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Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Certificate of Excellence
American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
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5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4609
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Being right next to Legoland I expected kids during the day, but not at 10pm at night. I guess that would be on the parents looking for a drink after a long day with the kids at legoland. The bar service was great, James the bartender did a great job with suggestions and offered free samples of local brews. Only... More 

Thank Vegasguy30
Hudson, Iowa
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I tried an original hamburger creation stuffed with tomatoes that was served with lettuce, onion rings and paired with one of their IPA's. Truly very tasty

Thank Matthew U
Carlsbad, California
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to KStauss about two weeks back for a lunch meeting and was surprised by the quality of the food once again. Yes, the emphasis is on beer, but the lunch entrees (fish tacos, burgers and salads) are all worth a try. I've been three times in the past year and will continue to return for the beer...and the food.

Thank David M
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this Karl Strauss brewery after a busy day at Legoland. We chose a table in the bar to avoid waiting for a table in the main seating area. The dining space is beautiful - high ceilings, with a lot of dark wood and metal accents. Menu was extensive, and the selections coming out of the kitchen looked... More 

Thank chicagoland
San Diego, California, USA
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

July 25--It was a Monday evening meal and the place turned into a noisy mess. The families leaving Legoland and staying at the time share poured in. Don't go with a date unless you have several kids or you will wish you had picked a different restaurant. That being said, the waitress tried her best and kept bringing us tasters.... More 

Thank Lydia B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The have great beer with a large selection. The food can be really good to just ok. Everything is a little pricey, but could just be the location.

Thank aaronhluce
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the food, service, and location! Burgers are delicious. The server suggested a beer pairing for each of our meals and was spot on.. The setting is right on the deck next to a gorgeous koi pond; a true oasis.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Glendale, Arizona
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a nice family dinner here during our stay in Carlsbad. The farmhouse burger was awesome, the habanero jack chicken sandwich was ok, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their chicken strips. The piggy bank mac'n cheese was really good, definitely recommend them.

Thank RBogs
Carlsbad, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

love the Ahi salad and a cold glass of brew there. met there for an business meet after work. their buffalo chicken wing is the perfect amount of spicy and cools down with the ranch dressing . two thumbs up.

Thank cyroussheikh
Carlsbad, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Keeping things in context - this place meets or exceeds reasonable expectations. LOVE the boneless chicken "wings". Nice broad selection of brews - though don't be overly shocked if one is unavailable. It is what it is in a clean, friendly and fun atmosphere. Says a lot when locals attend a place that can have a higher percentage of tourists…..

Thank Cliff C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5801 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 17604312739

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