like my food, it was good but not great. When I go to a place like this I expect more from the beer. I had the IPA and DIPA, with the IPA being the better of the two.

04-19-2009 16:16:04 | More by LittleDon
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magictrokini

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Phenomenal setting in a Japanese garden. very well done and comfortable. Their Sunday brunches are really good, in fact, this is really the only time I go. Their spread is big and varied. Karl Strauss beer are all that is all that is served. Same stuff you can get in the bottle, plus a rotating list of seasonals and one-offs. For those with you that don't like beer, they do mimosas on Sundays, too. Prices are reasonable, given the location and food involved. Overall, kind of on the high end in terms of those seeking beer.

12-17-2008 16:56:18 | More by magictrokini
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

This Karl Strauss location is on the north end of San Diego not too far off the 805 (Mira Mesa exit). Despite it being right across from my hotel I could not find it on my first attempt as it is in what looks like an office building complex. Parking is fairly plentiful outside of peak hours.

The exterior is very pretty, with lots of outside seating in a Japanese garden. There is a small pond with fish and turtles, and a lot of hanging plants around. The inside is open with curved tables, mirrors and a small bar near the entrance.

The beer list is decent. Strauss has around 8 beers on draught with a couple seasonals. The standard beers are available in a sampler. They are all average for the most part but a couple of the seasonals are pretty solid.

Service on a weekday night was good. The server was knowledgeable about the beers in the sampler as well as the seasonal beers that were not on the menu.

The food at KS is pretty good. Our group shared some different appetizers, all of which were tasty. My dinner was the macaroni and cheese and it was enjoyable.

Overall this place earned points for the atmosphere and food to the point that I can easily overlook not being a big fan of their more run-of-the mill beers. I would definitely stop here again.

08-06-2008 20:20:07 | More by Dogbrick
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento Mesa in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.