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Karl Strauss' Old Columbia Brewery and Grill

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Address: 1157 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101-3511
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+1 619-234-2739

From the long bar and raised dining area, guests at this busy and popular...

From the long bar and raised dining area, guests at this busy and popular microbrewery and restaurant view the brew kettle and shiny fermenters.

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Late Dinner

What a consistent product! Outstanding food and beer. I have been coming here since they opened. Always great food, atmosphere and service. Tonight Leo out did himself in service... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Reston, Virginia
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Reston, Virginia
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11 reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

What a consistent product! Outstanding food and beer. I have been coming here since they opened. Always great food, atmosphere and service. Tonight Leo out did himself in service as well as did the kitchen. They put together a great house salad and a perfect fish and chips. You have to try their Mosaic IPA, AWESOME!

Thank CaptainDaleH
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4 reviews
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a whim as we love microbrews. What a great place! Beer selection albeit only their brews was diverse and perfect for any palate. Only had the Brussel sprouts and they were on point.

Thank Lisa H
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant for lunch as it is a very short walk from the BW Bayside Inn. This place makes its own beer. My friend enjoyed the dark beer from the brewery. The food was also good. I had the fish and chips with yummy coleslaw and my friend had the pork schnitzel slider. The bun was excellent... More 

Thank 2torontotraveller
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

I was staying at one of the nearby hotels on a business trip and wanted something in walking distance. Not many options. So I walked into this place kind of by default. A great experience. The wait staff was very friendly, very attentive and fast. They had many craft brews from which to choose; I was deciding between three, and... More 

Thank Back_Spasm
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

The food was just so-so. I was a bit disappointed. I liked the atmosphere, but the club sandwich was overpriced and just boring. The turkey was too thick (think turkey dinner kind of thick) and the sandwich was too big to be put together, so I had to eat half at a time (that is, with just one piece of... More 

Thank OptionRight
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Stopped by to grab a lunch bite to eat while enjoying the sites of San Diego. Our server Laura was great, took good care of us. We started off with beers Aurora Hoppyalis and Tower 10 IPA, both were very good. We ordered the Ahi Poke (Sashimi grade chopped ahi, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, cilantro tossed in a spicy firecracker... More 

Thank akdeepdiver
Charles Town, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Great food and service within walking distance of Westin San Diego. Took home the Oktoberfest stein. Don't pass up the Ghirardelli dessert.

Thank Gilbert H
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

And some of the most passionate wait staff we've ever experienced in a craft tasting room. Very strong collection on tap. Still amazed at the distinctive banana flavor from the old Bavarian yeast. Very well done. We'll definately return to this one.

Thank Douglas G
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Karl Strauss' is a classic local brew pub downtown. It was a fun place to eat. About what you would expect from this sort of restaurant. Good beer selections. Good food. Fairly long wait to get in, but the staff was helpful during our wait.

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Reviewed 13 May 2015

My husband and I stopped in to try a local beer and loved both of our selections! We didn't have time to enjoy a meal but decided to return as the menu looked fantastic...and it was! The burger was delicious and the salmon/tuna burger was great!

Thank Mary B

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