House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired cooking. The menu includes iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya, gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp and 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, and salads. The House of Blues bar is dedicated to showcasing a unique blend of classic and contemporary specialty cocktails, spirits and craft beer.

Every Saturday and Sunday at 10am in House of Blues Restaurant & Bar is Country Brunch Live, a food and music celebration featuring live country music and made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired brunch menu. Country Brunch Live is a multi-sensory experience of food & music that will kick-start folks weekend vibes, and sets the stage, spotlighting a lineup of country artists performing top country favorites!

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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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San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent a good time with an intimate brunch with a great Country band

LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant has really good food. I had the beef brisket sandwich and it was delicious. The drinks weren't bad either. I'll definitely be back.

VB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Table was too far from live music show and cold

MB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Went there before the Dead a South concert. 5:15 reservations. Got in and ordered drinks, 20 minutes later ordered dinner. A party of 4. Every table around us was getting food, so we waved down our waiter and asked about our food. He went to check and came back and said there was a mix up and our order was just now starting to be prepared. They said they would expedite it, sorry for the inconvenience. So we waited.... finally food arrived at 6:40pm, and we kept telling them that we were going to the show, they said, no issues, we will give you a pass to skip the line. Once we finally got our food, 2 of the dishes were obviously under a heat lamp, shrimp and grits. Shrimp way overcooked, cream in gravy was broken. Wife had fish sandwich, dried out from being under the heat lamp. Waiter acknowledged that they were under heat lamp as we waited for fried chicken. Chicken came out, hot, and fresh, everything not good due to the wait. Not a good experience, highly disappointed as our bill was well over $130. What a shame....

JW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed Country Brunch w/ great service and good food. Unless I missed it, I wish the live bands were advertised for Country Brunch.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 28, 2019

Hi Joleen, thank you for your feedback. We are so glad you had a great time at Country Brunch Live!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was nasty i had the cajun pasta

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hello, We're so sorry you didn't enjoy the cajun pasta when you were here! Our food is Southern inspired, so some items we put our own spin on. Hope you try one of our other tasty options on your next visit!

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, I had the brisket nachos which were fantastic, my aunt had the impossible burger which was insanely good and my other aunt enjoyed her Mac n cheese and wedge salad. Server was wonderful and they held our reservation even though we were 30 mins late due to traffic.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hey Jessica! Thanks for leaving us such an awesome review. Our brisket nachos are so delicious and we offer them on our Happy Hour menu which we offer everyday we're open from 4-6. We're glad you had a great experience and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service.... highly recommend..will definitely return

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hi there! Thanks for the awesome review! We look forward to your return! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good happy hour food. I couldn’t pass up their pass the line deal, where you get to skip the concert line if you spend at least $25 per person in the restaurant or bar. The servers were all wonderful.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hey Cara! Thank you for leaving us a good review. The pass the line is a great deal to make sure you are able to get a perfect spot in the house! We can't wait to see you again! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was terrible. They advertised blue grass brunch but it was country. Sat on patio and service was horrendous. Biscuit and gravy was not like home cooking. Avocado toast was good. Server ignored us the whole time. Will not go back!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 21, 2019

Hello, We apologize sincerely for your last visit here! Our Country Brunch Live is a newer program that we've started here and we'd hate for you, or anyone, to leave with this impression. If you could, could you please send us your email so we can contact you about your recent visit? We'd love to get more info on what happened and try to rectify the situation.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Country Brunch. The duo playing guitars and singing was outstanding, playing a wide variety of popular songs with spot-on vocals. There were three of us, each ording a different selection from the menu. We were all extremely pleased with our meals. The portions were generous and the price was extremely reasonable. We would like to make this at least a monthly visit.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy you enjoyed your time here and even happier you're going to make our Country Brunch Live a regular visit! See you soon!

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TH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 10 before a concert. Alice our waitress handled it with no problem! Food, Drinks and Service was excellent!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi there, thank you so much for your review! We are so glad we were able to provide you with a great dining experience, and we hope to see you back here soon!

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AG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Drinks were weak. Sent it back and they said it had a shot in it. They didn't fix it. I ended up drinking water. Noise level from band practicing in the arena was extremely loud with booming bass. I wouldn't exactly call that "energetic." Food and service was good but would never go back. When your bartender can't fix your drink, you go elsewhere.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi there, thank you for the feedback. Please send us a direct message at your earliest convenience further detailing your experience so we can learn more in order to improve for the future. Thank you!

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AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!!! The food was outstanding, and the "pass the line" deal was perfect! Definitely coming here again ♡

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi Akire, thanks for the great review! We are so happy you took advantage of our awesome "Pass The Line" promotion, and we can't wait to see you back here next time!

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DM
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! As soon as you walk in ..it's a party!! The servers are so friendly and the menu is fascinating. We always have the Voodoo shrimp which is beyond delicious! Strongly recommend for a destination dinner , show or dinner before any downtown event!!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi, thank you so much for the 5-star review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at House of Blues San Diego, please stop by again soon!

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P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy an evening at the House of Blues in the bar and restaurant. Staff are very attentive. Where else can you go and have a good dinner with live music in a great atmosphere? We always stay longer for the music and are never bothered to buy more drinks. Feels like home away from home.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi there, thanks so much for the awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope to see you back here soon!

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j
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great experience!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hey there! We're so glad to hear you had a great experience in our Restaurant & Bar! Be sure to check out our upcoming events and we hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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d
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi there, thank you for the great review!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant. I consider a nice place to eat before a show

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hey Chendo! Thank you for dining with us before the show and leaving us a review. Hope you come back again soon! Check out our happy hour every Tues-Sun from 4-6 pm. Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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MG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the convenience of dinner before the concert. Great service and food.

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

Hey Molly! Thank you for dining with us before the concert and leaving an awesome review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and service and hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent array of southern US style of food. Big portions at a good value.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 3, 2019

Hey! Thank you so much for the awesome review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our southern-inspired menu items! Check out our new southern-inspired brunch menu that we offer every Saturday and Sunday from 10-2pm along with a Live Country Band while you dine! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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L
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was quick and friendly. Food was good. Drinks were excellent. Overall we enjoy our dinning experience.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 3, 2019

Hey there! Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your dining experience and we hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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F
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The decor was interesting, but the food was not memorable.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on November 3, 2019

Hey there! Our walls of art are definitely filled with some interesting pieces from a variety of different artists. We're glad you enjoyed the decor! We also appreciate the feedback on the food and hope you give us another shot as we continue to improve each day! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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J
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch on Saturday was so good. I had the chicken buiscut and gravy. My husband had the southern French toast. I had to eat some of both. We sat outdoors and could still enjoy the live band that was played inside. I would go back again.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 22, 2019

Hi there, thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed the amazing food and awesome live music at Country Brunch Live! We are so glad we were able to provide you with a wonderful brunch experience, and we hope to see you back here soon!

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SG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us converged on the restaurant from different directions for dinner before going to a concert at the attached venue. There was great live music in the bar area to enjoy. We shared the family style fried chicken dinner along with some brisket nachos. Plenty of food, good tasting, drinks were good too. Servers were friendly and attentive. All in all an excellent choice!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 17, 2019

Hey Steven! Thank you for the great detailed review! We're so glad you enjoyed the live music and food in our restaurant before the show in our Music Hall! Next time ask about our pass the line incentive that we offer on a show to show basis. We hope to see you soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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MA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice. The new waitress from Boston was very friendly and efficient! Food was very good! Will definitely come back!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 17, 2019

Hey Mark! Thank you for the awesome review. Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service and the food. We look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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CP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This my and my fiancé’s first time visiting the HoB and we specifically came for the country brunch. We had a wonderful time listening to the live music and the food was delicious. We had a great server, Ashley, who took great care of us while we were there. We will definitely be coming back for the country brunch and will be brining our friends with us.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Chris, Thank you so much for the awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed Country Brunch Live, and we can't wait to see you back here soon!

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Ambient and host were great! The skip the line to a concert is a very good idea!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Angela, Thanks for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your meal and the ambiance at our Restaurant & Bar. It is great you were able to take advantage of our Pass The Line option as well. We hope to see you back here soon!

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EE
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent. Will most definitely be returning. Friendly Staff.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Erika, Thank you for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Join us back here for Happy Hour on Tuesday-Sunday from 4-6pm!

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S
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Cool ambiance! Great for before and after a show

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hey Steve! Thank you so much for the rad review. Check out our Pass the Line incentive for eating before the show and our new late night happy hour on the weekend's after shows! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Had impossible burgers, definitely on the overcooked side but flavorful AF

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 10, 2019

Hey there! We're glad you enjoyed the flavor of the impossible burger but apologize that they were a little overcooked. An impossible burger is definitely more enjoyable when it is cooked right. We hope you give us another shot as we continue to learn from guest's experiences. Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Talent and service were spectacular. Highly recommend this joint. Almost as good as Dubh Linn Comedy club in Duluth Minnesota.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 4, 2019

Hi Mike! Thanks for the great review. We hope to see you back here soon!

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Better than my last experience in the same restaurant. Ruby was a great server. Food was good but not outstanding. Totally bummed that I forgot to mention that I had 25% off my meal since I purchased concert tickets :-(

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 4, 2019

Hi Mike, thank you for your feedback. We are so glad you had a better experience with us. We will continue to improve for the future!

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Reservation ready when we arrived which was great

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hey Tina, thanks for leaving a review! Great to hear that you had good service and that we were able to seat you right away. We hope to see you soon! Brisa Heth | Restaurant Supervisor

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RN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bread pudding ever!
Our server “CC” was awesome.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We're glad had a great experience with CC, she is awesome! The bread pudding is definitely a hit, we actually have a delicious brunch menu item made with it, called Bourbon French Toast. It has some added goodies on top including white chocolate, blazed banana, and salted caramel. Come check it out at Country Brunch Live on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Key Lime pie.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hey John! Thanks for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed our signature Key Lime Pie! Next time you should try it with a scoop of ice cream. Can't wait too see you again! Cheers! Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Superviso

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Outstanding service. Keeps us coming back!

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, we are so happy you enjoyed our food and the service. We hope to serve you again soon! Brisa Heth | Restaurant Supervisor

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P
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great girls Sunday brunch there will be back again

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our Country Brunch Live. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming brunches or events here soon! Thank you, Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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O
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had a mixed experience that was overall positive. We showed up at 7pm and immediately told the waitress that we needed to be finished by 8 so that we could see the show right there at the House of Blues. She told us which entrees were quick and which took longer to prepare. We ordered two dinner salads and two mahi burgers. After 30 minutes, the mahi burgers were still not ready. They came at 7:50. We had a couple of bites and left. The waitress was super nice and apologetic. The manager came over and comped the late mahi burgers, which we greatly appreciated. The salads and mahi burgers were high quality and very tasty. The take home message is that we recommend eating at House of Blues, San Diego, but leave yourself more than an hour if you need to make a show there.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on September 22, 2019

Hello, We apologize again about the lateness of the Mahi burgers. It is not our usual practice for food to take so long. We're glad the manager stopped by and helped as much as they could. We hope to see you again soon, and next time, the food will come out much faster. Glad you enjoyed your experience overall though!

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TE
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Enjoyed country breakfast with live music. Food was greasy and steeped in Southern cooking elements . Maybe a few more basic food options would make this great. Music terrific

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
Responded on September 21, 2019

Hey Terri, Thank you for joining us for Country Brunch Live! I'm glad you enjoyed the music and we hope you come back and try something else on the menu. We are a made-from-scratch kitchen and offer an a la carte menu so be sure to ask your server about those. Thanks again for your feedback! Alyssa Herek | Restaurant Supervisor

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