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Magnolia Tap + Kitchen
Magnolia Tap + Kitchen

Magnolia Tap + Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.magnoliasd.com
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "It seemed more of a club scene than a restaurant. Service and food was just mediocre."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Ella always provides exceptional service; give her a raise!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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
  • "Martini that has vodka was ordered by our entire group and it was very hard to enjoy because it was sooo strong. Not a variety for food either"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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
  • "Our waitress, Ella is always great. So is Courtney. Give them a raise!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We had a group of four and decided to share appetizers for dinner. We ordered one of everything. The Brussels sprouts were our favorite, followed by the chili and corn bread (it was a cold winter night) and the Mac and cheese. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The food here was great. The steak was one of the best I had in a long time. The service was also very friendly and considerate. The only issue we had was that my girlfriends scalped potatoes were underdone. The server apologized profusely, brought out an alternate potato dish and discounted our bill for the inconvenience. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and go back if I am in the area."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Only reason I cannot give a 5 star rating is the menu was too short. Everything we had was wonderful, I hope they expand the menu soon. Drink menu was incredible."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The Pan-Seared Rib-eye: perfectly cooked, excellently seasoned, really puts even the local steakhouses to shame. This was awesome! The Ginger & Bourbon Cured Salmon: The salmon was excellent quality, delicate and flavourful, but we couldn't detect any ginger or bourbon flavours. Bacon Mac & Cheese: Fantastic crust on the top, well-seasoned, creamy and comforting. The Chilli & Cornbread: Perfectly balanced; not too spicy, lots of beans and hearty chunks of meat, savoury and complex. I'll definitely come back for this again and again! Drinks: The Outlaw cocktail was a stand-out success. It was bright and citrus-y, not sweet or cloying."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I really liked the space. The food was ok but nothing special. They were out of a few of the beers on their tap list so I had to choose something else. My biggest complaint would be the noise level. The noise level was ok until the band showed up. There are no acoustic tiles on the ceiling which is fine for normal conversation/noise but not for a band. It was so loud I couldn't even hear the person sitting next to me when they spoke. A few acoustic tiles on the ceiling would go a long way."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We were a bit crunched for time and did not get very prompt attentive service. Also, the food was okay but really just a nicer bar fare; pretty heavy and greasy. Beer on top was good."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Our waitress, Courtney, was great. Very friendly and professional. She explained everything very well, and really made us feel welcome."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "A group of us tried Magnolias for the first time this past Satutday night. The decor is great, very cute and trendy atmosphere. We were curious why it was half empty at 7 on a Saturday night. We ordered the ultimate burger which was very mediocre, under seasoned and not very tasty, the fries were cold and also under seasoned. Someone ordered their Mac and cheese which was very run of the mill, nothing special. Specialty cocktails were overpriced and nothing to write home about, beer pours were small and over priced as well. Unfortunately we will not be going back."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "My waitress, Courtney, was great. Very friendly and professional. She explained everything very well, and really made me feel welcome."
    Dined on 10/14/2013