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World Famous

4.4
4.4
633 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 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 9:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 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

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What 633 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Scenic View

  • San Diego

    Californian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!!
  2. G

    jimmieG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Food was not good. There were six of us and we all agreed food was horrible
  3. JW

    JeffW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The World Famous is a PB classic and never disappoints!
  4. v

    vguenther

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service, right on the beach. It can be a bit crazy because it's right on the boardwalk but also perfect for people watching.
  5. S

    Stacey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a great San Diego experience. The location is right on the beach with a great view. Service is was great and the food was delicious. I was able to make a same day reservation, which I recommend making a reservation to avoid wait times. It is a must try when visiting the San Diego area!
  6. w

    wrk2play

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fabulous! We were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary and had an amazing meal and a table right on the boardwalk. World Famous again did not disappoint, we will be back for sure!! Thank You!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    View of the ocean was amazing and breakfast was delicious!! Service was lacking a bit and the server forgot to bring my Bloody Mary beverage out until after my breakfast was finished. Few flys inside the restaurant buzzing around.
  8. ME

    MichaelE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Last time I was here I thought it was fine dinging type. Didn't feel that way this time. Casual. Sat us in patio which was fine, but it was no more than going to a beach side tavern type place. Food was good...not to complain. Drinks are overpriced for this place. And Im used to paying $15-$20 a drink at fine dinging in Las Vegas. Not a knock on this place, but it isn't fine dining anymore.
  9. AM

    AnnaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great seat people watching on the boardwalk. Food was solid, but not inspired. Everything came out at once so things got cold. Great set up for outdoor dining.
  10. 3

    34786

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food has become uneven.
  11. CM

    ChristyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The seafood is good. Don't get the prime rib. Kinda expensive. Nice views.
  12. m

    marys

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Our server seemed clueless. She came back twice to confirm our salad order. I had the prime rib & was told they only offer medium & medium well. I asked for the rarest slice they had and received medium well. So dry! My husband had the trio of seafood. Salmon was ver good, scallop & shrimp were not.
  13. NS

    NatalieS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The hostess forgot to seat us but I could see the shock on her face when she realized how long we’d been waiting. Otherwise the scene was beautiful and our server was awesome!
  14. LP

    LindaP

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You simply can't have anything but a delightful experience at World Famous. Magnificent view of the ocean and beach! As we enjoyed our wine and food, we watched dolphins surfing the waves along with their human counterparts. So amazing! Service was excellent, prompt and efficient. Food was fabulous. We enjoyed the potato crusted sea bass. Scrumptious! Fish was cooked to perfection! We just love this place!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Awesome location and excellent food! Our waiter was in training and service was a bit slow but other than that this restaurant was perfect.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Graduation
  17. MV

    MarkV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view of the ocean and beach. Fantastic good and drinks!
  18. G

    Grace

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    With rezis, got seated right away. Took awhile for server to even greet us. Got the lobster and steak Benedict and also the crab cake florentine Benedict…they were ok. Don’t like the focaccia bread they’re on top of…would stick to muffins or biscuits. Steak was chewy but flavorful, lobster was sparse but good. Crab cake was good. Nice being next to the boardwalk. It was just ok overall…probably won’t be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only great things to say! The food…yum. The atmosphere… casual beautiful. The servers… attentive. Going back this weekend.
  20. D

    Davidb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Got food posion. And had to leave because bathroom sucked
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great South Beach Benedict.
  22. RF

    RachelF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    They changed the menu! The place is great!! But I am limited on what I can eat there now.
  23. JS

    JenniferS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location with awesome views!! We love going there for special occasions.
  24. JN

    JoanN

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The main reason for this poor rating was the timing of our food. Our salads that were to accompany our main course came out before our first drink was even served. Our appetizers arrived at the same time as our meal while our drinks were finally served. Just terrible timing!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great scenery, great price. Almost all of their dishes are seafood based mainly crustaceans so if thats not what your looking for I would go elsewhere.
  26. RC

    RodneyC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing views and food. Clam chowder is a must! Service is good although slower when busy Validated parking for 3 hours on the adjacent underground parking.
  27. MA

    MikeA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food (although some menu options were unavailable on our visit at 19:15 on a Sunday evening). Service warm and friendly and a great spot to watch the said nest.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We are San Diego locals. For those coming from out of town, stay away. Storm on the way tomorrow. Was freezing out. Won’t turn on the heat lamps after multiple request until you turn them on yourself. Food took forever to be served. Response from restaurant was as though we should have expected it. Maybe so. Macdonald’s is a lot cheaper though.

    World FamousResponded on April 23, 2022I am truly sorry for your experience. We strive to make every guest happy and feel welcomed. It doesn't sound like we were close to the mark. We do have several heaters that are waiting for repairs. It's sad to say, this is taking longer than expected. I would love an opportunity to help rectify the situation though. Please call if you are willing to give us another chance. Thank you again for all of your feedback. Cheers Matthew Okolski General Manager World Famous Restaurant 619.990.2470

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    The hostess did not read the note I made about the high chair needed. They took over 1.5 to bring food. Sever was nice though.
  30. S

    Sher

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant food is excellent! View is stunning Pacific Ocean! You won’t regret choosing for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    World FamousResponded on April 23, 2022Sher, We appreciate the great review!! Thank you for the feedback. Cheers Matthew Okolski General Manager

  31. MD

    MorganD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had an excellent meal at World Famous. I had a vegan tofu curry and my husband had the shrimp curry and we both loved it. My son had lobster ravioli and lobster bisque and he loved it too. The only reason for the four stars was our waiter was mostly absent most of the evening. I understand it could be because they’re short staffed but my husband had told him it was my birthday and he ignored that. Another table had a happy birthday song so I felt a little bit ignored. It took longer than it should have to refill our wines and get my son his refill, etc. he also kept forgetting things. Little things but overall if the service is better it would’ve been five-star for sure!
  32. LP

    LindaP

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is fabulous at World Famous--service, food, ambience and especially the amazing view of the pacific ocean. The restaurant is right off the beach. We love it!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic at World Famous!
  34. NY

    NYCGal

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food is pretty good here but the location is the absolute best. Ask for a table outside or by the window to see sunset and the ocean. Otherwise the interior is nothing special.
  35. SD

    SueD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoy dining looking at the beautiful view and enjoying your good food.
  36. EG

    EGoo

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect location for a beautiful sunset and good people watching. The food was delicious and my favorite champagne had a reasonable price! We went twice during our stay and both servers were great.
  37. C

    Chelle

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing, view of the ocean too. The service was pretty good despite a few delays in service due to a lot of customers and fewer servers. Comfortable atmosphere and friendly service. Nearby parking structure made it easy to park and with validation, free parking.

    World FamousResponded on April 10, 2022Chelle, Thank you so much! The parking structure is such a great asset to use while dining so close to the Pacific Beach boardwalk. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the food along with your experience. We strive to make the best Californian Coastal Cuisine in town. As you mentioned earlier, staffing adds certain challenges to the mix. Thank you, for understanding this. Let us know when you would like to dine with us again!! Cheers Matthew Okolski General Manager World Famous Restaurant

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    My family loved Fat Fish & the Sea Bass fish was a total favorite!! So, when I read this was the “sister” restaurant I had to check it out. Everything was good—and there a couple things I would make sure to do differently next time. When the hostess sat us, we asked to be seated at one of the 2 open tables right next to the beach—and she didn’t seem to see 1 of them (right next to each other?) and said it was being used for training. No one ever went to either of the 2 tables the entire time we were there. Next time, I’ll be more insistent. She gave us the lunch and dinner menus & said we could order off either—it was 4:20. Apparently, she was wrong and we had to wait 40 min if we wanted to get any of the dinner items. That aside, the sea bass was very similar to the dish served at Fat Fish, so I know where to go to find that scrumptious delight!
  39. EM

    EdwardM

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    World Famous is an iconic ocean front dining experience at the foot of Pacific Beach Drive. Old school San Diego favorites on the menu with great people watching on the boardwalk.

    World FamousResponded on April 10, 2022Edward, Thank you!! I agree so much. It's an unbeatable view. (shhh)Don't tell anyone. It's definitely a hidden gem for date nights. Cheers, Matthew Okolski General Manager World Famous Restaurant

  40. CM

    ChristopherM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Waiter seemed to be elsewhere. Waited 45 min for appetizers and 30 min our cocktails. It probably would have been longer had I not flagged down the hostess. Its very sad to see an old classic fall apart. My wife and I loved to come here in the past.

    World FamousResponded on April 10, 2022Chistopher, My deepest apologies. I am saddened to hear about your experience. As the seasons change, we have been bringing in new team members, to provide first class California Coastal Cuisine. It appears that we missed the mark with your experience. If there is another day that you would like to dine with us, I would appreciate the opportunity of making things right. Please reach out if this is a possibility. Thank you for all of the feedback. Matthew Okolski General Manager

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 633 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu
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

    Mon–Fri 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 9:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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