House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego

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557 reviews
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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired cooking, including iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya & gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp & grits, house-smoked Carolina pulled-pork barbeque, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken. The menu also offers signature Southern-inspired recipes such as Voodoo Shrimp and Carolina Mess, as well as a wide range of burgers, sandwiches & salads. The House of Blues bar is dedicated to showcasing a unique blend of classic and contemporary specialty cocktails, spirits & craft beer. Located in the Gaslamp District near Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center, the House of Blues experience brings together authentic American food, live music, and art like no other place on Earth. The sounds are electric, the art is inspiring, and our kitchen is as rockin' as the talent onstage.
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Sun 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Thu 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was knowledgable and gave some great info the artwork is really cool and the gift shop had some good souvenirs they have items that help charities which was really neat to learn about and contribute to I have never had a bad experience here the Carolina mess was delicious and the dark knight super tasty loved the apple chunks

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Responded 2 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Parking structure for Procopio's building was advertising for House of Blues but they would not validate and was not associated. Cost me $25 to park downtown.

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

Cobb salad was a+. Nachos were killer. Server was super cool.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded 2 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Hope to see you again soon!

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KJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The doodle was okay, nothing spectacular. I ordered the Jambalaya and my son had the Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries. This was my first time eating at the House of Blues. Not a standout restaurant to me.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on June 8, 2019

Hello Karyne, Thank you for your feedback. I'm so sorry to hear your last visit was sub-par. We pride ourselves on making every experience for our guest memorable. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience, and we hope to see you again in the future. Thanks again! Victoria Paccione (619) 525 1974

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Place smelled like marijuana throughout the entire restaurant. Waitress was cool, but slow to get drinks to us and slow to check back on us. They were out of several common beers and didn’t offer anything as replacements. Cool place, but they got to get it together for me to ever go back.

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was OK, but it wasn't really great. I dont believe it is a good value for vegetarians. The blackened salmon was also underwhelming. It was a piece of cooked fish put on rice. There really wasn't anything exciting about our meal.

While eating we could smell cigarette smoking the whole time. It wasn't strong, but it was off putting. I ordered a sandwich that I asked to be vegetarian which is on their menu. I received the meat sandwich instead. I am not always loud, but if the restaurant was quieter the server would have heard me.

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ST
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Made reservation 6 weeks ago and arrived on time to enjoy dinner and drinks before our Elle King Concert with my fiance.

I have been to dinner many times at the HOB before enjoying a concert and was looking forward to a relaxing romantic dinner. We were greeted and seated at a high top table with open back stools about 3 foot from a bar stage that was loudly warming up. The table couldn't be more uncomfortable for what I thought would be a very relaxing dinner. I asked to be moved to a normal table and was told it would be 20 plus minutes. I voiced my dislike to the hostess that I do not think a backless bar stool crammed up against a wall 3 fooot from band speakers appropriate for someone who made a reservation.

As I made my way to the restroom, I was stopped and lectured by a manager explaining that I had not requested a low table and that the high top tables were part of the restaurant and not the bar. She indicated that I should have indicated on my reservation that I wanted a low table. I told her I had been there many times and was always seated in a low table and didn't know the high tops in the bar area were part of the restaurant. Then she stated because of my mistake, they were busy and it may be in excess of 30 minutes. I was concerned because we had a show to catch.

Luckily, we were seated at another table ten minutes later. I am glad we were, because the band started and the noise level would have been intolerable as I found the noise level still too loud towards the back of the restaurant.

Our waiter was fantastic. The rest of the staff we interacted with were "meh." The food and cocktails decent. But the chaos getting a reserved table, the noise level, the lecture from management jaded the night.

I love the HOB concerts, but will eat elsewhere next time.

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

House of Blues has a nice atmosphere with good food and drinks before going next door at their venue for a concert. We had a party of 4 for some pre-concert dinner and drinks on 5/24/19 to see ARIZONA perform. I would have given this place 5 stars if it wasn't for our waitress. I'm a pescatarian and my group ordered the BBQ Brisket Nachos for themselves. The waitress offered to have a small plate of nachos with a side of cheese dip made for me on the house, and we thought was a genuine and sweet idea. 10 minutes later, she comes back and lets us know the kitchen wasn't able to do that, but that she would instead have them make the regular sized BBQ Brisket Nachos without the BBQ Brisket. She gave off the impression that it would be taken care of. Additionally, a person in our party had ordered a lager. His drink came first and come to find out, it was someone else's beer that was served to him, as we were notified by our waitress who came with him glass of beer. She then made the "shh" sign as she stated she could take care of it. When we received our bill, both the extra beer and the no-meat-nachos were on our bill.
I get the hustle, but being honest and making your guests happy will generate a much bigger tip and respect for you and the establishment, rather than forcing your guests to pay what you blatantly promised you could get taken care of on the house.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Go for the concerts but don't eat there! Service and food is very lacking.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and they had issues with our orders.

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k
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate prior to going to a concert at the showroom. We got our drink order in just as happy hour ended but not our food order. The voodoo shrimp was outstanding - had just the right amount of kick. I and my friend split it.

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SH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was so sweet and our server was wonderful. Her recommendations on food and drinks was on point. I would definitely eat here again when I visit San Diego. Thank you House of Blues, you made me a permanent fan!

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m
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pass the line procedure is a little funky, but the food was great, and the service was great.

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RA
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neither of us had ever been to the House Of Blues before. We were there for the Yacht Rock concert. On top of a great concert, the food and service were tremendous! We'll be back!

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G
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Comida Americana grasosa sin sabor abundante. No había blues un grupo que tocó rock pero se esmeró . La mesera amable y atenta .

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HC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The happy hour HOB wine was not good and that was the only option for wine with the burger deal. But other than that it was good. Our server was wonderful so that made the experience great.

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d
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We eat here generally as a pre - concert convenience, which it is exceptionally convenient. This meal enlightened me to en even better than expected value. The 1/2 baby rib southern meal was truely wonderful (touch the meat and the bones literally fell out, great flavor as well). Service was exceptional!

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EB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food but expensive. We used a $100 voucher we purchased for $50 so it was reasonable for us. Great music and atmosphere.

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d
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I get the idea of House of Blues, but went to have dinner before a show, and the house band was SO loud that I couldn't talk and be heard, or hear others without yelling.

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BJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Got in to eat before a show. Food was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome show and Candace our server was the best. Nice place all around.

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MH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful and provided us with great customer service.

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E
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Music was great! Service was prompt and accommodating.

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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was friendly & very helpful but the food was disappointed for the price of the plate I expected more flavor the two dishes we got had no flavor .

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We were sat at our table by the hostess and remained there for 45 minutes without anyone stopping to take our orders or even offer us water. Candace wasn’t our assigned server but she was extremely helpful and tried to make up for the initial waiting.

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R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Great place to see a live band and music up close. Also great cultural experience in downtown San Diego Gaslamp district.

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BF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

On a mini vacation. Stumbled into restaurant. It was a good choice as it was different. Would go again

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Bristol
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun time. Great service dining and bar! Fun music. Great time all around.

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TM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue and few were great but our server Candace made the experience FANTASTIC! She was personable and so much fun! Super service and just a really fun person. Her recommendations were spot in. We will absolutely be coming back.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the voodoo shrimp and southern salad. This was our first time to the location in San Diego. Next time we'll come back for a show and more voodoo shrimp!

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Good venue to catch some good music but sub-par dining. Cocktails were costly and seriously lacking in spirits, literally. No bang for your buck there. The brisket nachos which are usually pretty good were meh this time. Don't waste your time on the Muffaletta - a huge dried out sesame bun with minimal amounts of meat and cheese and a weak rendition of olive tapenade. Skip the meal and show up for the concert.

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Greeted by very gracious staff and seated promptly .Service from that point on was ridiculous . Long story short we were advised of program to go in earlier by spending 25$ per person. We could not get. A waitress to take our bill and stamp the receipt for over 25 minutes and finally had to get a manager to have them do their job. Paid bill without ever receiving two overpriced drinks that were paid for as well.Forget the restaurant just see the concert.

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OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Up beat atmosphere and the food was above average and the service was doing the best they could as I think they were a little under staffed- first time eating there and the menu had some great choices..

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S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went on a concert night so it was a bit busy, but overall the service and food was good. They have a "Pass the Line" option if you spend $25+ per person...gets you into the venue first, which was great!

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r
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place of a pre-show dinner where attention to the diner is excellent.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Well done.

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BM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were able to sit on time and HOB staff were very accommodating of our need for a bigger table. The food was delivered on a timely basis, and was excellent. Our server was outstanding.
We have eaten at HOB probably six times in the past few years and they have never disappointed.

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LM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great spot for a bit to eat before a show. Lots of options on the menu. Could do without the incense smell, but otherwise good atmosphere.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Spring holiday

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