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Pier Cafe

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545 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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vipTopnotchdining
Oklahoma City
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a casual dining restaurant with a great location. We had fish tacos (with Atlantic cod) and seafood pasta. Both were very good with great service.

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MorganL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet place on the water. Great for date night

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vipmama1997
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks and appetizers were good. Main meal was average. Clam chowder was gross.

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Moto
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Staff forgot an order in our party. Had to track down a staff member to find our food. Had to ask for more drinks as server disappeared.

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CristinaZ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Happy to see that this restaurant upgraded to match the current needs of out door seating. Overall great food.
-1 for our waiter not wearing her mask.
-1 assigned tables are too small for a party of 6. Made us feel crowded.

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LindaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The room was so hot we could barely finish our meal. The sun was torture and no one came around to add extra fans or put the blinds down. The crab cakes were cheaply made and not tasty. The strawberry margarita was really good though.

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3Ladies
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice lunch with the girls! Great view. Good food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Worst burger I’ve ever had. It was burnt. Service was slow.

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Matt619
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The location of Pier Cafe was nice. I recommend asking about Happy Hour. It was one of the main reasons of me and my girlfriend dining there. Unfortunately, our waitress told us it wasn’t Happy Hour despite the website saying it was within the hours. We later showed the menu from our iPhone, stating it was Happy Hour, after receiving our bill.

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CharlieT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful views, nice service, perfect meal!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good environment and friendly staff. Excellent location

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Rich
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great location with good food and service. It could be cleaner.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good and outdoor seating was a plus. Our service was awesome, despite the pandemic.

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RylanCarlos
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brought my girlfriend there for our 6 month anniversary and needless to say it was an experience. The ambiance and beautiful atmosphere created such a lovely time for us. The lights were perfect, water was gorgeous, and food was quite spot on. I got the chefs fresh catch consisting of salmon, and my girl got the fish tacos. Will definitely come again!

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vipJaybird
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Online it looked way better. Food was underwhelming. Limited options. A bit overpriced for what you get. Ordered the lobster roll, fish and chips, crab cakes. Kids Mac and cheese is just Kraft. The lobster roll was good, fish and chips were a very small portion. The fries were good.

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GrantB
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great views. Unique experience. Prices are good.

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vipJayCeeEm
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
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 on July 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

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gildal
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
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
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
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
2 reviews
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
16 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
17 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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Pier Cafe is rated 4 stars by 545 OpenTable diners.

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