Stone Brewing


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 294-7899 | map

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens website & hours:

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

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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 Wobbly
3/5  rDev -33%

Quite possibly the most overrated brewery in the country, Stone offers good to very good beers. If not for our national (and blind) obsession with IPA's and DIPA's, I doubt so many people would think so highly of this brewery. I must admit that their interpretations of barley wine are quite good, though.

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Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Stone World Bistro is dead to me now.

$3.00 valet parking? Really? Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" as reinterpreted by some easy-listening flamenco guitarist wafting over the loudspeakers?

Stone went from being the underdog with attitude back in the day (small brewery, awesome anniversary festivals, underdog attitude) to being... well, arrogant bastards.

Their anniversary festivals are now very produced affairs and have an extra VIP component that requires you to pay double to get access to rare beers. If you don't pay extra, you get common variety beers from the participating breweries. But it's for charity, so if you don't like it, you're a bad person. And too poor, apparently. I remember the festivals back before new brewery, the ones with only one session, an embarrassment of rare beer riches and plenty of places to sit, eat and drink.

Just this last weekend, they released an undisclosed amount of 2006 Double Bastard bottles with no warning about the mobs that they must have known would show up and snap up every available bottle in the first 15 minutes of the event. Dare to show up 30 minutes after the start of selling and there is not a single bottle left. Hell, the crowd had even dispersed, like it never happened. Wasted a trip down from Los Angeles? Too bad. You should have known, chump.

And now they're publishing books about how awesome they are.

Their beer is great, but I think I'm about done with these people. There's plenty more craft beer out there of equal quality without the headaches.

And now more detail specifically about the Bistro...

I have visited the Stone World Bistro and Gardens at least a dozen times since they have opened.

The food concept features sustainable, organic and local foods. Great concept, except the food is not very happening on a flavor level. I have had almost every entree throughout the last three years or so and have found the very best to be only so-so. For what this restaurant charges for its food, there ought to be a world-class chef curating the menu.

The service is sadly lacking, as in slow and inaccurate. This has not changed over the years. This extends even to the hostess, who wanted to deny seating for my party because only five of the eight had arrived. After using a little logic with her, they said the manager decided to let us be seated. Good move, as we ordered lots of food and beer between the five of us before the rest of the party arrived, who ordered almost nothing.

The ambiance of the physical space is fine: architecturally impressive, beautifully executed and manicured. I love it.

The beer selection: awesome. All Stone beers, plentiful guest taps and, during special events like the annual Winter Storms, rarities from the cellar. This leads us to the problem areas...

Overall, I have to say I am as disappointed with the way the Bistro and even the company is run as I am impressed with the concept (not execution) and physical place itself.

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Photo of abaer123
3.11/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Oh, Stone. Why so arrogant? Oh, well. It is just your nature I suppose.

The first couple times I went to Stone I was impressed by their selection and by the tour that they hosted. Then things quickly changed. The beers that they offered were not as special as they could be. The atmosphere is stunning with the decoration they put into the place, but they seem to have fallen off of their core capability - producing "craft beer."

The last couple of offerings I have had have not impressed me. The flagship is not bad, but because it has been around for a while, it has become less exciting.

Staff is not so friendly, really becoming a place to feel like you are getting the shaft.

Please change this Stone. Deep down I believe in you.

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Photo of cletusdog
3.15/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Beautiful place and great beer. The food was billed as bistro cuisine. Other than the salad, it was actually gross. I'm easy to please. I like everything from 5 star to dives, but this was just bad food. I tried everyone's stuff in my party and it was across the board. Service and time it took to get anything (it wasn't packed by any means when we were there) was just as bad. There shouldn't have been a way to ruin this beautiful place, but they managed to do it.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.2/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This place is both amazing and disappointing at the same time, or so my first experience was anyway. First off, there are no signs to let you know where it is, odd given that Stone is such a big brand, so you have to just follow the directions, ok whatever that's cool you don't want just ANYONE finding the place except for the truly driven. You begin by walking into a large retail store and growler filling station. Lots of glassware, clothing, etc to buy. Pretty fun to check it out. The restaurant is truly top notch facility with excellent decorating. We sat down at the bar after we were told that there was a wait, even though there were large sections of the restaurant empty, I can only assume they were understaffed. We sat at the bar and ordered an Alesmith Speedway stout. The bartender had to change the keg and he disappeared...and only re-appeared after about 15 minutes! In the meantime the other bartender noticed we were sitting there looking around and hooked us up with menus and our beers. The food was pricey but I figured we may get a lot so I wasn't upset until the food came. I ordered the BBQ sandwich and it was no bigger and came with nothing special that would warrant the price. After lunch we walked outside to see the set up out there and it was awesome! Overall, I would go to see the building, shop, and sit outside but I would avoid eating here and my experience with the staff was only mediocre.

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Photo of stoad
3.55/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Great looking place. Nicely organized draft selection - the majority of them seem to be beers that Stone distributes - but they have a pretty good book, so that's not necessarily a bad thing. Pricing on the beer is at the high end, but there is a pretty big mortgage to cover. Their attempts at an eclectic bistro food offering has been disappointing across several visits, and the food costs are pretty high for what you get. They do put on some nice special tastings from time-to-time like verticals of their epic, anniversary, IRS and OG. Their festivals always offer a good time & a good value, are very well organized & always improving.

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3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Man... I find it difficult speaking ill of Stone, but the last few experiences pushed me over the edge.

Staff- I get the whole "arrogant bastard" marketing vibe of Stone, but arrogant, snobby 18 year old hostesses, waiters, and waitresses is enough for me to not drive the extra 20 miles, and stop short at Pizza Port where I'll spend half the money for double the food and drink.

Food- You get a little food, for a lot of money. Some dishes are better than others, the buffalo burger is great, tempeh shepherd's pie was delicious, but most of the entrees fall flat, and the portions are tiny. Not worth the money, and certainly not worth the drive.

Beer- This is the only reason I would ever stop here again. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Stone fan, this isn't a critique of the brand, but the bistro. They have a huge bottle offering, great tap selection, and they often tap aged, and variations of their beers. You cant beat this beer selection

Did I mention how obnoxious the hostesses are?

The facility is gorgeous, they've got a great tour, and the garden is beautiful. I would encourage every Stone fan to make their pilgrimage and pay their respects to the gods, but I personally don't see myself making a 40 mile drive to Escondido anytime soon.

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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 bkanderson3
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I just returned from an unforgettable trip to the San Diego area. Several friends and I went on a 5 day beer tour of San Diego County. Our first stop was Stone which I was looking forward to for months. It is a bit hard to find but when you drive up, it looks amazing. Walking in it's truly a beautiful site. You can sit in the bar and look at the brewery through the glass. The atmosphere is A+. The tap selection was large but some of Stone's truly arrogant beer was not available. The wait staff was somewhat knowledgeable but as a brewer not as knowledgeable as I hoped when visiting a brewery. The food was disappointing for the prices. We were waiting on an appetizer and missed the start of the brewery tour. We asked if we could join 5 minutes late and explained it was due to waiting for the appetizer but was denied. We saw some beers being offered at the tasting room that were not offered in the bar. We requested some samples but were told no. The beer was only for take out. We indicated, we don't have a fridge or a place to keep a growler but we were ignored. I love Stone's beer thus the reason for driving through 2 hours of traffic to get there but I don't think I will go back. I felt I was a burden instead of a child in a candy store which is the feeling I'm used to feeling when attending breweries as a brewer and beer lover. We also visited, Alesmith, Port Brewing, Carlsbad and Solana Beach Pizza Ports, Green Flash, San Diego Brewing, Coronado, Ballast Point, Liars Club, O'Briens and the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival.

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Photo of spazaru
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I have been to Stone World Bistro several times and finally decided to review it.

I am a HUGE fan of Stone beers but I have to say the bistro leaves me cold.

The beer prices are on the high side compared to Pizza Port and the quality is no better, if as good.

Also, the service isn't very friendly from my experience. It's fairly insincere. I am from the south so maybe it's just the California attitude, but I find other places in North County are nicer and I've lived here long enough to know the difference.

The beer selection is excellent of course, but some of the strong beers you would get for $5/pint at Pizza Port are $4.50-5 for a half pint at Stone. I'm not a cheapskate, but I don't like being ripped off either.

I haven't tried the food since I'm vegan and options are limited, which is understandable, since they have to cater to the majority.

The tour is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. Growler prices are excellent as well, as opposed to Pizza Port.

So...go for the tour and definitely get your growler filled, but once in the bistro might be enough. There are better places to drink in San Diego county, and since Stone beers are available almost everywhere in the county, the bistro seems like a grand idea that just missed.

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Photo of BigDub
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Well took the group out of the downtown area to make the 45 Minute drive to the brewery. Kind of exciting that I would actually go to the home of great beers. The building is kind of very non descript and not labeled at all, just kind of an odd looking building with a mondo parking lot. I wondered If we were there.

This is it we found after kind of blindly walking through an ivy covered tunnel. Very crowded and kind of excited upon entering the door to the spot . the initial impression of the door / lobby staff working the counter area was not too swift. kind of rude and a little bit of the "we can't be bothered & how dare you interrupt our discussion". This kind of threw me for a loop. But we area here for the beer not a 5 star restaurant experience. The gift shop is nice and full of all kinds of Stone goodies, they have a growler filling station manned by much friendlier staff. I think they could benefit from some signs that point you where you need to go for tours, just beer etc.

The grounds are nice. after we found a place to get to for ordering an appetizer the experience went a complete 180 Great staff , knowledgeable and friendly .

** Note there are limited release beers available in the growler filling station Not avail. in the restaurant area**

Food was great the beer cheese soup is really good. Stay away from the wild boar ribs ( tough, chewy )

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.68/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here on recent trip to necessary stop. It was on my friends' list of things to do in the area that they had been putting off. Atmosphere was excellent w/the gardens, pond, waterfall, trees, etc. The frogs made me feel like I was back home in the country, even though we were in the middle of a light industrial zone. We stood by the bar outside and waited for a table, and walked around the grounds and checked out the store. The quality of brews and the food were excellent. I had duck tacos, and all 4 of us were very pleased w/the fare. Tried CaliBelgique for the first time, and several others with which I was already familiar. The service was the only part that was lacking...servers were very polite, but we had to wait well past our reservation time, and only when a member of our party went to inquire about a table with a different hostess/point of contact did we actually finally get a spot. After we sat no one stopped by for about 15 minutes, and we had to go ask if anyone was planning on stopping by. The bartender was too rushed to answer any questions, although the bar was not that busy at the moment. All in all, the service did little to mar an excellent evening w/great friends, food and brews. One of the highlights of my trip. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally got down to Stone for the first time this weekend. The facility is very nice-the garden looks great, the bistro is really nice, and even with the big crowds it doesn't end up getting too crowded.

Decided not to get any food, but it did look good, although quite pricey. It's not clear to me if the taps outside are the same as inside, but the outside tap selection was lacking. None of the Stone seasonals, and the rest of the stuff was ok but nothing too amazing. And if the inside bar and outside bar have different taps, they should make this clear. Bottle list was fairly impressive. Prices were ok, 4-5 bucks for most pours, probably not a whole pint though. I had an Arrogant Bastard and an AleSmith Lil' Devil.

I found the service to be lacking. We had a few hours to kill before our tour so grabbed some drinks at the bar and went to sit down outside. Turns out we were sitting in the tables reserved for diners, although there was no way we could have possibly known since they weren't marked, and nobody told us not to sit there. Later, we were told that we couldn't get a menu to order appetizers since we hadn't gone through the waiting for a table process, and were made to feel like we were keeping other people from being seated, even though there were 10 empty tables right around us. Now, I understand there have to be rules, but tell me upfront, don't get mad after I've already been sitting for an hour.

The tour was a bit put on but informative. The advertised guided tasting of their beer didn't happen.

Only really good deal is the growlers. It's like 10 dollars for a fill and 15 for a 1 liter bottle. But again, there's nothing really special to buy. They had OG 08 and Stone 10 but everything else was just the standards you can get at the store.

Overall-I'm glad I went, but it's a bit too overdone for a brewery.
OK, so I went back again Monday to get my growler filled (failed at that, btw...the store closed earlier than I thought. Oh well). They had a few decent growler fill taps-Stone XI, DB 06 and Cali-Belgique, plus Sawer's Triple, Cali-Belgique and the Stone/JP/Nogne-O winter beer in bottles. Personally I enjoyed the atmosphere a lot more on a weekday (a bit less crowded, thus, a bit less pretentious). The beer selection was a little better as well than last time. Had the Mac n' Beer Cheese (best M&C I've ever had) and the spud buds (good idea in theory but I didn't think they were flavorful enough). Beer is a good value, even if it's 4 bucks for an 8 oz pour...nothing is more than that. Food is expensive...15 bucks even for the mac n' cheese...but it's a lot and worth the price (at least what I got). Overall, my experience was much better this I'll bump up my rating a bit.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went here for the first time to celebrate my birthday. I was kind of worried because there was going to be a group of about 15 and was worried there might not be enough space for us to all hang out. They had plenty of space down in the garden area so it worked out great.

The service was fairly poor and it took a little too long to get a beer but the atmoshpere and beer selection made up for it for sure. The appitisers we had were very tasty just a little expensive.

The tour was pretty great and at the end you get about 16oz of free beer which is awesome! I will definitely be back to have a beer or two.

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Photo of dcough
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This place is beautiful. Loved the interior and the garden and landscaping in the back is something else. I have never been to a more spectacular brewery in my life. The tap selection was good though I had hoped they would have some Stone specialty brews on tap. The food was ok, I think we just happened to get a burnt plate of union rings, since most of the other reviews love them. Service was ok. I will say that it doesn’t have a very warn feeling to it. They are getting bigger and with that the place doesn’t have the personal touch.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Of course...outstanding beers and great guest beers eg PTE...
Overall though...just a bit too much. Had a feel more like wine garden than beer garden. Maybe beer and affluence don't mix for me. Mixed staff vibe...people on tour and gift shop were fun, people serving beer in outside beer area seemed unhappy to be working and sometimes were just plain rude. Seemed to enjoy talking to each other rather than attending to... let alone speaking with customers. Thought maybe this was because I'm "old guy" beer drinker....but heard same from my 20 something daughter and son who had joined my wife and me. Funny thing is that a much larger, busier touristy place like Munich's Hofbrauhaus maintains a sense of intimacy, frivolity and joy of beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We had a really strange and disappointing experience here. We arrived on a Saturday night on the early-ish side, maybe 6:30 on a fairly quiet weekend in the area. The place was crawling with people and the hostesses said it was reservation only, which was disappointing but not surprising. We should have thought of that. But they did point us to the bar, where we were lucky enough to snag an open table. The waiter delivered us the menu and tap list and said he would be right back.

The menu looked great, if somewhat limited because the kitchen is undergoing renovation. The tap list was breathtaking, with all kind so rarities, variants, and old Vertical Epics and Anniversary offerings on tap.

I was really excited.

Then the waiter comes back and explained that, even though the printed tap list was dated that day, they were missing a few beers. Like all of the anniversaries. And all of the Vertical Epics. And all of the variants. And most of the rarities, except for some malt-bomb old and strong. Half the list gone at a stroke.

So fine. We get something to drink at least and begin to think food.

Back comes the waiter. We order. Oh, no, sorry, he explains. I can only serve you the appetizers and the items on the kids menu in the bar - no entrees, even though he had personally handed the menus with the banned items.

We ate a few competent but unexciting appetizers, drank a few brews that we could have gotten at any competent beer bar in the nation and left unsatisfied.

And by the time we left, half the dining room was empty, suggesting that maybe the reservation list was not so packed as the ladies at the door had suggested.

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Photo of tlema1
3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

L: deep orange color, big thick lacing white head
S: malty and some citrus
T: follows the nose, with pine
F: Great mouthfeel , dry finish
O: very good pale ale, I was hoping for more citrus

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Photo of ezpal2
3.79/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Visited Stone Brewing on June 3 2013. This was my first time in California and I was not going to miss out visiting Stone.

The bar/restaurant was nice. We sat out by the out door bar and the moved on to the gardon area. Garden area was a good place to sit and enjoy a few beers and talk with friends.

The beer selection was good. They had all their main beers on tap and they were delicious. Was able to have the enjoy by 07.04.2013. My favorite beer of the day was the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout. Had it in bottle back home, but was much better on tap.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Hmmm. Mixed emotions here but not what I expected and thats not good.
My Memorial Day trip to SD begun with a trip to the Zoo and then Stone. Stopped in here on a Sunday afternoon about 1PM. It was way busy for a 1PM on Sunday, much busier than I expected.

Atmosphere was more toursity than beer geekish I suppose. I was not impressed as the servers could not speak craft beer at all. The visitors were tourists checking a box it seemed. It was packed and had ranged from old to young with a mixed vibe but not a craft brew vibe. I sat a table first and then at the bar. No beer speak and no one was knowledgable and the people surrounding me were oblivious to craft beer.
Quality was really good as Stone always makes a good brew.

Service was lackluster. It took forvever to get food and drinks, they were understaffed and people were pissed at how bad the service was, calling for the manager was a standard for the patrons around me. Even at the bar is pretty bad. No one knew what a Sublimely was when I asked the style. People next to me orderd a Double Bastard and had NO IDEA what they were ordering.

They had a GREAT selection of craft bottle and guest beers on tap. I had a Lil Opa, Pure Hoppiness, and a Sublimely. The tap selection of Stone beer was standard Stone, nothing special that I could not get outside of a good bottle shop and this upset me. Nothing special? Seriously?

Food was ok. I ordered the baby back ribs and it was ok besides the small portion for a rather big price. The ribs were too spicy and killed the taste of anything else we attempted to eat or drink. Wont go back and this totally changed my opinion of Stone...not for the good either. Skip it~

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Photo of fhyer
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Allright, I know we all love Stone for the massive contribution it's brought to the craft beer industry. Additionally, the Bistro is an awesone attempt to bring world class sophistication and respect to us who love to drink beer.

But I've been here three times now, and while the gardens and beer selection are spectacular, the food and/or service have allways dissapointed.

This most recent visit (05.16.09), the service wasn't the problem, it was the food. The last time we came we didn't get a chance to try the food because it took over an hour to get to our table and we left. My fiance and I Sat at the bar for lunch. There were plenty of bartenters on hand making sure our glasses got plenty of attention. Our food came promptly; an appetizer of Beer Cheese soup, followed by the Buffalo Burger, with a side salad.

The soup was tasty, but not very comlex. I found myself comparing it to a bowl of hot Cheese Wiz. And you get exactly what you order here and nothing more; no bread or even crackers to accompany the soup. We paid extra for a side salad, and they left out the garlic mashed potatos that come with the burger.

The burger was the big dissapointment here. With cheese, it was $19.50 and both of us agreed that it was dry and actually hard to finish, the bleu cheese being way overpowering. A decent burger, but definately not worth the price-tag.

I would still recommend this place. There's nothing like ordering a world class brew and enjoying it with a walk through the diverse and beautiful vegetation that grows throughout the gardens. Or, while sitting by a stream in an adarondack chair. Just be prepared for the unexpected if you order the food.

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Photo of ProfessorX
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My friend called Stone the Disneyland of Breweries. I love this place and I try to go every time I in North County . They have about 25-30 taps including Stone Brews. The last time I came I ordered a Pliny the Elder and its was great it didn't taste bad like another bar that serves PtE and it taste awful. The bartenders are friend and willing to strike up a conversation if they aren't too busy. I have never been disappointment when I come here. I have eaten here twice the food is great, the Onion Rings were some of the best I have ever had. The Beer Mac N Cheese was awesome, when I went on 12/30/11 my whole table got the Mac N cheese. I will come back here again and I will tell everyone I know to try this place. It is a Beer Lovers Dreams!

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Photo of nathanm
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Went on 5/2/09.
Expensive food, good draft selection, awesome atmosphere, not so friendly service and cold-shoulder treatment.

Beer: I liked the fact that you can get a sampler of any of the beers on tap, and they had a pretty good selection, though some of the Stone beers I wanted to try were out.
I don't like the fact that I brought in a nice growler from a small Oregon brewery, and was denied beer, but that is a Cal. law that doesn't make much sense.

Service: Four of us went, and we all felt like we got a cold shoulder from the staff. I tried to ask a question at the tasting bar but I was ignored for 5 minutes even after making eye contact so I gave up.
Our waitress was very good, even though she seemed swamped. Other staff were short with us - we were 10 min late for the tour and were denied entry with a curt "No". Do people not like working there?

Food: Can you say expensive? We decided to only get tasters and a $4 bowl of tortilla chips. That's all they were, tortilla chips....$4...We couldn't afford anything else - like a $16 burger? Wow. We hit up Subway afterward.

Overall: I've been planning a trip to Stone for over a year and i loved the place, but unfortunately my friends and I who aren't made of money couldn't afford the food which I found way overpriced. I know Stone is trying to be an upper-echolon craft brewery, but it seems like they are pushing it a little to far - you have to be a little to cool to be welcome there. Beer-advocating isn't about making people feel dumb, and my experience at Stone made me want to return for the beer, but I would hesitate because I felt like I was a second class citizen in the way we were treated, by the people and by the prices.

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3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Location & atmosphere: Big, nondescript building from the outside. Getting there: ignore the repeated warnings on the website. Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and Mapquest do all map it correctly now. Public transportation? Ha ha ha. This is suburban north county San Diego at its finest: you must drive. Great points for a gorgeous physical environment and amazing outside options, but penalized points for being in the middle of suburban nowhere.

Quality: as many others have noted, they do have several exciting things on tap, and a very reasonably priced and relatively interesting bottle menu. (Fairly few things that you can't buy at Hi Times, Bevmo, South Bay Drugs, etc.) I agree with others who have noted that it would be really nice if they would put more of their own interesting & vintage things on tap. Overall, sure, there is great beer to be had, but it's not as amazing as it could be. Much like Stone's line of beers. Hmmm...

Service: the bartenders are usually pretty good, but the servers, while very friendly, are almost worthless and quite slow. So a very mixed bag. The hosts have basically never sat us where we asked to be seated, and again while they are very nice about moving you, it would be even nicer if they would just pay attention when you ask and they agree. There seems to be some serious lack of communication between the people who stand at the host stand, and those who actually walk you to your table.

Food: it's fairly tasty and fairly interesting, and really not that expensive for what you're getting or the county you're eating it in. No, it's not standard brewpub fare, and this is fine with me. There are plenty of brewpubs to sling the standard fare, so it's nice to get some variety.

Overall: I keep wanting it to be better. It's good, solid, interesting, and if we want good food in addition to great beer, we'll go here instead of Pizza Port (Carlsbad.) That said, it's really not worth the hassle of driving to north county, always needing to identify a DD, and even though I'm in San Diego multiple times a year with a rental car, I don't go very often.

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