Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point's Kitchen at Miramar makes chef-driven brew food that follows the same simple philosophy we bring to our beers: we make what we like to drink…and eat. With an eclectic menu of salads, small plates, flatbreads, and entrees featuring local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, we have something for every taste. Perfect to pair with our wide range of award-winning beers. Cheers!
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MW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a great choice for my small group from work. Great beer, good food and service. Plus not too noisy so we could talk. Overall, it was a great time.

JO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Outstanding beer and service! Very engaging staff makes you feel right at home.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was kind of subpar. The cheese sauce for their pretzels was chalky, their seabass was closer to tilapia (dry and/or overcooked) the burgers lacked seasoning. Service was great but I wish the food would have been better.

JG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great beer. Great!

JM
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! 2nd time - good beers, ambiance & food. Reservations recommended

MH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night.. but please bring back the Mango Even Keel!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service for the Valentine's event. Appreciate the choices and would do this again.

D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max made our experience absolutely perfect by being personable, telling stories and educating us on the beer we drank. It was nice to have such a high level of customer service where he went above and beyond. His food recommendations were spot on and we appreciated the extra beer samples. My parents were visiting from Buffalo and I’m thankful we chose to come to Ballast Sunday night, Feb 9. To end it all, Max took the time to show us the brewing operation in the back of the house. Kudos to you, Max, and thank you!

MM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The only part of my experience that left me wanting was the food. Compared to similar brewery restaurants, it didn’t compete. This is based on a single experience here so take it with a grain of salt.

IK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends and 4 kids under age of 5 early so noise level wasn't too bad. Food was good and drinks overall were good. We had a few flights . Was disappointed that one of the drinks we wanted to taste was out of stock but didn't know till after they brought out the others.
The hostess made sure to find a comfortable place for the kids so really appreciated that.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First of all, service was very, very good. Rachel and the assistant managers and other staff helping her were all top notch, very attentive and very professional.

But unfortunately, the shade umbrellas outside suck and do not provide adequate coverage. It was a January day and we were getting roasted by the patchy coverage, I can’t imagine an actual summer day.

Food was unfortunately uninspiring, yet expensive for pub food, which is a lethal combination for a business. At these prices you either have great food which justify the prices, or uninspiring fare which costs less. But to have your food be uninspiring AND expensive is an awful combination. The kale salad was nearly all kale with zero other vegetables, pizza was greasy sausage and crust tasted of nothing, burgers were just... burgers, nothing special. Fish tacos looked ok, but again, nothing special for these prices. Only thing that tasted really good were the corn chips. So, get the corn chips I guess.

What really irked us though was beers cost $7.50 (!!!) and sodas cost $3, and the soda refills were not free, which we didn’t know. So as a table of 7 we ended up spending a ton of money (probably more than a third of our total bill) on crappy sodas from a soda gun that had near zero carbonation. If we had known it was $3 a refill we would have just stuck with water instead. As for the $7.50 beers, they brew the beer about a hundred feet from where they serve it, and they’re charging nearly $8 a pint? It’s good beer and Ballast Point has always been unnecessarily expensive, but those are just objectively obnoxious prices.

It’s a beautiful place, and the service and staff are truly excellent, but other than those things there’s not many other reasons to come back.

JR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had reserved a table and requested the outside table with the large fire pit, over a week in advance for a work group
Party. They sat us there then kicked us out saying you can’t reserve that table! They gave to some triathlete group and they stood the WHOLE time and never sat! Meanwhile we were in a dark room with huge table and it took forever for them to let me order my food. Others had ordered earlier and they took orders from those that came later. It’s a super loud place. Can barely hear each other talk. I was SO bummed to not get that outdoor table!

s
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistently good but not great food - great atmosphere. I had a non-traditional brew-pub food - the European Sea Bass and it was quite good. The ahi tuna tower appetizer was very tasty.

The guacamole/chips appetizer was overpriced and underwhelming. Likewise, the hummus appetizer was okay.

Parking is obnoxious. Reservations are recommended.

DK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fantastic beer and selection. Food was okay, not what you go here for anyway but something to put in your belly to help with the alcohol.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambience and food. Food and beer are good price for quality.
Employees are very nice and informative

t
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Restaurant was cold. Food was fairly good. Everyone liked the beer.

M
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ballast Point Brewing has a nice bar with an approachable and chill ambiance. The beer menu is interesting so have a tasting flight. There's wine and cider too for non-beer drinkers. Eat there, or for a quieter more family friendly vibe, eat in the dining room. The menu is the same. Everything we had was very good: the pretzel bite, the impossible burger with cheddar, the mushroom and goat cheese pizza, and the flank steak. It's a pretty and comfortable place with friendly service and an approachable menu.

IC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not to impressed with the menu choices. Was hoping for more down to earth friendly menu to partner with the beers.

Ballast Point Brewing Company
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hello Irma, Thank you so much for the feedback on our menu. We do change it seasonally and will have some updated fresh additions soon. We hope to see you again! Sincerely, Kala Petitte

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Birthday dinner. Food was slow. Food came out cold. Victory at sea glass we got us from 2018. Waiter was incompetent about victory at sea or menu. Really disappointing. No birthday dessert.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Victory at sea day

ED
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We specifically went in over two weeks ago to specify which table we wanted for the reservation, since we had a large party. We were assured that it would be honored. Not only was our table given away to another party, but we were not allowed to be seated until a certain number of our party had arrived despite asking to sit down and set up (we were also not told of this quota).

ER
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

extensive beer selections, cool atmosphere, hipster vibe, yummy dish compilations, expensive glass of wine, though. still i would re-visit.

OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waiter slow and too casual, we are not at the beach I would think

Waiter was disorganized, forgot to take our food order

Food took a while to come out

Food was ok, but somewhat boring

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had the tour first and the dinner afterwards. The tour was so much fun that it ran longer than expected and we were late for the reserved time, but the staff were very accommodating.

d
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to hang out with friends and family. Good food and beer!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food and menu uninspired. Service slow.

Ballast Point Brewing Company
Responded on December 3, 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback! Did you dine for dinner on the 29th? We greatly appreciate the feedback given, and I would love to hear more about it so we can use it to make our business better. What types of food would you have liked to see on our menu? Thank you so much for taking the time to write your opinion. Sincerely, Kala Petitte

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great, the beer is great, and the service was unbeatable from all I interacted with. We did a brewery tour, browsed the shop, and ate dinner, and all staff members were helpful and friendly. I had a nice evening with my family, and learned a lot about the brewing process that I did not know before.

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely a fantastic experience. six out of five stars!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can count on top notch food and craft beers from Ballast Point every time

EC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! There were six of us and we all ordered something different (salads, burgers and wraps) - Everyone loved the food. Love the Habenero Sculpin

AB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was our server and he was ASTOUNDING! Ballast Point itself is an awesome place to eat and drink but the service made it all the difference. We were celebrating my birthday, and he checked in on us constantly checking to see if we needed anything. The beer recommendations were awesome. I had such a fantastic time at this place. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND! Even on a Tuesday night... :)

AW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing services, fantastic food, the best beers

I
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had made the reservation at 630, and due to things happening sooner than anticipated, we got there early. When I talked to the hostess, she quickly checked that there was a table available, and when she confirmed there was, she sat us immediately. Server came promptly and took our order, and food came out at a reasonable pace. Food was quite delicious, and well prepared. We will definitely be coming back

MK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had great time with my friends. Food and beer are all good. And our servers, Rachael and Max were the best!!

MC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, the most excellent experience. Our server, Bryce told excellent care of us and really listened to us when going over the beer list in order to pick the most appropriate one based on our personal pallet preference. I am definitely going to set up a private event with Bryce. Willbe back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I made a reservation for outdoor seating at Ballast Point and had special requests. When I got there, the hostess had told us that the outdoor seating was open for everyone and “you can sit anywhere” Which was pointless to make a reservation there. And then the bartender got my cousin’s order wrong and she waited for about an hour to get her food. The waiter did give complimentary drinks to fix the issue which was nice.

P
San Diego
124 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blown away by this brewpub. We were told by staff this is the second largest restaurant in SD. It IS huge. Decor is tasteful. The staff was accommodating and very friendly! The pretzel bites were a good buy-12 for $8. The harvest salad was big enough to share ( but we didn’t notice until we were driving home that ours didn’t get any fried sage on it). Beers- awesome! Definitely worth repeating this dining experience. And on Sunday there was live entertainment. The woman had a great voice!

OV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our tour was great we learn about the history of the brewery and how far the company as grown since its was founded.

SP
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

They forgot our birthday. Service was so bad we just let it go. Epic fail. They took some off our check without us asking so not bad in the end.

J
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. Truffle fries are awesome! Our server was great, nice lady. I ordered the sea bass. It was quite delicious, with a nice caramelized crust but I was surprised it didn't come with a side dish. Nothing. No rice, no potatoes. No salad. I love the wood beams in the ceiling and the beer is awesome! Overall it was a great experience.

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