Campfire

4.6
1179 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A New American restaurant and cocktail bar with a focus on market driven live-fire cooking, Campfire is a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality, and celebrates the spirit of the name by creating an environment in which we gather around a fire, create honest food, and share it with friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday , Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 11:00pm
Fridy - Saturday 11:30am - 1:00am
Monday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(760) 637-5121
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Beech Ave.
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Parking details
Street Parking
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Orange County
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, great service (thank you, Maya! Our server was knowledgeable and excited about the various dishes which helped us make good choices, also wine pairings. Its was a lovely evening.

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GH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was too expensive for the amount of food I got. I ordered the filet, and it was basically three adult bites. At $27 with no sides ( two bites of kohlrabi), that was a bit much.

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AT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was more than patient when we got a cocktail that we didn’t love. He checked up on us often to ensure our experience was good. And has great recommendations! The environment was welcoming and fit the name “campfire” great! Amazing first experience

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KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The prices are ridiculous ! We ordered the filet and for $27 we got 3 bite size pieces of meat , no sides no bread ! You have to buy it and so we did ... it tasted like flour and water - hard and gummy ! Horrible!!

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JV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Not much flexibility with menu changes I.e Bloody Mary can be made only one way

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JB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal was great! Drinks are crazy cool. Tried 2 and both were delicious. Flies were very pesky but overall a good experience.

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P
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

There were too many flies inside the restaurant

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TG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you stay away from the beef you will love this restaurant. The cocktails are superb. The veggies and fish are Devine. Service is always on point. However anyone I know that stepped up for steak (including me) has left disappointed. No wine corkage fee if you buy a bottle at Carothers next door.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband and I picked Campfire for our anniversary dinner date. I had been to Campfire once before and was really impressed and loved all the food, so when we went together we decided to do the tasting menu ($65per person, not too bad). The first plates came out very promptly and were delicious, however the latter half of the courses came out 20-30 minutes apart. We arrived at 7:15 and left nearly at 11pm, so it took about 3.5 hours to get through 7-8 courses, which is way too long for a tasting menu (especially since the first 4 courses came out within an hour). Even though the food was really good, I’m sad to say that this put a damper on the whole experience. After being there for almost 3 hours we were ready to leave and even considered skipping the last course. Overall, I recommend the food, however not the tasting menu.

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p
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porridge Bread, Broccoli, the wedge salad: amazing! And those are the starters. We enjoyed the filet and the cavetelli house made pasta with lamb, simply scrumptious!

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AA
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, as usual. The corn dessert thing is the best dessert we’ve EVER tasted. We kept eating and explaining, what the heck!!!??? It was so awesomely good! The steak was great and so were the sweet potatoes.

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CE
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is our second visit to Campfire. This was a Sunday night and it was crowded and a bit noisy. The food was generally good. Two of us had the pork specialty and it was very tasty but a bit tough. The others thoroughly enjoyed their seafood choices. All in all, the meal and service were good.

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J
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time for brunch with out of town relatives. Loved everything especially the lovely hand made dinner ware. Will come back again for dinner.

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of this restaurant will get your attention and the food with get your return business. I had researched this restaurant for my boss. When she didn't choose it for a special dinner, I went with my boyfriend while we were in town. The restaurant is warm and cozy and the food was all so well done! Interesting combinations, new twists on old favorites, and service that really shines! We loved our meal and our waitress. Bravo!

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TK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food tastes good, but for the prices the portions are pretty small for most of the dishes. I have been a few times now and it seems like the portions keep getting smaller. The hostess staff seems pretty unprofessional, and the overall staff seem to lack the overall high level of customer service. Hopefully the restaurant works on that, because I think it has potential to be a great place to eat.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most enjoyable experience at Campire! The service was superb, the food was delicious and the cocktails were phenomenal. Such a great date night and it’s going to be a frequent dinner spot for us from now on! Loved our experience so much and can’t wait to go back!

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R
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Aye, that was outstanding! Great food - great sesh

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MS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chef special and got to enjoy 8 various meals. Really great dining experience.

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NH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative food. Enjoy this restaurant every time I visit.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service and ambiance were excellent. The ice tea was terrible. We sent it back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ali did an excellent job of navigating us through the menu and recommending drinks. Everyone was very sociable and hospitable! Food was outstanding, perfect dining experience.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our son flew out from Maryland and eating at Campfire was his only request. Second time we have eaten here, great food and service as well as ambiance.

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RL
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

the food was OK, but the waiter should have taken the lamb cavatelli off the check. I ordered it vegetarian but there was a piece of lamb in it. I brought this to his attention.

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KD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always unique and very tasty. The mixed drinks are awesome.
The service is always outstanding.

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AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual, did the camp feast and was not disappointed

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our experience at Campfire. My son who lives in SanDiego recommended it during our visit from East coast. Brunch was amazing! The food was outstanding! Our server was great too. He unfortunately served the sweet selections before the savory so that was a bit weird but after a few bites into the next selection, it was sooo good that the sweetness of the first dish became a distant memory! 🤣 great spot great food and worth the drive!

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had lunch there with my family along with some cocktails. Overall a great experience.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - interesting combinations. Excellent cocktails!

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BD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience and food, however the wine pours are pretty conservative.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fire-roasted goodness. Great spot in Carlsbad.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, decor and service are amazing but the food wasn’t as good as expected. Our table loved the broccoli, faro, and duck but the other dishes such as the beef were lacking flavour. The s’mores dessert was disappointing and missed the mark in my opinion. The combination of the homemade graham cracker, overly sweet marshmallow, and inability to actually roast the marshmallow, didn’t add up to a good dessert. Overall I didn’t get a sense of being cozy or experiencing comfort food.

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GT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious fresh food, fun and relaxed atmosphere, and very kid friendly. Healthy and yummy kids menu that my 3 and 5 years old loved. So glad they don’t serve chicken nuggets frech fries and pizza.

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared 5 different plates and every single one was creative and delicious! Our server Stacey was always on point and could describe every detail of every dish and answered all of our questions.
We sat outside and after dark they lit a Campfire! Loved hearing the trains roll past.
We decided we would have to go back to try the other menu opotions as we couldn't eat another bite!

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BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Kids’ meals were a wonderful surprise - real food, not chicken nugget/hot dog garbage. Our meals and drinks were really fabulous. Teepee/play area in the back kept kids’ occupied... Would definitely recommend, not just for families but couples or large groups...

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VV
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Max was great. Very attentive and described dishes well.
Our group ordered Bahn Mi sandwich, turkey sandwich, fish of the day plate (Opah), and kale salad with side of Opah. All were prepared perfectly and were oh-so delish.
Looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was fantastic and helpful in moving us to a better table. Food was delicious and the drinks were also great.

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m
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was not quite as expected for brunch but tasty. Service was acceptable, good recommendations on food. Water refill came "amber" from carafe that had previously held coffee. Not fault of our waitress. Outside seating was a bit warm. Noise level was moderate due to foot traffic at adjacent winery and kids playing in the teepee. Street and lot parking we're available.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the chefs tasting menu. Chef Andrews sauces, food and over all presentation were beyond our expectations. The food came out at a great pace and always hot/warm. Service was on point. Leigh the bartender was beyond knowledgeable about his liquor. Over all it was a ten and my fiancé loved every minute of it. Thank you campfire team for an amazing dinner and a great night for my lady and I.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner for the girlfriend! Amazing food!

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LH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious but the portions were too small. Adding the rest of the sweet potato in our appetizer or just some chips to the seafood pozole would have made a big difference. We left dinner after spending close to $100 still hungry.

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