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Costa Brava

#242 of 3,855 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Pacific Beach
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1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3117
+1 858-273-1218
11:00 - 00:00
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have an attraction to Spanish restaurants with tapas on the menu. This was a big disappointment. While there is a wide selection of tapas and dinner entrees, the food was barely acceptable. My chorizo tapa was tough and not particularly flavorful. The papas tapa was covered in some sort of canned cheese sauce, again not that good. My husband... More 

Thank Gini S
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always the best service, best food and wonderful atmosphere! I LOVE this place! I highly recommend Costa Brava to all my friends and family when they come to town!

Thank carlasd2015
San Diego, California
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic tapas and sangria. Tried octopus, lamb, rabbit, and four or five other dishes, all superb. Super friendly staff and nice ambiance hidden behind some hedges.

Thank scooterdu
Houston, Texas
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is a gem serving great Spanish tapas. The wine list is fantastic and it has a good selection of Spanish beer too. We particularly enjoyed the bacon wrapped dates and sausage with onions, while our kids demolished the lamb skewers and paella rice. We are gluten free and ate to our content without issue. The ambiance also matches the... More 

Thank Houston-Brits
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We really didn't care for this place. It was extremely overpriced, boring, and they didn't even cook the $40 steak correctly. Of the 5 tapas and 2 meals we really didn't like much of anything... too bad, as I'd had high hopes:)

Thank Gialde
Sun City, Arizona
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392 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Local friends invited us to Costa Brava. Having traveled in Spain this was a real treat. We had sangria and amantillado as drinks. The tapas was excellent and the variety superb. Everything was top drawer.

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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Great place we found recently and ended up going a lot of times. great wine and Shrimp ajillo must have. Wines suggested are good. Food and wine are a little bit on the expensive side. Dont miss this place.

Thank Shruti t
San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I recently had dinner at Costa Brava in San Diego and it was fantastic! One of the best dinners I have enjoyed in years. The restaurant is located away from the city center and is guarded as local favorite, a neighborhood gem for sure. All of the wait staff is extremely friendly and eager to please. Our waitress Irene was... More 

Thank natsf2017
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Sundays are my favorite day at " Costa Brava" Flamenco show Starts at 7PM. Love Tapas and their drinks like ""Sangria" If you are ready for dinner "Costa Brava" offers a Delicious great variety of Spaniard Cuisine at affordable prices. Enjoy! Ole! Salud!

Thank Ronnie M
San Diego, California
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83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Great Tapas, good Sangria, excellent Atmosphere. Especially for Vegetarians, lot of Veggie Tapas options.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, Spanish, Latin, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-273-1218

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?