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“Not worth the brunch hype” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Small Bar

Small Bar
4628 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 795-7998
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Ranked #527 of 4,100 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
San Diego
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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not worth the brunch hype”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

I heard so much about the brunch at Small bar, and just the food for that matter. I ordered the Chile Verde and Bloody Mary. The breakfast was a decent sized portion, but the pork was so overloaded with salsa, that I could not taste the pork. The eggs were fine, scrambled, but no flavor.
The Mary was quite the show. It comes with lots of fixins inside, bacon slice, lime, spicy rim, celery, green bean. Then the skewer has shrimp,olive stuffed with bleu cheese, tomato and I forget what else. The drink is spicy, but i have had better bloody marys elsewhere.
My friend ordered Life on Mars- nothing special. Bartenders were very attentive and friendly. Good beer list. Food line is at the barrel, when you walk in. Small bar is small, but cute.
I am glad I tried it, but wouldnt rush back.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Corona del Mar, CA
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“Amazing Beer Selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

I hate to be the third review to title my review "amazing", but Small Bar earns the label.

I am giving Small Bar 5 Stars based on the quality and variety of their beer selection. There are not that many places in San Diego that have Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Anchor Small Beer or Gueuzerie Tilquin. They only have 42 or so beers here so it isn't like these places that advertise 100, 200 beers on tap, but what stands Small Bar alone is the quality of the beers. There are not many household names here, at least not household outside San Diego. They have a great selection of San Diego and So Cal micro brews, plus some of the notable ones I mentioned above.

The service is fine at Small Bar, just about what I expect at a bar and the bartenders have always been unfailingly pleasant and when they had the time, chatty, but it can get busy so they can't stand around while you read through all 42 beers and ask questions about each one.

Here is the beer menu, they update it daily, read it before you go and do your own research.

http://smallbarsd.com/beer

I've eaten here a couple of times and the food was good. I don't recall it being OMG great, but I do recall it was better than average and interesting.

I come here for the beer though and so should you.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, CA, USA
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing little spot, great people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Went here with my friends and wife. The crowd is very diverse, everyone was relaxed and the bar attenders were very friendly, which is rare for a bar. Service was very good and their food was good too. Nothing but good things to say about this place, wil definitely be returning soon!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego
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“Amazing bar with great microbrews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

With dozens of taps of superb micro-brews and phenomenal bartenders your in great hands here. The fried pickles are so delicious they are dangerous. If you like try unique beers and enjoy good people this is the bar!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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