3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
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Bike Parking: Yes
Parking: Garage, Street
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No
01/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
That place is still open?? Frankly I am surprised. Made the mistake of going twice (we wanted to give it a fair shake) and both times it was horrible service with a staff that was too busy checking their Face book updates and trying to be hip, small portions of food that at best is ""pedestrian"" and everything is WAY overpriced. They will get a tip out of you no matter how crappy the food & service is. Their motto of ""farm to table"" should include a warning about a stop at your bank to overcharge for boring fare with a bad attitude.
09/21/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Went here based on glowing recommendation from friends, but was terribly disappointed. I get the local food sourcing, sustainable farming, pure food, and even the standard 10% gratuity, but the food was just sooo mediocre. Went on a Sunday afternoon and ordered a bunch of dishes, including the 'Smokehouse Sunday' which has ribs, pork belly, lamb ribs, hot links and sides. The pork belly was so salty that it was inedible, the lamb ribs as dry as a dog toy, grilled corn cooked only on one side. The hot links and spare ribs were pretty good but overall, it was just poor execution for charging such a high price.
I applaud the effort to provide food in a socially conscientious, responsible way, and I'm even willing to pay extra for it. But the food was just inexcusably bad. Probably won't be eating here again.
04/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Not recommended. We found it extremely overpriced for what you get. There is a difference between expensive and overpriced. We've had some wonderful experiences at a few expensive restaurants, but the meal, evening and overall experience were worth it. Overpriced restaurants offer 1 star experiences at 4/5 star prices, as in this case. There were no redeeming qualities here. We had the same negative experiences reported in other reviews. Our order was mishandled,i.e. we didn't get something we had ordered; the food generally was not quite bland, but nearly so; the one piece of bread was hard, nearly stale, served without butter or dip; service generally was quite poor; portions of some things are quite small like salads and soups ( and some cost nearly $10); service was slow, unresponsive,not very friendly; one side dish had nearly no flavor nor taste at all; and prices overall were out of sight. And the tip policy is generally not normal nor acceptable as a US practce, although it is common in some other countries, and especially being told how much the gratutity must be (not should be) (not a tip by their definition). Nonsense. Overall, the dining experience here for us was sub-par (close to unsatisfactory) in almost every respect. Overall, small local diners even do a much better job. And other restaurants seem to value your business, but not here (other reviews refer). We learned one very valuable lesson: check the reviews before going to a new restaurant.
03/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Very over priced menu. Food quality is average, service slow (25 minutes - order to table food delivery) and one lunch was not correct. Best yet, as our check is delivered you’re informed of an automatic 18 % gratitude. When I questioned their demand for a tip, the server assure me they ""deserve it"" and their police is posted at the bottom of the paper menu. Yes they did remove it under the condition we would not return, NO problem, I promised never to return. With this attitude and arrogance this restaurant won’t last long.
02/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
what's with all the fake 1 star reviews. looks like someone is holding a grudge. the linkery offers locally raised and farmed vegetables and meat. they offer unique dishes made with ingredients of known origin. from ground to plate, you know exactly what you are eating. they support local and small growers, farms, and ranches. because of this, yes, some prices are going to be higher than some factory farmed grade b mear of questionable origin trucked in by sysco. bearing all that in mind, if you are one who favors quantity and price over quality and cost, then by all means don't eat here.
as for the no-tipping policy, the linkery's philosphy is spelled out on their website in clear terms of why they do what they do and why they have the policy they do.
as for the food, it is good. i am not going to lie and say it's the best i have eaten. by depending on seasonal produce and what is available and fresh this week, the menu changes a bit much, and i believe that the restaurant never really gets into a groove with each dish. many times things seem a little half-planned. maybe if they had more time to perfect their dishes i would enjoy them more.
i would give them 4 stars alone for having cask conditioned beer. yum.
01/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went there with two of my friends and all of us were very disappointed. The waitress was kind but it took her one and a half hr to bring our dishes. The menu was totally misleading, they try to make you think they make upscale, eclectic, different kind of food but when we saw our plates we all felt like if they were trying to fool us. Not a great taste, very expensive, bad service...I do not recommend it.
10/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
why call a tip a diffrent name and brag about it? table service, what? It's still a tip, they just decide for you how much is it going to be!!! the waiter was quick to point out they don't take tip. Oh noooo, they would not dare to take extra money from you. what a unique restaurant! so honest! He did not bother to mention 18% ""table service""... no class
09/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Our last experience at the Linkery was very poor. We'd been to the old location a few times and generally enjoyed our experience, but felt the menu was a little limiting for my wife who doesn't eat meat. We were hopeful of the new location because it had an expanded menu and a fun location, but we couldn't have been more disappointed.
We had 3 groups (tables) in our party, and each group had bad experiences... for example: one group had a rude waitress, 2 groups had people whose food order were never put in (one of our friends went hungry because he was still waiting when we all had to go), and we all got hassled us about simple requests (replacing a glass of tap beer that was flat, asking for more chips to go with some dip, etc.).
Out of courtesy, one of our party followed up with the owner a later date to give our feedback as we'd like it to be a good restaurant, and his response was, and I quote ""No thanks, you're not welcome to return."" And we were not rowdy or impolite to the staff. We simply had reasonable expectations.
So y'all, take it from the owner... you're not welcome.
08/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Well don't expect many link options at the Linkery... In fact don't expect much at all. First, the selection of links is pathetically small. With a name like that I was expecting everything from beef, chicken, and even chocolate chip links... well there menu had about 5 options, and they were out of two... Second, don't expect your appetite to get suppressed here. The potions are so small what you think is just a sample is the real deal... not even two bites of sides do they provide, and the burger, ha, the golden arches offers more beef. Well, just when you think your dinning experience could not get more disappointing, you get the check which they automatically add a 18% gratuity too (does not matter how many people were in the party)! I am not really surprised, they probably thought this was the only way to get any compensation for they lack of culinary expertise.. Reviewing their menu and seeing the excess amount of beer options they offer and lack of link options, one would think there would be some major restaurant name changes... All in all if you really want a great link and be filled up properly go to Costco where for 1.50 you will be more satisfied than any trip to the Linkery.
06/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
When they brought my $18 entree my friend asked me if that was going to fill me up. I said NO! For $18. I expected more than an appetizer on my plate. The would not allow me to make a subsitution for a vegetable, so I paid for something I didn't eat, so that made the meal even smaller. The didn't have a clear soda like sprite or 7-up, so I had to have a coke, which is not my preference. The have a small sign as you enter, and if you are not looking for it you miss it, but it reads - ""We DO NOT accept tips. But an 18% gratuity is already added to your bill"". So tehy do accept tips and you pay 18% even if the service is worth WAY LESS. They should make that note on the menus or at least on the tables. It might explain in advance why thier prices are so HIGH! I will not go back, nor will I refer any one to the Linkery. Small portions, over-priced, poor selection, no substitutions on some items so you leave what you don't want on you rplate and still pay for it. TWO THUMBS DOWN!
05/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Clueless hostess, small portions, loud dining room, $4 for 8 oz of Dr. Pepper? and an owner who's attitude was basically, Go somewhere else!
OK I get it, you want to offer, good quality locally grown and raised food. Would it really damage your reputation for you to put some more potatoes on the side of a dish you're charging $19.50? Why would you offer a soft drink that is only available from Texas and charge more for it than you do for beer? And when a paying customer raises some valid points would you choose to ignore all of them and say that there are a lot of other restaurants out there, you should be able to find one that makes you happy?
I wanted to like this neighborhood joint, but never again!
07/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We came here after a day at the Zoo and were pleasantly surprised to find a mellow atmosphere and a menu that had some interesting choices. The BF and I went for the cask beer while the BF's mom tried a lighter amber. Both were great. The Linkery's menu is divided between vegetarian choices, specialty/house favorites, and ""market specials"" aka new stuff. Two of our party went with the burger (Brandt beef, bacon, gouda cheese, onions, pineapple, beet root, and a fried egg on top. I'm sure I missed something that they threw it but those are the main ingredients) I went with the Cubano. Everyone was happy with the burger, I thought that the Cubano lacked a bit of flavor and could have used more of the spicy plum mustard sauce that came with it. The Linkery is considered a local eatery- the staff is friendly and helpful. The food tasted fresh and while not the ""best"" that I've had, definitely enjoyable. All in all a great alternative to trying to dine at any of the tourist prone joints at Balboa Park!
02/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The Linkery is the most aggressive eatery in San Diego. Marlies Wasterval, the chef of this two dining room casual bistro is constantly changing up it's dinner menu and implimenting fresh and rare ingredients into her largely successful repertoire. We were in on Sunday and started our meal with their version of artisan PB&J. House made pepita butter and anaheim chile with cranberry jelly on crostini bread. it was delicious! My friend is addicted to the greenbeans that are soaked in ginger soy sauce and grilled over an open fire. She's a vegetarian and we are both happy to see that the linkery is expanding it's vegetarian menu to include such delights as grilled portobello with a rosemary polenta cake and broccoli with a creamy hazelnut sauce. Another of our veggie favorites is the tofu al maiz, grilled tofu, tomato and queso fresco layered in grilled corn tortillas and smothered in roasted tomatillo salsa. If you're like me, and you just cant' get enough protein, try the grilled tasmanian trout! it's covered in roasted corn and red pepper salsa and coupled with avacado mash and lemongrass quinoa. Their specialty is grilled sausage. They typically feature three new sausages every week that you can order stuffed in an artisan roll, along side any of their mains or smothered in cheese laying atop a pile of choucroute. I have not have choucroute this good since frankfurt! I could go on and on about this place as it has become our second home. it's an awesome place to take friends if you want a lowkey friendly environment with greatfood and a brilliant beer and wine selection.
01/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I love this neighborhood eatery because it's local. the staff is cool -- they remember your name and will always chat with the regulars. It's rarely too crowded, and the website is so cool with all the good foodie info. they have a great beer selection too.