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Magnolia Tap + Kitchen
Magnolia Tap + Kitchen

Magnolia Tap + Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.magnoliasd.com
  • Phone: (619) 255-0925
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner

    Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Brunch

    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Michael Edwards
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Large Parties from 20 to 110 people
  • Private Party Contact: Christopher (619) 255-0925
  • Entertainment: Every Friday and Saturday night from 8:00pm-12:00am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Magnolia Tap + Kitchen
Magnolia Tap & Kitchen is where California fare meets Southern spirit. Everything we serve is simple, fresh and made-from-scratch daily in our kitchen. With local and sustainable ingredients as the backbone of our menu, you'll notice an infusion of rustic and authentic Southern-style cooking in each dish.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restuarant was an absolute blast. Low key/chill atmosphere, sitting next to live music, drinking from mason jars, and taking pictures on the exposed brick interior wall were just a few of the highlights. The service was wonderful, not too involved but still on top of drinks and our needs. We sat indoors but still got the outdoor vibe thanks to the openness of the dining. The food was delicious, we didn't get burgers but saw a couple who did and they were not possible to eat with just your hands - largest burgers I've seen (and I'm from TX) you get your money's worth 2x over, fit for all ages, groups and occasions!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Reservation made through OpenTable with a special instruction for birthday surprise. Waiter was outstanding for his service and for carrying out the surprise. Very knowledgeable about menu and extremely friendly. Would recommend to try for sure."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I first visited this little gem during a cycle pub tour and was pleasantly surprised by not only the ambience and feel of this place but also by it's awesome food and drink offerings. On the tour I experienced their unique build your own Bloody Mary (which is not to be missed)! I returned this past weekend with my bestie for dinner and drinks before the Padres game. They had live music that enhanced the chill vibe of the place. I will definitely be back and encourage others to make this place part of their next downtown experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had reservations for dinner before heading to the Civic Center. Turned out we didn't need them and were seated right away, given menus and water. The seater asked if we wanted anything from the bar. Our waiter came over and took our order and was helpful in our decision on what to order. Our meal arrived in a timely manner and was very good. We enjoyed our meal and would go back. We had bought a voucher online that unfortunately had expired but they did give us what we paid for it and we were happy about it. Service was great, the waiter checked on us several times and we would recommend Magnolia to others. Fries were to die for........yummm!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Made reservation to enjoy band with my wife but the band did not show. Which ruined my expectations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went there for Happy Hour, not many people. We were first seated at a 4-top; after our drinks were ordered, manager reseated us to 2-top. Happy hour is very limited, only one specialty drink available, only three (appetizer, i.e. very small) food items available. Specialty cocktail was small, barely taste alcohol. Sliders were very dry, overcooked, bland. Cole slaw very bland. Beer fries bland. Fish & chips had way too much breading and overcooked. The only good item was their bacon mac & cheese."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and service are always very good here. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Went here for dinner a few nights ago before seeing a play at the Civic Theatre. Many of the people dining around us seemed to be doing the same. I love how this restaurant is located just off the busy, touristy main drag of the Gaslamp. Fantastic service, nicely designed interior, and an extensive and delicious speciality cocktail list. I got the grilled cheese and tomato bisque, boyfriend got the ribs, and we split pecan pie and ice cream sandwich for desert. All are highly recommended. Overall, a laid back and pleasant vibe with great food and drink. Can't go wrong with that! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Came here because a friend recommended and so glad we did! Everything was fantastic... the food, drinks and service. Loved the ambience. We were lucky enough to arrive during happy hour which was a fun bonus. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We came to try out this place with a Travelzoo voucher. We were blown away by the uniqueness of some of the offerings. I personally love the whiskey touch they put on everything from drinks to mains to desserts. I was last here when it was the Bare Back Grill. Anyway, everyone here is super friendly. My only gripe was that the service was a little slow, but that’s just me reaching for a critique. The steak was cooked perfectly and the pecan pie is scrumptious. All in all, it was a great night out with the Mrs."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The owner is so nice and friendly. I love the ambiance, and drinks at Magnolia as well. Would definitely recommend "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "All menu items looked delicious. Had the grilled cheese with tomato bisque - good. Service was extremely poor, though...we ordered our drinks and it took 10 minutes for the waitress to deliver them to us (she was either high or very overwhelmed), so they were watered down by the time they arrived. Waitress also forgot part of our order, so it came out when were were nearly done with our meal...disappointing! Host & hostess failed to sign us in with opentable, despite acknowledging our reservation at least 3 times. The decor is great and we loved the lighting, but service is really lacking. We were never asked if we'd like another drink and sat with empty glasses halfway through our meal. Might sit at the bar if we ever decide to return."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed a nice quiet dinner for 4 on a Tuesday night. Used Travellzoo coupon that covered. drinks, app. and dinner. Very friendly waitress. Was allowed to sample wines before choosing a glass. Good beer selection. The food was very good as well."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great for low key afternoon lunner ~ Food was good, ambience relaxing .... "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wife and I were debating between this and a few other bar-type restaurants downtown - very happy with our choice, the service, and the pricing, which allowed us to sample several small plates, all of which were great shared."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had high hopes for Magnolia Tap + Kitchen, because the menu sounds delicious. The food was just okay though. We ordered the shrimp app, burger, and ribs. The shrimp was tasty and so were the drinks. The burger was supposed be beef infused bacon, but the meat just tasted smoky. The fries were medium sized, soft, and beer brined. The ribs were tangy. The coleslaw was warm, but surprisingly not bad. The baked beans were bland , so they were left unfinished. The atmosphere was sedate. The cutesy tables had books with flowers on display. Clearly they like details, but the main focus should be on the flavor of the food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "shared mac and cheese, brussel sprouts and chicken wings with my wife and everything was delicious. had to keep ourselves from going back another night of our long wknd visit."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Full diclosure: We went in using a TravelZoo voucher. The glaring weakness was the cocktails because Magnolia style's itself as a specialty cocktail bar. We had the Jacq Nasty and the Bitterball and they were, simply put, rather watery. More oomph required. The ginger and bourbon cured salmon app was good, if a bit salty; the associated pickled vegetables were under-brined, but the deviled eggs were quite good. The salmon on the Caesar was good, as was the thick, garlicky dressing; the habanero cornbread croutons were, however, nonexistent, replaced by generic white bread croutons. We liked the seared rockfish sandwich and REALLY liked the beer-brined fries that came with it. Great look, good service. Just be selective about the menu. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food and service are always great here. It's close to work and home for us, so we make time whenever we can. Good Happy Hour deals, too. Check them out!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Great cocktails and menu selections. Located in Gas Lamp we enjoyed a late night dinner with awesome cocktails."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Wow. Didn't expect this. A bit north in the Gaslamp and worth every step. Walk in, boom, brined french fries and an Imperial Stout. Killer. Then another Boom - a Sarejac cocktail that looked pinky-red and wimpy but sipped smooth and tasted like spring was just around the corner. The smoked brandied salmon appetizer rocked - everything did - and the dishes are so creative you will want to go back again and again to try more stuff. What a great experience - and the prices are more than reasonable. The open air front let the breeze blow in - felt like outdoor dining and the people watching was great. Excellent. Go and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant, the cocktail list had unique (and delicious) options, the appetizer and entrees were tasty, and the service was very attentive. My husband and I visited because I had a Travelzoo voucher, but we will definitely be heading back there, both of us loved the food, and the prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Don't miss this place.. Venture just off 5th to enjoy some great food while in the gas lamp district. I had the ribs and my friend had fish and chips, both we're excellent and so were the martinis. Good size portions and we went during happy hour so it was a great deal."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "For a restaurant that bills itself as local and seasonal it was disappointing to find factory farm meat and the usual fried bar food. Cocktails looked great on paper but lacked in execution. Very disappointing, would not return"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It seemed more of a club scene than a restaurant. Service and food was just mediocre."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Apparently, Wyatt Erp used to come to this location (no plates flew off the wall). Ambience is comfortable. Nice specialty drink (even if they are on the small side). On a slow Tuesday night the easily accommodated at group of 7. Service was very friendly and helpful. Food was good. Not good enough for a foodie but competent. Worth the trip in the desert called Gas Lamp."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "What more could a girl ask than a spicy twist on horchata to complement fall-off-the bone rib! Started by sharing coconut shrimp over a traditional Sazerac and the Winchester. Desserts looked amazing but I was too full! (Oh, and I went back the next week with friends from out of town...equally impressed!)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good: The mac and cheese appetizer was delicious, the server was friendly and it was nicely decorated. Bad: The drinks were just mediocre, the fish in my sandwich was overcooked and the bread was stale. My boyfriend's burger was also overcooked and he said it was bland. We both had fries which were also just ok - not crisp on the outside like I'd prefer. The menu *sounded* great but just didn't live up to it's promises. It was also REALLY loud, even for the Gaslamp."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Made reservations for 8:45 and showed up right on time. It took a while for anyone from staff to come out when we arrived, and when we did they said they were running behind. We waited for quite a while, but we never got seated so we left."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Magnolia is off the beaten path in the Gaslamp, which makes this place even more desirable to someone like myself who is a local San Diegan. It is so nice to have a cool place in downtown San Diego to meet friends for an amazing handcrafted cocktail, incredible food in a cozy and hip ambience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The service was outstanding, a long with the food! We had a party of 14, when it came to the bill she already had it divided up, which made it super easy. For the atmosphere, its a very warm feeling,casual, relax, fun, everyone is very welcoming, and also a good judging point, the bathrooms are clean, and very nice. Can't go wrong with this place, let alone its central to all the main clubs!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "When my date and I first got there, there was no staff waiter to be found. We looked for one, but then the bartender told us to sit anywhere. Bartender completely ignored the fact that we had reservations and told us we would only have an hr and a half to eat to make room for some larger parties that evening. Then they would have to move us to the bar....RUDE! Food and decor was very good. The service was just good, because they were short staffed. The waitress forgot our drink orders a few times also. They did a great job transforming the old Bareback bar and grill. The location is great."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Found this place because of a Travelzoo promo and we were so impressed. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. There was nothing negative about the experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food and service are always great here. Ella, Courtney and Mia are the best! Give those girls a raise!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Every dish and starter was delicious! Short ribs were succulent and burger was juicy!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "short ribs are excellent, and the service is great. highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "lunch monday, we were only guests there, slow service but enjoyed our great bacon bleu & rib burgers."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We went here for a friend's birthday. Everything was done well - the food, the service, the drinks. The decor of the restaurant is very cool...that was honestly our favorite aspect of the restaurant. The prices are good for a downtown dinner spot. Thumbs up!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Ella always provides exceptional service; give her a raise!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Half of us thought what we ordered was good, half were disappointed. Bacon mac was good. Deviled eggs were tiny & overcooked. Beer brined fries sounded good but no one tasted beer, nor any crispness & tasted over cooked. Short ribs were good, chicken wrap sandwich was disappointing. Rockfish sandwich was very bland, and ribs were dry with no real sauce.They were good once added sauce at home. Chef came by & we addressed the fries issue & asked for sauce for the ribs. He never brought the sauce nor offered to correct the fries (probably because it was the best they could do) peanut butter pie they gave me for my bday was yummy & rich. Server mixed up our cocktails & forgot to take my dads & daughters order. I see why they are empty on a Fri."
    Dined on 1/17/2014