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Ocean Beach
American, Bar
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5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92107-3010
+1 619-224-4623
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great burgers, onion rings and potato wedges in the hippest surf dude setting. The original Hodad (there are now three!) started 1991 ..... burgers are big on lettuce, tomato and sweet onion with perfect mince for the patty. We watched several patrons attempt (some won!) to devour the double burgers but having relatively small stomachs we stuck with half shares... More 

Thank Simon M
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The sign on the bar says "worlds best burgers" and the waiter said it was the best burger in America... it most definitely is not. When the waiter doesn't ask how you want your burger cooked you can already assume the meat isn't high quality and it wasn't. The bun fell to pieces and the wedge fries are.... just stupid.... More 

Thank Jamie S
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Busy but line and service moves quickly its a fun place to get a bite on ocean beach! Try the guido burger! One of us ordered fries the other onion rings. We shared the different tastes and certainly had plenty to eat. Try this landmark burger joint! Good vibes and good eats!

Thank Monica Z
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very native underground burger place. Heavy metal as a background music. A lot of locals attend the place. The burgers are good but not great. Price was not cheap compared to some other options. If you want some non - chain burger definitely this is your place. If i am around I will come back, but I... More 

Thank raul s
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Decor includes surfboards and hundreds of license plates, burgers are great, and the beer is cold. A great way to end the day at the beach!

Thank Tom S
Southern Indiana
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The burgers are amazing! Also had onion rings & fries. They was wonderful as well. The atmosphere was relaxed & laid back. My kind of place. Will definitely go back.

Thank JustMe1969
Orlando, Florida
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome experience, great burgers, and great fries! I had the mini bacon cheeseburger and fries. I finished my burger (because I was determined to), but I could only squeeze in around 3 fries. The burgers are huge and extremely filling. If you get bacon on your burger, they give you plenty. There is also the right amount of cheese, which... More 

Thank K R
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Straight out of the 60's with interesting decor you get an amazing bang for your buck! Not only are the burgers, malts and fries fantastic but so is the service. Get there early or there is a line to get in.

Thank J R R
San Francisco, California
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118 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with the family while on vacation. Wow. One of the best burgers I've ever had, and the onion rings are likewise fabulous. And the chocolate shake ranks among the best as well. Two shakes (one chocolate and one vanilla)--and our family of five could not finish them! They're massive. But delicious! Be aware that tables are closely set... More 

Thank mplanglinais
Bristol, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place to visit with good greasy burgers. The licence plates all over the walls make it interesting. Friendly staff and randomness add to its charm.

Thank Louise S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92107-3010
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Ocean Beach
  • Neighborhood: Ocean Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 619-224-4623

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