Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen

Ballast Point Tasting Room & KitchenBallast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen
Ballast Point Tasting Room & KitchenBallast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen
Bar, Eatery

2215 India St
San Diego, California, 92101-1725
United States

(858) 695-2739 | map

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3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
Ballast Point California Kölsch (draft)
Ballast Point Fathom IPA (sample)
Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter (draft)
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin IPA (sample)

Beers ranged from decent to very good. Also ordered some grilled fish tacos that were quite satisfying. Service was strong as our food and drinks arrived promptly and the bartender was happy to take a picture of us (much appreciated!). Bustling, vibrant atmosphere in the taproom. They seem to attract a younger crowd. Our overall experience was enjoyable, and we would likely come back.

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cratez from Ontario (Canada), Mar 29, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The beer list is extraordinarily impressive. There are over 50 taps of different beers from the Ballast brewery. There are nine Oktoberfest beers and 12 barrel aged beers.

The service is fast with many beer keepers covering many customers. Just the replacement of glassware is non stop. Everyone's friendly so it doesn't feel like a factory. But if it's an active place with lots of high energy.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Oct 28, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Place was slammed on a Friday night and took forever to get a beer, but their selection and quality is good. Would like to check out sometime at a less crowded time during the day.

Also got a BA Victory At Sea bottle in the merch store to go which is awesome.

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mdfb79 from New York, Oct 13, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited earlier today after a day of roaming the San Diego Safari Park with Da Boss.

Vibe was good for a Tuesday mid-afternoon with the crowd primarily being either skaters or tourists. Could see this would be a happening place in the evening. Large establishment with indoor/outdoor seating i would guesstimate at a 200 person capacity.

Quality of the brews were is Ballast Point!

Service was very good by the young dude taking orders at the bar (self serve bar). Food came out in good time and order. Very nice bunch of kids working there.

Selection must have been at least 30 maybe 40 taps of all BP product.

Food was very good as Da Boss enjoyed her BP Burger and i had the Bruchetta sandwich which was very good.

Definitely stop in if you are staying in downtown San will not be disappointed.

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arizcards from Arizona, Feb 22, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

While beer is not actually brewed on-site, this is a tasting room-restaurant located in Little Italy: the venue is a large room with plenty of space to eat, drink and schmooze. The large L-shape bar is the center here; above the bar is the currently changing draft listing of delicious (30+) Ballast Point brews. Of the many breweries in San Diego, I consider BP one of the best. There is food available, but no table service (it can be ordered at the bar, however.)
Great service, excellent grub and some superlative beer (at decent prices) in a fun atmosphere makes BP a must stop for anyone on a San Diego beercation. I recommend the following beers: Piper Down Scottish Ale, Black Martin Porter, Double Dorado IPA and a wonderful stout that goes by the name of The Commodore.

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jjboesen from Maryland, Feb 05, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Lucked into a visit on Victory at Sea day at this Little Italy location. It was a true treat.

Tons of variants on tap and a nice price for some tasters, a bottle to go and a collector's goblet.

I was pleased with the food, especially the poke and the duck nachos, although the price pushes the boundaries a bit.

It's nice that Bottlecraft is close by so one can hit both in one visit.

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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico, Feb 05, 2016
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The first place I went when I got to San Diego, awesome tacos, and an amazing draft list, place was crowded but everything went smoothly, would definitely go back!

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TheKlevin from Michigan, Jan 31, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Tough venue for a bachelor party (too many guys who didn't know each other and too loud for easy conversation). Food is just average bar fare at higher prices. That said, fantastic beer selection and good service. Would work much better for 2-4 people at a single table, at the bar, or in the cozy lounge seating in the back. I will definitely be back on my next San Diego visit.

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archerdc from Virginia, Dec 25, 2015
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4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I really enjoyed this place on our visit to san diego. lots of fun beers on tap and decent food. great place to relax and have some fun after a full day exploring the city.

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scxcrunner from Massachusetts, Dec 11, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Came here during San Diego Beer week. Incredible offerings and some experimental taps. I had the Red velvet cake (beet & chocolate stout) plus Ginger Big Eye IPA. Food was also top notch. Easily a highlight of any trip to the area.

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socon67 from New York, Nov 13, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

If you are near the San Diego airport and have some time to kill, this is a great spot to go. Its roughly 2 miles from the rental car returns and there is another great place right across the street (Bottle Craft).

Its a fairly basic place, where you need to pick up your own food and beer from two separate counters, but the food is pretty good and the beer is very good :) .

There are quite a few taps with different selections from Ballast Point. Depending on season, you will find a different concentration of beer types. Prices are pretty reasonable and its definitely worth going to, as Ballast Point certainly knows what they are doing with beers.

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dbannister from California, Sep 24, 2015
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4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Up in Little Italy. Maybe a 20 minute walk from Petco, etc. Well worth it, and across street from Bottlecraft. This was the highlight of my San Diego trip. Laid back, nice folks all over the place, and a little patio outside. Big windows open to what I am assuming is one of their pilot systems. We got to watch some professional brewing take place. Absolute quality beer as expected from BP. Everything I tried was spot on. Bartenders took a few minutes to chat and make some suggestions for me and my buddy. 3 4oz pours for a fiver is a good option if you want to browse. Food folks were awesome and friendly too. Brew selection included all of the BP standards, and then a bunch of different variants and one offs. There had to be something like 35-40 handles at the bar. You could also buy just about all of the BP standards in bottles/cans. The food was ridiculously good as well. You are a chump if you go to SD and don't hit the BP Taproom!

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Mikus from Pennsylvania, Jun 07, 2015
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3.04/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75

1 for service because they were the only place out of the dozen I hit in the same day for my birthday that had an issue with my license expiring that same day when I'm clearly well over 21. I've worked in bars and I understand this, when I received this explanation from the manager he expanded that he could not accept the paper I had that made it valid per the DMV and claimed that he doesn't even accept out of state IDs. I call bullshit, never going back.

I rated the other aspects fairly, only docking them hard on service for trying to give me a line of bullshit.

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chrisjws from California, Apr 13, 2015
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is one of my favorite places! Great vibe and a lot of energy! 20-25 of their beers on tap! This is their R&D location so it is pretty neat to see what they are trying next. A must place to visit if you are in San Diego!

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NavyGoat from Illinois, Mar 19, 2015
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This location is in a section of little Italy. They have a great vast selection of beers. The vibe was fantastic and the food was excellent. I had the chicken burger and it was delicious. The truffle fries were something out of this world. There is outdoor seating as well as indoor. The crowd when I was there was fairly young.

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SSS from Quebec (Canada), Mar 01, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This Ballast Point is located at the far end of Little Italy. It's a fairly spacious location with both interior bar, tables, and an outdoor patio. They have many taps but from what I saw they were all Ballast Point beers.

I went around 9:30 p.m. and it was busy, crowded, and loud. They had some merchandise in the hallway. I didn't buy any food since I was in Little Italy and went to an Italian restaurant down the street that had incredible pasta.

I only had a glass with Wahoo White since I already visited Stone earlier in the evening and Bottlecraft across the street.

If you like Ballast Point beers, then this is obviously a great place for you. Maybe I will return and try some food.

Nice place to hang out.

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mrcraft from California, Feb 05, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Sculpin, Sculpin, Sculpin! If you're an IPA hophead, this is now one of my favorites! Even beats out my pref on Dogfish Head 90. Great PB&J Chicken Wings. The J is for jalapeño...

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Jetlag767 from Minnesota, Sep 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

The perfect last stop before heading to the airport. All of the regular Ballast Point offerings plus so much more! Serrano Pale Ale is out of this world!

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AZBeerMan from Arizona, Aug 28, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is located in the Little Italy area of town. Big space with loads of natural light from all the glass windows, and add to that a warehouse feel. There is a big L shaped bar that can seat about 20 or so. Large amount of tables here too. A large refridgerator is behind one part of the bar with all the Ballast Point beers in cans and bottles to take home. The kitchen is in the back of the place.

They have all the standard offerings plus a list of about 25 beers listed as R&D. There were 4 specialties beers on the menu too. The beers were very fresh and awesome as usual.

The food and service were very good. This should be a must stop for any BA in town.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Aug 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Ahhh, my favorite. They have unique beers for tasting, some of their most popular, and some for research and development. Lots of space at bar, which allows you to ask any question you want about whats on tap. They all are very knowledgeable in what they are serving.

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sillyhed8 from California, Jul 14, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Stopped by this place last time I was in San Diego, good location and within walking distance of where I usually stay. Lots of taps, there must have been 30 or so and lots of one-offs like sculpin with peppers, chipotle Marlin. The service was friendly and the place was quite busy. Prices are reasonable, I think a half pint is $3-$4 depending on the beer which is nice because then you can try more. Food was good, I had the mussels with chorizo though they could have gone a little easier on the ginger. Overall, good experience and I would definitely go back.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Jan 25, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This place is another notch up for ballast Point. They have stepped their game up and do not dissapoint. Not only do they have over 15+ beers on tap but they also have rotating specilaty beers on tap and cask offerings once a week.

The food at this place is fantastic, prices reflect the quality in my opinion. Its not dirt cheap dive bar food so thats why you pay a little bit more. Calamari is delicious, Truffle fries, Onion Rings.... need I say more.

The atmosphere is second to none. The building is set up high in Little Italy so you have a beutiful view of the bay and the sunset. Right next door to this location are all sorts of nice little quaint antique stores and niche shops.

The only improvement I would make is for them to add a parking lot somehow. It can be a little bit difficult to park sometimes.

Overall this place is amazing and I love going there.

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Hotrod88 from California, Nov 25, 2013
Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 137 ratings