One Door North

4.6
369 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
At One Door North we host a New American Bar and Eatery that pays homage to the outdoors with the spirit of adventure, serving only fresh farm to table cuisine. Come enjoy the adventure with us, we look forward to serving you.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:00 - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00 - 10:30pm
Sunday: 4:00 - 9:00pm
HAPPY HOUR: 4:00 - 6:00pm daily
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Phone number
(619) 618-1285
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fred Piehl
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Upas and 30th
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Parking details
Limited street parking, neighborhood parking available
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Public transit
MTS Busline. Stop at 30th and Upas.
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Special events & promotions
We have happy hour seven days a week 4pm to 6pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 369 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I wish restaurants would use more acoustic panels. Things get awfully loud with so many hard surfaces.
But the food was delicious

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NG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, exceptional food and super fun atmosphere.

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WA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delish! Highly recommended and will definitely be coming back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great experience!

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VP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for restaurant week. The beet salad was the best I've ever had. The balance of the swordfish with pesto was perfect.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I dined at One Door North for restaurant week. It was our first visit and we loved it!

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PC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal during Restaurant Week and will definitely return to explore more options on the menu.

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AL
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We checked out One Door North for SD restaurant week. We got there early for our reservation for happy hour, but they weren’t doing it because of the SDRW. We were disappointed but we’re able to sit right away. We did the 3 course tasting menu. We liked everything we ate! Our group did not care for the craft cocktails we got though. Out of the 3 we ordered, we agreed we like one of them and our last friend opted for wine after tasting them. Staff was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back, especially for the great ambience.

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A
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were all very impressed with the food and the place itself. Very different decoration makes you feel you could be at a glamping site. Because of restaurant week, we had a fixed menu that turned out to be great. Highly recommended for couples, family, and friends.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Restaurant Week menu was awesome.

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EA
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Came back for some of the things we had really enjoyed last time. Caesar salad was delicious as always if you like the real deal with anchovies. Wanted not have the beef tongue tacos but now they are shorn ribs; still good but not as good. Biggest disappointment was the Wild Boar pasta. Had it before and it was top notch. Freshly made pasta tightly swirled on the plate with the right amount of bolognese. This time the pasta was way over cooked and you can tell that the sauce was mixed in together for too long. Such a pitty when a chef comes up with a great dish but not executed right. Didn’t have the heart to send it back.

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I
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and amazing service, definitely a place I’d visit again!

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One Door North was such a great pick for my boyfriend's birthday. I originally made the reservation a month in advance and in that time I had to change my diet to be completely dairy free. Our server was so knowledgeable regarding what was in each of the dishes and made sure the kitchen knew I didn't want any cheese on my flatbread. When they were boxing up my leftovers, the plate accidentally fell on the floor and they made me a completely new flatbread free of charge. I haven't had service like this in a long time. My boyfriend loved his main dish and we can't wait to go back and try their desert menu.

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RW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the servers named Lincoln was excellent!! He made us feel like we were at home.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had dinner with the family for my brother’s birthday. Food was great!

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l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my experience from beginning to end. Friendly service, great food and love the ambience. Will definitely be back!

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B
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time after spending time in Balboa Park. Watch for parking as it can be tight. There is free curbside parking but you have to look for it. We arrived at 5 and since it was happy hour we took advantage menu. We shared fresh oysters and they had very little flavor. We shared a good Caesar salad. I had the happy hour short rib tacos and they were great. My wife had the outstanding grilled octopus. I had a taste and it was really great. My wife had the Cast Iron Cookie with ice cream and she liked it. We had a very nice time and will return.

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CL
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food made from simple ingredients. All a foodie needs!

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, good service, unique theme and loved the s'mores platter for dessert

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AT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service. Little sister restaurant of Smoking Goat, One Door North is more casual but just as focused on high quality food and service.

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I live this place! The temperature was a little warm until the opened up the big windows and a breeze blew through. The decor is awesome! I only wish everyone had the option to sit in the cool tents!

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RS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The starters we ordered (cheese board and calamari) were good and well-portioned. Unfortunately, that is all we had ordered, along with one cocktail each. We mentioned to the server that we were interested in possibly ordering entrees and/or dessert and to check back with us after the starters. The server seemed very knowledgeable about the drinks and talked to us extensively about the differences. After we finished the starters, we waited about 10-15 mins before the server would come back again and asked if we were okay. We did say yes, but the server quickly put the bill down and said whenever you’re ready and walked away. It seemed as if our bill was ready for us to go, when we were not. The server did not ask or even hand us a dessert menu, nor asked if we’d like to try the entrees we discussed earlier. In some ways, we found that a little inconsiderate and we just feel we did not get the full experience and opportunity to try the other food.

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J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

It took a while to get waited on, a good 15 minutes. Once a server got there he was excellent. It might have been a problem with scheduling that day. Noise level is really annoying. Management might consider buffering the sound with living walls or carpeting or something .The food was excellent.

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J
San Diego
125 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've eaten here multiple times and each time it gets better and better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Experience suffered due to the heat and the lack of AC. Besides that, food, drinks, service and ambiance were great

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. Was a wonderful space. We had a party of 10 which quickly grew to 14. They were very accommodating even while busy. Our server Emily was wonderful and made sure everyone in our party was taken care of and answered all our questions. The food was delish. We had the oysters? Brussel sprouts, Mac and cheese, beet salad, tacos and steak. Everyone was very happy with their dish. Thank you for making our celebration memorable.

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D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was super quick and the trout and fresh pasta were great. What a great neighborhood place.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great service. The cheese plate was a good value and delicious and the salmon entree - delicious! We will be going back. 👌

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r
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Different- unusual atmosphere. Food good, unfortunately it's a limited menu and they were out of several items by 6:30 pm.

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BK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, and the tent/outdoorsy vibe really fun for our group. Food was good. My gripe is that the a/c did not serve the entire restaurant, and on a warm August evening, it was uncomfortably hot at the front of the restaurant.

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DT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great except for how warm it was inside.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The cornbread muffins and Brussels sprouts especially were to die for. The entire space is quaint and enticing. Love this place!

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PC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEAUTIFUL atmosphere and every single employee (waiter, host, bartender, etc.) was incredibly kind. Did not feel rushed or pressured when ordering and eating. A great place to come with friends - might be a tad too casual for an intimate date, but awesome otherwise. If you have a big party, do yourself a favorite and get a tent table! I didn't sit at one during my first visit but they look very cute and next time I will bring a bigger crowd just to sit in one of them. My only *suggestion* - please add more options to your flatbread pizza menu selection. As a personal pizza connoisseur, I just felt a bit limited. Food was amazing though, especially the truffle fries!

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D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I made a reservation and was at first seated in the bar. I asked to then be moved to a regular table knows that the bar would become crowded and loud on a Saturday evening. We had then brussel sprouts and a flat bread with a lovely white wine. The service was excellent, but became very slow as the evening progressed. By 8:00 pm, it was so loud in the restaurant, that I found myself yelling at my date to be heard. Not sure if I’ll be back for that reason.

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GS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The bench seats for the table are uncomfortable and the noise level is not energetic but annoying as you cannot talk at the table.

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RC
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour is great. Drink specials, $ oysters and other great things!
Also great service!

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food with very attentive service in a nice neighborhood bistro setting.

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BB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, service was just okay. I had to ask what the specials were among other things. Our appetizer could have been larger portion for the price.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD, like so good. Everyone needs to get the Calamari. The waiter took a verrrrry long time to ask us what we’d like to drink, then a verrrrry verrrrry long time to bring the drinks to us, and then and even longer time to come back and ask us what we’d like to order.

The AC wasn’t working that day, which isn’t their fault at all. But it was weird they didn’t mention that to us on our way in. Instead we were sitting uncomfortably waiting a very long time. TBH the food was so good that I’m not even mad. I think I’d go again for the food but hopefully the service is stepped up a little by then.

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c
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first visit to One Door North. Although finding a parking spot in the area was a bit of a challenge, it was worth the walk. My husband and I enjoyed both the service and the food...enough to return in the near future. Although I am not a beer drinker, I had a couple of glasses of very good wine and plan to return with my family's many beer drinkers to try their craft beer selection.

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