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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)
    Dan T.
    "Eat the ahi poke, and get some of the black garlic fondue."(3 Tips)
    Mai Z.
    "the service is wonderful and the japanese garden is beautiful."(3 Tips)
    Dan L.
    "Pair the Red Trolley Ale with the Bread Pudding dessert."(2 Tips)
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  • Asten
    AstenMay 3
    Great beers, great food. Terrible parking.
  • Warren C.
    Warren CaviggiaJanuary 14
    Happy Hour prices are really good. Perfect place to wait out traffic.
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraNovember 19, 2015
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  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 22, 2015
    The outdoor areas overlooking the massive Koi pond. Tranquil despite the lively buzz going on inside.
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmparanoJuly 13, 2015
    Such a beautiful garden and amazing brewery to have a wedding at! Peaceful and fun!
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinFebruary 4, 2015
    Favorite red ale, also great food. The shrimp po boy is delicious
  • Ken B.
    Ken BruckerSeptember 20, 2014
    Disappointed in the Oktoberfest this year. Red Trolley remains a consistent good beer but ultimately prefer some of the other local breweries these days.
  • 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.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GahaganAugust 7, 2014
    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.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GermerAugust 30, 2013
    Come by on Friday to fill up a growler for your office and people will love you. And you will love you.
  • Alan B.
    Alan BushAugust 23, 2013
    Great scenery and ambiance tucked away amongst drab business decor.
  • Dory M.
    Dory MacielJuly 10, 2013
    Great beer and starters are delicious!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaApril 2, 2013
    Relax next to the pond and enjoy a brewskie!
  • @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.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GrayDecember 18, 2012
    Come for brunch, get the unlimited mimosas!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HennesJuly 21, 2012
    Sunday brunch at the Scranton Location is the best kept secret. Don't tell too many of your friends.
  • Toni M.
    Toni McMahonMay 3, 2012
    Order the turkey burger with blue cheese! Well done fries!
  • 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!
  • Phil S.
    Phil SoteloMarch 28, 2012
    If you like dark beer try there Stout...good stuff!
  • Keval P.
    Keval PrabhuMarch 20, 2012
    Red trolley ale was my favourite. Pintale pale ale was great too.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MorenoJanuary 14, 2012
    Ks is actually at building k aka their address, that's why they call it that... Really people?
  • Nicole N.
    Nicole NicolayDecember 8, 2011
    Be sure to try Two Tortugas...it will warm you right up!
  • Suresh S.
    Suresh SistlaNovember 17, 2011
    order cajun.fries ..spicy and great taste with beer
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole Van NessNovember 4, 2011
    Great food, awesome beer, and a beautiful view. And, it's near my work!
  • Peggy G.
    Peggy GartinOctober 2, 2011
    This place used to be a Japanese restaurant, which explains the koi pond.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownSeptember 30, 2011
    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.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MorenoSeptember 8, 2011
    Awesome staff, great beer = cant go wrong
  • Peggy G.
    Peggy GartinSeptember 3, 2011
    Qualcomm employees nicknamed this location "Building K" as if it's a QC location.
  • Diana D.
    Diana DindyalAugust 31, 2011
    their chorizo burger is bomb!
  • Mai Z.
    Mai ZahnAugust 7, 2011
    the service is wonderful and the japanese garden is beautiful.
  • Jesus G.
    Jesus Guzman-MoyaJune 24, 2011
    Nice place. Delicious Beer!! The food is excellent !!
  • 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!
  • Vincent N.
    Vincent NassoMarch 29, 2011
    Always been happy with the lemon hef chicken.
  • 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.
  • Kevlar
    KevlarMarch 25, 2011
    Watch the bump in the floor by the restrooms. It'll get you even if you're *not* drunk.
  • BJ W.
    BJ WhiteDecember 3, 2010
    Go for the beer, stay for the fish & chips.
  • Ray E.
    Ray ElkinsNovember 9, 2010
    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 @
  • Asten
    AstenOctober 29, 2010
    the mac and cheese dishes are absolutely stellar (and HUGE), and the Oktoberfest is really tasty.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KirkOctober 8, 2010
    Calamari... cajun-style (off-menu secret). Super awesome!
  • 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
  • Heather B.
    Heather BarronsSeptember 11, 2010
    You should have a beer the next time you go here.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LarsenAugust 6, 2010
    Pair the Red Trolley Ale with the Bread Pudding dessert.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownApril 1, 2010
    Cask night every thursday starting at 5pm. Only 3.50!
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.February 18, 2010
    Totally in agreement with Dan. Black Garlic Fondue is fantastic!
  • Dan T.
    Dan TentlerJuly 24, 2009
    Eat the ahi poke, and get some of the black garlic fondue. You'll thank me
  • Esteban G.
    Esteban GirónDecember 27, 2015
    Miércoles: meatloaf. Jueves: cask night. Todos los días: Piggy Bank Mac & Cheese.
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