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Johnny Brown's

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1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-8463
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating
Description: near Civic Theater in downtown San Diego

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Downtown Johnny Brown's Is OK

My wife and I went for a light dinner at Downtown Johnny Brown's just before a performance at the San Diego Opera. The menu consisted of the usual pub type food and beer. Unfortunately a busload of tourists came in and the place was overwhelmed. The wait staff was very friendly, but, because... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I went for a light dinner at Downtown Johnny Brown's just before a performance at the San Diego Opera. The menu consisted of the usual pub type food and beer. Unfortunately a busload of tourists came in and the place was overwhelmed. The wait staff was very friendly, but, because everyone was going to the opera and... More 

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San Diego, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Visit this restaurant often when it is a Broadway San Diego Musical Night. Get there about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half before performance time and you can find a place to park on the street and then enjoy a quick bite here. It's not just Bar food, they have a great Fish Dinner served with Salad, and... More 

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San Diego, CA
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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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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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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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Poway, California
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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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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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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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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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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 20
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (619) 232-8463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American

Description

near Civic Theater in downtown San Diego
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

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