About House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego

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.

1055 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, International, Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
*Open on show nights 4pm-10pm. Check out houseofblues.com/sandiego for show calendar.

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:00pm*

*Only in Salvation Alley

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 525-1966

Website:
http://www.houseofblues.com/SanDiego/restaurant

Entertainment:
LIVE MUSIC ON THE SALVATION STAGE (All Ages - No Cover)
Enjoy a cocktail at our Salvation Alley Bar and groove to one of the many rock or blues bands booked Tuesday– Saturday on the SALVATION Stage. Check out our website for the full show lineup.

Public Transit:
Trolley: Blue and Orange lines, 5th Ave.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Planning a truly unique party, event or meeting? Let the premier special events team at House of Blues design an event to meet your needs. Whether you're in the mood to catch one of their great live acts; enjoy dinner with friends, or host a private event, House of Blues has clearly made it their goal to soothe the soul.

Call Erin Sawyer for more information: 619-525-1932

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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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Private Dining

House of Blues San Diego offers many different unique private event spaces for all sizes and types of events including corporate parties, meetings, concerts, receptions, fundraisers, birthdays, weddings, bar/bat Mitzvahs or product launches.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (17)
Happy Hour (13)
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Casual (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Authentic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
People Watching (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Cozy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

We really enjoyed the entire experience. Great food and service! The show was fantastic! Great venue and environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was great we had chicken and shrimp pasta The Shrimp Po Boy and the sliced smoked brisket. The servers were very attentive and the cocktails were very good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server, the kitchen and bar staff combined to make this one of the best dining experiences we have had at the several House of Blues that we have dined.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I've always enjoyed HOB because of the atmosphere and vibe, but not necessarily the food. But I had one of the best meals Saturday night. I ordered the grilled salmon (sans the blackening). It came with a tomato and cucumber salad that was interesting and delicious. Loved it!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a great dinner before the show. Waitress was friendly and the environment was awesome.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time going place was real nice and service excellent

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

HOB was great! The food was awesome and we saw an awesome show downstairs!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a reservation so we got in right away (it was also before the evening rush). Greeter/host was very friendly and professional. Decor was great, fun atmosphere.

Moderate wait for the food. Food was ok, but honestly nothing special, especially for the price. Server checked on us once during the meal and didn't refill our drinks until we were about to leave; a man who I assume was the manager checked on us more than the server did.

Daughter found a long hair in her food and our meal essentially stopped right then. We were not charged for daughter's meal, and were given an additional discount, so props to the manager.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food I ordered was great. I loved the Kale salad. I was disappointed that they took quite a few of my favorites off the menu and now had a stripped down version. Would request that they add on more non-meat dishes on the new menu.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Live Music
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Staff was friendly and we were promptly seated. Food was excellent. They were accommodating with the fact that our group didn't arrive all at once. We ordered some drinks and waited to order food. Most of the party arrived about 20 minutes later. We ordered without a fuss. I went with the jambalaya and added shrimp. Burgers looked good as well. The last person in our party arrived after we ordered, and they were a bit busier by then which delayed his good even more. We we almost done with dinner when they brought his out, BUT because of the delay, they paid for his meal without us even asking.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was prior to the Mastodon show, wasn't too busy yet. Service was quick and the staff was friendly. The pasta dish was a satisfying level of spicy while remaining flavorful, it paired perfectly with the lemonade =)

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Live Music
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love Love LOVE the food!! My first time there. We ordered a variety of appetizers and 2 dinners each to share. Service was very accommodating , on point and FUN!!. Great ambiance!!! The guitar Bass Player Killed it!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great service! We had a great time! We enjoyed the food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very cool venue - have always loved the decor and ambience. Just light enough to read the menu, but set a nice mood. Real (gasp!) candles on the table. Talent for the show walked by our table. Food is surprisingly good, and reasonably priced. Was just a little slow getting the drinks and waters to the table going, but server was very busy, and very sweet about it. Recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was excellent! The waiter was very knowledgable about the menu, which was very helpful! Overall, great time, enjoyed the music!

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was bad our waitress kept disappearing our food took 45min. All we ordered was a burger and wings . I was ready to leave they had karaoke. I thought house of blues played jazz, live bands.. it would take 20min for the waitress to bring a beer. My boyfriend likes to have 7beers when we are out he only had 2. In the 130hr we were there. We left and went to another place, no I won't be going there again

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My husband and I went here for our 6 year anniversary and were so pleasantly surprise with our experience. Several hosted teas and servers wishes us a happy anniversary and we were also provided champagne to celebrate, free of charge! Once dinner was over we went to the Boyce Avenue concert at the house of blue concert hall. Wonderful date night, I recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was great from our waitress; she was really nice and friendly. The food was very good as always.

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The Voodoo Shrimp was one of the best appetizers I have had recently. Chicken pieces were on the small side.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I took my wife here last Saturday night (Sep 23rd, 2017) for our wedding anniversary and for a concert afterwards (Ben Folds - AWESOME CONCERT!). We had never eaten here before and may not ever eat there again. HOWEVER, please understand, the service was very good. The atmosphere was pretty good. It was the food that we were just not generally impressed with. My wife did like her appetizer of garlic fries, but her fish tacos entree was just okay. Likewise, the cajun shrimp appetizer I got was pretty good, but the southern fried chicken, mac n cheese and tater tots were nothing special to me. The Hurricane I ordered was quite tasty if you like alcoholic beverages. My wife's fuzzy naval on the other hand tasted . . . weird? Like there was carbonation in it or something perhaps? The desserts we had were coconut pie and the 3 layer chocolate cake. The cake was quite good, but the pie not so much. Now, with that being said, they also brought us complimentary champagne and 2 chocolate covered strawberries. Both were good and a nice touch to the evening. As I said, the service was quite good, it was just the food that was kind of lacking for us. However, our bill came to $85 and for a night out at a decent restaurant with 2 appetizers, 2 mixed drinks, 2 desserts, entree's AND the complimentary champagne and strawberries, I'm not really complaining - just being honest with the experience. We might come back again just for the appetizers and Hurricane's and the chocolate cake :-)

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food to dry

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Good food; great service and atmosphere. A little pricey, but included free music. We went Tuesday night and the place was not crowded. Food came quickly; good portions and taste. Highlight was Robin Henkel playing amazing slide guitar, old blues, jazz, and originals. Definitely recommend seeing him, and House of Blues is a great venue for it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Went here on taco Tuesday and managed to squeeze in at the back end of happy hour.

Food was great and very cheaply priced. Blues musician was on half way through our meal who played some great tracks.

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent service everyone was happy with what they ordered.
Overall 5-star experience

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Lighting in the dining room way too dark make sure you have a flashlight or app in your phone your gonna need it! Lol

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The first night we were there the service was horrible but the venue was very busy. Our server was very nice just did not have time to wait on our table and they were understaffed. Manager did make it up to us and they definitely have a great management staff in place and customer service staff and policies and procedures. The next night was better the service was amazing the food was amazing and the show was amazing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

We loved it! Everything went perfect and the employees are so kind. Thank you for a wonderful time. =]

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fantastic music (free) and reasonably priced comfort food with good-sized portions. The blues band that played in the bar area was skilled and had high quality sound equipment. Our trio had a variety of dinners (all what you would expect at this chain) from salad to fried chicken. No complaints. The band was loud so if you are thinking of making small talk with a new date, this might not be your place. If you want to hear talented musicians and leave full, this is your place. We didn't go to the larger concert hall but would definitely try it next time. Staff was friendly and seated us as soon as we arrived even though we were early.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was awesome we had a great time my waitress was so good attentive nice friendly helpful just enjoyed ig

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Had such an amazing time. The food was great, the waitress was awesome and the live band was so entertaining. I definitely will be coming back again. Thank you so much for great service

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food was delicious and service was great would definitely go back and enjoy a nice evening and concert

Tags: Tapas, Live Music, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was very good with great prices. Beat my expectations in price and quantity of food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I've been to other House of Blues Rest but I'm not exactly sure what it was about this one, I really liked better....probably the energetic vibes coming from both the hostess & customers- We were there to see a show "Gente de Zona" & everone just seemed so pumped! It was pretty cool :)

Tags: Live Sports, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was flavorless and terrible quality. Service was so-so.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We enjoyed our time very much. Our server was awesome she was very attentive unfortunately forgot her name but we do remember her silver and purple hair 😊. Anyways food was good had the vegetable flatbread and pan fried chicken with tater tots and mac and cheese. Will come back in the near future.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We frequent the restaurant before concerts because it's convenient. The service was great but the entree was awful. My husband and I ordered the tots as an appetizer and split the steak. Everything came out at the same time which was odd. The steak was medium well when we ordered medium rare and it was extremely salty. The potatoes were so dry it was difficult to eat them. Normally I would send it back but we didn't want to miss any of the concert. Was a disappointment especially when it wasn't very busy.

Tags: Live Music, Fun
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Would like to return to House of Blues, San Diego, for their great food, fun atmosphere and great service. The chicken & waffle skewers, shrimp & grits, garlic fries and a watermelon margarita hit the spot for a before concert meal. Parking is difficult and pricey but the reasonable price of the food made up for it. It was a perfect night.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

It was CLOSE !!!!! It was close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great music while you dine! Recommend the Gumbo. The cocktails menu reminds me of drinks from New Orleans French Quarter. They give you free mugs or glasses when you order one of their specialty drinks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food was great but the server was a bit rude. Every time she dropped a drink off to the table.. I said thank you.. and she just walked off without saying anything, she just kind of dropped off the drink and ran away, which happened 3 times, each time she didn't say a word, and she barely checked on us to see if we were ok.. and then I had to order a drink from a separate manager to get another drink because we hadn't seen her in a while. The food was really good, and I would definitely come there for the food, but I would request a different server next time, because she didn't seem to enjoy working there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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