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Hard Rock Cafe

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American, Pizza, Hamburgers, Family Fare
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801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-7625
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10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, 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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  • 45
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  • 15
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  • 13
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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
kickin drinks

great bar. has tons of music stuff from famous old dudes if you care about that. if you go to early its all old retireds.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Todd C
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I was helped by Sheila today, and she was so kind and helpful! The food came out quickly, and she checked up on use several times at night and was super helpful and sweet. I would definitely go to this location again, it was a great atmosphere with the lighting and great music.

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High Rock, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Great! loved the atmosphere and close to the glasslamp district. Had wonderful eve and this made it even greater.

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San Diego, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

great bar. has tons of music stuff from famous old dudes if you care about that. if you go to early its all old retireds.

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Orlando
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Went to Universal Studios for the day and had dinner later at the Hard Rock. Memorabilia galore, worth the trip just to see some of that. Not a place to bring a date - noisy and not intimate at all. Food is overpriced and mediocre at best. This one has a concert venue attached so if you do plan on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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

Thank you for coming to see us. Jen was happy to hear your kind words and we are all glad you had a great time! More 

Tempe, Arizona, United States
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
86 reviews 86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
132 reviews 132 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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 

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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 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pizza, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?