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Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

763 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre (20)
  • Good for a Date (17)
  • Cozy (15)
Dobson's Bar and Restaurant is a hidden treasure in the heart of Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp Quarter. For the last 33 years, this has been the hot spot for business lunches and frequented by many local and nationwide celebrities. Paul Dobson, the namesake for Dobson's bar and restaurant, is one of America's few professional Bullfighters. The food is California cuisine with a touch of Italian, French, Spanish and Asian cuisine. One thing that both local San Diegans and Zagat can agree on is that this is one of the top restaurants in San Diego. Due to the limited seating and popularity, reservations are highly recommended. Owner Paul Dobson "works a room better than Sinatra", which explains why this "local tradition" downtown remains, "after all these years", a "high-powered, hobnob spot"; the Cal kitchen "serves up delicious, innovative food, along with old standbys" ("have the mussel bisque and think of heaven").
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday 4;00-7;00pm
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Phone number
(619) 231-6771
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Martin San Roman
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Cross street
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Special events & promotions
Available for buyouts, partial buyouts, private events, or intimate gatherings. For special events please contact Medina 619-231-6771
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Private Dining

Dobson's proudly introduces our new Private Dining Planning Department! Your ideas and our expertise will create just the right menu. You can even rent the whole restaurant for your private event!!! For more information please contact us directly.

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What 763 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We were there for my son's birthday and it was wonderful. The food was great, and our waitress was awesome, thank you!

MoxieBee (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The mussel bisque is so delicious. This is why I go here.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We discovered Dobson's Bar and Restaurant years ago, right downtown San Diego. Catering noon to business people and evenings to the Theatre just nearby. Food, especially the Mussel Bisque that I go for is wonderful! Service very very slow although Servers do their best. Allow plenty of time would be my suggestion and worth the time. We drive an hour, so you can see we do enjoy Dobson's.

experiencedtraveler (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Liked the mussel soap and salads. This location is excellent for downtown where there is a shortage of upscale restaurants but it is tired. It just is not a very big or wide. The bar is a great place to drink and eat. Newer in places seem to be more attracted to other locations.

vipCMum (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Cute restaurant near Balboa Theatre. Meal was excellent and can’t wait to go back to try the scallops.

DannyR (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I’m a repeat customer! Love their food and spirits! The mussel soup is a must!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Shannon was a perfect host at the bar. She made a wonderful get together with a very dear friend perfect. Dobson’s is my go to restaurant when I am in San Diego.

Dinesout2much (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Waited 40 minutes for order

MachiA (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We could not hold a conversation due to the downstairs noise even though we were two tables back on the mezzanine. Service was VERY slow, we got to our table at 6pm, ordered as soon as the waiter came but still had to rush out at 7:50 to make the 8 pm performance at the REP even though we had a question on the bill.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

My date arrived, we had 30 minutes to enjoy a drink in the bar before our reservation time. We then went to a dinner of Sea Bass, one of their best item on their menu.
The service is always perfect. Dobson’s is very convienent
for the SD Rep play house in Horton plaza. Great evening!