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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Details
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 (16)
Happy Hour (12)
Good for a Date (11)
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Fun (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The menu had quite a variety of items and all were very reasonably priced. Our server, Brittany, was friendly and efficient. The food was very tasty. I especially recommend the key lime pie.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I am an employee at this particular House of Blues, usually I would never make a reservation here but an old comrade from my military days wanted to meet me here and see what the place was about. Carolina greeted our party at the door with a warm smile and knew in advance I would be coming in, my comrade and his girlfriend were impressed. Alex was our server and she did a great job, she even made my comrade and his girlfriend laugh. Alex got drinks in our hands quickly(tea for me) and checked up on us often, but not too often, which would be annoying. We went with the tacos since it was taco tuesday and she convinced us all to buy a second round of tacos and drinks, when we had plans to go elsewhere. My comrade, his girlfriend, and I were all thoroughly impressed with the quality of service, hospitality, and food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Had a great experience at this house of Blues in the Gas Lamp. Had a group of 20 and they accommodated us without any trouble and gave us a private room. Everyone enjoyed the food and was pleasantly suprised at how good it was. Service was great. Overall a great group experience and would recommend it to anyone considering this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Live Music, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Awesome atmosphere, service and food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Went on a Tuesday, their taco's are some of the best I've ever had. Highly recommend

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was good, great service, economical, close to the theater. We went post theater on Father's day and had a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I want to thank the staff and crew of HOB San Diego. We had dinner and show tickets. Dinner was excellent, I had fried chicken, my wife had Cobb salad. Both were large servings and tasty.
I would like to give a special thank you to Security person #65, G. My wife is in a wheelchair and G and the staff were exceptionally accommodating. Already looking forward to returning to HOB San Diego. Thanks again for a great evening.

Tags: Live Music, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We had only gone to eat at HOB once for their Gospel Brunch, which we enjoyed. Now we were finally going to see a show there so we decided to have dinner there as well. The place is lots of fun with lots to look at and there was a fun cajun band playing where we were seated. If you're not expecting loud music this could be a bad place for you, especially if you're planning to have a soft-spoken romantic conversation! We weren't so it was fine and we liked the music. Our server was very nice, but for some reason she was in the weeds and our drinks took FOREVER. Our first drink order took over ten minutes. My wife ended up going to the bar to get her wine and it didn't take any time at all. Our server was very apologetic, which I appreciated. We let the manager know that service was slow and other staff started helping out. It would've been nice if they had comped something, but that didn't happen. I thought the food was pretty good (I had the pulled pork sandwich) and the prices were reasonable for the type of place it is.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was "ok" for a pre-show food grab. Maybe our food choices just didn't hit the spot this time?

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We were there for dinner last week and enjoyed our food. This time we came for their Happy Hour. $3 for ice cold beers $4 for wines and $5 for Stoli vodka. We had blackened riblets, 2 flavours of chicken wings and Cajun chicken pasta to share. Lively atmosphere, friendly waitstaff and flavorful food. $50 for 2 with 4 drinks---good value for an early supper. Highly recommend !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

I didn't think this meal was a good value overall. Hamburger and fries with a soda was close to $20. The hamburger was large but was very salty. I was disappointed in the experience overall.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Good food and great value for casual dining. This eatery is close by to Marriott Pulse so we can go after we landed in San Diego. The restaurant even made a long distance call to Canada to confirm our reservation a day prior which I'm really impressed!
There was a slight delay between the appetizer and main and the server apologized profusely. We weren't upset at all. For us food always trumps service anyways.
Jerk wings, bacon burger, ribs and ice cold beer are all tasty, done with love/care, big portions for your dollar, great value.
Will frequent again next time in town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Love the atmosphere and the decor! If you're seeing a show, it's a great place to eat and hang out beforehand.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The House of Blues was a fun place to grab an early dinner with friends. It has a great 'Blues'-y and Jazzy theme'd interior with a small outdoor dining area on one side. We sat outside - ordering a combination of small plates, salads and a pasta dish. All of the food was great. Portion size was large.

We arrived during happy hour so the drinks weren't too pricey (5 dollars for a nonspeciality mixed drink). If you order a mule - it comes with a copper mug that you can keep (although it adds 3 dollars more! A surprise but not displeasing).

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I help my best friend celebrate her 50th birthday, food was awesome and DJ was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Fun night, service was outstanding, a little far in the gaslamp.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

These guys can take a refresher on customer service and friendlyness. From the moment i walked up as a newbie i was met by a pushy giant who questioned my motive? I said I have a reservation....wait at the front for the hostess he said. So after about 10 min finally someone showed but not before this barbarian asked me once again what I am doing there and if he could help....seriously folks cmon. I am never gon a eat there again. The only reason I tried was due to a consert and early entry...shame on me. I will purchase VIP tickets and skip the House of Blues food experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Yngwie J. Malmsteen Concert
With my Fiancé
Food was great. Beer was cold! The whole place was rocking! We had a blast! We will be back soon we hope! Next time we want tickets to the balcony seats for the House Of Blues Venue.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 23, 2017

My wife and I were looking for something not too expensive for a late dinner. It was our last night in town and I wanted to hear live music while we ate. After researching a few options, we went to the House of Blues. There was live music in the bar area and a concert in the venue side. The music wasn't disrupting but our waitress could have came by to refill our drinks and water. I had the ribs and gumbo, which was okay, but not good enough to run back and eat there again. My wife had the fried chicken, which she said the batter was bland. All in all, it wasn't a disappointment but it wasn't anything to brag about.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 23, 2017

We went to eat there before a concert and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. We don't normally eat at chain restaurants, we find the quality is not usually as good but we both enjoyed our meals and shared an appetizer. They spice their foods well and everything came out hot and the price was reasonable for a downtown restaurant

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Was seated promptly and sat for 15-20 minutes. Server never came to table but did serve people who arrived after us. The restaurant was not busy at the time. Ended up leaving and going to another restaurant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Nice place especially for live music lovers. Food and service is very good. We had dinner before stepping next door to the music venue.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food is amazing. Lots of people think it's going to be a tourist trap restaurant with subpar food; this is not the case. The food is so delicious and reasonably priced.

The drinks are also awesome and not like where you can just barely tell the alcohol made it in the glass; they are the real deal.

The staff - no idea where to begin - the hostess, the manager and my server were all outstanding.

Love Love Love HOB San Diego

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great food and service thanks for the personal service to our waitress Alex

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great burger. Overpriced cocktails.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Leela James, Daley were awesome, i really enjoyed my time, highly recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great Beer, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The food is improving, the drinks are good, and the servers and hosts are always super friendly.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 2, 2017

1st time in San Diego and to this place. It was amazing. Nice staff, quick service and great beer and food

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Waitress save the evening. Very accommodating. A couple of things were just not right (e.g. drinks not quite up to standard), she immediately made it right without a hassle. Some of the food was just warm, not hot. Expecting a little livelier crowd. Overall not bad, would definitely not rule out a return visit.

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

I love going to the House of Blues. The food has gotten better over the years, but is still a bit mediocre. But it's still a great place to go for music, drinks, and art. I ordered the chicken breast with smashed potatoes. It was tasty. My friend ordered the salmon. It was over-cooked. But everything was made right in the world by the Bourbon Bread Pudding a la mode.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Make sure you make reservations if you want to get in at a certain time. Great if you are going to see a show inside because a dinner there let's you"pass the line". Cool vibe and funky deco. Try it out!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The servicw was great, friendly, live music and really good food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Food was great show was awesome
The service was excellent. And the employees were very friendly

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Had a great time my friend and I before the Aaron Lewis concert the drinks and food was so yummy!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2017

I came in for a reservation for three to celebrate a concert on Tuesday. It was our first to see Simple Plan and they played at House of Blues. We arrived early, the bouncer and host were generous and answered our questions swiftly. We were seated in a great spot with barely any noise and the food was fantastic. Even though they were out of the beer I wanted, my server was kind to let me know and give me other options. Servers were friendly! Was able to give me the discount I received in my email. Didn't have any problems and was left with no worries. I had a great time with friends preshow with food and drinks! Come on down!

Tags: Live Music, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Had a Groupon for $50 off our bill if we spent $100. Was well worth it the waitress didn't even think twice. she had seen it before and knew what to do and was still very attentive and polite. Her name was Alex and she was great! The food was awesome and great selection of beer. We ate there before a concert there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 5, 2017

The food was amazing! The DJ was really good and the service was awesome. We were there for a concert and had a lot of questions. Our server was patient with us and so friendly. I loved the entire experience!

Tags: Authentic, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 5, 2017

This is the 1st time we've ever been to the House of Blues. We had a great time! The staff was very attentive, answered all our questions and even surprised us with a Bday gift! We were in town for a concert at the House of Blues and wanted to have a special dinner somewhere near the venue. This was PERFECT! We even got "head of the line" passes because we dined there! Although we stayed there a couple of hours having dinner and drinks, the staff never rushed us and continued to check on us. Great Service, highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Our waiter was very kind and helpful... Loved the Restaurant and the Music Venue.

Tags: Spicy, Live Sports, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Casual, Happy Hour
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