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Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant

Brewery, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Central San Diego, San Diego
  • Jesus M.
    "Red Trolley ale was so good the food was great love this place"(3 Tips)
    Mark C.
    "Get the Mac and Cheese - Piggy Bank w/ jalapenos!"(3 Tips)
    Ryan K.
    "Cask night every Thursday at 5. Definitely worth a visit!"(3 Tips)
    Aaron K.
    "Get the Big Beer Burger and pair it with the Off The Rails!"(2 Tips)
107 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • piggy bank
  • mac & cheese
  • happy hour
  • good for groups
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  • James W.
    James WhiteAugust 11, 2014
    Probably the best HH in town for beer geeks; $4 flights (4 beers) and specially priced well portioned appetizers! It's a neat little spot too by the train station and Little Italy.
  • Conrad & Jenn R.
    Conrad & Jenn R.February 7, 2015
    Red Tolley ftw! Pretty much anything on cask & the 26th Anniversary barrel aged Belgian strong ale is tasty. Bourbon fans can appreciate
  • Sarah
    SarahDecember 22, 2017
    The Artisan Melt was one of the most delicious meals I've had in a long time! I was very sick, too... So I honestly didn't feel like eating, but one bite of that and I completely changed my mind.
  • Yam D.
    Yam DJuly 3, 2017
    Happy hour is a fantastic deal $5 food & beer. Always make sure to check out whatever they have new on tap.
  • Omar S.
    Omar SanchezJuly 17, 2016
    Aurora's the best for this summer weather...and chilli fries (sweet potato) are awsome...If Hungría try its Burger or the ribeye, both are great.
  • Dominic R.
    Dominic RiosJuly 16, 2015
    Great downtown spot for a small bite and drink. Relatively inexpensive and food is good quality. I recommend the Red Trolley Ale!
  • loran j.
    loran jonakAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    All the Karl's have a great selection of beers they brew. Go on Thursday for cask night. This location does not have hard liquor
  • Allison H.
    Allison HagenSeptember 23, 2013
    Tank tap beer is an amazing deal. Fresh from the brewery. Current one (Sept '13) is an 11% Quad that is delicious.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuApril 2, 2017
    Love the pre set flight options. Pair it with the truffle fries. Cute interior with green vines, good for convos.
  • Sarah Jo S.
    Sarah Jo SautterOctober 10, 2014
    Go on Thursdays and get the cask special. Vanilla toast porter was smooth.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RonichNovember 13, 2010
    Best gastro-pub in SD. A place for people who know and love beer. Food is quite good as well. Pot Roast Sliders were excellent. The wait staff are cute to boot.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GeeApril 6, 2012
    Red trolley is always a good way to enjoy the night! When it comes to the food, I choose a hamburger with bacon and awesome guacamole.
  • Kent G.
    Kent GeorgiApril 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the $8 Growler code every Friday on their fan page. Full Growler and save $$. Read more
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca ButlerJune 24, 2012
    Ask for Goose to be your server! He made the night for us! Also the good food and beer helped!
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaSeptember 14, 2014
    If you want a local brewery you have to try this place. Lot's of good beer and food. Not many other places around it though.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaDecember 6, 2012
    Go for the Tower 10 if you're into a Westcoast style IPA!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 15, 2013
    Their signature beer-basted burger is so moist you can almost drink it.
  • Lena K.
    Lena KiddOctober 4, 2014
    Tried Ahi Poke, Ahi Salad and Big Beer Burger. Recommend all. Very very good.
  • Ames C.
    Ames ClingerMarch 16, 2014
    Literally the best nachos I have ever had. And I have be had more than a few bomb nachos. .!
  • Ashlee A.
    Ashlee ApodacaJune 15, 2012
    Have to get the Red Trolley BBQ Boneless Wings! TO DIE FOR!!!
  • Mark J.
    Mark JonesAugust 8, 2016
    They will let you have a tasting of anything on tap, try aurora hoppyalis just for the aroma
  • jenn
    jennNovember 3, 2013
    relaxed atmosphere. good people. they don't have premium cable though ... can't watch my seahawks.
  • Harri
    HarriDecember 6, 2013
    Starters were excellent, also mains. Superb service! Try the baby squids!
  • Carl H.
    Carl HaydelDecember 25, 2014
    Really good local brewery. I love the hefeweizen, good stout too.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SorrellMarch 25, 2014
    Spicy Hummus was delicious. A very So. Cal. inspired, guacamole-like flavor.
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GalellaJune 17, 2012
    The mac & cheese is so filling! And Jeff is the nicest, most efficient bartender ever.
  • Felix J.
    Felix JCOctober 17, 2014
    Amazing beer menu and super tasty meals also for vegetarians
  • Raymond L.
    Raymond LiJuly 26, 2014
    The nachos are huge. Easily enough for 2
  • Prathmesh J.
    Prathmesh JadhavAugust 27, 2013
    Fish tacos!! One of the best I have ever had!!
  • Miguel S.
    Miguel SalcidoSeptember 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The "tenth tap" rotates, so ask about it. Also, the Turkey Bleu burger with their wing sauce for dipping on the side is sublime!
  • Jesus M.
    Jesus MendezFebruary 1, 2015
    Red Trolley ale was so good the food was great love this place
  • Phil R.
    Phil RojoJuly 31, 2014
    Fig chutney on a hamburger is ridiculously good. So is the beer!
  • Todd A.
    Todd ArmstrongSeptember 4, 2011
    Food is great but let the staff pair a beer with your food. You won't be disappointed.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LeighMarch 20, 2012
    $6 beer flights- Great way to try everything they have on tap
  • Jonah A.
    Jonah AldamaJuly 27, 2016
    The best homemade beer and burgers in SD!
  • Lance S.
    Lance SpeelmonJune 7, 2013
    Mac and cheese on tap is amazing. Get the "norm"!
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KozloffJune 9, 2014
    Get the Big Beer Burger and pair it with the Off The Rails!
  • Esri UC
    Esri UCJuly 7, 2010
    ArcGIS Developer Rupert recomends this as your best bet for fun and food if you're staying north of Broadway for the ESRI UC. Read more
  • Maria G.
    Maria GrajalesDecember 7, 2014
    Try the Five Wee Heavy Bells if you are here at Christmas season!
  • Conrad & Jenn R.
    Conrad & Jenn R.September 21, 2011
    Happy Hour M-F 4:00-6:30. $4 drink specials & $5 select appetizers.
  • christian v.
    christian vantvlieApril 8, 2013
    Happy hour beer and snacks are one of the best in town.
  • billy l.
    billy l.December 12, 2011
    Best waitress ever!! Ask for Jennifer!! And the piggy bank, AWE-SOME!!!
  • Sam D.
    Sam DSeptember 30, 2017
    Braised pork rib with a fried egg 😍
  • Kit T.
    Kit TollertonJuly 22, 2011
    Nachos are huge. Just eat it for dinner with a friend if the two of you are only a little hungry.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WithunJune 13, 2015
    Great #craftbeer. Great food. Great service.
  • Naima F.
    Naima FinnieDecember 16, 2012
    Try the Mediterranean Salad - I added the mango ;-)
  • Heather C.
    Heather CasteelNovember 22, 2013
    Cask Night Thursdays. $4 cask beers until it runs out.
  • Jason V.
    Jason VasquezMay 6, 2012
    BBQ Pork sandwich was great. MAC n cheese was also very good.
  • Ainee T.
    Ainee TinyNovember 26, 2015
    Ahi tuna must try!
  • Richard M.
    Richard MendozaJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always go for the wind and sea wheat hefeweizen the best beer!
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