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Dobson's Bar & Restaurant, San Diego, CA
Dobson's Bar & Restaurant, San Diego, CA
Dobson's Bar & Restaurant, San Diego, CA
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Dobson's Bar & Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1381 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Dobson's Bar and Restaurant is a hidden treasure in the heart of Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp Quarter. For the last 40 years, this has been the hot spot for business lunches and frequented by many local and nationwide celebrities. Paul Dobson, the namesake for Dobson's bar and restaurant, is one of America's few professional Bullfighters. The food is California cuisine with a touch of Italian, French, Spanish and Asian cuisine. One thing that both local San Diegans and Zagat can agree on is that this is one of the top restaurants in San Diego. Due to the limited seating and popularity, reservations are highly recommended. Owner Paul Dobson "works a room better than Sinatra", which explains why this "local tradition" downtown remains, "after all these years", a "high-powered, hobnob spot"; the Cal kitchen "serves up delicious, innovative food, along with old standbys" ("have the mussel bisque and think of heaven").

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, French, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 231-6771
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Martin San Roman
  • Catering
    We offer catering for private events. Please call the restaurant to inquire about details.
  • Private party facilities
    Dobson's proudly introduces our new Private Dining Planning Department! Your ideas and our expertise will create just the right menu. You can even rent the whole restaurant for your private event!!! For more information please contact us directly.
  • Private party contact
    Marcos Luciano: (619) 231-6771
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Broadway
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • Filet & Lobster Mondays at Dobson's!

    $59.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Monday night 4 to 9 pm. 8 oz Filet Migñon and 4 oz Wild Lobster Tail Au Gratin Mashed Potatoes Fresh Vegetables Bordelaise Sauce Butter and the Choice of Dobsons Famous Mussel Bisque or Caesar Salad for only $ 59.95 plus tax
    Filet & Lobster Mondays at Dobson's! Photo

What 1,381 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Californian

1,381 Reviews
  1. Elaine

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice, pre-theater dinner, would come again. A bit hard to find parking but that was really the only negative. Made the performance on time thanks to our excellent waiter.

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  2. Golfergal

    Salt Lake City

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The mussel bisque was wonderful and my Linguini Stroganoff was very good. My husband received a pork chop that was overcooked, but staff was happy to take it back and brought him one that was done just right, so it was very tender and he loved the al dente vegetables. Our only complaint was that the entertainer was so loud we couldn't enjoy our conversation and we felt like we rushed through our meal and passed on the creme brûlée just to get away from her loud, screechy voice. We won't come back on a night that we find out that she is entertaining.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food both were impeccable, as always!

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  4. PattiAnn

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I wanted a light meal. So, my husband and I split a crab cake appetizer and had a couple of their delicious warm large chunks of bread that tasted like grandma used to make. I ordered the scallops with zucchini spaghetti as my entree. We enjoyed a bottle of San Simeon Cab with our meal. I like red wine...even with seafood! Delicious!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous . Their muscle bisque, best ever……..

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner at Dobson's! The food was terrific. Highly recommend the mussels - portion was huge and very tasty. The duck l'orange was nicely prepared and presented. We also enjoyed the escargot, brie en croute, and fresh baked bread! My martini was a little watered down but overall, our dining experience was lovely and we will be back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always so friendly and great atmosphere! Never a bad meal and drinks are fantastic!

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was an amazing and entertainment was phenomenal. Jazzy who performed is a truly gifted singer and musician! She can do it all!

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  9. Buntz

    Philadelphia

    846 reviews

    4.0

    846 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nice pre-concert meal at Dobson’s. We always enjoy the incomparable Mussel Bisque en Croute; however, while delicious, we both commented that our servings were skimpy on mussels. Plus, the price for a bowl has been raised to $15. Not a good way to please customers. Service and the rest of our dinner were fine.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Revisiting an old favorite. Just like we remembered.

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FAQs

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 231-6771.

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1381 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

956 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Broadway
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, French, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Martin San Roman
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 231-6771
  • Catering
    We offer catering for private events. Please call the restaurant to inquire about details.
  • Private party facilities
    Dobson's proudly introduces our new Private Dining Planning Department! Your ideas and our expertise will create just the right menu. You can even rent the whole restaurant for your private event!!! For more information please contact us directly.
  • Private party contact
    Marcos Luciano: (619) 231-6771
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