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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
“The water is freezing and the currents can be very strong. That being said a great beach for sitting in the sand or catching a game of frisbee golf. ”
  • 178 locals recommend
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
American Restaurant
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“Relaxed to active bar with lots of windows features ocean views, sports on TV & a full food menu. ”
  • 131 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. ”
  • 132 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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“Great local, casual hangout for good pizza and great craft beer. Eat at communal long picnic tables. Family friendly. ”
  • 70 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”
  • 80 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Lunch/Dinners/wine: The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro is a unique concept that combines a retail wine shop with a true California Bistro restaurant. They offer your favorite wine to drink or Duck Confit at midnight. Ready to try something different?”
  • 68 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
Pier
“Long Pacific Ocean fishing pier with a café, shop known for sunset views & sea lion sightings.”
  • 47 locals recommend
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
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
Dog Run
“Dog Beach is so awesome, you can bring your dogs here to play. It is exactly what it sounds like, a dedicated beach for dogs. A lot of friendly animals and their lovers kick it here.”
  • 48 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
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 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
American Restaurant
“Relaxed to active bar with lots of windows features ocean views, sports on TV & a full food menu. ”
  • 131 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
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
“Great local, casual hangout for good pizza and great craft beer. Eat at communal long picnic tables. Family friendly. ”
  • 70 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”
  • 80 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Lunch/Dinners/wine: The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro is a unique concept that combines a retail wine shop with a true California Bistro restaurant. They offer your favorite wine to drink or Duck Confit at midnight. Ready to try something different?”
  • 68 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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