Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

4.7
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant is an award-winning neighborhood eatery opened in 2010 by three-time James Beard Award nominee Carl Schroeder and acclaimed restaurateur Terryl Gavre. Schroeder works with local farms and vendors to select the best, most sustainable ingredients for his inventive dishes – which change often based on seasonal availability and trends. California casual and Baja-inspired plates join an impressive selection of All-American favorites that complement an extensive list of handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine. BANKERS HILL offers a welcoming vibe complete with a spacious dining room, bar and outdoor garden patio.
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Happy Hour Seven Days A Week!

Join us from 4pm to 6pm every day for Happy Hour! Available throughout the restaurant. Specials on food and drinks!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 7, 2019

Ends: September 8, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 695 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MK
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 3 of us agreed that our entire dining experience rated 5 stars! Everything just perfect, even the noise level was quiet for a Sunday night in the midst of Hillcrest. One of us asked for substitutions on her entree and for the meat to be Well-Done. And she was very impressed that all was just as she'd ordered. I had the pork chop, moist and full of flavor, our other companion had the chicken schnitzel perfectly done.

JB
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We go here often prior to the symphony. Love the service and the food. This time the potato chips were a bit too salty but the selections on the Happy Hour menu were great. Thank you.

SS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was a great atmosphere on the patio. Plenty warm from the heaters. The food was good and the wine was reasonably priced. Just one comment - it was a bit frustrating to only have one vegetarian option.
But it was a good option.

P
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very creative, delicious food. Friendly service. The ambiance /decor is a bit drab and too dark. The wine was overpriced and desert options too heavy.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

We enjoyed our brunch but the service was slow and not attentive.

JF
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lost Valentine’s Day celebration. Good times, great food and solid service. I’ll be back for sure.

A
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best burger ever. Period. Excellent truffle fries. Awesome drinks!

SC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

As someone who comes from the service industry, I don’t find myself writing reviews ever. But, this one I had me a little upset and underwhelmed. I took my girlfriend out for Valentine’s Day and was recommended this restaurant by a friend. We got sat quickly at a nice spot by the bar. We recieved a Valentine’s Day menu and drink menus and that’s where my review starts. We were not greeted by anyone for 10 minutes. We were sitting there in between tables if people being served and not one person said hello. Finally the manager (in a suit) came by and asked us if we had be started on drinks, and finally go those for us. Our server finally comes back with the drinks and asks for our order. Now I’m totally ok with the Valentine’s Day menu if restaurants only have that for the night, what I’m not ok with is when a restaurant has a valentines menu but doesn’t mention they also have the normal menu if you want that too. Our server didn’t even mention we could order from the other menu, because we didn’t want to do three course meal. We would have much rather ordered off the normal menu but I feel like it was shady to not mention that we could order off that menu. Then we got the first dish which was fine (lobster bisque, and bruschetta) nothing special about it. Our entrees (chicken snetzel and pork chop) were really good. Then the desert came out and that was ok as well. Overall the food was 3/5 but noting special. Our bill came out to $170 with tax and tip and we just felt cheated. I don’t mine spending money for great food, but when the service and the food dont reflect what I’m paying, it really sucks. That being said we probably wouldn’t go back to give it another try, and we really really were excited about this place. Huge bummer. I would hope management addresses the service issues promptly.

MD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We meet with our friends every year on Valentines - 15 years !
Bankers was right at the top !

SU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place and so does everyone I take there.

z
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My wife and I have been here no less than 20 times or more since it opened. Every time has been great including food service etc. This time was different. While the salad (citrus and avo was great) our entree’s the steak and the pork tacos were sub par at best. The steak was tough and bland the tacos were not the original recipes they had a few years ago. Perhaps a new chef tinkering? Not sure but i was just sad for this restaurant. I wont’ be back for awhile. Why pay good money for a bad meal. Service was excellent as always.

MW
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banker's Hill has always been one of our favorite restaurants. We can always count on great food, attentive service, and a lovely ambiance for a relaxed dinner!

OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always the service was beyond excellent from the hostess, to the waiter (John), and food runner. Food was also exceptional. Happy Hour had some amazing deals. Great evening. Thank you BHB

DP
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

10 am Sunday brunch and we were the first there! Great Bloody Mary to start
Hand made cinnamon rolls !!!
Many had the bourbon French toast
And i had short rib “ hash” with an egg which wasn’t hash but was good!

Place filled up by the time our group of 8 left and we all enjoyed!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The was food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the avocado and citrus salad. It was one of the best salads we have ever experienced.

AF
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love the food and service, but even when we arrived at 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, the noise level rose almost immediately. The only drawback at this otherwise fine establishment...

AW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for Happy Hour; homemade potato chips, beet salad with frisee and goat cheese, taco of the day, beef slider for starters with a nice cocktail. Love the casual but special neighborhood vibe. Parking on the street is easy during early evening hours. Great service, will be back!

EP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food quality wasn’t as good as usual.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

First time visit. Food was decent and so were the drinks. Liked the interior and exterior of this place.

BM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner and accommodating staff. But please change the front door! Tables near it get a blast if cold air!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week was amazing. Christina the server did a great job with the whole experience along with her team!

LP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious! We will be back!

SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place to dine. Many choices of excellent food! Never thought I would rave about cauliflower, but Bankers Hill changed my mind.

C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the only places in San Diego right now where I feel like I actually got what I paid for.

CF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for San Diego Restaurant Week. The food was heavenly-- honestly!
The the chicken schnitzel and bread pudding were to die for.
Extremely personable server who made us feel special and made the meal that much more enjoyable.

f
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Banker's Hill offers a delight for the palate. The cauliflower is crispy and the sauce adds the perfect finish for each bite. We went for restaurant week and it was a great value for a delicious meal.

AP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern/industrial, but warm and inviting. Great friendly service. Delicious specialty cocktails. Very good devilled eggs. Would like to go again.

P
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Meatloaf was outstanding, especially with the Brussels sprouts.

AP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was super friendly and the food was absolutely delicious!

L
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy restaurant with wonderful staff serving delicious food. I highly recommend the braised pork tacos, they are exceptional and if I lived closer I would have had dinner there the next night

LC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant. Most amazingly, it remains good year after year. It’s one of our favorite places and we drive half an hour to get there. Worth every trip!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. Everything was fresh and full of flavor. A new favorite

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

To pay $100 for a 3-course meal w/wine pairing, you’d expect the wine to come out with the food and not after the fact.
Food was ok. If anything waaaay toooo salty!

b
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Price does not match what you get.

SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was exceptionally good. While there was some errors in our service they were very apologetically and quickly made up to us. Will definitely recommend this restaurant and come back again.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places... I always get the bruschetta #amazing! Best burger I have had! Never had a bad meal here

EH
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had eaten here a couple of times on San Diego Restaurant Week and really enjoyed it and wanted to try it again. We both ordered the salmon as our entrée and it was very good with a new preparation of risotto and mushrooms. Since we had made a healthy entrée choice we decided to split the warm chocolate brownie which had been chosen some months back by SD Magazine as one of the best desserts in town. It did not disappoint.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food as always.

U
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I have always loved banker’s hill and still do but my last visit was dissapointing, our food was great as always but the service just wasn’t... our waiter although polite basically forgot we existed, we had to wave to get his attention and even then it seemed forced, no drink updates and at last when I ordered a glass of wine almost by the end of my meal it never arrived... I will go back for sure and hopefully it will just have been a bad day!

PD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful meal :) We didn't have a place to go for Christmas eve but we were relieved that Bankers Hill was going to be open. The ambiance was great, no rush and very cozy for a cold winter night. Nice vegetarian options were available (which stills seems to be a rare thing to have for most restaurants during holidays) and the meat entrees were extremely good! The chipotle glazed meatloaf was scrumptious and holiday drinks were right on point. A hidden jewel in Bankers Hill :)

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