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Pier Cafe

3.5
445 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
San Diego Pier Cafe, established in Seaport Village in 1980, is a quaint New England-style full-service restaurant right on TOP of the water in Seaport Village. We offer fresh seafood, specialty cocktails, local craft beer, and the nicest views & atmosphere on the downtown San Diego bay front. Whether you're a guest in our beautiful city or a resident, we at the San Diego Pier Cafe look forward to serving you!
What 445 people are saying
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3.5based on recent ratings
3.5
food
3.4
service
3.7
ambience
3.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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miguelf
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were great. Our waitress was excellent. Our busboy "Merced" was awesome he was friendly and helpful.

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KristenA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

No One came to our table for 20 minutes... super slow service.

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RobinG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for Valentine's day. They called to confirm and we were just pulling in the parking lot. She said that a table opened up early if we wanted to be seated so we got there and were seated right away about 20 minutes before our reservation. The pomegranate margarita was so delicious. The clam chowder so creamy and good and my lobster roll so fresh! All in all a great dinner with my husband.

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anonymous
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great scenic view to have a romantic date. I would definitely come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect. And food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great location on the water. Menu is very limited but food was good. Our server seemed very rushed. Prices are a bit high but expected with the cafe location.

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HilaryC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was quite slow. Order was ok, but fries were missing. They did charge. Food was nothing exceptional. Expensive when it doesn't come with a side. Seating was outside bc of COVID, but the view was nice and the staff and waitress were friendly. Last minute reservation, and it was ok.

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daccgs
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We love this place, although service sometimes can be lacking. Fish and chips is amazing and their Pier Margarita is so good! Scenery is beautiful. It's one of our favorite little spots to eat

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JillV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Outstanding lunch. Terrific view. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is closed but online it shows as open. Pease update restaurant status and hours

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AaronB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is CLOSED. DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY OpenTable has not made it not an option.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It is not open at all...

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I drove 100 miles and they were closed. I don’t understand they you guys are advertising open if your establishment is closed

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VegasKevin
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place is closed!! It’s not open!!!

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vipKingderb
Tahoe
111 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not open. I presume it had to do with Newsom’s lockdown.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for my daughters 16 th birthday and it was gated up

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They took our reservation, we went there, but they were closed

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silviac
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was close!! No sign, no notice, google it said it was open, but it was close!!

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Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, awesome atmosphere!

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DeeH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Pier Café is situated on the water with an awesome view of the San Diego bay. Gerardo and Micah were awesome hosts and the food was delicious and fresh. The prices not too bad considering it's downtown San Diego. My fave, the battered pickles. I would go again.

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vipKymberlyM
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Unfortunately the view is the only good thing about this restaurant. The service was Terrible. We waited for almost 10 minutes and no one had been to the table in an almost empty restaurant. The appetizer we ordered was so terrible we sent it back and decided not to continue our dining experience.
Skip this restaurant. Plenty of other places at Seaport Village with a view.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful location! The food and service were excellent! We had the fish & chips & Shrimp Pesto Pasta. The pasta was some of the best I’ve ever had. Staff is super friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the view and the food was delicious!!!

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TraciM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We really enjoyed the view of the Bay.

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foodisourfriend
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

It's all about the location. The service was fine, they were friendly and checked in once. Both dinners were overpriced and lacking in taste. My potatoes were cold, the sauce on the chicken bland and my husband's vegetables tasted like microwaved frozen veggies. He said the fish was rubbery and also fairly tasteless. We spent almost $70 (including the tip) and still needed to stop at Wetzels to fill up. I'm pretty sure the only reason they are still open is because you can sit over the water and sometimes get a great view of the sunset.

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StephM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food wasn’t as delicious as expected and the 7.95 mac and cheese for the kids were small portions of Kraft Dinner. The view was beautiful and still worth going to the restaurant for that alone.

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yaserf
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible would never come back here again they ruin my whole valentines night thanks

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TylerG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, food was delicious and service was quick.

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vipValiant1000
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Meal was over cooked and the edges were burned. Cannot believe any cook would let something like that be served. Service was mediocre at best. This is a turn-over place so if you want a dining experience go somewhere else. The one good thing is the view of Coronado and the Coronado bridge. But you need to be there before it gets dark since once it gets dark you don’t see much.

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Will
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ambiance and location were nice. Food was just ok. Service was also ok.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in San Marcos and meet my former neighbor from New Hampshire who was attending a conference. I picked Pier Cafe because it was a chilly day but I wanted the feel of being outside. There was a splendid sunset and to my delight the food was delicious! I ordered the salmon and honestly was one of the best dishes I have had in awhile.

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DaveJ
Nottingham
60 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Cute place on its own pier. Food not too inspiring. The location makes it

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BerthaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The cafe is a little dated and their outdoor seating is not really outdoor but the view was amazing. The food was good enough to share and the service was outstanding!

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SabrinaC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very overpriced. Seems they rely on the view to compensate for poor service and mediocre food.
I’d go back for drinks at a window seat and that’s it if I ever go back...

We left and headed to Top of the Hyatt for dessert. Excellent views, classy, fantastic service and fabulous ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was extremely poor. It took 13 minutes just to have a server stop by the table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The fries were good. I ordered the fish tacos and there was just too much on them - salsa, guacamole, and lime crema piled on , the flavors didn’t blend well.

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vipmschaef
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant with a good location over the water. If you're looking for something casual with good food and an interesting location and view, this is a good choice.

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AlexV
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally on the water, you must notnmiss this view. Great for a casual meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Seafood was over cooked, but pasta was okay. They need to change to oil in the fryer more frequently or use different one for fish and chips vs onion rings If you stay with burgers fries and simple food, you are probably better off. You are paying for the view which was very nice, and the service was good and friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

There was a special event that slowed service down, that we were not informed about until after we placed our order, would have gone to another lunch spot had we known we would be waiting for 30-40 minutes to get our food served.

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Pier Cafe is rated 3.5 stars by 445 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.