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World Famous
World Famous

World Famous Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.worldfamouspb.com
  • Phone: (858) 272-3100
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Bates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is one of our specialties!
  • Entertainment: The best ocean view in Pacific Beach; right on the Boardwalk.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission Blvd.
  • Public Transit: All the major bus lines will take you right to our restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We Validate the Promenade Parking Garage up to three hours. We also provide a personal valet. Parking is not an issue at this restaurant located right on the Boardwalk.
A word from World Famous
Specializing in surfside dining featuring Southern California Coastal cuisine, market fresh pacific seafood, hand carved prime rib, & grilled to order steaks. Menus are written daily and inspired by sustainable California harvests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful food and atmosphere! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We made an early evening reservation (5:30 pm) and sat on the patio. Being right on the boardwalk and beach is great for people watching and enjoying the ocean. World Famous was recommended by a local for excellent lobster bisque. It did not disappoint... and every entree we had was excellent as well. We did not care for the "Key Lime" cheesecake, but that could just be a regional taste issue. Service was friendly, prompt and attentive. Overall, the experience was great. We will be back next year and recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The service was awesome, the food was amazing!! We always go each year on our vacation to San Diego, it is a priority of our vacation."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Very good food. Very popular. Long wait time. Even with reservation had to wait for several groups of people on wait list to be seated before we sat down. Noise level was very high. Three kids from a multifamily group several times ran in and out the door yelling as they went. We were fortunate to sit several tables away as they were very also very vocal and active in and around their table."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "When ever we vacation in San Diego, we always have either a dinner or a brunch at World Famous. A reservation is a good idea as the restaurant is very popular. Good food, good service, great view of the ocean and the boardwalk."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was really good. 2 Star taken away for the following reasons: 1) They told us it will be a 20-25 minute wait. It turned out to be about 50 minutes. Instead of over-promising and under-delivering, I would have appreciated under-promise and over-deliver. We would have walked around the beach if we knew we had to wait for almost an hour (which would have been fine). 2) At no fault of the waitress (from what I could tell), the food took 30 minutes to arrive. Even the waitress said, "Let me check with my manager to see why it has taken this long to get your food ready". I would probably go there again but not on busy nights."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Even though you are sitting on the boardwalk, it is almost completely covered. So the advantage of sitting outside and reducing the noise level, goes away. The service was exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Awesome lobster bisque. If you sit outside the sun will be in your face about 6:30...."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Fun place to celebrate any occasion, watch the sunset, and enjoy grea food and drinks. There were 4 of us, three got fish, I got the prime rib. FANTASTIC all around! Drinks were great too!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have been here twice. Once for lunch and once for dinner. Food is fantastic! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "went to world famous for 21st anniversary dinner.it was one of the best meals I have had at world famous. my compliments to everyone responsible"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Excellent calamari. Best we've ever had. Waitress was extremely service oriented. All of our meals were scrumptious! Left very full. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was attentive and outstanding"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was amazing! The restaurant is busy and for good reason. I recommend making a reservation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Mariah was not attentive rushed us and took plates off table before we were finished eating. Had to ask for water. Food took over an hour to come out. The server forgot to put in the order so the manager had to come out and bring the food to our table."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant to celebrate our last night of a fantastic vacation in Pacific Beach. It's right on the beach walkway, and every time we passed, it was packed. With good reason! I had the lobster bisque and an tasty prawn entree salad. The accompanying bread was perfect. My husband and son both had the seafood cioppino, which they said was authentic and delicious. We topped it off with a decadent chocolate soufflé as we watched the sun set. It was a perfect cap to a great stay in San Diego."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "good food, good place - have been coming to World Famous - the only disappointment was the one time they were not serving prime rib or swordfish. But, we keep coming back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Glad I made a reservation! Went on a Tuesday night and long line. Food was fairly good; we were excited to end on the highly recommended caramel bread pudding so was a little disappointed based on the hype. Our entrees: the dorado and Harpoon were very tasty but the fish and seafood were a little over done."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We always look forward to going here when we come to San Diego. We discovered the Lobster Bisque 12 years ago and look forward to it when we come. We tried the Nut-Crusted Brie this time. It was so good. Can't wait to go again when in San Diego."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I never eat out anymore. Mainly because its too expensive and not healthy. But sometimes I'll have family visiting or want to celebrate an event. World Famous is the perfect treat. I'm ready to spend the extra cash because I know it will be worth it. Their food is amazing. The view is incredible and the service was top notch. I have nothing but good things to say about this awesome place! I love the food options and I felt like there were a lot of healthy meals and meals you can splurge on. I got the salmon with the quinoa cake and I fell in LOVE!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great service, excellent food, fantastic view. Noise level of the people around us was crazy. We could hardly carry on a conversation at a table for 2. The more people drink the louder and more obnoxious they get."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The World Famous Restaurant was worth the wait as this restaurant was very busy, likely due to the oceanside location and great sunset views. We made a reservation on a Friday night and the earliest time we could get for our group of four was 8:30. Our table was indoors, though many of the tables can be open-air during warmer weather. The menu specializes in fresh seafood based on the fresh daily catches, though there is steak and chicken for diners who prefer those choices. Sea bass, snapper and bacon-wrapped scallops were delicious and the steak and scallops was as well. Portion size was good. Fresh and tasty side veggies. Service was attentive and the kitchen was very efficient. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on a recommendation from a friend, but we were disappointed with the food. The entree came with a salad which was a nice size and acceptable. We ordered a combination seafood plate and I found the three types of fish very bland and not very exciting from a culinary point of view. The scalloped potatoes were tasteless and the white sauce was not very appealing. The location of the restaurant was great and the view of the ocean was lovely, but if you are going for the food, then I was suggest trying another restaurant."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "World Famous offers a lobster bisque to end all other bisques. Their fish is always fresh and delicious with great sides and wine pairings."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was good, well served portions. Only complain I can give about this place was that waiters seemed overwhelmed and showed it with their service. Patio seating is a must when going to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We took friends from the UK here for dinner. They loved the food and the location right on the boardwalk. A favorite appetizer was the crab stuffed mushrooms. Yum."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I made a reservation on Open Table for me and out of town guests. While I parked (that was the biggest struggle of the night), my friends were taken to a gorgeous table right next to the water. My guests were so impressed, and we had a lovely meal watching the sunset. We were pleased to see the choice of our seating, and I really believe it was because we had a reservation through Open Table. The food was excellent, and the server attentive. Great evening!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "With this restaurant you get dinner and a show. It's fun watching all the people walk by on the boardwalk along with the waves crashing on the shore."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our experience at World Famous was wonderful! The food was absolutely outstanding. We were seated promptly upon arrival with our reservation and the service was excellent. I will definitely be visiting this place again and am now considering having my rehearsal dinner there for my wedding because of our experience!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at World Famous. It was recommended by my niece & I'm glad we gave it a shot. We started with a gorgeous sunset & moved right into tasty dishes."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "World Famous is a great beach restaurant and the food is always good. I rated them a 3 because their portions are small. Breakfast and lunch are better values. Several weeks ago I had a shrimp risotto for lunch (about $13) which was wonderful but for dinner last week I had bacon wrapped scallops ($20) and while the flavor was very good, there were only 4 scallops and very little of the potatoes and spinach for the sides. In both cases, I walked away a bit hungry. Their house wines were decent and reasonably priced. Service was fine for a casual beach restaurant."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Awesomeness, from their BBQ pork thing to the cheeseburger even the dessert rocked! Awespm"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "went there for husbands birthday. Made reservation 2 weeks in advance and good thing we did..for a Friday night! wanted casual but good food...and on beach. husband had been there for lunch when stopped on a bike ride and had been impressed. We were seated right next to window for sunset .it was WONDERFUL.Waitress was very sweet and outgoing and service was fantastic. Loved the food.it was delicious and did not disappoint. The valet parking was a plus as down in that area finding parking is always a challenge!..we will certainly be returning! and will bring friends! we have many people who come from out of town and I know we will be bringing them back here! what fun and oh yes...GREAT Martinis!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We made reservations for Valentines Day. The reservation was for 5pm. We neede to change the time from 5pm to 5:30 and the manager was great, he changed the reservation without a problem. Our sever Sarah was adorable and she gave us great service. Awesome!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant expecting a nice dinner in a lovely location. We were seated among tables of families, with children throwing french fries and banging on the table. The food was terribly disappointing. All the items on my plate had the same mushy consistency, and smothered in fat-laden sauce. The service was SLOW. Our waiter, who was the one positive of the experience, kept apologizing, saying the kitchen was behind tonight. It is rare that I dislike my food enough to not eat, but in this case, I left it on the plate, and, after paying our hefty bill, went elsewhere for a bite to eat."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Whenever I find myself in San Diego, somehow I will find my way back to World Famous. I've had the pleasure of dining here several times over the past 10 years and I've never been disappointed. The seafood dishes are well prepared and very tasty. If you're driving, parking is always difficult so I'd highly recommend paying the small fee and use the valet service. On a cool night under a patio heater makes for a memorable occasion. The scallop appetizer is always a favorite for us and never disappoints. The stuffed mushrooms could have used a little less butter but were tasty nonetheless. The harpoon entrée was equally good. Overall, another great meal and, yes, I will return!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Casual dinning but not uptight; you can be dressed up or just in jeans and a t-shirt. Staff is down to earth and honest. Food is great; fish dishes are super fresh and smooth. Prices are reasonable and not over priced with reasonable portions. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Not quite impressed with the quality of the food especially after seeing the high rated stars it received. Ahi app was tough and served on rice? Seemed that all the tables around us that ordered an entree were told by their server that the dish selected was a a'specialty' item. San Fran entree was decent, yet no utensils given to get the lobster out of the claw, also would have liked to see something for the broth.....basically it was a seafood soup. Fried shrimp app was nothing outstanding. In a nut shell it was overpriced average tasting food with a good ambience."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "As snowbirds, we went for lunch on the recommendation of a local and were not disappointed. The food was fresh tasting, plentiful, and reasonably priced. We chose the lobster salad and lobster BLT, both of which had bite-sized chunks of succulent lobster. For dessert we shared a slice of the key lime cheese cake which was light and yummy. Wait staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We enjoyed watching the beach scene while dining. Over all, a very positive experience!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "It is not often that every bite of dining experience stays with me. The appetizer, dinner salad, rolls, main course and dessert were all memorable and delicious! I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014