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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego

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BA SCORE
88
very good

31 Reviews
Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San DiegoKarl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1157 Columbia St
San Diego, California, 92101
United States

(619) 234-2739 | map
www.karlstrauss.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
88
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
55
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
8.01%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 55
Reviews by OlieIPA:
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

After a long day of visiting several breweries, a whole bunch of my friends decided to grab some grub and beers to end our day. We went on a Saturday night and I was expecting a wait, but I was suprised to see that the restaurant was half empty. The atmosphere was nice and the game was on...so most of my attention was focused on that. The quality was pretty good as well as the selection of beer. The food was also good, but nothing special. My overall impression...a nice place to hang out, but again...nothing too extrodinary. Worth a visit if your in town and are looking for a place to chill.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Location in the downtown area. Always have a Brewer's Choice and a barrel aged tap option. Also saw they do a cask on Thursdays. Went with a flight that had the peanut butter cup porter and the Oktoberfest. Food was good (I recommend the west coast carbonara).

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Bonnie was a great bartender

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Decent atmosphere, friendly bar tender and flights of beer. Food looked good. Not the most amazing beer selection as they had only Karl Strauss offerings.

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Photo of SkiBumbo
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of barflybastard
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of numbers
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This place was the first San Diego brewery we went to. Vibe was so-so the servers were pretty damn good. Worth the trip

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Photo of clager
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of qcghost
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must visit if you are in Gas Lamp area.

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Photo of GatorCoop
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

I forgot this place was only a few blocks from the Sante Fe Depot. It was perfect to grab a few tasters before jumping on the train back home.

It was a Friday evening, so it was packed, a good sign. The atmosphere was inviting. Bartenders and servers were all friendly. I sat at the bar to grab a series of tasters. I had a nice chat with a fellow from back East visiting San Diego to watch the Patriots/Chargers game with buddies he hasn't seen in over 20 years. That was cool.

I didn't order any food, but it looked pretty good. The beers were good, nothing earth-shattering but solid. My favorite of the night was Five Wee, a scotch ale. Very nice.

I'll surely return in the future, and make my rotation of places to hit before hopping on the train.

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Photo of myelo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Seems primarily a restaurant with good beer selection. Convenient to downtown. The food is better than a lot of brew pub places and atmosphere is upscale casual. Tried the chili, fish tacos, and the squid and ahi poke appetizers and they were all excellent. Service is very good and servers knew about the beer offering, which was about 10 beers on tap as well as some bottles. Also fill growlers. Tired the Belgian IPA, Octoberfest, Red Trolley ale and one other that I can't recall and they were all nice. Most main dishes were in the $15 range so figure $25-30 with a few beers.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Upon entering you first notice the lighter shades of woods, yellow walls, and plenty of tables and 1/2 booths. There are a few tables outside too. The bar overlooks some of the brewing tanks. Big open wood ceiling give this a bit of an airy feel.

There were about 10 house beers on draft with some beers available in bombers. I had numerous beers over a few stops here and the ranged from OK to really good. One of the older places in San Diego, and it is worthy of a stop.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of anon
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rocket182
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Tarps68
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego in San Diego, CA
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.
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