Happenstance at The Harp- San Diego (Ocean Beach)
Address: 4935 Newport Avenue | San Diego, California
Cost: Breakfast Eats $5.45-$10.95 | Salads $7.95-$12.95 | Sandwiches $8.95-$11.95 | Small Plates $2.95-$10.95 | Faves $11.45-$14.95 | Burgers (with fries) $9.45-$10.45 | Dessert $3.95-$5.45 | Craft Beer $5.00+ | Cocktails $4.00+
About: Last week I made a special trip to Ocean Beach to taste beers at a new brewery that recently opened. Unfortunately, when I got there, I found out they were sold out of their house-brewed beers. Fortunately, while walking back to my car, I noticed it was parked right in front of The Harp. It was happenstance, and I went right in.
The Harp is a long-time favorite of Ocean Beach locals. The neighborhood pub is known for its good eats, large craft beer selection, a full bar (including over 30 whiskeys, 15 which are Irish), sports TVs, occasional live music, and dog-friendly patio out back.
Located on the shady side of Newport Avenue, the main business street of Ocean Beach, The Harp is a block and a half from the beach. Its big front windows open onto the sidewalk and cool ocean breezes drift inside. At lunchtime, tourists, shoppers, and locals pass by and look in with curiosity; many stop in for a drink and food.
The décor recreates an authentic Irish pub, with a well-worn wood bar top, leatherette bar stools, cozy booths, and sturdy wooden tables and chairs. Irish memorabilia, neon beer signs, and soccer team flags adorn the walls.
The Harp is open weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., and on the weekend, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Happy hour is 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What I Ate: The elevated pub food menu is impressive and includes authentic Irish dishes such as Irish Breakfast, Shepherds Pie, and Bangers and Mash. For dessert they offer house-made carrot cake and ice cream, including an ice cream made with draft Guinness. The Harp also serves burgers, one of my favorite comfort foods to pair with craft beer.
So, I ordered The Harp Burger– a half pound patty of seasoned beef, lamb, and bacon, topped with fresh arugula, a roasted tomato slice, garlic aioli, Feta cheese, caramelized onions, and a fried egg, sandwiched inside a toasted ciabatta bun ($10.45). This gourmet burger was served with a large pile of perfectly cooked fries.
I loved this burger! It is a good one. The bun had great texture, the meaty patty was juicy and perfectly cooked, and the flavors from all the fresh ingredients combined to play a delicious symphony with every bite.
What I Drank: Thorn St. Brewery’s Pale Ale (5.3% ABV/44 IBU). Cold, flavorful, smooth, and well-balanced. Perfect for pairing with any burger, especially The Harp Burger.
Likes: The Harp Burger was delicious. Thorn St. Brewery’s Pale Ale was tasty and paired well with the burger. I was impressed by the number of outstanding craft beers they have on tap (24). The selection of Irish Whiskeys was also striking. Service was excellent. Prices are reasonable for the level of quality in the food and drink.
The Verdict: A great local pub serving quality craft beers and gourmet pub food. A perfect lunch for me at The Harp starts with a local craft beer at the bar, accompanied by The Harp Burger with a side of fries. Recommended.Share This: