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“Best SoCal Burger” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hodad's

Hodad's
Ranked #14 of 4,698 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ocean Beach
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best SoCal Burger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

Sitting right on the main drag of Ocean Beach, San Diego, Hodad's is the coolest place for a delicious burger and great people watching. The prices are low, the burger is huge, the staff is friendly, and there is nothing better than staring out at the Pacific while you dine.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rachel B
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

What a fantastic place! We visited here while seeing friends in San Diego and are definitely glad we got to experience such a great local joint! Portions are outstanding and not badly priced. There seemed to be a line out the door the entire time we were there and I can see why - great food! Since it tends to be a pit cramped, this probably isn't the best place to bring kids though.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Best burgers ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

Best burgers i have ever eaten!! The place is unique. Attendances are very cool and beer is great. The meal is very big, can be easily shared with someone else.

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Kuna, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Just like always, a line out the door. Well worth the wait. Double bacan cheeseburger is one of the best burgers I've ever had. Service is pretty good and we love the atmosphere. One of our all time favorites!

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Thornton, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Believe the hype - Hodad's serves great burgers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

My wife and I decided to try Hodad’s while vacationing in San Diego due to multiple recommendations from friends. I am always wary when someone claims that an item is the “best ever”, but I’m willing to say that the burgers at Hodad’s are just as good as anything that I have ever tasted.

The popularity of this Ocean Beach eatery is evident – there was a long line of people waiting in front of the restaurant when we arrived. Fortunately, the line moved fairly quickly, and we were seated within 20 minutes. There are no fine dining touches here – we were seated at long picnic tables that run through the middle of the restaurant, and the décor could be described as “beach bum shabby/alternative surf rocker”. The servers are friendly and attentive, but the crowds mean significant wait times for the burgers to be served. We ordered some “frings” (1/2 fries, ½ onion rings) to munch on while we waited for the burgers.

The fring basket was hot and yummy, but that taste was only a warm-up for what was to come next. The burgers at Hodad’s are cooked to perfection, piled high with toppings, and have a satisfying bite that any burger connoisseur would love. If you can get past the wait times and funky ambiance, a trip to Hodad’s is a must if you enjoy good burgers!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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