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Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

#103 of 3,836 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2371 (Rosecrans)
+1 619-226-2103
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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145 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been to San Diego several times and recently visited Jimmy on Harbor Dive. The food is great and the drinks are bountiful. The service is friendly and the views of the harbor and all the sailboats are a scenic view of all view. I have been there twice and would go back again.

Thank DannyWasserman
Rainham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only ordered starters as we knew the size of these meals, we were right to do so they were huge. The staff were very friendly and recognised us when we returned a couple of days later for a drink. Very enjoyable.

Thank Bland01634
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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227 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were there for dinner on Friday and the place was rocking. Jimmy’s has great atmosphere and good chili, burgers and of course beer, although the beer could have been colder. On another visit we had the Town Dock Calamari – Crispy Sage, Rosemary, Serrano Chiles, Remoulade which was good and Charred Brussels Sprouts – Apple wood... More 

Thank RU4NJ
Richardson, Texas
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183 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Busy, friendly place, comfortably decorated with great view of marina. Most everything fried or grilled. We had whiskey shrimp---didn't taste the whiskey. Am still trying to figure out the reason they are "famous".

Thank Lee F
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent burger joint with outdoor seating on the marina. Great views and excellent service. The burgers were great. Atmosphere is laid back but not low class at all. Great for a business lunch (why I was there) or a casual dinner.

Thank Tcp102
Marysville, Washington
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Standard affair, good foods at a good price. can handle larger crowds. Outside covered seating area that is walled in during colder weather. but the roof might leak and the bench pads are not water proof. Check the seat cushions before you sit down! We met there with a group of 8, reservations are normally necessary but with that size,... More 

Thank Darryl N
Yucca Valley, California
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

Stayed at a hotel walking distance to here and thought I'd pop on in for dinner. Good choice. Located right by the water so lots of pretty yachts to look at. Good selection of beers from local breweries. I had the Fish and Chips and loved them. Not normal fries like everywhere else, you get actual homemade potato chips, very... More 

Thank debbie92284
Tijuana, Mexico
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

This is very nice tavern/restaurant located in great spot. Service was awesome and the food great. It has that "tavern" atmosphere that lets you relax, socialize and enjoy the stay. If you are looking for a place to have a couple of beers, a good hamburger or a full meal, this is the spot near the airport without the high... More 

Thank Arturo S
Sun City, Arizona, United States
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

We stopped in because we were going for dinner and planned on the restaurant which was across the street, but when we pulled up on a Friday night and saw like only 2 people in the place, we said no way! We flipped over to the other side and found Jimmy's, and we are so glad we did! It is... More 

Thank Nancy Z
Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Family had lunch here which was right across the road from where we were staying. Food and service was great with staff suggesting places to visit while in San Diego.

Thank greyoldbear

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Bar, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2371
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-226-2103
JFAT features regional American Comfort Food including Gourmet Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Fish & Chips, Fried Chicken Steaks and indulgent desserts. The menu is complemented by a selection of craft beers, boutique wines and specialty cocktails.

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