Queenstown Public House

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Queenstown Public HouseQueenstown Public House
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Queenstown Public HouseQueenstown Public House

Type: Bar, Eatery

1557 Columbia St
San Diego, California, 92101-2934
United States

(619) 546-0444 | map

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Added by mactrail on 02-09-2014

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by mactrail:
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the most attractive place-- an old house surrounded by patios and gardens on a quiet corner between downtown and Little Italy. We sat on the long covered porch on the south side. There are wacky seats and a gas fire in an old wringer washing machine in the front. It feels like Key West without the throngs of tourists. Quite outside and a long bar and couple of rooms inside.

There are 20 taps, and mostly above average and interesting. They don't focus totally on San Diego, and it's generally one less-common beer per brewery, except for three from Pizza Port and two from St. Archer none of which duplicate common bottled brews. We found Ballast Point, Belching Beaver PB Stout, a Stone Saison, Eagle Rock, Bear Republic Apex, Speakeasy, and Ninkasi. Pints were $7.

The menu is also not the standard spread and I'll be back to try more. There are a bunch of sandwiches but mostly with their own twist. Also interesting salads, fish and chips, steak and chips, salmon, and one kind of burger. A number of munchables. We had vegetables with two unusual dips, beautiful yellow and orange carrots (not the baby logs out of the bag), asparagus, etc. It's slightly on the pricey side but the place is so lovely and genteel it would be the place to take the little darling or the friends visiting from out of town.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I came here tonight after dinner because it looked like a quaint little place. I liked it a lot. I didn't have dinner tonight but next time I'm in San Diego, I stop by again.

From the exterior, it looks like an old Victorian home in Little Italy. Once you step inside, you have a nice restaurant with a bar with a good tap list. The food is New Zealand based.

The server was very friendly and attentive. The place had a nice, cool vibe.

Update - 8/24/15: I had dinner here tonight. Rack of lambs. It was delicious.

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Photo of JoelClark
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of the_encinitan
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

This is a cool little restaurant / bar that I stumbled upon during a walk. This is an old house that has been fitted for a restaurant. The outside porch had tables and there was a separate dining area off the main bar room. The space was bright and airy. The bar area was cool as the bar had a silver metal top and could seat about 10 folks.

There were 20 beers on draft. Ballast Point, Stone, Boulder, Golden Coast, Bruery, Lagunitas, and some smaller craft breweries were available. The food here is a good and a bit more unique than some other standard restaurant fare. Lamb burgers, hen pot pies, portebello "fries", and quinoa salad. The food and beers were fresh and tasty. Service was very friendly and prompt. If you are looking for something a bit different from a food standpoint that has a super selection of beers, this is it.

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Queenstown Public House in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5 ratings