Finding a place to drink good beer in San Diego is a piece of cake, but finding a brewery that serves food is a much harder task. Many take a popular and easier route and feature a rotating cast of food trucks, but some go the extra mile and open a full service kitchen, essentially operating as a restaurant in addition to a brewing facility. Here are San Diego’s best breweries with food.Read More
Best Brewery Eats in San Diego
These breweries pack a one-two punch: they represent San Diego’s stacked craft beer scene while also serving delicious food
Bagby Beer Co.
Brewer Jeff Bagby and his wife, Dande, own this sprawling complex that houses a brewery and full kitchen. Bagby’s last stint before striking out on his own was at Pizza Port, and he carries with him a long career brewing beer in San Diego county. The kitchen bills itself as full-scratch, making everything in-house except for bread and tortillas, which are sourced locally. The kitchen also features a plant-based section of their menu.
Viewpoint Brewing Company
Some of the best brewery dining can be had at Viewpoint in Del Mar, whose kitchen is run by Gunnar Planter, a chef that spent many years at Mille Fleurs in addition to Rancho Bernardo Inn and the University Club.
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Absolution By the Sea
Torrance brewery Absolution Brewing Company has a La Jolla outpost called Absolution By the Sea, which serves everything from a charcuterie plate to steak frites, including a separate burger section and salad for those who are plant-based or want lighter fare.
Alpine Beer Company Pub
Gone are the days of Alpine’s cozy dining room, which also doubled as its tasting room, but right down the road is its newer, larger gastropub serving the same kind of gut-busting treats—like their well-loved brisket sandwich—that could be found at the original.
Amplified Ale Works Kitchen + Beer Garden
Amplified Ale Works’ Pacific Beach location has a sprawling menu of tasty gastropub treats, though one in particular stands out: the doner kebab fries, a riff on carne asada fries with Europe’s most popular late night drunken snack.
North Park’s Barn Brewery has a full kitchen that serves pretzels, hot dogs, a barbecue sandwich, burgers, pastrami, pork fries and much more—though the best bets are the burger, in particular the bacon bleu cheese option.
Rip Current Brewing North Park
North Park’s Rip Current Brewing location is not only the San Diego headquarters for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it also has a counter service food operation in the back from Craft House North Park. On the menu are burgers, tacos and various seafood dishes, which were originally borne out of its food truck operation.
North Park Beer Company
Mastiff Sausage Co. has a window and kitchen set up in the back of North Park Beer Company. As the name implies, sausages and their various accoutrements are top of mind, though brunch is also served, as is a variety of salads, fries and sandwiches.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
Liberty Station’s Stone Brewing outpost is a sprawling, indoor-outdoor garden compound serving updated gastropub food, like burgers and full entrees. They also have ample space to host private gatherings, combining restaurant service with brewery conviviality.
Duck Foot Brewing Co. | East Village
Brand new Duck Food Brewing Co.’s East Village location has a full gluten-free menu developed by chef Stevan Novoa. On the menu are items that should contain gluten but, thanks to his prowess, taste just as good as the original, like a basket of Brazilian pão de queijo. The rest of the menu is comprised of small plates, desserts, salads and other snacks.
Coronado Brewing Company | Coronado Brew Pub
Coronado Brewing Company’s Coronado Island brew pub has a varied menu but top of the list are its pizzas, the artichoke dip and a fried chicken sandwich.