The Kettle Room

4.7
91 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

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Ballast Point's Little Italy location does not accept reservations, except for The Kettle Room, an intimate dining space within the restaurant. This space is perfect for a special occasion dinner or small get-together, where guests will enjoy our eclectic brewery ambiance, dedicated table service, and a one-of-a-kind culinary experience paired with award-winning beers. Because this is a highly custom experience, we only accept online reservations on OpenTable.
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4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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vipBelinda
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, will absolutely go back!

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LisaL
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience was perfect. The food was incredible, the service was impeccable and the waiter were outstanding. We got the beer pairings with our fixe menu and they were excellent selections. They were beers I would have never tried on my own and so glad to have had them.

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Elizabeth
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences I've had. Great service, delicious food and reasonable pricing. Definitely worth a visit!

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Michael
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here with my wife and we had another great dinner and drinks! We absolutely love the artwork and atmosphere here. We look forward to our next visit; thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with great food. The device Brett provided was outstanding and so was the food and beer pairings.

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vipLyndsayF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

They changed the menu from a choose your own to a set menu. Service was slow even though there were only 11 people in for the night. 2.5 hour dinner

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JenniferM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

No selection. Very small portions and value was not there for price.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Up there with my Top 10 ever dining experiences. The food is unique and superb. It’s a set menu so you don’t choose so much as eliminate things you may be allergic to. A little pricey, but you feel like you get your money's worth. With the he beer pairing option we tried a lot of beers. I didn’t realize they could be so varied. A good chance to try things you may not have otherwise.

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Kylw
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to have our anniversary, the server brought us complimentary prosecco, explained each course l, questioned us on the pairings. Overall was a exceptional night out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique experience. We will definitely be back.

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ShannonS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome experience, even for two people that don’t really like beer. Service was great, the beers were good, and the food was excellent, especially the bread pudding. A great ambiance to catch up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic
Went for bachelor party

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JeffreyB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing service. Kellen rocks! Cool, intimate ambiance. Nice presentation of the food, but the flavors just weren’t there for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again an amazing culinary and beer pairing experience! This was our second visit to the Kettle Room and we were blown away by the amazing service and food! We loved the Red Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Stout so much we took two growlers home with us! Thanks again for a great night and we’ll see you next year!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in San Diego from North Dakota for a conference. We love Ballast Point Beer and knew we were going somewhere to experience their brewing. We were sooo lucky when we ended up choosing The Kettle Room! The food was so fun and amazing!! The beer pairings were on point! And there's no way to say enough about the service. It made the whole experience worth while. We really loved it!! And if we thought we were Ballast Point fans before... I'm not sure how over the top we are now!!

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JaredE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very small portions served by very friendly staff in a large cold room with a mural

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Beer pairs went perfectly with the dinner menu!

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Leslie2222
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter!

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Ugrowgirlreviews
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance! If you’re on the fence just book it!

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Kettle Room was wonderful! The food was delicious and the drinks were equally amazing. Our server was kind to switch out my beer because I was not quite a big fan of the tartness at no extra cost! The pairings with the meal were tasteful and well-thought out. The only downfall was that there was a large drunk group that the servers mostly focused on since they broke glasses and were boisterous, thus our servers were not as attentive as they could have been. They did a wonderful job explaining the menu and doing their best managing. Hope to come back here again!

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DomingoL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kettle room a great place to have a special occasion meal. Their staff made the food and beer pairing a very unique dinning experience. My fiancee and I had our first date at the little Italy Ballest Point Location, It was nice going back 4 years later to celebrate a really special Valentines Day dinner to remember. Our favorite pairing was defiantly the Victory At Sea aged in red wine barrels pared with a peanut butter gelato and Victory At Sea bread pudding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience! Intimate dining with the most incredible and welcoming staff. Thank you for such a great dinner! Nicole was the best thank you so much!!!

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EdGarcia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience!

Everything in this restaurant is amazing, starting with the service which is phenomenal, so attentive and thoughtful they go all the way to accommodate and make sure you have a great time. They explain to you each of the courses and ask if you have any questions or comments.

The ambience is excellent, a bit romantic, intimate, exuberant and humble at the same time, you'll love it.

The food was amazing everything was great and cooked to perfection, it included a bit of everything and the portions were just right, we were worried that it would not suffice or that it be to little for the money but it was just perfect; The beer was absolutely fabulous, it included new and limited releases and hard to find variants of others.

All in all an excellent choice whether you're celebrating something, in the mood for some gourmet experimental cuisine or just want a romantic, out of the ordinary date.

Cheers!

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Lindsey
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend - we were looking for a dinner place while at a work conference and wanted to have a nice meal. It was four courses of deliciousness that could either be paired with beer selections or not. The option to pair or not was really nice for those that aren't beer drinkers. The only thing I will caution is that this is a tasting menu and I don't believe there is flexibility in the selections (we didn't ask because there were no issues with the 5 of us that were dining). The room is really cool, too. Only 4 tables (I believe each accommodate 6) with plenty of space and a perfect volume (so we weren't screaming to talk with each other).

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vipKenneth
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! Great friendly service in a warm setting. Food and pairings were delicious and made for a special night out.

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EduardoA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delicious surprise of unexpected food paired with exotic beers. Don´t miss it!

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KelliD
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! The service was awesome! And the atmosphere was awesome! I would recommend The Kettle Room to everyone! Totally worth every penny!!

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Ksun
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The overall cost was reasonable for a four course menu but the food as a whole was nothing special. My girlfriend's steak was overcooked after she asked for chicago/blue rare.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely incredible. Tasted so many new flavors. Beautiful presentation. Such a special experience.

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birdnerd
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing meals I have had. Our group did not know what to expect and were blown away by the dishes and the beers paired with each one. I appreciate the prix fixe menu but that you could order individual dishes as well instead of doing all four courses. The waitress was very knowledgable and friendly. The chef was just outstanding. This is serious fine dining!

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vipSarahL
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at the kettle room. This place is a hidden treasure. The food was amazing and the service was superb. Can’t wait for our next visit.

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AmandaJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing meal and atmosphere. We had the charred octopus , scallops and waygu steak. Everything was delicious. The beer was great. But the service was beyond anything I have ever had. Melly and Jess were the best . They went out of their way to give suggestions and allowed tastings of beers . We even went home with a 4 case and souvenir glasses.

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JackLinda
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty. The Spanish seared octopus was amazing and the bread pudding was super!

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KathyT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were first guests with 6:15 reservation, Sat. night.
Only 6 more people seated over next 2 hours....so, not crowded & very relaxing!
I was not expecting such good food in a brewery!
Server attentive, and beer pairings well matched!
I will definitely recommend Kettle Room to friends!

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KristinY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting San Diego and spent one of our evenings at The Kettle Room. The service was fantastic, our waitress worked with us to make sure we would enjoy our beer pairings (giving us a sample of a few we thought we wouldn't like as much and replacing one with her next best suggested pairing). The food was also fantastic! We had set the bar high but everything was above and beyond. My boyfriend and I shared the fixed menu (plus two dished a la carte) and beer pairing, and with each course having an 8oz pour, it was definitely enough. Can't recommend this place enough!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an EXPERIENCE!!!! Hands down the best place to eat in San Diego.

Walked into the restaurant (group of 5 business people) and we were taken to the back, past the large kettles used for brewing beer, and walked into a somewhat small, private room that had about 4 long tables.

I like to work in bullet points so here it goes:

1)You need to make reservations.
2)They serve a 4-course meal, and you get to pick from one of two options for each course.
3)You are separated from the main bar, so you can have a conversation without having to yell.
4)The beer pairings are really well thought out, and are delicious.
5)The wait staff was extremely attentive.
6)The meal portions are small, but they extremely well crafted.
7)You are not felt rushed and the timing of each dish was about 30 min per course.

Overall it was an outstanding experience and I will return in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food and great beer pairings. Highly recommend.

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SD2MAUI
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience3

This is a very different dining experience. The menu is very very limited. The menu items, however, we’re very tasty. They use exceptionally ingredients. The service was over the top stellar! The beers that they paired with the entrées were exceptional.

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Jessica
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prix Fixe menu and beer pairings were delicious. Excellent service.

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vipSarahL
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment:). Delicious food. Wonderful service. Can’t wait for our next time:)

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