Carlsbad >Karl Strauss Brewery Co
“The interior decor is pleasing.”
“The food is excellent and the beer is great.”
“The food is pretty good but the reason to go is for the beer.”
“Went here the first night because it was right outside the hotel I was staying in (Grand Pacific Palisades) and found a great place - was a bit tired from traveling all day, so had a sampler of beers (6 - 5 oz tasters for $8.95) and a terrific appetizer -”
“The salad was $6.95, and when I ordered it the waitress asked if I wanted the full salad or the side salad.”
Two nights in a row!.
Went here the first night because it was right outside the hotel I was staying in (Grand Pacific Palisades) and found a great place - was a bit tired from traveling all day, so had a sampler of beers (6 - 5 oz tasters for $8.95) and a terrific appetizer - the tuna poke' (sushi-grade tuna finely diced with a bit of cucumber, green onion, cilantro, and black and white sesame seeds, dressed with a spicy "firecracker sauce" that has a hint of teriyaki and brown sugar with a good deal of heat.) Served with fried wonton chips and on top of some shredded cabbage and carrots salad. Really excellent if you like spicy tuna! A generous portion at $9.95, but since I was alone and eating in the bar, and ordered before 6:30, I got Happy Hour pricing at $6.95 - my intent was to order dinner (the porterhouse was calling my name!), but after this healthy portion of tuna I ordered the mixed green salad with balsamic vinagrette to finish off my hunger. This was a bit dry, but got extra dressing to make it better. The salad was $6.95, and when I ordered it the waitress asked if I wanted the full salad or the side salad.. I didn't see a side salad on the menu, but I guess they offer a smaller size of this salad. I ordered the full salad and got a good portion of mixed greens with a few tomato slices, some gorgonzola cheese, and not much else. It was a good salad, but I guess because the poke' was so good, I expected more. Took a bread pudding to go.... Total bill with tax and tip was $35.
Tonight, went back for that porterhouse. Beautiful steak, which I ordered "Blue", Charred on the outside and raw in the middle. Got a Long Island Tea and the fried calamari appetizer - again, $6.95 for the Happy Hour special. The steak, $29.95 . Came with a pile of garlic fries, which I skipped - too garlicy. Also a pile of broccoli, lightly steamed. A great meal, half of which I brought back to my room along with some rolls the waitress threw in for a midnight steak sandwich! Total $56. w/tax+tip.
Locally owned brewery and restaurant serves an extensive list of beers and hearty comfort food in a lively indoor/outdoor setting.
Beautifully manicured walking paths, lush gardens and a Japanese koi pond provide a picturesque view at this spirited watering hole. Ten handcrafted beers are always on tap and the menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, steaks, pizza and other pub grub. Specialties include firecracker sirloin tips, barbecued ribs and beer-battered fish-and-chips, but regulars also rave about the honey lager chicken and the double cheddar burger.
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