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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We arrived on a Saturday evening and asked for a table outside. The restaurant was moderately busy, so we were told there would be a 20-30 minute wait for a table outside. No problem! I ordered a drink at the bar. It took about 10...minutes to get servixe there. After a bit we were taken to a table inside. When I asked about the outside table the girl stated she didn't know I wanted an outdoor table. So we sat inside. I discovered I had been overcharged for my drink from the bar, so I asked our server about the price. He was quite condescending, saying "Well this is San Diego and it's gonna be expensive." He consulted with someone else, who clarified the price, and the difference was refunded. The food was just okay. My order was incorrect, but the staff seemed to be really struggling, so I didn't even bring it up.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good American restaurant. The food was good, the service was okay. I liked that there were mocktails available.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

But every time we try something else we are disappointed. The fish taco plate had 3 tacos each with a minuscule piece of cod. The green salsa was super spicy. The rice and beans were OK. At $19 the price was way too high. Our...favorite restaurant has excellent fish tacos at $13.50. The service was good, and so was our server.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for late breakfast on a Saturday - better bar scene probably later in the day. Breakfast burrito was big enough for two but bacon undercooked and food just average. Service very good.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022

Really good burger, wonderful service, decent wine list, good scenery, walking distance to our hotel

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

The last time we were here was in 2017 and it wasn't up to my standards so I gave them a 2-star rating. We tried them again and it was fantastic! It is expensive but worth it. We had the Cowboy and the Spicy California...Burger with Coleslaw and fries. Both were excellent and there was a lot to eat. The burgers are large enough to split between 2 people. The restaurant has been renovated since our last visit and the result is great! The drinks are what add to the bill. All in all a great experience!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 27, 2022 via mobile

Our last of 4 nights in Shelter island, went to eat here. Great waitress (Christa?) who really helped us not over order…we had onion rings, the prime rib sandwich and cherry cobbler…all amazing, great quality food and excellent service…wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022

Fried calimari was all other reviewers said it was: we happily devoured two orders before dinner! Ambiance of on-the-water dining on a sunny San Diego afternoon added to our enjoyment.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 3, 2022

After many years of staying in this area while visiting San Diego, ate here and now I wish I had tried it years ago. The Salmon bowl was awesome. Salmon cooked perfectly. My dining companion had the cheese burger and love it. Will go back...next time in town. And, the bartender, who was also our waiter (at a high top) made a good Old Fashioned.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2021

We were on a drive while in San Diego and spotted this place. It's right on the marina and has a great view of the boats. At first we thought we'd found a great place. Our server was very friendly and made a few good...suggestions. Then we ordered and she disappeared for about 30 minutes. We were served our drinks and shared steak sandwich (which was amazing!) by another server and then our plates were cleared by yet another person. We would have loved another margarita and beer but no one came to check on us. We tried to get the attention of our server and other people to no avail. Finally after chit chatting with another table for over 5 minutes our server finally came back and we got our check. What could have been a 5 star visit turned into 3 because of bad service.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 17, 2021

Located on the waterfront, right across the street from my hotel. My brother and I went there for dinner- I had the tuna melt, he had the French dip. The tuna melt was flavorful and well made, really good. I had some of my brother'...French dip and it was amazing ! Best French dip EVER . Our server, Margot, was friendly, sweet, knew the menu well and very attentive. Five star food and service.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 9, 2021

The food was very good, service was excellent and you are right by the water...what could be better?

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 24, 2021

We were here for family dinner night before my niece's wedding. There were 22 of us at 2 tables in a private area. Everyone had customized menus that offered many entree options. Food was very good....salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts. Our server (think her name was...Isabel) was wonderful. Serving a group this size is not easy but she excelled. She was personable and funny and very attentive. Everything about the evening was perfect!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 16, 2021

Good food, large portions, and happy-hour pricing from 3-6 PM. Excellent service from Augustus. Great views of the boats in the harbor.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021

Friend and I dined here on a cold May night but they had overhead space heaters as well as regular ones. Very friendly wait staff and delicious food. I had fish tacos; friend had Nashville hot chicken sandwich, and we had cocktails. Good not have...been better. Recommend!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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WendyN69
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Response from Riley W | Reviewed this property |
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mondayblues186534
March 26, 2018|
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Response from jimmysfamous | Property representative |
Absolutely....we have a large covered patio with firepit and view of the adjacent Marina that is perfect for large groups. Please call the restaurant directly for large party reservations.
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October 17, 2017|
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Response from jimmysfamous | Property representative |
Yes, we do but you need to call the restaurant to make the reservation for a party of that size. Thanks for asking...
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