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Pier Cafe

3.9
537 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!
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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.8
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4.3
ambience
3.7
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Noise · Moderate
67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GrantB
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great views. Unique experience. Prices are good.

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vipJayCeeEm
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A nice location to sit and enjoy the harbor. Good selection of food too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! Great location and ambiance. Sub par service especially for the price.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great location right on the bay. At 4:30 we walked right in with no wait. They had a great variety of food on the menu and it was okay, but for the price the portions were very small. They would not substitute anything for my kids. Not a huge deal, but a little annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow but it had just opened..

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gildal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Two orders missing …offered a wrong items ..portion small for the price …drinks not being refilled ! Not so friendly staff !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Server was very nice and pleasant. He had way to many tables assigned to him. Should have been better staffed. Saw 2 other servers standing around for 5-6 minutes. Finally able to get their attention. One item ordered calamari was soooo tough chewy. Our waiter took off the menu. Did not wish to get a replacement of the calamari. We ordered bowl of clam chowder which cost almost as much as calamari. Have eaten here before and definitely remembered better quality food. Great view of San Diego Bay.

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AshleyK
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It was busy but our waiter wasn’t good. The food was very pricey but not a lot of flavor and was cold by the time we got it

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LaurieC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had the Seafood Pasta. You'd think for $25 you'd get a salad or a roll with this, you'd be wrong. The "Seafood" was 5 lonely shrimp in a sad bowl of overcooked fettucine. There were no scallops at all nor any other seafood.

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AllanG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience, food and service. Regardless of where you sit, there is always an ocean view.

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vipDavidG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! loved the music and the location. Perfect SD vibe

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JenniferA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was terrible. Basically craft Mac and cheese with some cold lobster mixed in.

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Catdamm
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great setting, good food, great service. Miss the fried pickles appetizer though. The burger was over-cooked but was corrected immediately. Definitely returning again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great views, and awesome atmosphere! Definitely a must when visiting San Diego

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Also Ordered lobster roll, this’s a tourist restaurant, nice view but food is alright. Wouldn’t come back for a $24 lobster roll like this. Very busy, service is bad

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HollyI
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was amazing! The crab cakes are delicious! I loved sitting by the window and watching the ships come in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Took forever for our server to take our order, then she showed up after our appetizer was served and tried to give us the bill…we hadn’t even gotten our dinner. She never showed back up until the very end, never checked on us. It was loud and the food was so lackluster. Seriously worst dining experience I have ever had.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service wasn’t the best all the waitresses were really rushed and just wanted us to leave the atmosphere was very bad the seating was terrible and very pricey not worth it at all!!! It felt like they were doing us a favor by feeding us ridiculous

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were tourists from out of town visiting San Diego. We picked Pier Cafe because it was the only available seaside seafood restaurant to make a reservation for a day in advance. I had read the reviews, and didn’t expect the greatest experience. We asked for outdoor seating and we were given a table by the window with a spectacular view. We ordered the chips salsa and guac for $14, which was really expensive for the serving size but the salsa and guacamole was pretty tasty. We also ordered the lobster mac & cheese which tasted bland and had to add salt and pepper to it. The clam chowder bread bowl was pretty good and ended up sharing that with my table because the other dish was incredibly underwhelming and double the price . After 20 minutes of waiting for someone to take my check I had to find somebody so we could finally leave. All in all paid a large amount of money for a great view and subpar food, which was my expectation going in.

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KimN
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service snd views of the San Diego bay!!

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Disappointed21st
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from start to finish!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Just vacation

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RayR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

waited 10 minutes just to get our drink order taken

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible. The waiter forgot drinks and never came back until the food was ready. The food was also mediocre at best.

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vipNancyK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the virws

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RaulG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In my opinion they should offer you some snack or chips while they are preparing your order.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Birthday. Location perfect. Service fair and food fair.

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CherylU
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very busy day and once our waitress took drink orders, the wait was long. We asked for water and never got any. Overall, a nice place and food was good. Would recommend improving service time so you can move tables quicker

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Seated promptly and beautiful panoramic views!

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vipOscarS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Had a reservation but still had to wait in long line to be seated. I called and was told to continue waiting in line even tho everyone else had no reservations from what I observed. Service was slow.. I only had clam chowder but it was way too bland and light.

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dakotak
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A meal with a view -- basically what we were looking for, and they nailed it! We had a corner table with views of the waterfront on all sides. The staff was good, especially in these challenging times for the hospitality industry. The knocks in scoring come from a very limited menu (food and beer) that made you feel like you were paying just for the view. The tacos and calamari were fine-to-good, but we didn't leave feeling like we needed to ever come back or to recommend to friends. Don't regret it, but won't be returning.

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JoyceC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Sadly, I was not impressed. Mind you, I grew up in San Diego and years ago, I worked at Seaport Village for over 13 years. I had always heard excellent things about Pier Cafe and finally, I had the opportunity to dine there. Service was lacking. I asked for two clean plates with the staff never returning with clean plates. The calamari was skimpy, cheaply made as with the seafood pasta which seemed to all come from a can. The only nice thing about the whole experience was the view. But for the amount I paid, you can enjoy the same view from the boardwalk…and it’s free!

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AssiF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Pier Cafe was always a gem of a location. Had dinner there on 6/30/2021. The menu has been significantly altered. The restaurant used to have a seafood theme. It's not really clear what theme it has nowadays.

However, I was very disappointed with the plating presentation and the overall quality of the food. I have seen plates at Denny's that looked better. Service was mediocre, we had to ask for silverware a couple of time after our food arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, quick service. Waitress was not attentive

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stevej
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood spot right on the water in San diego.

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DrewR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Location is nice and great views of the water. Food and service is pretty mediocre

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Dalpha
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance. The service and food was excellent.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing, as are the views! Service is great and there is never a wait.

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CynthiaP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Our waitress was awesome.

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Pier Cafe is rated 3.9 stars by 537 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.