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Hard Rock Cafe

801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-7625
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Ranked #627 of 4,046 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Family Fare
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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!!!
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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had jumbo combo, fajitas, shrimp and mac&cheese for our kid. food was ok but cold. our waiter was friendly. If you like hard rocks, it is a good place to stop by. But I believe there are better places in San Diego

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

I'm sorry we did not live up to your expectations on your recent visit. I only wish that I could have personaly made your experience a memorable one. I would ask if ever inclined, to reach out to me when back in San Diego so that I could invite you back into the cafe and attempt to win back your... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Me and my wife just visited our waitress Samantha was excellent, very friendly and efficient. The food was very good and couldn't complain. One of the other waitresses then asked where we were from and what the occasion was. When we said the UK and our honeymoon we were given a free ice cream which was very good of them.... More

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

Thank you for your input. We are currently working on our live music program and artists. Your feedback is very important in this regard. I will pass along your comments on the service from Samantha. I appreciate your time and business. Regards, Brent Rumph General Manager More

Gold Coast, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My waitress who had worked at Hard Rock for 10 years with a name tag "Me" has to be one of the friendliest and efficient waitresses I have ever met. Super friendly, knowledgeable and very welcoming. She had an extremely awesome personality. My pulled pork burger was extremely filling and my cocktail was very enjoyable to drink. I don't know... More

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

Thank you for the kind words Chris. I am glad you enjoyed yourself and that we showed you a great time. We look forward to you coming back to Hard Rock soon! More

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I'm up to 28 on the list of Hard Rock cafes around the world and this was the worst. Terrible service and a really scary face-tattooed waitress with an attitude problem!

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

Hello Hannah, I am sorry to hear about your visit here with us. We pride ourselves on giving people great food and experiences and I apologize that we did not meet that standard for you. More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

Never been before and not impressed, very average, can get much better in the same area. Menu nothing to write home about.

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

I'm sorry we did not live up to your expectations on your recent visit to my cafe. I only wish that we could have provided the experience we pride ourselves on to you and you party. I would hope that if ever posible you would give us another opportunity in the future. Regards, Brent Rumph General Manager More

Vinhedo, SP
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I went to a few Hard Rocks around the world and they all look the same. Same food, same memorabilia, same everything. I thought they would change and adapt the local culture to it's restaurantes. Anyway, if you manage to get a table, you can have great fun with your friends. Very american style, so do not expect great food... More

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

It sounds like we did not deliver a typical Hard Rock San Diego experience for you and your party. I only wish that we could have made a better impression. I have shared your comments with staff and management alike. I appreciate your feedback. Regrds, Brent More

Reading, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

For the past 17 years we have visited many Hard Rock Cafe's on 3 continents. The San Diego experience was the worst we have ever experienced. Our server was trying to cope with too many customers and it showed. After choosing our meal we waited so long for the food to arrive. When it did, my burger was stone cold!!... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great service but adequate food. Good range of local beers available. It was not busy but we did book ahead.

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Corning, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Just another Hard Rock Cafe, nothing special here. If you have eaten at one you know the drill, ok food, just below average service and lots of kool Music memorabilia. They do offer a large number of San Diego's craft beers here.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We have visited many HRC's around the world and this was by far the worst. No cutlery, main course delivered during starter. Pulled pork, meat was cold and very dry, we both ended up leaving most of it. Very disappointed!! waiter just not interested unlike the normal service usually found in the US.

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