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Our welcoming bar. - Books + Records, San Diego, CA

Books + Records

4.5
4.5
224 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Global inspired American cuisine, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch in an upbeat atmosphere, with live music most nights.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 42 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-1000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Deckman
  • Catering
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
  • Private party facilities
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
  • Area
    Banker's Hill
  • Cross Street
    Ivy St & Fourth Ave in Bankers Hill
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 224 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

224 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dishes had WAY too many things going on with them. Too many odd flavors and weird proportions of different components. The vibe is cool, but they need to dial the food in better. They are kind of going for an Ottolenghi thing, but many of the ingredients did not go well together in my opinion.

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  2. YumBum

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks, great for live music! Great vibes

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  3. CarrieH

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was delicious! The Maitakeyaki was amazing and so was the charred cabbage! We even bought a gift certificate

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  4. MaryannC

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dope vibe. Great food. Definitely coming back with friends.

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  5. RyanG

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have heard great things about this place so I decided to make a reservation for my husband’s birthday. Everything we order was amazing! The plus we came during happy hour 5-6pm.

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  6. JennH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and ambience! Especially love their creative appetizers And local liquors.

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  7. LesleyA

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent innovative food. All the meals were awesome.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is outstanding. The cocktails are creative and unique with a carefully selected wine menu. The live music creates a wonderful ambiance. We loved it.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and they had Mercedes singing so it was perfect

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  10. JanelC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent friendly server. Delicious cocktails. Way too loud in there for talking. We were there at 5:30 and we ordered a beef skewer for the happy hour menu and they were already out of it! I found that disappointing. Don’t know how they could be out of the product 30 minutes into their one hour happy hour. Poor planning.

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FAQs

Books + Records is rated 4.5 stars by 224 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Books + Records

2202 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ivy St & Fourth Ave in Bankers Hill
  • Area
    Banker's Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Deckman
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 795-1000
  • Catering
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
  • Private party facilities
    For information regarding PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING visit BooksAndRecordsBar.com and select the "Private Dining" Tab.
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