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World Famous

4.4
565 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 565 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DebraS
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great views of the ocean and sunset. Service was slow but our server was very good. Good food.

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vipjbab
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Went here for a birthday dinner and was very disappointed. They were out of a lot of menu items, service was slow, and barely acknowledged the birthday.

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vipGreatSpot
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always A Great Beach Spot! Great Views! Good Food and Service.

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vipMaria
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always the most wonderfully relaxing ambience, situated directly on the ocean boardwalk, serving a tastefully prepared menu. Cannot beat their Lobster Bisque.

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MarkK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and even got a little dolphin show out in the ocean! It was a wonderful night.

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CliffD
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We have come here for years and have always had a great experience however this time was far different they were out of many items the food was just fair at best. I hope this is just Covid related and it will pick back up but very discouraging

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Traveler
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Meh. All around. Had the shrimp curry bowl. No heat, no salt. Under cooked shrimp. Nono e especially Iiked the food. It wasn’t terrible but very so-so all around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome location and amazing food for the price! Great place to take kids too.

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JAM20
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, terrific cocktails and tasty food.

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DebbiS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I take all of my out of town visitors to World Famous. Food is consistently good - servers are always great - view of the boardwalk, beach, and water can't be beat, It's always entertaining and the lobster bisque can't be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Just Don’t. 2 1/2 hours from the time we sat with a reservation to completion. $175 for mediocre seafood trio and a burnt cheeseburger. Second tier quality scallops and shrimp. My mistake, read between the lines and the focus is on bar food “tacos” and not dining. We we not even acknowledged for 15 min after seating and half the tables were empty. Drinks were “Meh” and then forgot our salad and lobster bisque. Great view but there’s a ton of better options, don’t waste your time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was on the balcony with a great view of the boardwalk and ocean. Everything was just
perfect from the scenery to the service and the delicious meal.

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ShawnJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, with an excellent view. And our server (Ally) was amazing. Would definitely go here again the next time we are in San Diego.

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vipSandiegogirl
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Both the hostess and the waitress were pretty cold not terrible but not great by any means. The view was wonderful and the prices were fair. IT should be noted that they have zero milk substitutions (for coffee, etc); no dairy-free, no oat/almond/soy alternatives so if you have any dietary restrictions I wouldn't suggest going here for a meal.

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TierrasantaFoodie
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic SD breakfast place. Parking is always dicey but what do you expect on a Saturday at the beach? It was perfect for our out of town guests.

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JoeK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Good food. Parking validation up to 2 hours.

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AnnC
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve eaten here 4 times on our trips to mission beach. The food and drinks are good and it’s nice to be right on the water.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Got to sit right next to the strand at the beach and that’s why it was worth it. Prime rib had to be sent back because it was cold and tough. When they brought it a second time, it was like they microwaved it. Really bad. Had to reorder something else. Tacos were good. Clam chowder good.

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John
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 4 were cordially received by a pleasant staff. We were seated in a corner patio table looking out on the boardwalk and beach-goers.
The service was very good and the food was excellent!
Especially appreciated that the staff wore masks, spacing was in place, and they increased outdoor seating by about double! We were very pleased!

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Kickrjason
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch on the beach. everything we could have asked for.

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vipLisaC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gorgeous beach views. Chilly on the patio but there were space heaters. Everyone loved their food and drinks! Best lobster bisque ever! Totally worth checking out.

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rodgerd
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and delightful lobster bisque. Yummy!

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VictoraR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a great place by the water and nice staff. Food is always a solid 4, nice selection of wine/liquor, but get an old fashioned somewhere else. Glad I made a reservation, wait was 45+ min wait for 2 when we arrived. Great place to bring out of town visitors, and they validate for parking next door! :)

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DYLV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we are glad we picked this place for breakfast. The food portions are good! The staff were very nice and efficient on this visit. No one was rude and our server, Rudy M, treated us very well. Thank you Rudy! Keep it up! We'll come back for lunch or dinner next time.

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RickC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right on the boardwalk so you can people watch during breakfadt if you choose. Good food. Sadly, carne asada Benedict disappeared from the menu.

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ReneeH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Our service was terrible on this visit. I haven't been since before the pandemic and was very disappointed. The food was just ok, it was crowded and loud inside. Maybe an outside table would help the ambience buy it won't help the bland food and bad service.

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DestinyS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery by the ocean, amazing food, great service!

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GrantS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot with great food and great atmosphere.

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KatN
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was awesome; however, service was awful. The waitress was rude, ignorant, wanted to sell extra sides with extra costs more than ensuring that her customers were enjoying the food and having a wonderful experience.

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klew
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Host and service staff seemed inexperienced and lacked some "polish". My dad almost couldn't get back into the restaurant because he stepped outside to get something out of our car and came back to the restaurant door to rejoin us at the table, but because the restaurant was closing the host rudely just said "we're closed" and he had to explain himself.

Host also didn't show us to our table to meet my parents when we arrived just a few min after them. Just kind of said "they're outside."

Views were lovely though I wish the heat lamps had more fuel bc it was BREEZY for sunset. Food was good, but a bit pricey (probably paying for the views).

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MattM
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

unbeatable view. great service. food was good. prices good for location. beer pricey. parking validated, big plus. will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Mother’s Day dinner.

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vipsmeredith
San Diego
137 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I made this reservation for my parents who were celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. I noted this is in the reservation. I asked them the next morning how everything was, and my Mom mentioned nothing of them doing anything - so I flat our asked. She said the person never asked when they were seated "special occasion, celebrating something, first time here" - nothing. Sad. I guess this is the state of things for now, hoping that employees become enthusiastic about their jobs again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The view was beautiful. The food was okay, and the service was a little understaffed. Very nice people though.

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GeneR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at World-Famous for at least 40 years and not once was I disappointed. The food is great, the service is friendly and professional, and the ambience is perfect for taking a friend or friends to lunch!

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SuzanneW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, eveything was wonderful, very attentive staff.

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TerrisJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Lot of menu items out or unavailable. But food was good.

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vipMaria
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great service and will always remain one of our favorite dining spots in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I’ve been going to World Famous for many years now. We always go to this restaurant when we’re at the beach. However my experience this past weekend was not the most pleasant. The restaurant is a bit run down. The carpet and tables
look worn and old. When we ordered, we had to pick other items as they had run out of food.
I ordered a margarita and had to send it back because they made it with soda water. Who makes a margarita with soda water?! The service was not good. I kept having to catch my servers attention, because she never checked on our table. Maybe I picked a bad night to go, but this restaurant definitely needs a makeover and some tweaks to their menus and drinks.

FAQs

World Famous offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 272-3100.

World Famous is rated 4.4 stars by 565 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.