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Pier Cafe

3.9
3.9
572 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner 4:30 p.m. to close.

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-3968

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have our Upstairs dining room available for private seat down dining, for groups up to 50 guests, Monday thru Friday, and some weekends during off seasons. Please call us for additional details.

  • Private party contact

    John, Gerardo or Pim: (619) 239-3968

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Pacific Highway

  • Parking details

    Validated parking at reduced rates with $10 purchase.

  • Public transit

    There's a Seaport Village Trolley stop just two blocks away.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 572 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. M

    Michael

    New Mexico

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Would have preferred a better view l. Felt rushed, ribeye was good but small for a 16oz
  2. CM

    CarolynM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good and value for the money. Servers are attentive and you can't beat the view of the harbor!
  3. CA

    CABistro

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really cute spot! The menu is mostly seafood and has a great bar menu. No doubt this place has some of the greatest views of the SD bay and Coronado bridge.
  4. KN

    KathleenN

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Eating over the water couldn’t be more relaxing. Amazing location. Food is very good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love tje fish and chips with a sourdough bowl with clam chowder
  6. JS

    JonathanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very pleasant lunch being able to eat basically right on the ocean. Kind of expensive but a nice splurge.
  7. SS

    SanjeeS

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    If you are about quality food, I'd say pass on this place. Even after adding extra lemon to the guacamole, it tasted flavorless. I don't think it was made fresh on that day. Plain bland food with no flavor. Average drinks for $15 each. Not worth it.
  8. NL

    NateL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We arrived early and were given choices of tables. Our drinks arrived quickly and our order was taken. It took 45 minutes to be served but there was activity on the bay and sunset to watch so it didn't seem too long. As we were overheard the two servers remark that they were the only servers that showed up that evening, they did a remarkable job.
  9. JR

    JennaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Absolutely horrid service. Food was meh. So many better places just in walking distance.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Three of the four entrees we had were very good! Lobster roll was excellent with lots of lobster. Sea bass entree was not good, no seasoning. Service was not good. We never had anyone ask us if we wanted drink refills the entire meal. We had to flag someone down after our appetizers had been delivered for at least 5 minutes, to get us plates and silverware. Probably would not go back at the prices they’re charging.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The service is good but definitely need more manpower to attend to all the guests needs. Ambiance and the sea is also good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Poor service. Was seated for 1.5 hours. Never was offered any refills. Never came by to check how the food was. Will never return.
  13. p

    patriciap

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We ordered fish and chips. We got two pieces of fish and a good portion of fries. I was disappointed that we only got two pieces of fish ... shrinkflation? We did get a nice corner window table for two, which I loved the location. Service was a little slow but they only had two waiters and the restaurant was full. Our waiter was very nice and he did the best he could under the circumstances. Overall it was a nice experience for my first time there. Thank you. Patricia
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about this restaurant! Literally right ON the water, food was great, waiter was nice- I would add this to my restaurant list!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service in a great location.
  16. J

    Jason

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    Good experience in the not too distant past at Pier cafe but the service this time was unacceptable. I’m fairly confident the waiter just forgot me as it got busier. I waited almost 30 minutes after completing my dinner but he was never even close to my table again. The bust boy even came by and cleaned my table except for an empty drink. I eventually added up the price of everything plus tip and left cash on the table. It told the hostess what I did on my way out. I don’t believe this was a staffing issue, to which I am generally sensitive in these times. Price is still good. The lobster roll was amazing. Just needed better service this time.
  17. J

    Jason

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice view during sunset. Fish tacos and crab cakes were very good. Price is excellent. Would dine there again.
  18. d

    daccgs

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. One of our favorite places for fish and chips. Their Pier Margarita is so delicious, and they are not stingy with their alcohol. Love the scenery and atmosphere. Definitely a repeat customer.
  19. DM

    DonnaM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was not good and food was below average. The crab cakes were very small and covered in breading... tasteless.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute get together dinner with family visiting and we wanted to bring them to a place in the water with a nice meal. Pier Cafe was perfect! We sat towards the outer part of the entryway which was a little cold with the wind but a few minutes later the staff brought out the heat lamps and then it was absolutely perfect. I recommend the seafood pasta and fish and chips!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us went for lunch. Two people ordered the lobster rolls. Highly recommend! One of us had crab cakes and enjoyed them. I loved the fish tacos. Their fries are good but the garlic fries were too mushy for our taste. Beautiful setting with a water view in Seaport Village.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Was in San Diego to meet relatives in a very tough time. We got the worst service and food of
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food in the pictures does not match the food I ordered.
  24. C

    Coach

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views in a great seaside location! Really enjoyed our experience. Good and service wonderful ! We will be back.
  25. J

    Jack

    Miami

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful all around!great service,great food wonderful view…we truly enjoyed every minute!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience with the staff. Very attentive to detail and overall customer experience. I would highly recommend for a date night or simple dinner. Food was great and very well cooked and I would highly recommend making a reservation before hand.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego
  28. T

    Teammill

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were very disappointed with the quality of food and the service. We have dined here numerous times pre-pandemic in the past and have always enjoyed our experience. This was our first time dining here during the pandemic. Our entrees were about C to C+ and did not reflect the prices. Also, we didn’t receive water refills until we were already ready to leave and did not get things that were requested (e.g. lemon in my water, a water for my daughter). It was a cold night but we were not offered a heater. We had to request a heater from a few different staff before receiving this. Also the heater went out after about 15 mins but no one came to check on our table so the heater remained non-functional through the remainder of our dinner. The view is great but that’s about it. We unfortunately will not be dining here again.
  29. SB

    SueB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, loved the clam chowder and Lobster roll! Not quite like Boston, but still good.
  30. G

    Grandude

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    great location, lots of choices on the menu. Lobster roll was average.
  31. LC

    LinetteC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    If you’re looking to be right on the water it’s a great spot. The food is overall ok. Service was ok. Visiting from out of town so no plans to dine there again. The staff didn’t seem to love their jobs and it came through in the value of food and service. Hopefully the management will create a tastier menu and treat employees better so the energy improves.
  32. B

    Buckeye2020

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved eating by the bay. Great views, great food, great service. Highly recommended.
  33. CV

    CharleneV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Great location and view. Family and kid friendly with large portions. Given the tourist area this is a good option but the service was average.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was terrible!
  35. BK

    BillK

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Food is expensive and not good, but the view can't be beat
  36. HN

    HollyN

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Gorgeous views. One of our favorite places to eat at in San Diego.
  37. M

    Megan

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very cute restaurant, and we loved that it was on the water. We brought our dogs so we sat on the deck and it was a little chilly because the heater didn’t work properly. The food was delicious but the prices are too high. I did very much love the clam chowder, would absolutely get that again!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food is average. Setting is good.
  39. PB

    PawelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy place with a nice view. Great food and great service.
  40. S

    Samm

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were great. The noise level was off the chart! Difficult to have a conversation.

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Pier Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 239-3968.

Pier Cafe is rated 3.9 stars by 572 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Highway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner 4:30 p.m. to close.

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Validated parking at reduced rates with $10 purchase.

  • Public transit

    There's a Seaport Village Trolley stop just two blocks away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-3968

  • Private party facilities

    We have our Upstairs dining room available for private seat down dining, for groups up to 50 guests, Monday thru Friday, and some weekends during off seasons. Please call us for additional details.

  • Private party contact

    John, Gerardo or Pim: (619) 239-3968

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