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Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.j-fat.com
  • Phone: (619) 226-2103
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30-3:00
    Dinner Monday-Thursday, Sunday 3:00-9:00
    Dinner Friday-Saturday 3:00-10:00
    Sunday Brunch 10:00-3:00 *Breakfast Items 10:00-1:00*
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: James Nunn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rosecrans
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and lot parking available directly in front of the restaurant
A word from Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, or JFAT as the locals call it, is located on the beautiful America’s Cup Harbor in the Point Loma Marina. With its roll-up garage doors and large bayside patio with firepit it offers the finest in creative, regional American ‘comfort food for foodies’. The menu is a celebration of regional American comfort foods including Fish & Chips, Oversized All Natural Burgers, Classic-Sandwiches, Honey-Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Fresh local Seafood, & Grass Fed Steaks. A large bar in the center of the main dining room drives an energetic, though relaxed ambience purveying a selection of microbrew draft beers, selected American wines, and hand-crafted cocktails. The unique décor features recycled Pennsylvania barnwood, industrial lighting fixtures, and classic mid-century modern accents with roll-up garage doors and a large firepit patio that maximize bayside and sunset viewing.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We had our every other month dinner with 3 other couples here on a Thursday night. I had only been here twice before and we had enjoyed our meals. I'm not sure if there was something going on in the marina, but it was packed! No parking to be had at 6:15 pm and the restaurant was unbelievably loud. Our server was very nice but I think she was stretched thin with too many tables. Food was good - my salad had a couple of ingredients I had asked be left off. Not a big deal; our friends said they enjoyed their meals. We also sat with empty drinks from time to time. I think it was just a slightly off night with a packed restaurant - I'd go back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "They have always had good, creative burgers. When you gotta have one, try Jimmy's!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had a great time here for my fiancé and I's anniversary. Food was good and the view made it even better. I enjoyed the deviled eggs as our appetizer and my burger was delicious. I will try the buttermilk chicken next time I visit. I was jealous of my fiancé for ordering it. Overall, it was a great experience. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Jimmy's before a concert at Humphrey's with another couple. It was a great location and we were seated outside. The apps were great and they had interesting drinks. I had the famous short ribs and I was disappointed. They were a bit dry and I have had a lot better at other restaurants. I had a Guinness with dinner and it was flat, so I sent it back. Our server was great and took care of us quite well. My friend had the Sea Bass and he said it was excellent. Overall a nice place with a great location, our meals were hit and miss."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Always a favorite in our house! The food is consistently good. The view is nice. There is a nice little grass area for kids to play outside the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food is excellent, servers are the best around! Sliders, fish & chips are two of our favs."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Second time here, first lunch. Great sandwiches and salads, and wide open views of the marina. Plenty of time for boat envy. Poke was excellent. Catch of the day mahi-mahi sandwich was great."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Jimmy's rarely disappoints, always one of our favorites!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Awesome waitress and great food! Nice open feeling with great view and ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have been here twice and both times have received excellent service. Both servers were enthusiastic about what their menu had to offer and genuine in their concern for us. And it was nice that they didn't overwhelm our table. But I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing evening."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "JFAT, as we found they are nicknamed, has great food, a good view especially from the patio, good service, but can be very loud. We've eaten here 3 times, twice on the patio (which has heaters and partial glass enclosures to keep it warm) and once inside. There is a fairly large bar in the center of the restaurant which can get loud and it just carrys throughout the restaurant and onto the patio - the noise is my only negative about JFAT. There were 4 of us this past visit, and we had the deviled eggs (6) appetizer, which were good (they put a jalapeño on top). Our dinner orders were: sliders (thick, juicy patties with onion straws), fish & chips (incredible!), and the sea bass (delicious) , all of our dishes were very good!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Jimmy's really does holidays well. We went for their special Cinco de Mayo menu. Started with the cheesy spinach and bacon dip with crunchy toasts. Our server, Kate, suggested a side of tortillas, as there is really too much dip for the toast. Great idea, it was totally fabulous! We went on to lobster tacos - these were stuffed full of battered lobster, probably the most tender and tasty we have ever had. The side of Mexican corn was fantastic too. Hand prepared Margaritas with real lime juice, agave syrup and good tequila just made the whole event perfect."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I met some friends here for happy hour. We sat outside on the patio - which is good size so you don't feel as if you are sitting on top of the people next to you. There is a outdoor fire pit and a gorgeous view of the boats in the harbor. Everyone liked what they ordered. Best of all we were able to sit and talk while sipping our drinks and didn't feel rushed to vacate the table."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Love this place near our home. Great food, beautiful setting. Had fish and chips and the garden pasta. All was wonderful. Servings are generous. Waiter was polite and helpful. Have been here several times. Appreciate the birthday coupon which is generous."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you are looking for a nice, quiet place for good food, interesting cocktails, and a great patio ambence!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Jimmy's is a great location right on the marina, so the view of the water and boats is spectacular. They have a great out door patio, but the weather was cooler so we opted to stay inside. Lots of great local craft beer selections, with a good variety on the menu. It was busy, but not overly crowed and they TVs had sports games on, so I'm with a lively crowd it could get a little noisy. There were lots of seating options and it looks like it would be a great place for large group dinner. Definitely a keeper on my San Diego list of good eats!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Once I made it to Jimmy's, I have been back nearly every week since. The ahi stack with the onion rings is to die for. I highly suggest trying it…fun and delish!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "great ambience and location - lots of fun. Mixed drinks were fantastic and they have a great beer menu. Food was unfortunately hit or big miss: tended to be "heavy-handed" either with the themes of vinegar/sugar/chili or lots of bacon/garlic/brown sauce. I think if you stick to the burgers you'll have a wonderful experience overall."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Jimmy's was located across the street from our hotel so we walked over for a lunch meeting. The BBQ salmon spinach salad was amazing. The fish was so fresh and cooked and spiced perfectly. One colleague had the tuna melt which he said was equally amazing as did my other colleague who had the fish sandwich of the day. That sandwich had a huge piece of beautifully grilled mahi mahi on it along with practically half an avocado. Lunch was so good we all decided to go back for dinner. I had the salmon dinner and the fish was every bit as good as it was for lunch. The Happy Hour crowd arrives shortly after 5pm so if you want a good seat with a view get there early..."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We love Jimmy's and make sure we go everytime we are in town. This is a great place to enjoy drinks with friends or a nice dinner with someone special. The staff are wonderful and attentive and always happy to suggest menu items. You must try the Jimmy's sliders. They are delicious. This is also a great place to take visitors after they arrive at the airport. It is a nice introduction to San Diego's great weather, scenery and local restaurants. You are never rushed and we are able to take our time to soak in the surroundings. I have also had large office groups there after meetings, it really works well and allows everyone to choose their menu items. Try Jimmy's; and it will become one of your favourites and prices are good too!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The burgers at Jimmy's are amazing! The Jimmy is my favorite!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great local bar overlooking marina. Best onion rings in San Diego."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Good lite brunch and super drinks! We will return!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great patio. Great service. Excellent table reserved for us. Cocktails are delicious."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "JFAT is the best combination of ambiance and great burgers and salads in town."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The menu has something for everyone--from the appetizer-grazers to the fine-diners to the hamburger-dependent. Really enjoyed the outdoor patio, which was warm enough for coat-free comfort despite the chilly evening. Service was friendly and attentive without hovering. Prices were very reasonable. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My flat iron steak was cooked just right and seasoned just right. My partner enjoyed the sea bass. Nothing fancy just good food well prepared. Service was quick and efficient and anticipated our needs. We were never left wondering when our drinks would be refilled or in need of table ware. Definite recommend for a casual dinner and drinks. "
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Headed out to Jimmy's on a Wednesday night for a small seasonal gathering of friends. Were delighted to hear about the 1/2 price bottles of wine, which was a perfect beverage solution for our group of six. The service was excellent - our waitress was around enough, but not too much as we were more preoccupied with conversation and gift exchanging. Overall, a very nice experience, and everyone enjoyed appetizers and meals. For starters, an order of the Ahi Tartare 'Poke' Style is a must-have. Also had a couple orders each of the Zinfandel Braised Boneless Short Ribs and Cajun Boil for entrees, which both got good reviews from diners in our group."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "This place is truly wonderful and it never cases to be fantastic! We have been to this place about 4 times now and the service is always excellent especially with Kent who is a great server! The food is fabulous, the place has great views of the harbor, the service is fantastic, and it is just an all around great place to hang out and enjoy your meal."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Born and raised in San Deigo and this place is awesome! Thanks again!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The reason that Jimmy's has so many positive reviews is that it does so many things so well. The food is awesome! From a burger to the sea bass to the fried chicken, it's all so good. Service is usually great. Most seating allows you to see out on the boats in bay."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "The sunset with the fire pit and a view of the harbor (sail boats SUP kayaks etc) Fog rolling in slowly and to top it off Fantastic food and service"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I was disappointed with the fish I ordered but when I tried Jimmy's for lunch, I loved my salad . We love that you can bring your own wine too! Such a great bonus!!!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Always excellent, fresh food that is priced fairly. We take visitors to town there all the time and the cool opportunity is to come by boat as there is a courtesy dock there."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The food is outstanding! Classis dishes made with the finest quality and care."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Great "Sunday Supper" specials. $18 for a 2-course meal with lots of choices."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Dined here for breakfast. All the dishes chosen were spectacular. Great views."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Our reservation was honored. We walked and were hot and immediately got our drinks and water. Food was amazing as usual. We could sit and chat with our company and were not hurried. This is one of our favorite places and George had his favorite Sea Bass. Yummy!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "One of our go to places! Food and service are always outstanding with a wonderful location right on the harbor. Go with the fish sandwich or the Jimmy Burger. Can't be beat!"
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "I come to Jimmy's for dinner at least once each time I'm in San Diego. It never disappoints, whether for Sunday brunch (bottomless mimosas!) or for a nice evening meal. The Jimmy burger is my family's favorite, although we've probably tried everything on the menu at least once and haven't had a bad meal. We love the deviled egg appetizer and the onion rings are also great."
    Dined on 9/29/2013