Waypoint Public
Waypoint Public

Waypoint Public

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.waypointpublic.com/
  • Phone: 6192558778x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 4:00pm to 1:00am.

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am to 1:00am. (Brunch is served from 10:00am to 3:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Amanda Baumgarten
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Park Way
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street Parking Available
A word from Waypoint Public
North Park's newest neighborhood bistro & beer bar. Chef Amanda Baumgarten has crafted an "eclectic California neighborhood bistro menu" that includes three types of house made terrines, two riffs on a burger, seafood (charred octopus, fried oyster tacos), Sous vide Chicken and surf & turf (mussels and pork belly).

Brian Jensen (Bottlecraft) provides beer pairing suggestions for each dish and is curating the bar's 30 taps; he's also assembled a beer list that exceeds 300 bottles.

Waypoint is family-friendly with a kids play area.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Waypoint Public reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (31)kid-friendly (28)good for groups (24)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (19)great for brunch (9)special occasion (8)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Very chilled
    nejnej
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It has very chilled san diegan ambiance and the food was very yummy, the tacos and the burger we tried and were so yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for beer geeks with kids
    niceblokesf
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Waypoint is an excellent gastropub that provides terrific food and a great beer list. But even better is that they have a little play area for kids that has bean bags, books, toys and movies. The play area is visible from about a third of the restaurant so parents should plan to sit in that part of the place. If you're not a kid person just sit away from that side, you'll be fine. Great setup and something other restaurants can learn from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place, Good Beer
    Lurels
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to this place for my sister's bachelorette party and the place did not disappoint. She loves gastro pubs so this was a very good choice. The place had a fun atmosphere and I liked the décor, modern Americana. There were a lot of babies when we went, and the noise level was pretty high up there, which made it really hard to get the attention of the waitresses. However the food was good and the beer even better and it kicked off a great party so no real complaints. It was pretty reasonably priced too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodfun
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food and service was very good. The noise level was very loud. The music was way to loud for a restaurant. You had to yell over the music to talk to your friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No a.c.? it's over 100 degrees out
    Nici13
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    well the food was very tasty I did not understand why they had all of their windows up when it was 100 degrees out and they had the AC cranked in the back of the restaurant. why would you not shut the windows and run the AC in the whole restaurant? In addition the planter of flowers that was on our table was a fly magnet, it was disgusting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food and great service. Went for brunch on a Sunday and all three if us were very pleased with the experience. They games on too which I don't care about but for many that is a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waypoint Public
    Vonda
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great place! The food and service were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of potential
    HurtsSoGood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I'm glad I made an Opentable reservation for this place considering we went there on a busy Saturday night. Love the beer & wine list. I consider it a treat when an eatery features so many different beers. The food was very tasty. I just wish I had more of it. The portion size of the food left me feeling somewhat ripped off despite how delicious it all was. My girlfriend also thought the soup that came with her grilled cheese would have been better if it was thicker and less chunky. I enjoyed my experience there. I would definitely come back. I just hope I end up with other orders of food actually worth the value paid. Besides that, this place is a good one.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hmm... Well!?!?
    Jaebird
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My friends and I LOVE this place. The food has always been outstanding. However, this time, not so much. Our main dishes were not cooked correctly. My husband had the flatiron steak, but it was really undercooked. I had the albacore, but it seemed fishy and didn't set well with me. The appetizers were perfectly cooked and tasted great! We may have come on an off night. Will definitely try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!!
    bsab
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was excellent and the beer list was incredible. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit or miss
    Fleur
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have had good and bad unfortunately not very consistent with their food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3 Cheers for Waypoint!
    beeloo
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Waypoint is a gem - delicious good, savvy beer list, and friendly service. Added bonus = kids play area that gives parents a little breathing room to enjoy it all! Keep up the great work, Waypoint!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Amazing!
    Jaebird
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My best friend and I are foodies, and we both fell in love with this place. He was visiting from DC, which has an amazing restaurant scene. However, he said this place, and his dish, was in the top 5 of the best food he has ever eaten. I couldn't agree with him more. We started with the grilled octopus! OMG! Out of this world!!! Our main dishes were outstanding. With the perfect combination of flavors and color. The flat iron steak was tender and juicy. You will not go wrong with this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unglichat
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went there for World Cup Viewing. Perfect place but we struggled to see the screen. They can probably use more screens for viewing parties
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    kfergey
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    When we first got there the waitstaff was all over us but as soon as we ordered drinks it felt like we were ignored. Great beer selection but the menu is just alright. I had the paparadelle on the waiter's recommendation and it was so salty I could only eat half. My friends' food was good they said but the salad was tiny! The food is too expensive for what it is. The dessert as good though, the smorelaska.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Waypoint Public reviews archive.
  • Great!
    ndraya
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great beer recommendations, food was excellent! Love the wide open windows, eclectic decor and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waypoint Public
    MinouVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Two friends of mine and I visited Waypoint Public on a Thursday night. Quite frankly we were neither wowed by the food or the noise level. The place is so loud that we decided only to have a drink and entree and run out since it was so hard to hear each other and we were supposedly seated in the quiet area of the restaurant. In reality there is no quiet area, but it is a great place for kids since they have a big screen and a kid's area. The menu is all over the place and not cohesive - I would not say it is a place for foodies, but a local hangout. I wish them luck but so hope that they could consider doing something for the sound level ...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring your appetite and earplugs
    KengalVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Wonderful food--inventive yet not foo-foo, delicious, indulgent, yet not unpleasantly heavy. The Waypoint burger, BLT deviled eggs, and the fried oyster Po Boy are all crazy good. Service is solid. The NOISE LEVEL!!!! is unpleasant, so try to go off-peak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time
    bgggye
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went here with several families for a special brunch. The staff treated everyone, especially the kids, with great care and attention. The food was very good, but the desserts were the show stoppers! Everyone had a wonderful experience and all will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice work!
    BeerNFoodMmmm
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect on my first time here since the Linkery left and they do quite a nice job here! The food is solid as I hoped with Chef Amanda. The beer selection was quite nice for sure. However it is nice to do flights of small amounts of beer rather than only offer pints and 10oz servings. The kids play area was quite a cool feature since my wife and I have 2 under 2. Maybe we'll make it back here sometime. Casual with great food without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linkery Upgrade
    JeffreyECrane
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I was a big fan of the Linkery, but Waypoint Public has surpassed them in almost every aspect. There beer list is much more balanced toward a range of styles also some not so easy to find on tap beers (Jolly Pumpkin). The food was great. And probably our favorite part was the kid play area. Because of that area, we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fool me once….
    ilovenorthpark
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I want to love Waypoint Public. Great location, menu, beer & wine list and ambiance. Unfortunately, the terrible table service undoes all the good this place has to offer. After a terrible first experience we gave this place another chance but it was even worse. At 5:15 pm on a Sunday evening it took 45 minutes to get our food. 45! with 3 kids at the table. No apologies no nothing. When the food did arrive the halibut was dry and lackluster, the flat iron steak was unamazing. I'll be back only to sit at the bar - the service there was stellar. C'mon Waypoint - you can do better!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad I finally made it
    josegsd
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It took me a while to get around to eating at Waypoint Public and now I wish I'd gone sooner. Lunch was excellent from start to finish. Highlight of the meal was the Sangria. Easily the best glass in town. Time to start thinking about making a return trip for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Vegan, Bad for Food Allergies
    veggiemama
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This restaurant has steadily gained popularity in North Park for great beer selection and awesome indoor kid play area. The food selection has changed since it first opened and become more meaty, with only two entree options for vegetarians. Neither of these are vegan. There are no indicators on the menu to show ingredient flexibility. I am vegetarian with a dairy allergy and gluten sensitivity, which I told the waiter about when ordering. I ordered a vegetable entree and requested it NOT be made with butter. The dish came out soaked in butter! They made it again, and he apologized and did not charge me for it. However the lack of kitchen-control is concerning and I would NOT recommend it to vegans or those with food allergies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun but noisy
    MermaidVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Tasty food, good for sharing, would highly recommend. Just very hard to hear people talk.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/beer and kid friendly
    bwiley
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Very open on nice days (i.e. most days). Nice play area for kids that they enjoy. Excellent selection of craft beers and good food overall. We had a party of 8 and one meal was steak was not satisfactory, but they took care of it promptly. Definitely going back here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but bad service
    warrentheape
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our group of four had a good time and enjoyed the food and open air atmosphere. Unfortunately a server spilled an entire ginger beer in my wife's lap and made little to no effort to clean it up, didn't apologize, didn't replace the spilled drink, and kept the drink on the bill. At the end of the meal the server apologized for not being attentive but that hardly covered the spilled drink situation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group of 12
    Alan
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Really enjoyed our lunch on Saturday. We were 12 people and ordered a variety of items, everyone was happy with their selection. Our waitress was great, she went above and beyond to provide great service. Very impressive beer selection and drinks list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun menu but too noisy!
    localdiinerVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Generous wine pouring and nice wine list, sandwich came out burnt, but they did take it off the bill, very noisy - but there's a play area for kids, so i suppose if you are a family used to noisy life, this place is good because you can put the kids in the play area. There is a private room in back that is quiet but it requires booking. If only we could have dined there..i would have had a better impression of this popular neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waypoint Public
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Excellent food, decor, ambiance, service, beer...highly recommend the oyster po boy tacos, favorite thing on the menu. Also, fresh papparedelle, the burger and grilled cheese were awesome. Beer selection is of course top noth as with most spots in SD these days but the food is a step up from most. Definitely check it out. There is a kid play area as well so it's suitable for the bar crowd and the family crowd.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Too loud.
    pastamike
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was fantastic. Mussels were great. Deviled eggs were done really well, with a nice kick of spice. Great beer selection as well. Kids area is very cool and the movies are a nice touch. Biggest problem was the noise level. It's loud in general because of the high ceilings and a lot of guests, plus loud music. It was tough to hear each other talking and it was too loud for the kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great happy hour!
    alyssaninkasi
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    waypoint has a friendly and educated staff with great happy hour specials and a slammin beer menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night at Waypoint!
    wrkn2hrd
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had an excellent night at Waypoint with friends in from out of town. The food was terrific. We started with a pretzel and then had a few octopus salads and the beet salad with pork belly, all of which were great. We then had the mussels and the halibut for our mains and everyone cleaned their plates. The S'morelaska dessert was a huge hit. Service was great and as always the killer beer list made for a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New find
    opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My new fav! Awesome food. Duck confit Pappardelle deserves a Michelin star. Better save room for the S'morelaska or you'll be sorry. I'm not a beer drinker BUT clearly it's the thing to do here. Really on the noisy side but so much fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!!
    commando43
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Wonderful recent visit to Waypoint! We went for our husband's birthday with our 1 year old (which always is challenging!) Everyone was very accommodating - waitress was great! Food and drink did take a little longer than usual to get to our table but when the food arrived we forgot about the wait ;) We split the burger and the grilled cheese! Both were delicious!!!!! They have a kids area which was great for our little guy when he needed some place to stretch his legs and get some energy out. We are planning on going back soon and bringing friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    readyourworld
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We had a fundraiser event at Waypoint Public and they were great about it. They accommodated our large group and provided separate bills for the occasion, which was really helpful. Their food is awesome, roasted peppers, pretzel, kale salad, burger, all delicious. Definitely a great place to check out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively bar with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed Waypoint Public very much. Hipster center of North Park, loud and lively, but nice open air atmosphere. Food is bar-themed, with a great beer list and also good cider and wine selections. Enjoyed: pretzel appetizer, ceviche (texture not super but flavors good), albacore entree with fresh "creamed" greens (very tasty and healthy, could have been larger portion, maybe an innovative starch on plate or more albacore), steak dish over pretzel dumpling, dill pickles. Look forward to trying more next time. Packed solid at 6 pm!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Eats
    jlauVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Had a fantastic evening with a collaboration of local chefs coming together for a good cause. Kudos to chef Amanda for hosting and convincing a friend that she actually DOES like lamb! A special menu for the evening, but every dish was phenomenal and the service staff stepped up. Great spot with the open slide windows allowing a little breeze to cool off the warm evening. Definitely a neighborhood gem in North Park.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tiniest kids burger
    JoFra
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I ordered the kids burger for my 8 year old. It is the size of a quarter!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were told this was a good kid-friendly place. Not so much. They have a little play area but it is in the back so I couldn't see my child from the table. It was really loud; I realize this is personal preference, but I do not like having to scream at my husband when he is literally inches from me. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic