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
4.54/5
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
pDev:
7.71%
 
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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Boone757
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
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 StoutSnob40
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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 orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of BeerOps
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of socon67
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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 wethorseblanket
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of LittleDon
4.54/5  rDev 0%
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by with the wife. Incredible setup, huge, indoor and outdoor. Nothing like it, just beautiful. Massive selection, it was a sour beer day, but I got a Brunch Weasel and Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine. Had some heavy hitting bottles from Stone and beyond but way on the pricey side. $14 for Brunch Weasel 13 oz. and ) $16 for the Heirloom. The $26 for a 3F Oude Geuze Golden Blend 375 ml was crazy and I didn’t pay that, but decided on a $22 bottle (250 ml) of Cognac George! for $22--I was buzzed at that point. Come to bottle share things with others and maybe the hit isn’t so bad. They have a retail store and I grabbed a Southern Charred and some Stone Dog Bones here as well for my pup back home. Food was awesome, got the crispy Brussels sprouts and duck tacos. Fantastic. Knocks: Service was slightly slow and a low flying airplane came by every couple minutes sitting outside. The planes really, really hurt what is otherwise an incredible atmosphere. Also way pricey. Overall this is a must visit, just get your wallet ready.

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

Photo of Lucnifter
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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 arizcards
4.45/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Just visited with Da Boss earlier today.

Atmosphere was very good, a very large restaurant with several different seating areas indoors and a ginourmous outdoor patio that can seat maybe a couple of hundred. One of the servers mentioned this was the largest seating capacity restaurant in San Diego. It even tops Pelican Brewing up in Oregon which was the biggest brewpub i had been too until today.

Quality was excellent as there are not too many places that serve the grog Stone has (30 listed taps and a bottle list of 100 or so).

Selection of beer mentioned above was pretty awesome. There was the usual Stone lineup mixed in with local San Diego and smaller California brewers. And beyond that there were some wonderful European brews in the mix.

Food was excellent. Da Boss had the Chicken Tiki Masala and i had the Yokisaba noodles. Both dishes were from the hands of professional chefs...well worth the price of admission.

Overall value was a bit pricey...but as the old adage says you get what you pay for. Definitely check this place out!

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Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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