Backyard Kitchen and Tap

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157 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, price was decent, service was impeccable. Will definitely go back.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Think the waiter forgot about us completely. Took 15 minutes before he acknowledged us. Food took at least 35 mins to come out and the server took down the order wrong for one of our guests so she had to wait even longer to get hers. Two of us had burgers and you could tell they had been sitting under a warmer for a while. Overall just a bad experience. And it was a Tuesday at 3pm, not busy at all. Don't think we will go back.

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M
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ahi appetizer was incredible. I could eat that every meal for the rest of our trip. The rest of the food was good as was the beer. Service was attentive and friendly. For a restaurant in a touristy area during the holiday season, I had low expectations. I was wrong. It was great.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Andrea is a great server, we really enjoyed our experience! Thank you

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Since we’re coming in for the weekend and missing our favorite Thanksgiving dishes we dined at the Backyard Kitchen Tap for their Thanksgiving buffet and really enjoyed the experience. It’s basically a sports bar, that’s a little rundown, but still fun. The food though was awesome and our whole family talked about the different tastes and how tender the turkey was and that we weren’t expecting the level of sophistication with the stuffing, Brussel Sprouts and gravy. Will go back to just eat on our next trip to SD.

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1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The food and ambiance at Backyard were great. The service wasn't that great, at times it felt as if we were forgotten. It wasn't busy, which is why we were surprised at the slowness. We'd come back again, but maybe try the bar instead.

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San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been here enough times to have tried almost everything on the menu, it never disappoints. Though, I'd like to see a better stout beer selection. The decor is very cool, seating is comfortable and food is quite varied, everyone will find something they like.

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DB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and the food was excellent. The server was attentive and friendly. Would definitly go back.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, attentive service and good range of everything on the menu from food to drinks.

Although it must be a custom we don’t have in Ireland, where the main course is brought out before the starters have been finished. This is twice this has happened on our visit to the US and we don’t understand why because we would like to enjoy our starters and also helps for the food settle a bit between courses and finally not let our main courses go cold as they are sat there while we finish off the starter - it seems strange to us but understand if it’s a US thing to do in some restaurants. We have had a mixture of both customs on the trip where mains are brought out during the starter in some eateries and after the starters in other eateries.

Sorry for any misunderstanding on our part!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Food really needs 100% improvement! The service was amazing but the food was awful. I will definitely come back and recommend this place just for the warm hospitality and outdoor seating. Start looking for a new chef!

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LR
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service staff was more interested in the football game than service. Our appetiers didn't come out. Dinner delivered so we cancelled our appies, as told dinner would just go under a heat lamp. So started on meal. 1 appi arrived which we sent back. Then 2 mins later the second appi arrived. During this time our server was no where to be found. Food was so, so...with fish tacos fish chewey and raw.

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J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried this place during restaurant week. We were looking for a place with a good menu, comfortable atmosphere and a good price. We found all that here in PB. I chose the elote, rib eye steak, and Chocolate peanut butter dessert. Delicious! The steak was a perfect medium, the elote hit the spot, and the dessert tasted like a candy bar. Yummy! All for $30! What a bargain! I'm always up for a good steak, especially when cooked just right.

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BW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time there, we will be back! Good food, great beers, super friendly staff!

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BE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Went for restaurant week because the menu sounded great. The service was slow, the lights above the booth were dimmed very low, and eventually turned off for about 10 minutes, and no apology was given from staff. When dinner finally came, the food was room temperature. Would not recommend for anything other than drinks at the bar.

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k
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious burger and the live acoustic music was awesome

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N
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great friendly service and fun atmosphere.. the appetizers were very good but the main courses were really average -- we had the steak frites and the fish and chips.. neither was really very good. they need to step up the quality and interest level of what they serve. -- we like this place but will stick to drinks and apps I guess...

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CK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. The five of us all enjoyed our food. Two of us had chicken, wafflle and gravy—delicious! The others enjoyed their food, also. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The covered patio was very nice and had a cool breeze.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Zach, was AMAZING!! Professional yet engaging. The food and drinks were perfect. I am sooo glad I chose Backyard Kitchen & Tap for my birthday brunch. We'll be back soon

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BK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was bored and perfunctory. Food was ordinary at best. It was lively and the setting was nice.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Some good dishes. Very good atmosphere and vibe. Service was quite slow but very friendly. Brussel sprouts were not good (at all), fish and chips and classic burger were pretty awesome.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and the mimosa flights were great would 100% recommend

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Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A lot of distractions as the restaurant converted into a night club, but overall the food and service was pretty good.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, food was good but nothing special

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New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a laughable experience but we still enjoyed it. So on Friday we sat at the bar and had a pulled pork sandwich with some drinks and it was amazing! So I went back Sunday night with 7 of us salivating for the pulled pork I couldn't stop talking about.
Waitress came over and said, sorry we are out of pulled pork! We were all so sad. But whatever...so we ordered brussels sprouts appetizer...(all out - she didn't tell us that - they just never came out), mac and cheese...(they had it but no bacon for the bread crumbs). Then we ordered another appetizer that they were all out of! Then a few of us ordered burgers and fries....(sorry, no more fries!!) You've got to be kidding!
Dinner came and everything was good...except one of us (chicken fingers) wasn't served. The food came in a few trips so we assumed they were on the way....Nope. Then we had to flag down a server and let her know that the fingers weren't served. They finally came after everyone was done eating. By the way, some of the best chicken fingers ever!

The good news is that the waitress was very pleasant and felt horrible about everything. It turns out that they opened at 8AM that day for the World Cup final and the place was unexpectedly ravaged. The restaurant did the right thing and significantly discounted our bill. We all had a good laugh about it.
I will give this place another try.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Got our party of 8 in fast and efficiently. Had my favorite Alaska beer on tap.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was really salty, seemed to be understaffed so waitress looked annoyed after the order.

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just kind of okay. Food was alright - the Mac and cheese was a big disappointment but the bison burger is good. Service was okay, pretty standard. I didn’t feel like there was anything special about this place.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was awful. It took 30 minutes for the server to take our food order and another 35-40 for the food to arrive. When the food finally arrived the order was wrong and several items had to be remade. Drinks were slow and we sat for extended periods of time with empty glasses before we saw our server again. Ambience and music was awesome but the lack of service and slow speed overshadowed an otherwise good experience.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great location, hip ambience. Food was very passable, if not groundbreaking. Service was good. Prices are good for pacific beach.

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BL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun atmosphere! It is kid-friendly, too!

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SU
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

It was a disaster!
We arrived at 12:30 to have a nice quiet Father's day lunch. What we did not realize is that they were hosting it a watching party for the World Cup Soccer
It was extremely loud and crowded
We walked out after my husband was shoved by one of the drunk patrons

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JD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We went there for a Birthday day dinner with 10 people and they put us in a large booth, though it was very tight seating and made it uncomfortable to have arm room to eat. Food was ok, typical food for bar type restaurant. Very noisy so hard to hear people that were not sitting right next to you. Service was ok, not great. This place is better for cocktails and listening/dancing to music. Very popular place for the 30 and under crowd.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Live music was so loud that we asked for another table outside. Horrible inside. But the rest was good like always.

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and family friendly during the day and early evening! Food was delicious and great serving size! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and service was amazing. We will be back! Thanks to Backyard for helping us make a surprise birthday brunch possible. We had a great time. We appreciate your flexibility and we just loved our time! Beautiful place. The food was great, highly suggest the chicken and waffles. So yummy.

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C
New England
35 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were great service amazing TVs a huge plus. Fun friday night stor for family of all ages

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was just average. There were dogs running around the patio and coming up to the table trying to get food. Very unsanitary as they were not on leashes and licking plates that were waiting to be washed.

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MM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone visiting Pacific Beach.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If going for lunch, check the menu. The full menu starts at 3:00 PM

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We were seated by the hostess and it took 22 minutes to have someone come to our table after I got up to ask the host if anyone was coming. Our portion was very small and I believe it was because they were trying to get us our food fast to make up for waiting so long. It was a special occasion, a first date that just went didn’t start off rite by waiting for our first round of drinks. I love this place I was just disappointed this time.

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