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Books + Records

4.6
4.6
252 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Global inspired American cuisine, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch in an upbeat atmosphere, with live music most nights.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-1000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Deckman
  • Catering
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
  • Private party facilities
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
  • Neighbourhood
    Banker's Hill
  • Cross Street
    Ivy St & Fourth Ave in Bankers Hill
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 252 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

252 Reviews
  1. SantiagoR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 6. The restaurant has a full bar with helpful and likable bartenders. The place has a good vibe and it is charming. Our waiter was knowledgeable and help full with appetizer suggestions. Everyone was happy with what they ordered and there was enough time to enjoy your drinks, appetizers, and main course. The only draw back was the live music. It was too laud. It was not easy to have a nice conversation at the table.

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  2. LovesToEatSpicy

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow the food was so good! I was very impressed with each dish, the flavors, the presentation, the quality. It was a treat. Loved the live music too.

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  3. CalebG

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely brunch celebration. Steak and eggs and Turkish eggs were both delicious and all of our drinks were yummy with a fun vibe. Our server Francesca was absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to come back! Thanks so much for a lovely Saturday

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful and rustic aesthetic restaurant, had live music playing while we were there on a Friday evening. Staff is kind and attentive. Food was shared style fitting enough for you to enjoy both drinks and food and not feel too full.

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  5. RobG

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal and great ambiance for a special Father’s Day dinner at Books + Records.

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  6. DareToIndulge

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did father's day brunch at Book and Records with another family and bunch of kiddos. We had a great time - the live music band was awesome. We got the perfect table and service was outstanding too. Kids LOVED the food and so did adults. We would definitely be back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice brunch spot! Would come again! Excellent food and service!

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  8. Nate

    Denver

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Talk about a diamond in the rough! This place is very unassuming looking from the outside as all you can see is a small outdoor patio. However, once inside, the personality of B&R really shows. The decor is very smart and the layout of the restaurant is pretty good. I had Sunday brunch and I couldn’t have been more pleased! Started out with a Wit beer and the salmon latke; three flavor filled potato cutlets with a nice dill crème fraîche, and delicious smoked salmon. This could be a meal by itself if a person isn’t super hungry. I then had the duck benedict dish, which had a very hearty serving. The green chile hollandaise sauce was phenomenal, with the heat from the chile so subtle but flavorful. Couple everything with the lovely Jaz playing by Coby Brzeski who sang Billie Holliday with such ease!!! 10/10 experience and I would definitely return!!!

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  9. MichaelW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good but sitting by the back wall was quite intense in terms of the music and live music reverberations. The first 3 sections of the menu were excellent however the main courses were a bit overcooked. We had gotten the pork belly and the trout.  

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  10. JennaC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was great. Drinks were good. Food was “fancy” but not my favorite by far. We got the mushrooms, eggplant and squid ink linguine. Squid ink pasta and mushrooms seem citrus (sour) forward. Not my favorite but maybe others love it. Our server would always say he would be right back and I always had to flag him down, to order, to refill my water, to pay. Live music was great ambiance was beautiful. I would rather come for a cocktail

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FAQs

Books + Records is rated 4.6 stars by 252 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Books + Records

2202 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ivy St & Fourth Ave in Bankers Hill
  • Neighbourhood
    Banker's Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Deckman
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-1000
  • Catering
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
  • Private party facilities
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
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