Sublime Ale House

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21 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1020 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos, California, 92078-4053
United States

(760) 510-9220 | map

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Added by ddcapps on 11-23-2011

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of caveman
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The selection is fantastic!!!
It seems like a "restaurant row" property. Multiple restaurants all housed next to one another. The spot that Sublime occupies feels worn out and run down, except for the new bar. There are multiple direct draw units behind the bar. I have been stopping by each week for the last 8 weeks. They do not take a keg off if it is getting old. They tapped a log of St. Feuillien Saison a month ago and it is still on and it is TIRED. I have encountered they same thing every time. When it is tapped fresh, its great! The food is very good. The bartenders are knowledgeable. If management took responsibility for the quality, this place could be great. P.S. Upgrade the bathrooms.

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Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MickeyHops
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mabermud
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

First time visiting this newer establishment. Family friendly, centrally located in San Marco. Not bad. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of fox227
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of FlyingBull
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Went here for a San Diego Beer Week evnet - Firestone Walk beers! They were supper busy but the hostess crew was on top of things and got us seated in a few minutes despite the 30 minute wait. They shuffled, rearranged, and moved things to accommodate people. Our server was very good, the pizzas we had were very good, and they beer was great. Plus, they have a very good line up of taps. Recommend for food and beer and groups.

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Photo of Ohsdrummer08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Rothobinide
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

A regular watering hole for me.

Honestly guys, this place always has an amazing tap list going on - to say nothing of their bottle selection. The staff is super friendly and the food is very good. If you get in early for happy hour you can enjoy having access to an uncrowded bar and getting a discount on beer and appetizers. They update the selection CONSTANTLY and they're religious about having clean lines. Stick around and chat with the staff and you'll find out some of them are part-time brewers. They've already employed a brewer who went on to GABF and won Alpha King for his Triple IPA, so, there's that.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I'm a pretty big fan of this place. The first few times I went here, they had a pretty awesome tap list, but the bottle selection was awful. Then they woke up and, all of a sudden, there was a leather bound book filled with good bottle selections. Much better. The food is very solid as well. I highly recommend the jalapeno popper grilled cheese and the fiery mac and cheese. Money.

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Photo of jcallover34
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jwalden
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of laxboy3496
3.21/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Overall, the place is just alright. There's so many choices in this town that you really have to be on your game. I was hoping for more. Beer selection is well above average but not enough to blow me away by any means. Food is mostly very good. Service is a black hole. I don't understand why they can't get it together.

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Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of claspada
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here for lunch on my trip one day, sat at the bar and watched a soccer game. Plenty of tables and a wrap-around square bar so plenty of seating.

Service was excellent, bartender was always on the spot and willing to help with beer and food. Also let me charge my phone, damn iphone maps kill your battery, anyway.

The beer I wanted kicked halfway through my pour so that was free which was a cool start, then I ended up having two more local beers that I would never be able to have on the East Coast, both were above average and served in appropriate glassware. They have about 20 on draft from what I recall.

Food was a bit too bar pub grub for my tastes, wanted something light at a reasonable price and it was kind of hard to find on the menu. Ended up getting a fatty pork sandwich after being told it was pork loin, which it was definitely not.

So overall the beer was great, food disappointing, so good and bad.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Sublime Ale House is a new beer bar in the San Marcos area, doing its best to take advantage of the craft beer mecca that North County San Diego has become. The space consists of a square, metal bar, picnic table style seating, and indoor and outdoor dining with waitstaff service. The place is very shiny and brand new, and even a bit staunch and clinical. There's a lot of visible metal, and while very modern and chic, it doesn't appear particularly comfortable. This is nobody's Cheers.

Both the beer and food are of high quality. The local offerings are fresh and delicious, the Belgians are spot-on, and the food is tasty and interesting.

The service is, in a word, poor, and is truly the area where Sublime Ale House is most lacking. I have been the only one at the bar, with an empty glass, waiting to order another round, while the 3 bartenders pour each other multiple 1oz. samples and talk shop, all while I'm left looking at the bottom of an empty glass. On two other, separate, instances, I've sat at the bar, and both times the service has been slow and impersonal. When at the bar with a friend once, he must have waited at least 8-10 minutes with an empty glass of Sculpin before he was asked if he'd like another.

The selection is decent, and probably about as good as can be expected from a brand new beer bar. There are always plenty of fresh, local IPAs on tap at good, competitive prices, along with other interesting domestic crafts, and a handful of Belgians. The bottle list is acceptable, though still somewhat meager--though it's not updated frequently enough, so just because a beer is on the list doesn't mean it exists in house.

The food is salt-of-the earth, comfort food: pizzas, macaroni and cheese, burgers, etc. and everything I've had has been quite good. The mussels were fantastic.

Typical San Diego pub prices, and the local beers on tap are very reasonably priced. That being said, the price of on-tap imported Belgian beers is shockingly overpriced.

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Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, CA
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 21 ratings