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Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant

#173 of 3,757 Restaurants in San Diego
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9675 Scranton Road, San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 587-2739
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 175
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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 12
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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My husband and I, as well as my kids loved this place. The kids enjoyed seeing all the Koi fish in the pond outside of the seating area. The food was great, my 2.5 year old loved their calmari! and the kids meals were decent for the cost.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Jessica E
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I, as well as my kids loved this place. The kids enjoyed seeing all the Koi fish in the pond outside of the seating area. The food was great, my 2.5 year old loved their calmari! and the kids meals were decent for the cost.

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portsmouth, NH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place has class. It starts with the staff, all smiles and good customer service. They know the products. Just ask their fav's - you can't lose. The two turkey burgers are best I've ever had. Gourmet local ingredients, creative beers and a real nicely landscaped patio and garden area on a koi pond round out the vibe. Love this... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The stars are all for the service. Had the piri piri wings and they were good but sirloin was pretty tough and not much flavor. Beers were average at best. Good scenery and setting.

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La Jolla, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This review is for the 1% of you who like scrumptious salads. The salads there leave much to be desired. The BBQ chicken salad is tiny and has too many cheap ingredients to command a $14 price tag. Salads leave restaurants good margins, and the pricing of salads is not based on cost of ingredients, but here the abuse is... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Whether you're visiting or a local this is a place you must visit! Great beer & food! Enjoy a beer and get a table next to the Koi pond. This place also features one of the best brunch deals/food in San Diego.

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Marlton, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Stopped in before a Padres game on vacation in California. in a town known for beer and bar food, this was a cut about the competition. I only wish I could get their Tower 10 IPA on the east coast. Great food,great beer,go there !

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Beer was good. Food was so so. Fish and chips were greasy. Not much fish and all breading. Mixed reviews from coworkers on food. Service was slow. Way under staffed. They are in the Beer business, not the food business. Nice ambiance if you are outside. If you are on a blind date eat inside. You won't be able to... More 

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Everything i've tried from their menu has been a delicious hit. They make one of the best tofu dishes I've ever tried (Thai Tofu dish)! I've been to this location several times with co-workers and took my family during a recent trip to San Diego. The quality and taste of the food items is amazing. I also like many of... More 

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Twin Cities, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A-okay. Any place with a Koi pond is putting me in a good mood. My party advised the alcohol was really good as did I for my Sprite. The meals were hit and miss, sadly. My mac and cheese was heaven, the hubby and Private liked their meals but the other child and spouse had issues with their hamburger buns... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not elegant dining but an easy place to take kids. There is enough variety on the menu that all should find something that pleases. Sample some of the stranger sounding brews if you like beer. You may be pleasantly surprised -- we were! Makes for a nice evening for a variety of ages -- our three generations enjoyed the experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9675 Scranton Road, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (858) 587-2739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, German, Pizza, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?