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World Famous

4.6
4.6
874 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–9:30 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 272-3100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Luis Granados
  • Catering
    Catering is one of our specialties!
  • Private party facilities
    For all private events please contact our events coordinator Nicole May.WRGNicole@gmail.com
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Beach
  • Cross street
    Mission Blvd.
  • Parking details
    We Validate the Promenade Parking Garage up to three hours. Parking is not an issue at this restaurant located right on the Boardwalk.
  • Public transit
    All the major bus lines will take you right to our restaurant.
  • Entertainment
    The best ocean view in Pacific Beach; right on the Boardwalk.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 874 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Californian

874 Reviews
  1. Raneyman

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place for a good lunch with many reasonably priced choices. A great beachfront setting with great views of the surf, the sand and people watching. We had very good grilled sea bass with an excellent fresh vegetable cold accompaniment. The service was friendly and attentive.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not the best. We had Calamari Fritters and California crab cakes. Drinks were fine.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 9 and had a great experience. The food was very good and Tim our server did a great job. The ocean views from the dining room cannot be beat.

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  4. SBSanDiego

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow to get started but once it did, it was great. Hard to find a better beachside value where the quality doesn't suffer. Was a great day with my mom on Mother's Day.

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  5. LizzieM

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about it was great, ambience, service and food. Will definitely go back

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They best food in town!!! The seafood tacos were huge and tasted fabulous!!! We had a great table with a view of the ocean & boardwalk! The service was awesome! We never had to ask for anything! I'm glad we don't live closer, I'd eat there everyday!!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food always amazing as well as service😊 in the bar as well

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  8. DillanM

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent! Service was thoughtful and courteous. We’d never been here despite being local for a while and will definitely be back.

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  9. JaneD

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our monthly get together with friends, always a great visit when we come to world famous. But this time the service was beyond inattentive. We sat over 30 minutes before anybody came by, and that was after letting the hostess know nobody came by. When she did finally visit us, she didn’t offer anybody anything to drink besides the water that was in the glasses on the table. Never checked on us when our food arrived. A total of two visits, one to take our order and one to drop the check. When we got there, it wasn’t busy by the time we left it was deader service was minimal. Still gave the gal 25% because that’s who we are.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From Service to foods to cocktails everything was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Lauren was awesome. Great food, great service. Will be back

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  12. SBELL

    San Diego

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love World Famous. We’ve been coming for decades!!! Went for brunch on Saturday and weren’t disappointed. This is our go to restaurant when family is in town from AZ! They love it. Can’t go wrong with their lobster salad, taco sampler and breakfast burritos! Mimosas are great too.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was fantastic. Pretty location. Food was a mediocre at best.

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  14. RaleighFoodiesNC

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, beautiful view of the ocean, good service. Felt like it needed a good cleaning, new tables and chairs would go a long way to making it feel more upscale. Servers were experienced and attentive. Reasonable prices for location but for 8 of us the bill was over $600.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought an out of town friend, and she loves the place as well. Great lobster salad and margaritas!! Great sunset!! Waited for Hreen Flash!

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  16. KarenF

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service and atmosphere! We love it at World Famous!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff. Great scenery if you can get a table by the windows. Perfect to watch the sunset. The char-grilled salmon and roasted Brussel sprouts were delicious. Will be back next time I’m in the area.

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  18. KarenF

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, atmosphere, and service all great! This is a frequent stop of ours when we are in town!

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  19. DavidB

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great beach front restaurant right on the boardwalk. Great food, good service and of course a wonderful Pacific Ocean view!

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  20. MissDew

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food arrived timely and was delicious. We asked two separate times to get a heat lamp and was told RIGHT AWAY but never received. We left without getting another round of drinks because we were cold. Could see atleast 5 heat lamps at empty tables not being used

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  21. TammyD

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were a party of 8, service was terrible - we sat for 15 minutes before were offered drinks. Our entrees came out before our soup/salad/appetizers were cleared so there no place to set them. The heater next our table was blowing out sparks that landed on our table..thank god none went in our hair with a table full of ladies. Food was meh…nothing really outstanding except for the mud pie for dessert

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  22. Blueyes7

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always excellent! We can’t wait to come back! Service was perfect!

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  23. MarianaB

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and perfect family dinner with an amazing view from the patio. Our guests were from Seattle, they loved to beach atmosphere :)

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and fresh. Staff was friendly and we had a great time!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Pros: the salads were nice, and our entrees (salmon, sea bass) were okay. Cons: every aspect of the service. First, we were seated at a table where one of us had the lowering sun (an hour before sunset) directly in our eyes. There were other tables available where we would have had the sun to our side; I didn’t protest because I hate fussing, and I assumed they were being saved for parties of more than two. However, not two minutes later a young couple was seated at one of those nicer tables, so I had assumed wrongly. I tried to sit on the other free side of our table, but I was sticking too far into the aisle. My husband asked for a different table where the sun wasn’t directly in my eyes, and the answer we got was, “you’ll still be in the sun at any table.” It’s like she was deliberately being obtuse, acting as though being made to stare into the sun shouldn’t be a problem. We eventually were allowed to move to a table which, while not great, at least didn’t have one seat facing the sun. Instead it had a patio heater set to “high” right beside it, though why it needs to be on when it was almost 70 is beyond me. No effort was made to help us move our things, either. I thought the rest of the dinner could be salvaged then, but nope. The entrees arrived five minutes after our starter salads, and there was no sign of our appetizer. When I asked our server about our crab cakes, she said, “Oh didn’t you get them? I suppose I could have the kitchen make some for you now.” We declined, explaining that we normally prefer to have our appetizers BEFORE our meal. She said she would talk to the manager, but we never heard from him, unless he was the guy not in uniform who didn’t introduce himself and asked while walking by, “how’s everything going?” We were charged full price for one drink and entree each, well over $100. I didn’t expect special treatment just because the staff was told it’s our anniversary, but I didn’t expect to get treated like garbage either. Disgraceful.

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  26. Hangry

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Location location location! Great spot with plenty of seating. Service was a little slow due to it being a busy time we were there but the servers were nice and attentive otherwise.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was friendly. Quick seating. I had the lobster and shrimp ravioli. It was delicious.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing so goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Swordfish was really tender & moist.,. Was able to cut with a fork!

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  30. Karina

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch at World Famous was pure perfection! The ambiance, service, and cuisine all exceeded expectations. With an unbeatable ocean view, attentive staff, and mouthwatering dishes, it's a true paradise. From fresh oysters to lobster benedict, every bite was a delight. Solid cocktail list added to the joy. If you're searching for a great spot to enjoy brunch, look no further than World Famous! Our out of town guests are always so impressed with this spot! Can't wait to return!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful views, wonderful ingredients, and great service. Some entrees were a bit too plain. Would definitely go back and recommend.

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  32. KelliSho

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ocean views and a classy place to go for dinner that is also kid friendly!

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  33. Joyous924

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was delicious! The berry cream drink was amazing. Enjoyed the prime rib and fries! The view was amazing!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food was great as always we will be back soon

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  35. CherylH

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot on the beach, fabulous food, great service made for a memorable experience all around! Thank you, World Famous!

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  36. gr8viewdining

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location on the boardwalk in PB. Nice patio or indoor seating...very casual. Good food and service...parking is validated for the Promenade which is close by. Will definitely return and recommend to others!

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  37. WTSL

    Denver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice but limited rooftop view. Prices, like anywhere with a view, are high for what you get (lobster bisque, approximately cup size, $10). Service was good. No happy hour drink prices at all. Parking is a big challenge and they do not validate parking. WF offers a nice experience but it’s not easy to get there to enjoy it.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going here for decades. The food and service is always good. The location is everything!

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  39. MatthewR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We have been going to World Famous for 30+ years. Our table had a noticeable amount of water on top. I asked the server assistant if he could re-wipe the table. He was cleaning the surround floor area with a bar towel using his feet. He stopped, picked up the towel from the ground and began wiping down the table. The food was average and took 40 minutes. We will be looking over ALL of our dinning option next time.

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  40. BarbP

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining on the boardwalk and looking out at the ocean is always great. Then you add good and friendly service with delicious food and a great happy vibe, you can’t help but feel good. Barb P

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FAQs

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

World Famous is rated 4.6 stars by 874 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for World Famous

711 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mission Blvd.
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–9:30 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We Validate the Promenade Parking Garage up to three hours. Parking is not an issue at this restaurant located right on the Boardwalk.
  • Public transit
    All the major bus lines will take you right to our restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Luis Granados
  • Entertainment
    The best ocean view in Pacific Beach; right on the Boardwalk.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 272-3100
  • Catering
    Catering is one of our specialties!
  • Private party facilities
    For all private events please contact our events coordinator Nicole May.WRGNicole@gmail.com
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