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Kairoa Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

Kairoa Brewing Company

4.5
4.5
103 Reviews
$30 and under
Brewery
Kairoa is the culmination of our passion for food, beer and our original home country of New Zealand. The food is New Zealand comfort food mixed with southern Californian favorites. Nothing beats our New Zealand style smoked lamb fries and a crisp pilsner.

Our mission is to create delicious beer and food that makes people feel at home in our modern farmhouse designed space, a nod to our family past. Enjoy our rooftop bar with friends while enjoying the sunset over the San Diego urban scenery.

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2 people

9:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Brewery, New Zealand, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 295-1355
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Steve Martinez
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us at events@kairoa.com to book an event with us!
  • Neighborhood
    University Heights
  • Cross street
    Madison
  • Parking details
    Parking lot in back and street parking available.
  • Public transit
    There is a bus stop right out front, and we have bike racks next to the building.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 103 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

103 Reviews
  1. TypSD

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. We sat at the rooftop on a beautiful, sunny day. It was really nice and thoroughly enjoyed our time. We took our 4 year old daughter. It’s very family and dog friendly.
    Kairoa Brewing CompanyResponded on August 25, 2020
    Thanks so much for the kind review :)

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  2. AndyE

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and customer service was outstanding. Will definitely come back again.
    Kairoa Brewing CompanyResponded on August 25, 2020
    Thanks Andy! Hopefully we'll see you soon!

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  3. Mackenzie

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go for trivia on Wednesday’s. The salmon salad is amazing, but make sure to order the salmon well done. The NZ sauv blanc goes very well with it. Drink selection is great. Other food options are hit or miss. The servers are very good, but there is usually only one server for the whole downstairs, which is packed during trivia. We love geeks who drink trivia. Kairoa is a good bar for trivia!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our guests food was delayed and arrived after everyone else had finished. The delayed dish was a Thursday only special, ramen. The dish itself was “gamey”, it was a lamb ramen. When the ramen arrived the server apologized and said it would be “taken care of”. Our guest did not even mention the gamey flavor and was just pretty much over the whole experience. When the check arrived only half of the ramen price was deducted........

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  5. Girleatstravelslaughs

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The shepherd's pie is the ultimate comfort food. Ethan was very attentive and fun. Definitely will return!

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  6. tink427

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful views and amazing wings!! Seriously, order wings.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat upstairs. Cold but had heaters and blankets.

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  8. Nicoleg

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved Kairoa! Food was great! Beers were very good. Service was awesome! We lucked out and had perfect weather for the rooftop dining. This will be added to our list of favorite restaurants in San Diego. Also seems like a great place to celebrate a special occasion. The fireplace areas look very inviting. Will definitely return for happy hour soon.

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  9. LulL

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Kairoa for a casual business dinner. We ended up sharing each of our selections along with appetizers. We also selected fruit spritzers instead of beer. They were light and refreshing, but I think a beer would have been a better choice for the New Zealand Burger, which was divine. One of our other selections was thinly sliced salmon that was absolutely heavenly, but seriously needed a side to make it a meal. I highly recommend Kairoa, and you can bring your pooch with you!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great bar/ restaurant. Amazing wings!!

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  11. MeghanL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

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  12. JoeBoleware

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok or below ok. I had to order myself and serve my entire $200.00 table. Not impressed from when I went the first time they opened. I Will Not Waste my Money here in the future. It will be closed in 6 months and hopefully someone with good service and better food will reopen. Sorry you missed your mark too late....

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely and well designed space. Easily accommodated my group with a Friday night reservation but the roof deck gets busy on weekends so plan ahead. Food came out all together and was perfectly seasoned and prepared. Elevated gastro pub inspired options with some kiwi flair. Salmon and lamb were amazing as were the beers brewed on site. Great wine selection as well.

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  14. TrishE

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited rotating menu but the food is delicious and the staff/service is top notch. The patio area is awesome with ample heaters and fire pits for cool evenings.

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  15. DavidM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food took forever. Waitress was great but overwhelmed. Food was ok...they just need to sort out the operational side of things.

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  16. Chis

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Kinda garbage that they charge the 3% up charge to “deal with the new California law” requiring they pay their employees a living wage when they weren't in business before that law came into effect, and are still understaffed? Three dimensional chess, that.

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  17. JPat

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We waited a while for a hostess and there was a line beginning to form for seemingly no reason as the restaurant was pretty empty. No one greeted us or told any of us that someone would be right there. When we were greeted she was kind and helpful, but the hostess stand was cluttered with lots of her personal belongings including what seemed like her making beaded jewelry. When we were seated our server was great. We asked for one of our items to come out as an app, it ended up coming out a min or two after our entrees. Not a big deal but she was on it before we had to even inquire about it which was great! The food was pretty mediocre at best. For the price we could have gone to several other restaurants in the area with much better food than here. The mussels were ok, it was supposed to come with chorizo and it maybe came with 5-6 tiny pieces. There was a hearty portion of bread which was nice but overall it left me wanting more. My husband got the shrimp sliders. He kept saying it tasted like fish and there wasn’t much flavor to it. The best part was the lamb fries. Our server was the best part of the night with her attention to detail and kindness. When we walked out no one said bye including the hostess which was up front staring down at her jewelry making. Just didn’t feel very hospitable, but If you’re into mediocre food and hospitality this is your spot.

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  18. StevenC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food - good atmosphere!

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  19. pup1

    San Diego

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Got in, got a great seat outside, got food, ate and made it to the Diversionary show on time. All was good! We've been there several time and will return!

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  20. gbpubgrub

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch upstairs on the rooftop is the place to be if you don't want sports blasting on ten TVs all around you (that's downstairs). Great view of the neighborhood, nice breeze blowing, and a great relaxed vibe. Brunch menu has been disappointingly pared way down, but the full menu offers lots of very tasty Kiwi inspired items. Beers were mixed: really good hoppy session, pilsner, and stout; really off Berlinerweisses in various (almost undrinkable) flavors.

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  21. JerryH

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new option for the Neighborhood!

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  22. chuckles

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Large rooftop patio had a comfortable and fun vibe and great view Food was not as dedicated to kiwi fare as i had hoped and i was a bit disappointed with the meat pie as it was dry. Fish and chips were good - fish was light and flaky and octopus was the best thing on the menu (so we ordered it twice!)

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  23. seattlefoodie

    Seattle

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing patio and an epic view for sunsets! Amazing lamb everything. Would totally come back here!!

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  24. AshleighM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Live just blocks away and live to sit on the rooftop area but service is either great or completely awful. We keep coming back in hopes we get another good time but will probably not go again for quite sometime.

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  25. CarolDiego

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was so so. I had the special, the rack of lamb. I got shorted. Half a portion, compared to my BF. Salmon salad was good. Fish and chips were not crisp or crunchy. Avocado sandwich was just OK. Oyster appetizer, ok. Not sweet. Specials came out 20 minutes after our others got their food. But the view upstairs on the deck is amazing.

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  26. Echeb

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Music was a little loud outside so it was hard to have a conversation, but otherwise love the place.

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  27. candyu

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rooftop is great but also love the downstairs. Solid beers!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great outdoor patio!

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  29. Jb913

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu and dining at Kairoa were top notch. We had an early Saturday lunch so it was not crowded. This month the meat pies was a spicy pulled pork. Very filling and tasty. We also tried the fish and chips which were battered to perfection. Next time we will try some of the lighter salad options.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Eat outside and enjoyed the all night happy hour!

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  31. goodfoodwonoise

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable evening; good crowd; challenging parking

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  32. skyler

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to be up on the rooftop deck!! Food was great, wonderful selection of drinks, great atmosphere.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such an amazing time. The environment was great. The service was great. The food was amazing.

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  34. SAOHC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our time but it was SO loud that we couldn’t hear one another talk. There was a huge crowd in the middle of the patio that edged right next to our table. I might hesitate to return for this reason. But the food and beer was good.

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  35. Kathy

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to go for dinner/drinks with family or friends. Great choices of wine. The beer is outstanding. The service by (Ethan) was excellent!!

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  36. AlexandraS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in the neighborhood and love what Kairoa brings to the table for university heights. The ambiance is definitely a 10/10, being the only 2 story deck in the area the out door patio is the only way to go. We really enjoy the burgers and fresh salads Kairoa offers. Wasn't as impressed with the beet hummus but nothing too detrimental to dwell on. Overall love this place and will be going back all summer.

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  37. ChristinaJ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience, especially booking through OpenTable. We requested the roof deck and a corner table so our group could talk, which was ready when we arrived. Everything was perfect, the food, the service, the ambiance... I highly recommend this restaurant, especially the roof deck.

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  38. MJSseattle83

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was bland despite the great presentation. The ambiance is amazing. They have a great rooftop with open-air seating and very modern decor. It is probably a great place to grab a beer and hang out, but not recommended as a foodie dinner spot.

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  39. Mdevo

    Denver

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    got a rooftop seat with awesome views. I was happy to see folks there with well behaved dogs. Great appys and dinner. Not so great for desert

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  40. JeremyD

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Love the rooftop. So nice on a warm evening to sit outside and have tasty food and brew.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kairoa Brewing Company using the Order Online button. Kairoa Brewing Company also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 295-1355.

Kairoa Brewing Company is rated 4.5 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kairoa Brewing Company

4601 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116-2630

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Madison
  • Neighborhood
    University Heights
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Brewery, New Zealand, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking lot in back and street parking available.
  • Public transit
    There is a bus stop right out front, and we have bike racks next to the building.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Steve Martinez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 295-1355
  • Private party facilities
    Contact us at events@kairoa.com to book an event with us!
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