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Hard Rock Cafe

#639 of 4,167 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Hamburgers, Family Fare
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801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-7625
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter...
In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter for fun and frivolity, and history hasn't changed much! Here it is less than a century later, and that same location has become a Hard Rock Cafe. The Cafe's cozy confines will wash all that local culture out of your head in no time, allowing you to fill it with important rock 'n' roll history and trivia. Ask about a Memorabilia tour!!!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere & service. Always fun to visit another Hard Rock & see the memorabilia!

My husband & I have visited this Hard Rock a couple of times over the years while visiting San Diego. Although this Hard Rock isn't as large as some, we enjoy the atmosphere of this location, which is downtown & close to shopping at Horton Plaza. Service at this Hard Rock has been pretty good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Taryn O
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Tempe, Arizona, United States
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Situated along 4th Avenue, the cafe offers the usual rock memorabilia throughout. Although it was only early afternoon, the cafe was busy and full of atmosphere. I was served by Jennifer, and have to say she was a wonderful server. If only all cafes could have attentive and welcoming staff. I ordered a Ultra Long Island Tea and Hickory Burger.... More 

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My husband & I have visited this Hard Rock a couple of times over the years while visiting San Diego. Although this Hard Rock isn't as large as some, we enjoy the atmosphere of this location, which is downtown & close to shopping at Horton Plaza. Service at this Hard Rock has been pretty good (typical of Hard Rock's), &... More 

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to see us and taking the time to post about your visit. We are glad to hear you had a good time at the bar. Hope to see you on your next visit! More 

Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Visited my first Hard Rock Cafe here and really enjoyed it - the service was really speedy and the food was filling and very well cooked. The free refills was definitely a plus and the atmosphere of the place was amazing - always fun to eat surrounded by memorabilia!

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Glad to hear you had a great experience! Thank you for taking the time to share. Rock on, Chris More 

vegas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I stopped here for lunch before my flight home and was surprise to see it so empty. I was seated right away and was greeted by my server, Brenda. She was very attentive and my food arrived pretty fast. I ordered the twisted mac and cheese with grilled chicken. It was really good and the service was great! Thank you... More 

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post. The feedback is appreciated and we use it to make our operation better. Brenda really appreciated your kind works. Please come and see us again soon! More 

Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ordered a Reuben and an Irish Mule (day after St. Patrick's Day) and found them both a bit lacking, except for the price. ($29.65 before tip) Our server, however, was fabulous (Ferrari) and the rock 'n roll memorabilia great!

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to tell about your visit. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy our St. Patricks Day special. Please come back and try our regular menu, I would appreciate the opportunity to feed you some great food. Ferarri apreciated the kind words too. Thank you, Chris More 

Naples, Campania, Italy
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Stopped here just for a few drinks after exploring the city. Had a great bartender who helped us out with a few cocktail recipes to try at home. An interesting building and design on the ceiling.

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to see us and taking the time to write about us. Our stained glass dome was orginally in an Elk's lodge, glad to hear you liked it! Cheers, Chris More 

Sellersburg, Indiana
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111 reviews 111 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Had a smaller menu then I remembered and service was slow however had a nice lineup of memorabilia to look at from the doors to beatlesvto Mötley Crüe drumsets which was impressive in a really nice location near gaslight district

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I appreciate the feedback and will look into the service speed with our staff. We are always trying to improve our business and your comments help us do it. Thank you! More 

Auburn, Washington
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We always enjoy the food at Hard Rock Cafes. Since it was the 18th of March they still had the makings for a Reuben which we tried. It was pretty meaty and very tasty. Local beer went well with the sandwich and good service to top it off.

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to post about your experience. I've been craving that Reuben! Great to hear you enjoyed it too. Rock On, Chris More 

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I love to visit Hard Rock Cafe's. This location was nice, Great location. The menu wasn't as impressive as i had remembered. Seems like they have taken several items away, wasn't that much to choose from. However the food was good, and the service was exceptional, waitress went out of her way for service. (I also witnessed one of the... More 

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to see us and for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate the feedback! Come back and see us soon. More 

Lenox, iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were disappointed with the menu. We didn't feel it had the variety that other Hard Rocks offered. Decided on burgers and my husband couldn't finish his because it was not completely cooked. I have never paid the price they charged for a burger before and will never do it again. Way too high!

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Chris D, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Linda, I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience. We appreciate you taking the time to post your review even though it is not about the great meal we wanted you to have. Please contact me at your convenience. I would appreciate the opportunity to: apologize about your experience, find out how to win back your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-615-7625

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter for fun and frivolity, and history hasn't changed much! Here it is less than a century later, and that same location has become a Hard Rock Cafe. The Cafe's cozy confines will wash all that local culture out of your head in no time, allowing you to fill it with important rock 'n' roll history and trivia. Ask about a Memorabilia tour!!!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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