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5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-431-2739
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Ranked #21 of 284 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Modesto, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We first tried Karl Strauss because it was on site at our hotel, we ate all of our meals during our stay in Carlsbad here because of the wonderful food. The steaks were so tasty and tender. The truffle-parmesan fries were amazing. The pork chops were so tender and hardly tasted like pork at all, more like a fillet mignon.... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Karl Strauss is a lunch/dinner restaurant that looks and feels a little like a BJ's or TGIF. I'd say it's a mix of sports bar and family style food. The restaurant has some of their brewing equipment behind a glass wall near the back of the bar. You get an idea of how extensive beer brewing can be. Their Red... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Reasonably priced buffet breakfast with a wonderful omelette bar. The place can get pretty busy for supper time crowds, so I would suggest getting there early - no later than 6pm.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My wife and I were there last night while on vacation. The microbrewery had excellent beer. We were there during their happy hour. Their beers were discounted as are 5 of their appetizers. Overall food prices are reasonable though. Our server, Jesse, was friendly, attentive, and helpful. This is a must go to restaurant for beer lovers. We'll go back... More 

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South Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Waitress let people try as many samples of beer as they wanted and provided accurate descriptions of the drinks. She made good suggestions as to both beverages and food. I had a group eating at lunch and everyone left full and happy.

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Highland, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you go for happy hour, you don't have to sit at the bar or in the bar area to get the happy hour prices and deals on appetizers. The beer pretzels are made nearby and are excellent. You get two different types of dipping sauces. as if that wasn't enough,Thursdays they tap a keg and you get a taster... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This place has incredible food and if you are into craft beers, they have at least a dozen. Also a great place to sit and watch sports as well as hang out with friends and family. You cant go wrong with a stop here.

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Henderson, Nevada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Great menu, mac and cheese is the best. We dined 1 time for dinner, 1 time for lunch and 1 time dinner in room. Closest to the resort, other local dining impossible to get into. We liked the selection here and the selection of beers. Loud and busy place for dinner, but very doable for the family.

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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

For a pub, this place has a large, varied menu. They brew their own beer and give you samples so you can order one you like. Service was excellent.

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San Francisco, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a typical road house restaurant with comfort food, football on tv's and a long selection of beers. That said, it was exactly what we were hoping for after arriving at the adjacent hotel after a long trip. It all worked out well for us.

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Additional Information about Karl Strauss

Address: 5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: 760-431-2739
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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