Jayne's Gastropub (Gastropub, American)

4.53 out of 5 based on 92 ratings | about our ratings

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4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011

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burger, felton heights, mid-city, mission valley, n/a, new american, north park, normal heights, north park, organic, renaissance at north park, university heights, vegetarian
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Comment card by Anonymous
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  (4.33 overall)
Reviewed on 4/23/2009


I was very impressed with this place from the get go. Small yet very charming in a British/European bistro kind of way. As a former Londoner, I walked in with a smile on my face as I saw an amazing bar area that had every kind of beer and wine you could possibly think of. The selection itself was very good. I am in no way a beer or wine connoisseur, but I know there is something for everyone. I had the best Pinot Grigio there that was recommended by the barman. Regrettably, I do not recall the name of the wine, but it was from a very small winery in the South of France. If you are into white wine, go check it out!

As my main meal, I ordered the chicken which was cooked perfectly ~ moist and juicy with an abundance of flavors. The cous cous nicely complimented my choice. It was made with roasted pine nuts, black currants and fresh herbs that consisted primarily of rosemary and sage. Delicious. I have to say that it was even better the next day (the meal portions are generous so there is room for take aways).

Dessert was scrumptious. I had the crème brulee which was very hard not to finish the entire thing in 5 seconds flat. Again, very flavorful and made to perfection. Was not too sweet nor was it bland in any way. I have made crème brulee many times over the years and it really requires some work to get it “just right.”

This is a place I highly recommend. Great food, great beer and wine choice, and the ambiance were just delightful. For a lover of great food, who is known as a true “Anglophile” in so many ways, this was the perfect setting for a good time out with friends. Enjoy!!


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Comment card by Anonymous
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  (4 overall)
Reviewed on 4/13/2009


Ambience is hip but not annoying. Food is inventive but accessible. Not overly pricey, but not cheap. A friendly but not over the top bartender. But not over the top. Only drawback was their lack of a full bar. Nice wine selection and they have beer from the Stone Brewing Company there which is important. Good place to take a date.

Steak was well prepared though a tad overcooked for medium rare. Good cut of meat though, so that more than made up for it. Really tender and flavorful for a flatter steak. I wish the potatoes were more potatoey and less crispy. That’s an individual thing though – not a problem with their preparation. My fault for not asking for that.

French onion soup. Not quite rich enough. A bit bland. But the bread that came with it was first rate.

Great choice, Jeff. :)


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Comment card by jeph
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  (5 overall)
Reviewed on 9/18/2008


OK...this place has gotten a lot of build-up. Several of my friends have been raving about Jayne's for the past few months and finally I got a chance to give it a try. The bar is small...only about 7 or 8 seats and the restaurant is very quaint, having the look of an old pub minus the clutter. The food is simple but the flavors are very well-orchestrated. The burger (which I have been told is the best in San Diego) was quite good (I love the use of mixed baby lettuce) and the butterscotch creme brulee really hit home. I'll be back to continue to explore the menu.


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Comment card by Kip
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  (4.67 overall)
Reviewed on 9/10/2008


I'm not an epicurean. Anybody who looks to a guy who ate Lean Cuisine every day for 2 years for dining tips deserves whatever the hell they get. Food? Yeah. I had a hamburger. It wasn't bad. With pepper, ketchup and a little mustard it tasted a lot like grilled ground beef. The fries were good.

The atmosphere? Considering where it sits on 30th Street anything less than the smell of the dryers at the nearby laundromat or the smoke from the cheap bar on the corner would be "nice". It's pretty and I would've enjoyed sitting inside but it was so nice on the patio that my friend and I chose not to.

The beer? NOW! Now, we're talking here. They have a great selection of ales ad micro-brew. I had and recommend the Green Flash IPA to anybody who still stands around long enough for me to start talking, again.

I sure do like the Green Flash IPA and there's no place in San Diego I'd rather meet a friend to have one than Jayne's Gastropub.


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