Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Dobson's Restaurant

956 Broadway Cir. (Broadway) Send to Phone
619-231-6771 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
This downtown restaurant is popular for power lunches and pre-theater dinners.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Dobson's Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Named for its affable owner Paul Dobson, one of America’s only bullfighters, Dobson’s has remained a downtown power-lunch destination for more than 25 years. The interior has an old-school feel, with dark-wood paneling and a massive bar, while the kitchen turns out California cuisine with light splashes of Italian, Spanish and Asian influence. Mussel bisque en croûte is a signature dish; alternatively, start with the steamed Mediterranean black mussels bathed in yellow curry. Marsala-marinated Black Mission figs and thyme jus add the proper balance of sweet and savory to bistro-style chicken. Sautéed sea bass is enlivened with roasted corn, sweet peppers, pancetta and saffron aïoli, while seared sea scallops nestle in an herb verde sauce with oven-dried tomatoes, spinach and caramelized onions. Filet mignon, wild salmon and veal chops round out the menu. Bananas Foster with vanilla bean ice cream and a tawny port may end the meal. Lunch favorites include the "bar room burger" with bacon and cheddar and grilled lamb chops with a white bean arugula salad. Dobson's presence sets the friendly tone and keeps customers coming back.


Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.