Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing CompanyCoronado Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

170 Orange Ave
Coronado, California, 92118
United States

(619) 437-4452 | map

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I had been meaning to try out this place for quite some time before we did. I'm so happy we finally got the chance to visit. The food here is wonderful. A typical brew house menu, but with better ingredients and choices than the standard burgers and onion rings. Some fish on the menu, some Italian dishes. I was very pleased with dinner.

Now, on to the beer! The CBC has an excellent selection of house brews on tap. All the standards - Pales, Stouts, Hefes, etc. The atmosphere is great, mainly due to the location. The service is good and professional. It's definitely a good date spot, or even go to watch the game with friends. I highly recommend this joint.

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Photo of NathanMcIntyre
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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?

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of logisnews
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I don't really remember the food, but the beer was great. I'd just come back from a month in New Zealand where I only found a few really worthy beers. This was a nice change. The Coronado Red (can't recall the name of it, maybe that was it) was really good.

This place was so much better than Carl Strauss (in terms of the beer) where we went the night before. It was very easy to get to, the selection of beer was good -- oh yeah, and they had growlers which was awesome. I took one of the IPA and one of the Red which were great.



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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Fresh off the plane from Honolulu, HI, Cuz Colby picked me up at the airport, whisked me to the Home Brew Mart, then here for lunch.

We entered from the rear, but I'll reorient for my loyal audience. Entering, the m.d.s. was just inside the door slightly left. The entry was lined on either side by a garden of various plants and flowers. The undulating brick top of the building was reminiscent of an old Spanish mission. To the immediate right was the restaurant area with booths along the wall, standard tables and chairs left, and a copper chimney for a working fireplace. The short bar was on a right oblique with a mix of booths and standard tables and chairs on a left oblique with the kitchen just beyond, still left. Continuing aft, down a pathway, were the lavs with the back parking lot just beyond. The copper-clad brew house was aft the back bar.

Lunch was a crab and shrimp melt sandwich (!)

Beers: Coronado Golden; Thundering Third Ale; Island Weizen; Rock Bock; 4 Brother's Pale Ale; Mother Pucker; Islander IPA; Mermaid's Red Ale.

Islander IPA would be my pick.

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Photo of rousee
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Decor and atmosphere-wise this is the finest "brewpub restaurant" I have ever stepped into. This place is within a few blocks of the ferry landing on Coronado or near the Marriott over there. Very easy to get to from downtown by using the water taxi 619-235-taxi-$6 pp- each way. I liked it so much, I went to this place twice. Coronado is absolutely beautiful and is one of my favorite parts of San Diego.

The first thing you notice about the west coast CBC is that it is a real nice family restaurant. They also brew some fine beers. They were nothing exceptional but certainly worthy of a growler or 2. You can visit their website if you'd like to see what they have on tap now..

They also have happy hour when you can get their food and beers for a discounted price. Definitely not too expensive anyway--but this is one of those really good happy hours which i missed by about 5 mins. (I think its only M-F)

The kitchen in this place is really what makes it stand out. It is an example as to how beer and good food work so well together and these guys are extraordinary in the food dept. The open-air atmosphere adds to it. They have fresh tuna for xtra cheap when its on the happy hr menu. The wood grilled pizzas are amazing. As you are smelling them--you will realize you have to order one

Next time I'm in SD, this will be on my immediate agenda. San Diego has such a great beer scene, I cant recommend CBCs beers over PP or RR --but it is a fine establishment. Somewhat of a diamond in the rough. And theres this dive bar right next to the place which is pretty fun too.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of nerow
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I recently went to Coronado during a family reunion and absolutely had to get father and I stumbled on this place.

I was not impressed with the atmosphere...while the bar itself was pleasant enough, the presence of "amusing" signs regarding the bar's policies counterbalanced any positive feeling I may have had for the ambiance.

The service however was fantastic, the bartender was extremely attentive, quite knowledgeable and a great conversationalist. After discussing the merits of their "Red Devil Ale" and "13th Aniversary Smoked Brown" (of which there were quite a few) he gave my father and I free half pints of their "Octoberfest". He also pointed me in the direction of some other brewery's in the area which I'll be sure to visit the next time I'm in San Diego.

The selection of beers was wide (they had 14 listed), my father and I tried 5...of which 3 were very impressive and two were good.

I certainly enjoyed myself.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

This place is located about half a block away from the water in Coronado. The outside is brick. It looks very nice. There is a parking lot in back, but it is usually full, so parking can be hard. It is set up like your average brew pub. There is a bar, and inside and outside seating. You can see the brewing equipment and the kitchen from the dining area. The servers are friendly and somewhat knowledgable. The selection of beer is somewhat lacking. They usually have eight house beers, and sometimes they have one guest beer. The beer selection almost never changes. The food is simply wonderful. I cant get enough. The chicken spinich wrap is amazing. I have tried almost everything on the menu, and I can not complain about anything. This brew pub is great. Since I work only a few miles away, I go there when ever I can for lunch or after work. If you are ever within 30 miles of Coronado, you need to stop in. You will not be let down.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Re Review (Kinda)

Went to Coronado Saturday 12/17/05 for lunch with my girlfriend. Nice SoCal Saturday afternoon. We got there at an off hour so it was pretty dead.

We orderd the giant Bavarian pretzels as an appetizser, aewsome!

I ordered the 9 beer sampler featuring 5oz samples of the Coronado Golden Ale, Four Brother's Pale Ale, Hoppa Daze IPA, Island Weizen, Mermaid Red, Point Loma Porter, Tent City Tan, and a Winter Seasonal Ale. All very nice, safe, but drinkable.

I ordered the four cheese and pepperoni calzone, was very good. My girlfriend ordered the fish tacos, she was a big fan.

The atmosphere is nice as always and the help was very nice. I like the CBC.

OG Review

Nice little place, I liked the how they had the place set up with the outdoor seating very clean place. Nice view of the city across the water.
I sat at the bar and went down the tap line up. I enjoyed the Brews being served here; standard brewpub choices all pretty good.
They offered an interesting menu full of seafood that my east coast ass had never heared of. I ordered up the garlic cheese fries and a couple fish tacos, pretty tastey.
The service was a little slow but I was in no rush that day.
The bartender was pretty good looking, but that was probably because she was pouring me beer!
I'd stop in again if in the area for lunch and a couple beers.

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Photo of mabermud
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of berley31
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of kleffman
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to the Coronado a couple of times now and both were enjoyable. Able to find parking pretty quickly by the liquor store next door. One time featured quite a long wait and the other we were seated immediately. The place is quite nice and is a mix of a brewpub and nice restaurant. Glass windows separate the restaurant from the brewery, it would be cool if you could see them brewing as you eat (maybe mid day?). Good beer selection with some guest taps as well, but last time they were out of the Idiot IPA and the Red Devil, two of their most important brews IMO. I've enjoyed my food both times as well. Don't forget to stop by the liquor store next door when you leave, they have a great beer selection.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stopped in for lunch on a cloudy Saturday. They have a small outdoor patio area, along with a larger semi-enclosed patio area with a fireplace. I love the decor - lots of brick, stone, and just enough stainless steel to give it a slightly modern feel. Service was prompt, and they answered any questions I had about the sampler I ordered. The food was great - we had a sausage platter that contained 3 different varieties of german sausages, and some tangy grilled saurkraut. The beers were all quite tasty, and they had 8 different varieties brewed there to try. Nice causual, laid back atmosphere - definitely worth a visit!

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Photo of ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

South of San Diego, this brewpub is worth the trip over the bridge into the charming streets of Coronado, home of the eye-widening Hotel del Coronado.

I fully expected an over-yuppified brewpub so close to a famous resort hotel, but was impressed by the easy excellence on display. OK, so I don't need a cigar humidor at every brewpub, but... I am a fan of an establishment that gives you a choice of rooms/settings depending on your mood, and Coronado has a bar area, seating and outdoor patio with warming units and open fireplace. The latter was a perfect spot on a Thanksgiving weekend for a couple of pints and appetizers. If it's your thing to worry about, servers and patrons all seemed sorta, uh... attractive. Enhanced the atmosphere for me, although grubby patrons might feel out of place.

Happy Hour prices were delightfully inexpensive ($2 pints of their brews), with appetizers beyond the ususal batter dipped stuff.

The Pale and IPA were all I tried alewise and in neither did I detect any off notes. The IPA had that wonderful west coast USA super-hoppy character.

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Photo of jcipa88
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I visted the area on Sept 9th/10th, 2006. On the Sat. we sat at the bar, in which the bartender (Tyler) was very helpful in letting us know the available brews and the special 10th Anniv. IPA - WOW, I mean WOW! It was awesome. The 4 brothers' Pale was nicely hopped. Island IPA was ordered twice by myself, because I just can't get enough of the IPA's. My wife had the Mermaid's Red and she liked it very much. We split the quesadillas (chicken) & a pizza which came out very nice and hot - always a good thing.

Anyway - overall, great place to visit, I'm glad we made it. the area to the right, as you first walk-in, has open air seating under a roof, would be nice for a gathering of 6 or more. Near the bar, the booths looked a little out of place, but that didn't seem to stop the regulars from having a great time. People at the bar were engaged in conversation, so you can tell locals are there to have a great time. Can't wait to get back.


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Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Coronado island is great for touristy stuff such as viewing the San Diego skyline, and this brewery is a 2 minute walk from a nice lookout across the water.

Nice brick structure with ample seating for the volume of customers. Most beers were rather average, as was the food. This is one of those places with the (supposedly) funny signs about free beer tomorrow, if you don't like the service then you can leave, etc.

Service was good though, and prices were very reasonable for San Diego.

Although beers are average overall, their red is above average and worth seeking in the bottle. Seasonals on tap are worth trying also.

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Photo of apfactor
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like the Micro's of California, and I can't get most of them back home so when I am in California I am very deliberate in what I consume. San Diego has a great down town, and you can find some of the great micro's there but it really is not a beer town in my opinion. So the next night the wife and I took the ferry over to Coronado and after walking the beach we headed over to this fine establishment.
As soon as I opened the menu I was impressed. They had low gravity ales for my wife, 3 different ipa's for me, and a few high gravity beers for my evil twin that comes out at the end of a sitting.

What really impressed me was the fact that they were not afraid to experiment with their ales. A BIG problem is that they only give 3 samples out at a time per table. This is not good because I only got to try about half their beers. What I did try made me happy. A lot of brew pubs will brew multiple IPA's but use the same malt and just change the hop additions (saves time and money). This did not appear to be the case at CBC, and our server confirmed it. Each one was distinctly its own beer, the strongest of the 3 being dubbed "idiot" IPA hinting towards the state it will put you in after consumtion. This place does have a 3 pint limit which categorizes it as a family place. I know a lot of BA's will not like that, but it is what it is and you have to respect it.

My wife had a Czech style pils rich and chewy, well done. I sampled the IPA's which were all solid; a red ale and a big beer called Red Devil that was twice the hops and malt of the red weighing in at 10% ABV. Very nice (borat voice).

I had the fish taco's (mahi mahi) and  they were outstanding. If you like fish taco's order these. My wife had the calzone, and it was solid.

Our server was a courteous, energetic young man who was passionate about food and beer. What else can you ask for out of a server?
Great place, will return when the beer gods permit.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We kind of stumbled on this place after checking out the Del Coronado. And I'm glad we did. Even though it was a little chilly, we decided to sit in the covered patio area. The heaters and fire pit were going, so it was actually quite comfortable. The indoor seating looked quite nice, very clean, with a large bar in front of the brewing apparatus sitting opposite the open kitchen.

Eight house beers were on tap during our visit and these covered the standard brewpub styles, as well as a barleywine. No guest taps were apparent, but bottles of their red, blonde, and porter were available. Samples of all their offerings were available for $1.25 each and were a great way to get my family to try some different beer styles.

The food menu was surprisingly large, with plenty of pub-fare. Everything tasted great and the servings were on the large side. Great value. Our server had a decent knowledge about the beer and food they had available, and she made some helpful suggestions on beer choices for my father and sister (they tend to think my suggestions are going to be too far out for their tastes).

Overall, a great place to stop at and I'll look to go back the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of oggg
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My girlfriend and I visited the CBC on Friday night at about 6pm, just before it started to get really busy. It's really the only place with any bustle on Orange for dinner, at least from what I saw. We entered the restaurant, which is divided between an indoor and semi-outdoor dining area. We ate in the latter. It is covered, but instead of windows, it's exposed to the outside air. There is a big firepit in the middle, and at least 2 outdoor heat lamps. It's a little more dim and romantic here. The other dining area is brighter, and it has the bar. The bar seemed pretty small, but it got pretty crowded with people standing around the bar. Unfortunately, these ppl tend to block the way to the restrooms and the path for from the kitchen, so definitely there are some design flaws. Woman's restroom, according to my girlfriend: trashcan overflowing, industrial size/feel toilet paper, nasty water on the ground, at least there wasn't pee on the seats. Men's restroom: acceptable.

The bar was actually turning into a little party/pickup joint from what I could see, at around Friday 8pm. The clientele ranged from a 20+person family party, to 30-somethings, to old rich ppl. Definitely family friendly.

We ordered the Spinach Artichoke Dip which is chock full of cheese and sour cream, and was awesome. We split a NY Strip Steak Sandwich which was also very good.

Finally, the beer. They have 9 fricken beers in their taster set. I recommend not finishing each sample before going to the next, or your taste buds will just lose it. The beer sampler came on a platter clearly marked with each beer's name, except for 2 beers which are rotated. The server was very professional but not a beer expert. He had to double check what the 2 rotated beers were (the Outlet Stout and the Riptide Rye), and he didn't really have a description of the riptide for me. For the most part I liked the beers, but they could really drop a few from their list. The Riptide Rye, the TentCity Tan could probably go take a hike. They did a pretty good job with all the other styles though. The Bock was not on tap. My favorites were the Island Pale Ale (now named Hoppy Daze IPA), the Mermaid Red, and the Outlet Stout.

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Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA
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