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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Burger Joint
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“The Hodad's burger is widely credited with putting Ocean Beach on the map! Now a Guy Fiere favorite, it has long been known that when anyone hears someone is heading to San Diego, Hodad's will usually be the first thing they want to tell you about!”
  • 116 locals recommend
Spa
“Eclectic little beach town - antique shops, numerous breweries - great food - try Breakfast Republic. For sunset, a walk on the pier, or eat at Wonderland or South Beach ( best fish tacos!) Plenty of free parking”
  • 175 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Bar
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“Amazing seafood tacos with a great view of the ocean. Perfect to come during sunset and watch the surfers riding waves in the ocean. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Casual, fun and right in the middle of all the action on the Ocean Beach Boardwalk with great seafood! Menu is where California-fusion from poke to ceviche meets East Coast classics like chowder!”
  • 130 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“OB Noodle House comes from humble beginnings in the heart of Ocean Beach. Having immigrated from Southeast Asia through a sponsor family, the Yeng brothers grew up in OB working at his parents’ donut shop, OB Donuts. When the opportunity to open a restaurant of their own arrived, OB Noodle House was founded with a simple mission: simple, delicious meals, served quickly. Now with two locations, the original on Cable Street, and Bar 1502 on Niagara Avenue, as well as a music hall on Newport Avenue, the OB Noodle House family has become a mainstay in Ocean Beach, always giving back to the community that supported the Yeng family so much the past few decades. OB Noodle House is known for our signature pho bowls and Asian-fusion dishes. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, it’s the meal Guy Fieri says “You’re going to have a pretty tough time finding it this good.” If you don’t take Guy’s word for it, check out our our 4+ Star Yelp reviews, 4.5 Stars on Trip Advisor, or 4.4 rating on Zagat!”
  • 104 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Ask for whole wheat thin crust. Craft beer brewed on site. Family style seating.”
  • 69 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“An oasis of elegance in bohemian Ocean Beach a quick drive to the south, Bo Beau is cozy bistro for a candlelight dinner with fantastic "French comfort cuisine" that is creatively gourmet but unpretentious with an extensive wine list. Their Mac & Cheese is a House fave. I love the flatbreads. I love the beet/burrada/jalapeño and recently had a fantastic special that was a very delicious twist on a Croque Madame where the rich flavors including Dijon are so much more pronounced on the thin flatbread crust. Opens at 4pm, ask for the table at the end of the bar by the shelves with the wine glasses (when you enter it’s straight ahead to your right past the bar like a lowered extension of the bar). Grab a seat at the bar... you'll love the bartender! After dinner, ask the bartender to direct you over to 3rd Corner Wine Bar across the street for their reverse happy hour with wine and sangria specials or grab a bottle to go from their expansive wine shop.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Tue-Fri 3-6pm. Just a short drive south to OB. $5 wines and sangria (both red and white). $5 Beer. $6 Cocktails. With a great kitchen and full wine shop, 3rd Corner is great afternoon stop!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Pier
“Long Pacific Ocean fishing pier with a café, shop known for sunset views & sea lion sightings.”
  • 47 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Noodle House
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“There are two OB noodle House locations in Ocean Beach, this location is best! Featured on Dives and Diners!”
  • 60 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The Ocean Beach Farmers Market occurs every Wednesday from 4-8 pm and is located on the 4900 Block of Newport Avenue between Cable and Bacon Streets in Ocean Beach. This event boasts the same free-spirited and funky vibe that can be felt throughout this beachside community. You will find vendors of fresh produce, tasty ready to eat meals, unique homemade arts and crafts, and live music for a fun and exciting evening out.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A casual restaurant serving unique, delicious New-Zealand Inspired grass-fed hamburgers. They are open for brunch on the weekends & lunch and dinner everyday. It's just a 15 minute walk. Price range: $15.00-30.00 ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Great market w / Deli sandwiches, salads, rotisserie chicken, and nice selection of wines. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bar and music venue where you're nearly guaranteed to have a good time! A local's favorite, lots of live music. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sushi & diverse plates, sake, wine & a long list of beers in a warm, funky setting. Japanese, Sushi, & Asian-Spanish fusion. A local favorite.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Café
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“Best Breakfast around....offering Vegan options. Cauliflower tacos are a favorite as well as the Mermaid bowl. Delish and Special Spot is open Tues. through Sunday for Breaky and Lunch - Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for Dinner. Walk to the Little Lion - then walk off your meal sightseeing the cliffs!”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Burger Joint
“The Hodad's burger is widely credited with putting Ocean Beach on the map! Now a Guy Fiere favorite, it has long been known that when anyone hears someone is heading to San Diego, Hodad's will usually be the first thing they want to tell you about!”
  • 116 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing seafood tacos with a great view of the ocean. Perfect to come during sunset and watch the surfers riding waves in the ocean. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Casual, fun and right in the middle of all the action on the Ocean Beach Boardwalk with great seafood! Menu is where California-fusion from poke to ceviche meets East Coast classics like chowder!”
  • 130 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“OB Noodle House comes from humble beginnings in the heart of Ocean Beach. Having immigrated from Southeast Asia through a sponsor family, the Yeng brothers grew up in OB working at his parents’ donut shop, OB Donuts. When the opportunity to open a restaurant of their own arrived, OB Noodle House was founded with a simple mission: simple, delicious meals, served quickly. Now with two locations, the original on Cable Street, and Bar 1502 on Niagara Avenue, as well as a music hall on Newport Avenue, the OB Noodle House family has become a mainstay in Ocean Beach, always giving back to the community that supported the Yeng family so much the past few decades. OB Noodle House is known for our signature pho bowls and Asian-fusion dishes. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, it’s the meal Guy Fieri says “You’re going to have a pretty tough time finding it this good.” If you don’t take Guy’s word for it, check out our our 4+ Star Yelp reviews, 4.5 Stars on Trip Advisor, or 4.4 rating on Zagat!”
  • 104 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Ask for whole wheat thin crust. Craft beer brewed on site. Family style seating.”
  • 69 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“An oasis of elegance in bohemian Ocean Beach a quick drive to the south, Bo Beau is cozy bistro for a candlelight dinner with fantastic "French comfort cuisine" that is creatively gourmet but unpretentious with an extensive wine list. Their Mac & Cheese is a House fave. I love the flatbreads. I love the beet/burrada/jalapeño and recently had a fantastic special that was a very delicious twist on a Croque Madame where the rich flavors including Dijon are so much more pronounced on the thin flatbread crust. Opens at 4pm, ask for the table at the end of the bar by the shelves with the wine glasses (when you enter it’s straight ahead to your right past the bar like a lowered extension of the bar). Grab a seat at the bar... you'll love the bartender! After dinner, ask the bartender to direct you over to 3rd Corner Wine Bar across the street for their reverse happy hour with wine and sangria specials or grab a bottle to go from their expansive wine shop.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Tue-Fri 3-6pm. Just a short drive south to OB. $5 wines and sangria (both red and white). $5 Beer. $6 Cocktails. With a great kitchen and full wine shop, 3rd Corner is great afternoon stop!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Noodle House
“There are two OB noodle House locations in Ocean Beach, this location is best! Featured on Dives and Diners!”
  • 60 locals recommend

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