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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Hodad's today. We waited i n line for apporximaely 30 minutes. When we go to the front of the line, there was no sign saying please wait to be seated, so we found room at a table near the...front and sat down. When we were not provided with menus, I got them from the other couples at the table. The a waiter did not come to take our order, I went to the front and ordered. When I got back to the table, a waiter came and asked if I ordered Take out?I told him no. He stated," You can't cut i line and sit-down its not Fair to the custumers who have been waiting. I explained that we did wait n line and he could verify by asking the customers who were in line with us. He stated he asked his co-workers and no one saw us come in. I asked him to ask the customers who were in line with us. He stated, "I don't know them and I will believe my co-workers over a customer." This is extremely unprofessional. You should give the customer the benifit of the doubt. I ended up canceling the order and we. left. I doubt anyone from management will read this, but someone should have a discussion with this waiter. All he had to do was ask the people in the front of the line if we cut in line. I was extremely offended that he even suggested it. I have always liked Hodad's but will never go back.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022

A visit to San Diego Ocean Beach is not complete until a meal at Hodad's. The Jay Burger is a huge and absolutely delicious mess. Hubby had the cheeseburger and we split the half order of frings. There was no wait on this visit, but...it was filling up as we left. Service is consistently friendly and efficient.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2022 via mobile

Hodads This has been on our list since we passed it in 2019 and seen people queuing down the street. We arrived at 530 and were seated straight away, all staff were very friendly and welcoming. We ordered 4 burgers, 2 shakes and some soft...drinks, also a basket of frings (fries and onion rings) We have never been so full in our lives! Burgers were so fresh and very filling, onion rings and fries also very tasty. The chocolate shakes are a meal in themselves and huge! We were seated and back out the door within 40 minutes, excellent service from start to finish and food was 5*!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 2, 2022

Burgers were very Good & Very Messy Ocean Beach eclectic atmosphere Very small one seats about 50 Very noisy

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022 via mobile

An amazing restaurant with wonderful food. The burgers are sublime, and the staff are all lovely. Highly recommend if you are on the hunt for a very very good burger and chips!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 17, 2022 via mobile

This place came highly recommended and has AWESOME burgers- check it out! Casual dining for all ages, you will not be disappointed

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 16, 2022

The title says it all. The best burger in the country! And the onion rings are ridiculous too! If you're within 5 hours of here, make the trip! It's worth it.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022 via mobile

Every time when we in San Diego we have to go to Hodads … great burger and great chicken fingers … ❤️ we love the spot to eat lunch

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2022 via mobile

Wife and I went there on a friend's recommendation. It did not disappoint. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and possibly the best burger I've ever had! Definitely a must stop in OB!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 6, 2022 via mobile

Definitely worth a stop while I’m San Diego. Off the beaten path. Fun local vibes with GREAT food!!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

I don't generally like burgers but my fiance wanted to try this place...well I ate my entire plate!! Great service and the burgers and shakes are delicious!! We will be back!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 20, 2022

Had this place on my “definitely try” list and also recommended to us by a friend but didn’t really see what all the hype was about. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good burger but it’s an overpriced tourist trap that is raved over for...a burger and fry. They are really big (I suggest getting the mini if you aren’t starving) and the fries are more like steak fries and cost almost 4 dollars to add as a side. It was really crowded for lunch and felt like I was sitting in a cafeteria with the way the seating was set up. The staff and service were ok, not bad but just didn’t the bare minimum. You then have to wait for a ticket to go to the register and pay for your food. I’m glad we tried it but prolly not going back, in and out is better.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022

I’ve been coming here for 35+ years and am always floored by the quality. Thank you hodads for an awesome lunch, again.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022

All the food was wonderful and the waiters were great. They told us the smaller portion of somethings were enough and there were right. Everything was so yummy.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022

I got a Guido burger when I was there, which came half wrapped in paper. When I picked it up to eat it, about a 1/4 cup of grease, juice and whatever poured onto my shirt and pants, a huge mess. Neither of the waiting...people mentioned to watch out for that problem, and seemed resentful that I mentioned it. There was a huge window on the front of the store wide open with no screen so flies were entering at will. There was a cigarette smoking, overbearing amatuer guitar playing group going on just outside the store window that sounded even more lousy than the choice of heavy metal music inside. The Guido burger was reasonably priced, but add $3.25 for fries or $4.75 for fried onions, and it's not reasonably priced. When I checked my receipt, I see they charged a 3% "service charge", obviously not related to a big group mandatory service charge. I had paid a 20% tip already, and asked what that was, and the store manager said it was an adjustment for inflation for the meat, and to adjust for minimum wage. I wasn't aware there was a mandatory tip, but they pointed out that it was listed on the menu, which I had not seen when I ordered the food since it was down at the very bottom of the menu and not something I was accustomed to looking at, so buyer beware. The manager said there had been many, many people asking that have complained about the mandatory 3%, so I'don't know why they don't just changed their prices unless that gives them an unfair price advantage to unsuspecting customers. I was also afraid rust from the old and rusty car license plates all over the walls above the tables might flake off into my food.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Response from 454christah | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't really call it a sports bar. It's more like a beach hangout with a long line.Worth the wait. Food is fab.
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LOL, I know it looks like it might be chaos, guns, and knives, but it was only decorated with chaos! Very clean, very safe, very friendly servers that seem to like tattoos more than the average felon! As far as heart risk... More
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Yes, Hodad's offers takeout services.

Hodad's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5