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Hard Rock Cafe

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801 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6121
+1 619-615-7625
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go to a Hard Rock whenever we get a chance and this one did not disappoint. The service was very friendly and the food was good, as always.

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Thank Melissa G
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Melissa, thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm so happy to hear that we delivered the rock start treatment during your visit. We hope that you'll come see us again! More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit for any music fan and foodie. I popped in for a quick beer while in Diego 'working' and after 5 minutes of seeing all this amazing food floating past me I begged the server for a table for one at the height of lunch service. She was very helpful in finding me a spot and gave great... More 

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Thank ChiptheChef
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm so happy to hear that you loved our delicious burger special and that the server took great care of you. I hope that you will be back in San Diego "working" soon so you can pop in for a visit! Cheers! More 

Arvada, Colorado
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I went on Halloween night and they had a very good band playing on stage, We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and the music was great, 80's, 90's, The service was great and all the staff ladies were really friendly and give my wife and I an excellent service.

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Thank ggarciao2001
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed our Halloween party! FYI-we also have live music every Friday from 4-6. Hope to see you back soon! More 

Salinas
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186 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I've been to 44 locations, including this one, and this one is on par with their excellent service and food. There is no parking with the restaurant, as it's downtown, so we found a parking lot close by and walked there. I had made a reservation before hand for 1:30 on a Saturday, as you never know, but it turns... More 

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Thank raininroses
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you wonderful review! I'm so happy to hear that our staff showed you the rockstar treatment! Please say hi the next time you stop in! We'll see you soon! More 

Great Falls, United States
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We recently had dinner at the hard rock in San Diego. First of all parking is a real mess. We chose the public parking garage. The parking is not cheap. When we arrived for dinner. We were told there is a 15-20 minute wait. I am use to waiting for a table. As I looked around I saw numerous empty... More 

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Thank Darren B
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Darren, thank you for taking the time to write a review for our cafe. I'm terribly sorry to hear of your poor experience, but I plan to take all of this information to review with our staff so that we can improve our quality and service. If you could please contact me at sandiego_ops@hardrock.com I would like to further discuss... More 

Loveland, Colorado
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152 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I've been to over 50 Hard Rock Cafe's, all over the world. In San Diego, we only stopped in for a drink. We stayed longer due to the excellent service and all round great time we had sitting at the bar talking with, listening to and watching Sheila. This lady should be sent around the Hard Rock world to train... More 

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Thank ccfc1968
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review; I'll be sure to pass it along to Sheila! I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful visit and we hope to see you back soon! More 

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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

As always with any Hard Rock venue this place is overpriced for what you get- unless you just want to pay extra for your food then go somewhere else.

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Thank Amanda C
Shelton, Washington
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257 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We have been here before but was disappointed this time. Service was really slow and bad and the place wasn't crowded. Drinks were not good and the food was only average for the high prices. Does have a good store to sell t shirts. The air conditioning didn't seem to be working at all.

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Thank Buzzsaw22
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

First of all, thank you for your review. I'm so sorry to hear that we missed the beat on this particular visit. I would love to invite you back and show you the quality and service that we strive for and that you have come to expect at our café! Please ask for me on your next visit and I... More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

First day in San Diego and in need of food and a cold drink? Where else than the tested formula of the HRC! This one is special with some fabulous stained glass and beautiful dome. Food and service of a high standard.

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Thank Michael W
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review, Michael! So glad you chose us on your first day in town and that the staff treated you like a rockstar! We hope to see you again! More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We picked this restaurant because we needed a place for a larger group. We didn't have to wait long so that was appreciated. However service was below average and very slow. Food was just ok.

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Thank KIM S
Karissa D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Kim! First of all thank you for taking the time to write a review. However, I am upset to hear that the service you received clearly did not meet our standard. I would like the opportunity to discuss this with you if you could please give me a call at your earliest convenience. 619.615.7625. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 23:00
Monday
10:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 23:00
Thursday
10:00 - 23:00
Friday
10:00 - 00:00
Saturday
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-615-7625
Description
In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter for fun and frivolity, and history hasn't changed much! Here it is less than a century later, and that same location has become a Hard Rock Cafe. The Cafe's cozy confines will wash all that local culture out of your head in no time, allowing you to fill it with important rock 'n' roll history and trivia. Ask about a Memorabilia tour!!!

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?