Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant, 956 Broadway Circle, San Diego

About Dobson's Bar & Restaurant
Dobson's Bar & Restaurant
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Average Price: $30 and under
Cuisine: Californian
Dress Code: Business Casual
v 0.6 miles from San Diego center (as shown on map)
Dobson's Bar and Restaurant is a hidden treasure in the heart of Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp Quarter. For the last 37 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').

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant Customer Reviews

Overall Average Score: 
Pleasant (3 out of 5)

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Pleasant - 3 out of 5

Kristen, San Diego Wed, 7 November 2018

This is a cute space small and intimate dining area. The service was excellent (other than salad problem); the staff was very attentive. They served us a dessert on the house for some reason and that was very nice. I will definitely give it another try!

Liked: Love the space, it was smaller than I expected and I liked that.
Disliked: Food wasn't very flavorful; they served our dinner before we finished our salad.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant is #334 of 5235 things to do in San Diego

5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: francesqueen, San Francisco, California
Mon 11 Apr, 2022
l This old charming bar and restaurant has excellent food, service and atmosphere. We don?t even drink, love everything here. The legendary mussel bisque with puffed pastry top is out of this world...

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5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: Eileen N
Thu 24 Feb, 2022
l My husband and I visited Dobson?s last Thursday evening. This was our second visit. What a treat! Their famous mussel bisque was absolutely delicious! We both ordered the filet mignon and agreed...

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2 of 5 stars2 out of 5
By: Happyincb, Carlsbad, California
Tue 21 Dec, 2021
l Well, on Yelp there was a 4 out of 5 stars for Dobson?s. Should have researched more but I didn?t pick it. First impression was good as the building is old, but once upstairs and looking around we...

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Dobson's Bar & Restaurant 956 Broadway Circle, San Diego