Vagabond Restaurant

(619) 255-1035

2310 30th Street, San Diego, CA | Directions   92104

32.729960 -117.129706

Open Hours

4H to 10H monday 11H30 to 10 from Tuesday to Thursaday 11H30 to 12H Friday 10H to 12H Saturday 10H to 10H Sunday

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Tags: Bar Scene, Date Spot, Dine At The Bar, Fireplace, Group Dining, Hidden Find, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Notable Wine List, People Watching

Cuisine: Eclectic & International

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Debit Card, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central, South Park

Soup Of The Day, Truffled Pommes Frites, Kung-Pao Style Calamari, Moules, Potato Gnocchi, Tuna Poke, Lamb Meatballs, Tamarind Barbeque Pork Belly, Charcuterie, Artisanal Cheeses... more

Reviews for Vagabond Restaurant

over a year ago

The place looks so beautiful from inside and the food smells great and fresh. We are planning to go back here this weekend and I bet eating here will be a regular thing from now on.

over a year ago

Eclectic world fare in a cozy environment – It may take a few minutes to get acclimated to Vagabond's small dining area. The tables are crowded just past the point of being cozy and the acoustics of the room create a noisy cafeteria-like echo. But the decor ? a culturally eclectic mix of souvenirs ? makes it feel at the same time foreign and homey and the staff are generally affable and unaffected by the spatial chaos. The menu is likewise based on the traveler's palate, containing self-proclaimed ?humble? dishes meant to represent home cooked meals from around the world. Unlike many ?international? restaurants which have predominantly European fare, Vagabond truly represents a wide geographical variety. Some stand-out dishes include the Indonesian Narai (a chicken and calamari appetizer), the Moroccan Lamb Shank, and a traditional but well-executed Paella Valenciana. Their menu also changes seasonally, so it's worth revisiting every few months. This probably isn't the best place to have a romantic date, but if you're feeling adventurous, Vagabond promises an exciting and engrossing meal.

over a year ago

too cramped for couples – Great menu, great service, great looking restaurant, but way too cramped quarters. If you enjoying eating dinner with complete strangers you might not mind this place, but if you are on a romantic date, or want to have any sort of juicy conversation there is no privacy here. I've been to this place twice, once on a first date, and we literally had to move the table so I could squeeze in between two other tables where we were sandwiched in between complete strangers who could hear our entire conversation. The second time I went it was a similar scenario, it was me and my friend and a nearly empty restaurant, and they sat us right next to another table...I mean literally 4 inches away when they could have just as easily put us in a corner where there would be more privacy. We weren't the only uncomfortable ones, we overheard the two tables next to us complain about the cramped seating arrangements amongst themselves. This is just an example of a restaurant that is all about getting as many people in and out as quickly as possible...well they got us out fast, and I will never go back. Such a shame, because it could be a really great place.

over a year ago

great neighborhood restaurant – All I can say is this place rocks! Forget about gaslamp, LJ, and all those pretentious high $$$ restaurants that leaves you with an empty wallet and at best mediocre service and food. I was surprised with the wine list and while calif. napa cabs were underrepresented, the french region was surprising amazing. As for the food, I can't find any fault other than save some room for the entree. The service was exceptional. Cross our fingers and let's hope Vagabond thirves and continues to do well in South Park.

over a year ago

619.224.7500 – beyond my solitude there is another solitude

my aloneness is a place without a connection to earth and the arts

and my silence a confusion of voices

beyond this burdened self lives my freer self

too young and outraged to be my freer self

how shall i become my freer self

unless all men and women become free

how shall my leaves fly singing upon the wind

unless my roots shall wither in the dark ?

how shall the painter in me soar against the sun

unless i leave the paintings i built with my own hands

i hear there is a place where i can find peace..

let me know where and when

i can meet you at cafe india

over a year ago

LOVE THIS PLACE – I've been to Vagabond twice in the last month, once for lunch the other for dinner. The place is awesome. My husband is a real wine lover, and he judged the recommended selection by the owner to be one of the better picks he's had in many years. I love their seafood and their noodle dish, wish is should be pointed out can be made to suit vegetarian eating habits. They are currently doing lamb dishes, and the two gentlemen in our party RAVED about the meal.

We took our 4 and 7 year old (we did go a bit early...) They put us at a good table, and they munched on the delicious pomme frittes (french fries) through out the meal.

Great service and very attentive. South Park is lucky to have such an establishment.

over a year ago

Interesting place..... – Went last night for the first time. The menu is really limiting because my boyfriend is a vegetarian and I don't eat seafood. But other than that, the food that we got was good. Not the best food I've ever had in my life, but it was good. The lemon dessert was my favorite thing and the blue cheese salad was great. I would recommend it for people who like cozy adult restaurants with a wine list. I do agree that the wine list is somewhat limited, but it's a small place, so I didn't expect a huge list or anything. We went at 6:30pm for dinner and our food came out very fast and the service was great, but I could see it getting very busy and maybe slowing down later in the evening. Make sure to make a reservation also.

over a year ago

Over Rated – This place is Campy and loud. I went because of all the rave reviews. In all honesty, the service was good. No complaints, but the food and wine was average. You could get the same quality of product at a corporate restaurant like the Cheese Cake Factory. Every one raves about the Calamari...these are frozen and taste like rubber. No amount of sauce could hide that fact. Try this place only if you want to give your money to a small buisness man...if not, just go to TGI fridays.

over a year ago

Great food and decor! – This place is my new favorite! Make a reservation, because the word is out. This gem can get crowded. It has a cozy international feel and look.

The Calamari in a spicy Thai sauce is amazing! It's not breaded either. The salad with shrimp and scallops is also a must. The Peruvian dish (forget the name) is full of flavor. The service is usually good. Most times we've been served by friendly, attractive Brazilian girls, except for one time where

we had a cold, unhelpful French guy. I recommend this one to all of my friends.

over a year ago

Great ambiance; good food; customer service needs attention. – We loved the ambiance at Vagabond the first time and were sure we'd love it the second, but it was an imperfect experience at best. The food was well prepared and each dish sampled met with our enthusiastic approval, save for something called a "caesar salad"--quite un-caesar in presentation and content. Who has ever had a caesar with chopped bacon and tomatoes? But the arrogance of our waiter took the pleasure out of the evening, especially when he slammed down our bill without offering dessert or coffee or even saying, "Thank you..."--common protocol for acceptable service. The manager apologized: "We usually have to move people out fast," he said. Unacceptable, dear Vagabond. Perhaps being a "hot spot" for dining has gone to its head.

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Date Spot (2007)
Nominations Nominated for:
Budget Date Spot (2008)
Comfort Food (2008)
First Date Spot (2008)
Lunch Spot (2008)
People Watching (2008)
Wine Bar (2008)
Wine List (2008)
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