Taps: 120 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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2.78/5 rDev -26.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Atmosphere - As you walk in theres a bunch of seating with the big bar toward the rear. This place has a very corporate feel to it that tries to come off as a trendy club type of place that I'm not a fan of.
Quality/Selection - Yes theres a lot of beer to choose from but they're serving just about every average beer out there. There was a decent selection of styles to choose from but the beers where all basic versions no doubles or variations.
Service - I went on a Monday night after diner and it wasn't really all that busy but it took quite awhile for the bartender to serve us.
Value - The prices on beer weren't all that bad here I paid $6 for my pint before leaving.
08-10-2010 22:51:21 | More by armock
3/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
We're staying in San Diego for 8 days, and have been hoping around town. Looking for a specific beer bar, we came across Yard House right on Broadway in the Gas Lamp District, one of the busiest and commercial and tourist-oriented areas in San Diego.
The restaurant is large, and the bar is in the center of the establishment. it's a little dark, there is definitely as hipster/commercial/chain feel, which the place is a trendy chain (they have dozen or so locations throughout the US). Downstairs, there are clippings from many newspapers toting the Yard House as a successful restaurant and business venture. You can also view the kegs and storage areas for their beverages in the basement.
The bar is set up in an oval shape with the 130+ taps all around the inside of the oval. There were some repeats, and several outs. The nice apart about empty taps is that there's hangers for them explaining they're dry.
The menu is large. Kudos to the restaurant for having the beers right up front. They're listed by ales, lagers and misc, then from lightest to darkest/most intense and by beer style. No prices are listed.
You can order pints, half yards, yards, and apparently it looks like they also do samplers. Did notice that Belgian beers were given proper glassware. A variety of split beers were also available.
Service was fine. I can imagine it can be slow or frustrating at times, because half of the bar will always be out of sight. Our bartender was polite and as quick as she could be. She made sure we had menus as soon as she saw us, got us the proper silverware and plates for food (which was just an order of fries) and offered to offer suggestions.
The biggest downfall to this bar is that even with so many choices, if you're an experienced beer drinker, you're going to have trouble finding something new or exciting. This was the second place I've seen in SD that has DFH 90, the first time I have seen it on tap, so if you're a local, that may be exciting.
They also have an extensive food menu featuring everything from snacks to full course meals. They have an O.K. wine list and about 30-40 specialty drinks and cocktails.
Overall, there is nothing that stands out to me about The Yard House as a border-line obsessive beer drinker. But if you're a casual drinker, or staying in the area (there are dozens of hotels in walking distance) or just need some place that will make everyone in your party happy for lunch or dinner, The Yard House is a decent place for a beer.
01-14-2011 07:05:25 | More by barbaraeliz
3.09/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I had a 2 day conference at the San Diego Convention center, and had a few hours free to do a walking tour of the Gaslamp District. I was able to briefly enjoy several beer places along the way, and this was my first stop.
Atmosphere is very common of this chain of restaurant/bars of many taps. Long wrap-around bar with what seems like hundreds of taps on either side. Very young scene- lots of people out seeing and being seen while others wait for dinner. But my number one impression? LOUD. They advertise how good their music selection is- the only place I heard music was in the bathroom for all the conversations and all the echos in the bad acoustics. I must be getting old- I don't like loud places like this, even though I do like music!
The beer selection was pretty good, but don't be fooled by all the tap handles- easily 1/3 of them were "tapped out". But still a good, solid selection. I enjoyed a Racer 5 and a London's Pride (I know, an odd combination) and there were a lot of other beers I haven't had or would be happy to try. But compared to a few other places in town, this selection only rates as pretty good, not even close to great.
Service was fine, it was fun to see the downstairs keg room all hooked up for service above. An OK experience, and I would go back in the right circumstances, but I don't feel a pressing desire to return.
07-27-2005 20:06:32 | More by Dukeofearl
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was first introduced to this Yard House about three months ago and I wasn't all that impressed. First impression was large open area like an assembly line restaurant (get 'em in get 'em out). The bar was large elliptical shape that housed about 100 beers. The amount may be impressive but I was really hoping for a not so common selection. This was great for the more common micro-brews. The music was blaring out of these speakers over the bar right at the people seated there. Problem with this it was "night club loud". I had a better second experience. We happen to hit happy hour, which made all the selections more practical. The selections had changed a lot. I saw many new beers that I never experienced. They do specialize in the US micro-brews. I did manage to finish my dinner with a nice Young's Double Chocolate. If you want to get the beer quick sit at the bar, if you want to have a conversation with anyone you should sit at a table. Stop in for a drink and make your opinion.
10-15-2006 04:55:18 | More by bodybyadam
3.29/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This may have been my least favorite place in SD. The atmoshpere was purely sports bar with no real ambiance or feel to the place. They had a shit load of selections but none of them were really any good. I think I had Green Flash IPA or something really mundane.
This may be a cool place for a large group of people to watch college football or an NFL game but the lack of beer atmosphere and beer selection would keep my away from this place, especially considering what else is out there.
The service was pretty non existent. I was served my beer and then forgotten about. I guess that is what you get at the big chains.
09-13-2011 20:06:56 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.3/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2
The yardhouse leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth but its not from the beer. They didn't serve me because the bartender didn't trust my ID. Even with a backup school ID he wasn't having it. So personally I hate the place.
Now if I did get served it wouldn't have been so bad. There is a lot of beers to choose from and there are some really good ones on the list. The prices are pretty expensive, but they do have a happy hour that makes everything doable. The food is very fancy and expensive so that was dissapointing. The place itself was nice so I would recommend having a pint here duing happy hour but not to hang around too long. Also, make sure you have your passport, birth certificate, license, social security card, etc... : )
01-26-2005 22:36:42 | More by scubahood
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Don't expect 250 beers on tap. I was told by one of the staff that there are only 128 beers on tap. You might see over 200, as the selection is duplicated on both sides of the bar, as I have seen in Long Beach.
One reviewer wrote that the selection is on the "safe" side, which I would agree with. I wouldn't say that it is lager oriented, as I was able to find a decent selection of ales, including a few stout selections. I think we can all agree that stout drinkers will be hard pressed to find something that cannot be found elsewhere. One thing to keep in mind is that it would be wise to have backup selections. The past few times I've been there I've made choices on beers that were out, notable Beamish Irish Stout. This could be a temporary thing as my visits coincided with the construction and opening of the San Diego location. The prices of the pints are enough to keep me away from coming here on a regular basis, as there are plenty of other places which have great beer for a couple of bucks off the pint served here. There is one impressive fact: I have not had a stale beer ever at a Yardhouse. End of the barrel, yes. Stale, no.
The food is decent. I wouldn't expect to leave on with a full stomach for $10 a person. If you're on a budget, get the chicken nachos. It's enough for two people and it's decent enough to swallow.
The ambience is a bit trendy...i.e., yuppie-ish. I don't find myself in a room full of hardcore beer enthusiasts. I personally have a soft spot for the Long Beach location, but the San Diego Yardhouse just lacks a cozy ambience. The waitress who served me was great, but I noticed that there were other waitresses who needed improvement. Overall the service was satisfactory.
I would only recommend this place as a stop on a tour through the many pubs in the Gaslamp District. For a truer pub experience, go to the Field, which is also in the Gaslamp. It is definitely worth a trip if you're looking for hard to find beers on tap, such as a lambic (2 on tap at this location). Otherwise, there are plenty of other options in San Diego in searching for a regular spot for good brews.
06-28-2003 13:18:42 | More by rayzorwit
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
Went here because I was staying in the neighborhood, and needed to get lunch before an afternoon baseball game, and the nearby pub called Neighborhood was not yet open (boo). Here am in a pub with nearly 100 taps, and nary a Ballast Point, nor a Port, nor an Alpine, nor hardly anything local other than a Stone and one Green Flash. I got a West Coast IPA which sadly tasted as if it were the first to pass through the tap line in a few days. Fresher in the bottle up in SF. Maybe the PBR and Blue Moon sells better here? As for the food, the thin-cut truffle fries are quite tasty -- everything else was large in size but average in edibility. As we were among the first customers of the day, the place was uncrowded and the service attentive and capable. With the huge wrap-around bar, and given the nightlife in the Gaslamp, I can imagine this is not always the case. This is not a place for BAs in SD.
07-31-2011 20:07:25 | More by easong
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Yard House is located in the middle of the gas lamp district in San Diego. This is just one of the downfalls of the yard house in SD. The place is usually ALWAYS packed every time I go into it. It also has the music playing about 30 decibals louder than my voice can handle. To me, it is not really a place that inspires a quiet dinner with friends.
With that being said, I do have some good things to say about the Yard House in SD. The service is usually good. They get your food to your table while it is nice and hot and are fairly attentive. To me, this is a very nice feature of the Yard House.
The other thing I like about this place is the food. I happen to be a fan of the sandwiches that are available. There really is nothing better than sitting with a good craft brew enjoying a nice big sandwich and fries. Can't complain about the food here.
Besides dealing with the noise, crowds, atmosphere of the gas lamp district and finding a place to park my car, the Yard House is a pretty decent place to go. It is really your call....been to one yard house, you've been to them all.
04-23-2006 08:38:18 | More by PuckLSHS
3.46/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
I visited the Yard House on a recent visit to San Diego, and I have mixed views about the establishment.
The selection of draft beers (over 100) is quite impressive with most of the beers coming from west coast breweries. This primarily west coast selection was fine with me because I was visiting from the East but can see how a local might require more international or non-regional choices.
The Yard House has its obvious negatives:
- It is noisy
- It is expensive
- It is much more "trendy" than any beer bar should be (I've never seen so much hair gel and black leather coats in my life!)
With that said, its not a bad spot to try a beer you may not have had before.
05-26-2004 20:12:32 | More by Waltman
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Yard House in San Diego, CA
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