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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station

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BA SCORE
97
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32 Reviews
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(619) 269-2100 | map
www.stonelibertystation.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
154
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

There are actually 40 taps and an interesting variety of mostly worthwhile beers. Several Stone products, including three from the brewery just opened at this location, all hoppy. At the bar the servers where not very talkative but quite friendly, and happy to tell you what they know about the beers. No one offered to pour a sample, I noticed. Food seemed very over-priced with tiny portions. The $15 cheese, fruit, and crackers plate had a thin-sliced eighth of an apple and one strawberry carefully sliced in half. I'd eat at the Roseville Cuzhina around the corner, which has plentiful Portuguese food and ten taps.

Aside from the beers, the main attraction is the vast outdoor area with giant rocks, a variety of seating, and landscaping. It was thronged on a Sunday early evening. Indoors is a cavernous succession of rooms. I just wonder who designed this place, and who decided to spend so much money on it? It's just silly and and a strange combination of beat-up concrete and flue tiles, mixed with indoor watercourses and huge random slabs of rock. So swanky it's not what I would think of as a place to taste beer. At least it wasn't noisy, for all the people, with music that played softly most of the time.

I know people are big fans of Stone, but I prefer the many neighborhood bars and restaurants around the area that serve endlessly interesting beers, over this huge corporate place. Our server said they can seat over 600 people, making it the largest restaurant in San Diego, and something like 300 people are employed at this location. There is plenty of parking in the big lot under the giant American flag. The 28 bus goes along Rosecrans from Old Town trolley station.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RajaSTL
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.64/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Studfarm69
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of HippieDave56
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of NooseJustice
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Hoppedelic
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.36/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of Swig46
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of garyloveman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NJNYC732
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Camillo
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of azdback
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of edward_boumil
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
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