Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento Mesa
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Went here for dinner, super super crowded because it is the nicest of all the Karl Strauss locations. The lake was a nice atmosphere but not worth the busy, loud crowded atmosphere.
Sat at the bar, had some forgettable overpriced food as well as a cask red trolley which was nice but nothing I couldn't get elsewhere in the city.
Service was decent enough, but the overall experience can be skipped for others in the area and would definitely do so in the future. Not a must stop by any means, especially if this is the nicest of all the locations.
06-19-2013 02:13:35 | More by claspada
3.3/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was fortunate to have been taken here by locals who know very little about craft beer. It was a Wednesday and the place was fairly full. Beautiful atmosphere, probably the best thing about the place. The service was excellent regardless of the fact that we were a party of about 8 and our server was 11 months pregnant. Food was reasonably priced and portion size was good. Ahi poke and the Artisan Cheese plate was split among the group. The Ahi was refreshingly spicy and the cheese plate had a nice combination. For my entree I had the Mesquite Chicken. Good, but not great. It was a bit too sweet with the addition of the apple slaw. Unfortunately, the beer was the most disappointing thing about the place. Like my food, it was good but not great. When I go to a place like this I expect more from the beer. I had the IPA and DIPA, with the IPA being the better of the two.
04-19-2009 16:16:04 | More by LittleDon
4.28/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This Karl Strauss location is on the north end of San Diego not too far off the 805 (Mira Mesa exit). Despite it being right across from my hotel I could not find it on my first attempt as it is in what looks like an office building complex. Parking is fairly plentiful outside of peak hours.
The exterior is very pretty, with lots of outside seating in a Japanese garden. There is a small pond with fish and turtles, and a lot of hanging plants around. The inside is open with curved tables, mirrors and a small bar near the entrance.
The beer list is decent. Strauss has around 8 beers on draught with a couple seasonals. The standard beers are available in a sampler. They are all average for the most part but a couple of the seasonals are pretty solid.
Service on a weekday night was good. The server was knowledgeable about the beers in the sampler as well as the seasonal beers that were not on the menu.
The food at KS is pretty good. Our group shared some different appetizers, all of which were tasty. My dinner was the macaroni and cheese and it was enjoyable.
Overall this place earned points for the atmosphere and food to the point that I can easily overlook not being a big fan of their more run-of-the mill beers. I would definitely stop here again.
08-06-2008 20:20:07 | More by Dogbrick
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Very nicely laid out bar, gardens & pond. Makes you forget you are in the middle of high tech suburbia. They only have their own brews, which are decent. Pilsner, very nice Hefe (banana & citrus flavors), couple of reds, scotch, 3 IPAs & a Barlywine. Menu seemed reasonably priced with large portions. Ordered the fish taco starters which were 4 small grilled fish tacos that were very tasty. What made the place was the bartender, he produced numerous free samples of most of their beer and went as far as to recommend some of his favorite local brew pubs. Service like this is priceless & it will bring me back.
05-30-2008 05:28:15 | More by FLBeerGuy
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the centre of 'hi-tech land' (i.e. surrounded by lots of software and technology companies) this Karl Strauss has a very nice location in their "brewery gardens" with lots of trees, a pond, etc. It may sound a bit cheesy, but it's done nicely. There is extensive seating both inside and outside -- the outdoor decks with seating are quite integral to the whole structure. At times it can be VERY crowded here, especially at lunchtime and shortly after 5pm -- it is, after all, in a very corporate area. And, unless you got to lunch at 11:30 or dinner after 7:00, be prepared for a wait. But (especially with the outdoor seating) it does not feel so crowded once you have a table, and it's quite relaxing.
The quality of the food and beer is the same as all other Karl Strauss location I've visted -- i.e. it's very good food, nice beer, and good portions. And it's quite good for the price as well. I've found that this location seems to have a better selection of beer than others, especially with beer that is only on-tap at this location. Service seems to always be prompt, polite and informative, no matter the hour.
This location, though, is probably not ideal for someone looking for an interesting new brewpub or for taking a 'beer tour' of San Diego. And it is unfortunately not open on weekends, save Sunday brunch. That can be rather frustrating for those who live nearby (such as myself), but totally understandable considering the location and neighborhood.
02-17-2008 00:39:16 | More by mithrascruor
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a great locale for Happy Hour, especially for the first Thursday of every month when a brand new beer type is tapped and the free samples flow freely! The atmosphere is so secluded and brilliant that you can't even tell you're in the middle of a technology high-rise corridor. The crowd is usually pumping with young professionals after work and it always seems challenging getting a table. Service is usually spot on, even during the rush hour. The food is delicious and there are some mean happy hour deals. The beer selection is essentially the full KS lineup which is more than enough to sample a wide range of genres. If you can, get a seat out by the asian-themed pond and enjoy a sampler of this San Diego beer institution (especially during 1st Thursdays). There is also another great KS in La Jolla Cove if you're in that area, check them out!
08-01-2007 03:53:29 | More by Stoneman78
4/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Work is just a 5 mile drive from the "Koi Pond." Just uttering that phrase, our name for the Karl Strauss Brewery Garden in Sorrento Mesa, makes people smile. Unlike other Karl Strauss locations, this one is nestled away in an office park jungle. However, you enter the well lanscaped garden, look over the koi pond, and just enjoy the atmosphere. There is outdoor seating in addition to space inside with view of the koi pond. There is a large area on the back deck for large office gatherings. The food is reasonable and of high quality compared to other brew pubs. The staff is friendly, and I can usually find at least one offering (10 beers usually on tap) to enjoy. If you are in the area and would like a quite place to enjoy a beer and some food (with friends, family or just you and your newspaper), consider this fine location in San Diego.
10-12-2005 15:21:56 | More by immunoboy
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
An exceptional experience for those who will appreciate it. To get there, one must drive through valleys of tar between glass and metal industrial park. One of the four times I was following directions and said "this can't be right" only to be surprised by the slice of beer heaven awaiting. And while Karl Strauss beer is admirable enough, the environment is why this is a must-visit.
There really are gardens around this Asian (?!?!) themed restaurant and brewery. Not that the food is Asian, but the building is one long tabled windowfront area that opens out on a goldfish pond. The outdoors and the gardens are an integral part of the experience. One crosses a bridge to get to it, cross the outdoor deck and enter a very open feeling bar area. The linen is crisp, the glasses are clean, the servers are snappily dressed.
I had the Taster 6 sampler and was not overly impressed with any of the choices, but there certainly was nothing wrong with them. Pretty light, on the whole and the whole "Star of India" Pale ale (Are they implying IPA without actually making it?) name made me chuckle and remember my first Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale (which is an IPA, but was also tough to tell simply by the label.)
The hours can be strange (not open for lunch or dinner on Saturday!?!?!) but I searched it out after a trip to the Wild Animal Park, and the wide open airy feeling in the warm weather was perfect for we cooped up Mainer types. It's also a popular destination for private parties and I can see why.
05-28-2003 09:28:38 | More by ecoboy
Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento Mesa in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.