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“Surprised!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basic

Basic
410 10th Av, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
619.531.8869
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Ranked #11 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Pizza, Vegetarian
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Surprised!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are staying on the bay front and attending a conference. I looked up restaurants on Trip Advisor and found Basic Pizza was close by and rated #1 in SD. We were really excited about going to the #1 place to eat and were expecting some out of this world pizza there. I will have to say we were a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong the pizza was good, but I was very surprised that this is rated #1. I have eaten better pizza at home in Missouri.
The service is very good and fun atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gilbert, Arizona
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100 reviews 100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“5 Stars for Pizza? YES!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Basic is rated number one on TA for the San Diego area for a reason - it is GOOD. Even though we've been to San Diego many times, we had never heard of Basic - thank goodness for Trip Advisor. We went our first night in SD and yes, the place lives up to the hype.

We went as a family on a late Wed. evening and quickly realized that at that time of night, Basic is more of a hip, trendy and very loud bar than it is a restaurant. We sat in the back of the restaurant and had to almost shout in order to hear each other over the loud music and rowdy laughter coming from the bar area. But we stuck it out because we were really hungry. Glad we did.

The four of us shared a salad and a large red pizza with mozzarella and pepperoni. The salad was great - lots of spinach and leafy greens mixed in with sliced apples, candied walnuts and gorgonzola cheese (which we had taken out). The pizza was phenomenal. Very thin and cheesy - reminded me of New York-style. Great sauce to cheese ratio and great flavor!

The large salad ($9) and large pizza ($22) were perfect portions for the four of us, including two hungry teenage boys. With the awesome value (Just shy of $40 for dinner for four), it is easy to see why this delicious pizza place is rated No. 1.

Bottom line: Go here! You won't regret it. We went back a few days later (this time earlier in the evening) because everyone kept talking about it. And it was even better.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Glendale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“great pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Located in the downtown area and a view down the street of the Padres stadium from center field. Don't get the large pizza unless you want to take it home with you. The small pizza is plenty for two.

Visited July 2013
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San Francisco, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great pizza & salad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Loved the pizza. Salad is wonderful, and big and shareable. The clean, industrial atmosphere works. Highly recommend Basic for a reasonably-priced meal out. Paper plates surprised me at first, but it actually worked fine in the context.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great New Haven style pies.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Perfect New Haven style brick oven pizza. Try the mashed potato pizza and add onions, I know it sounds insane but it's insanely good!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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