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Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

3.7
94 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Live Sports
Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant serving coastal and classic bistro fare in a rustic-refined style.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 6:00 am -10:00 am; Saturday & Sunday, 7:00am -12:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5:00pm-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday, 5:00pm-11:00pm
HAPPY HOUR: Daily from 4:00pm-7:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 819-0090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giselle Wellman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hawthorn
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Parking details
On-site valet parking provided by Ace Parking.
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Public transit
MTS San Diego Trolley stops in Little Italy. Green line, City Center/Little Italy stop (approximately two blocks away).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 94 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.4
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
3.2
value
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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Good meal, and good happy hour food and drinks. The parking is a challenge but we used the hotel valet ($8 with validation from restaurant). I didn’t realize this place was in the hotel when I made the reservation. Food was good and staff was attentive.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned the venue has "weird vibe".
The restaurant is connected to the Homewood Suites hotel next door, i felt as if we were eating in a hotel lobby. My friend and I came here for a dinner and the first few things that we both noticed immediately upon arrival were a kind of strong unpleasant fishy odor, and kids running around between tables. The seat we got had a nice partial view of the San Diego bay, but the tabletop was not cleaned throughout and the vinyl seat had small holes which made me feel like I'm in an IHOP... The appetizers we ordered (Shishito peppers and street fish tacos) were both just okay, shishito was overlooked, nothing impressive. Though our waiter was super friendly and attentive, we decided to not to order full meals here and quickly moved to the Ironside which was about 5 minutes walk from this place.
This restaurant may be a good choice for the Homewood Suites guests and families with kids on budget, but I probably won't be back.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The reservation I made was for a Mother's Day lunch celebration that OpenTable and this restaurant almost ruined. I made the reservation for 12 noon using the app. When we got there, we were told that they actually close at noon. So, why then was 12:00 one of the choices for reservation times??? Don't OpenTable and this restaurant communicate to make sure the information they advertise is correct? The restaurant manager was nice enough to let us come in and sit down, only to find out that they don't serve a lunch menu. This was not adequately (if at all!) mentioned in OpenTable. We ended up dining elsewhere, in order to save the day. I have learned my lesson and will think twice before I book another reservation with OpenTable.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We came here for Mother's Day Breakfast/brunch with a group of friends. The food was not fresh and potatoes were under cooked. Orange Juice and Bloody Mary's were watered down and not good.

The only good thing about this place was that they were able to accommodate all 6 of us that morning of Mother's Day.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Was a nice venue. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our server, Dallas, made the experience wonderful!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Had an excellent time with my wife on Valentines here. It was me and my wifes first time coming. Food took a little long to come out but when it did it was amazing. Ambiance is totally romantic yet eclectic.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Great huevos rancheros!

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The service was very good and the employees were very friendly. Our drinks were refreshing and aesthetically pleasing. The chicken from our entrees tasted very rubbery and felt like it had been microwaved. This was a turn off for me.

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2.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Butter knife to cut the steak??? Enough said.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We stayed at the hotel and came here every night because the food/drinks and service was so great! There were lots of other places nearby that we tried out at first but we quickly realized that this was the best option

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1.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Weird vibe. Attached to a hotel. Felt like you’re in an airport with people rolling through with their luggage. Food sucked. Martini sucked. Super friendly staff though.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

the short rib hash and the French toast were delicious!

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was great. Atmosphere and interesting options were lacking. Servers were nice.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent! Their Happy Hour is fabulous, will definitely
return.

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1.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was awful, seared tuna was grossly overcooked, asked for heater to be turned on several times and no one took the time to actually do it, overall amateur hour.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Came here for Happy Hour and while it wasn't bad, nothing really stood out. They were really skimpy on the food items - the cheese and charcuterie "boards" were literally 2 pieces of toast each + 5 EXTREMELY thin slices of salami and a single cheese slice. Sure, they were 5 bucks but come on. The fried fish was ok. The fries were good. Cocktail and Beer selection was ok.

Service was minimal but fine for sitting at the bar.

Wouldn't come back here again though.

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Although this restaurant opened with some EATER hype. We found it be functionally as a restaurant for the guests of the hotel. The menu was simple and limited, and the place with two large patios and large dining room was empty at 6 PM. The only people eating there appeared to be guests at the attached Hilton Garden Inn. So it was disappointing. In addition, parking is not ideal. It is in a busy place downtown, so best option was the 8$ valet at the hotel. That was a discount from the usual $15 visitor parking cost (AND $40 OVERNIGHT GUEST PARKING). Beautiful hotel and restaurant just not made the big time.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Have always liked this place, but this visit was less than stellar. Our server seemed totally out of it. He didn't know the fresh catch or even it's price. He was remarkably absent most of the evening.

Food was good, although the menu needs expanding and refreshing.

Ambiance is really lacking and was not helped by having to pass unbussed tables in a mostly-empty restaurant on the way to our table.

We've really hoped this place would succeed and be a great addition to the SD food scene, but it appears they are on their way to being just another restaurant located in a hotel.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

We always enjoy Pacific Standard. The menu isn't terribly extensive but we always find something good. The dining room and bar are together but the noise level tends to be very reasonable. Nice place for a good meal.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Fantastic service and great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The roasted beet appetizer was about the best beet salad we have ever had! I had the salmon bowl, husband had steak. Everything was perfectly cooked and taste was superb. The salmon bowl is chock full of healthy stuff like quinoa and wheat berries! Waiter was a little bit confused in the beginning and not very helpful when we asked questions about menu items, but he was nonetheless very attentive. Highly recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We had Mother's Day brunch here. They had a great breakfast buffet, along with a great selection of menu items. Check in on Yelp and get 10% off.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Appetizers were very good, we unfortunately had very spotty service throughout the meal. Long lapses in time without seeing a server. Great atmosphere, beautiful restaurant. Overall meal was very good.

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2017

They tried to create good food. Fish over cooked.
Carnitas tacos not creative with flavors.
Staff was friendly but sadly food was very disappointing.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Ate at the bar with girlfriends, celebrating a birthday. Service was horrible to just get our drink order in. Food was generally good, though. I highly recommend the short rib grilled cheese, which was delicious. My only complaint is that we received ours with just pickles on the side, but we saw another patron get theirs with fries on the side. Other dishes were average.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Excellent food and service I think the decor is cold and not inviting but aside it's a great place.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

The service & cocktails were the only thing that was impressive. I'm in the restaurant industry work with restaurants all over the city. I found their menu was just boring and for lack of a better word, "standard". Was expecting much more exciting and unique choices due to reviews read on other social networks. We left after our appetizer, had dinner at fantastic spot down the road.

One thing that's annoying happened with Open Table, it kept us logged in as eating at Pacific Standard & wouldn't allow me to make a rsvp at another restaurant after we left. Is there a time minimum we have to stay there before being able to select another place? We were only there 30 min.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2017

This place was a bit deceiving. We got there and all they had was a buffet that ended at 10. Our reservation was at 10. The waiters seemed confused as to what yo offer. The servers were awesome though.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

The food and service was outstanding! Dog friendly on the patio.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2017

The food is mediocre. The service is very poor. Value is kind of pricey for the food. There is nothing special about this place and it's very loud. The restaurant I tried to make reservation doesn’t have the specific time I wanted, so we end up at this place. I will never go back again!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

I thought the food was excellent, service was up and down. Slow to start, drinks slow, then food came out in good order, hot.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Horrible food. Will not be back. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxx

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Our second time there. The service is very good knowledgeable servers and the food excellent. The decor and style is cold and not inviting it feels like a hotel lobby.
Because of the cold decor I may not return it puts a damper on the meal. I want this restaurant t to succeed but they need to do something to make it more comfortable.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2017

Sent the mussels back. They were not good. Haven't had to do that in about 10 years. Hopefully just a bad batch. Replacement fish n chips were okay. Restaurant was practically empty. Definitely did not need open table for a reservation.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

2nd time here. Enjoyed the first time better. Hostess did not acknowledge our OpenTable reservation. Waiter was slow to take order. Very loud (several large parties). Last time we were given a complimentary 2 piece appetizer by the chef - not this time, though we had to wait for our order, be served our drinks, and then served our meals. Short-rib was too salty, and the accompanying portion of parsnip purée was on the small side. Dessert was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. Got very loud as restaurant filled up

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2017

The good was excellent, but the service was horrible. We had to remind the waitstaff to bring us our salad and had to search down the waiter for our check. It wasn't that busy, so I'm not sure what their problem was.

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1.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Went in to eat and placed the order. Server brought out one dish when two were ordered. Then came back 5 minutes later and said other entree wasn't put in. Restaurant was very slow so I didn't see a legitimate reason as to why or how that could happen. Very unprofessional atmosphere. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

When friends were visiting from Portland, OR. last weekend, we decided to check out Pacific Standard after seeing all the great reviews on Yelp. Overall it was outstanding!!

The location isn't ideal - it's in a chain hotel on a busy corner of Pacific Hwy. It looks nice from outside, but we all agreed it looked like a typical hotel restaurant on the inside (sports tvs and somewhat generic, uninspired interior). Fortunately that was the only negative we had that night! I'll try the patio when weather is warmer.

We were tended to by the outstanding GM, Matt. He was so great - made recommendations on both food and wine (when the server was elsewhere) and even brought Chef Giselle out to meet us. We adored her - her personality shines every bit as bright as her delicious menu.

The food is AMAZING. We tried the shrimp toast, chicken liver mousse, brussel sprouts, roasted chicken, lamb ragu, short rib, and steak frites. It was all to die for. I can't forget how tasty it all was! And since it was a special occasion they even brought us an amazing candy bar crunch dessert that we hoovered down at top speed.

I'm absolutely looking forward to going back very soon! Thank you Chef Giselle for adding a great restaurant to our blossoming epicurean culture. We're very happy to have you back in San Diego...and preparing amazing food for lucky us!

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