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Karl Strauss' Old Columbia Brewery and Grill

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Address: 1157 Columbia St. between B and C streets, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 1-619-234-2739
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Description: From the long bar and raised dining area, guests at this busy and popular...
From the long bar and raised dining area, guests at this busy and popular microbrewery and restaurant view the brew kettle and shiny fermenters.
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The staff was very friendly and generous with samples! The nachos were delicious! Good beer!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2012
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Fieldbrook, California
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Fieldbrook, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

The staff was very friendly and generous with samples! The nachos were delicious! Good beer!

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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

EAT THE MAC N CHEESE! Best ever! My husband had a burger pass on that because it is noting special but the beer is great!

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Rancho Cucamonga
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

I would have never thought to have a wedding at a brewery, but let me tell you.......it works! People seem to be really in to micro brews and this place was awesome. The wedding setting was in front of the beautiful water gardens, the reception was inside the restaurant and the dancing was outside on a covered patio. The diner... More 

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Glendale, California
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The service was great, the pork chops were simply amazing

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Ensenada, Mexico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

try it out, you might like it, or might not, depends what you order, not everything is good here

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New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

The beer selection is great, but the food is a disappointment. Fish tacos were soggy, mac & cheese was just ordinary. Fish & chips were also soggy. Come for the beer, not for dinner.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Staying at the W hotel this was a very handy watering hole for us, being situated just around the corner (not that there's anything wrong with the bar at the W). The food was simple, well-cooked and hot (a bit of a change from most pubs). Service was very good and fast. Gets busy but helpful staff will find you... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

We really enjoyed the food here. The portions were big but not over the top. The waitress suggested some beers for us to try which were really good. Although it was busy we didn't have to wait long for a table. The service was very efficient.

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Victoria, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

We have visited numerous restaurants in the USA and have never returned to any ....until we found this one. We are VERY fussy about the quality of our food and drink and we found everything we could wish for here. The beer was excellent (we are British and know good real ale), varied and not for those who like it... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

The menu at this brewery is fantastic! They offer the typical brewery fare like burgers and salads and the best mac & cheese in the world, but what will amaze your taste buds are the innovative items, like the chile lime sweet potato fries and the rollos locos (like taquitos with a delicious cotija cheese and cruncchy tortilla on the... More 

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