Very good dinner & service & they also have a nice wine list. It is a very noisy (energetic) restaurant.
Disappointed. We had an enjoyable meal at Spike Africa’s two years ago. As is our habit, we ordered drinks and an appetizer to share from the happy hour menu before deciding on a choice of meal. The fish and bacon wraps were dry in the center with a clump of brown, wilted greens in the center that were inedible. The lack of attention to the starter led us to the conclusion we would be as disappointed with a full meal. No excuses for such poorly prepared and served food. There were few customers and now we know why.
Prices were reasonable and the food was just OK. Lots of better restaurants around but they’re more expensive. Spike Africa’s is a decent value.
The food was good but Spike Africa has been better. Their food is always spot on but on a Sunday night, my family and I felt it was lacking. They still beat anyone else.
Great place for Happy Hour or pre-theater dining (several theaters within walking distance).
Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Awesome!!!
Service was disjointed (5:45 reservation) but main server was good. No utensils when food brought out. Special occasion listed on open table was not picked up by restaurant - decided to not make it an issue. Food and presentation was average.
My husband and I had dinner here before going to see a play at the civic theatre. I had the steak salad which was really good. My husband had the fish and chips (which I tasted!). The batter was a little too thick and overcooked for me, but the fish was tender and juicy. We’ve eaten here before and we’ll eat there again.
I'd suggest that your wait staff ALWAYS not "usually" note when the food contains nuts. The side dish of coleslaw had walnuts, which can send one of the diners at my table into anaphylactic shock. You know, when they stop breathing? The walnuts were not mentioned on the menu that we saw so I HIGHLY recommend you make this change to both menu and instruct the wait staff. We were fortunate that the walnut was found before it was consumed otherwise that really WOULD have ruined our night at the theatre. Otherwise the food was great and the wait staff attentive to the fact we had a show to get to.
Food was very good at the table but my ono taco was cold.
We were glad to dine at Spike's while we were celebrating our seasonal achievements. Thank you for accomodating the 12 of us!
We ate here before watching a show in the Civic Theatre. The staff was quick and friendly. There was a good variety of dishes and all of the things we ordered were delicious. I would definitely recommend this to someone who wanted a good quick meal in casual friendly place.
Great choice for pre-theater! Happy hour menu had good selections, and the ceviche was delicious! Generous portions!
Seafood Chile Relleno was okay. Loved the black beans though. The Swordfish Nachos were a hit as always. The Butterscotch pudding was delectable! I would get it again. As always, great service. =)
Great food and atmosphere. Got the swordfish fajitas, portion size was big and left full. Happy hour til 630
What an excellent place to have dinner before the show. The staff was great, I loved the happy hour selections like the oysters, and their fish tacos had great fish fillets in them instead of deep fried "fish sticks". We were a little earlier than the main dinner crowd, so we had a quiet booth and a really super waitress. We will definitely go back.
I liked that there is an option to have fish on the nachos other than the traditional protein option. The spicy seafood chowder was tasty. I was disappointed that they were our of the seafood chile relleno. And the Coronado crab roll was a little lackuster. Great service though.
Excellent food and good service. They didn't respond to my reservation made through Open Table where I mentioned it was a birthday. No one in the restaurant knew nor reacted, so booking through Open Table was a waste of time, I could have called directly and made my own arrangements. However food, service and ambiance was good.
Excellent fish and chips along with a good happy hour selection. Nice spot for pre-show drinks and noshing for downtown theatre events. Don't miss the salted butterscotch pudding - share with a friend and have zero regrets!
While in town for a conference, we had a group dinner at Spike's. The menu is seafood forward, which was a big factor because 2 in the group did not eat meat. Everyone enjoyed their meals, which met our expectations. Our server was friendly, attentive, and offered helpful recommendations. We sat towards the back, so it was not very noisy. We were able to chat over a delicious meal.
Great service, food and location. Our new “go to” place!
We chose this restaurant hastily after arriving jet lagged and hungry from the east coast.
The high overhead lights gave it no ambiance. The large TV didn't help. It wasn't a sports bar nor was it an attractive place to eat.
The chairs and tables were cheap looking, the air had a funny smell so we ate outside.
The service was friendly and the fish I ordered was good but overpriced for the serving size. We ordered spinach and artichoke dip that had breadcrumbs on top which seemed like filler and greasy tortilla chips.
Great place to grab dinner before a show at Civic Theater or Spreckles Theater- both walking distance to restaurant. Perfect selections for happy hour. Enjoyed bacon-wrapped swordfish, roasted brussels, ceviche, bean dip. Butterscotch pudding is not on happy hour menu but worth the full price. It was sort of loud in the dining room so not great for quiet conversation. TVs around the room showing sports if you want to catch some World Series while dining.
Spike's is consistent. Very good food and service. The salmon salad I had was excellent. Convenient for dining before going to the San Diego Repertory Theatre!
Happy hour before theater. Flavorful, large appetizers. Really liked the white Sangria. Friends said the caesar salad, clam chowder, and garlic bread were excellent. The ceviche was too salty and odd with guac on the top. They nicely too it off the bill. Would recommend to anyone.
We were running late( group of 5) and were concern about getting food in timely matter as we had Theater tickets. As soon as we told the staff they gave EXTRA SPEEDY SERVICE! The food wade cellent( grilled sea bass) with non traditional very tasty coleslaw. Ordered Brussels sprouts from the happy hour menu- delicious and served really hot temp( made to order, not sitting at the counter getting cold😊) GREAT SERVICE❗️
We arrived about 12 minutes early and were asked to come back so that we would have a better experience. We did,but there was nothing special that happened. Just odd!
Food was fine.
Nice happy hour selection. Most food items very tasty, the calamari friti was not warm when it reached our table
Awesome experience. Amazing service. Incredible food. We will be back!
We arrived hungry and unable to make up our minds as to what we wanted to eat. Luckily for us, it was happy hour! We threw caution (and calories) to the wind and tried just about everything on the happy hour menu with a few extras. Nothing disappointed, memorable bites included the shredded pork street tacos, the bean dip, the oysters, and the incredibly decadent butterscotch pudding. A great pre-theatre dinner win!
We had theater tickets and wanted to eat somewhere close by. Spikes fit the bill. The food was excellent. We had swordfish bites (swordfish wrapped in bacon served with arugula, tomatos, and a mustard sauce), Pt. Loma shrimp roll, and fish and chips. We were also there during happy hour-where they had half price appetizers and really good drink deals.
We will be back.
Our server, Dawnie, was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable about a gluten free diet and the ingredients in Spike's food items.
Server was great- meaning high energy, good advice on food selections and attentive to drinks; both alcoholic and non...
Overall it was a great place to eat. I enjoy good seafood and the swordfish was cooked just how I like it, very moist. Another in our party didn't like it as much as I did. One of us got the scallops; they were very good but the brussel sprouts were way overcooked. He told the waitress; she got him freshly cooked ones which were very good. She brought us a free dessert to apologize.
Jazz band was playing. Party of three of us were seated in a booth at the rear of the restaurant (a Friday at 830) Was very difficult to have a conversation, but understandable with the live band. Server seemed to forget about us. Took our drinks and starter order, but didn't come back until we told the person who actually brought our food that we were ready to order our mains (20 minutes or so) Server never refilled our drinks nor did she come back and ask how our meals were. The busboy actually paid more attention to us (refilled drinks, asked if we needed condiments and brought) The place wasn't overly crowded and appeared to have plenty of staff
While service was poor, food was decent (salmon was a little undercooked, but since server never returned and we were famished, it was eaten)
Not sure that I'd return...
From the hostess, bartender, to waitress, they were all welcoming, friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Had a great evening of dining, drinking and catching up with some friends we haven't seen in a year
I love coming to Spike Africa's before a show. Great calamari and Happy hour specials.
The truffle fries and sea bass are amazing. The waiter was not very attentive for as light of a crowd the restaurant had but would definitely go back.
Spike Africa's is a great location for pre-theatre dining. It's just a few blocks from all the major theaters. The food is usually good. The happy hour has some appetizer nice selections. The service is usually pretty good. Unfortunately, Friday night everything was just out of balance. We ordered two of the calamari plates--one was beautiful and the other was a mess (looked like the bottom of the fry basket). The ceviche was just a lot of salsa with a little fish. The seabass was cooked nicely, but we ordered it with crab dynamite that really ruined the fish. The service was pretty slow, although I'm certain our waitress was working very hard. The food came out a in dribs and drabs and It took forever to get our cocktails served. But then someone made mai tai with grapefruit juice. Wait wut? They were nice enough to give us a complimentary dessert, but it didn't really make up for the disarray.
We love their Fish and Chips! Fun atmosphere and the truffle fries are delicious