Breakwater Brewing

Breakwater BrewingBreakwater Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

101 N. Coast Hwy Ste C-140
Oceanside, California, 92054
United States

(760) 433-6064 | map

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Added by DenverLogan on 07-28-2008

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the most family style, local, downtown kind of place. Patrons are a delightful mix of geezers, kids, young adults, Marines, tourists. The lady bartenders and pizza guys were fun and cheerful. It's right on the main street through town a few blocks from the beach and not far off the Interstate.

This is a corner place with a long bar and lots of tables along the window side. Small outdoor area on the south side. Ten house brews on tap plus guest taps for a total of about 23. House styles are all over the place. Guest taps were generally quite interesting. There's also a cask tap.

Food is both reasonable and generously sized. Great salad with warm fresh bacon. Big pizza place, but they also have hot paninis and toasted sandwiches as well as appetizers and happy hour specials. This is a place I'll stop instead of Pizza Port next time I'm heading to San Clemente. Prices are even more reasonable considering it's coastal California.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jcallover34
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Beachops
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of tfrog3030
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of HippieDave56
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Kylejames443
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

awesome little spot in Oceanside California. Didn't think i would bee impressed with the beer being the snob i have thought myself to be! However this is a beer i can and will drink Monday through Friday, because we all know i drink whiskey on the weekends! Service is ok depending on the bartender you get! I've had both a little to confident to were it was annoying, and also the girl you wish was your neighbor just because she has the coolest vibes and awesome beer knowledge and customer service. definitely wouldnt hesitate to ask this neighbor for sugar! i will be back!!!!!!

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Photo of d3brewing
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A nice local hangout. Good pizza and pretty good beers brewed on location. Decent guest taps as well. It's a great place to kick back, relax, hang with friends, people watch, drink a few beers, etc. And a great downtown location within walking distance from the beaches.
Ordering food is exactly like Pizza Port which is a PITA if it's busy but you get used to it.
Been coming here for years and will keep coming back.

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Photo of jer92084
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

V: greeted at the door with a smile and greeting. Place was oddly empty on a Saturday that was busy everywhere else. So this did not inspire confidence in our selection.

Q: food was very average, nothing remarkable at all about the panini, pizza and sandwich selections.

Srv: orders are made at the bar and not at the table. Even though this place was very slow, person at the bar was noticeably bothered by our presence and frustrated that we had questions about how the food was prepared and what our options/ sides were. Our party of four all felt unwelcome, like we were disturbing the staff.

sel: they had lots of their own beers, many unique local offerings (a plus) and a few outside the area yah were appreciated. I started with a Bell's offering on tap that was good. My wife and best friend had the house pilsner (worst ever ) and a rye (good). Food is just sandwiches, paninis and pizzas. Food selection - sad ; beer selection : decent

Overall: left depressed. This was generally a miss in the upsurge San Diego market.

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Photo of Lunatic_Runner
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mschantz
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Rather generic venue with decent selection of solid, if uninspired beers. Guessing they are catering to the large military presence in OS, which is understandable, but means some of the beers are geared towards less experienced palates.

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Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Steve_Gonz
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of S_Weinstein95
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of aoampm
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This spot is awesome! I've only been in once but the bartender was perfect and really friendly and helpful. Very relaxed and laid back spot, there were frat boys, old couples, and just local oceanside people, but all of them were real friendly and helped me navigate the menu. Try the raspberry mead, its fucking incredible! its not very similar to a beer except that it is carbonated but oh my lord...first sip and I audibly let out a wow for the fellow patrons to hear.

Overall it is a must stop spot if you passing thru oceanside and are looking for some good vibes and some pretty goddamn decent beer.

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Photo of GeoChase90
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of cwreay90
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Deaner1308
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Cameron_Shaffer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of abrethanson
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First stop on MYWIFE! and I's Anniversary Brew Tour. Lived in OC for almost 10 years and this is first time getting off the 5 and experiencing Oceanside. Feels like a tight knit little beach / surf town typical of San Diego with the obvious military influence.

A: Typical bar / grub /sports feel. Nice long bar with 4 TVs, sports memorabilia, and even had the arcade game next to bathrooms. Standard bar height tables scattered around. Linear space with tall windows looking onto the main street - felt airy and open. Location is in downtown Oceanside and easily accessibly from freeway and walkable to other local spots. Nothing special but descent place to grab a game, beer, and burger. We were there at 11am, but you could tell it has a "local" vibe with bartender's buddies stopping in for a beer.

Q&S: Had a couple handfuls of their own stuff on tap and a bunch of great local taps as well, including some smaller local breweries. Enjoyed a couple of their staples - Kali Kush Pale and IPA. Both were very good. Even had a cask of their IPA which was outstanding.

S: Bartender was friendly and a good chat. Homebrewer and knew his stuff even though he was not their brewer. Served us our tasters and gave us a couple "off the books."

F: Did not try - but it looked like delicious greasy bar food... I have a feeling they now their pizza since the owner worked at Pizza Port.

V: Outstanding - maybe a buck a taster with a couple freebies. The conversation about their beers and homebrewing was worth a good tip.

Overall: Definitely would like to come here again. Everything you could ask for in a local sports bar.

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Photo of NataLukas
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I almost didn't go into this establishment because the ambience was more like a pizza joint / sports bar. I'm glad I did though. I counted over 40 taps, 8 or so are Breakwater beers and the rest are a great selection of mostly local and regional beers. I had a cask IPA that was excellent. I also tried their Biere de Jour which is a blend of their Rasbiscuos mead, Honey ale and their Stout aged in a Brett oak barrel for 3 months. Very interesting! If your in Oceanside and want to try some great beers, Breakwater is a must.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Breakwater Brewery has a great selection of beers and delicious food. We have always been greeted by friendly employees who deliver great customer service. They have some great house brews and a fantastic selection of outside beers. Their pizza is delicious and unique from other local pizza places. I definitely recommend trying their Raspberry Hibiscus Mead. A cool note is that the head brewer also owns the local home brew supply store, Hydrobrew. We are currently making a clone recipe of their mead that the shop happily gave away the recipe for.

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Photo of buzzardman
1.65/5  rDev -55%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I had so much hope that this place would be good because the only other place like it is pizza port which is always so packed it's a hassle to go to. it is also only two miles from my house so I was stoked when I saw what they where putting at this location. unfortunately it seems to be owned by people just trying to make a buck on the current hype around micro brews. they have attempted to basically copy pizza port. same surfboards and skateboards on walls. surf, skate, dirtbikes on tv but they utterly fail with horrible service and horrible beer.

the service is horrible here and I really don't like having to place my order with a wanna be eminem who Im sure knows nothing about beer. everyone that works here borders on dirtbag status. also good luck getting any service after you've ordered your food and beer. seems like the people working are more interested in hanging out with their friends yelling and swearing at the tv then providing any kind of service. I brought my little girl here and will never come back because of the swearing. all I could hear was oh shit son did you see that f$#king dick shit that guy did over and over again. this was from the guy manning the taps with all his scumbag friends.

the food is basically just pizzas but they definitely cut as many corners as possible with the food just to make more money. it's pizza but I'd say any takeout pizza place is better.

then we come to the beer the whole reason i was excited about having a place like this close to me. I had a dmj ipa and I can honestly say it was the worst ipa I've ever had. it did not have much of a head did not hold any carbonation and the color was too dark for an ipa in my opinion. the taste was flat with no hoppy aroma. it tasted like beer flavored water. I've also had the dmj ipa at hill st cafe thinking maybe the first time it was just a bad batch but sadly no it still tasted like ass.

so after all this it just seems someone is out to make a buck while the hype around micro brews is as crazy as it currently is. I doubt this place will be around for a long period of time.

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Photo of aftopdog
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place has just about everything that one would expect from a local brew house. Out of the 36 beers on tap, 12 were of their own, 22 were micros from a wide range of other breweries and 2 were light domastic beers. The selection was great and had something for just about anyone's taste. The Kali Kush was very good with hints of sage and their DMJ is worth giving a try. The bar tenders seem to know the beers very well and are willing to give you taster if your not too sure of what to order. Their prices were average, but they do have daily specials. The food was tasty and served in a timely manner. The several large tv's are always showing sports even though you will not be able to hear the game due to the juke box, which was just find with me. Overall great place that I plan on visting again soon.

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Breakwater Brewing in Oceanside, CA
3.57 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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