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World Famous

4.6
531 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 531 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GeneR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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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
42 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.

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PSquare
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Had an early dinner reservation on Valentine’s Day and they were already sold out of prime rib. Super disappointed because that is what me and my husband went there for. Had to settle for the Short Rib dish which was pretty good, just not what I wanted.

JL
JasonL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. My favorite place.

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside experience. Our waitress Isabel was so wonderful to us. We were a large group of 9 and she made our visit so fun. The food was delicious and we had so much to chose from.

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ChrisM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and great view for people watching. They carried my favorite wine, La Crema Pinot Noir. I would recommend this restaurant.

LJ
LoriJ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Have been here often. Always a good experience. Good service, average food but location is the draw,.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful for our dinner! We had such a nice time, we went back for lunch 2 days later.

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LorettaW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always - Lobster Salad & Famous Lobster bisque. Wait staff-Tyra was extremely friendly and service was excellent. Will come back to for the great food and request Tyra as our server for a great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

its was verg good thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch here with a group of 8 (lol). Staff and seating was able to accommodate that easily. Had a nice table on the covered patio separate from others and I was loving it. Waiters were nice and attentive. Good sized portions of food and a bottle of champagne and juice was $15 so I have nothing to complain about 😇

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NoelB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Such a fun place, and wonderful staff! It's appropriate for all ages, from kids to grandparents

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SandyH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World Famous restaurant has always been a favorite of mine. The location is perfect (right on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach), and the food never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organized for the Covid climate.
Perfect place for either a romantic sunset and walk on the beach or a morning breakfast with family and a way to cool off after by the seashore. Coming from Hawaii, the staff here have tremendous Aloha! Mahalo!

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MercedesS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so much fun and great food!

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KarenT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very friendly, let us take our time to peruse the menu and have a bloody mary. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! The waitress was very attentive and friendly. I do wish I could remember her name. Thank you for the great experience!

LG
vipLynnG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was pretty good but the service started out of but really fell off. They weren’t even that busy. We had 4 courses and they were slow to clear the plates. We ordered desert and ask for our check at the same time and it probably took 20 min to get it.

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vipluvkauai
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must place to eat. The view of the beach and ocean are wonderful and the food is yummy. Can't wait to eat here again.

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vipFoodieSD2014
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant with large portions, friendly staff, amazing views of the ocean

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JohnW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They did honor our OpenTable reservation. Food was great. Service a tad slow but it was a busy day and the waiters were scurrying around. Great oceanfront location.

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KrisS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

When we arrived we were told they did not take reservations even though I had our Open Table confirmation. The hostess was extremely rude and basically laughed at us. Fortunately they were not busy so we were still able to get a table

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vipLoriS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor this reservation

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vipGman
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Fish and Chips

Awesome view

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Karina
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our time for Father’s Day. It was a bit loud for the older folk but the food and bev were tasty.

PJ
PeggyJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I ordered the fish & chips. The fish was fabulous but the tartar sauce was horrible! It just tasted like salted mayonnaise. Yuk!

It's a great location! You can sit inside or outside and it's right on boardwalk!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Father’s Day celebrations

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unfortunately there were about 5 very little kids, kicking and screaming majority of our meal, but once they left it was really nice. We all loved our food! And it was a great time

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AmandaT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View is beautiful right on the beach but the food is WAY better then I remember! Best lobster bisque and calamari I have ever tasted! Everything we had was great. Good service and tables are spread out to allow adequate space

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vipMaria
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You just can't beat that boardwalk/ocean view and the food and service has always been tops. Has been one of our favorite restaurant in San Diego for years. Here's a shout-out to Michelle, our server, who made our dinner the most enjoyable ever and even ran to our car to deliver a jacket we had left behind.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was mediocre. Pancakes rubbery. Definitely not what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite for over 20 years

JR
JeannieR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Customer service was perfect and food was great! Seated us quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We were late getting seated, they overbooked reservations which caused a lot of people to be angry..we finally got seated 30 minutes plus after our reservation. Service was slow, they ran out of scallops and never said anything so when my husbands dinner came he was disappointed. The food was subpar. We have been going here for years and sad to say, we wont be going back.

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LaurenR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been eating at World Famous for years! It is my favorite restaurant in PB! Great views, great people watching! The food is delicious! Definitely get the nut crusted Brie appetizer! Fish tacos are also a favorite. Our service was good considering how busy it was. Food came out hot. I usually just walk in but due to covid definitely make a reservation otherwise you’re looking at an hour wait. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure eating there

MR
MonicaR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good but the price was insane it was a good experience but I don’t think I will return

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 531 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.