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BEER AVG
3.98/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 294-7899 | map
stonebrewing.com

Notes:
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens website & hours:

http://www.stoneworldbistro.com

Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Kitchen closes every night at 10:00 pm

For Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co. beers:

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/43153/

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Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
928
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
5.13%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of sunsjammer
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've been looking forward to coming here since they open. My wife and I had the Cerviche appetizer and ordered the Duck Tacos and Xian Lamb for dinner. Both dishes were very good. And, of course, the beer was awesome. Had the 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial and a Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. Worth the wait!

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

All things considered, this is the strangest brewery we've been to, and we've been to Rogue. There is virtually no signage on exterior of building, like they don't want you to know about their secret garden built of its exotic plants and hand-constructed stone arch bridges hidden within. You enter and there is large dark room with a massive stone in the middle of the floor - clever and conceited. Behind it sits a sprawling merchandise store, complete with growler station and bottles to go.

With reservations we were seated for Friday lunch outside, and waited for a long while before we were greeted. Service was decent and quick enough after the initial lull. Oddly enough, there were only 18 Stone beers on tap, and 90% of them are distributed back home in MN in some form. They have a grand selection of guest taps and bottles though!

Food was the best part, hands down. Unbelievable, globally inspired cuisine. After paying we grabbed more brews from the slick outside bar and walked around the gardens. Very pretty, with astro turf, man-made water features and the aforementioned bridge missing chunks of stone here and there. And like the food here, the gardens were obviously inspired by faraway exotic places like China and Disneyland.

The inside is gorgeous and the merch store is fantastic, but with the small Stone beer selection, hidden signage, poor service and eccentric garden, I have no doubt that we'll never be back here again.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Having recently moved to Los Angeles, I knew it wouldn't be long before I visited Stone down in Escondido. Although a different experience than I had anticipated, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loads of merch to choose from at the store; anything from T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats, to limited and wide-release batch beers, hot sauces, cookbooks, beer soap, and more! The tour itself was fairly uneventful however very informative. For the amount of beer that they brew, Stone has an incredible amount of brew kettles in a comparatively small space. So, while there wasn't a ton of space to walk through, the guide was very informative, funny, and made it worthwhile. In addition to this, for $3.00 (which all goes to charity), you get the tour ticket as well as a 4-beer flight (of 4oz pours). Definitely worth the trip, unfortunately didn't have time to visit the Bistro, but I will definitely be returning!

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Wow, what a great place for food and beer! The selection of on-tap Stone beers is a bit limited and disappointing, given the breadth of their offerings, but there’s a long list of world class beers available in bottles in case they are needed. Innovative gourmet food menu. Multi-faceted environments. Friendly service. Excellent venue. Go if you can.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Wasn't what I was expecting. Not your typical local brewery. Felt like I was in Temecula wine tasting. Nice place nonetheless. Had a Mikkeller on tap and citrusy wit. Good service and decent vibe, if it's your crowd.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The place itself is one of the most beautiful breweries you can go to. Big open hanger doors, even bigger garden with water features, picnic areas, the whole shebang. Gets extremely crowded and difficult to move through the restaurant, and takes some time to order or receive food or drinks occasionally. Nice company store and tasting room. Parking can be miserable too, unless you go valet. Every beer lover should visit this place at least once if possible though. Cheers!

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Photo of colts9016
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

My trip here was fun, interesting, and too short. I finally found the the brewery, after google sent me to the packaging plant. BTW the Brewery/ Bar is next door. Guess the founder does not care for signs, at least that is what was told to us on the brewery tour. The brewery tour was informative and not much to see. Got to sample 4 beers afterwards, a nice plus, if you ask me. I took a flight at the bar and tried some offering that I cannot get at a local store. I order some food. Now the reason for the lower score on the food is the price point to just a tad high for the quantity of food. I do realize I was in North San Diego and everything is high. But a couple bucks cheaper would have made more sense, at least to me. (I work in and around the food industry and have for almost 20 years). I felt what I got was between an appetizer and entree. The food was good and inventive. The server put crime and punishment hot sauce on the counter, that did add a nice accompaniment to meal. Overall my experience was positive. I will go back, may not for something to eat, but the beer, for sure.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

In an industry full of complete characters, Stone Brewing may well be the most complete and the most full.

My opinion was proven upon visiting their Escondido location (the one on San Diego Bay had not opened, nor, of course, the slow-food gastro-pub in Marienpark Berlin due this summer.) I visited on a Saturday night, so the place was jam-packed and the brewhouse closed. (So how did I get a table and a plant tour? I was the guest of their San Diego distributor, cousin to my wife... she knows the rich and powerful.)

This is an amazing facility; nestled into a suburban rolling hill industrial park, you somehow felt like you were in a beer amusement park; complete with falling water, restaurants and retail stores (no ponies for the kids.) The Vibe and excitement and enjoyment was like no bar I've ever been. Because most everything was on tap, I had a flight of five. Because I had a slight cold, I drank it all myself and didn't drive.

For a brewery whose most outrageous product line was led by an Arrogant Bastard (so ornery that it had to be spun off as a separate corporation), the restaurant's service was relatively good. The menu had strains of the slow-food movement, but burgers were the main fare.

I am amazed on Stone's entrepreneurial flare and passion for its product.
I hope their gastro-pub is open in Berlin when I visit there this coming July.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We just visited their place in Escondido a couple weeks ago and, overall, it was a very good experience. Loved the architecture of the building and the design of the gardens. Obviously superb brews and the food was very good too. Service was decent, but not outstanding. I would have given the Vibe a 4.75 or 5, except for the 2 areas of old vomit we encountered in the gardens...one of which was on a rock which my wife accidently leaned against. Yeah...not cool.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is amazing. I'm not a huge fan of Stone's beers, don't hate them just think they are good to try and move on. But I was encouraged to stop here and thank god I did. It's a bit of a hike out of the city, but totally worth it. The beer garden was amazing. Lots of chairs around the grounds to chill out in, some artificial turf to lay on and have a beer. A nice pond throughout with fish, frogs and turtles. Was there on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed but still awesome. Went back on a Sunday night and it was cool with the fireplaces going and the lights on. Also, their experimental Mocha IPA was the best beer I had in San Diego (and I hit Alesmith, Toolbox, Modern Times, Port, Lost Abby, Ballast Point & Alpine).

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Photo of dsshuck
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Got there when they opened @ 11 am but there is no signage to tell you that you are in the right place. Once inside they have a nice bar and eating area where they serve excellent food to go with some excellent beer. There is also a deck area where you can eat outside. Beyond the outside eating area is a garden area. After an excellent meal and beers we spent time in the garden by the small waterfall and took in some sun while waiting for the 2 pm instead of rushing into the 12pm tour. The tour costs $5 and runs 12,2,4,6pm. We enjoyed seeing and hearing about how Stone operates and has evolved. At the the end was a sampling of four beers: Stone to go, Pale Ale 2.0, Cali-Belgique, and Smoked Porter. We got to keep the sample glass. Worth the effort to get there.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Finally was able to visit during a trip to California and it was totally worth the wait. Its easy to find but there was no giant sign outside like I expected. Showed up for a lunch before a 2pm tour and it was a great decision.

I was able to sit outside and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. Nice stone tables through the eating area with a bar area off to the side. Nice and peaceful outside with a good mix of customers and great customer service.

The food was really good, check out the Crime and Punishment preztels

The bar area is nice with a lot of "other" beers on tap besides there own which is nice to see. They had a few special beers on brewed by the staff and since it was Monday they were all available. All of their beers were spot on. The GoTo IPA was obviously the freshest I have had and was simply off the charts.

The Tour was good, the guide talked about the process and showed us 2 areas of the main building. They bashed Ballast Point a little bit for being sellouts and answered a lot of questions. The tour ended with 4-5 tasters and was definitely worth the time.

I highly recommend visiting Stone Brewery and Gardens, check out everything you can there. Besides there beers being amazing the place is great. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is one of those holy grails, mecca spots.. Chico. This place. FW Invitational. Yeah, that pedigree. Some beer hipsters don't like Stone, but its more about their marketing than the substance of the beer from where I sit.

Great taplist, great guest taps, great bottle list, great guest bottles. Amazing place, the pond, the backyard if you will, everything. Gift shop has some cheesy shit in it for sure. Really popular on the weekends.

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Photo of ddugan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I have visited the brewery 10-15 over the past few years. Beautiful grounds. Must take the brewery tour to get a peek inside of the operation and taste Stone's staple brews after the tour. You can sit at the bar inside the restaurant and enjoy your choice of beer from Stone as well as countless other local and national breweries. Restaurant has awesome food. You can sit outside in the garden or take your beer with you and wander the grounds. Full company store with t-shirts, glassware, hats, books, etc. Fridges with bottles to go and growler fills at the store's bar.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Another top spot from my SD visit. Amazing grounds, good staff, awesome beers on tap (theirs and others) and fantastic food. It was so good I had to visit a second time. Could have spent the whole day there lounging around the grounds.

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Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Not very noticeable from the outside, but the inside it nicely decorated and thought through. Sweet outside area as well as a cozy inside place giving a good view into the actual brewery.

Tried about 6 different stone beer samples which were all delicious. The selection of Stone beer is not that great to be honest, but the overall selection is good including a lot of good beer from a lot of other breweries. However when being at Stone I'd prefer seeing mostly just a good Stone beer selection over a good selection of other beer. Didn't try the food but what bypassed us looked OK.

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Photo of ArmOnFire
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No sign anywhere....only reason I knew I was at the right place was the large party bus that had "Stone or Bust" written on the side.

Did the tour, it was informative, but felt like it was missing something compared to other brewery tours, could have been that it was a busy Sunday, they sell out a few hours in advance. Got a taster glass and about 5 or 6 pours....worth the $3.

Beer - It's Stone, I don't need to say more....I was surprised by the selection of non-Stone brews that they had. Amazing selection, they need to make a hotel across the street (rumor I heard was in planning).

Food - Excellent, very broad range, picky eaters beware, you will either starve or expand your horizons.

Atmosphere - Awesome

It was an experience.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.64/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped at Stone Tasting room near the stadium. Small quaint place. Servers were freindly. Small selection of Stone beers. Had several tasters, all of which were pretty good. Wasn't there during anything exciting on tap.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Everything about this place is awesome. The only disappointing thing is the beer selection. It's good, but dominated by Stone's regular year round rotation.

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Photo of Richard-Scott
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

You've got to go. Sit in the Adirondacks, eat a sampler and taste some of the best beers in all of California. I won't miss a chance every time I'm in SoCal.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A MUST visit if in the SD/Escondido area! This is a five-star establishment, one certainly for those "worthy"!! IMHO, try the humus and the yakisoba, paired w/ a nice IPA and you will not be disappointed! I cannot WAIT for the Richmond location to materialize....closer to the ol' homestead!!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stone is the biggest brewery/restaurant I have been to thus far. Huge parking lot, huge space, but it is still quite crowded most of the time. Expect to wait for pretty much everything. They have a solid list of taps and bottles with the occasional rare treat. Service has always been good.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -39.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Frequently crowded, Stone can be a tough spot to find a table at. Selection is almost always above average (and quality - at least in terms of beers from other breweries), but the quality of the brewery's own draft beers is often lacking - especially relative to the price.

Service has never been stellar during my many visits here. Expect long lines to order beers, surprisingly unknowledgeable waitstaff (most of whom seem to be blindly devoted to Stone's offerings - or just brainwashed by the company culture), and the occasional odd issue with general customer service or even basic human courtesy (I saw someone with a legitimate driver's license clearly showing their well-past 21 birthdate get rejected when trying to order a beer because the license happened to be expired by less than a month; it's not like Stone would have been fined or anything had they been caught as nothing illegal would have transpired). I imagine they employ a paranoid GM who trains the staff this way, replete with suspect poppycock antidotes about California's governmental regulators "cracking down" on alcohol-serving establishments. I guess they really did commit to the whole "Arrogant Bastard" image - and not in the tongue-in-cheek way they might have us believe...

The pricing is quite high by San Diego craft beer standards; compare to Lost Abbey <20 minutes away. Food is quite pricey as well, but I've heard it's good.

The vibe is a bit sterile and impersonal. Stadium-esque parking can barely accomodate the demand. The crowd is mostly casual beer drinkers and tourists who have heard of Stone - or think it's hip because they saw Stone's fantastic marketing via an Arrogant Bastard bottle at Trader Joe's. But (of course) there are plenty of hardcore craft beer fans, and I'm always glad to stumble upon Stone's promotion of homebrewers at their many events - provided I can find a table.

All things considered, Stone World Bistro & Gardens is more for casual "I like hoppy beers" and "Oh, this is good! What's in this?" type drinkers than discerning enthusiasts, but it's worth stopping in on the way to breweries like Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, or even Alpine if you fancy a San Diego beer trip. I'm sure I'll end up back at Stone for a pint or two, if only to avail of their guest beer selection.

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Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stone's mothership lived up to the hype! Really cool place. Tour with Haley was definitely worthwhile, and Cherry was the best waitress I've ever had! Food was a little too "foodie" for my taste, but there was more than enough to choose from. Picked up a bottle of Enjoy After - which I hadn't seen on the east coast at all.

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Photo of ARoman
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

*Based on notes from 02/2014*
Although it’s tucked away in an industrial park (a common theme for these San Diego breweries), they’ve really done a great job making this place their own. Very large selection of beer, both their own and others, with high quality, tasty food, and a really unique feel - kinda industrial sterilized, yet outdoorsy and natural (gee, kinda like stones?). Also a nice tap room and gift shop attached.

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