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Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant

Brewery$$$$
Sorrento Valley, San Diego
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  • @socalwithkids
    "Beautiful location, with a neat koi pond that the kids love to see."(6 Tips)
    Mai Z.
    "the service is wonderful and the japanese garden is beautiful."(4 Tips)
    Dan T.
    "Eat the ahi poke, and get some of the black garlic fondue."(3 Tips)
    Dan B.
    "Cask night every thursday starting at 5pm."(3 Tips)
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  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezOctober 31, 2016
    Very nice, al-fresco location. Cuisine is all american, so expect only greasy items on the menu. Great selection of their regular line of beers as well as seasonal. Friendly staff, big parking lot.
  • @socalwithkids
    @socalwithkidsJanuary 12, 2013
    They have an incredible Sunday brunch which includes kid-friendly food, as well as delicious fare for the adult palette. Beautiful location, with a neat koi pond that the kids love to see.
  • Apostolos K.
    Apostolos K.November 18, 2012
    The double IPA is on cask for the next 1-2 weeks. It's really good, but if you're not a fan of cask-style ales, they offer an effervescent version of the same (double IPA) in a bottle!
  • Courtyard San Diego
    Courtyard San DiegoApril 29, 2012
    Located across the street, Karl Strauss has been a staple in the burgeoning SD microbrew scene. Walk over to their beautiful restaurant situated in a lush Japanese garden & enjoy some delectable eats!
  • Mark G.
    Mark GahaganAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Two times to come here: during happy hour and get a seat outside by the Koi Pond...and for Weekend Brunch...it is totally worth the cost.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They don't actually brew at this location, but they always have their beers on tap plus a couple of rotating taps. They tap a cask every Thursday, but expect a bit of a wait for a table.
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelSeptember 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's like a hidden secret garden. Great place to hang out and enjoy Karl Strausses amazing menu and beers
  • Debi M.
    Debi MooreMay 13, 2011
    The mac & cheese is stellar - and enough for lunch the next day. Top off your meal with the bread pudding - you won't believe how good it is!
  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 22, 2015
    The outdoor areas overlooking the massive Koi pond. Tranquil despite the lively buzz going on inside.
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinFebruary 4, 2015
    Favorite red ale, also great food. The shrimp po boy is delicious
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GermerAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come by on Friday to fill up a growler for your office and people will love you. And you will love you.
  • Courtney C.
    Courtney CaldwellApril 28, 2013
    Brunch is $24. They ran out of hot water so they shut it down early & wouldn't give a discount, or split check, & charged 18% gratuity for a buffet. Had to wait for the waiter & ask for everything.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BruckerSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Disappointed in the Oktoberfest this year. Red Trolley remains a consistent good beer but ultimately prefer some of the other local breweries these days.
  • Dory M.
    Dory MacielJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer and starters are delicious!
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmpJuly 13, 2015
    Such a beautiful garden and amazing brewery to have a wedding at! Peaceful and fun!
  • MattersOfGrey.com
    MattersOfGrey.comOctober 7, 2010
    Come for happy hour 4-6:30 ($3.50 beers). Also check out the Koi Pond they tend to be more active around this time
  • J L.
    J LAugust 8, 2014
    OG SD Brewery set in a Japanese Garden. Great place to hang out on a lazy sunny SD day.
  • Toni M.
    Toni McMahonMay 3, 2012
    Order the turkey burger with blue cheese! Well done fries!
  • Keval P.
    Keval PrabhuMarch 20, 2012
    Red trolley ale was my favourite. Pintale pale ale was great too.
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatSeptember 7, 2016
    I regret that I did not come here before. Much nicer than La Jolla one with the view and decoration
  • Alan B.
    Alan BushAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great scenery and ambiance tucked away amongst drab business decor.
  • Asten
    AstenOctober 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the mac and cheese dishes are absolutely stellar (and HUGE), and the Oktoberfest is really tasty.
  • Warren C.
    Warren CaviggiaJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Happy Hour prices are really good. Perfect place to wait out traffic.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole Van NessNovember 4, 2011
    Great food, awesome beer, and a beautiful view. And, it's near my work!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaApril 2, 2013
    Relax next to the pond and enjoy a brewskie!
  • Suresh S.
    Suresh SistlaNovember 17, 2011
    order cajun.fries ..spicy and great taste with beer
  • Caro K.
    Caro KuehneMarch 26, 2011
    Awesome place for office holiday party. Easy to get drunk, if that's kewl with your boss. Was with mine.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GrayDecember 18, 2012
    Come for brunch, get the unlimited mimosas!
  • Mai Z.
    Mai ZahnAugust 7, 2011
    the service is wonderful and the japanese garden is beautiful.
  • Joey H.
    Joey HernandezJanuary 1
    Been here 10+ times
    columbia street amber is tasty! thursday is cask night
  • Nicole N.
    Nicole NicolayDecember 8, 2011
    Be sure to try Two Tortugas...it will warm you right up!
  • Phil S.
    Phil SoteloMarch 28, 2012
    If you like dark beer try there Stout...good stuff!
  • Ray E.
    Ray ElkinsNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Still have no clue what the big deal is about this place; other than it's the only game in town for the area it's located in. Stone Brewery is better asthetically but the people watching is better @
  • Jesus G.
    Jesus Guzman-MoyaJune 24, 2011
    Nice place. Delicious Beer!! The food is excellent !!
  • John C.
    John CApril 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Friday is bring your growler to work day!
  • Asten
    AstenMay 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beers, great food. Terrible parking.
  • Brent S.
    Brent SmithFebruary 28
    Great time and people. Try one of each.
  • Peggy G.
    Peggy GartinOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place used to be a Japanese restaurant, which explains the koi pond.
  • Diana D.
    Diana DindyalAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    their chorizo burger is bomb!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MorenoSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Awesome staff, great beer = cant go wrong
  • Brian V.
    Brian VellmureMay 26, 2012
    Black garlic fondue...amazing.
  • Peggy G.
    Peggy GartinSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Qualcomm employees nicknamed this location "Building K" as if it's a QC location.
  • Vincent N.
    Vincent NassoMarch 29, 2011
    Always been happy with the lemon hef chicken.
  • BJ W.
    BJ WhiteDecember 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the beer, stay for the fish & chips.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MartinezAugust 2, 2016
    Sunday brunch is very expensive but the food was good
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraNovember 19, 2015
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  • Nikhil K.
    Nikhil KundargiNovember 2, 2011
    You HAVE to se the Koi pond here!
  • Dan L.
    Dan LarsenAugust 6, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Pair the Red Trolley Ale with the Bread Pudding dessert.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LDecember 15, 2012
    In the holiday season, avoid this place as they reserve tables for hours with no party seated at them. "30-45 minute" wait was more like 90.
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GhaniDecember 15, 2011
    Celebrating Tristan's last day at work.....you are here in spirit!
  • Parf B.
    Parf BearJune 12
    Great vegetarian options.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownApril 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Cask night every thursday starting at 5pm. Only 3.50!
  • Kevlar
    KevlarMarch 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch the bump in the floor by the restrooms. It'll get you even if you're *not* drunk.
  • Phil C.
    Phil ChenApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Seared Ahi and Beer
  • Volker W.
    Volker WohlfarthJuly 18, 2012
    Great food and great beer
  • Karla M.
    Karla Magallanes2 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome beer!
  • Heather B.
    Heather BarronsSeptember 11, 2010
    You should have a beer the next time you go here.
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.February 18, 2010
    Totally in agreement with Dan. Black Garlic Fondue is fantastic!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MorenoJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ks is actually at building k aka their address, that's why they call it that... Really people?
  • Brickfish
    BrickfishApril 19, 2010
    We LOVE this amazing restaurant. Great burgers!
  • Anil
    AnilMay 23, 2013
    Brick chicken is a disaster. Chicken was over cooked. U need a electric saw to cut it. Food quantity is too less. #fail
  • Andy
    AndyOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the ahi poke is amazing.
  • John S.
    John ScottNovember 15, 2011
    Sub the soup for Chilli.
  • Andy K.
    Andy KMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They are not shy with the beer samples.
  • Rich
    RichFebruary 19, 2011
    The 22 nd anniversary stout can be your dessert.
  • Bridget M.
    Bridget MurphyApril 21, 2010
    Porkchops are out of this world!
  • Dan T.
    Dan TentlerJuly 24, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat the ahi poke, and get some of the black garlic fondue. You'll thank me
  • Melani G.
    Melani GordonAugust 13, 2010
    Check out taphunter.com for what's on tap.
  • Growler G.
    Growler GuyMay 26, 2010
    go on thursday night's for cask night!
  • Chris S.
    Chris ScottJanuary 19, 2012
    Good burgers
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KnappAugust 11, 2012
    Closed for weddings on Saturdays.
  • Missy B.
    Missy BissyJune 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very disorganized on fathers day. Reservation means nothing.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeoJune 6, 2010
    Oops! Brunch only on Sunday. $23.95 - looked good!
  • Clement K.
    Clement KoOctober 11, 2010
    This place is also known as Building K
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SundinSeptember 9, 2010
    Happy Birthday Natalie
  • Anil
    AnilMay 23, 2013
    Food here is tasteless and over cooked
  • Esteban G.
    Esteban GirónDecember 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Miércoles: meatloaf. Jueves: cask night. Todos los días: Piggy Bank Mac & Cheese.
  • Sato I.
    Sato IGAJanuary 4
    まさかの日本庭園の横のブリュワリー! 雑味のない美味しいビールの数々。料理もそれなりに美味しく頂けました!
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