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About The Patio on Goldfinch

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!


4020 Goldfinch St.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily:
Monday to Thursday: 11am-11pm
(Kitchen closes at 10 pm)
Friday and Saturday: 9am-Midnight
(Kitchen closes at 10 pm)
Sunday: 9am-11pm
(Kitchen closes at 10 pm)

Dinner Daily:
5pm-10pm

Lunch Monday to Friday:
11am-3pm

Special HH Menu Daily:
3pm-5pm

Brunch Saturday and Sunday:
9am-3pm

Happy Hour 7 days a week:
All Day Monday
3pm-6pm, and 10pm-close(Drinks only)

Private dining for large parties available.

Cross Street:
Washington Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(619) 501-5090

Website:
http://thepatioongoldfinch.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking for $3.00 per car.
Available for Dinner and weekend Brunch.

Garage parking is available on Ft. Stockton Street, at the corner of Goldfinch and Ft Stockton.

Executive Chef:
Chef Michael Ground

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Event Hours:

Monday - Sunday:
11:30 am to midnight

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The Patio on Goldfinch Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Casual (21)
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Bar Seating (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Cozy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Comfort Food (10)
People Watching (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Romantic (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Business Meals (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Organic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tapas (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is one of my go to restaurants because the food is always great. The sevice is just what you want in a neighborhood eatery. We took friends for their first visit and they were impressed.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Cutrently my favorite restaurant. Sean at the bar is not only a fabulous bartender, but also very nice with a pleasant demeanor.

The newly added smoked duck was delicious. I miss Mary’s Chicken removed from the menu. Not only was it delicious, it was a healthy portion as was/is the broccoli. I don’t know if the broccoli remained on the menu (do not remember seeing it tonight), but it is absolutely delicious as well.

The Grizzly Folk is far and away my favorite craft cocktail of all time.

Enjoy!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic food and service! The ambiance was great for a Friday evening meal, even caught the World Series on the TV’s!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was one of the best dining experiences ever. All 5 of us loved everything we got. I got an open faced sandwich with fresh caught yellow tail, heirloom tomatoes...just wonderful! Great service!

Tags: Organic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I hate to compare but... The service here was not nearly as timely and efficient and pleasant as the service at the patio on Lamont Street... Overall the experience was okay but the service really needs Improvement.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Celebrating my son's birthday and had a wonderful time. Food and service were great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was great but service was terrible. I have gone there twice within this month because I love the food. But the service has been absolutely terrible both times. I love the food but I don't know if I'll go back, unfortunately.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I usually enjoy this place but everything was off this time. Several menu items were missing (including several happy hour items... here’s an idea: if you’re out of one type of rum, make the drink with another similar type of rum... you have a wall of options!). If it was one item, I’d understand, but when you have 4 missing items and become irritated when we ask if there are similar things replacing/subbing for them, it just makes you look bad. If you’re in transition, then update your menus to match. It’s paper. Printing it is easy. Our server was unfriendly and unhelpful and seemed to just want us gone. We felt rushed the entire time even though the place was not packed. Food came out cold, and the chicken on the Caesar salad was room temperature and dry as a bone. I was embarrassed for bringing my friends there.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We've been to the Patio before, and it's usually perfect. This time we were a little later than usual (9:20 PM on a Sunday), and while it was quiet and fairly empty (expected), the service was a little below expectation, and the food was definitely not what the Patio is known for. I can forgive our server, for while there weren't a whole lot of people in the place, she appeared to be the only waitress still on duty. It isn't that she was bad, just that with as few patrons as there were it seemed to take quite a while to get her attention. I had the braised short rib, which I have had there before. Maybe it was because it was the end of the night, but it arrived a bit mushy and it looked like it had sat under a heat lamp for quite a while. Again, I realize there were probably extraneous factors, but having frequented The Patio, I guess I just expected something better. This will in no way prevent us from going there in the future, but we'll probably go before the movie rather than after.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was delicious as always. However I was very disappointed with the service. I waited for at least 15-20minutes with an empty water glass multiple times, even after requesting water. We waiting 30 minutes for the server to come back to take the bill even when we tried to give it to someone else and they said they would send the server to come get it. Despite the delicious food I will think twice going back at least when it’s busy because of how poor the service was.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was great except the coffee!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service amazing food. Casual or nice. Love this restaurant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food choices were eclectic...shrimp and cheese grits? four us took 10 min to find something that looked attractive.
We ordered a steak well done, and emphasized to the waiter that was a solid desire. The steak was bleeding it was so rare and the waiter didn't even notice. sent it back and all they did was char the outside, the inside still raw.
Our waiter was not attentive to our needs .... actually groaned when we pulled out one of their gift cards.(?)
Won't go back there

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Have been to this restaurant before. However, we prefer to try new places based on various Open Table recommendations. But this particular night we went back specifically because it was offering a 1,000 point bonus. Despite arriving right on time and being only two of about 10 people total in the restaurant, enjoying 2 great dinner and beer/wine, we never got our points. We contacted Open Table and they said to wait 7 days. It had already been 3. Now it's been 8, still nothing. This happened in the past. We are contacting Open Table yet again. If the restaurant honors its advertisement, then we will give a proper review. Until then ... buyer beware!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

the whole grilled fish is the best thing on the menu! Actually it is big enough for two or more people to share. It is prepared and cooked to perfection. A real winner

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It is a beautiful cute restaurant. Love the ambiance and the food was delicious. Yay for bottomless mimosa!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Loved the ambiance and decor. We tried a variety of seafoods, meats and cheeses.
Spinach looked great, not great.
The mussels were good, the broth very good.
The octopus good, foods with it, not good.
The cheese/meat plate was very light...not a good value at all. It supposed to serve 4...I'd say 2.
Server was fun and friendly.
We'd go back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The service here was absolutely awful. We were seated on time for our reservation, but after 30 minutes of being completely ignored and not even having a glass of water in front of us, we were just getting up to leave when she finally came by and took our drink order. Drinks came out in random orders, coffees not refilled after she asked if we wanted more and said, "Yes, please". Two of our four entrees came out and then rather than going to get the other two, she walks to the table next to ours and takes their order! It was another 10-12 minutes before all 4 of us had our food together. The food here was excellent and the atmosphere is great, but that service really ruins the whole vibe for a fun brunch out.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Superb service, great food. always an enjoyable experience

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic service. Michelle was absolutely wonderful. Great food too.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We came during resturant week and was disappointed with the food selection and quality was not all that great.

Our waitress was also not very friendly.
Would not recommend this resturant to anyone

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We frequent Goldfinch, it is one of our favorite places. Great food and good drinks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I love the charcuterie board. The food and service and drinks are great, a little pricey for what you get. Their happy hour offers great deals and on Mondays it’s all day.
Meat and cheese board ❤️
Shrimp and grits- just ok
Bolognese- just ok
Dessert with the ganache and pistachio ice cream. honeycomb- yummy!
Santanico pandemonium ❤️
Oaxacan old fashioned ❤️

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The Patio has classics dishes with unique ingredients. Came here for restaurant week and was super impressed with their overall menu. Their cocktails have fun names and delicious ingredients. The ambiance is beautiful without being pretentious, had valet parking and in general was just great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Restaurant week specials were great. Taco poke was great, short ribs were falling apart tender and bread pudding was fantastic!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Everything was very solid! The staff was friendly and efficient. The last two times I’ve been there I have been completely satisfied.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was my second time dining at The Patio, both times were dissapointing for several reasons. This place is way to expensive for what they are offering. Yes it's trendy, yes the ambience is there, they come fill your water glass as soon as you sit down ( which btw is a no no in San Diego), but there food is just so so.
Last time I went I waited 45 minutes for a Beet Salad that had two beers in it the size of cherry tomatoes, 45 minutes! It wasn't that great of a salad and as I liked around the restaurant and the kitchen I could not figure out why it took so long.
Working in restaurants all my life I realize things happen so I joined my friend and gave this place another try. Poke Tacos. What a joke. More like cabbage tacos with four little cubes of ahi on each one, four total, $22. We were attacked by bugs while we were eating and left with huge bug bites. The restaurant was maybe a quarter full and again, it took forever to get our flatbread and poke tacos. I'm all for the slow food movement but this was rediculous.
The positive, our server was wonderful! Very nice.
Never again.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 24, 2017

First time there for brunch. I really love this place. The ambiance was awesome and our waitress Michelle was really great and on point.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love how The Patio takes care of its regulars! They remembered I bring my dog and reserved a place for me to accommodate her. Very thoughtful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Disappointing service. They completely dropped the ball.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego that disappointed profoundly just when I tried to share it with out of town visitors. Service was so slow as to nearly motivate an early departure - so sad for what has always been a great place to dine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had a very nice time. The problem was service was very slow because there was only one waiter and we could tell he was going nuts.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We used to love coming here, however it seems now that every time we dine here the service and food gets a little worse.
Last night the food was bad, the service terrible and it took forever to get our food.
Just one more chance...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Really great food and super cool ambiance. Love the decor and the indoor/outdoor seating, especially that living wall! Service was superb, craft beers galore, delicious food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were excited about going back to The Patio but were so disappointed in our dinners , especially the Short Ribs. The pasta was fair and the burger ordered with no onions was smothered in onions! We won't be going back any time soon. I hope it wasn't a new chef but just a substitute chef!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 5, 2017

When we checked in for our reservation we were told to wait outside for 10 minutes. When we were finally shown to our table the service was extremely non-attentive even though the restaurant was half empty. Food took forever to arrive and then getting our water glasses filled was almost impossible. And on top of that our special occasion was not even acknowledged. We have gone here many times and I doubt we will return given the poor service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

When we made the reservation, we requested indoor seating and let them know that we were celebrating a birthday. When we arrived, the hostess was too busy giving water to two large dogs on the patio to greet us right away. She then tried to offer us a table on the patio right near one of the dogs. I don't dislike dogs but I also don't think they belong at a nice restaurant. I declined the table and let her know that I had requested an indoor spot. Her response "that area of the restaurant is sort of closed right now, let me check". She eventually sat us in the back and the saving grace is that it was quiet and we had an area all to ourselves. Other than that and the food, the rest of the experience was underwhelming. Not one person acknowledged that we had made reservations for a birthday. I won't be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Went for brunch. The food was mediocre. The service was good.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 3, 2017

An evergreen favorite. My pup and I frequent The Patio on Goldfinch about 3-4 weekends a month. I love their indoor/outdoor patio ambiance. I missed not seeing Kimberly this week. My girlfriends and I had a great time with lots of laughs!

Thank you as always!

Gina and Ophelia (pup)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We have one gripe. ... love pets but please leave them home at night!

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