Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2816 Historic Decatur Rd
Ste 116
San Diego, California, 92106-6164
United States

(619) 269-2100 | map

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jjboesen from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Welcome to the Disney World of beer! Located in Point Loma (on the other side of the harbor), Stone Brewing World Bistro is part of the Liberty Station retail complex. It was once a naval base; now, it is a destination all in itself (even without the illustrious Stone presence). Upon entry, you have a decision to make, since this venue is a massive sprawl. Do I sit outside on the patio and enjoy the beautiful San Diego sun? Do I grab a table in the immense dining area? I chose to make my way into the rustic indoor bar area. At the tie of my (lunchtime) visit, they had about 18 Stone crafts on tap. You can never go wrong with Stone. The menu is very eclectic and goes above and beyond the pub grub scene. I tried a hearty dish of yakisoba, a Japanese version of stir fry. Delicious!

The bathrooms are unique in that they have a unisex wash basin area. (Good to know in advance and avoid a surprise.) Across from the bathrooms is the store. where you can purchase a wide variety of Stone swag or fill a growler.

BTW: There are several other Stone Tap rooms throughout the immediate San Diego area - including one at the airport.

Mar 20, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

For my money one of the best beer places I’ve ever been. Very nice, upscale atmosphere in a great location near shops and restaurants. The weather is perfect, the aroma of hops and barley permeates, tons of taps with limited, reserve, and specialty offerings. Great quality of beers. Every beer was incredibly fresh- I’m not sure how that’s possible with 40 or so taps. An afternoon here is my idea of paradise on vacation.

Apr 11, 2019
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slee196 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

LOVE this place so much. So worth the travel for a revisit. At the entrance, there's a small gift shop followed by the bar area with thousands of tap handles. I went there solo, had an impossible burger and a flight + two more drafts. Really, really enjoyed everything I ordered. I'm slightly picky with my beer and I'm pretty sure I had the best brew ever here. One of the best taprooms in the world (not an exaggeration).

Mar 28, 2019
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JackDempsy from Arizona

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a destination brewery, thus, there are a lot of tourists in the building, so it takes the vibe down a bit. With that said, the food and service were better than expected for a tourist destination (typically these type of places are designed for the masses). The service was great, the selection was the best I have ever seen and quality of beer was so far above what you get in the bottle - Stone IPA draft is probably the best.

Feb 11, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Wednesday evening around 6PM. Plenty of seating initially, but then filled up quickly

Vibe: I ate outside in the courtyard. Sunny and cool San Diego outside for a beer and dinner - what's not to love? Just enough rough around the edges, but not skimping for comfort and quality is what I can say about the vibe. If I had more time maybe I would have strolled through the grounds and seen what else the place had to offer - but otherwise I'll say classy but laid back and a good place to relax with a beer.

Quality: No complaints here across the board - good food, good beer selection (on tap and bottles - all sorts of rare stuff in bottles if you had the money).

Service: I got seen quickly both for a table and once I got to the table. Not amazing service, but attentive just enough without being pushy.

Selection: Lots available for hopheads as you would expect from Stone, with some other choice styles as well on tap. The real selection which you have to ask for is the bottle menu. I wanted on draft, but I looked at the bottle menu while I was having my dinner and there were some unique choices I would not have minded buying and taking home (if I wasn't on travel).

Food: Very good - a bit on the high end price wise, but very good food for the portion size I got. Just right cooked salmon and really tasty sides as well. Good dessert also.

Definitely a place to come back to. I'll have to come in the afternoon and stroll the place a bit rather than just tell the server I'm just there for dinner.

Jun 28, 2018
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BeanBump from California

4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is my preferred Stone to visit. Although it can get crowded like the main location in Escondido, this one seems to be less crowded and is a little better spread out. Top notch service, tasty (albeit pricey) food and Ive actually had far better luck finding hidden gems on the beer menu here than their home base but maybe thats just my tastes. The y offer both indoor and outdoor seating options and being that its SD, there's a plethora of outdoor, night time events in the warmer months.

May 30, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

As far as taprooms go this is one of the best that I have been to anywhere. Their outdoor area is killer. Good selection of beers and helpful service. Kind of tough to find its kind of tucked away in an a commercial area, uber guy had to go around the block a few times. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Apr 27, 2018
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chrisjws from California

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great food, good beer and some great variety. If you're looking for hazy IPAs keep going, that's not their thing. Food is high quality and delicious. The bartenders are very helpful.

Mar 10, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This is a huge place - multiple big rooms with tables for dining, the large bar room with rectangular bar, and then the outdoor garden seating. It was fairly quiet at lunch time. 40 beers on tap - mix of beers brewed at this location, at the main brewery, and then some guest taps as well. Also wine. Food is upscale casual food - including some vegetarian options. I had the chickenfried pork sandwhich which came with an arugula salad. good stuff.

Feb 27, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We had the chance to visit in February of 2018 on a trip to San Diego. The experience was entirely worth it. It's a sprawling complex in the Liberty Station area with indoor/outdoor bar and seating. Pretty crowded when we got there but manageable. The beer selection is stellar (30-40 taps plus more bottled), and a mix of Stone, Stone's 'Liberty Station' exclusives, and a few local micros and like a kid in a candy store I didn't do more than a 5 ounce pour of any of the offerings. The food menu is small but the food's of great quality... tasty and interesting. The vibe is busy... and a lot to take in, and I'm sure there's a depth to the place that you can't get with a single visit. Service was decent... beer was great... food was tasty. A beer Mecca for a reason. Will go back again at the earliest opportunity.

Feb 20, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Huge sprawling southwestern styled facility. Indoor outdoor bar and seating... pleasantly landscaped courtyard... A facility appropriate for a craft beer Mecca. 30 to 40 beers on tap, depending on where you've sat. Friendly efficient service. Unfortunately in the flight path... but great place to hang out.

Jan 02, 2018
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BrusselsBeerBox from Belgium

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stone Brewing olrd Bistro and Grdens is simply huge
A great place to enjoy both delicious food and Stone beers
Probably not the best place to meet people but I've seen (including myself) several people on their own at the bar

Mar 25, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

We had a fantastic time at Liberty Station! Great selection of both exclusive Liberty Station beers and Stone brewing beer, and all enjoyed at a beautiful outdoor patio section. Food was great, service was attentive, and I'd definitely recommend stopping by whether you're a craft beer fanatic or not! Liberty Station also has an amazing selection of wines and soda both made on site if beer isn't your preference!

Mar 03, 2017
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neil2me from Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place was tremendous. In town from the East Coast with family and my niece decided to go to Stone Liberty Station and it was wonderful. We went during the day on a Tuesday so it was not crowded at all, but the service was outstanding and the beer and food were both really, really good. Highly recommend this place for anyone.

Jan 23, 2017
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is a really cool spot in the old Naval base in San Diego. Not as great as the amazing Escondido location, but very nice in its own right. There's a huge outdoor patio and an even bigger area inside. The food is absolutely amazing (have the beef short rib!) and the beer is, well Stone beer: solid but not spectacular.

Sep 04, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place looks incredible! Wide selection of beers, all of which is top notch and super fresh. Great gift shop with growlers & bottles for sale. Food was exceptionally good. Very cool place!

Jul 31, 2016
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mrcraft from California

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was an interesting place. One, it's a very large space. There's an outdoor area with tables and chairs and a smaller outdoor bar. Being my first time here, I thought the outdoor area was it. By itself, it would have been a nice layout. Trying to find my way around, I found out there's a whole other indoor area. I'm assuming the main bar is inside. Second, the area is a re-purposed former military base. Kinda cool.

You can tell Stone invested a lot of money into this place. A plus, the bathrooms were really nice!

The vibe was great. The service wasn't though. There were only 4 guys sitting at the bar, but the 5 or so servers around seemed more content putting their glasses in crates than serving me. I only had one glass of Bruery beer and left. The guest tap list was larger than any other Stone location I've been to, thus far, so that's a plus.

It was nice to visit once. For me, it's more convenient to just hang out at the smaller location by the Santa Fe Depot though the vibe is nowhere close to the Liberty Station location.

May 19, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.36/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I didn't try the food and only had one beer here, mostly because the selection really underwhelmed.

When I visit a brewery I look forward to finding brews that I couldn't pick up in a gas station or that are made especially for the brewery. I didn't find much of that at this location, with a gose---which was nice---being the one exception.

The space itself was massive and felt like visiting Jurassic Park's theme world. Big old gift shop, wide-open interior and theme park feel. Service was pretty impersonal.

Not a place I'd revisit, I don't think.

Apr 12, 2016
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

First off they have some classy bathrooms. Stopped in for some fresh beer and some late xmas gifts. Truly awesome selection. Bought some growlers and the gut helping me could not have been nicer. Will make this a regular stop on my trips to San Diego.

Dec 26, 2015
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edward_boumil from New York

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Place overall was just really cool. Unfortunately I couldn't stay as long as I would have liked, had plans. But the atmosphere and deco were amazing, food was great and the beer selections were interesting. Things available I can't get back home so I got to try them.
The place is quite large though and a bit confusing, not something to deduct from the experience but just making note of it.

Dec 20, 2015
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socon67 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is like Willy Wonka's factory for beer. Tons of awesome variations. Mocha IPA, golden stout, and other very unique brewpub only taps. Food was world class as well, though pricey. I consider this a must stop if in SD.

Nov 12, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

A viable alternative to Escondido. Closer to downtown SD with all the amenities of Nowhere, North County. IMO, the best of both worlds.

Parking. Great beer and food. And, you don't have to drive 45 minutes to get back to civilization. I love the original location, but this offers a an attractive alternative. Same vibe as the first. Bring the kids, if you must. Wifi. When I'm in town, I stay at the Homewood Suites or Courtyard, drink and eat myself silly, then walk to my hotel. What more could I ask for? Except maybe a second liver.

Jun 20, 2015
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Lard_City from California

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Absolutely awesome and huge. No problem getting a table inside or outside. Beer selection is excellent including many from other breweries. Food is great but not typical brewery food. The setting is beyond belief. Go there.

Mar 15, 2015
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oldsailor from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Definitely has a fancy designer's touch with all the stone and garden aspects. Love the solid stone table tops throughout and walking through the beer garden. The food here is absolutely amazing every time we go. My favorite is the pork belly a la plancha sandwich. Don't know how they do it, but it's great every time.

Feb 04, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Super cool place to hang out in Liberty Station in SD. Very good beers, including some brewed on site that won't be found elsewhere. Food was really expensive for what you got, which was the only turn off. They are trying a bit to hard to be uber-posh on the food and it makes be hesitant to fully endorse. However, it is a pretty great place.

Jan 18, 2015
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 188 ratings