World Famous

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$30 and under
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Californian
Specializing in surfside dining featuring Southern California Coastal cuisine, market fresh pacific seafood, hand carved prime rib, & grilled to order steaks. Menus are written daily and inspired by sustainable California harvests.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfectly cooked and delicious. Wonderful view and location. A very memorable experience.

MP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The lobster bisque was delicious! Our entrees were tasty and well presented. The food was a good value, but next time we will not ask for brand name liquor in cocktails, as they were over priced. We also didn’t know what the 4 percent surcharge was all about.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot. By the ocean. The outdoor section has heaters so it’s not very cold.

AM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow wow and more wow. Visited previously for breakfast, couldn't wait to try dinner. Potato wrapped sea bass with generous side cesar salad plus lobster bisque and cioppino. Fresh from ocean, prepared very well. Wait staff was impeccable and very friendly. Can't wait to return on next trip to San Diego. Sunset over the ocean was breath-taking.

p
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A regular stop when we have visitors. Nice friendly service and good food.

PM
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good seafood. Large servings. A little noisy. Entrees were served before we had finished our salads.

KR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE HAD AN OUTSTANDING MEAL AT wORLD fAMOUS. tHE VIEW & ATMOSPHERE WERE SPECTACULAR YET THE STAFF AND THE QUALITY OF FOOD IS WHAT SEALED THE DEAL!

PB
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Rustic and loud. Great views. Our server took our order and then was hard to find. Food was outstanding. It took a while to pay the bill because we couldn’t find the server.

ST
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The World Famous is a treasure in itself. It has been a part of San Diego for many, many years and I keep coming back and it does not disappoint me.

SB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I feel like there's always a problem with service everytime I come here. I think maybe the manager was serving us at first to help out, but then no one helped us and it seemed like the waitresses serving nearby make it a point to not make eye contact so they don't get stuck with another table. I had to go back inside to ask for help because it seemed like we were forgotten about. It all ended up working out and they tried to make up for the lack of service. Food was good and of course you can't beat the view. I like World Famous, I just wish they'd get their act together and realize they're a team, if a table near where they're serving is obviously not being helped, either help out or let the server for that table know.

C
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Our waitress was terrible. We waited, and waited after we were seated, and I finally had to ask someone to get her.
We did not see her again until after the meal was served by someone else, and then she was literally not in the restaurant after that. I finally asked the manager to get my bill, and I paid him.
She reappeared as we were leaving.

NV
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This place is great. Unassuming place with great service and wonderful seafood. I highly recommend this for a special occasion or if you just want excellent seafood.

CG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We have always loved World Famous so I’m going to assume they were having an off night. After we were seated no one served us. After waiting for 30 minutes, we finally flagged down a waitress to place a drink order. I’m guessing they were short-staffed for the evening since our waitress would disappear for 20 minutes at a time. We had a 6pm reservation and were seated promptly but we weren’t served food until 7:30pm. Other tables around us who were seated much later got their food before us. Finally the food was okay, nothing to rave about and a little pricey in my opinion. Not sure we will be returning anytime soon.

OT
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve diner with friends. Loved the menu. Food and service were excellent

WS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Ordered the seared ahi salad; basically an overdressed, underseasoned Caesar salad with barely seared ahi (though it was very fresh). Mushroom pasta was very flavorful, but way too salty. Good wine selection.

RM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the Halibut. Good but over cooked. Sat outside was nice. Waitress really nice .

d
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for lunch and Christian provided us with excellent service. We sat and chatted for a long time and were attended to when needed. Cheese steak sandwich and fries were delicious!

GJ
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and views. Will take out of town friends and also will check out dinner next time!

MT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The early bar menu was yummy and just the right amount!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view

TD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What is better than enjoying great food and drink while watching the surfers catching the perfect wave. Great people watching as the boardwalk is right in front of you. Perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Highly recommend.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in peak season, make a reservation. Never know what you’ll get.
Get the chowda
Get the lobster blt!
Drinks are tasty and the view is priceless, people watching a plus

KR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I love the views of the boardwalk, but the food is lacking. My husband had a prime rib skillet that was down right awful and it was expensive. I had shrimp pasta and it was very tasty.

PH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a birthday brunch.
Wonderful service and delicious food.

S
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst place I have been to in San Diego. The carpet smells, service was very slow and the food was bad.

HC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time as always. The food never disappoints. Great server, dinner and quality. We had a wonderful celebration for my parents anniversary with water views. The bread pudding dessert took way too long to bring out, but that was the only issue. I wouldn’t get that particular dessert again.

S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to World Famous many times and it never fails to impress. The food is delicious and there is a great view of the beach (and sunset if you are lucky). They also make great drinks! Love it!

m
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went,there on our vacation to celebrate fathers day with husband and baby. Ordered the prime rib, filet, and fish and chips,for,my daughter . the food out standing I ate mine and some of hers ha ha .great spot great price

JB
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were hopeful to find a great steak and lobster dinner in San Diego. The food was very good although the fish shaped rolls were hilarious, the onions in the mashed potatoes was odd but the filet and lobster was very good. We had to ask for the drawn butter for the lobster and was told they just brush it on but did bring us some eventually. The place is old, parking is a nightmare even if you try to valet. For a romantic dinner, would NOT recommend. More of a beach grill atmosphere and the inside smells old and stale.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner on recommendation from a friend, snagged a table right on the patio watching the sunset. Our waitress was super sweet and timely, food was excellent, overall great experience!

SH
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We usually love their food! Disappointed this time. Scallops were gritty and pasta we normally get must have had msg in it this time cuz my sis was ill after eating

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great location and food, service was excellent!!! Highly recommended.

G
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here everytime we come to San Diego about 3 to 4 times a year. We look forward to your restaurant. We are always greeted with smiles and friendly service. However, this time, we didn't feel that. A different hostess ip front was not as friendly as all the other times. But, the rest of the experience was excellent as usual.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Not a place for vegans. They need to wash their windows.

K
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

World Famous is one of the few restaurants in San Diego that is right on the beach. Nice variety of dishes and great bloody marys!

JW
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

You come here for the view - simply stunning to watch the sunset and the surfers catching the waves. Food was also very good.

LP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

World Famous is a favorite. We arrived 15 minutes early for our 5:30 reservation. The valet parking is a plus in busy Pacific Beach! Our wait to be seated seemed unnecessary since there were plenty of seats and wait staff, and we were seated at 5:30. The bar stools offered for the wait were too high for my 90 year old relative so we stood. Not customer focused. Hence only four stars. The food was delicious and generous. Great service!

KH
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The view was spectacular. The food was superb! The service very good! The tables were good size but the wood seats on the patio where we sat are a little uncomfortable. But that won't stop us from going back or taking friends there. We had a good time!!! The valet parking is an excellent value and convenience.
Thank you,
K.H.

m
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

People rave about this place but I thought the food was just ok...not a light fish place, everything was bacony and mac and cheese creamy. I am used to Calif food that is served lighter. Service was excellent. On the beach but basic concrete and flimsy tables. $26 entrees so expensive...our bill for 2 was $140 with drinks and appetizers.

JG
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Location Location Location decent food decent servers