Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.19mi
  4. Distance: 0.27mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.05mi
  3. Distance: 0.19mi
  4. Distance: 0.27mi

About Pier Cafe

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.

885 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
View Larger Map

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.

Cross Street:
Pacific Highway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 239-3968

Website:
http://www.piercafe.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking at reduced rates. First 2 hours for $1.00

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pier Cafe Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (11)
Waterfront (11)
Casual (7)
See All
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Sort by
S
269 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 7, 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Scenic View, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
·Dined on September 20, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Business Meals, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 12, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service2
value2

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service4
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

 
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Food was great, service very good, ambiance excellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Tables, chairs, interior decor all need updating!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Cozy, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2017

What a lovely Café. My friends and I enjoyed the experience very much. I would like to see a bit more of a variety on the entree's on the menu but my fish and chips were very good. I want to give a 'huge' shout out to Ricardo who was our waitperson (4/7/17 around 7pm). He was just really fantastic and made the whole experience so much better! He is a keeper and deserves a raise!!!! thanks for a great time!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Good food....Great view of the bay at night!!
Good service

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on March 20, 2017

The only good thing about this restaurant was the view. My husband had jambalaya and I had fried shrimp. We are from Louisiana and this was not what we are used to. Jambalaya was about 75% peppers and tomato and not made with a New Orleans style roux. Shrimp was no better than what you buy in the grocery store freezer. Service was ok. Nothing to brag about.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 7, 2017

I was on a tour and chose to eat at The Café to rekindle being there about 15 years ago, and still thought the food and the location was delicious as always....

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food is amazing. Highly recommend the chips and salsa in the appetizers section. The food itself is also amazing. The view is great so is the staff. Very friendly. Perfect place for romantic date

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great Beer
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great place for dinner and lunch. Nice view and great location. Staff is friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant. Food is good but a little pricey for the quality. However the clam chowder is delicious. I'll go again for lunch and couple of drinks. Overall good service. Don't seat by the front because too many walking in and out. It's a small isle. The back seating is better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2017

The fried pickles were the star of our lunch. We both had the blackened mahi-mahi as our meal and it was great but the rice was too much and the veggies were minimal.

Tags: Disabled Access, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Visiting San Diego looking for a good place near the water. This place has a great view and the food is amazing. Can't wait to come back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Food was not very good but pricey. Beautiful spot on the water though.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service2
value1

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2017

The view was beautiful, they were very accomodating for a window seat. My friend ordered seafood and I ordered a chicken sandwich which I wasn't pleased with at all but decided not to say anything. She enjoyed her seafood and we shared the cheese bread appetizer which was TO DIE FOR, absolutely delicious. $75 at the end of the night and since I didn't enjoy my sandwich I didn't find it totally worth but I found the atmosphere to be the reason for the high price which is why I chose not to say something.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2017

We had a nice time. The deck is freezing cold though and it is overpriced. Not bad though. Nice view.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value1

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Good food, ambiance and service! I'll come back soon!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Good quality food. The place needs a little updating.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2016

This was a nice place to visit the crew serving the food was awesome the food was OK but he says the building needed some repairs, for example the tables are covered by a tarp it recently rain and it continually dripped on our table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We drove down from Los Angeles to have lunch with a friend. We had a very nice dining experience. Pleasant staff, very nice and accommodating. When ask, didn't hesitate to prepare a dish for my dogs. The food was excellent and plentiful. Access to the cafe from parking was great. I could not be more pleased.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food super location and it was perfect as far as the atmosphere for some out-of-town guests who want to eat on the water

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Was absolutely wonderful! Wonderful service atmosphere food cocktails and very dog friendly too (had my 100 pound German Sheoherd and it was no problem at all)

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, People Watching, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2016

This is a neat little spot right on the water with a casual vibe. The service was good but the food is marginal at best.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.