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Hodad's

Burger Joint, American Restaurant, and Other Nightlife$$$$
Ocean Beach, San Diego
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  • Marco E.
    "Superb burgers and "frings" (basket with onion rings and fries)."(13 Tips)
    Nil
    "Try the Guido Burger, amazing is an understatement!"(5 Tips)
    Crissy
    "Must have the Bacon Cheeseburger absolutely delicious!"(25 Tips)
    Sena E.
    "Onion rings are amazing!!! Burgers are huge, decoration is so cool."(22 Tips)
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  • Alfred A.
    Alfred AvilaSeptember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's definitely worth the wait and the line actually moves pretty quick! The burgers are huge and unless you are really hungry stick to a single and you can split a shake with someone bc it's huge ❤️
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BowdenDecember 30, 2012
    From what we heard, it's always crowded; so be ready to wait in line for a bit. It went pretty quickly though. It's SO worth the wait! And be prepared to get messy while eating. The burgers are HUGE!
  • Jorg G.
    Don't mind the waiting line, it goes quite fast. The burgers are indeed fabulous, and huge ! The picture is the single cheeseburger with bacon
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    Obviously the burgers are famous. If you're feeling extra hungry, challenge yourself to the double bacon cheeseburger. So big but so good. Best onion rings I've had as well.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkDecember 17, 2014
    Hodad's burgers don't simply have bacon strips on top. Instead, this funky joint adds an entire bacon patty to the mix. Order the Guido Burger, inspired by Guy Fieri himself. Read more
  • Marco E.
    Marco ErminiAugust 13, 2015
    Superb burgers and "frings" (basket with onion rings and fries). The one in the picture is the "simple" bacon cheeseburger - so you can measure your hunger
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I just get their Mini Bacon Cheeseburger basket. It's plenty for me as an average eating girl and I can share the fries with my BF! You can also SAC your burger with three kinds of cheese!
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WilliamsNovember 6, 2013
    Incredible veggie burger, the patty itself isn't much more than a Garden burger, but it's beautifully built. I love when the burger is hot and the condiments are cold, and this place nailed it.
  • Kooter
    KooterOctober 7, 2014
    Everything is good here! This has to be the first place you visit whenever you come to San Diego. The atmosphere is great, but music is a bit loud. Either way, Food is delicious.
  • Mario C.
    Mario CastilloJanuary 18, 2015
    The double bacon cheese burger with fries or onion rings & chocolate milk shake or a Pepsi is my favorite option for a nice price!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GilloolyAugust 30, 2013
    Totally worth the wait. There was a blockbuster line, BUT we got windows seats. Recommend ordering the Mini. It is plenty. Also recommend a half order of fries/rings. The whole order is too much food.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Inspired by Guy himself, this pastrama burger is served with ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and spicy brown mustard. Read more
  • Cathy S.
    Cathy S.April 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite burger spots, ask for extra pickles and you will get EXTRA pickles, yum! The half order of frings can feed 4 people easily and the shakes are always overflowing.
  • Natasha L.
    Natasha LoomisFebruary 3, 2015
    As featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! Great burgers and amazing malts! The line will be longer than Costco on game day, no not that long, but long on the weekends! #worthit
  • Jack K.
    Jack KirkDecember 16, 2012
    A burger place with one of the most massive burgers I have seen. Order a malt for some cold and delicious malty goodness. Expect a long wait, but its well worth it.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BatemanSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't Unrap your burger if u get bacon and yes you must get bacon!!! Reason is it drips out all the goodness so keep it wrapped. Onion rings n shakes are also amazing.
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Home made bacon make this BLT like no other! You might need a triple bypass after but, it's totally worth it!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 19, 2013
    The bacon cheeseburger here is top-notch, as are the thick-cut steak fries, onion rings, and giant milkshakes.
  • Glynn C.
    Glynn ClapsaddleMarch 23, 2011
    Call ahead and place your order for pick-up. Don't be confused by the line outside, that is the wait for a table. Better to walk in, order your food, and head for the beach!!!
  • Bread S.
    Bread SunApril 2, 2014
    blue cheese hamburger tastes great and unique. remember, mini hamburger is big enough for girls!
  • Erin H.
    Erin HaleenJanuary 1, 2014
    Found license plates from all 50 states plus Washington DC and several countries. See if you can find Louisiana! There is only one ( as far as I can tell) and it's some what hidden.
  • David H.
    David HuberJuly 21, 2010
    Order a hamburger and "SAC" it - Swiss, American, Cheddar! Fries are great but onion rings are a must - one basket feeds 3-4 persons. Don't miss antique shops and VFW Thrift shop up the street!
  • Yoni Z.
    The burgers are fine even if kinda overcooked. I wouldn't wait long for one. The vibe of the place is what makes it a winner. The staff is super down to earth and friendly
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornDecember 30, 2014
    A must when in San Diego. Cant go wrong with the Pastrami burger or the classic.
  • John
    JohnMarch 18
    The bacon cheeseburger was so good. Made the mistake of getting a double tho. Couldn't finish it.
  • Charollite C.
    Charollite CossAugust 18, 2013
    Omg..this place rocked...pple there r so nice ..well worth the wait...and u will wait but so worth it ..not expensive at all...
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BernJuly 17, 2011
    One of my most fave burger places. love their burgers. juicy and the buns are to die for. mass amount of fries. lively, yet chill atmosphere.
  • Filbert W.
    Filbert WSeptember 21, 2013
    Reg order of rings is huge! Enough for my family of six. All fries are seasoned potato wedges. Better than the rings.
  • Kristine P.
    Kristine POctober 30
    Tasty albeit messy burger. Great onion rings. Awesome staff. If you eat your burger med well or well (gasp, I know), specify that.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BourgesOctober 4
    Awesome burgers! Amazing fries on the side! My vanilla milkshake was huge!
  • El S.
    El SuperdavidJune 7, 2013
    this place is the shizzzznit!!!! if you like... slash that, if you LOVE burgers, you HAVE to come here and try one... i recommend the Bacon cheeseburger...
  • Maria P.
    Maria PerezApril 27, 2010
    Best San Diego burger! standing in line is worth the wait. Order a side of "Frings" (onion ring/fries combo) and get a chocolate shake... Don't come here if you are on a diet :-) Read more
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Double bacon cheese burger with a basket of fries is always my #1 choice!
  • Derek V.
    Derek VelezJanuary 13, 2013
    The Blue Jay Burger was fantastic! Great burger worth the price. A bit messy but that's how I like it. hahaha!!!
  • Michael B.
    Another "DDD" spot. Love the burgers and the malts. Next time we're in town stopping by again for sure
  • Wendy E.
    Wendy E.D.September 21, 2013
    A must when in San Diego! The bacon cheeseburger will make you dislike any other burger you ever ate. The staff is just amazing!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah ByersJanuary 12, 2011
    Love Love Love but if there is a long line order To-Go then eat it at the beach! I can't stand to wait for that incredible tasty burger!
  • Bauzen
    BauzenApril 22, 2010
    Came here from NYC to see if the TV hype was true... Had the Bacon Cheeseburger. It's a great burger, everything I expected. The novelty of a bacon patty atop my beef patty was pretty epic.
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 12, 2014
    The burgers are huge! Unless you're starving, get a mini burger - it's still big and has everything on it.
  • Avery C.
    Avery ChipkaSeptember 17, 2012
    Now thats ones big burger! Grab some onion rings and a starwberry milkshake to wash it all down.
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PeckJune 17, 2012
    Come for the double bacon cheeseburger, stay for the shakes. The fries are some of the best you'll have. Period.
  • Muddy
    MuddyDecember 10, 2015
    My favorite is the mini burger, ask them to add bacon. The regular size burgers are huge!
  • Habibo M.
    Habibo MoApril 19, 2015
    You can't just go to OB and not eat at Hodad's. Would you go to paris and never see the Eiffel Tower? Best burger in America!
  • Kenny U.
    Kenny UgelAugust 7, 2014
    Awesome bacon burger and fries! Worth the wait in line.
  • Kat F.
    Kat FerriseMarch 18, 2010
    Famous Hamburgers, awesome decor. If you go to OB, San Diego a Hodad's trip is MANDATORY. Anyone you talk to that's been here will ask if you ever had a burger from Hodad's. The answer should be YES! Read more
  • Tom K.
    Tom KainOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The double burger is way too much unless you haven't eaten in days. Otherwise, hands down, best burger on earth.
  • Abdallah A.
    Abdallah AlemranMay 21, 2015
    Regular taste for burger, and huge onion inside the burger!
  • Dylana B.
    Dylana BuchananMay 12, 2015
    Of course the burgers are great, but so is everything else here. Love the malts!
  • Lexington W.
    Lexington WolfcraftJuly 15, 2010
    Try to get in earlier in the day to avoid the long line to get in. If you have to wait, that's okay, because it'll be worth it. Stick with the single until you're more experienced.
  • Katie G.
    Katie GelnawFebruary 1, 2012
    Possibly best burger in SD. Milkshakes, onion rings and fries also a must.
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