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Things to do in Ocean Beach, San Diego

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.
Spa
“Still one of my fave beach neighborhoods! Ocean Beach is a vibrant, bohemian neighborhood, with a classic SoCal beach vibe. Surfers and sunbathers fill the namesake beach, while Ocean Beach Pier is a popular local fishing spot with sweeping views. Nearby, Newport Avenue is lined with antiques shops, beachwear and surf boutiques, organic groceries, taquerias and brewpubs. ”
  • 177 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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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!”
  • 112 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Relaxed to active bar with lots of windows features ocean views, sports on TV & a full food menu. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 126 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!”
  • 99 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pizza Port - Several locations in San Diego. Great brewery that also serves lots of guest beers. Pizza and salads to eat. Closest location is in Ocean Beach 1956 Bacon Street San Diego CA 92107 16 min Drive ”
  • 71 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Lunch/Dinner/Bar: Unique and cozy, the beautiful (Beau) design transports you to a cottage in a small village in the South of France”
  • 79 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Sophisticated neighborhood restaurant with a unique and affordable concept. Within the restaurant lies a retail wine shop with a selection of up to 1,000 bottles of wine that the guest can choose from and uncork at the table for only $5. ”
  • 67 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.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Pier
“The OB Pier is a large municipal pier that will give you great views of the waves (on the beach side or behind where they break). Sit and watch the surfers or one of the many anglers vying for a vast array of salt water fish.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Noodle House
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“If you like pho, you're probably going to be really into this place. The fried rice and the lettuce wraps are also a favorite for us. If you like drinking, try the peanut butter jameson.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Burgers and chicken. They have vegan options and an extensive draft beer menu. Brunch is also delicious (get the manmosa). We love this place! Most tables are bar height so doesn't work really with little ones in high chairs, but there are a few normal height tables outside.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Their deli sandwiches are amazing. We particularly love their extensive beer selection too. They have a small selection of other food/groceries but significantly more expensive. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Dog Run
“The name is enough to realize how joyous this place is. A must visit for all dog lovers and even if you are not, you will fall in love with them”
  • 47 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!”
  • 34 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

Top restaurants

Burger Restaurant
“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!”
  • 112 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Relaxed to active bar with lots of windows features ocean views, sports on TV & a full food menu. ”
  • 129 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. ”
  • 126 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!”
  • 99 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Pizza Port - Several locations in San Diego. Great brewery that also serves lots of guest beers. Pizza and salads to eat. Closest location is in Ocean Beach 1956 Bacon Street San Diego CA 92107 16 min Drive ”
  • 71 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Lunch/Dinner/Bar: Unique and cozy, the beautiful (Beau) design transports you to a cottage in a small village in the South of France”
  • 79 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Sophisticated neighborhood restaurant with a unique and affordable concept. Within the restaurant lies a retail wine shop with a selection of up to 1,000 bottles of wine that the guest can choose from and uncork at the table for only $5. ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Noodle House
“If you like pho, you're probably going to be really into this place. The fried rice and the lettuce wraps are also a favorite for us. If you like drinking, try the peanut butter jameson.”
  • 59 locals recommend

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