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About World Famous

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.

711 Pacific Beach Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 7 am - 12 am

Cross Street:
Mission Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 272-3100

Website:
http://www.worldfamouspb.com/

Entertainment:
The best ocean view in Pacific Beach; right on the Boardwalk.

Catering:
Catering is one of our specialties!

Parking Details:
We Validate the Promenade Parking Garage up to three hours. We also provide a personal valet. 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.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Bates

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

World Famous Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (5)
Casual (5)
Fun (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food is great. The eye candy in the patio is awesome. Except for the sun setting in my eyes, it was awesome

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A really nice dinner. The menu skews more to seafood but the pasta and meat options are enough to satisfy everyone. Our server, Julianne, was FANTASTIC a great balance of professionalism and friendliness, she checked in several times to make sure all was well, more than the perfunctory "how is everything" and she was very helpful in describing and recommending dishes, all of which were delicious. The wine list is also terrific with a good selection of half bottles.
The only downside is that a family with two young children were seated next to us and one of the children was behaving badly. When the restaurant then sat another family with 2 children in a stroller next to us we were worried but fortunately they were well behaved and the parents were attentive (not so much at the other table.) Obviously it is hard for the restaurant but still it had a negative impact on our experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good thank you

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our first time there... Very good food and service.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Gorgeous view. Very good food. Enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server Britney was excellent. It is not a very upscale place and the food was decent with big portions. There was a bad smell when initially entering. Ok for a quick, low key casual dinner

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wasn't impressed.....overpriced.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was outstanding. Service was great and window seat on patio spectacular

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had reservations at 9:30pm. We arrived about half hour early. We walked across the street from Catamaran Resort where we are currently staying. Since the place was not packed at all, we were able to get seated right away. After looking at the menu front and back, our waitress came by and took our order. I ordered a Russian Mule beverage. Very good balance of rum. For appetizers, we ordered the crab cakes. For the entree, I ordered the Mediterranean salmon with a lobster bisque to start. The food overall was 5/5 stars. As for the service, our waitress was attentive from the time we ordered to the time they handed our main entrees. Towards the end of our meal, she was not as attentive as I would like. My wife and I were looking at our phones towards the end until she finally came by and we asked for the check. We did not get dessert since we ordered so much food. We look forward to coming back here.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We always love coming here, but this time the food was even more exceptional! My dad and his wife were in town visiting and we couldn't stop raving about the food, atmosphere and killer views! And the waitress was really great with my 2 1/2 year old daughter.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Service impeccable et cuisine excellente, choix de viande, poissons, crustacé. Gardez une place pour le dessert.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Celebrating a birthday - food was excellent. I had the trio of shrimp, salmon, and scallops. The lobster bisque was amazing. We ate outside next to beach, so that speaks for itself! The waiter was attentive. Valet parking is very reasonable and worth avoiding the hassle of beach area parking.
No complaints at all!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Our server had no personality and the food wasn't anything special. You're overpaying for the location. By far, the least favorite restaurant we visited during our week-long vacation to Pacific Beach/San Diego.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

We were in Pacific Beach with my company. We eat at WF 4 times, it was so good. Their lobster bisque is outstanding (not too much of a sherry taste) and the lobster tacos (lunch and bar menu) are to die for. I had fish and chips, calamari, filet and scallops and potato crusted sea bass. My wife had the trio (salmon, shrimp and scallops), prime rib and the lobster tacos for lunch. The service is a bit laid back, but you are right on the beach. With this beautiful view it doesn't matter if the service is a bit slow :-)

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Ive loved World Famous for years, but something has definitely changed!!! It's gone down hill IMHO Haven't been here to dinner for a couple years.
We were Headed out to a concert so I made an early reservation for 5 o'clock. We checked in a few minutes early but it took them at least 15 mins to get us seated. I think it was a bussing issue clearing dirty tables cuz there were plenty of empty tables.
The servers were great... but the food overall a big disappointment. The beloved lobster bisque which I rave about was luke warm and thinner than in the past , however, it did have nice size pieces of lobster in the bottom. It tasted okay, tho from past experience I expected way better!
The Cesar salad wasn't what it used to be either! Very ordinary and not special at all. Needed fresher, more flavorful dressing- or maybe more of it.
The warm spinach salad was fabulous on another note! :)
The filet and lobster - steak had a sauce that I should have been warned about! Ruined the underdone very rare meat. The prime rib seemed it came from under a heat lamp. It was very ordinary and on the thinner side. The brussels that came as a side were dried out and I've had much better. ( the filet was suppose to be served with asparagus but it wasn't ) the twin lobster tails were small but nothing to complain about or rave about.
Bacon scallops were huge! My mom had them and seemed to like them.
Best part about the meal was the awesome bread and butter!!! Always a silver lining to every cloud. My cucumber spritzer was yummy too.
Not sure what happened. I felt as if I was dining at Chilies or Applebees.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Amazing seafood, our favorite restaurant in San Diego!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Service, food and view! were all terrific. Delivery of food timely.

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Our server was nice and attentive, but not knowledgeable about cocktails, wine or food. The snapper was terrible: very small sliver of fish, overcooked and the bloodline wasn't cut out--it may have been the worst fish I've ever had. The bass was overcooked as well. We were extremely disappointed.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Our 6pm reservation was honored immediately & we were seated at an awesome table on the patio with an excellent view of the beach. The food was delicious although the prices were quite a bit higher than the ones listed on the menu shown on Open Table. Also, we were disappointed that we were not allowed to take advantage of the Happy Hour appetizer specials from our table on the patio -- our server told us those were only available when ordered in the bar.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Being a local I can say that this restaurant represents everything a meal at the beach should be. It's right next to the ocean (once I even saw dolphins while I was having breakfast) and the food is delicious and healthy.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We went for my birthday and had incredible service. The food was delicious and the evening was perfect! Excellent restaurant!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Drinks were great. Clam chowder was delicious, steak was ok, sea bass was under-seasoned and ahi was covered in chili salt.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Fun place on the beach. Food was very good- not your typical bar food. Service was slow but waitress was pleasant.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We brought a friend who had never tried world famous and everything was perfect. From the lobster bisques and to the service, it was all amazing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

All I can say Prime rib! Outstanding! Nice beach restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food that I ordered was good, but was surprisingly small-portioned (for the price). I'd expect the type of plating and portion size from a 5-star high-end restaurant downtown or in La Jolla or something, but not in Pacific Beach. PB is a casual beach town with a lot of bar/social life. The service was good and the atmosphere was fine - beach front. But, for the price and parking issues, I wouldn't recommend.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 18, 2017

I've eaten here many times, but recently it's just been for lunch with my friend when she comes to town. She lives in Tucson, so she loves being right next to the beach! We had a great table on the patio and our server was really good, letting us take our time while we were catching up. We had a nice bottle of Chardonnay, and both of us had the Maine Lobster Salad, which was very good. I'm sure when my friend comes back to San Diego, we'll be going to World Famous for lunch again!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

When ever we are in San Diego we stop by for either Bunch or Dinner. This time it was dinner. Reservations are highly recommended as the place is busy. it is on the boardwalk and a great place for Sunset dinner. Food is good, good selection of drinks and the service is very friendly.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Casual, People Watching
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Location, food, ambiance, service all excellent. So good we are returning tonight.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The great reviews fell flat with a very dry prime rib (ordered medium rare) overcooked lobster. Lemonade was good

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I took my parents here for Father's Day because the restaurant offered lobster. They were very pleased with their meal but my Mother was quite annoyed with the loud noise level of the restaurant.

I was quite underwhelmed by my meal. Everything is creamed sauces and not in a good way. My salad dressing choices were Ranch, which I detest, and "balsamic cream". Which tasted like Ranch. It was so cloying I couldn't finish my salad. Only two dressing choices is inexcusable. Every restaurant has the ingredients for a simple oil and vinegar dressing and that should be offered. Two choices and both cream? Thumbs down.

I ordered the filet mignon with scampi. the filet was cooked and seasoned very well but quite small. About the size of a soda can top. The three scampi were covered in another cream sauce. I took one taste and scraped them onto an empty plate. It was disgusting. They did bring me plain scampi but not the garlic butter sauce I associate with scampi that I was so looking forward to.

Since cream was their thing I decided to order the creme brulee. It was generous but not executed very well. The filling was just this side of curdled. Not creamy. The torched sugar was also fairly generous but it didn't crack. Like it had been torched and then put back in the refrigerator. The taste was okay.

For me, the meal was not a great experience. I would label this restaurant pretentious. They would be better served to simplify their menu rather than trying for some sort of fancy gastronomy.

Valet parking is $7 and the valet was affronted I didn't give him a 40% tip. Plus he kept us waiting to pay him while he ran to get someone else's car.

All in all, we have decided not to return or to bring guests here.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Good food, great location, but noisy inside. Better on the patio.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Appetizers were really good. I had the spinach steak salad which was very tasty. The mermaid cocktail was delicious. Enjoyed having the beach view. I'd recommend the restaurant for special occasions and get togethers. Service was good as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was very tasty. Lobster bisque was an A+ margarita was not the perfect Margurita but they made it to our perfection. Loved the whole meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Mediocre food but on the beach with a great view. And that's why I go. I've had the warm spinach salad a few times, each time it gets worse. Or is it my taste buds growing up. It's just so sweet. I don't see myself ever ordering it again. My companion had the bacon and spinach wrapped scallops. They were very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Excellent food and great ocean view, service was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Love this place - Great value for tasty food with a nice variety of items on menu. Plus that view and cool beachy vibe is fabulous!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent, as always! Food, service, views, ambiance, all great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I love this place, just wish they would let you get the lobster tacos at the tables.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Took a bike ride with friends and had a great time. Had the Nut Crusted Brie as an appetizer and it was very good. Had the Capellini California and expected a more thicker cream sauce and it was watery. Not my favorite. The others had the Baja Fish Taco Plate and seemed to love it.

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