The Patio on Goldfinch

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1046 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Patio on Goldfinch offers a wide variety of delicious dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. With happy hour 7 days a week and late night dining, guests can enjoy an assortment of food options as well as an expansive bar with 60 varieties of tequila, barrel-aged cocktails, craft beer and a robust wine list.

Located in the historic neighborhood of Mission Hills, The Patio on Goldfinch is a gathering place that features a living green wall, open-air dog-friendly patio, outdoor fireplace, and glass-enclosed cheese cave. Come to The Patio on Goldfinch for one of our delicious seafood entrees but stay for a great dining experience!


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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our second visit. The food is really very good and the atmosphere is very nice this particular visit the service was a bit slow and with that we would still return

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch: Great ambiance. The indoor planters give an almost tropical feel. Excellent, helpful, very likeable servers. Perfect timing of service and entrees we would all order again. Overall, the best part of our weekend.

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AM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and beautiful décor. Food and service was outstanding!

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OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food, service and ambiance.

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VS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It took a long time for our food to arrive. My French fries were cold and my food warm but not super hot and it tasted just ok. I have had dinner here before and the food was much better. Our server was very pleasant.

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable brunch. Thank you

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CN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We came specifically to use our Passport Dining card, ordered two meals from the same section, and the server told us we could not use it because my date's entree didn't qualify. Not happy and a bit embarrassing.

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OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service was very slow.

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DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Reunion of old college friends and all were impressed with the food and the value. Also, we were able to sit and have long conversation without too much ambient noise and without being hurried. Very pleasant experience.

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LH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and my friend and I enjoyed catching up over great food.

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AM
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Vegetarian Omelet was not good, very bland and the eggs were rubbery. Waiter kept us waiting quite awhile to order. Waiter was a bit arrogant and standoffish. Not the best day at the Patio, we have had better.

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CC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and bottomless mimosas were so on point! Michelle was our waitress and she was awesome! Highly recommend checking this place out!

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SS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible. We waited 15 mins past our reservation in a half empty restaurant and we sat for almost 30 mins without a server coming to greet us and just over 1 hour past seating to receive our food. The food was good when we got it but I would not go back.

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TA
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Our go to date place.

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M
Mexico City
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was the best. The place is very nice it has a patio style just as the name says. Even tough that night was very cold, inside the patio was a great tempature. The food was excellent. The chef cheese board, does come with a very limited amount of pieces of cheese. The octopus is to die for.
They we out of the tuna tacos. Which was weird because it was early on a Friday.
Very nice place.

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L
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, pretty environment, can't wait to go back!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New menu is delicious! Paella was awesome & great cocktails too!

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CZ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The vegetarian paella is fabulous! The ambiance is beautiful and good for a date night.

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C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food came out of order, didn't have ingredients for my Irish coffee but "made" it anyway and didn't say anything until I said something.

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AB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch with my daughter. I’ve eaten here many times before. Always a great go to with such a variety of food on the menu. My daughter had to chopped Salad with steak. We also had fried Green tomatoes as an appetizer and they were cooked to perfection. I had the Ruben flat bread which was so unusual but excellent in every way.

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CJ
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Great atmosphere and cocktails. Good food but slow service, not my first experience like this. Great for happy hour.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was sub par which is not usual for this place-did something happen with the chef and that’s why they were closed for a month? My octopus was tough and chewy, the meat on my mom’s beef and blue flatbread was tough and flavorless, my dad’s trout was average and my cousins pork shank was fatty. Thank goodness it was half off bottles of wine that night-only good thing. If I ever go again maybe I should stick with salad-cheaper and and can’t mess it up that bad! Even my birthday dessert was pathetic! A little brownie that wasn’t great either:( Very disappointing all around.

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San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the cheese board and seafood pot!!

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MB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a relaxed brunch in an outdoor room on a sunny Saturday morning. Lighthearted atmosphere accompanied our generous serving of various egg dishes from the menu. We enjoyed a small charcuterie for starter with Bloody Marys. In retrospect, should have had the bacon-infused Bloody Mary like my hubby — few bucks more but we’ll worth it. We’ll be back!

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for my birthday and it was a perfect celebration! Food was amazing!

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat in a booth and the hard benches were a problem for us....very uncomfortable....but everything else was great, especially the service. It was extraordinary. We left a heavy tip( in our opinion).

Thx so much

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M
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service! Wish they had a location in Northern California!

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m
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family pow wow

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B
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Would just like to have some padding on that HARD bench seat. Appreciate Waiter bring Birthday Browned. Hostess with exotic hair was very helpful.

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G
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place and a super charming patio. Parking can be a challenge and the servers aren't always terribly attentive. I had the beet salad with salmon which was outstanding.

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OT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place .... exceptional service, delicious food. Wonderful staff ...

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting San Diego from Boston—— Mission Hills is a lovely neighborhood with a number of interesting eating spots. Patio is casual, seems to have some regular clientele, and some unusual menu items. Fireplace on a chilly night drew us in! Chad was our server—attentive with a good sense of humor! Worth a visit‼️

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best brunch spots I've been to. Absolutely love the Short Rib Hash, Eggs Benedict, and the Shrimp and Grits.

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WA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Michele was great... Food was good. Noise level a little too much. We'll be back.

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LJ
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

While service was great the chicken I had was extremely dry and inedible.

My friends pasta dish lacked flavor. My sisters burger was good.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little cold in the winter.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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ZR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I've heard a lot about this place. The decor is amazing. Unfortunately, the food was very bland.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were in San Diego for Valentine’s Day and I goofed on making reservations at the place I originally wanted to dine at, so I ended up finding this spot that had reservations available. I was so thrilled that I ended up picking one of the most amazing restaurants we’ve been to in a while! Our server was very friendly and informative on the menu and daily specials, and the bartenders really know how to throw down and make some amazing cocktails. The short rib nachos were absolutely to die for, and the burgers we ordered were very tasty as well. Very cozy atmosphere and good music to compliment. Although we are 60 miles north of this spot, my girlfriend and I will definitely be back another time.

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