If you know your IPAs from your porters, then you probably also know Stone. If you know Stone and you’re a central San Diego mom or dad, you’ve likely been anxiously anticipating the opening of their newest location in Point Loma, eager to skip the trek to their Escondido spot. Regardless of whether or not you know Stone (or beer), San Diego families looking for a special weekend treat ought to head down to Liberty Station to have the full Stone Brewing Co. experience. Offering a variety of beers from lighter ales to full-bodied stouts (some even brewed in-house) and menu options with flavors that span the globe, all in a kid-friendly setting, you’ll find something for every member of your family to enjoy.
Perhaps one of the top reasons Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station stands out is its vibe. This place can be calm and inviting in the dining areas yet boisterous and fun in the bar areas. Partly upscale with a more-than-casual dining experience and partly low-key enough to bring the kids along, Stone’s newest location welcomes all types of visitors. On any given day you can be sure to find suits on a business lunch, a group of girlfriends with the babes in tow out for a girls’ day, tourists, beer connoisseurs, single friends out for drinks, and families.
Plus, the sheer size of the place is enough to draw guests in, especially families. Baby starting to fuss? Go for a walk along the decomposed granite paths in the outdoor area. Kids need to blow off some steam before dinner arrives? Let them run around the Astroturf area, which hosts family movie nights in the summer, adjacent to the company store. Don’t want the fun to end after your meal? Stay for a game of bocce ball. Furthermore, staff members happily accommodate the little ones, offering a highchair (clean with the buckle actually attached!) or a sling for an infant carrier as soon as you get seated. Management even had discerning families in mind when they installed sleek, stainless steel diaper changing stations in the restrooms (located inside the largest stall), complete with disposable liners for the plastic bed. It’s no wonder why this spot made our list of kid-friendly craft beer joints.
Think gargoyles, gardens, and steel with glass beer bottles worked into unusual spaces and you’ve got Stone. Diners enjoy their meals at rustic wooden tables or cozy booths at the indoor bar area. The main dining room features seriously high, vaulted ceilings with touches of deep red. The signature gargoyle logo is etched on metal and glass throughout the property. Of course, it wouldn’t be Stone without some kind of stone motif. You’ll find boulders in the outdoor patio area, the use of small stones covering the walls (spotted with bottle caps), and a large slab of granite for the “communal” bathroom sink (complete with fair trade hand soap from local company Dr. Bronner’s). Papyrus growing in a rectangular pond welcomes you in the garden area along with unconventional uses for rebar. Stone proves you don’t need to blind customers with cheesy colors and bright lights to be a bonafide kid-friendly restaurant.
Stone is all about the Slow Food movement, so don’t expect to find chicken strips on the kids’ menu. Instead you’ll find creative variations of dishes from around the world prepared with the purest ingredients, including free-range poultry and house-made breads. In fact, much of their produce comes from local farms, including Stone’s very own in Escondido. The menu for the grownups is no different, except for the beer-infused sauces. You’ll find several vegan and vegetarian options as well as a special menu for Meatless Monday. If you’re in the mood for a big bowl of noodles, the Yakisoba hits the spot. For a tasty meat-and-potatoes type of meal, go for the schnitzel served with organic veggies. Don’t forget to take a look at the dessert menu, which includes offerings like real beer or root beer floats and house-baked Arrogant Bastard Ale brownie sundaes.
The Fine Print
Before four, the tables in the outdoor dining areas are available by reservation only. After four, many of the tables become open on a first-come first-served basis. To avoid waiting up to two hours for a table, we highly recommend you make a reservation.
San Diego, Ca
619-269-2100 Online: stonelibertystation.com Have you visited this new hot spot? Tell us what you ordered below! Copy and Photos by Amanda Freerksen