Dobson's Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 956 Broadway Cir

    San Diego, CA 92101

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  • 619-231-6771

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What a great little secret!: When I first went to this little out of the way eatery, i was a bit wary. we were a huge group, and thought we'd just get glossed over service and a mass produced meal.

How wrong could I be?! I had the best prepared duck I have ever had in my life. And the staff was not only kind, but genuinely concerned that we have a good time in their restaurant and in San Diego.

I've been back several times and have never been disappointed. I can't recommend this place enough!

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★★★★★

What a great little secret!: When I first went to this little out of the way eatery, i was a bit wary. we were a huge group, and thought we'd just get glossed over service and a mass produced meal.

How wrong could I be?! I had the best prepared duck I have ever had in my life. And the staff was not only kind, but genuinely concerned that we have a good time in their restaurant and in San Diego.

I've been back several times and have never been disappointed. I can't recommend this place enough!

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I've only eaten here once and it was very good but I've had drinks here several times after work and it was a fun atmosphere.

Everyone seems in good spirits and though it can get a bit loud we had a great time.

4
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I've only eaten here once and it was very good but I've had drinks here several times after work and it was a fun atmosphere.

Everyone seems in good spirits and though it can get a bit loud we had a great time.

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I proposed to my wife in the downstairs booth, right by the bar 30 years ago, when this was still the Press Room. We now come by at least once a year when the Ice Rink is open at Horton Plaza and pig out on cheese, chardonney and the mussle bisque....we love the bar area as well and enjoy listening to the "lawyer wanna-be's" passing out business cards amonst each other, it's a gas! You are greeted by the owner and made to feel like family...and the food is worth the wait (but you usually don't have to wait long at all). Thanks for being part of a San Diego tradition! Anytime we are down by Horton Plaza it is a great place just for a drink or two (or more! HAHAHA).

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★★★★★

I proposed to my wife in the downstairs booth, right by the bar 30 years ago, when this was still the Press Room. We now come by at least once a year when the Ice Rink is open at Horton Plaza and pig out on cheese, chardonney and the mussle bisque....we love the bar area as well and enjoy listening to the "lawyer wanna-be's" passing out business cards amonst each other, it's a gas! You are greeted by the owner and made to feel like family...and the food is worth the wait (but you usually don't have to wait long at all). Thanks for being part of a San Diego tradition! Anytime we are down by Horton Plaza it is a great place just for a drink or two (or more! HAHAHA).

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Dobson's reminds me of an upscale English pub/bistro. It is very warm and friendly, but not at all stuffy. The staff are relaxed and friendly. Order the steaks here and you won't be disappointed.

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Dobson's reminds me of an upscale English pub/bistro. It is very warm and friendly, but not at all stuffy. The staff are relaxed and friendly. Order the steaks here and you won't be disappointed.

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As soon as you walk in, there are pictures of former Presidents who have eaten at the restaurant. I would recommend this A class restaurant to anyone. You must try their Mussel Bisque, its all you need to order.

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As soon as you walk in, there are pictures of former Presidents who have eaten at the restaurant. I would recommend this A class restaurant to anyone. You must try their Mussel Bisque, its all you need to order.

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My family and I stayed in the gaslamp district recently and were dissappointed with the many tourist trap restaurant settings... then we found Dobsons. Mr. Dobson greeted us with a wonderful smile and warmth I've not seen in a host/owner in a very long time. He is genuine and gracious. His bartendar was outstanding- we enjoyed him so much we decided to stay at the bar and eat our dinner. The scallops were some of the best I've ever had. Overall great food and truly a wonderful environment. Thank you Mr. Dobson!

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★★★★★

My family and I stayed in the gaslamp district recently and were dissappointed with the many tourist trap restaurant settings... then we found Dobsons. Mr. Dobson greeted us with a wonderful smile and warmth I've not seen in a host/owner in a very long time. He is genuine and gracious. His bartendar was outstanding- we enjoyed him so much we decided to stay at the bar and eat our dinner. The scallops were some of the best I've ever had. Overall great food and truly a wonderful environment. Thank you Mr. Dobson!

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If you are lucky enough to find this place, it is probably because you noticed a steady stream of lunchgoers entering a small door in the side of an office building across from McDonalds. This small, quaint pub style restaurant has been serving the business elite for years. Many business deals have been done over lunch in Dobsons. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly.

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★★★★☆

If you are lucky enough to find this place, it is probably because you noticed a steady stream of lunchgoers entering a small door in the side of an office building across from McDonalds. This small, quaint pub style restaurant has been serving the business elite for years. Many business deals have been done over lunch in Dobsons. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly.

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I have never had a better bartender in San Diego. The service was exceptional, so friendly and comfortable but also polite. This place seems to have a ton of regulars which is always a good sign. I've only had sandwiches and oysters, but both were very good. The wine list is also quite nice and the servers are always willing to make recommendations. The bar, while small, has such a pleasant atmosphere, lots of conversation between the patrons and the guys behind the bar make this old school place the kind of dying breed I'm sad to see disappearing. Lunch or Happy Hour at Dobson's can not possibly disappoint.

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★★★★★

I have never had a better bartender in San Diego. The service was exceptional, so friendly and comfortable but also polite. This place seems to have a ton of regulars which is always a good sign. I've only had sandwiches and oysters, but both were very good. The wine list is also quite nice and the servers are always willing to make recommendations. The bar, while small, has such a pleasant atmosphere, lots of conversation between the patrons and the guys behind the bar make this old school place the kind of dying breed I'm sad to see disappearing. Lunch or Happy Hour at Dobson's can not possibly disappoint.

Pros: Great Bar, GREAT service

Cons: Small

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Great Food!! After 22 years Paul Dobson still in the door!!

What I like about the bar is that you always meet somebody important

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★★★★★

Great Food!! After 22 years Paul Dobson still in the door!!

What I like about the bar is that you always meet somebody important

Pros: Great Food

Cons: none

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Named for its affable owner Paul Dobson, one of America's only bullfighters, Dobson's has remained a downtown power-lunch spot for more than 25 years. The eatery boasts an old-school feel, with traditional dark wood paneling and a massive…

 

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