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Hodad's

Burger Joint, American Restaurant, and Other Nightlife$$$$
Ocean Beach, San Diego
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  • Go here. Experience the burgers. It's worth it.
  • Marco E.
    "Superb burgers and "frings" (basket with onion rings and fries)."(13 Tips)
    Nil
    "Try the Guido Burger, amazing is an understatement!"(6 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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  • 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
  • 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.
    Jorg GeerlingsAugust 18, 2016
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerAugust 16
    Definitely go for the full experience aka the double cheese burger. Very stylish interior - try to get a seat in the mini van.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bread S.
    Bread SunApril 2, 2014
    blue cheese hamburger tastes great and unique. remember, mini hamburger is big enough for girls!
  • Yoni Z.
    Yoni ZloczewskiApril 5, 2016
    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
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornDecember 30, 2014
    A must when in San Diego. Cant go wrong with the Pastrami burger or the classic.
  • 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!
  • Doug M.
    Doug MApril 28
    Love the entire area. Great being back showing off great burgers and the #FloatnThang
  • Kristine P.
    Kristine POctober 30, 2016
    Tasty albeit messy burger. Great onion rings. Awesome staff. If you eat your burger med well or well (gasp, I know), specify that.
  • John
    JohnMarch 18, 2016
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Luis B.
    Luis BourgesOctober 4, 2016
    Awesome burgers! Amazing fries on the side! My vanilla milkshake was huge!
  • Traci T.
    The Guido burger was our favorite. They also make an awesome shake. Great food and service. My favorite burger in CA.
  • 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.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoJune 13, 2016
    Another "DDD" spot. Love the burgers and the malts. Next time we're in town stopping by again for sure
  • Fei X.
    Fei XiaoMarch 19
    I came as a tourist and was expecting something amazing. It's basically an in n out burger minus the amazing thousand island dressing and it was served cold to us. Highly overrated given the long line
  • 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!!!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Double bacon cheese burger with a basket of fries is always my #1 choice!
  • 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
  • Michael D.
    Everything is good here, burgers are huge and tasty. Nice atmosphere!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Muddy
    MuddyDecember 10, 2015
    My favorite is the mini burger, ask them to add bacon. The regular size burgers are huge!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abdallah A.
    Abdallah AlemranMay 21, 2015
    Regular taste for burger, and huge onion inside the burger!
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