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About Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern is found in the Point Loma area of San Diego. The restaurant has a great location not to mention a fantastic atmosphere and a wealth of options on the menu.

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern has some great starters you can enjoy including the ale battered onion rings, whiskey shrimp, parmesan fries and the seared shishito peppers. Try some of the flatbread, the burgers and the tavern steak as well. Jimmy's Famous American Tavern also offers pacific red snapper, BBQ spice crusted salmon, filet mignon stroganoff and farmhouse pasta. The sides, including white truffle mac & cheese and cheddar-jalape�o potatoes gratin can serve two.

4990 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30-3:00
Dinner Monday-Thursday, Sunday 3:00-9:00
Dinner Friday-Saturday 3:00-10:00
Sunday Brunch 10:00-3:00 *Breakfast Items 10:00-1:00*

Cross Street:
Rosecrans

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 226-2103

Website:
http://www.j-fat.com/

Parking Details:
Street and lot parking available directly in front of the restaurant

Executive Chef:
James Nunn

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (240)
Scenic View (215)
Good for Groups (161)
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Neighborhood Gem (145)
Great for Lunch (128)
Fit for Foodies (123)
Kid-friendly (90)
Great for Brunch (78)
Vibrant Bar Scene (77)
Hot Spot (71)
Special Occasion (62)
Romantic (38)
Late-night Find (20)
Notable Wine List (4)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2015

We've been coming since JFAT opened... it has always been our "go-to" spot for family gatherings or a quick meal at the bar. We love it here... but we are noticing that it is getting louder and louder! What is going on? Who are these folks screaming and yelling and being so crazy loud? We watched as two tables that were seated, promptly left because of the noise.

Not sure what you can do, but we now think twice before heading over.... so sad.
Food is great. Good, friendly and attentive service.... but wow.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 13, 2015

My husband I are were very disappointed with our experience at Jimmy's. We used to love this spot and it's really changed. The food has changed in presentation and taste. Honestly, it has that "chili's" taste. Kind of like a franchise joint. We ordered the Ahi appetizers like we always do, but the fish is no longer stacked on avocado, its now in a bowl with lots of sauce. Looking around at the rest of the food on other tables, it looks like all of the food has been altered. We mentioned this to our waiter and he told us that they were opening a few other restaurants and want to keep them all the same. I would give it another try, but a bit bummed:( The view is beautiful and the waiters are always very pleasant. Hope things go back they way the used to be!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2015

The sea bass was fantastic. They have a nice wine list and great variety of beers. Appys were darn good too!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2015

First time to Jimmy's, and first use of Open Table. Was looking for a special spot after picking By dad, Jimmy up a the airport. The Open Table site described the place well and the online reservation was easy to use and followed up with a phone call by Jimmy's staff. Our visit was nice and the food excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 21, 2015

Picked based review on Yelp. Good place. Closes at 9 only negative. Wait staff friendly and helpful. Great choices. Price reasonable. Ate an evening meal so cannot comment on lunch or brunch. Would definitely go again. Went during week so not sure how crowded it can get. Noise level moderate, but again went during week. Go for it. You will enjoy it!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 4, 2015

Great spot for American food with a view of the harbor!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 8, 2015

Friends of ours recommended we try this place. Food was delicious and well prepared. Service was excellent even thought the place was full. A good eat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 25, 2015

Excellent menue choices, fantastic burgers, inside outside seating. Great place to take out of towners. Water view.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2015

We would go back here. Rib eye was tasty. They met all of wife's demands for modifications (which are extensive). Minor issues. I asked for my brussel sprouts plain and they came out per the menu. The ahi poke app was pretty spicy.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2015

You cannot pick many better places thasn this for good food and a fantastic view. something for everyone is on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2015

We have been to this restaurant on a number of occasions, booked on Opentable. Imagine how surprised we were to arrive for our confirmed reservation only to find a note on the door stating they were closed, "attending a party elsewhere".
Seriously...will not return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 10, 2015

I've been to the area where this restaurant is and it has become a great place to enjoy having lunch or dinner over the years, since I grew up in Point Loma. Also it is very accessible for those who uses a wheelchair like myself.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 23, 2015

Excellent food always. Must sit on patio.

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 (London)·Dined on April 8, 2015

Took my management team here for a relaxed, casual dinner near the water and Jimmy's did not disappoint. Unselfish portions, fun server and looking out over the docks were just part of the ambiance. The food, what can I say, but fantastic! I got the Cajun Boil, a take on jambalaya without the rice, that was delicious. I shared it with a colleague who shared his chicken with me. It was out of this world! Deserts followed, which again, were excellent. I highly recommend to anyone visiting San Diego to check out Jimmy's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on April 5, 2015

We had a lovely family dinner here, great view of the harbor, all of the different plates we chose were excellent. Service was great and there's a nice ambiance for any type of group - our kids (5 and 2) were welcome but the place wasn't overly kid-ish either, lots of dates and groups as well. I would love to return at some point - we're from out of town - I think it would be one of our favorites if we lived in SD!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 22, 2015

A friendly restaurant dockside in San Diego with great food. We were looking for something different in the Point Loma area for lunch and found Jimmy's to be just the place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2015

Took a girl here for our first date. I used open table to make the reservation and left a comment that it was our first date and that I'd like a good table with a decent view. I had to call and push the reservation back because we were running a little late. I spoke with Jen and she was happy that I called and wanted to get my opinion on a good table, Inside, outside, by the fire bit etc. She was very concerned about getting us a good table so that we had a great first date, I think she was actually more nervous about the seating than I was. This totally made my night and we were not even at the restaurant yet. The food was delicious and the table Jen sat us at was perfect! We were outside by the fire pit and had a great view of the bay. We missed Sunset so we will plan better for next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2015

We enjoy celebrating small and large events here as we know that whatever we order, it will be served by some of the friendliest staff and never worry about if all in the group will be happy with the menu ! We love not having to feel rushed and so comfy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2014

Jimmy's is a top-notch place and if you haven't tried it, you must! Perhaps you are taking a friend to the airport or picking them up, or you work in Pt. Loma or Harbor Island area. Jimmy's is a lovely casual waterfront restaurant with spectacular seafood and burgers! My Mahi Mahi was perfect and my dad loved the truffle fries and seared ahi.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2014

We live in Point Loma and Jimmy's Famous is our go to place for exceptional food and service. It's great place to go with family and friends.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2014

There was the usual too much GREAT food. My guests from Arizona were knocked out by the marina and the water. Such a fun environment with everyone obviously enjoying their food and the whole experience. Very casual crowd but depending on the sports showing in the bar it can get loud, but it is such a happy loud I don't find it offensive

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2014

We have eaten off an on at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern off and on since it opened, and the best part is the service is always really good no matter how many in our party, both for lunch and dinner. This was our first time actually making reservations, as we had to drop folks off at the airport, got the time we needed, served really good food - for those of you who really like salads - the kitchen sink salad is a total taste treat! So I recommend this place to drop in, or make reservations - for us it's always been lots of fun and tasty food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Nice relaxed atmosphere at Jimmys and I normally enjoy it but this time the food was so so. The fried chicken and cowboy burger were big hits but the veggies with the short ribs were burned and about half the mussels were not open. Service was very good, (thanks Kevin) and a new plate of mussels was brought. This was my third visit and the first time I've been diappointed in the food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Love the brunch here. Food is delicious. Bottomless mimosas are actually just bottomless orange juice. OJ comes separate at $3 a bottle. Atmosphere is great on a sunny San Diego morning.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2014

One of my go to's when I want a burger, but want a healthier option is the Turkey Burger. It is loaded with lettuce, tomato and red onion and melted cheese. Opt for the side salad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2014

We had our every other month dinner with 3 other couples here on a Thursday night. I had only been here twice before and we had enjoyed our meals. I'm not sure if there was something going on in the marina, but it was packed! No parking to be had at 6:15 pm and the restaurant was unbelievably loud. Our server was very nice but I think she was stretched thin with too many tables. Food was good - my salad had a couple of ingredients I had asked be left off. Not a big deal; our friends said they enjoyed their meals. We also sat with empty drinks from time to time. I think it was just a slightly off night with a packed restaurant - I'd go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2014

They have always had good, creative burgers. When you gotta have one, try Jimmy's!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 16, 2014

Had a great time here for my fiancé and I's anniversary. Food was good and the view made it even better. I enjoyed the deviled eggs as our appetizer and my burger was delicious. I will try the buttermilk chicken next time I visit. I was jealous of my fiancé for ordering it. Overall, it was a great experience. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2014

My wife and I went to Jimmy's before a concert at Humphrey's with another couple. It was a great location and we were seated outside. The apps were great and they had interesting drinks. I had the famous short ribs and I was disappointed. They were a bit dry and I have had a lot better at other restaurants. I had a Guinness with dinner and it was flat, so I sent it back. Our server was great and took care of us quite well. My friend had the Sea Bass and he said it was excellent. Overall a nice place with a great location, our meals were hit and miss.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2014

Went in June and we had a great sever, very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Great fish and crab cakes. I had the fish special and it was terrific. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food. Good for casual lunch and dinner. Definite recommend

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2014

Always a favorite in our house! The food is consistently good. The view is nice. There is a nice little grass area for kids to play outside the restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2014

Food is excellent, servers are the best around! Sliders, fish & chips are two of our favs.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 13, 2014

Second time here, first lunch. Great sandwiches and salads, and wide open views of the marina. Plenty of time for boat envy.
Poke was excellent. Catch of the day mahi-mahi sandwich was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 13, 2014

Jimmy's rarely disappoints, always one of our favorites!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2014

Awesome waitress and great food! Nice open feeling with great view and ambiance.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2014

I have been here twice and both times have received excellent service. Both servers were enthusiastic about what their menu had to offer and genuine in their concern for us. And it was nice that they didn't overwhelm our table. But I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2014

JFAT, as we found they are nicknamed, has great food, a good view especially from the patio, good service, but can be very loud. We've eaten here 3 times, twice on the patio (which has heaters and partial glass enclosures to keep it warm) and once inside. There is a fairly large bar in the center of the restaurant which can get loud and it just carrys throughout the restaurant and onto the patio - the noise is my only negative about JFAT. There were 4 of us this past visit, and we had the deviled eggs (6) appetizer, which were good (they put a jalapeño on top). Our dinner orders were: sliders (thick, juicy patties with onion straws), fish & chips (incredible!), and the sea bass (delicious) , all of our dishes were very good!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2014

Jimmy's really does holidays well. We went for their special Cinco de Mayo menu. Started with the cheesy spinach and bacon dip with crunchy toasts. Our server, Kate, suggested a side of tortillas, as there is really too much dip for the toast. Great idea, it was totally fabulous! We went on to lobster tacos - these were stuffed full of battered lobster, probably the most tender and tasty we have ever had. The side of Mexican corn was fantastic too. Hand prepared Margaritas with real lime juice, agave syrup and good tequila just made the whole event perfect.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2014

I met some friends here for happy hour. We sat outside on the patio - which is good size so you don't feel as if you are sitting on top of the people next to you. There is a outdoor fire pit and a gorgeous view of the boats in the harbor. Everyone liked what they ordered. Best of all we were able to sit and talk while sipping our drinks and didn't feel rushed to vacate the table.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Love this place near our home. Great food, beautiful setting. Had fish and chips and the garden pasta. All was wonderful. Servings are generous. Waiter was polite and helpful. Have been here several times. Appreciate the birthday coupon which is generous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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