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Hard Rock Cafe

#661 of 4,156 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 98
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Typical hard rock

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
lance l
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Sellersburg, Indiana
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Sellersburg, Indiana
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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Auburn, Washington
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210 reviews 210 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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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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Labrador, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Walked in as doors open and was advised lunch started in 10 minutes. Sat down to wait till they 'opened'. Staff meeting was currently being held inside the restaurant (i would've kept doors closed till this was finished as made it awkward). 1115 finally had someone come to take our order. No free refill was provided even though drinks were... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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388 reviews 388 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My wife and I like to visit Hard Rock Cafes all over the world and we have been to this location several times. One of my favorites on their menu was the pulled pork sandwich with the vinegar based BBQ sauce. Unfortunately, they stopped offering this BBQ sauce last year and there have been some other menu changes that were... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This was our first time to a Hard Rock Cafe, and it was a great experience. THANK YOU SHEILA! You were by far THEE BEST server I've had in such a long time. You were so bubbly and personal it felt great to be there. Being our first time there, I wanted to try the Original burger, it was good,... More 

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escondido
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Our son is leaving for boot camp tomorrow, so the family wanted a fun night out. Our waiter asked if we were celebrating anything and we mentioned it. He very kindly thanked our new soldier and comped his dinner. We were very appreciative. Now, about dinner. It was great. Most of the group had hamburgers. I had the bbq chicken... More 

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Went to my favorite place in a new town, i was not disappointed, my waior was Jonathan, and he was great, we took as always the jomboCobo for lunch, this is the perfect meal for walking about. The place is perfectly situated in down town San Diego and its a must befor going anywhere else.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Two days of very productive meetings in excellent space and the most amazing food - simply the best service and attention to detail.

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

Wow! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I hope we will see you in the very near future. Regards, Brent 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?