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Waterfront Bar & Grill

#420 of 3,704 Restaurants in San Diego
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2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101-1751
619-232-9656
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6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best burger in San Diego

I have been enjoying the Waterfront since I arrived in San Diego nearly 40 years ago. A group of us get together every month...we are called The Burger Brigade....and we recently polled our members on their favorite burgers in town. The Waterfront won! Great burgers and other items. Fries are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
Scott A
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El Cajon, CA
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  • Scenic view
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El Cajon, CA
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I have been enjoying the Waterfront since I arrived in San Diego nearly 40 years ago. A group of us get together every month...we are called The Burger Brigade....and we recently polled our members on their favorite burgers in town. The Waterfront won! Great burgers and other items. Fries are perfect. It's near the airport on Kettner and on nice... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

My wife heard of this place and I shrugged my shoulders and dutifully went. There was a line out the front door when we arrived and I cursed under my breath. The line moved swiftly and the seating seemed to open up on cue. The food was spectacular. It was fresh, well prepared and the service top notch. We really... More 

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Sheridan
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

this is a great place to sit and boat watch....from the ferry's, Navy carriers, sailboats, yachts and fishing boats.....the food is very good....the parking can be a problem on the weekend even though they have valet parking....it was full....the drinks are also good....kid friendly....even though we didn't have any with us....great fish market in front to buy delicious looking seafood...

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My first and only visit to the Waterfront Bar & Grill was ruined by the bartenders who failed to keep track of people's tabs. I had one Sculpin IPA and one brown ale, but was charged for two Sculpins, the brown ale, a Guinness and a Blue Moon. When I pointed out the mistake, the bartender made no apologies, saying... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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224 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I was a bit unsure of what to expect as we entered, but found this place to be great. Seat yourselves, order at the bar. Staff is fantastic - friendly, willing to talk about beer options and provide samples, etc. Food was definitely much better than typical bar food, and everyone in the group enjoyed what they got. Recommended: the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

At the end of the day, the staff are the highlight. The bartender told me that it was the oldest bar in San Diego, that opened the day after prohibition. That was pretty cool. The staff was friendly, and the place always seems to have a crowd. The food is lack luster, but my expectations weren't all that high eating... More 

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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Just a straight up place. Good food, good service, authentic and friendly vibe, good prices...I have nothing negative to note about this spot. We sat outside and I absolutely LOVED my Ahi sandwich. I'd have it again next time. The fries and onion rings are great as well. Good beer list. If you are near it, it's a great spot.

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I didn't know San Diego was known as such a major beer hub. Super diverse crowd, the only consistently late-night place in the Little Italy area. You can even buy beer from them to-go until they close which I think is almost always 2am. They always seem pretty eager to give you local advice, too. First time I went they... More 

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Tijuana, Mexico
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a great bar/grill. Just 5 minutes from the airport, makes this place ideal for waiting on someone arriving at SAN International. One of the old classic bars from the past where fishermen would visit early before going out to fish. The turkey melt is very tasty. Stop here and wait for the plane to arrive.

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Denver
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Right is Little Italy with outside and inside seating, this is a sports bar like none other that I have been to. It is "cozy" (small), but full of super fun people. The grilled tuna sandwhich is worth coming here for. the beer selection is excellent! We made a lot of new friends at the Waterfront and we can't wait... More 

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Additional Information about Waterfront Bar & Grill

Address: 2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101-1751
Phone Number: 619-232-9656
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 8 - 10
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
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?