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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

34 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
stonelibertystation.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
157
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
3.6%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 157
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.66/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of mrcraft
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.36/5  rDev -24.3%
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 warrendietrich2001
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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 edward_boumil
4.53/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of socon67
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of oldsailor
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The outside garden is one of a kind...the kind of place you dream about being while enjoying a beer that you can't get anywhere else. Classic and rare Stone offerings. Food wasn't anything I'd run back for, but the environment and beer is like no place I've ever been.

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Photo of bray
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

almost 100 ratings but love this location so much i still want to add to them...
Of course their beer is second to none,,,, Incredible food, Great location, and the greatest outdoor bar possibly anywhere.

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Photo of docoman
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Overall great place... the beer garden outside was really nice... felt like walking through restaurant before getting to outside beer garden... recommend going outside versus inside for beer and food... they even have weddings onsite... had my best beer overall to date "lost abbey deliverance" bottled here... so selection is very good.

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Photo of Mikeb8
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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 BeerForMuscle
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My first time to San Diego as an adult, I fly in to San Diego Airport, and get driven 9 minutes to this place. I couldn't have asked for a better first place to hit. It's in a cool area, with attractive architecture and decor. Tons of earth elements, sandy spots, coy ponds etc. Huge outdoor beer garden area for dining and drinking. The beer list was impressive, and included many local guest brews. You can create your own flight of (4) four ounce pours of any draft beer. The food selection was also wonderful, with eclectic ingredients and different takes on old favorites too. I had lamb belly Asian style pork buns. The wait staff was very friendly and knowledgable. They have a large merchandise shop too. I would strongly suggest anyone get to this place.

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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First day in San Diego and a must on the itinerary is this place. A large spawling complex where there is several rooms, and a large oudoor area and just a great vibe here. Most folks are here for great beer. Unfortunately a long wait for an outdoor seat planted us just off the large bar by the gift shop area. The bar alone can seat 25+ comfortably.

The waiter explained the beer menu with some personalization on what he preferrerd and why which was nice. There are about 15 standard Stone brews here, with about 10 brewed here specifically for the restaurant, and about 15 or so guest beers (Alesmith, Green Flash, etc.). I ordered the single hop IPA which was phenominal, and I also ejoyed two other beers which were good.

Servive was prompt and friendly. The gift shop is a bit expensive but well stocked. Growlers to go which is nice.

Overall a must stop for any BA visiting San Diego.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

5's across the board. Excellent beer selection, both in quantity and variety, including beers from other breweries and rare Stone brews. Awesome atmosphere: stone, wood, and iron decor, outdoor beer-garden, no musac. Not cheap, but worth what you get.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.95/5  rDev -11%
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 jlisuk
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Beautiful setting slightly marred by being in the flight path of the SD airport. Loud jets fly over every 5-10 minutes.

Food and beer prices were on the high side (around $7 for drafts, food $15+), but everything we tried tasted awesome. Lots of limited release

In addition to Stone beers, they had an impressive bottle list with beers from great breweries around the world.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Wow...do I love this place. Multiple bars, tons of taps, great service and a cool vibe. Beers are $5-7 which seems reasonable. I like that they offer indoor, outdoor and bar seating. They also have a great swag shop with beers to go. The menu seemed non traditional from a brew pub perspective but that might be a good thing for some.

I can't say anything that hasn't been said. A must visit if you are in the SD area.

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Photo of RDB51
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew pub. Their beers are outstanding. The food is very good but the selection of dishes is a bit odd for a pub. I prefer the large beer garden for group conversation and dinning. The indoor bar is a bit cold and impersonal. Not a place to meet new people but great for meeting friends. The staff does a good job and I have gone here several times.

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Photo of guityler83
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

This was my first stop on my trip to San Diego. It was barely noon when we started to head towards the airport in search of the legendary Stone World Bistro and Liberty Station and we got lost a few times, eventually going into a navy base and then navigating through the interesting gated community style location of the brewery.

We walked in and were immediately greeted by a server, instead of getting a table we went for the bar option. Sitting down and taking a look around the place was done up with rocks and water and the stone logo all over, there was a big court yard with fountains, tons of space.

Big tap list, I would say 30+ beers total, some raritys (an '06 Arrogant Bastard) and one offs from the brewery. The el dorrado IPA was my first pint and the thing was fresh and bright with hop aroma. The food menu was a bit pricey so I just went with a BBQ sandwich (which was ok). The next beer was a barrel aged smoked barley wine, which blew me away. There weren't many people there since it was so early so we got our drinks quickly and the bar tender was friendly. I got my AHA discount when the check came and left with some merch from the store.

In all, if you are in SD its worth a trip for sure, I would like to go back when its busier and get the full experience, but the beer was amazing from the source non-the less.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This place had atmosphere to spare. It just feels like you are truly somewhere special (beervana,perhaps?). While I have been to many breweries (AB,Boulevard,Schlafly,Goose Island) and nice bars,I have yet to find a comparison. the decor,beer list,and menu were the products of a lot of thoughtful planning. This is the Willy Wonka Chocolate factory equivalent for beer lovers (though obviously the vast majority of production was in Escondido). My wife and I sat outside in a very elaborate outdoor setting with plenty of lights strung about. There was a fountain that I heard and never saw. Thankfully there were countless outdoor heaters as it was a bit cool. I like that they had a lot of aged offerings from Stone along with plenty of draft options. They even had a good assortments of locals,micros and imports. I ordered the Oude Tart by The Bruery (I knew it was in the top 250 and had yet to see it elsewhere. We started with the hummus which was great,but the crackers were just good. I had the pulled pork & wild boar sandwich. It was great,but the chicken schnitzel and the bacon mashed potatoes my wife had were superb. We finished the meal off with the Arrogant Bastard brownie sundae and it was phenomenal. Service was excellent. Gift shop had lots of glass wear,hats,shirts,soaps made with beers,bottles and growlers to go. Really the only drawback was the frequent low flying aircraft overhead which you had to learn to conversation around.

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Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Having visited the main location a few days ago I was intrigued to see if some of their other locations lived up to the main one. A bit hard to find, only a very small sign out front hints at what is inside the building. Once we found the entrance we checked out the small store right inside the door, some pretty nice swag and bottles in there. Once we got to the bar area it was pretty similar to the main location, with a bit more plane noise. Atmosphere was pretty laid back but it was mostly dead at lunch time so nothing to amazing. Service was awesome. Our bartender was great to talk to and never let my glass sit empty for more than a minute. Quality was pretty high all around. Beers in the correct glasses and the building itself was beautifully renovated to fit their needs. Selection was even better than the original location. I know they just had their winter storm event a week or so ago so I can only assume I encountered some of the leftovers. I was able to get a StoneWall, one of my long time wants, and a ’08 Old Guardian aged in red wine barrels. They also had a few other leftovers but we had other places to be. Food was excellent as usual. I got the pulled chicken and boar sandwich and it was awesome. Also got to try some of the BBQ ribs and they were excellent as well. Prices on beers were pretty good, food was again a little overpriced but it was quality so thats not a huge deal for me. Overall I think I might prefer this place in almost every way over the main location except the overall vibe. I will have to return for dinner next time I am in town and see if it is any better then. Still an awesome place to have a beer and avoid some of the usual crowds that frequent the main location.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I have been to the Stone brewery and this is like a mini version of their beer garden directly in downtown San Diego next to the train station. There is an outside area that has stones and nice chairs and benches in it. The chairs and benches are actually made out of wine barrel staves which I thought was a really nice touch.

What's amazing is that this was a Saturday night around 8:00 PM and this place was nearly empty. I think in total there were 10 people there. I bought a round of beers and then some 22 oz bottles to take back home with me. The cost was on the higher end which is the reason that they were empty I'm betting. Regardless, I would rather pay a little extra for their beautiful atmosphere in the middle of San Diego.

Great spot, go there if you are ever in the train station in San Diego. It is a great spot literally right next door.

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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
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