Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing CompanyCoronado Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing CompanyCoronado Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

170 Orange Ave
Coronado, California, 92118
United States

(619) 437-4452 | map

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Large brewpub on Coronado Island. Sat in large dining room with a dozen tables and booths. Other rooms, but I didn't move about much so not sure how big the bar was. 16 nicely assorted beers on tap, the one I had was very tasty. Friendly server. Did not try the food.

Feb 19, 2019
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chrisjws from California

4.21/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Super upscale vibe, nice restaurant kind of deal. Bar is packed generally but still doable. Selection is pretty good, they have some limited stuff on draught. Good for a night out, not really a quick hit kind of place.

Feb 12, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited here with Da Boss today for lunch. It has been at least 10 years since our last visit.

Vibe was okay but it was the lunch crowd. It was pretty light when we first got there but the pub was fairly full when we left.

Quality of the beers are solid but not spectacular. You can tell the consistency is very good.

Service was okay, she did not want to chat at all and was not overly friendly.

Selection was pretty ample with at least 20-25 house brews available.

Food was a mix bag. My pulled pork sandwich was solid whereas Da Boss' fish tacos were a little under spiced and a little overcooked (they were serviceable but nothing to make you say wow).

Overall it was a pleasant time sitting on the patio looking at Orange Avenue. Worth a stop if visiting the island and you are an IPA fan.

Aug 16, 2017
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Beer was fresh and the variety was abundant. Good selection of different beers as well as some rarer finds. The service was okay, I did not have food and the vibe was okay too. I was there during lunch time.

Jul 21, 2016
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angryhobo13 from California

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A very nice establishment, situated on beautiful Coronado Island. Hard to find if you don't pay attention to where you're going sometimes, but the building is very nice. Food is decent quality, but it's known mostly for it's beer. Had to go to the bar to get my beer, the waiter forgot to bring mine to me. Otherwise good experience.

Aug 28, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

After living in SD for 36 years, I finally stopped in for a bite to eat and a couple of beers.

What do you expect for a lunch time vibe. This place reminds me of being on an island bungalow. This place is a quality establishment that offers quality craft beer and food. Well, it is in Coronado. The beer selection was very good. I had an Idiot IPA and 19th Anniversary IIPA. Good stuff. The vegetarian burger was also good to go.

I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Coronado.

Jul 15, 2015
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MisterGone from California

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Note: this is for the Imperial Beach location, which is not an option on BA yet. Little L-shaped place right across the street from the beach and a block from the pier... a tiny IB block. Seating is self-select, ordering done at the front counter. If crowded (went on a summer Friday and it was fine - farmers market on the pier also going on), get seats first then order. Small - in a good way - set of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, apps. Full compliment of CBC brews on tap.... and 12s and 22s and growlers and 6-ers and...

Had the ceasar. That seems boring, but it is a benchmark test - ther dressing must be properly salty and lemony for me. It was. A bit thick, which I like. Also had the ceviche, which was very fresh and properly tart. Paired with the For Days Session IPA, because driving. Kid had a burger. That thing was pretty big, but it runs juicy so I'd flip it and eat it Hodad style (burger on top, garnish on bottom) to avoid soggy bun.

Jun 28, 2015
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WestMichiganWhaler from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Food was good. So was beer. Several options other than the standards you can pick up at the store. Still, left a little underwhelmed. Especially with all the other players in the San Diego craft beer scene.

Apr 17, 2015
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MIrvine from California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Convenient location to ferry landing and on main drag. Very small bar area, but managed to grab a beer while we were waiting for our table. Food was decent and service was fine. Ton of beer options, many unique and very good.

Oct 22, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Took the ferry from downtown SD to Coronado, and it is a short 5 minute walk here. Large crowd here, with a wait list for tables. The bar is overpacked too as people are standing two deep. Ugh. Once we got a table things moved along. Numerous beers on draft, and at the start only the standard beers were offered, when I know there were others on draft.

The service was decent, but again the crowds caused the fast paced and harried service. The food we had was good, but the beers were all superb. Next time I will hit this at a slower time and enjoy a few at the bar.

Sep 12, 2014
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited 26 Nov 2013, around 2:00 - 3:00pm

An impromptu day trip on our first full day in San Diego (staying in nearby Chula Vista with my wife's family, actually) resulted in a damn good hour+ spent as a late lunch. A fortuitous right turn at Orange St (we meant to go left toward the famed historic hotel and beach, which we visited later) meant a U-turn, after which my eagle-eyed wife stated: "oh, that place looks cool...oooh, and it's a brewery!". SIL and MIL agreed to go, especially after some rave Yelp reviews were read aloud, curbside.

A single story brick building with bold lettering and a colorfully painted mural above and nicely landscaped, Coronado *is*, indeed, a pretty little brewpub from the outside. Inside is a bit more dimly lit and "pub"-like: a large central bar, a room full of booths, an open kitchen, a room behind the bar full of copper and stainless tanks. But we were able to snag one of three tables on a small patio, fronting the sidewalk, so as to enjoy the splendid weather and sidewalk entertainment.

Larissa was our server and did a nice job offering advice on food and beers ("happy hour starts in 5 minutes if you'd like to have water until then." (We did and it was worth it for cheaper food and $3.50 pints!) and gently steering us away from some menu items (love honest opinions from a server!). I chose shrimp tacos (loaded and delicious), SIL got the "small" nachos (huge!), MIL did the Cobb Salad (liked it)... but wife "won" with a terrific Lobster Mac & Cheese - worth every penny ($15.50)! Big menu and some very good Happy Hour discounts (2-6pm).

So, beer? Yes, there's a lot of it! Having only had one beer EVER from Coronado prior to this visit, I was really impressed with both the variety of beers and the quality of what we tried. Wife decided on the Rye Dogg (after trying my taster), SIL picked the Orange St Wit and I got the Silver Strand Saison (very tasty). We also tried some VERY generous sample ours of Scotch on the Rocks, Señor Saison (pretty great, with jalapeños and sage), Old Scallywag Barleywine and an intriguing one called Beer-No-Grigio. All very tasty.

Really liked everything about this visit. We'd definitely return --- and SIL who lives in the area stated she definitely wants to go back soon. Recommended!

Nov 28, 2013
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MoorBeerPlz from California

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Last stop after a long day running around to many of San Diego's breweries/brew pubs. We went on a Friday and it seemed pretty crowded, yet we were seated right away. Their dining area is large but it gets a little crowded around the bar area.

Wait-staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about their beer selections. Varied menu with a little something for everyone and prices were reasonable. Food was delivered quickly after ordering and everything was nice and hot, looked/smelled great and tasted good. We paired the food with some of their beers were not disappointed.

After dinner, we walked out and noticed a large crowd waiting for seating in the restaurant, which simply means come early on weekends if you don't want to wait. It's a popular place and it's worth a trip if you're in the area.


Oct 19, 2013
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NathanMcIntyre from California

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

These guys have been killing it since 1996. They have recently been updating their menu and beer roster. With the opening of their new 30 barrel brewhouse on knoxville st and hiring of some amazing up and coming brewers its safe to say they will be keeping up if not destroying the already outstanding beer scene.

Jun 12, 2013
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This was the 6th stop during a recent trip to San Diego. Located a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown in Coronado – which is not an island – Coronado Brewing is housed in a generic looking building a few blocks from the ferry disembarkation. Upon entry, there is a dark, crowded dining area with a crowded L-shaped bar, where the locals congregate. The glass enclosed brewing tanks peek out from behind the bar.

During my lunchtime visit, there were some 14 house crafts, including five core beers available – I quaffed the Island IPA, Mermaid Red Ale, Four Brothers and something called Black Sails. The food was decent and filling (I had an Albacore Tuna Melt, if you must know.) The service was attentive

The reasonable Happy Hour prices made up for the $4.25 boat ride across the harbor. Of course, many CBC beers are available downtown, but why give up a chance to take a ferry boat?

Feb 18, 2013
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DocJitsu from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My wife and I arrived here about 10 minutes after it opened on a Friday mid-morning after paying a visit to the historic Del Coronado Hotel. We parked just off of Orange Ave. and walked up Orange to get to the brewpub. What a cute, clean area. We stopped to say hi to a snow white, long haired Tom cat named Sam. He was just chillin' on the sidewalk. Coronado Brewing's storefront is very attractive--brick with a hanging wooden sign, brass lettering above, with an adjacent painted Coronado emblem. The inside is very nice with wood everywhere. Brew kettles and fermenters are visible behind the bar. The service was pleasant, accommodating, and friendly. In fact, Ron Chapman, the CEO and co-founder had observed me taking notes on all the beers I was trying. He came over to introduce himself and tell me a little about the history of the brewery and his excitement about the craft brew explosion in San Diego. Coronado was among a handful of craft brewers in the San Diego area before anyone even really knew what "craft beer" meant.

Flights are available. I won't review the beers here, I've done that for each individual one I tried. Suffice it to say that Coronado has positioned itself solidly in one of the most competitive, growing artisan beer markets in the world. I was very impressed. I can't wait to go back. This time for some lunch or dinner in addition to a few pints.

Nov 04, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The atmosphere is very reminiscent of an upscale chain brewpub, with a large bar and dining room and fairly generic decor. The service was prompt and friendly and the staff seemed to be quite well informed regarding the house beer.

Beer selection is pretty decent with a quite a few different beer styles represented. The house beer is fairly good, though not quite on the level of some of the more standout local competitors. They distribute across the country but the pub location seems to have a fair amount of seasonals and one offs that don't make it to distribution, at least not where I live. I didn't try the food, but based on everything else I wouldn't hesitate to eat here. The only real drawback to the place is the location, which is convenient if you are riding around on the San Diego tourist trolley, but a bit out of the way relative to everything else in the city.

Sep 06, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Easily acessable from the ferry form the convention center. It was a packed bar around 3ish, I got the last seat. I just ordered a sampler it was 10$ for 5 4 oz pours. You could only get the regular lineup. Thankfully that includes the Islander and Idiot IPAs, the rest of their beers sucked, but they know IPAs. They had a few other IPAs as specialties, didn't try them though. The service is friendly. One of the bartenders was interested that I liked beer and got me a brochure. There were tons of locals getting growler fills.

Jul 27, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

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

I stopped here for lunch recently while visiting San Diego and spending an afternoon on Coronado Island. The place has kind of a generic brewpub/sports bar feel and was bustling on a weekday afternoon.

Service was ok I guess, took a while for the hostess to show up and had a friendly but somewhat flightly waitress who wasn't particularly well informed about the beers on offer. That's fine, I can figure this stuff out on my own. Fodd was well made and tasty bar menu food; excellent beer battered onion rings, also had a delicious chicken calzone.

The beers were solid and I enjoyed the fact that you can get them in small pours or full pints. Had the Idiot DIPA which I thought was very good and should get more attention than it does, there's just a sea of stellar IPA's available in San Diego. The cherry porter was quite nice as well, while their Four Brothers was serviceable.

Prices were fair I'd say, nothing outrageous. Worth a stop if you're on Coronado.

Jan 11, 2012
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OhSoHoppy from California

4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Came here for my birthday a few weeks back and was very pleased. great location on Coronado, Very close to the fairy and the bridge Parking was a little rough on a weekend, Food was Amazing, great Pizzas and appetizer, the waiter was very honest and tried to get a feel for what you liked and would make suggestions around that. Not to loud inside, some outside dinning available, and a couple families spotted around the restaurant, A bit of a drive for me but a good stop if I'm already on the Island.

Nov 10, 2011
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by for a few beers and some food on a Tuesday, early afternoon...

A: Kind of your typical family-restaurant-but-a-bar look/feel. Lots of families there eating, but lots of guys crowding the bar as well. Certainly not uncomfortable. VERY small deck with only 3-4 tables, if that.

Q+Selection: Plenty of their beers on tap... I think they had a few guest taps as well. I had a few of their beers, which were actually very tasty. The Islander IPA was great.

Service: Took awhile to get waited on at first (we were at a table), but once we did our waitress was very friendly and fairly prompt. No complaints.

F: Split a couple of appetizers... they were pretty tasty, and very reasonably priced (it was after 2 at that point, and they were on happy hour prices).

O: Nice spot on a really nice little "island". I'd go back if I had the chance... it's only 8.50 for a round trip ticket on the ferry to Coronado.

Sep 30, 2011
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easong from California

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped here on a recent baseball+beer weekend in SD. Really just wanted to taste the Idiot at the source but stayed for an hour or so picking at appetizers, which were tasty enough to provide soakage for the pitcher of double IPA. This restaurant is located where the outside sun is alone worth a million dollars, yet the place was a little like a cave, with waitresses dressed in tilted-kilt outfits. Busy even at an off-hour with families drinking soda and iced-tea, with maybe the man of the family having a blonde light ale or maybe something with a lime. Essentially no real bar seating area, just a nook with a couple of stools. That says it all, really. Love the Idiot though.

Jul 31, 2011
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86sportster883 from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here for lunch with about a half dozen folks during the 2011 NHC event in San Diego. This is a decent place with about 6 or 7 drafts on tap. Beer selection was somewhat limited, compared to other brewers in the area hovever, the service was attentive and helpful, the atmosphere was busy but casual, the food was good and I would certainly go back. Not the greatest selection or quality of offerings, but certainly a place worth checking out. I had a cup of NE clam chowder ($3) along with the Tent City spinach salad ($11). I enjoyed both with a pint of the Islander Pale Ale.

Jul 05, 2011
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Imstillthegman from Delaware

3.85/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for dinner on a Monday evening. The place was only about half full including the outside seating. Upon entering, there is a large dining area to the right, the bar and a smaller section of tables and booths are to the left. About a dozen or so tables outside for enjoying the beautiful weather. The beers I had were fresh and tasty. The Idiot IPA was much better fresh from the tap than the bottles I have had. The food was decent, too. I had the turkey burger which actually had some flavor to it and wasn't dry like many are. The service was so-so. Our waiter had his good moments, but seemed to disappear for extended amounts of time. He also failed to mention the special and seasonal beers on-tap even after I asked him what else was available. Not a bad place, overall. I would give it another shot on my next visit.

May 03, 2011
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pokesbeerdude from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was in San Diego a few weeks ago, and on my last day I went over to Coronado with a random guy I met up with on the ferry over, he just happened to be at the same conference as me, and a beer lover as well. We were both looking for a quick lunch and a pint and this place was well suited.

We sat outside, but the overall atmosphere from walking in and around a bit was of a decent brewpub, nice music, nothing that really drew my attention either positive or negative.

The food was good, and the beer was pretty dang good too, I had the Idiot IPA, and it was incredibly fresh and hoppy. Damn that was tasty stuff.

Our waitress didn't really pay us much attention and wasn't exactly great, she was pleasant, but over the course of the meal she only came to check on us twice including bringing the food and the ticket. Somewhat frustrating.

Great beer selection, the one IPA that I had was fantastic, and they had a few other guest taps from local breweries, notably Stone's 14th which I had a small sampler of. I was impressed.

Food wasn't bad by any means, I had a BLT with Avocado and it was fresh, and tasty, and a pretty good portion too. No glaring issues with the food.

Overall it was a lot cheaper than the other places we had been to that entire week in SD, especially for being in a somewhat "touristy" area. I think for my pint and sandwich it was around $14, really reasonable.

Definitely recommend stopping by if you're on Coronado and are looking for a pint and some food.

Jul 31, 2010
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LittleDon from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Wednesday afternoon. Place had a fair number of patrons. The atmosphere was generic chain eating establishment (think Applebees). Probably would have been better to sit out front on the patio. Selection of all Coronado beers plus a handful of local/regional beers. Ordered two appetizers, the hummus and guac. Both were tasty and well prepared. The biggest disappointment was the server, who didn't have much beer knowledge, and seemed to be in a hurry to get us served and out the door. Would I return? Sure, decent beer, food was good. I'd make sure to sit at the bar or ask for a different server, though.

Jul 22, 2010
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