Draft

4.3
54 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Tapping into the surf and sand, views to the west, brews in your hand

Located directly on the Mission Beach boardwalk, Draft is serving up 69 beers on tap and 30+ bottles pairing the surf and sand with a wide variety of craft beers. But the appeal doesn't stop at the #brewsandviews; Come hungry and experience a fresh take on beachside dining featuring casual, handcrafted fare from Executive Chef Jerry Ranson.
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Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had great service from hostess to waitstaff. Good menu. Love bring on the beach people watching

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Busy St. Pat’s Day but we had reservations- hostess gracious and seated us perfectly. We were then ignored for about 10 minutes. Server finally greeted us with a warning that things were taking very long due to crowded conditions. Brought water and took order- St. Pete’s drink was awful (Pledge flavor). Came back to say one appetizer was no longer available and recommended another option. Original order was delivered by another- Outstanding Ribs!! Recommended dish also arrived shortly after (steak salad- meat good but salad was drowned in dressing). Was not charged for original appetizer but noticed a 3% “service fee” on bill.

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L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent location on the beach. Good menu. Outstanding selection of beers. As other reviewers have noted, cold in the evening as the garage doors are open to the beach.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I have never been to a restaurant that doesn’t turn on the heat!! We froze!!

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MO
Boise
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Late supper - wine, beer and tapas style dining. Staff was great! A bit loud (confined indoors) which took away from ambiance. That said, I’d come here again because of great staff and solid food....

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony the bartender is the man

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AN
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Laura our waitress was great. We set up a surprise for my daughters 16th birthday and the staff was super easy to work with and very helpful.

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DB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great Please to watch a game. Hugh TV's. Right on the beach!

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BH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot in Mission Beach with plenty of parking nearby. Beer is great and the food is solid

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They were able to accomodate my reservation after Open Table mistakenly did not block out a certain date during one of their busiest nights.
Great food & good customer service overall

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PW
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Been here a few times - great food as always and a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean. Garrett, our waiter, was efficient, kind & extremely helpful. Burgers & salads were OUR choice of lunch items, along with "draft" beers. Love this place - we have always had great luck here!!!

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LL
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Draft is the perfect place to chill and enjoy the view!! Yummy food, brunch is the BEST. Try the Bloody Mary 👍

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Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went here for cheaper meal. Big selection of beers. Service good. Food limited - as well as inside seating. I chose the chopped salad ( very good) and my husband the ribeye. It was way undercooked for medium, fatty.
Beach sunset was awesome.

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MW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Draft is a local gem. Location couldn't be better - right on the boardwalk. Food and service are excellent, too.

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b
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we were not able to see the bay, which is the big draw here, but the industrial big open bar with huge TVs and fun lighting, comfortable little tables, made it a great place to get a delicious hamburger. The menu seemed like it had a good variety for light suppers and bigger entrees.
Delicious array of beer. A good value

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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2015
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 3

Great spot. Very good vibe. Bad seating process and attitude and bad service from waiters to bartenders with horrible attitude.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful lunch with out of town friends who wanted a beach/ocean view. It was a weekday, so parking and availability was easier than I would expect for a weekend. Good selection of craft beers, and tasty food. I had the pistachio crusted salmon sandwich and found it very tasty. The aioli added a nice zing and provided a nice counter to the fries. Would definitely go again.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge screens to watch the NCAA championship! Awesome view, great beer, and lots of fans to enjoy the game with.

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom there for her birthday. It was a beautiful day. Our server was awesome. She was friendly and checked on us periodically to make sure everything was okay. I had the smoked chicken salad which was delicious, my mom had the braised short ribs and pasta, she loved it. we also ordered the churro bites, nice way to end the meal. I will definitely be back, next, I'll want to sit outside and people watch...GREAT PLACE!! :)

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J
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and beer selection right on the boardwalk in mission beach. Perfect spot to people watch or watch some sports. They also have an upstairs area for private parties. Will be going back!

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M
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have dined here many times, both with and without my young children. The food is always delicious; fancy bar food and some inventive appetizers. The beer list is extensive, the wine list is decent, and the cocktails are tasty. The service is never very good; it's always polite, but never seems to be attentive enough. Maybe they are understaffed when it comes to servers or the servers don't have enough experience. The food and view are awesome enough to make up for the slightly lacking attention of the servers.

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e
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress wasn't that enthusiastic but overall the service was commendable and wouldn't mind returning in the near future.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, great view. Over all good experience!

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PM
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2015
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit. First time was for lunch which was great. I think the food on the lunch menu was superior to the brunch offerings on my second visit. Was with a large group and no one was bowled over by their order. The build your own mimosa was great though, and reasonable priced. Servers were kind and attentive but dropped off a bit once it got busier. I really like the atmosphere/aesthetic and the beachfront view is unbeatable. Next time will just order off the lunch menu or dinner menu.

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s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

A great place for happy hour sunset. So many beers to choose from and the view and decor are really special.

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PW
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely fabulous....the pork tacos on the small plate menu are to die for! The music was a bit loud; turning it down a notch would make this restaurant "Outstanding" on my overall rating. Big inside; large bar area; pool tables and a full size movie screen on one wall. Looks like there is going to be a rooftop area once the weather permits - would love to return to experience that. Right on the beach so the views are wonderful. Don't miss out on this one - will definitely return!

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

All was great until dinner came. Burger was so salty I couldnt eat it. Server asked if I wanted something else but it was much too late for that, I ate too many fries instead. She acknowledged thenfood is super salty bc the chef is a chain smoker... Great. I literally took 3 bites and couldnt stomach it, it was horrible. I didn't want more food at that point, she should have taken it off the check. Pretty upset about that.

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Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Saw Draft in Sky Magazine on my flight to San Diego. Great pick. ignore the amusement park outside the restaurant, and order the salmon burger.

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LL
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is the place to get right into the Mission Beach vibe with a little up scale thrown in. Even thought you can come in from the beach (covered) of course, you will feel right at home. My last visit was a special occasion and the service, food & and watching the sunset with a glass of wine was the perfect night.

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E
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with a wonderful view of the ocean. Great for groups of large sizes and intimate enough for parties of two. The food was excellent and the wine and beer list were notable.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for couples and groups! Good food, drinks and environment.

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t
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2014
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

One step above fast food. I expected a restaurant with service but instead was met with a loud crowded warehouse where you have to stand in line (separate ones) for your food and beverage and then fight for a table. The food was okay but the experience not so much.

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JN
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2014
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We have been here about 4 times. I decided to have my son's 27th birthday gathering with some of his friends. We had a patio table very nice. Had a reserved table which was very nice. Sunset was beautiful! But here it comes! Had HORRIBLE service outside. We were forgotten many times. Glasses empty for long periods of time. I went to manager to ask what the problem was, which didn't even help. Seems to me you need some undercover work to be done!

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a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was amazing nice view from our table great service really friendly food was amazing not to cold or to hot just right. Was good to see there was kids around enjoying the view too....first time we tried it and it was the best so far

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G
Palm Springs
71 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Out Door seating is the way to go, with great ocean views--[ inside seating is NOISEY] ==Service was fast and efficient == the bison burgers were cooked perfectly, with great flavors!-------J.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went there for my birthday and love the fact that when we walked in our table was ready.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Wings were raw and had to be sent back. Next batch was good. Service was great and it is a nice spot to enjoy a beer and the beach scene or a sunset.

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TS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

First the good: Nachos were great. Only reason for 2 stars instead of 1.

Kids menu is WAYYY over priced. $8 for 2 chicken strips and some fries? my older kid would have needed at least 2 of those. And you really want my to spend $8 for you 2 year old?

The service was also terrible. We have 2 different waitresses, neither that we saw very much. I had to flag her down once my beer was empty to get another one. BUT,,, here is the real problem: from when my wife asked for the check, it took use 25 mins to leave the restaurant. Unacceptable. It took her 10 mins to come back, and another 15 to run the card.

Don't expect us back anytime soon. I had high hopes because this space has been empty for year. Should have waited longer.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is great! Tons of beers, wines, cocktails! Service is pretty slow though, so expect dinner to take a couple of hours!

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SD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food - pretty good
Service - our server was very friendly
View - can't beat it!

The draft was good - mostly for the view, and the food is a notch above what they provide at the wave house next door. $24 for a bottle of champagne for mimosas was a little extravagant for the ambience I think...but I'll be back! I'm excited to watch football on the big screens.

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