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Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego

4.0
4
39 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of the historical Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock Cafe San Diego is the place for Legendary Burgers, local fish tacos, fall off the bone BBQ dishes, fresh salads, award winning cocktails, local craft beers, and Roxtar kid's meals. In addition, enjoy our Platinum Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm. On Fridays, amp up your night with live acoustic rock in our dome bar from 4:30pm - 6:30pm along with our new Backstage After Party with popular DJ's from 8:30pm -11:00pm.

We are located across the street from Balboa and Lyceum Theatres and just a few blocks from the San Diego Civic Theatre and Spreckels Theatre. The Hard Rock Cafe San Diego is only a 15-minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center, and a 10-minute drive from the San Diego Zoo.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Burgers, Comfort Food
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Rock Shop Hours Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 615-7625
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Earl Cassidy
  • Catering
    Hard Rock brings VIP food and service to you! Contact us for catering menus and customized events.
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown / Gaslamp
  • Cross Street
    F Street
  • Parking Details
    On street metered parking or parking at Horton Plaza Mall (validation is not available by Hard Rock Cafe). <br /><br />
  • Public Transit
    For trolley and bus service routes from your area: <br />http://www.sdmts.com/schedules-real-time-maps-and-routes/bus-routes
  • Entertainment
    Fridays: Live acoustic artists from 4:30pm - 6:30pmBackstage After Party with local DJ's behind the bar 8:30pm - 11pm Platinum Happy Hour at Our Bar Top: Monday - Friday 3pm -6pm & Friday 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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39 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sheila was a great server she made the whole night fun

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  2. jenny

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    HAD THE BEST 35TH I COULD EVER WANT! the service was perfect loved the atmosphere and can't wait to go back. Thank you for making my birthday dinner GREAT!!!

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  3. StevenJ

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Caters to tourists who are willing to pay higher prices for average food.

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  4. MichelleL

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    After being seated and receiving our food our waitress up and vanished. We were left alone for over two hours before someone noticed we were done with our meal. Glasses empty, dirty table. Totally unacceptable service. The manager didn't notice although she had time to socialize at the bar. I had to get up and flag down the bartender to help us. I would not recommend nor will I return to this location.

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  5. GeorgeE

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible service. Food was cold and disgusting. Server was rude, unprofessional and condescending.

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  6. cjatsb

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    My wife & I made a reservation here to enjoy dinner before a Friday night concert across the street. We've eaten at several HRC's around the country, and always had a good-to-great experience. This was probably our least favorite experience of all. The wait for food was too long, despite it not being very busy in there. We had an hour & a half available for dinner, and we were rushed to pay our check & get out of there so we wouldn't be late for the concert. My wife ordered nachos, I ordered fajitas. While both were good in flavor, the nachos came barely luke warm, and the fajitas were flavorful steak on a bed of primarily grilled onions with a few peppers thrown in. If it weren't for the other cold ingredients, the fajitas would've been lousy. Then there was the live music - so bad. The young gentleman with his guitar & amp didn't have a clue about how out of tune he was. Even though he stopped to re-tune 3 or 4 times, he missed the mark every time. My wife & I and our 4 sons are all musicians; she & all of our kids have gigged out in public countless times. We have a big heart & a lot of grace for people (especially young people) who are out there trying to share their music. But, this guy's out-of-tune playing was an annoyance our entire time there. Of all of our dozens of HRC experiences around the country, this was the worst. Disappointing.

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  7. JaniceRae

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfashionable menu and food of average quality. If Rock memorabilia is your draw, go have a beer.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was pretty good, you definitely go to a Hard Rock for the ambience above all. But the staff at this location was WONDERFUL!!! From the hostess, to our waiter, and even other waiters not serving us, everyone was very friendly. They were even able to make my husband's absolute favorite burger, even though it's been off the menu for like five years. Totally made his night!! And it was my birthday, and I received a yummy sundae.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn't expecting to see what we did compared to other Hard Tock Cafes. Place was small and felt like the corner sports bar

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner , especially the garlic pesto fries ! Very friendly staff and management

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved that the Hard Rock Cafe had a menu for Thanksgiving as well as their regular menu. This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I loved it. Great food and staff!

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  12. DeniseV

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The turkey was a little dry and the food was not very hot. The service was good but took a longtime to get the appetizer and the check

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and most important great service! We'll definitely come back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My experience at the Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego was totally positive. From the time I walked in the door all of the staff we're totally positive and helpful and my server continued that theme, she was very attentive making sure all of my dining needs were met. The food was good but not gourmet, but I wasn't expecting gourmet. I had a good time. It was a positive experience. I would recommend the Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego to any of my friends. It was a positive and enjoyable experience.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    All of the servers were wonderful but spending $80 for 2 entrees, one appetizer and 2 drink..... I expected above average food and that is not what we got. Mediocre fajitas, especially living in San Diego, you expect a little more out of Mexican food. Mac and cheese was good but the chicken was very dry.

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  16. alig

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for my birthday with a friend I use to work with downtown had a great time, my kind of music, roack and loud. Had a great time. Monday Night Football was on. Had some shots, entrees and desert. Overall a great birthday...Our waitress was the best..

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  17. LeAnneK

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great hostess and waitress! Supper friendly. Treated my 11 yr old son like young man

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  18. casualdiner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    3 of us had dinner here recently. My wife and son thought their meals were good but I thought the ribs I had were only OK, not a lot of meat and what was on there was probably over-cooked. Didn't really like the brownie sundae for dessert either, the brownie was at the bottom of a large goblet and you had to eat a lot of ice cream before you could even get at the brownie. Always great to view all of the memorabilia though.

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  19. JessicaB

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was good, the food was ordinary and overpriced. Not our cup of tea.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place, great food! Wayne was a very knowledgeable & attentive server. Food was served promptly & was very appealing. Staff in shop was also fun to shop with & provided top-notch service.

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  21. JodyC

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This restaurants was empty and the menu offered few choices. Staff was friendly but did not provide great service. Disappointed.

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  22. LoriH

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately the service was VERY slow. The waitress was amazing, but it took a long time to get our food. Some food in our group was cold, too. We had a burger that still had pink when asked for well done AND it was cold.

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  23. CiaraC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The server Jennifer was awesome! Went here for my birthday dinner and had great drinks and food. The twisted Mac and cheese, and the jumbo sampler are must haves. It was probably half full and the timing was quick so it was a good experience.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very slow and restaurant was not crowded. Food was overcooked and dry. Would not recommend this anyone.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tony took care of us well.

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  26. BelenE

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Please improve the taste in food. Burgers were ot good.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was great!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seasoned fries are to die for!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a beautiful night out and really enjoyed the Hard Rock. Our server was perfect.

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  30. Sideways31

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Crossed another Hard Rock Cafe off of my son's list.

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  31. JollyRodger

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our Christmas evening meal here and had a great time. Food was good and we had excellent service.

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  32. EllenMc

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went to Hard Rock Christmas Day.Food was just as good as we experienced in Hawaii. I ordered the Veggie Leggie...Very good! Service was outstanding!

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  33. kellietag

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We planned to eat at the Hard Rock for Christmas dinner unfortunately they had ran out of the holiday meal before our reservation time which was a bummer. The also have a small menu which was a little let down too. We decided to eat there anyway (I mean come on where you going to eat w/o a reservation on Christmas day?) and WE ARE GLAD WE DID! The food was fantastic! From the salmon, to burger, to the ribs right down to the kids plate! everything tasted so yummy! Service was awesome; fast and courteous!

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  34. TheGem

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    They don't have descriptions of the new drinks! WTF? What's in it? How much is it? Is it warm or cold?

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  35. CarterFl

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Hooper, was great!!!! He along with the Staff ensured my birthday dinner was one of the best! Thank you!!

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  36. MrsHand3121

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked on a Sunday night as the website promoted live music. There was none. Was served iced water and the bottom of the glass literally fell out and I was left covered in water and soaking wet. Initially all the waitress did was laugh and my reaction soon helped her realise it was not funny! The manager came to apologise and offered to pay for a round of drinks. The drinks we ordered took forever to arrive which was surprising as the restaurant was empty. Food was lovely! I ordered the Salted Caramel with Popcorn Latte for dessert. When it was bought out there was no popcorn. I asked where it was to be told there was non left - something I should have been advised when I ordered. Just as I was finishing my dessert the manager reappeared with a bowl of popcorn... Too little too late! I advised that we were staying at the Hardrock Hotel which should have resulted in a 20% discount which we didn't get. Food was lovely but too many other issues to recommend or consider coming back.

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  37. NatalieO

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Reservations didn't mean a thing to the very rude hostess. She actually told us we could probably find someplace else to get dinner faster. After calling a manager over we were seated. Waitress was awesome. Our food tasted like someone had poured a ton of salt on it. The place is fun to look at, but that it. I wouldn't go back again. Tourist trap.

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  38. Superglide12

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was good not great. While at your restaurant we ordered one appetiser and two main dishes. We ordered nachos for the appetizer and the chip were burnt with very and I mean very little toppings on them. Not to mention I've been to several hard rocks around the world and they didn't even offer any salsa with the nachos. That was a first. For our main course meals we ordered two different hamburger meals. For starters they were both burnt and one of them was not even the right burger. They were offering three different types of French fries and when we got our order the one we got were not the ones we ordered. Overall I would have to say worst food I have ever been served at a hard rock restaurant.

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  39. FranT

    Atlanta Metro

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall service & food were good. Nachos were great a great value. Wings were good. Just had an issue with the day manager over slight problem with a steak fajitas. Resolved with the GM Roy. Thx Roy! 👍🏼😊

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Google Map for Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego

801 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    F Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown / Gaslamp
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Rock Shop Hours Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Burgers, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    On street metered parking or parking at Horton Plaza Mall (validation is not available by Hard Rock Cafe). <br /><br />
  • Public Transit
    For trolley and bus service routes from your area: http://www.sdmts.com/schedules-real-time-maps-and-routes/bus-routes
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Earl Cassidy
  • Entertainment
    Fridays: Live acoustic artists from 4:30pm - 6:30pmBackstage After Party with local DJ's behind the bar 8:30pm - 11pm Platinum Happy Hour at Our Bar Top: Monday - Friday 3pm -6pm & Friday 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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