Backyard Kitchen and Tap

4.3
203 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Backyard Kitchen and Tap is a Coastal American Eatery located just steps away from Crystal Pier in the heart of Pacific Beach. It features an expansive outdoor patio flanked by living walls, an indoor/outdoor bar, cabanas and a fire pit. We pride ourselves on craft food and cocktails in a relaxing yet entertaining atmosphere.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.3
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TracyR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server was pleasant but drinks and food were just OK.

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vipSatisfied
Calgary
48 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good and most of all it came out nice and hot so I had hot food to the last bite. They were very accommodating which was appreciated.
Would go there again

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Backyard Kitchen and Tap was awesome! First time there and I went based on a friend’s recommendation- it did not disappoint at all! The food was hot and fresh, wait time for it to come out was reasonable, and the service was friendly. Before my fiancée and I finished our meal we were already talking about coming back and planning our next meal 😂. Four thumbs up!

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SteveSCruz
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Loved the ambition of the Restaurant Week menu, but I was outvoted by my friends who ordered from the regular menu. Excellent choice of drafts. The first joint I ever went to in San Diego was the Mexican restaurant/bar that used to be where the Backyard is now - fond memories.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & great place to watch sports

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vipDebiP
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious trout dish and spicy chicken sandwich. Everyone enjoyed the hummus appetizer and the brownie and crime brûlée. The restaurant week menu along with half priced bottle of wines made for an economical and tasty meal with friends.

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vipMickster
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Server could not have been sweeter and more helpful. She made up for the not amazing food. This is a great bar/bar food restaurant, but some of us thought our food was pretty good, some thought it was fair, not the best. Go for the bar.

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AaronW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We were sat at our table and waited 30 min without as much as a hello from a server so we moved to the bar

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annat
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is great ! Service was good too, but the music is very loud and the restaurant so cold that it makes it hard to enjoy the service or food when all your thinking about is how cold you are and how fast can I eat this to be done and get warm.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Thanksgiving

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pickyeater
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great location. All members of my party had a great time.

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MariaA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Went for San Diego Restaurant Week on the last day and was told that they were not honoring it any longer. We were disappointed but decided to give it a try anyway. Service was super slow and food was mediocre, probably not going back.

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JenniferM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Great!!! The jerk chicken was amazing.

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vipFoodieEnthusiast
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

It was great. Food was spectacular and service was friendly.

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vipApple10165
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Quieter and less crowded than next door at Mavericks which was a relief! Service was slow but friendly on a busy Saturday. We had a large group which was easily accommodated. I got the poke quinoa bowl which was too expensive for its size, but tasted ok. Everyone else’s portions were good. Ambiance was nice, but lack of fans outside made it hot and sweaty! Also dogs are allowed in patio. Not a fan.

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MariettaH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting this place for football games and anytime we stay in Pacific Beach. You can make reservations so you know you will get a table. Last Saturday we had an excellent waitress even though the place was backed! She was very attentive to us as if we were the only one sitting there. The food was excellent.!

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sunshinegirl146
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Reservation made a week in advance, we arrived on time and had to wait an additional 30 minutes for our RESERVED table to be ready. We were seated in a horrible spot with a giant wall beam in the middle of our two tables that were haphazardly thrown together. This was upsetting as we had requested an outside table and then were smooshed inside and half of our party was unable to converse with the other because of the wall beam. They apologized for the situation but I don’t feel that we were made a priority even though we made a reservation a week in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate a 21st Birthday!! Friendly service, good drinks and everyone enjoyed their food selections. The best part is that it turns into a great bar/club atmosphere after 9:30pm. Great music and terrific ambience for a 21st celebration!! We can’t wait to comeback for a Sunday brunch :) during football season!

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JoeP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great servers, food came out quickly. Lively place and nice, large outdoor seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice outside patio. Food was good; nothing spectacular but not bad either.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our appetizer The cauliflower garbanzo bean was so greasy, the kale was drenched in oil. The Mac n cheese was so greasy too and had no taste

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foodie
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!

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vipAngelaD
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This particular reservation was for brunch but we wound up returning to Backyard several times during our stay in Pacific Beach. Brunch was outstanding and our returns for just cocktails and our final lunch before leaving were all quite good as well. Service is a little slow at times (a single bartender for the entire restaurant at 6:30pm seems a little less than ideal) but everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday dinner w/ friends. Food was great with a fun atmosphere!

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EmmaC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great location. Great for Instagram (if you care about that).

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WendyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very large party that kept changing in size and they did their absolute best to accommodate us I even wrote a great review about them on yelp and I very rarely write anything on yelp.

In addition there are a variety of choices on the menu made it very easy for us to accommodate our large group. Best of all the food was really tasty and the service was great again I cannot recommend them enough for large groups and of course for small groups to

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vipSheilaF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great local spot. Love the dog menu. Friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Cinco De Mayo visiting from south Florida! They have great music and DJ but do not let the loud music fool you. The food was delicious and the service was great as well! Definitely worth a visit! It’s location is right on a strip in pacific beach with lots of bars and restaurants!

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vipLovinlife
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place close to the beach. Casual relaxing to watch the games on TV and kickback. Clean as well.

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vipMaryC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun Saturday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took one hour from being seated to getting a drink

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was hot and fresh.

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TeamRobinson
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, decently big portions. Fast service, except the bar service was quite slow. Drinks were good, although like many places the prices were high and alcohol content low. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal and the atmosphere is fun, overall recommend.

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MichelleK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Backyard has surprisingly gourmet food. The prices match the value of what you are eating. The waitress I could tell was annoyed for some reason with us. Typical attitude of people working at a bar. But otherwise it was really fun and the food was great.

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vipSandy
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Fairly noisy but it was also basketball championships.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Excellent size portions that are tasty. The only negative is that the dining area is way too dark.

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ElizabethB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

DJ, bartender, atmosphere and mimosa bar was great! Wish I would have tried the pancake bar as well. Loved that we got to experience the 1st weekend with the unlimited mimosas. I had biscuits and gravy, which I normally love, but I did not like it at all. My fiancé had the brisket hash, and he did not like that either.

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CharlotteM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good meals, dessert was okay.

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vipStevenV
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Cassidy was stellar.

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Lllllll
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was super slow. 15 minutes to get the menu and place order (we already knew what to order). 30 minutes for appetizers to come out (just 2 appetizers). An additional 30 minutes for entrees to come out (just two entrees, a quinoa bowl and ravioli) Ravioli entree literally only had 4 pieces. Food tasted okay/good but service was overwhelmly slow and food was not worth the longer wait. Not to mention parking is difficult around noon with paid parking right next to it for $5 0-1 hours. With this slow service, expect to pay more than the $5 for parking.

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Backyard Kitchen and Tap is rated 4.3 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.