San Diego Category: Restaurants & Bars
If you’re wondering where you can find incredible seafood and an ocean front view without waiting too long or making a reservation, then check out Wonderland Ocean Pub. Located in Ocean Beach, Wonderland has amazing views no matter where you sit. Their pub is surrounded with huge picture windows giving you perfect views of the ocean and the nearby pier.
It’s the best place to go for a romantic date night, or just to pop in after a day of surfing. Whatever the reason for wandering inside, Wonderland effortlessly accommodates you by serving some of the best seafood in San Diego, without question. With specials served every day of the week, it’s hard not to fall down the rabbit hole on Monday and get lost in Wonderland until Sunday!
Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday, when you can enjoy their 321 special with $1 off beer, $2 off wine and $3 off mules. You might not ever want to leave thanks to their offerings of 30 beers on tap, incredibly unique specialty drinks, and homemade lemonade and sangria.
You’ll discover a diverse menu at Wonderland because they incorporate Hawaiian-style cuisine into many of their dishes. We suggest trying a little bit of everything on their appetizer menu, starting with the Pescadero Sampler, which includes three seafood cocktails – Mac Daddy Ahi Poke, Baja Ceviche, and Mango Shrimp Cocktail.
They also offer decadent menu options like the Woco Moco, which is a grilled hamburger patty and comes with kale and garlic fried rice, two eggs over medium and house chicken gravy.
The fried scallops are also a must-try seafood dish. Another unique entrée to try is the Hawaiian-inspired Spam Mac-N-Cheese consisting of fried diced spam, gruyere and mixed cheeses, penne pasta and panko bread crumbs. The menu is extensive, complete with something for everyone.
Craving a burger instead of seafood? Sink your teeth into one of their juicy burgers and we promise, you won’t be disappointed. Their burger list is extensive, featuring the Short Rib Burger, made with spicy hoisin barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onion and mixed greens on a telera roll, and served with fries.
Stop in any day of the week for one of their specials like Muscle Up Monday’s offering of half-off muscles and oysters or Taco Wednesday’s Day Late and a Dollar Short menu. Also, don’t miss Beers and Beards Thursday. With a $25.00 membership fee, you’ll get an awesome T-shirt, and forever $4.00 beers every Thursday.
If that isn’t cool enough, all of the proceeds go to The Surf Rider Foundation. Wonderland loves giving back to the community, and helping to keep Ocean Beach clean by using recyclable kegs and cleaning up our beaches. Wonderland tops the fine-dining charts with their Countdown to Sunset toast every night of the week.
And, to make you feel like part of the family, every evening as the San Diego sun falls behind the ocean, the staff passes out shots to everyone, which is free for bar patrons and $3.00 for restaurant patrons. Then, when the sun goes down they ring a giant bell while everyone hoots and hollers while toasting one another.
Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, burgers, a new type of cuisine or just a seat with a view, check out Wonderland Ocean Pub. You won’t be disappointed!
By: Dawn-Renee Rice
Contributions by Madison Teague
Note: Prices and menu items are subject to change. Photos by Be Water Photo
Address: 5083 Santa Monica Avenue #2c