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Hodad's Downtown

Burger Joint$$$$
Central San Diego, San Diego
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  • The burgers at Hodad's Downtown is a can't miss
  • Adrián G.
    "Guido burger is awesome!"(7 Tips)
    Dar B.
    "Frings are the Best!"(5 Tips)
    Domenick L.
    "The double bacon cheeseburger is the best I've ever had by far."(11 Tips)
    J M.
    "Best onion rings and great burgers!"(13 Tips)
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  • Doug W.
    Doug WJuly 10
    This is a serious 10 napkin burger, and that's keeping it in the wrapper.
  • Flightmex E.
    Muy grandes to big
  • Mila F.
    Mila FrerichsFebruary 15
    Best burger in town.
  • Julia A.
    Julia AsakawaJanuary 27
    Hamburger is HUGE! Very good option for a local burger. Service was really good and I really liked the potatoes. Beer comes in a jar mug!
  • Karen W.
    Karen WJanuary 21
    Been here 10+ times
    Servings are huge. Fries are not gluten free. They did a nice lettuce wrap for my burger. Staff is friendly. Prices are very reasonable. Shakes are more like ice cream than a shake.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KelleyJanuary 6
    Insane burgers. Great shakes. Awesome onion rings. Great staff.
  • Zeynep
    ZeynepJanuary 3
    Onion rings are awesome !! Cheapest and delicious hamburger place in SD 😍
  • John T.
    John TurnerOctober 3, 2016
    Awesomr burger and fries
  • Neha D.
    Neha DubeyAugust 20, 2016
    Love their burgers..... Try any. Onion rings are yummmmm
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GuptaJune 28, 2016
    I really enjoyed this place. I have to say the long line was well worth it. Best burger I've ever had.
  • Adrián G.
    Adrián GutiérrezMay 12, 2016
    Guido burger is awesome! Double bacon cheeseburger is also great, it's huge tho... Get the frings!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoApril 20, 2016
    Huge burgers! 🍔
  • Justine D.
    Justine DeRoachMarch 26, 2016
    The burgers, obvi. Such great beef patties and good rolls matched to icy cold fresh condiments and lettuce-tomato-onion-pickle on top. The fries are bigger than my fingers-mix the Cajun sauce w ranch
  • Mattress M.
    Mattress ManJanuary 19, 2016
    The new girl is mean
  • Meaghan K.
    Meaghan KennyJanuary 9, 2016
    The bacon cheese burger was the bomb dot com
  • Vicki
    VickiJanuary 3, 2016
    Best burger ever. So juicy and messy but totally worth the mess. Bring your appetite when you come here.
  • Leena A.
    Leena AlRajhiNovember 21, 2015
    The other branch is better than this one in the taste!
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatNovember 1, 2015
    Burgers are delicious but the place is for heavy metal lovers 😂👎
  • Alfa S.
    Alfa SantosOctober 26, 2015
    One of the best places for burgers and beer, but good luck finding parking during peak downtown hours.
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoSeptember 9, 2015
    Before trying your first hodad's burger, please go to their first location. Maybe it's the vibe🌊 but an experience worth going back.. Downtown location, burgers😏 shakes👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
  • Mus.1
    Mus.1August 6, 2015
    One of the best burgers in CA + they are HUGE
  • Assaf A.
    Assaf Al-AwajiJuly 8, 2015
    The napoleon shake is really great and also the double cheese burger but make sure that you have a lot of napkins next to you 😂
  • Habibo M.
    Habibo MoJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best burger in SD! So good!
  • Jay O.
    Jay OrtizMay 18, 2015
    Everything
  • Perriann H.
    Perriann HodgesApril 28, 2015
    I love their onion rings!
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SoxxApril 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bacon cheeseburger ever created. Crunchy deliciousness in each bite! Get the mini if you don't want to over stuff yourself.
  • Jen M.
    Jen M-EJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Rarely a wait & just as good as OB. The half-order of Frings will be enough for 4 people.
  • Jennifer h.
    Jennifer honmNovember 28, 2014
    Very good food
  • Sal
    SalNovember 26, 2014
    Not as good as the one in OB...but still amazing burguers. The best of SD
  • Aziz ..
    Aziz .October 12, 2014
    Nice :dddd
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Love the original location the most but, this is a good alternative for downtown! You can never go wrong with this burger! Price and quality all there, all the time!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Hodad's as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Meli
    MeliSeptember 3, 2014
    The burgers here are a major disappointment. They were dry and not juicy whatsoever. They paled in comparison to NY's Shake Shack burgers. And a "small fries" is huge! It's enough to feed 4 ppl.
  • John-Paul M.
    John-Paul MurilloAugust 29, 2014
    Burgers are good but you'll have to wait for them.
  • Tyler T.
    Tyler TremellingAugust 27, 2014
    Burger, shake, onion rings and some beer
    Upvoted Nov 4
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Katherine Humphus, chef of BO-beau kitchen + bar, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Double cheeseburger. Read more
  • Max K.
    Max KesslerAugust 21, 2014
    Little grimes, but don't judge a book by the cover on this one. Solid burgers. Whatever you do, get bacon on it. They deep fry it and then grill it into a patty. Also get your onion grilled - Bangin
  • Eddy S.
    Eddy ShaoAugust 9, 2014
    Great burger, even better shake. And those onion rings.... Be warned, the portions are huge!!
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaAugust 7, 2014
    Great messy burgers
  • Dar B.
    Dar Bow Tis TahJune 24, 2014
    Frings are the Best!
  • Rex B.
    Rex BuchananJune 13, 2014
    Blue Cheese Burger creation: Be warned it is exceptionally messy, albeit tasty.
  • Christopher L.
    This restaurant is awesome. Love the location and love the food. I ordered and ate the double bacon cheeseburger. Mouthwatering amazing!!
  • Chris A.
    Chris AndersonMay 31, 2014
    Neapolitan Milkshake is freaking amazing!!!!!!!!
  • Tyr L.
    Tyr LegendMay 24, 2014
    Pretty good burgers, nothing amazing. The reviews here all seem accurate, except the burgers themselves aren't huge. It's the toppings that make them really tall. The Neapolitan shake was great
  • Ruben R.
    Ruben RuizApril 25, 2014
    The shakes are amazing! They are huge so you can share it with someone else.
  • Lana C.
    Lana ChanApril 19, 2014
    On hot days sit by the side door
  • Ernesto
    ErnestoMarch 20, 2014
    I hate the service from this hodad's they are all dicks.. Go to the 1 in OB👌
  • James S.
    James Stewart Jr.February 27, 2014
    Unfold one flap of the wrap around the burger so that all the awesome, fatty grease drips down into your fries or onion rings. Of course don't forget to eat over your basket or it will be in your lap
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilliamsFebruary 21, 2014
    Guido burger
  • S3d A.
    S3d Alraj7iFebruary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of SD's best so far
  • Wendy W.
    Wendy WolferOctober 21, 2013
    Order the Guido burger! Great flavor, burger has pastrami, grilled onions & brown spicy mustard along with the usual items. It won't disappoint!! Yum!
  • Ron C.
    Ron CobbSeptember 6, 2013
    Good atmosphere, good service, okay food. Like the chocolate shakes.
  • Erica O.
    Erica OtaSeptember 4, 2013
    Burgers are juicy and delicious. Fries are wedges....definitely a place to check out!
  • Manny P.
    Manny ProvencioSeptember 1, 2013
    Overrated!!
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MaciasSeptember 1, 2013
    Bluejay buerger is a must try atleast once !
  • Samuel T.
    Samuel TaylorAugust 27, 2013
    I love the double bacon cheese burger
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LopezAugust 22, 2013
    I think this is the best burger in San Diego.... Constantly crave it! Regular w cheese or the guido. And the shakes are HUGE (and delicious!)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 19, 2013
    The bacon cheeseburgers here are top-notch, as are the gigantic shakes, served with an extra scoop of ice cream right on top.
  • Vinicius C.
    Vinicius CarvalhoAugust 2, 2013
    If you wanna a big hamburguer, this the local!!! Perfect!!
  • Domenick L.
    Domenick LudiJuly 24, 2013
    Totally missed this place. The double bacon cheeseburger is the best I've ever had by far.
  • Alvaro C.
    Alvaro CamachoJuly 20, 2013
    Best burger in town
  • Allan
    AllanJuly 19, 2013
    Single bacon cheeseburger and fries!
  • Theresa P.
    Theresa PerryJuly 13, 2013
    Awesome burgers and onion rings
  • Tammy H.
    Tammy HarmonJune 22, 2013
    Smells like urine. Not good.
  • La Jolla Mom
    La Jolla MomMay 8, 2013
    I'm just not sure if there's a better burger. I like the one with the blue cheese and grilled onions with a side of onion rings. No diets here!
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MabreyApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Consider taking a few pieces of onion off your burger before attempting to eat. It will shrink the burger in size, make the process of eating easier and have less impact on your breath afterwards.
  • Dave N.
    Dave NewmanApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The double cheeseburger is the size of your head.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MooreMarch 9, 2013
    Bacon Cheeseburger with Onion Rings.
  • Nadia R.
    Nadia R.January 31, 2013
    Ok, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The mini bacon cheeseburger was perfect for me & the service was speedy. Would definitely come back.
  • Juan C.
    Juan CarlosDecember 28, 2012
    Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Ballast Point Rocks!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Neapolitan hits the spot each and every time!
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah Deline WrightDecember 1, 2012
    Had the pastrami burger and it was superb!
  • Carl b.
    Carl bDecember 1, 2012
    Go to the OB Location, longer wait but so worth it, Downtown locale doesn't taste the same as OB
  • Lyss
    LyssNovember 9, 2012
    Guido burger or blue jay burger w/frings, enough said. Burgers are big enough to share.
  • Stefano D.
    Stefano DonatoNovember 4, 2012
    $9.75 for one double bacon cheeseburger? Yes! Must try! Fantastic!!!!!
  • Yacine B.
    Yacine BaroudiSeptember 30, 2012
    The double cheeseburger is WAAAAY big!!! Like... double everything
  • Stefano D.
    Stefano DonatoSeptember 20, 2012
    Only one word... WONDERFUL!!! One p the best sandwich I have ever eaten!! Must try! Price range 5-12$
  • J M.
    J McRaeSeptember 18, 2012
    Best onion rings and great burgers!
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HughesJune 24, 2012
    Do yourself a favor and believe the other tipsters: the burgers are MASSIVE! Tackling a double is not for the faint of heart. Also, don't attempt a full Frings unless you have at least 4 people.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GiffenJune 7, 2012
    A single order of Frings is easily shareable between 4 people.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AmiotteJune 3, 2012
    Even when there is no crowd its the slowest shittiest service.
  • Nell G.
    Nell GordonMay 14, 2012
    They have the best burgers an never skimp on the toppings... Gonna need a lot of napkins! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Surmona S.
    Surmona SmithMay 2, 2012
    This place is not worth the stop in...literally got told their location on broadway was on "Diner Drives and Dives" with "Guy Fieri(sp)" and that their food is awesome because he said so.. Bleh
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KudoFebruary 11, 2012
    Try the Mini Cheeseburger - My burger!
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KudoFebruary 11, 2012
    Try the Onion Rings
  • Hüseyin Safa G.
    Hüseyin Safa GünNovember 27, 2011
    look like dirty place and cheap prices but delicious burgers. you can't find table on fridays and saturdays
  • John S.
    John ScottNovember 19, 2011
    A single is huge here.
  • Zach C.
    Zach CrawfordNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best freakin milk shake on earth!
  • Priscilla S.
    Priscilla SantosOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There is rarely a line. If there is it goes by fast
  • Richard B.
    Richard BloomSeptember 23, 2011
    Just as good as the OB location, less wait time!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 21, 2011
    Added two new additions to their vaunted menu (the pastrami-topped "Guido's Burger" and blue-cheesed "Bluejay"), to take down in a heart-of-downtown space. Read more
  • Steven M.
    Steven ManzanoSeptember 5, 2011
    Guido Burger:-) this place is bigger than the one in ob
  • Stephan F.
    Stephan FischerSeptember 5, 2011
    beware of the double burgers: they are that big, they might swallow you if you fail to eat them!
  • Laura G.
    Laura GoodJuly 25, 2011
    Try the all you can eat for just $100.25.
  • Kris P.
    Kris PMay 25, 2011
    You have to try their onion rings.
  • San Diego Reader
    San Diego ReaderMay 11, 2011
    Hodad's reviewed in Tin Fork this week! Read more
  • Edgar
    EdgarApril 29, 2011
    Try the Guido Burger!
  • Heather D.
    Heather DenaroApril 12, 2011
    Try the 1/2 chocolate 1/2 vanilla shake. BEST ever!!
  • Cindy T.
    Cindy TurriettaApril 11, 2011
    For best eating results don't unwrap your burger!
  • Jenil S.
    Jenil SApril 11, 2011
    The Guido Burger is quite messy
  • Roland T.
    Roland TApril 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the hamburgers
  • Brian H.
    Brian HaslipApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burgers in the world! Try the bacon double cheeseburger, but get plenty of napkins!
  • Jj d.
    Jj de PolancoNovember 21, 2016
    hamburguesas aceptables
  • Fares A.
    Fares AlnasserApril 27, 2015
    برقر لذيذ والمكان مريح .. بس لا تاخذ دبل
  • Azul C.
    Azul CarmonaAugust 17, 2014
    No se pierdan la Guido.
  • Dmitry R.
    Dmitry RodionovJune 17, 2014
    Разделить со мной трапезу хотел большой коричневый таракан. Пришлось его убить :-(
  • Chepo G.
    Chepo GSJuly 6, 2013
    no cabe en mi boca 😱😱😱😱
  • Pietro
    PietroAugust 13, 2012
    Un posto fichissimo,... da surfisti (pieno di tavole da surf) infatti vicino all'Oceano! Camerieri buffi e simpatici, ma soprattutto mangiare f-a-v-o-l-o-s-o! Cmq posto caratteristico da visitare!
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