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1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
(619) 232-8463
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Ranked #2,649 of 4,118 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Description: near Civic Theater in downtown San Diego
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English first
San Diego, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It's a very convenient location if you're going to an event at the Civic Center, but the service is absolutely terrible (very slow to take orders; food delivered incorrectly; food late and cold; can't get drinks ordered; can't get the attention of a server to pay the bill). We waited for 20 minutes, trying to get the attention of a... More 

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been to this bar/restaurant several times through the years to eat prior to seeing a show at the theatre next door. They are inconsistent with service and food quality. The last year or so the service and food has gone down hill. I went for my last time two weeks ago and had the worst experience of all.... More 

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Oceanside, California
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243 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Just like pretty much everyone else, I came here for a drink before seeing a play next door. It was pretty busy but we were able to snag a seat at the bar. I was very, very impressed with how hard the bartenders work, man do those guys hustle. They have to do all the drinks and also help with... More 

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Coronado, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

My first impression of Johnny Brown's is that it's a quaint, old, but iconic downtown hangout, right out of an Ernest Borgnine movie in the 1940's. At first, the joint is charming but the charm fades when we see a long line to order food. Tables seem all taken but we found one by the door. My companion stands in... More 

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Poway, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We eat here whenever we go to Broadway-San Diego and have always enjoyed it. The food it reasonable, the service a bit slow as it gets very busy, but they are attentive. It is clearly a bar and grill atmostphere.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Had lunch here with a colleague - slow to order the food - only one register open and youget all these young unshaven clowns wanting to taste each beer before they buy - at lunch no less - at least they had Borrussia Dortmund beating Real Madrid on the TV - food was blah - had the taco salad -... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Our service from Lindsay went from bad to worse- it was almost a comedy of errors. The list of mistakes is too long to detail but here's a summary: she took our drink order then came back 5 minutes later asking to take our drink order again--she forgot she did it the first time. Lindsay delivered my drink but left... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

craving one of thier burgurs at this very minute. yes ... right now!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2008

Nice hidden spot. Decent beer selection. Bar food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2007

great beer

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Additional Information about Johnny Brown's

Address: 1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: (619) 232-8463
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American

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