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Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant

#186 of 4,161 Restaurants in San Diego
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9675 Scranton Road, San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 587-2739
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 35
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food & beer! Our favorite brewery in the San Diego area!

Of the many breweries we've visited in the San Diego area, this location is definitely our favorite for the food, atmosphere, & service. They have a great bar area including outdoor dining, & the property is quite scenic for its koi pond, gardens, etc. Just don't come on a Saturday since they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Tempe, Arizona, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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122 reviews 122 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Of the many breweries we've visited in the San Diego area, this location is definitely our favorite for the food, atmosphere, & service. They have a great bar area including outdoor dining, & the property is quite scenic for its koi pond, gardens, etc. Just don't come on a Saturday since they are closed for private events (there are other... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We've been to this restaurant several times and they never disappoint! The service and food are great. The menu changes regularly and I haven't been unhappy with the quality of the food.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This restaurant quickly became one of my favorites! The scenery is beautiful. It was a Japanese garden previously. It would be great for a date but we were comfortable with our family. The food is amazing. The spicy shrimp and grits was so good! The spice was perfect, don't let the fact that it has hot peppers in it scare... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Amazing service, with taster shots of beer when we explained we had never tried their beer before and out of this world food. Reasonably priced too and good value for money. Literally cannot recommend this enough, made our trip. Make sure you reserve as it gets busy.

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Some of the best beer, mosaic was on tap when we went, such a great beer. The food is unreal, so impressed. Have to make a stop here!

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New York, NY
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The wait staff here is really friendly and helpful. Went during happy hour, and drafts were only $4, and they had some food specials as well. Everything was pretty good. Beer selection was fairly large, and they had something for everyone - this is the key because it seems like San Diego is an IPA town, and I hate IPAs.... More 

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WGC - Hertfordshire
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Stayed in Marriott opposite, so came here to eat. Very busy and was lucky to get a table. In door and outside seating with pleasant scenery views with the lake and Koi carp. As the name says, they have a wide range of local beers to cater all tastes and alcohol percentage levels. One was a strong as wine! There... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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131 reviews 131 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place is in an up-scale, tech-heavy, office park that gives you no clue as to what a beautiful environment the restaurant has created. It is in a park-like setting with beautiful trees and plantings with koi ponds and subtle lighting. The building is open on 3 sides and sits hundreds of people. The beer selections were fantastic and the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Great food (as long as you aren't looking for a lot of light and healthy fare). I went with a group of 13 on a work trip and everyone had several options on the menu that they were interested in and everyone liked what they got. Burgers and sandwiches were a big hit; the wings, spicy steak and pretzel appetizers... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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79 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My wife and I ate here while on a business trip to the area. We stopped by at happy hour and were amazed at the quality of the craft beers and also the food. Our server was great. He made a number of suggestions once he had a feel for our tastes and every sugestion was spot on. We visited... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients

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