Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar

4.5
822 Reviews
$30 and under
Prime Rib
Bully's East is conveniently located in the heart of Mission Valley. As you enter, you feel the warmth of the rich mahogany bar. Locals have been gathering here for four decades to enjoy their favorite beverages and great bar food. It's also the perfect place to view a sporting event. Since its establishment, Bully's East has served more prime rib than any other San Diego restaurant, preparing only USDA Choice, Midwestern, corn-fed, aged beef. It also offers many healthy dining options. Chef Adam Johnson and his culinary staff continually create new dishes, taking advantage of the freshest local produce and seafood to bring diners the best possible culinary experience. Enjoy fine dining in this relaxed environment with over 45 years of experience and tradition. Make sure you save room for Bully's sinful desserts like the Chocolate Lava Cake.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 822 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and so was the food which came from the kitchen still sizzling.

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CaitlinM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the bar side in a booth for a late Mother’s Day dinner. The food and service is always wonderful! Our server, I think her name was Lexi, was so sweet and attentive. We’ll always come back to Bullys!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that the music is not load and you can have a conversation without screaming.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My late husband & I loved eating at Bully’s so when my mom said “my pick” for Mother’s Day,I chose Bully’s. He passed May 10, 2013.

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SylviaR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was as amazing as I remember! The only thing I didn't care for was being seated near the bar. I would have preferred to be in on of the main dining areas. I think the restaurant should have asked or maybe this could be a question on the app.

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RyanD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Wow! What a night. I’ll try to keep it brief and to the point.
-The waitress Didn’t listen to our orders.
-I was charged for an 11oz prime rib when I asked for an 8oz.
-We sent the 11oz meat back 4 times when the cook couldn’t get a prime rib well done. This was the same meat with cuts in it.
-Once the meat was well done, the meat was so SALTY we wouldn’t even eat it.
-I received 4 scoops of butter on my plate and sent back 3 to the manager to probably throw away.
-The side dish was over cooked and dry even with sour cream (Potato).
-My prime rib wasn’t even. The cut was shaped like a triangle where one side was thicker than the other.
-When done with dinner, the waitress Didn’t ask if anyone wanted dessert.

-After dinner, my dog LOVED the salty meat that was sent back 4 times. This says a lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Will do brunch there more.

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michelle
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Brie was cold and not melted
Filet was well done ordered med
Was over charged approx $77.00 mistakenly.
Offered a free dessert when our table ordered two for our group I was reminded that they will only cover one of them.
Waitress was training, Was there over 2 hours.
3% surcharge on order . Pay your employee don’t put it onto us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Filet was great. Prime rib was small and over cooked as a blackened dish. Would not recommend.
The steaks come with salad or soup and a side. Great value. Doesn’t look like they raised their prices like every other restaurant. I am glad I remembered this little jewel. I recommend!!

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vipPAZ1
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, great service, friendly atmosphere, food and drink were great!

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Michelle
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Davy was great!! She was friendly, attentive and checked on us throughout the dinner. The salad was chilled and the blue cheese dressing is delicious. The prime rib is great but I tried the horseradish crust this time, not a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from beginning to end! Staff is very welcoming.. Food is so delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience at Bully’s. Staff was very attentive and the prime rib sandwich was a 10/10. Fresh bun, great house-made horseradish sauce and the perfectly tender prime rib made it exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Bar service was great! Server forgot to bring our appetizer out first, came out after our meals. So we just made it our dessert. ;) She also mixed up sides with entrees. Normally not a big deal however, there was only a few people in the establishment so they weren’t busy. All good, because food made up for it.

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SQ333
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

First of all we were seated at the end table by the kitchen. When I inquired about another table I was told this table was all they had as they had a lot of reservations that night. Well we had a reservation, were 10 minute early and there were empty tables.
Next, if it hadn’t been my husband’s birthday, I would have sent back the salads. They were made up of brown lettuce chopped into small pieces. The once large croutons were tiny and covering the salad was the crouton crumbs, like what you find at the bottom of the bag! My husband had the New York steak. It was not even an inch thick, overcooked, and the consistency was awful, kind of mealy. My prime rib melt was good. His baked potato wasn’t even good-how can you ruin a baked potato! It was like all of the food was old.
Lastly, it was my husband’s birthday and no complimentary dessert was offered.
We will not return. It was a waste of money!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was Nice and Quiet had room to my self

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JamesP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Prime rib was good but the accompanying mashed potatoes were terrible--very dry. Salad was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, staff was friendly, food was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Great prime rib.

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MelissaF
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice to be back and eating inside the restaurant again. Service was great. It was a bit of a slow night so our server had plenty of time to be attentive. Staff was very friendly and food was very good.

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ShirleyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great the food was delicious we love the prime rib

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Steak was over cooked and bland. Fires were undercooked and greasy. No effort made to rectify.

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vipRick
San Diego
80 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solid - good food and drinks. A little pricey.

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Alnjo
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

the wait service needs some improvement. new servers needed help. But fair for how croweded it was. Would still highly recommend! A favorite since 1972

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I come here very often and last night 4/12/2021 around 8pm we dined here like usual but the food was not prepared as well as it usually is. The rice was very crunchy and hard and my husband’s prime rib melt was full of fatty bits on the meat. Also my tacos tasted stale (the tortillas) and weren’t warm when brought out to me. Our server was nice and attentive and helpful, but hopefully next time the food will be back to normal because we love coming here.

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CatB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There was a mix-up with the reservation. They delayed the reservation by 45 minutes, so as I am a Virtual Assistant it reflects poorly on me and appeared that I made the mistake for the reservation. I did show my client the original confirmation. Food and service were top-notch though so hopefully that's the feeling that was left.

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SteveS
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

As a long time fan of Bully’s I was disappointed. My dinner was cooked perfect but wife’s was over cooked. The manger took it off our bill which was nice but having not gone out for such a long time was really looking forward to a great dinner. It seems like they were understaffed as our waitress said I will be with as soon as I can which I’m sure they don’t want to be saying. She was hustling so I don’t blame her. I will go back but not for a while.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food great service, no complaints

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MikeD
Mauritius
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server was primo
The business as a whole is learning to get back where it once was

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DinaS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Haven't to Bully's East for several years. They delivered just like I remembered. Great service, excellent Lamb Pops, Spinach, and Risotto. My dinner companion had strip steak, mashed potatoes with bone marrow butter. We sat in the bar booth and the make-over to the bar is striking.

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vipGinger
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I happened to arrive during happy hour so my glass of wine was discounted which was a nice surprise. As usual I ordered the prime rib with the bone. I like it very very rare and that was just the way I got it. Very seldom do I get it that rare and this was wonderful. The Caesar salad was excellent with big slices of Parmesan and the best Caesar dressing I’ve had in a long time. In fact I asked if I could buy it and I was told yes. Bully’s has the best prime rib in town or in any town

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Marq
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was sub par and service was even worse. Steaks were not prepared correctly and service is not what it once was pre covid. NOT RETURNING!

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Stace
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food! Great service! A lot of additional choices on Easter which was nice!

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DianeG
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent waitress and our food was delicious. We were very happy to be able to eat inside.

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GloriaZ
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent!! What was the best was the service! Very accommodating, friendly and always with a smile! Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food is always excellent. I love the Irish pub atmosphere. A must if you love steak or prime rib.

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TAlford
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Reservation for Party of (5), booked on open-table. Requested a view of a flat screen with the to watch NCAA final 4 game. After seated was informed that some patrons were watching the Padres game( yawn ), and would not change it.
Waitress was condescending. At one point called me Dad. Excuse me. I found this to be very rude and out of character for a service employee who makes a living on good service and tips. Definitely rethinking dinning at Bully’s when there are so many choices.

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VIEWTASTIC
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seared ahi appetizer was outstanding!

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RayView
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As great as ever. Prime rib was melt in your mouth.

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ScottD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere so we could actually have a conversation. The service was excellent. My steak was good. My wife’s prime rib was overdone but they brought her another right away that was much better. Service was fast and friendly! Would go back again versus shouting over the noise at Ruth’s Chris.

FAQs

Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 291-2665.

Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 822 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.