Churchill's Pub & Grille
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
4.31/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Decided to stop in after Lost Abbey since it was pretty close by, have always heard great things about this place so I was pretty psyched to check it out. It definitely has the english pub feel but with a more modern take. Atmosphere was solid. Lots of people all over the place enjoying themselves. Guys beside us were enjoying the USA hockey game from two days before, apparently oblivious to that fact. Quality was great. Food and beer were top notch and the furnishings were more than adequate, loved the dedicated darts area as most places don't leave you enough room. Service was fine. I didn't have to wait for a beer and our food came out quickly. Selection was awesome. Only a handful of the 50 or so taps were kicked and they had plenty of local offerings which is always nice to see. I totally forgot to look at the bottle list, wish I could go back and check it out. As far as food goes, we weren't super hungry so we just got an order of their loaded fries which were quite good. Prices were a bit high on certain items but nothing over the top. Overall an awesome pub, I would definitely be a regular here if I lived in the area.
02-20-2014 17:44:12 | More by orangesol
4.74/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Great British Pub atmosphere with darts and pool tables. Nice outdoor patio with fire pits for those cool nights. Only negative is that parking isn't great. This place is a phenomenal balance of awesome food and awesome beer. During the most recent Sand Diego Beer Week, there was a compelling reason to go to Churchill's every night...and I went almost every night. The food is outstanding. They have their standard menu of British Pub fare which is excellently cooked. They also have a menu of several different specials. Their food is always top notch. The beer selection is out of this world. They probably have over 50 taps, 2 casks, and one of the best bottle selections in San Diego. Every time I go, there are several beers on tap that I have never seen before: a unique twists on an old favorite, or a great vintage stashed away for a while. They frequently have special menus for holidays and beer dinner pairings. This is a phenomenal place.
11-14-2013 02:13:27 | More by pda22
4.16/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a place to drink amazing beer, and that's about it. The food is always so-so. Sort of middle-of-the-road bar food. The beer list, however, is incredible. I've had some great rare offerings from Russian River and Hair of the Dog, just to name a few, but there are always a ton of options. This place also frequently hosts some great beer-themed dinners and is generally a welcoming place to visit.
10-10-2013 17:39:35 | More by dwagner003
4.59/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere is great for a pub of that size. They have reasonable inside seating, outside seating with a fire pit, and it is a kid friendly place. The beer selection is great, 50 beers on tap, two on cask at all times, and a healthy bottle list. The staff are knowledgeable and enjoy their jobs and it makes for a better experience. The selection of beer is amazing, the beer nights are great, and the food is pretty damn solid, with rotating specials. They also have a vegan menu. The price is pretty reasonable to me, and I frequent Churchill's quite often.
07-07-2013 04:19:29 | More by Zbeetleman
4.26/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
After hearing so much about Churchill's, I knew it was a must hit destination on my trip to San Diego. From the outside, it's not much to look at. Once inside, it has sort of a run-down English pub, dive-ish feel to it. Nothing wrong with it, but just not really what I was expecting. The service was prompt and friendly. The bartender went digging through the cellar to find me a bottle of CFH '13 to try so I was pleased. The selection is great. Nice bottle list and an excellent draft selection. The food was just okay. The burger was kind of mediocre (seemed to be a trend during my time on the West Coast...) Not terrible though, and decently priced, but I wouldn't come here to eat unless it was with a group who really wanted to check out the beer. Overall, I'm glad I came, but it didn't quite meet the hype.
06-26-2013 17:52:41 | More by vonnegut21
4.23/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Stopped in for dinner on my trip and to see my buddy's brother who lives in the area.
Half typical bar, half restaurant, all connected obviously.
Plenty of cool beers on tap, mostly local, was hoping for a rare Finest Hour Sighting, but I wasn't so lucky. Had some Societe and Rip Current beers with dinner. Obviously amazing.
Food was pretty good, a little on the expensive side. Service was decent enough, nothing worth while to say good or bad.
06-20-2013 22:21:43 | More by claspada
4.81/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Doesn't look like much from the outside, almost displeasing to someone who doesn't know any better because of the reputation, but the inside is your typical pseudo-English pub in America. Highly clad with antiqued wood, a little dark and smaller than one would imagine for having such a large beer selection. But the people who work there make the place great and everyone there is always in a good mood. Not a lot of fraternity boys/college scene ordering shots of jager, etc. but most people are there to hang out, enjoy some pints and have a good time.
Q - Always have a hard time with this category...quality of the building, quality of the ownership, quality of the experience, quality of what? If it's a combination of all the aforementioned, then the place usually has me leaving with a good experience. No establishment is perfect, once I stopped getting jabbed in the head by pool cues while trying to eat dinner it was much better, but now just avoid sitting next to the billiards at night or you'll feel like you're in a constant wooden stick sword fight.
S - Can't speak highly enough about the staff. I'm always greeted by at least 1 person as soon as I walk in and the bartenders are quick to ask for your drink order if you're in the bar. If eating dinner the staff is very knowledgeable about the menu AND the beer and always make sure that you have everything you need without being intrusive. The bartenders aren't you're typical "I'm cooler than you because I can pour beer in a glass from a tap" but can constantly be found having social conversation/joking with bar-folk while getting their job done at the same time.
S - As most know, the beer list is what puts this place on the map. Something like 51 taps and 2 casks going at all times and constantly rotating. There are usually several high quality IPA/IIPA on tap including The Pupil or Pliny. Everything from BA stouts, sours, flanders reds, local beers, etc. What truly makes it great is the exclusivity Churchill's shares with few other establishments in San Diego and they get access to rare kegs, casks or beers made specifically for the pub. But like most people say...where are the Alpine beers??
F - Typical pub food menu items, although excellently executed, don't walk in hoping to get some small plate/gourmet, white table cloth type entrees. The chef is a master of his craft (often wonder how they keep him around) but I'm glad they do. Every now and then they'll do a special/ticketed/limited dinner with a brewery and prepare a special menu to compliment said brewery's beer, they are fantastic. There's a few "vegan" menu options (it's my knowledge that they use the same fryers/oil/pots/pans for the vegan items as the regular entrees) but a beer bar/pub with "vegan" food is kind of an oxymoron IMO.
V - Overall I very much enjoy going to Churchill's. I appreciate the low volume of people at the bar compared to other establishments around San Diego county, rarely have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with bros to get a beer. I always enjoy myself and love sharing stories, catching up with friends in a relaxing atmosphere where I never feel pressured or rushed while inside. I'm treated how I would treat others and feel very welcome at Churchill's....now get more kegs of Churchill X ASAP.
06-11-2013 15:53:09 | More by VaTechHopHead
4.64/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
A: Typical English pub. The pool table was a bit too close to the tables, so we often has a poolstick in our grills. Parking lot is a bit tiny, but I took my dad and he has a handicapped plate.
Q: The quality of their drafts was amazing. Great barrel-aged items, some good locals, etc.
S: Not bad. Took them about 10 mins to get to our table, but after that, it was great
Sel: Lots of great stuff on tap. Tons of bottles to choose from
F: Good pub food. Had the fish and chips. My dad had the Prime Rib Sandwich. Good quality.
V: Not too shabby, especially for the drafts they offer.
05-02-2013 17:13:34 | More by dvmin98
4.15/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located in San Marcos amidst lots of good breweries, this place is a natural fit for the clientele that make the area the best beer city in the world. The usual stuffy English bar layout, lots of wood, I think when you enter, its bar to the left, dining area to the right, patio area even further to the right.
I really like the ambience on the patio, there's some fire pits, very nice, where I'm from there'd be some BMC douches getting wasted and falling into the fire pit, suing the establishment and voila!, no more fire pits, but thankfully, this place doesn't seem to enable such people, so instead, we just had a nice cozy night by the fire with pleasant people around us. Its true, good people do drink good beer.
Quality of the beers was awesome, almost everything I drink there are things I've never had before. And most of those turn out to be pretty damn good too. Drank a lot of Societe and Iron Fist taps while we were there. Disappointed by the lack of Alpine, also disappointed that they never, NEVER have Churchills Finest Hour bottles available when I'm there, despite some BA's claiming they always have it, its been my exact opposite experience. Who knows, maybe I'm not local or cool enough to get a bottle, or maybe the waitress I get is always the clueless one, because the last one I had acted like she didn't even know what I was talking about, then when I informed her a little more, she kind of guessed that it was only available one day a year. Who knows, disappointing in the end, regardless of the reason.
Did enjoy a Cascade Figaro out of the bottle. $40 for something I couldn't order online, that was $25 I believe before shipping, seemed like a good deal. Was quite enjoyable. Food was decent, typical pub stuff, I think we had some irish nachos or something, was like potato skins with bacon and cheese on it. They offer smaller pours, but really kill you on the price per oz when you do it that way.
Really hate the slanted driveway out front, I only had about a gallon of gas in my truck, and because of the incline, I had to walk to a gas station, buy a gas can, fill up the truck. Nobody from the bar, not even the doorman who watched the entire time, offered any help. Not a big deal, but damn, last time I park in that spot again, we missed our reservation at Stone because of it!
In the end, I can see how Churchills could be a big favorite, especially if you have access to their unique offerings.
12-27-2012 18:04:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.9/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The look of the pub is fairly ordinary, which several televisions displaying sports games, random pictures on the wall, presenting a very casual atmosphere the belies how very great the food and beer is.
The tap list is exceptional. I spied five different vintage beers, and there are enough fresh IPAs to make any hop-head feel in heaven. There's also an extensive whiskey list if that is your fancy.
Service was great. We scored free desert because a friend on mine spilled ketchup on her pants. Service was always prompt despite being very busy.
The food is also exceptional. A simple item like Grilled Cheese is made delicately with gourmet ingredients. There's a good mix of items around ten dollars, and more expensive choices.
09-18-2012 16:06:10 | More by fox227
Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA
97 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.