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Hard Rock Cafe

#684 of 4,133 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 14
    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
Most recent review
Inspiring location for company meeting

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
TErri R
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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263 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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 

California, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I never been to a Hard Rock Cafe , so everything was new to me I love the set up not sure if every hard rock is the same but it was lovely, it was quick to get a table as this location was huge .. The food was good but nothing extraordinary, the value was good but the service... More 

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

Thank you so much for the comments and the time you took to write them. I look forward to share these comments with managers and staff alike. We hope to see you back very soon. Regards, Brent More 

Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

We caught the Hard Rock in Phoenix on an off night. It was empty! Less than 20 patrons in the whole place! So we roamed all over checking out the memorabilia. Instead of the great burgers that I normally have at these, I had salmon! It was excellent! We enjoyed the trivia of guessing who the rock artists were as... More 

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

Thank you! More 

Santa Clara, California
Top Contributor
193 reviews 193 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We were in San Diego for a work thing and decided to check out the Gas Lamp area. We had the hot wings appetizer and they were really good. Both of us had a Cheeseburger and fries, those were pretty good also. We had a couple of cocktails and they were okay, I've had better, but no real complaints. Our... More 

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

I wanted to thank you for your comments and observations on your recent vsit to my cafe. I'm glad to hear that yiou had a good experience. We shooting for great experiences. Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you next time you are in thge Gas Lamp. Regarsds, Brent GM Hard Rock San Diego More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

For someone like me who has allergies to Shell fish, it's nice to find a place in the French Quarter that doesn't just have sea food for sale. Ate several meals here during my visit and all were great. Staff is friendly and food is good. Worth a visit.

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

Thank you very much for your nice comments in regards to your recent visit to the San Diego cafe. I share all of these reviews with staff and management alike. I appreciate your business and your opinion. I look forward to see you next time you are in the Gas Lamp. Regards, Brent More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

You can't go wrong with the food. My only downside is that I have the Hard Rock "membership" and I was not treated as promised.

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

Thank you for you comments and business. I apprciate both very much. I hope to see you next time you are in the Gas Lamp. Rewards, Brent More 

Marietta, Georgia
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here on Jan. 14th, 2015. We found Hard Rock right around the corner from our hotel in downtown San Diego. I think the thing we liked the most was our waitress. She was funny, attentive, and full of information about the area. We only had burgers and they were ok. They had German chocolate... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind comments. We hope to see you in the near future. Regards, Brent More 

Waynoka
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Hard rock has a reputation for atmosphere and this one did not disappoint. The food, however is overpriced and not nearly as good quality as we expected.

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

Thank you for you comments on your recent visit. I'm sorry the food did not live up to our reputation. I would love to get you back in and offer you lunch and or dinner and see if we can try to win back your good favor. My name is Brent Rumph and I'm the GM here. My number is... More 

Busan, South Korea
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There's nothing that stood out for me about this Hard Rock. My ribs were cooked well but you expect them to be tender when you choose to dine at a Hard Rock. Portions were quite substantial and they had a good variety on their kids menu.

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

Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the ribs. We are workong on updating the cafe so we will not just be another Hard Rock. Your comments validate that thought process. Regards, Brent GM More 

Mcminnville Oregon
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had a nice family dinner. It is always fun to see all the things on display at the Hard Rock Café. The food was okay.. The bar tender was very nice and acted as our server as well. It was the smallest Hard Rock Café I have been to.

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

Thank you for your comments and business. We hopre to see you soon. Brent GM 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

Questions & Answers

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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?