Campfire

4.7
1064 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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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Neighborhood
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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
What 1064 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LG
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

Service superb steak amazing side dishes bland even strange except for the bread prices very high and only one actual fire pit which customers are not allowed to eat food around? What’s up with that? Replace that strange mushy hominy side dish that comes with the amazing steak

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A
San Diego
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

Nice menu and comfortable environment, but the service was slow and not very attentive. On several occasions, I had to ask someone to find our server so we could place orders.

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DB
San Diego
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious and server was outstanding

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G
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

I have been wanting to try Campfire since they opened, having waited this long I was not disappointed! The food was amazing, the service was great and our neighbors to both sides of us were delightful. One of them shared their second order of charred broccoli because we didn’t know we should order any and the kitchen was closed for “savory.” This is a must! We will definitely be back. So many things left to try.

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SE
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress Jenny was outstanding! It was our first time there and she explained everything about the food! Thanks Jenny

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LM
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

We had fun celebrating a birthday and bringing along a friend who has never been here before. The staff was understanding with a request to swap out one of the non alcoholic cocktails at our table. Plates were passed and a few favorites were the roasted broccoli, sprouted porridge bread with sea salt butter and the cavatelli. The birthday girl was surprised with a yummy scoop of ice cream and of course we ordered the iconic s'mores cor dessert. All around fantastic adventure in dining!

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J
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Love this place! Great service, super tasty food (the broccoli is heaven), and especially fun with a group of friends. On this last visit our table decided to go for the feast and it was absolutely worth every penny! About 6 courses came out and each one was so creative and delicious. A great way to explore what's on (and off, depending on the chef's mood!) the menu! Can't wait to go back.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

I absolutely love this place. Such great atmosphere. Amazing drinks. Great service. But the food is the standout. I’ve never had a bad dish or meal here. So creative and thoughtful while being delicious.

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LV
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great food drinks and atmosphere. We all loved it and the service was excellent!

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RD
San Diego
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Food and ambiance was good just a limited selection on the lunch menu.

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KO
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

love the porridge bread and drinks! Service nice little slow with drinks- but hey who cares?

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DB
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Great food and ambience for casual dining. Definitely recommend.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

LOVE THIS restaurant every time we visit!! Stellar food and service and experience!!

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MS
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Our waitress, Jenny was very nice, well informed about the food and beverages. Very responsive to any requests.

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CB
Orange County
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

We have eaten at Campfire 3 times, the first time overwhelming the best.
The food and drinks were good, tasty etc., service fine.
Second time was on mothers day - brunch. Food was mediocre at best.
Menu was ordinary. Service was ordinary.
Third time for dinner again. Food, although pretty good, was extremely salty across all dishes.
I would recommend the restaurant but with caveats.

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C
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

All the flavors, textures and colors, made each bite amazing!

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O
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was great and the service was awesome. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. For dessert don't forget and order the S'more, you won't be disappointed.

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H
Phoenix
2.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Service was excellent and attentive. The server knew the menu well and guided us through selections. Asparagus was excellent. But all of the other plates needed tweaking. The whole roasted fish was excellent but it was served on top of onions with long stalks that were stringy and hard to cut through. The beans were sparse and under cooked. The beef tartare was not served with bread or chips to scoop. The lamb sausages pasta was overpowered with too much cheese. The kitchen was slow. Our reservation didnt get us any better seating. We hoped to sit outside but could be seated on the patio, although two parties who arrived before and after us were seated on the patio. The building is neat and fun to be in. Hoping it’s all opening issues that will be improved over time.

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N
Palm Springs
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Fantastic Asian fusion food in a rustic setting! Looks like a cowboy bar from the street. The food was such a surprise!

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday—it couldn’t be better. Started with a tempura mushroom that war slightly spicy. Next while fish for my wife & scallops & mussels with hominy for me. Both were great.

The couple at the next table were having the chefs special that samples several dishes. Lots of food but it looked great.

This is a very dog friendly restaurant. They provide a dog bed for your pooch so they don’t lay on the concrete or the chairs. Very cool! Our Chien gave it 5 paws.

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SH
Los Angeles
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was terrific - menu descriptions don't do it justice. Very, very loud.

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OT
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

After the server highly recommended the pork, and we ordered it, she returned 5 minutes later to tell us they were out. We were disappointed because our daughter, a food writer, had steered us to Campfire, based on her friend’s recommendation — which specifically included that entree. We enjoyed the whole roasted fish and broccoli, though we thought the sweet potato was dry. Our table was next to a rowdy, profane and clearly inebriated group which made conversation impossible. We asked for a different location but they said every potential table was equally noisy (after 9 on a Tuesday night).

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TV
Phoenix
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Truly everything was amazing. The flavors and ingredient combinations are inspiring. Standouts for the 4 of us included tempura mushrooms, sashimi/crudo, tartar for appetizers, fish specials ...opa and flounder were great, filet excellent, and smores were just awesome. Service and menu recommendations were flawless.

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RJ
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Im always eager to see what’s new on the menu here and today did not disappoint. Our wonderful server, Stacey, knew the menu well and that helped us make our selections. A beet salad, kale salad and Campfire bowl with smoked turkey were delicious. Next time I look forward to trying the bacon belly bahn mi.

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OT
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Everything was great! Slight snafoo with a dish but was easily replaced.

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MK
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Some really fantastic flavors that were unusual and just delicious. The roasted broccoli is outrageously good. Sure that sounds crazy but give it a try you’ll want to know the recipe too! Fresh and delicious and lovely staff and restaurant. Love the casual and hip feel.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Waitress was very knowledgeable. Food and cocktails were excellent

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D
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Awesome place. Hip staff, very good (and different) food and cocktails, cool vibe. A definite do-over!

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DA
San Diego
3.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Had a 6 pm reservation on a Sat. Place was packed. While service was friendly, it was extremely slow. Drink orders weren't taken until we'd been waiting almost 15 mins. Mains took a long time to make their way to our table. After requesting the bill at the end of the meal, we still had to hunt down a bus boy to get our cc back to our waiter. That was another almost 12 minute affair from the time the bill was dropped until we got the check back, even though we'd made it clear we had a theatre reservation and we're in a hurry.
Decor is very cool but tables are placed pretty close together so you really are hearing everyone's conversations loud and clear around you. Food presentation was lovely and composed but flavors didn't live up to the hype I'd read about. Portions are not oversized which I appreciate. Cocktails were excellent though. One menu item I would recommend was the seafood pozole verde. My companion had the cavatatelli with lamb. Homemade pasta with lamb sausage. Very light on sausage and pasta was heavy and doughy. In the end, didn't impress enough to make a return visit anytime soon.

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Savannah
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Always love the food, the decor & service but it’s noisy - those floors just carry sound so don’t go here for an intimate catch up but definitely go for incredible, creative food & a fun atmosphere. Highly recommend the smoked fish board, whole broccoli & eggplant faro. So good!

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K
San Diego
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

This is my second time here - the first time was dinner and all was excellent. I wanted to try breakfast to see if still as good. Food was great but my egg allergy was not noted so had to send food back. Maybe the hostess should tell the wait staff about such things - she was kind enough to come and confirm my open table reservation was completed though. Also not regular breakfast type menu.
Again food was great.

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Charlotte
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

I really enjoyed the vegetable dishes, smoked sweet potatoes, and the broccoli. My husband was not a fan of what he ordered, Tuna tartar. Portions were small, not really enough to share, even through they recommend that. Expensive for what you get. We were not full at the end of our meal.

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A
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Fantastic food and excellent service made for a great dining experience. I'd recommend this place to anyone.

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S
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Wonderful, as usual. Great service and great food. The hostesses were very accommodating and sat us near the teepee as requested (we had two little ones with us)

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KT
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

We chose Campfire as the place to celebrate our anniversary and we weren't disappointed! From the minute we arrived, we felt cared for and appreciated and the staff really went above and beyond to make our day special. The food was extraordinary- innovative and delicious with clear attention to the details. There was such a sense of artistry! The cocktails were similarly as tasty as they were intriguing. The bar seemed to be perhaps a little overwhelmed, so drinks were coming out a bit slower than anticipated but that was the only drawback and it was exceedingly minor. We chose the Camp Feast and it was absolutely superb (not to mention, a shockingly good value!). We will absolutely be returning to Campfire, hopefully sooner rather than later!

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LD
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Unique and Fun!

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R
Central Coast
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Amazing...the chargrilled oysters, broccoli, and pozole are my favorites.

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DS
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Crafted cocktails that are top notch. Le Lecap has this bar dialed.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Incredible.

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MG
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Fantastic food in a unique atmosphere that is outdoor/campfire/camping themed. The food is all under the fire in the kitchen and is unique. Service was for the most part great, but we had to wait 45 minutes after our reservation to be seated.

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London
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Ugh, second visit not so good after amazing first visit last year. Drinks at the bar were great....while we waited to be seated for reservation 20 minutes late. Then kids food was served 40 minutes before adult food-that was terrible timing and very little in the way of apology. Menu changes recent-filet had a weird sauce....but the lamb dish was out of this world. Kids menu was gross. Very dish had a vegetable ragout with undercooked turnips. Not sure how many kids out there like turnips...and mushy white rice. Really? We won’t be back. Too many other great options. And really, server, apologize for late food-I had your job once, and an apology always went a long way with hangry customers.

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