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Bud's Louisiana Cafe

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4320 Viewridge Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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Great little New Orleans restaurant

Bud's is a good find - wide variety of Cajun dishes, fairly reasonably priced. Service a little slow. The peanut butter cake is so very delicious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Chula Vista, California
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Chula Vista, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bud's is a good find - wide variety of Cajun dishes, fairly reasonably priced. Service a little slow. The peanut butter cake is so very delicious.

Thank Alagria
Fountain Valley, California
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Authentic Louisiana cooking can be found at this local favorite in the Kearny Mesa region of San Diego. Bud's, open for lunch and dinner offers excellent cajun fare. Close your eyes and sample the Jambalaya, Red fish, Po Boys, Gumbo and some red beans and rice and you can almost hear jazz from the quarter.

Thank Michael N
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We're visiting from out of town, so friends took us to this outstanding spot for some real Louisiana food. It was everything they promised. First, the service is outstanding; they treat you like family. They know the menu and can answer any questions you might have. Second, the food was even better. Appetizers included perfectly sized portions of gumbo, red... More 

Thank Jeff E
San Diego
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174 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I had dinner here with my wife and our meal and drinks were excellent. I had a bottle of Abita beer from Louisiana which I usually try here. They did not have the oyster shooters that I love, but our server was very apologetic. The Seafood Bisque was over the top delicious and my Crawfish Étouffée was very good. My... More 

Thank ctz1964
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Make reservations so that you are sure to get in - they really appreciate your calls. They have great Cajun dishes: jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etoufee, and many other great dishes. Their specials are always excellent. Desserts - yum. They recently started serving beignets, but only a couple of days a week.

Thank annmarie13013
San Diego, California
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99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I am somewhat unfamiliar with Cajun Cuisine and therefore can't say it is my favorite but after this visit I need to reconsider. Went with my daughter for lunch - she had "Fried soft shell Crab Plate" and I had "Crawfish Étouffée" which were both delicious at a reasonable price point. I had the House Salad with a house-made creole... More 

Thank Richard P
San Diego, California
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A very affordable and very authentic cajun cuisine. (I lived in New Orleans for 10 years. We had shrimp étouffée and red beans and rice. Afterwards rice pudding. OMG, it was delish!

Thank RitaAdvisor
Dallas, Texas
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79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

After a business meeting nearby, my coworker suggested Bud's for lunch and I'm sure glad he did! I love shrimp and grits and although normally I associate it with low country, their Cajun twist on it was truly outstanding! The house salad was great too! Only downside is too far to come from Texas, but you can be sure, next... More 

Thank Karen S
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. Of course, you have to like Cajun food. I ate there again yesterday and my guest and I had Cajun grilled salmon over a delicious salad. It was mouth-watering. The service was excellent. We sat on the patio, and even though it was a warm day, we had a nice... More 

Thank Peripatetic33
San Diego
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I had a very disappointing lunch there today. I ordered the shrimp Po'boy with a small bowl of red beans and rice. The red beans and rice were great. Too bad I can't say that of the Po'boy. I thought I was getting a Po'boy like the ones I've had in New Orleans. You know the type, full of shrimp,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4320 Viewridge Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 858-573-2837

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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