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Heat Bar and Kitchen

4.2
4.2
39 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic

Heat Bar & Kitchen is a unique and innovative dining destination serving locally sourced cuisine and microbrews coupled with a diverse wine list hand selected from Old World and New World varietals and blends. We invite you to create a memorable dining experience with friends and family in a casually sophisticated ambiance infused with warmth and elegance.

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.0Service
  • 4.2Ambience

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89% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. J

    Joey

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    delicious food and amazing ginger mimosa. YUM! We went on a Sunday morning, and it wasnt that crowded. Great little spot.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Have been here twice for breakfast. Great food and service.

  3. SP

    SandyP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Heat is definitely a neighborhood jem! Sam, one of the proprietors, always makes us feel welcome when we walk in the door. If your look for great and unique food in a warm and inviting environment pick Heat!

  4. E

    Emma

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friends we went for brunch for the bottomless mimosas. The deal was great! $12 for bottomless mimosas. Besides that the food was excellent. My friends we had the country fried steak and the hash house special. Both delicious! Made reservations but it was not too busy on Saturday morning. Great service and atmosphere.

  5. MM

    MarthaM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really like this place and I'm so happy we discovered it last year when we were looking for a place to celebrate Mother's Day! Food and service are good and the patio dining is fun! Prices are reasonable too! We highly recommend it!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2015

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Had to call our waiter twice, another waiter, and a Manager to get service.

  7. MB

    MattB

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2015

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    The ambiance and service were great! The food on the other hand was a total bummer. Several dishes and apps we had already scouted out were not available and they had just started their night! Several Bourbons were out as well. If I were the owner, I'd be sure I was well stocked before a busy Saturday night! I had the burger and it was dry and tasteless. Thank goodness for condiments!

  8. RM

    RobertMCC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2015

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Simply the best of the best place to go with friends and family and many food options drink options a great place to build and plan special occasions or a simple romantic getaway thank you to Sam and Pescal all of the staff!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2015

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The menu was interesting and very good; the food was delicious, attractively presented and surpassed my expectations. I found the service to be attentive and caring but overly friendly, but it's a neighborhood restaurant so I guess that's to be expected. Even though we were among the first guests they only had one portion of the special. I would definately go back.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2015

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Enjoyed the outdoor patio area , the noise level inside was quite high this is why we selected outdoor , but is was Saturday lunchtime and busy, this also reflected the service which was slow . However the food was of a very good standard when it arrived , would Definately add this to our list of " San Diego " favourites .

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    I would recommend it for drinks at the bar because of the ambiance, but the food was ok and very pricey.

  12. a

    awesome

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Service was super slow! NVR again thk u...I'd just pass this rest by. But thanks for the lazy sat

  13. t

    thejimgirl

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Heat to celebrate a joint birthday and they accepted reservations for Sunday brunch. I was allowed to increase the number for the reservation 15 minutes before! The bottomless mimosas were truly bottom less. The food was amazing! One of the best quiches around. Frittata was delicious. Never felt rushed. Server even offered to split the bill per individual. Definitely will be going back!

  14. L

    Lorine

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our large party was quickly seated and served. Our server was awesome. Can't recall his name but he was very attentive and accommodating. We were the Seahawks fans sitting outside if that helps. We all had bottomless drinks but he made sure to keep them coming and we never had to ask. He was also very quick with bringing our multiple checks and there wasn't a single error on any of our checks. That's pretty impressive. Food was great, brunch menu was a good variety of savory and sweet.

  15. H

    Hitch

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2015

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Our waiter was pleasant, the food was good. The drinks were very good. One of our guest asked for a simple leaf salad which was not on the menu. On the menu, however, was a leaf salad with all sorts of vegetables. Despite numerous attempts, the waiter insisted he could not persuade the kitchen to produce a simple salad. Very odd. I suppose she could have ordered the salad with all the veggies and took them off herself. Not a huge deal, but not the customer service you would expect.

  16. T

    Theresa

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Loved the food and the ambiance. It was a bustling night when we went, but my friends and I still felt like we had our own space in the restaurant to catch up with each other. The food was tasty - we got the Restaurant Week items. The fancy s'more for dessert was incredible!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Service was pretty slow, mainly we noticed since part of my party needed to leave for the airport at a certain time. But the delicious food and friendliness of the staff made it well worth it. Plus I like to take my time eating, especially since this time we all did the restaurant week 3 course meal. Our waiter was extremely fun and friendly and very accommodating to my 1 year old niece. Food was healthy and delicious. Overall I highly recommend.

  18. E

    Edicah

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2015

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Great food. Long wait. Good energy. Mimosas are great.

  19. u

    upset2014

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2014

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Was excited to try out Heat after reading the reviews We sat at 7 pm in New Years eve The restaurant only had 3 tables of patrons so we beat the rush The host was flustered where they were seating us Our waitress stumbled with the specials Orders placed Ordered 3 appetizers which took forever Then 1 was forgotten and not ordered Our meals took 45 mins and we ordered our meal with the appetizers We noticed 3 tables that sat after us received thier meals when we quested why the food was taking so long the waitress confeses she forgot to place out ticket and never once apologizes The food when it arrived was good The noise level was very loud in the space The manager stopped and asked how our meal was we told him of our food delay and he kind of brushed it off We will not come again to this restaurant

  20. SS

    SusieSD

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    This was our 2nd dinner at Heat. Went with another couple who absolutely loved it. The menu is so well designed with so many terrific options that we ended up sharing everything! We even tried each others craft cocktails-all perfectly balanced. If you like the food at cuchina urbana, great maple, juniper & ivy, etc. then you'll love Heat! We were also pleased that reservations were available last minute. I can't figure out why this place isn't jammed packed-maybe due to ultra cool modern decor? This is definitely a place for foodies. You won't be disappointed. We all loved the charred ceasar salad, seasonal veggies, beef carpaccio, salmon and lamb shank. The bartender is exceptionally talented as well. Delicious!

  21. BT

    BobT

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A friend had recommended this restaurant and I'm glad he did. Everything from the appetizer to the entrees was excellent. We started with the meat and cheese plate, which had some unusual and tasty selections. My wife had the Lamb shank while I had the chicken. Both were well prepared and very good. The wine choices are reasonably priced with some nice reds. I also need to mention the service because "Goose" was attentive and personable. Because we had an early Sunday dinner, Goose had a chance to tell us how he got his nickname. He was entertaining and very friendly, which added to our experience. The live entertainment was a Cuban singer who added to the ambiance without preventing easy table conversation. We'll be back.

  22. AP

    AlexanderP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came in with a reservation for a group of what was supposed to be for 7, turned into 10 due to a few surprises...they were able to accomidate us with no problem. There is nothing bad I can say about the place, the food did take a bit to bring out but it was also during a busy time and there were a lot of us after all. Service was amazing and the food was define worth the wait. The drinks were strong, yet well blended...so pace your self.

  23. BR

    BRMC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere and their new bar manager is great! Make sure you introduce yourself to Sam, the owner. His positive aditude and friendly personality sets the tone for the entire restaurant. Oh, and the food was amazing!!

  24. R

    Russ

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our group of 4 enjoyed eating in the patio of this neighborhood gem. The food; two special pasta dishes, a plate of Mussels and the pork chop was enjoyed by all. The pasta dish was homemade pasta with Chicken and veg without cream, delicious. The Mussels were fresh and tender and the broth begged for more. The Pork Chop, with honey glaze delighted.

  25. o

    opentablefan

    San Diego

    358 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    358 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A delicious lamb shank and other things I'll have to try on my next visit

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was outstanding and was to die for. the food was perfect and was just the right portions. Everything went great especially with the mimosas. I will be definitely returning for another round

  27. i

    ilovemimosas

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    So it was my first time there and I loved the fact they had $10 bottomless mimosas ! Super cheap and very good ! I went to end my birthday weekend and it was a great experience, I would definitely go hear again!

  28. g

    good2go

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have sampled all of the menu items at least once and have never been disappointed. One MUST visit on a Thursday night to hear Roman Palacio and Tommy Gannon perform. Always a FANTASTIC treat! The owner Sammy is always welcoming and gracious and the staff friendly and efficient.

  29. DG

    DoreneG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2014

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Service was slow--it took 40 minutes to get our meal and it was overcooked and tasteless.

  30. B

    Bkilrain

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place overall, food was amazing, large gluten free menu, excellent service, and cool atmosphere and dog friendly patio

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Best bottomless mimosa system ever! Very good service.

  32. O

    Oldpro

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    This is the second time we have been there and both times the food has been very good. The service can be a little on the slow side.

  33. JA

    JA77

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Hoping to discover a new gem during San Diego Restaurant Week, we found HEAT Bar & Kitchen online. It was AMAZING! Each dish we ordered was incredible, the presentation SUPERB, and the service from the staff could not have been better. You can wine and dine indoors or out. The inside decor is warm and vibrant. (That sounds like an oxymoron, but they pull it off.) You can be seated at a table out in front or dine on the side patio, as we did. Simply but tastefully decorated, it was an extremely pleasant milieu for enjoying fine San Diego weather. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant; we found our gem!

  34. R

    Rotabs

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2014

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We went to Heat during San Diego Rest. Week. It was not busy when we got there. We started out by ordering a bottle of wine they were featuring that evening, "Crossings". The waiter returned to the table to tell us they were chilling the wine and it would be a few minutes. It was at least 15 minutes before we were served the wine. We ordered our food by the helpful waiter, our first course came out was very good and fresh. When we got our entree, the 2 people that ordered the short ribs with mashed potatoes, the food was just warm. The other two plates food that came to the table were hot. We I thought it was good but I wouldn't run back out this restaurant any time soon.

  35. o

    occasionaldiner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Greeted warmly, served promptly. 'Best steak ever' one of my guests remarked.

  36. SD

    SDfoodie

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Heat is a good but not great spot for brunch. What keeps me coming back to Heat is the $10 bottomless mimosas where they leave bottles of champagne on the table. The food is pretty good and there's never a long wait for a table. The drawbacks are a limited menu and poor parking options.

  37. R

    Robert

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The pasta was excellent, not over done with jumbo scrimp! The price for two was hardly a budget buster! I can't say enough about the service. Street parking was not a problem.

  38. CG

    CyndyG

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This was our first time to Heat. We enjoyed the food, the service and ambiance. Great find. We will certainly return. Great cocktails.

  39. O

    Oldpro

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We were very pleased with both the food and overall experience for dinner. We would definitely go back again and would recommend it to our friends.

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Heat Bar and Kitchen is rated 4.2 stars by 39 OpenTable diners

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