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Pier Cafe

4.2
289 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Welcome!
The San Diego Pier Cafe established in Seaport Village in 1980, is a quaint New England style full service restaurant, serving beer, wine & liquor. We offer the best in broiled fish, as well as the nicest view & atmosphere in the San Diego Bay area. Whether you are a guest of our beautiful city of San Diego or a resident, all of us at the San Diego Pier Cafe are looking forward to serving you. Thank You.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. to close.
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Phone number
(619) 239-3968
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
John, Gerardo or Pim: (619) 239-3968
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Highway
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Parking details
Validated parking at reduced rates. First 2 hours for $1.00
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 289 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was disgusting, no flavor, undercooked, and very overpriced for such low quality.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The Pier Cafe just looks really inviting just sitting on stilts over the bay. It has a good vibe with great views (sunsets, too) and the food is good and reasonably priced. You can spend a lot more and get a lot less in S.D. that's for sure!

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Average everyyhing

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

After much research, I took my wife here for a belated Birthday Lunch. The menu was pretty limited but the fish tacos, with Talipa, were fresh and wonderful. Large portions. Our only disappointment was our waited. He barely spoke to us at arrival, when ordering , and at the end of meal. We had to track him down to let him know we were finished and that we wanted a special desert. The Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream were superb. We would have enjoyed coffee at the end of our meal but he did not provide an opening for us to even order it. It was a beautiful day in San Diego, Food was pretty good and the dessert was to die for. It was a good birthday meal.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

What a great find and the restaurant sits on the water! We were there for business and all enjoyed our meals, quality of food is good for the price. If you are looking for great ambiance and a good food selection, this is the place to go.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great views, sits on the water. Staff was great, food was delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Nice place for catching the sunset and a bite to eat. Would return.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing views from any spot in restaurant. Reasonably priced especially for being directly on the water. Amazing!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The staff was very accommodating for our last minute 14 person reservation!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

My husband and I were in San Diego to escape Pittsburgh's winter. This restaurant was recommended by the Hop on Hop off bus driver. It was a great recommendation. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great location and great food and service

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

We enjoyed a very pleasant lunch at the Pier Cafe. the service and food were outstanding. Had great table overlooking the bay. Very enjoyable. Been there before and will go there again!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Cozy spot for appetizers and to watch the Sunset. Food was tasty, but not anything memorable. Limited Parking near SeaPort Village shops and restaurants.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a lovely lunch here, taking a visiting relative here after picking him up from the airport. Lucky enough to see seals swimming and catching fish in the water next to us! Our food was also excellent and we just really enjoyed our meal here.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

the restaurant has nice waterfront view!!
Good service good food

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went on new year's eve at 6pm. Location and view were great. Tranquil and cozy, except for a large group of people that were having a meal. They were very loud. Have been here many times without this problem. My Grilled Fish tacos were delicious! My husband ordered seafood enchiladas, they were ok but pleeeaaase do something about the refried beans. They tasted like beans from a can and were warm at best. Not hot like they should be. Messed up the meal. Need better taste or offer whole black beans. They will look, taste, and make the dish look more expensive.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious food!! Fantastic server (Ricardo)!! So happy we decided to eat here after a long day of touring!!

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was terrible, service was good, ambiance was good. Wouldn’t go back due to the horrible food.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome spot right on the water with great seafood options at a decent price. Lunch pricing is best and menu is similar if not same. Try the Mahi Mahi panini! Out of this world.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Nice view. Good service. Food OK. good for kids. Casual, loud

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Needs a good cleaning. Location is okay, on the water, not the best views, but okay. Interior is a bit "tired". Food was average. Not so special you would want to return. Wait staff was attentive, personable, and didn't have to be asked to provide service. She was the highpoint of the experience.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Staff was great. It was Halloween and all staff were in great costumes. Food was excellent. Interior area was a bit dated. I would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Very accommodating for a special diet requirement. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Nice experience overall. Can't beat being on the water downtown. Bali Hai is another one to check out if you are looking for a nice waterfront experience. We were seated on the northern side and had a view of the dock close by. If you can get a table on the Coronado bridge side and towards the end of the restaurant you will have primo seating (on cooler days). It was a scorcher when we went so the north side was thankfully a bit cooler.

I had the 3 fish plate which looked really healthy so I wasn't sure if I was going to like it when it arrived--all my colleagues had fish tacos and other lip smackers. The 3 fish plate was delicious as was the rice and steamed vegetables. Staff very friendly and accommodating albeit a little longer than usual to get food ordered.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Pretty good experience. Food was good, service was prompt, noise wasn't too bad. Very pleased for a good night on the water!

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Group of 9, excellent service, friendly, great views of the harbor. Pricing in line with the tourist area. Food was very good.

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1.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Strange food. Not trying as a restaurant. Trading off the location.

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4.0Dined on September 11, 2017

Our guests had a wonderful experience being close to the water. Food was great. Service was slow arriving at crowded, lunch time. Glad we made a reservation.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2017

The view is very nice and they will allow dogs in the patio area. The staff was very nice. Unfortunately, the food was just so so. I had the ceviche and quacamole. The quacamole was bland without any seasoning. The ceviche was alright, but tasted bland as well. The fish tacos were good.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

We came here for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. The decor was nothing special, the noise level was loud, bad acoustics, especially with a large ethnic family who just let their children yell and no restaurant manager came to tell them to be quiet. The food, for me, was just average for the cost. Most likely will not return. Only special thing was that it was on the water.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

I understand the need to be family friendly, but there were kids running around and screaming...it effected my dinner experience.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

We had been wanting that "wow" factor in a meal and we found it at Pier Café. Sometimes a full 5-star review might be deemed an exaggeration, but in this case each rating is exactly on point.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Variety of tasty items. Great employees & a nice setting.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great place. Good food. They were ready for us. The table we got had a great view.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Food was great, service very good, ambiance excellent.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Came home for a long weekend and wanted to show a friend some of the restaurants San Diego had to offer. The location is is right on the water and centrally located to anything downtown. So it was a nice choice. The food wasn't as good as I remembered growing up, but worth the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

Great place on the water. Not fancy, but food was great! Probably better for a warmer day, but space heaters made it enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2017

Tables, chairs, interior decor all need updating!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Very average food and service. The food was prepared well, and tasted good, but the menu lacked inspiration. Nothing noteable or unique here.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Our food was great! I got stuffed shrimp and my boyfriend got a seafood stew forgot the name but it was amazing. The view was beautiful. We will defiantly be going back the next time we are in San Diego.

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