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Basic

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410 10th Av, San Diego, CA 92101
619.531.8869
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 187
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Go For the Pizza!

Our family enjoyed Basic as our favorite meal destination during our recent trip to San Diego. True to its name, this restaurant (bar, really) focuses on the essentials in just making really good, thin crust pizza. Our waitress guided us well in identifying several delicious options. We went on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
EPCJR
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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English first
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Our family enjoyed Basic as our favorite meal destination during our recent trip to San Diego. True to its name, this restaurant (bar, really) focuses on the essentials in just making really good, thin crust pizza. Our waitress guided us well in identifying several delicious options. We went on St. Patrick's Day, so the bar scene dominated the ambiance making... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a super cool bar/restaurant. Awesome pizza. Good beer selection. Other than that though, not really any other food options.

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Bowie, Maryland
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121 reviews 121 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The pizza here was some of the best I've ever had. I went with a large group of about 20 people. Pizza came out quickly on large trays and was quickly gobbled up by our group. The Margherita was the best. Salad was fresh and nicely put together. Service was quick and responsive. The red sangria was a little bitter... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Popped in here one Sunday night after arriving in San Diego on holiday. Its a really nice bar/restaurant were pizza and lots of it are on the menu. You pretty much choose your size, base and toppings and that's that. Great tasting pizza with good service and nice drinks at a good price. Highly recommended.

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Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The pizza at basic is thin crust, with a great selection of unique combinations. Not too filling and just the way I like it. The free 8' billiard table is a definite plus if it's not too crowded. I have been here three or four times and every time the servers were helpful, knew the menu well and took great... More 

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PA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

While the food was pretty good, and the atmosphere industrial-chic, the clientele ruined it for me. On a Wednesday night at 7:30, the bathroom had for girls in a single stall, one of them clutching the porcelain god and hoping for the earth to stop spinning. A private party was roped off with sheer curtains and we could hardly have... More 

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San Marcos, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I read a good number of the reviews of this place on Trip Advisor and I am convinced that many of these people giving rave reviews did not have much to eat before arriving at "Basic". I can see myself really liking this place if I am starving. I am a pizzaholic ( really I am) and I cannot see... More 

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Santee, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

2 adults, 2 teenagers and 1 preteen went here before Monster Jam. We got there early so it was easy to find a seat (we walked by here before Supercross and there was a line out the door.) Their pies can be ordered white or red. We chose the traditional red- cheese and pepperoni. If you do NOT like your... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The East Village is THE place to explore when in Downtown San Diego and one of its pioneer tenants is Basic, a place that celebrates Connecticut's( yes Connecticut) great pizza traditions. In addition to a great crust; wood fired taste and incredible size( those from Connecticut never lost sight of the fact that size matters)...Basic has great food. Try the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Great pizza! We got the So Meaty and it was hot and delicious. Server was Kiersten and she was friendly and quick. Loved the industrial style interior.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 410 10th Av, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619.531.8869

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?