Half Door Brewing Co.

4.8
87 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
A half door is a familiar sight in Ireland, flanking the front of farmhouses & village pubs as a way to let fresh air in and keep the nosy farm animals out! To us (the Drayne family that is), Half Door represents the brewing traditions of our ancestors, carried out daily in pubs. These pubs acted as the cultural hub for every tiny village across the Irish countryside, and each one brewed their own unique beer until the 1950s. That’s when a certain macro brewery (we won’t name names!) began to impressively dominate the industry, but also wipe out the unique character of small brewing operations. The turn-of-the-century house we call home was a natural for our family-run brewpub – we Draynes are naturally hospitable – the welcoming spirit is in our blood!

During COVID we do require all customers to wear their face coverings while on the premise until seated. We are doing everything we can to make sure that your dining experience is comfortable and safe.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 87 people are saying
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StaceyL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views, great service. Overall nice place to hang out. 🍻

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vipJRlovesfood
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, very attentive even in these weird days for dining out, food and beer were both delicious.

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MarissaV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were amazing. I had the tres commons cocktail. We also had the pork belly plate which was filling and delicious. The ambiance was nice and low-key. We went there at 6:30pm. We also had great service.

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vipSBELL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place & food was excellent!

We had the salmon & fish & chips.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time with my wife on the second floor balcony. The food was surprisingly speedy and really good! The price might be a bit much, but overall very well worth it. The beer is good, and the views of the stadium is eye opening. Can not wait to go back

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Foodiegrrl
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Worst service ever.

Granted, it was a busy Friday night. But we sat at a table in the corner while two female servers studiously ignored us. Finally had to flag down the hostess to ask to have our server sent over. We had fish and chips. Fish was good. Chips were inedibly salty. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here with our two children before Monster Jam. It was really nice, it has a nice view and is close to the stadium. The food was really good and we would go there again for sure.

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ChrisD
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Good food, good beer in a great atmosphere.

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JenS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and beer. Loved the décor and atmosphere. Pretzel bites were more like little rolls all soft inside - delicious!

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vipScotsmanInToronto
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, great service and reasonable price - not the cheapest, but the food was worth it - high quality, very tasty and nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had a great experience here, because it was slow, service was a little slow but understandable. Love this place

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

There were five of us guys, loved the place and feel, but were disappointed by the food. Two orders of Fish & Chips were in the fryer way too long, as were the fries. Two of us had the steak sandwiches, and steak was over cooked and dry. One buddy did like his breakfast burrito, and the beers and service were good. More attention should be given to the food, and if so, this place could be a good find!

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venturatraveler
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They gave us a seat on the porch & it was great! Nice breeze, nice drinks (happy hour!) and nice appetizers before the baseball game!! Loved it! Will come back!

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MelanieZ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, atmosphere was beautiful , beer & food awesome. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good beers. Cool atmosphere. Food was good but not great.

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vipDavidW
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting on the outdoor patio upstairs. The staff was great and we enjoyed the selections of beer. And our food was quite delicious too.

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vipElaineH
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my second time to eat at Half Door BC. We sat outside on the upper level, be aware that you may be in the blazing sun if opt for outside seating. We asked the hostess for a shady table but none was available. We got there about 3 PM. They don’t offer dinner selections until 4 so we got appetizers and drinks and waited until 4 to order dinner..There is a good selection of brews; wine and mixed drinks are also available. We ordered pretzel bites and truffle fries as appetizers, both were tasty. My friends opted for Shepherds Pie and I got the fish & chips. Shepherds Pie was the tastier option. The fish was heavily breaded and the fries paled in comparison to the truffle fries. It’s very close to Petco and is a wonderful place to get a meal before walking in to a concert or game. Prices are reasonable.

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Speedy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good house brewed beer!

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vipericdbright
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

There was no host, open seating. There were no tables. Food was cheap because we didn’t eat anything. Went somewhere else, won’t be returning.

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HayleyW
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OH MY GAHHH the goat cheese balls were amazing!!!!!!! Bringing everyone I know back to this place to try them. Their IPA selection was delicious as well.

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ScottH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for dinner/happy hour before a Padres game on. Friday night. We made reservations and were seated right away (definitely worth it on a game night). We sat on the deck outside of the bar, so things got a little loud with a couple of bachelor parties moving through. But our service was great, food and beer were excellent, and the location to everything downtown can’t be beat. It’s definitely worth a visit.

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DonnaH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by for a bite to eat before going to the ballgame! Great food and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ricas hamburguesas y excelente cerveza

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vipMarieD
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was by myself on a business trip with a close to dead phone. They completely accommodated my request to be by a power outlet and Ryan was not annoyed at all that I was a single at a 4 top right after a Padres game ended. Great food and great beer. Always my go to when I’m in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great selection of beers... great service. And the food is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not many options. Bloody Mary is packed with horseradish.

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ErinC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome location, great food, great beers! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and decent service &

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JudyB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great place for casual dining. Good food and service.

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ASanDiegoMom
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We went right after the San Diego half marathon so they were busy, but.....service was really really slow. I expected it to be delayed, but not to the extent that it was. Waited 30 mins before we even saw our server for drink orders. 20 mins until drinks received at which time we placed food orders too. 45 mins for food. That was way longer than expected. Also had to ask for lots of things (utensils, napkins, sugar for coffee, hot sauce, salt/pepper) whereas I'd expect some of those things should have been supplied pre-ask. Food was good, but nothing spectacular. Ambiance was really great and the hostess was the sweetest ever! she went out of her way to make us feel welcome and to seat us quickly (haha, maybe too quickly because the server staff/kitchen had a hard time keeping up).

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TammyM
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time! Great food, drinks and service

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vipJBurr
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very accommodating, outstanding food and huge huge selection of

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MarleneZ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome find! We were on a short getaway and it was near our hotel so we made a reservation and loved it so much we went again the next night!! The selection of drinks was great and the food was so delicious. We had sausage rolls and shepherds pie...yummy!! The music was great. The wait staff was on top of things and really took care of us. If you don’t go check this place out you’ll really be missing out!!

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mrsbatkinson
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Half Door! Great beers, great food, and one of my favorite beer scenes I’ve been to. Feels like a European pub with a west coast influence. Such a fun environment. Make sure to get the fried goat cheese and the fish and chips—you won’t be disappointed!

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GGLLC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides beer they have a full bar. A good view of Petco Park from the roof top. Good place to be casual and enjoy drinks with comfort food. Lunch with friends was perfect.

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JulieP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Half Door Brewing Company was a nice place to meet up with colleagues after a long conference. The happy hour drinks/food special was a nice surprise and we enjoyed most of the food. It was really loud (even upstairs) and despite shutting doors, it was really chilly so bring a sweater/jacket to sit indoors.

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vipCindiG
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, food, and beer. High attention to detail on all fronts. We ordered the fish and chips and salad to share - generous sizes. Also the flourless chocolate cake for the table, was dense and delicious, glad we got one to share because it’s large.

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vipEdwardG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

HDBC was a delightful find! We sat outdoors at a table where we could see the stands at Petco. The server was wonderful and knowledgeable. The food was top end bar fair. Great beer selection with some really unique items. HDBC was great place to have lunch in San Diego.

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Anjelly
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Drinks are a bit pricey, $10 for a cocktail in a tiny glass but it is downtown. We have gone before Padres games since it is a short walk to Petco. It's nice to sit outside on the balcony and people watch. Service is good. The 2-4 top tables are small so you can't order too many drinks or plates to share.

FAQs

Half Door Brewing Co. offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 232-9845.

Half Door Brewing Co. is rated 4.8 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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