Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego

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Located in the heart of the historical Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock Cafe San Diego is the place for Legendary Burgers, local fish tacos, fall off the bone BBQ dishes, fresh salads, award winning cocktails, local craft beers, and Roxtar kid's meals. In addition, enjoy our Platinum Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm. On Fridays, amp up your night with live acoustic rock in our dome bar from 4:30pm - 6:30pm along with our new Backstage After Party with popular DJ's from 8:30pm -11:00pm.

We are located across the street from Balboa and Lyceum Theatres and just a few blocks from the San Diego Civic Theatre and Spreckels Theatre. The Hard Rock Cafe San Diego is only a 15-minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center, and a 10-minute drive from the San Diego Zoo.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Restaurant Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Rock Shop Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Show off your experience with cool swag – from pins to tees to guitars, we’ve got it all. Stop into our Rock Shop© for all of your favorite classic items and take a piece of history home.
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Phone number
(619) 615-7625
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Earl Cassidy
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Catering
Hard Rock brings VIP food and service to you! Contact us for catering menus and customized events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
F Street
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Parking details
On street metered parking or parking at Horton Plaza Mall (validation is not available by Hard Rock Cafe).
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For trolley and bus service routes from your area:
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Entertainment
Fridays:
Live acoustic artists from 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Backstage After Party with local DJ's behind the bar 8:30pm - 11pm

Platinum Happy Hour at Our Bar Top:
Monday - Friday 3pm -6pm & Friday 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sheila was a great server she made the whole night fun

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HAD THE BEST 35TH I COULD EVER WANT! the service was perfect loved the atmosphere and can't wait to go back. Thank you for making my birthday dinner GREAT!!!

SJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Caters to tourists who are willing to pay higher prices for average food.

ML
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

After being seated and receiving our food our waitress up and vanished. We were left alone for over two hours before someone noticed we were done with our meal. Glasses empty, dirty table. Totally unacceptable service. The manager didn't notice although she had time to socialize at the bar. I had to get up and flag down the bartender to help us. I would not recommend nor will I return to this location.

GE
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Food was cold and disgusting. Server was rude, unprofessional and condescending.

c
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My wife & I made a reservation here to enjoy dinner before a Friday night concert across the street. We've eaten at several HRC's around the country, and always had a good-to-great experience. This was probably our least favorite experience of all. The wait for food was too long, despite it not being very busy in there. We had an hour & a half available for dinner, and we were rushed to pay our check & get out of there so we wouldn't be late for the concert. My wife ordered nachos, I ordered fajitas. While both were good in flavor, the nachos came barely luke warm, and the fajitas were flavorful steak on a bed of primarily grilled onions with a few peppers thrown in. If it weren't for the other cold ingredients, the fajitas would've been lousy. Then there was the live music - so bad. The young gentleman with his guitar & amp didn't have a clue about how out of tune he was. Even though he stopped to re-tune 3 or 4 times, he missed the mark every time. My wife & I and our 4 sons are all musicians; she & all of our kids have gigged out in public countless times. We have a big heart & a lot of grace for people (especially young people) who are out there trying to share their music. But, this guy's out-of-tune playing was an annoyance our entire time there. Of all of our dozens of HRC experiences around the country, this was the worst. Disappointing.

JR
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfashionable menu and food of average quality. If Rock memorabilia is your draw, go have a beer.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good, you definitely go to a Hard Rock for the ambience above all. But the staff at this location was WONDERFUL!!! From the hostess, to our waiter, and even other waiters not serving us, everyone was very friendly. They were even able to make my husband's absolute favorite burger, even though it's been off the menu for like five years. Totally made his night!! And it was my birthday, and I received a yummy sundae.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner , especially the garlic pesto fries ! Very friendly staff and management

OT
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Wasn't expecting to see what we did compared to other Hard Tock Cafes.

Place was small and felt like the corner sports bar

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved that the Hard Rock Cafe had a menu for Thanksgiving as well as their regular menu. This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I loved it. Great food and staff!

DV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The turkey was a little dry and the food was not very hot. The service was good but took a longtime to get the appetizer and the check

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and most important great service! We'll definitely come back!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My experience at the Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego was totally positive. From the time I walked in the door all of the staff we're totally positive and helpful and my server continued that theme, she was very attentive making sure all of my dining needs were met. The food was good but not gourmet, but I wasn't expecting gourmet. I had a good time. It was a positive experience. I would recommend the Hard Rock Cafe - San Diego to any of my friends. It was a positive and enjoyable experience.

GA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had to wait like 45 for tables to clear up even though we had a reservation. They gave us free appetizers as an apology so I'm not complaining. Over all great service once we were seated and the waitress was fun.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

All of the servers were wonderful but spending $80 for 2 entrees, one appetizer and 2 drink..... I expected above average food and that is not what we got. Mediocre fajitas, especially living in San Diego, you expect a little more out of Mexican food. Mac and cheese was good but the chicken was very dry.

a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went there for my birthday with a friend I use to work with downtown had a great time, my kind of music, roack and loud. Had a great time. Monday Night Football was on. Had some shots, entrees and desert. Overall a great birthday...Our waitress was the best..

LA
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great hostess and waitress! Supper friendly. Treated my 11 yr old son like young man

c
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

3 of us had dinner here recently. My wife and son thought their meals were good but I thought the ribs I had were only OK, not a lot of meat and what was on there was probably over-cooked. Didn't really like the brownie sundae for dessert either, the brownie was at the bottom of a large goblet and you had to eat a lot of ice cream before you could even get at the brownie. Always great to view all of the memorabilia though.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The service was good, the food was ordinary and overpriced. Not our cup of tea.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, great food! Wayne was a very knowledgeable & attentive server. Food was served promptly & was very appealing. Staff in shop was also fun to shop with & provided top-notch service.

JC
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This restaurants was empty and the menu offered few choices. Staff was friendly but did not provide great service. Disappointed.

LH
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately the service was VERY slow. The waitress was amazing, but it took a long time to get our food. Some food in our group was cold, too. We had a burger that still had pink when asked for well done AND it was cold.

CC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The server Jennifer was awesome! Went here for my birthday dinner and had great drinks and food. The twisted Mac and cheese, and the jumbo sampler are must haves. It was probably half full and the timing was quick so it was a good experience.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow and restaurant was not crowded. Food was overcooked and dry. Would not recommend this anyone.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome place to eat. Food was amazing and service was quick, helpful and friendly. I definitely recommend Hardrock for anyone on dates or group of friends.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony took care of us well.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Please improve the taste in food. Burgers were ot good.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seasoned fries are to die for!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a beautiful night out and really enjoyed the Hard Rock. Our server was perfect.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Crossed another Hard Rock Cafe off of my son's list.

EM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to Hard Rock Christmas Day.Food was just as good as we experienced in Hawaii. I ordered the Veggie Leggie...Very good! Service was outstanding!

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Christmas evening meal here and had a great time. Food was good and we had excellent service.

k
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We planned to eat at the Hard Rock for Christmas dinner unfortunately they had ran out of the holiday meal before our reservation time which was a bummer. The also have a small menu which was a little let down too. We decided to eat there anyway (I mean come on where you going to eat w/o a reservation on Christmas day?) and WE ARE GLAD WE DID!

The food was fantastic! From the salmon, to burger, to the ribs right down to the kids plate! everything tasted so yummy!

Service was awesome; fast and courteous!

TG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They don't have descriptions of the new drinks! WTF? What's in it? How much is it? Is it warm or cold?

CF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Hooper, was great!!!! He along with the Staff ensured my birthday dinner was one of the best! Thank you!!

MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Booked on a Sunday night as the website promoted live music. There was none.
Was served iced water and the bottom of the glass literally fell out and I was left covered in water and soaking wet. Initially all the waitress did was laugh and my reaction soon helped her realise it was not funny! The manager came to apologise and offered to pay for a round of drinks.
The drinks we ordered took forever to arrive which was surprising as the restaurant was empty.
Food was lovely!
I ordered the Salted Caramel with Popcorn Latte for dessert. When it was bought out there was no popcorn. I asked where it was to be told there was non left - something I should have been advised when I ordered. Just as I was finishing my dessert the manager reappeared with a bowl of popcorn... Too little too late!
I advised that we were staying at the Hardrock Hotel which should have resulted in a 20% discount which we didn't get.
Food was lovely but too many other issues to recommend or consider coming back.

NO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Reservations didn't mean a thing to the very rude hostess. She actually told us we could probably find someplace else to get dinner faster. After calling a manager over we were seated. Waitress was awesome. Our food tasted like someone had poured a ton of salt on it. The place is fun to look at, but that it. I wouldn't go back again. Tourist trap.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2015
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Our service was good not great. While at your restaurant we ordered one appetiser and two main dishes. We ordered nachos for the appetizer and the chip were burnt with very and I mean very little toppings on them. Not to mention I've been to several hard rocks around the world and they didn't even offer any salsa with the nachos. That was a first. For our main course meals we ordered two different hamburger meals. For starters they were both burnt and one of them was not even the right burger. They were offering three different types of French fries and when we got our order the one we got were not the ones we ordered. Overall I would have to say worst food I have ever been served at a hard rock restaurant.

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