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Hard Rock Cafe

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801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-7625
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Description: In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter...
In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter for fun and frivolity, and history hasn't changed much! Here it is less than a century later, and that same location has become a Hard Rock Cafe. The Cafe's cozy confines will wash all that local culture out of your head in no time, allowing you to fill it with important rock 'n' roll history and trivia. Ask about a Memorabilia tour!!!
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    Very good
  • 59
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  • 21
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing Decor & Staff

We have ate at our fair share of Hard Rock Cafes, we try to avoid chain restaurant dining while on vacation but for some reason we couldn't resist on a monday afternoon. The fish tacos that aren't actually on the menu are the best fish tacos i have ever ate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Amanda S
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Wetaskiwin, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Congealed pasta and dry sauce for kids and gristle positive beef in the fajitas this has to be one of the worst meals we have had as a family in a long long time.... Overpriced too Don't go

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Thank Lissylewis
Traralgon, Australia
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82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Waitress was efficient with our large group, however my tomato pasta was cold and tasteless. The pulled pork burger was okay. Might be a better experience in a smaller group of people. Nice decor!

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Thank Ashley H
Puyallup, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food and drinks were excellent. The food was served very quickly and our waiter was outstanding. The pulled chicken sandwich was very tender and delicious

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Thank kelseyleannb
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind words. I appreciate the time you took tell others of you recent visit to the San Diego Café. I hope to see you next time you are in the gas lamp. Regards, Brent More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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253 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great staff and typical Hard Rock offerings. Also try the Local Legendary burger at all Hard Rocks around the world, so that what I had here. Not so much legendary compared to others, but a good juicy burger. Maybe should come up with something with more of a San Diego flavor to keep pace with other Cafes. Got the shirt,... More 

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Thank Phil S
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and feedback. I appreciate your business and I would hope you would stop by again when back in San Diego. Regards, Brent More 

Wetaskiwin, Canada
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have ate at our fair share of Hard Rock Cafes, we try to avoid chain restaurant dining while on vacation but for some reason we couldn't resist on a monday afternoon. The fish tacos that aren't actually on the menu are the best fish tacos i have ever ate.

Helpful?
Thank Amanda S
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

I really appreciate the wonderful comments, I look forward to share them with my staff. I hope to see you next time you are down in the lower 48. Regards, Brent More 

htwheels
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We were pleasantly surprised to find them open on Christmas Day. Our server was upbeat and fun even though it had been a very busy day for her. She told us they are normally closed, but the staff had volunteered to come in and work. The burgers were delicious. We loved the size of this location and the history of... More 

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Thank htwheels
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you kind comments and thank you for spending you Christmas holiday with us. I hope to see you back soon. Regards, Brent More 

Framingham, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We've been to several Hard Rocks, and decided to eat here on Christmas day since it was one of the places within walking distance to our hotel. Even though it said on their web site that they were serving their full menu plus a special holiday turkey dinner, they were out of the turkey by mid-afternoon, and they were only... More 

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Thank EjwEsq
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I will be using them to coach and council staff and management alike. I'm sorry we ran out of Turkey for you and your guests. Regards, Brent More 

Belper, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are big fans of the Hard Rock chain however, San Diego disappointed us. My husband is a Hard Rock Rewards Member and had a coupon for Priority Seating, on arrival we were told there was a 40 minute wait to be seated, we asked if we could us our Priority Seating voucher to which she answered... More 

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Thank Rebecca_D_Adams
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

So sorry we didn't deliver the Hard Rock experience for you and your guests. I would ask that you give us an opportunity sometime to try to win back your good favor. Thank you for you observations and the time you took to write them. Regards, Brent More 

Kerens
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Earl Cassidy is the best manager at any Hard Rock Café I have ever visited and I have eaten at HR Cafe’s all over the world. I can’t remember having better service at any restaurant in my entire life. If Hard Rock wants to have the best chain in the world they need to send all managers to learn what... More 

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Thank Nick M
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great comments. indeed, Earl and Cat are both valued and exceptional people. Thank you for recognizing them. We appreciate you business and I hope to see you in the very near future. Regards, Brent More 

Connecticut
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1,012 reviews
468 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 796 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I like to visit Hard Rocks around the world. I have visited this location a few times during my business travels. It has interesting memorabilia. The food is very good and the service is friendly. I like their pulled pork sandwiches.

Helpful?
Thank ct-cruisers
HardRock619, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review

I wanted to thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the time you took to tell others about your recent experience at our café. I hope that we will be able to see you in the very near future. Regards, Brent More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 801 4 Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-615-7625

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

Description

In the 1900's, the Golden Lion Tavern drew people to the Gaslamp Quarter for fun and frivolity, and history hasn't changed much! Here it is less than a century later, and that same location has become a Hard Rock Cafe. The Cafe's cozy confines will wash all that local culture out of your head in no time, allowing you to fill it with important rock 'n' roll history and trivia. Ask about a Memorabilia tour!!!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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