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Hard Rock Cafe

801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-7625
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Ranked #327 of 3,981 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Family Fare
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: 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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Surrey
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105 reviews 105 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Six sixty something's visited for Happy Hour, post cruise. Very loud and noisy, even the batman could not hear. Had a great time. Beer good, wine good. Unfortunately we had to go somewhere else for dinner because conversation was impossible. Hard Rock Cafés not on our Bucket Lists but glad we went if only to embarrass our grown up children.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Not the same menu as on TripAdvisor.....very small restaurant...food not good, not worth going....lots of other bettrer choices

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Huntington Beach, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Food and drink OK Not up to standards of most Hard Rocks I gave visited. Service good but food sub standard, disappointed.

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UK
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Don't get me wrong not a disaster, just a bit ordinary and not very exciting. If I was from hard rock head office, this would be the one I would send my swat team to. Nothing wrong with the service, although when the server tells me twice that we have been an awesome table, I start to wonder what awesome... More

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Langley City, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

No really... the portions are massive. The food was great, the drinks delicious.. I was enjoying the watermelon coolers. Tonya was our server who was a lot a fun and kept our drinks full.

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HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome review of our cafe. I can see from your comments that your experience was great the night of your visit and I appreciate you writing about your experience. The next time you are in San Diego stop by for another great experience. Thank You, Scott Brokaw Sandiego_gm@hardrock.com More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Friend and I were planning on eating here while we were in San Diego for a trip. We got in and were about to be seated. Only problem was we couldn't stand the music. The singer was awful out of tune and way to loud. Not the type of place we wanted to eat. We lacked out before ordering. It... More

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

this was our last stop on the club crawl. Club 207 was fun. I had a birthday here (VIP style) a couple of years ago. The music was fun. Drinks average around $10-$12. The restrooms are in the hotel lobby. so you need to get a stamp before heading out so you can return to the bar. There is seating... More

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HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You for your great review of our cafe. I am truly glad to hear that you had a great experience in our cafe during your club Crawl. The next time you are in the gaslamp district stop by for another great experience. Thank You, Scott Brokaw San Diego GM More

Beverly, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

typical hard rock cafe. had great stuff to look at. staff was incredibly friendly. food was decent. typical menu. the waiter made it memorable for sure

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HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of our cafe.I am truly glad to hear that your experience in our cafe was awesome. The next time you are in San Diego stop by and I will make sure you get another 5 star experience. Scott Brokaw San Diego GM Sandiego_gm@hardrock.com (619)615-7625 More

Heredia, Costa Rica
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The restaurant is small but it adds to the atmosphere. Our waitress was very helpul and got what we ordered in no time. The food was very good -Hard Rock standard-; it was no different from other Hard Rock Restaurants that we've been to. As usual, after our meals we went to the store and did some shopping. Highly recommended!... More

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HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of our cafe. I am glad to hear that the food and staff were great during your recent visit. The next time you are in the area stop by for another great experience. Thank You, Scott Brokaw San Diego GM sandiego_gm@hardrock.com (619)615-7625 More

Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant is all about the atmosphere. The drinks are great, but the food is so-so. I would recommend sitting in the bar area.

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HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of our cafe. I have read your comments and I see that your food experience in our cafe was less than satisfactory. This is by far below our own personal standard and your expectation of the Hard Rock Cafe. I am glad to hear that the atmosphere was great during your recent visit. The... More

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