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Karl Strauss

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5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-431-2739
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 174
    Excellent
  • 189
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great service

We had a very good time eating here. The place was comfortable and busy but not to loud. The menu was extensive as was the hand crafted beers. Our server was new, (forgot his name ;( ) but was really helpful with all our questions regarding their beers and the menu. The beers we tried were very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We live a couple of miles away so we go to Karl's out of convenience, not because the food is amazing. They have a good beer list but it's expected in an area that is known for its breweries. The staff is usually nice, sometimes depending on the season a bit slow, but the restaurant itself is very comfortable. The... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We had a very good time eating here. The place was comfortable and busy but not to loud. The menu was extensive as was the hand crafted beers. Our server was new, (forgot his name ;( ) but was really helpful with all our questions regarding their beers and the menu. The beers we tried were very refreshing and 2... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Food and service was stellar! We had a nice Saturday afternoon lunch after checking out of the Grand Pacific Palisades. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the craft beer selections and food pairings. Food was excellent!

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National City, California
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We meet here once a month or so, with family coming down from Long Beach and the Inland Empire, and us coming up from San Diego. The service is always friendly, the beer is great (Tower 10 IPA, in particular), and the food is consistently good. Cashew Chicken Salad and pastrami are great, and their beer burgers are terrific. Fries... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I have been here many times. The food is always good. Staff is wonderful, especially if you are a beer drinker, as each beer is explained. Very generous portions, and always fresh. Patio seating is quit nice, thou no real views other than trees, but very pleasant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was very convenient to my hotel so I ate here twice. The breakfast was fine, but nothing to write home about. Tons of families and kids. The dinner, however, was very good. I got one a great appetizer and beer combo that had a delicious beer with some great local cheeses and other food. My sister, who got wine,... More 

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Woodland Hills, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This restaurant offers a decent breakfast buffet before spending the day in Legoland. The omelettes are the best part. The other hot food is very mediocre but they do offer a fruit salad, yogurt, oatmeal, and assorted Danish. Very kid friendly

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Really good happy hour and breakfast. If you like craft beer, this place has a really good selection.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I really was not looking forward to this dinner but came out so impressed with one of the best meals i have ever had! The menu was extensive. Many choices and although i am not a huge beer drinker, my beer was awesome. I tried the turkey burger and it had a side of watermelon with some thyme dressing on... More 

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Not bad for good beer lovers, excellent tasting experience and helpful barmen if you lucky. Joint closes way too early for a bar, making it an inconvenient evening if you want to spend a night in one place. Food is very average for a sports bar-restaurant. I've been to several different Karl Strausses, this particular one just doesn't pull it.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-431-2739

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?