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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5010 Mission Center Rd
San Diego, California, 92108-3211
United States

(619) 688-1120 | map

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Photo of PuckLSHS
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I have been to this Gordon Biersch a couple of times due to its locaiton. After hanging out in the Hillcrest this is a pretty nice alternative to heading downtown and dealing with traffic.

The place is rather big and appeals to the masses. Basically, even if you aren't a beer drinker, you would be fine to be at Gordon Biersch because it doesn't have the same brewpub/beer bar feeling to it. It seems like more of an upscale restaurant at times...depending on where you are sitting.

The food is rather nice and I would suggest a sandwich with one of their brews. Nothing really stood out, but all tasted good. Nothing to complain about but nothing to rave about. The service is good too. Our server was nice, but the place was not really that busy as we hit it up after the lunch rush. Eh, I just left feeling satisfied that I got to go to a brewpub, but I still felt like I was missing out on that really good pint.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of EdrickCS
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of BigAl18
3.16/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of demon
4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Kalenm
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of sharkboy
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MickeyHops
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.38/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here after the Giants vs. Chargers game in early December. I needed a good bock to get me over the horrible NYG loss!

Great atmosphere with bar and formal seating areas separated but open. Stone everywhere, great sports bar and TVs, perfect lighting.

Good service, awesome food and Winter Bock. I even got the dimpled mug to bring home.

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Photo of heffIPAlover
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised at my visit here yesterday! I'd had other experiences with this change that were all average at best and so I was predisposed in that direction. Indeed at first it seemed as thought that was the case again. The spiral ductwork, high quasi-industrial ceilings, stainless steel brewery out on display, large spaces. We had a table in one of the several dining areas with ours being across an aisle from the kitchen so we could watch the cooking and enjoy the aromas. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable, & helpful. Floor was carpeted, tables were nicely done in wood. There were several TVs on tuned to sports but not too loud. Nice background buzz. Good vibe. The two beers that I had: the Oktoberfest and the Schwartzbier were outstanding. They also had a full service bar and a heated patio. I will be looking forward to returning here someday when the opportunity arises. Great place!

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Photo of gthornton
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

I have visited this restaurant/"brewery" several times, and although I have never absolutely hated it (mostly because of the company at my table), I have never enjoyed myself because of GB itself.

Its tough, because for the location, I cannot think of a well-rounded alternative nearby, especially if you are just visiting this fine city of ours.

If you can convince whoever you're with that a jaunt up the 163-N past BG and into San Marcos for Stone is much worth the 20 minute drive. OR, stay on the 8 and head east... Alpine is about to open a pub next door to their amazing brewery very soon... or at least that what they told us on our last visit about one week ago. Or you can visit Karl Strauss in downtown...

OK Back to my review of GB. First of all, I am not impressed by any of their beer selections. I find that they offer beer that is at BEST an intro into something other that Bud/Coors... but that is pushing it. - The Blond Bock and the Marzen are their stand out beers, and those pale in comparison to the about 550 beers that I would thirst for before eventually ending up at a GB brew.

The atmosphere, like the beer is generic, and though the food is tasty, it is not much more unique than the Chevy's or the Hooters that you will find nearby.

Service has always been great... fun, lively staff. Sometimes they have live music on the patio which is nice.

In conclusion... want to go to GB? WAIT! There is a Bevmo in the same parking lot, as well as a Borders... and a Chevy's (corporate mexican food), go by a good 6 pack or some local craft brew 22oz'rs at BevMo, a book, and some take-out and go for a picnic at one of San Diego's many beautiful sites... and avoid the disappointment of tasting the 4-5 beers at GB and not being impressed.

Stone is nice enough to provide a selection from many surrounding and far off breweries... hmmm maybe because to them it is actually about the beer... NOT so at Gordon Biersch.

BTW: If you have see the Kirkland Brand Beer at Costco lately, it is actually made by the brewers of GB... so you can try em out that way.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in the Mission Valley West shopping center, it sat right on the corner of Mission Center Road with an outdoor patio running along Camino del Rio North and the brewhouse and four FVs behind a glassed-in front. The entry was on the parking lot side, with complimentary valet service available (!). Entering, the m.d.s. was immediately left with a glass case of logo items. To the right was a glass display case for steins through the years. Continuing directly aft, the restaurant area was center of the space with the kitchen along the left wall. By turning right at the stein display, there was a banquet room along the wall facing the parking lot. The red, marble-topped 5/8 octagon-shaped bar with roll-up glass garage doors was part of the back bar fronted the patio area left. A little known fact (at least for me) - GB offers a Sunday brunch! I was glad for it as I had just barely had coffee and was not looking forward to a full meal after the previous evening.

Beers: The standard line-up of Golden Export; Hefeweizen; Marzen; Schwartzbier; Blonde Bock.

Seasonal: Sommergold (Kolsch).

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Photo of magictrokini
3.05/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Cool setting in the middle of Mission Valley. High-end bar that caters to the young professional happy hour crowd. Staff is very freindly. Food is weak, except their garlic fries are good. Cutting to the chase, I don't like Gordon Biersch's beer. Its sour, weak, or just foul, and tastes like a macro masquerading as a micro. Its a telling statement when you see their staff hitting the Bevmo next door to grab beer. On top of all of this, their prices are unrealistic. The fries were $10 and the beer was $7-8. Sorry.

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Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

They have large main room with a decent sized outside terrace. Great high ceilings with exposed beams and ductwork. The brewing area is on display.

They have a couple of private rooms for groups.

The bar itself is well laid out. It would be a great place to watch a game as they have a ton of plasma TVs.

Really lame music... parking can be a bit of a challenge.

Good crowds and friendly service. Our waitress could talk about beers in at least more than a superficial way.

The food was better than average with some really nice options.

The beer was typical GB. Small selection of standards and a rotating seasonal. Unfortunately, the seasonal had just run out before I arrived.

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Photo of likestoswallow
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I have been visiting this restaurant on and off for about five years now. It is a quite enjoyable yuppie place with plenty of fresh beers, but what makes this place like-able is its food. It seems every-time I go here the menu is different so I am loath to recommend any one particular dish, but in the past I have had Cajun, Italian, and Oriental dishes that were all excellent. As for the beer; there is always a seasonal that is good, and their hefe is clean with a big banana flavor. Most of their other beer offerings are designed to appeal to the macro loving masses, so, while quite drinkable, they are not of exceptional craft quality.

Service is above average.

The one thing that I find annoying is the mandatory valet parking. I can park my own damn car thank you.

Overall: Recommended

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went to Gordon Bierch for lunch yesterday. The atmosphere is really nice, looks like an upscale place. I felt a little out of place strolling through in t-shirt, shorts and hippi-flops while the crowd seems like a bunch of yuppies on a power lunch. Oh well it's all about the beer right? My server was very nice, knowledgable, most of the help is easy on the eyes. I started off with a couple tasters, the Marzen and the Oktoberfest, was feeling brave so I ordered the gigantor 32 oz. Oktoberfest, it ran me about $9.00. My friend ordered the Hefe (very good) The food was excellent I ordered a pepperoni pizza and chicken skewers. I had couple more tasters of the the black beer and the blonde bock. The bill was a bit steap for a brewpub but being a fan of German tyle beers I'll probably go back for a couple pints. Or buckets.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

This place struck me as a stuck up establishment at first glance. They have valet parking. It just seemed to be a little snobish. But after going there a few times, I decided I was mistaken. The beer selection is a little lacking. They have no daring brews or exceptional beers. Just decent ones. The Maibock was alright. The food selection is good, and every thing I have ever had there tasted great. I think the food is the best thing about this place. The staff is not rude, but they also are not overly friendly. Their knowledge on beer might be just a little lacking. I will come back because the food is great, but I wont expect much from the beer. If you are looking for good beer, go somewhere else, but if you want decent beer and great food, this is the place.

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Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place was great! I like most of the Gordon Biersch brews that I have had and to find a place that has all of them on tap was a treat. I had their Doppelbock and their winter seasonal on tap and they were both outstanding. We were greated by a very good hostess and our server was very prompt with our beers and our food. I had their Marzen barbeque burger and it was excelent. Ac couple of my friends had it too, as well as the fish and chips and all commented on how good it was. This place had pretty good atmosphere as well, with lots of tv's and good decor. This is a definantly a cool place to chill with the guys and have some good brews and good food.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Big huge box with valet parking and a full waiting room made me want to turn and run. But I gave it a shot anyway and came away with a sense of why I like small, intimate beer bars. This place is way too trendy and upscale for the average beer guy just wanting a brew.

It's a nice, well appointed place with drink rails above the urinals. Do you take your drinks to the urinals? Me neither. Still I guess the thought is nice and would be handy.

Way too crowded and the music was cranked a bit too high. The average lot of GB beers served at premium prices. I'm sure the food is good, but I didn't wait to try it. I headed out for Pizza Port.

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Photo of ottobon100
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I had the opportunity to visit San Diego last week (April 6-12, '03) and always check out the brew pubs or those serving microbrews. I tried this places samplers first. They give you about a half-inch per glass and I had six samples free of charge. Among them were a Blonde Bock and a Marzen which were the best of the six but they all tasted watered down. I ordered a Marzen with dinner and it was awful. Again, watery. I won't go back for the beer next visit to San Diego. Food was pretty good though.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 3,518 ratings
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