Stone Brewing Co.
1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029
- Mon - Thu
- 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Fri - Sat
- 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
- 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Bistro: (760) 294-7866
General InfoStone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch in North County San Diego, CA. It is the 14th largest craft brewery in the United States and has been named "All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine. Free tours are available at select times, 7 days a week. Please see our website for details. The adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens has become a destination in its own right, known for outstanding food, a lush one-acre outdoor garden, and a rotating line-up of 32 taps and 100+ bottled craft beer selections for guests to enjoy.
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
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Great beer! The atmosphere of this place is really neat. If you haven't seen the full gardens and outdoor patio area, definitely take a walk around. People seem to spend all day here! There's plenty of patio and grassy area to sit around and drink. Which, if you're trying to get on a tour, you may have to spend all day. It costs $3 now for a tour ticket (used to be free, but everyone in your party had to be there to get their own ticket), and now you can buy tickets for your guests. The catch is that the tours sell out almost immediately at the beginning of the day. So if you're hoping to get an early tour....get there EARLY. We arrived this past weekend at noon, and the earliest available tour was at 4pm. I was definitely not going to wait around for that. There's not much to do around Escondido except tour breweries. This is supposed to be one of the best ones (haven't been to others). I've been here twice now. The first time my friend got a bison or buffalo burger and got pretty bad food poisoning. They are currently remodeling their kitchen or something so the full menu wasn't available. The prices are pretty out there. $8 for a pretzel? Even Disneyland isn't that much. My group and I had a mac and beer cheese, really good, but over-priced. I also had the yakisoba noodles. Tasted fine, but again overpriced. The beer cheese soup was delicious! Really rich and flavorful, but just get the cup. It gets really heavy. I would probably only have some appetizers and beer the next time. Beers are $3-10 depending on what you get. Stone beers are $4/6 for a pint. Parking is available, but there's also valet for $3.
We went to eat lunch at the restaurant on Saturday and it was so packed. We were a big group (20 people or so) but the service was extremely slow. Some of the menus they gave us had some printing issues (some of our menus only had appetizers listed) and it took forever to bring the right menu. It took forever to take our drink orders. Between the drink orders and food orders took more than 30 minutes. The selection of food was a bit strange. They had American, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, French, Middle Eastern etc.... One of the entrees was Japanese Yakisoba, $22. Ridiculous. Yakisoba is a fast food that normally cost less than $5 in Japan. Since this is at brewery the beer list was much bigger than food menu :) I tried one of the light beers that they recommended but I didn't like it (I'm not much of beer drinker anyway.) We ordered hummus for appetizer and that was delicious! I had BLT with Beer Cheese and that was okay.
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I write this having formerly been in restaurant management for about 20 years. That said, normally if i have a bad experience at a restaurant, instead of writing a review - i just don't go back. The issues for this 'restuarant' go beyond a bad experience. So, I feel a need to warn the public.\r The big issue here is pricing vs food quality/portion. Stone does have a somewhat unique menu and appears to make an effort to use organic and local vendors in the whole 'sustainability' cause - which is great. However, at the end of the day, those should not be an excuse to compromise value and/or quality of their food.\r Prices range from $5 - $15 for appetizers and about $13 - $30 for entrees. (Beer averages about $5/pint - i'll get to that in a minute). I would consider pricing here comparable to a upper-mid-range restaurant - Cheesecake Factory, ClaimJumper, etc. The problem is the portions are RIDICULOUSLY small. \r My friend ordered the 'Beef and Broccoli' ($20). No exageration - there was maybe 2 oz. of beef and 1 oz. of broccoli (+ a lot of onions) and about 8 oz of brown rice. For comparison - imagine a ""Lean Cuisine"" for the entree portion (minus the rice) of this dish. I had an 'appetizer' Caesar Salad ($10) and 'Macaroni & Cheese w/Sausage' ($14). First off - $10 is probably the most expensive side caesar in town. It was alright but nothing special... certainly not worth the price. On the Mac & Cheese, portion and quality-wise, this is pretty much a box of White Cheddar Kraft Mac & Cheese with a cut up fried Beef Hot Dog. (A side of Mac & Cheese at Elephant Bar is a bigger portion, WAY better quality and taste and costs about $4).\r The beer. No doubt about it - the beer is good - maybe even great. $5/pint, however, seems a bit pricey as a general rule - considering most rest's/bars in town sell craft beers (including Stone) for about $3.50 - $4. This also seems pricey considering that, hypothetically, the brewery would not have to incur the packaging and transport costs that are calculated into what distributors charge for their kegs.\r The sad thing here is the facility is great. Service-wise - we were a large group and for the most part the service was decent. But for me, for a first encounter to a mid/upper priced restaurant: bad service, bad food = not returning; bad service, great food = maybe one more chance; bad food (regardless of service) = not returning... which is the case here.
Amazing settings, great food, awesome beer!
Good food and great beer. The brewery tour was very interesting also. Love the t-shirts sold in the store!
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