Backyard Kitchen and Tap

4.4
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Californian
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Hours of operation
Mondays: 4pm-2am
Lunch: Daily TUES - SUN; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Daily 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm;
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Phone number
(858) 859-2593
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniel England
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mission Boulevard
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Parking details
There is street parking located on Garnet Avenue as well as the cross street on Mission Boulevard. There is also a paid parking lot located directly behind our location. Please do not park in the Denny's parking lot, they will tow your car.
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Entertainment
Muck Fondays

ALL DAY
50% off Industry Beverage |30% off Industry Food (w/ proof of employment)

3-CL
Backyard BBQ
All you can eat BBQ Platter
Ribs / Chicken / Brisket
$4 Local Beer (14oz)
$15 Local Pitchers of Beer

Taco Tuesdays

3-CL
Food Specials
$4 Pacifico
$6 Don Julio
$4 Corona / Modelo

Wine Down Wednesdays

3-CL
50% off Bottles of Wine / Chandon
$2 off Glasses of Wine
$7 Craft Cocktails

Throwback Thursdays

3-CL
$5 / Sailor Jerry
$5 / Smirnoff
$5 / Jack

Saturday

9-3
$6 Bloody Bar
$6 Mimosa
$6 Manmosa (with Sofie)
$16 Bottle of Jroget

Tiki Sundays

ALL DAY
$10 off Pitchers of Tiki Cocktails
$7 Tiki Cocktails
$5 Sailor Jerry Shots

9-3
$6 Bloody Bar
$6 Mimosa
$6 Manmosa (with Sofie)
$16 Bottle of Jroget
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Special events & promotions
For parties or special events, please email: events@backyardpb.com.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 136 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, food was good but nothing special

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New York Area
26 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
4 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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San Diego
22 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
13 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
2 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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New England
26 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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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food!

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JS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Thought the food was good and the service was friendly. Had a great cocktail and seafood. Family friendly until later then becomes more of a bar scene. Definitely would recommend.

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

Noise was too loud

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived and were told even though we made a reservation, they had no tables available. It was super loud and the hostess was rude, so we did not stick around.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant reaches atomic bomb levels of noise. Can't even hear someone across the table or the waitress can't hear your order.
Other than that, the food was good.

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1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very large restaurant with two bar areas. Great food and drinks, moderately priced. Reserved outdoor table and they set inside which was disappointing. Had large group, our waitress could have used help, slow to get our orders and foos. Overall would go again, maybe with smaller group

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious breakfast, chicken n waffles, gravy and biscuits, mimosa flight, Bloody Mary, fun, lively, great outdoor seating. We had tried 2 other nearby restaurants with long lines and happened into Backyard. So glad we did. They should have long lines based on our experience. We went back again a week later it was so good!

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Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great sports bar with delicious food!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love Backyard. Great for brunch and the service is amazing! Go before 11 because it starts to get noisy.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and ditto on the drink selection..

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San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice variety of comfort food and beers. Ribs, mac and cheese, fish and chips, and fish tacos all hit the spot.

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Manitoba
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with their excellent Brussels sprouts and chips with blue cheese dip. We all ordered Bison burgers with sweet potato fries. Outstanding! For dessert we shared chocolate dipped strawberries which was a Valentine’s Day special, and the apple crumble. We will definitely be going back soon!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

My wife was almost bitten by a dog that was at the bar. Later we found out that my mother in law was told to go to the other side of the bar to get to the restroom. My wife, who was with our 2 year old daughter, didn’t get that advise and was nearly bit by the the dog. Cleary they knew that the dog was mean but let it in anyways!

Unreal.

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GL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came on a day with beautiful weather, which was nice because the partial open roof setting let in just the right amount of sunlight. Their bar (indoors) was open for seating as well. Brunch food was good - I highly recommend the chicken and waffles!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Backyard Kitchen and Tap has a friendly casual vibe, large bar down in Pacific Beach. Tried a few dishes during restaurant week. The fried calamari was fun with a few surprises in the basket— fried slices of lemons and pepperonchinis. Shrimp was very good with pesto guacamole dip. We also had the ceviche, cheeseburger and sweet potato fries. They were all well prepared and tasty. The ahi burger is served rare, seared top and bottom. We had a good time and will come back.

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DC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Tried out for restaurant week, not too impressive. The service was so slow, even to get our drinks. We ordered beers, which were served in warm plastic glasses. The food was good, but nothing special. When we were leaving, the girls at the front desk were too busy talking to each other to say goodbye as we walked out the front door.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 3

I picked this restaurant to try during San Diego Restaurant Week. Located in Pacific Beach, so parking is always terrible.

Overall experience was fine. Staff was friendly and attentive. I brought my big dog. They brought her a bowl of water right away. There is also a doggie menu for your pet.

Unfortunately, our food service was very slow. It took a long time to get our appetizers, which was delicious. Our main dishes were under cooked, I could not even eat mine. We ran out of time, so we did not send our food back. We boxed our food to go. Not sure if my son will eat it.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week

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DO
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice casual fun place with good foods. We will go back there again.

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JO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Attentive staff, decent portions, really good St. Louis ribs! Pretty open on a Thursday evening. We'll go back when it's warmer.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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