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Waterfront Bar & Grill

#420 of 3,915 Restaurants in San Diego
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2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101-1751
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6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great historic bar

In the heart of Little Italy this bar has typical bar food. Prices are reasonable & the place is always hopping. Great spot to catch a sporting event on one of their many TV's. Service was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
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English first
Fairborn, Ohio
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here very late night after a concert. There were staff delivering food, which really seemed like wait staff, but nobody came to take our order, and we were sitting for about ten minutes before we were informed that we had to order food at the bar. This information would have been useful immediately upon arriving. Food was good,... More 

Thank OhioanMike
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the heart of Little Italy this bar has typical bar food. Prices are reasonable & the place is always hopping. Great spot to catch a sporting event on one of their many TV's. Service was great.

Thank Chenchy
Morris, Illinois
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105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Open early for breakfast. We went at lunch and ordered fish and chips and Texas half pound hamburger. Burger is ala carte. Extras such as cheese and mushrooms cost more. Burger was delicious and huge. A side of fries is $4. Fish had nice batter that wasn't greasy or thick. Bar is really old and looks it. Rafters in ceiling... More 

Thank Betty L
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Waitress was very personable and informative. The food came out quickly and was quite delicious. Highly reccomend

Thank Janice s
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Enjoyed the brunch menu's chorizo. One friend really liked the fish and chips and my fiance loved the chilaquiles. They would get a 5 rating but the staff missed simple things like giving us the correct food the first time, ensuring we had silverware when the food arrived and providing our check within a reasonable amount of time (we had... More 

Thank Craig R
Lubbock, Texas
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164 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This place is literally a hole-in-the-wall type of place but has natural ambiance galore. Located partially on and off the busy sidewalk of downtown San Diego makes for great people watching for no extra charge. Service is ok...but the food and drinks are MUCH better! All kind of draft beers are offered & our bloody marys were award winning. The... More 

Thank GeorgeTX
Memphis, TN
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I was alone at a business conference and tried this place for Monday Night Football. It did not disappoint. It had a great draft selection and Monday is wings night!! I recommend the Asian style wings. The service is good and the clientele very friendly. Like a lot of San Diego bars, this is semi-open air. So, dress appropriately. (Shorts... More 

Thank rossharris
Peoria, Arizona
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We love this place! Lots of nice locals pack this place all of the time. The Mexican breakfast is wonderful. The best pozole in the world. great burgers too.

Thank TrplG
Evanston, Illinois
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I walked over here on a Sunday morning with my dog. Sat outside and was surrounded by late nighters who were enjoying a cocktail or a beer at 8am. Adorable waitress from Maine took great care of me, and I ordered a simple egg-hasbrown-sausage breakfast that was really great. Potatoes crispy, toast done with quality bread, and GREAT coffee to... More 

1 Thank scooterdork
Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is the oldest bar in San Diego and it is worth a visit. The food is great, the onion rings are real and the burgers are the best I have had in San Diego. My favorite was the mimosa. When I ordered the mimosa, the champagne was $10. I thought it would be a small bottle - it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101-1751
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-232-9656

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene


Open Hours
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?