About Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar

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 Luis Martinez 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.



2401 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Prime Rib, Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Late Night Menu - Sunday - Thursday: 10:00pm - 11pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00pm - 12:00am

Brunch

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Texas Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 291-2665

Website:
http://www.bullyseastsd.com/

Entertainment:
Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar entertainment are the 13 TV screens that show all seasonal sporting events throughout the year. Long time supporters of all local San Diego sports teams.

Parking Details:
There are 61 marked parking spaces and two handicap spaces available for our patrons. In addition to Bully's East parking lot there are two lots located above and below Bully's East that offer parking after 5pm.

Public Transit:
Located on Texas Street directly out front of Bully's East there are two bus stops, one heading South up Texas Street and one heading North down towards Qualcomm Way.

Executive Chef:
Luis Martinez

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or having a corporate get together, Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar has two rooms that can accommodate large parties.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Planner: (877) 929-5119

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.2

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4.0

value

4.0

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Authentic (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Business Meals (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant, we had a great server! Yummy food! I love their French onion soup.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Took awhile to get our food and receive service while we waited. Waitress checked in with others more than she did our table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Same great prime rib and steaks for the 20 years we have been going there.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very disappointing this time. I've been going to Bully's for over 30 years and the last 2 visits have been disappointing. I ordered the Brisket and it was inedible. The server Hannah didn't seem too concerned, made a joke about how she would never eat it and offered to replace it, obviously I said no thank you and ordered a steak instead. Somebody else came by, I'm assuming the duty manager to tell me I'm not the first to complain and that they would be taking brisket off the menus. Poor customer service. Another disappointing visit to What used to be a great place for dinner.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great Thanksgiving dinner! Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. Wonderful cocktails!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went for last minute Thanksgiving dinner. Price was very reasonable and the food was good, too !!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Business Meals, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Extremely poor service. I had to get up after 20 minutes to ask if they had noticed we'd been seated. we had to ASK for water, silverware, dessert. It took 90 minutes for us to get food. The prime rib was bland. Never going again.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had Thanksgiving meal with family second year in a row at Bully's East. Just like home cooked meal, with all the trimmings and bottles of wine half price. Add the outstanding service, and it made for a great day without grandma or mom having to do a lot of work. Will do again next Thanksgiving and other times. Strongly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Bully's has been our "go to" restaurant for decades for dinner, "early bird" dinner, lunch, brunch, large get together's with friends &, of course, holiday meals! My Mom & I chose to have our Thanksgiving meal at Bully's again this year. Our waitress, Kayla, was wonderful; genuinely friendly and very attentive. Our Turkey dinners with all of the "trimmings" were delicious and all for a very reasonable price (especially when compared to other area restaurant Thanksgiving prices).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

i know it was Thanksgiving and upon arrival we were escorted to our table. We were being given a regular table and not one of the 8 open booths in the same room. I asked for a booth and was told that due to the over 400 reservations for that day they could not accommodate. Interesting that 6 of the booths were still empty when we finished dining and there was no mad rush of people coming in nor was the restaurant even close to full. The food and service was very good but the reception and ensuing handling of the matter was not really well done.
Loved the Prime rib!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Strongly suggest reservations since this restaurant is usually busy and you don't want to wait. However, there is seating by the bar that can make the wait seem shorter... The booth we had was in a corner where the four of us could chat at a reasonable level. The server appeared quickly, as throughout the meal, shared the specials, answered questions, took our orders, served the meal, and cleared the dishes, all within a timely and efficient manner. The range of our orders; fish to steak, all had positive comments. Highly recommend this location (there are others).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2016

We just wanted a place to watch the Aztec football game, have some good food and a few drinks. We were very impressed. Food was all delicious, servings were good, and price was affordable. The lightning bolt margaritas were good, and there was a good beer selection to go along with everything else. Atmosphere was very nice, as well as the service. We will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Sports, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Just enjoyed a great evening with "the girls"

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Although I love the food here, I was not happy that the price on the web site and what I paid was different. When I "googled" Bully's East, the 8 oz prime rib showed $20 and that's why I made the reservation. I was paying for a friend's dinner so didn't want to make a comment when the bill came; however, when I got home, I checked their web site and the 8 oz lists as $23; I paid $25. It would be nice if Bully's gave me a credit.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2016

A great place to go for upscale food in a casual setting. Steaks are fantastic - cooked exactly as you request them, without compromising the flavor or juiciness; Great drinks too! Overall highly recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2016

First time trying out Bully's East. I had heard the name here and there but had never tried it, so went for a date night on a Friday evening. Really impressed! Doesn't look like much on the outside, but very large inside and cool atmosphere. Very old school looking bar with great selections. Lots of televisions for watching sports. A nice variety on the menu including lots of steak options. I had the prime rib which was very good. And we both really enjoyed our mixed drinks. Servers were very friendly and welcoming, which was nice because it seemed to have a lot of locals who know the place well. Really good time I will return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2016

The prime rib was one of the best. My date's filet was OK. Neither of our salads was worth eating. I paid extra for my caesar and the dressing was like vinegar and water. The greens were not fresh in either.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Waitress mentioned that they are known for their prime rib. The prime rib was definitely on point. I would order it again

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2016

It's a nice place to eat. Friendly and professional service. Food is good. And if you are a sports fan there are several tv's for viewing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We had a good time ... 2 birthdays. Were disappointed that they no longer have Prime Rib for 2. Overall the food was good & they did compliment the 2 birthday people with free cheesecake. Hostess was extremely nice & helpful ... waitress left something to be desired ... she was OK. Bus Boy was awesome ... he was on it!

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2016

This used to be be a decent steakhouse
Now it's a sports bar
They would be better off getting samples from Costco
The steaks were sub par and tasted like cardboard with gristle
They screwed up the drinks, the salad was ok
But perhaps the wedge salad should have the root cut off.. The baked potatoes must have been from yesterday's dinner. The sautéed mushrooms were not sautéed. They were boiled in cheap wine.... All in all, yuck

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Earlybird menu is worth it! Prime Rib was fabulous!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 16, 2016

The food seemed over priced for the quality. I ordered the porter house and crab legs. While the food took a little while and the first steak came out overcooked, I still enjoyed myself. Calamari strips were awesome!

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2016

It took over an hour for us to be served. Then there was an error on one order that took us another 15 minutes for that order. We were comped on it which was appreciated

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2016

We have enjoyed Bullys East's prime rib a lot in the past but this visit it was overly marbled with fat and arrived only warm, not hot.
The big change that causes me not to recommend this restaurant until it is solved is new lighting recently installed in the dining rooms. It is too bright for the type of venue and the bulbs appear to be clear glass LED bulbs which typically bear warnings on the packaging not to look directly at them. This is impossible because they are all over the room. I asked our server if the light over our table could be dimmed but she said due to issues caused by the recent electrical overhaul it could not be dimmed. Bully's East needs to get their electrician back in there to fix this situation. I unscrewed the bulb over our table but overly bright bulbs were still in our sight lines all over the room.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The prime rib was mouthwatering and super tender. Great flavor. One of the best prime ribs I've ever had. Eaten here before and the prime rib is always excellent, but on Saturday night it was tantalizing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Loved it!!! The prime rib is fantastic. I can't wait to go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Old school, red vinyl booth steak place meets sports bar. Casual attire is okay. Good cocktails, so-so wine list. I had a tasty steak; my husband's sea bass was wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Great spot for dinner before a movie for my wife and me. The San Diego Burger was delicious. My wife's prime rib sandwich was spectacular. I'll definitely go back when we're back in town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Our waitress Karen was very good, and took great care of us.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2016

The restaurant was busy, which is fine but to busy for the number of people working. The order that was place came back wrong and didn't have time to check in.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 27, 2016

parking was easy, though it can get crowded. turning in to the lot can be tricky. food and service were good but the booth was small and the ambiance dark and moderately noisy.
it is a convenient location for a business lunch with this particular person.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Still the best prime rib in town! Service was great and we enjoyed our gathering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Best prime in San Diego County. Out going staff and very friendly. Service is always top notch. Great atmosphere. Have never had a bad experience at Bully's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Prime (actually choice) rib and ribeye steak were very good. Service was fine. Wine pours were pretty stingy for $13.00 a glass Chardonnay!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2016

I have not been to Bully's East in years. I have the VIP card so I thought I would take my boyfriend out for a good steak. The food has always been very good. We got seated right away on a Friday night with a reservation. The service was great but the food not so good. We waited a long time for our food due to a large party which I understood. We both ordered Top Sirloin and they were both over cooked and very dry. I did complain and she brought me out a beautiful dinner of prime rib. The server did everything to make us happy.

Not sure if I would go back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2016

The prime rib, mac n cheese, baked potato, calamari appetizer were excellent! The bread pudding dessert not so much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Good was delicious- we got the early bird prime rib special. My date had the crab cakes for an appetizer and loved them.
Restaurant is closed now 7/3 and 7/4 for remodel and new menu updates. Anxious to try their new offering soon !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 26, 2016

Fantastic restaurant, great atmosphere! The best brunch I've had in a long time at a great price. Dinner is great, highly recommend the prime rib!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 19, 2016

It was great. We really enjoyed it. The service was excellent. We plan to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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