Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station

Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station
BA SCORE
96.9%
Liked This Place
4.54 w/ 163 Ratings
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty StationStone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(619) 269-2100 | map
stonelibertystation.com

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Added by DeanMoriarty on 05-27-2013

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
163
Liked:
158
Avg:
4.54/5
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.36/5  rDev -26%
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 Snellgg5
3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of HeyLady
3.65/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of briang01
3.72/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of adhokk7
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Camillo
3.89/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.95/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The place is beautiful, really done nicely. The bar room is dope and the outside has a great ambiance. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

There were 40 taps, although over half of them were IPA's. I was looking for something dark or maybe stout, didn't find what I wanted. I chose something else and wasn't disappointed.

The food was pricey and a bit uninspired in my opinion. I thought that the value for money wasn't really there. Not that I was really there for the food but it was a lunch/beer visit.

Overall I love Stone beers. I might go back for another visit but it's not really one of my go-to places when I just want to grab a beer and relax.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.98/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mikeb8
4/5  rDev -11.9%

The location is beautiful. Largest restaurant in San diego and it is a sight to behold. The beer is great, but the food leaves a little to be desired. Very pricey, which is fine, but it wasn't that good.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Dafixa
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was on a beer-centric trip down to San Diego, and had to stop by here for dinner before heading back up to LA. Upon arrival, you just don't realize how massive of a place this is. We were told it seats up to 950 people. Just an awesome area for a huge number of people. The requisite gargoyle decor is around just about everywhere. Very cool spot. Good tap list on hand, all of the popular Stone brews, plus a couple one-offs from the Liberty Station brewpub. Also probably 15 guest taps, which are of good quality. Not an outrageous selection, but very good. Finally, the food was on point. I had the chicken schnitzel which was awesome, and the wife had a steak. Very good quality, and nice presentation. Overall, I would call this a must stop on any San Diego beer trip. I have not been to the location in Escondido, but this one was a good stop.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of breadwinner
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cold_1
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Deaner1308
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 96.9% out of 100 with 163 ratings
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