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C$14 - C$20
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed March 23, 2024 via mobile

The pizza was AMAZING!!! Love their crust and cheese!!! And the spicy red sauce is phenomenal! Definitely recommend this place! The basic salad is so good too!!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed November 6, 2023

(Last visited 5/12/2022.) Hanging out in San Diego for the weekend with my boys and it's time for dinner after a long day of partying in this beautiful city! We were just walking around downtown and saw that this place had been rented out for...a private event. That MUST mean it's good, right?! So we popped in the next day to see what all the hype is about... Atmosphere/Appearance: It's basically a giant, rustic, chill sports bar and I loved it. The ceilings were high and this is gonna sound funny, but it felt like we were IN a giant pizza oven. Lol. It wasn't hot or anything, but the walls are lined in brick, the risers are rounded creating arches above our heads and the place was so wide open! There was wood everywhere, good, loud, energetic music, picnic tables that made you share and of course other dining sections in case you wanted somewhere quieter. Service: I can't remember who took care of us, but I know we had a good time and didn't need anything. Food: The pizzas we ordered were absolutely enormous. Probably like wheels on a car/truck you'd see in Atlanta. Lol. We ordered a straight cheese and I think a meaty version. The crust was thin and crispy. The cheese was lighter than I would've liked, but that's fine since the crust was so thin. The toppings were delicious and yo... I can see why this place has won so many awards and why so many people have been here! Value: I can't remember. A: You're in California. Lol. B: It's San Diego. C: It's DOWNTOWN San Diego. Nothing is going to be cheap, but pizza usually doesn't do you wrong. Lol. Splitting the 2 giant pizzas between the 4 of us didn't break our pockets at all. In conclusion, I loved this place and I know we'll be back here the next time we revisit San Diego!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed July 12, 2023

Cool place near Petco Park with some solid food. We went recently and split a Basic Salad and a Pepper Pizza. The salad was actually our favorite of the two. We loved the candied walnuts and Gorgonzola crumbles. Delicious. Pizza itself is large and a...little doughy for my liking but still had decent taste. Not my favorite in San Diego but it's not bad by any means. Our server was friendly, attentive and efficient. As some other reviews have noted, it can get rather busy and loud but it depends on when you go. There are some outside tables as well as tables in the bar area. I actually prefer the tables off to the right when you walk in as it it is a little easier to have a conversation over there. Will probably go there again when we have something to do at Petco or Gallagher Square since it's so convenient.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed April 17, 2023

We stopped here for dinner after visiting the zoo for the day. It was a Padres game day that afternoon, so many of the restaurants were still very busy at dinner time. We were seated right away but it took a very long time for...the pizza to arrive, so just be prepared. Once it arrived, it was very good. We had asked the server whether 2 small pizzas would feed us all (3 adults & one teen), and he assured us it would. He wasn't wrong, but we had zero leftovers as the crust is very thin. The menu is pretty much just pizza and drinks with a salad or two. We would probably eat here again on a less busy day, but would order more food per person since the crust is so thin.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed September 22, 2022 via mobile

We came due to the good recommendations Their Pizza is ok. We got our Pizza a bit cold. After eating two three slices, we asked to warm it a bit. Who likes cold pizza? Well not us. We got refused. Seriously! They did not accept...to warm our pizza. So eventually we ate around the half of what we ordered. We left the place while we are yet hangry. We will not come back Not recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed April 22, 2022

Although we ordered a thin dough pizza for take away it was completely undercooked. Dripping in grease through the box and on the plates when we tried to eat it. It went directly to the bin. Wasted money. The worse pizza we have NOT eaten...in years. They should change the pizza name, instead of "So Meaty" it would be better "So Greasy".More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022

Have you ever watched Dave Portnoy do a pizza review on the Internet? One bite here and he gone. Anyone who's had pizza would say 'that's not pizza'. What you get is this oversized pie that's not cut into the standard 8 slizes. It's sliced...willy nilly, so your picking up a variety of sections. Terrible. and the service at this joint stinks. Stay away.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 10, 2022

This place is great! It is a mix between a pizza place and a nightlife bar! Try the mash potato pizza and grab one of their specialty cocktails.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 6, 2022

Recently visited San Diego and had pizza and beers at Basic in the East Village neighborhood (near Petco Park). Fun atmosphere and very good New Haven Style pizza and we would return. Similar to Piece pizza in Chicago but not quite as good. Cool place...that is dog friendly and a big space.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 23, 2021 via mobile

Real deal, Neapolitan pizza, with the charred but chewy and crispy crust. Fresh mozzarella and good ingredients. A pretty good beer selection and a pool table - rounds it out

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 20, 2021 via mobile

We stopped here early Friday night and were able to score a table outside. They had a decent selection of beer. We started with their small salad - which is big enough for 3 or 4. We liked the walnuts, pears and Gorgonzola mixed in....Their pizza was excellent, we got the so meat. It had the perfect balance of sauce, cheese and toppings. Crust is similar to a New Haven style. It was perfectly crispy on the outside, but did tend to be overly floppy in the center - another minute in the oven would have helped. A small was just enough for 2, you’ll want a large if you have 3 or 4. We would return, it was a great place.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed March 23, 2021 via mobile

Let’s face it SD is not known for pizza. BUT there are a few out there like Basic they will give you a good pie. Now you have to pay $$$ because they have a bad ass location in EV and rent is $$$. Pre...covid they had a killer happy hour. Pool table is a plus as well.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 18, 2021

Had lunch at Basic with the family. We really liked the pizzas we got and the service and surroundings were fine. Basic is a large restaurant that clearly caters to sports crowds and people having a fun night out. We were there for lunch and...it was very quiet. We had a couple of types of pizzas and they were quite good. Service was fine but nothing special. (Visited in May 2019)More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed December 27, 2020

Hands down this is the best pizza in San Diego. The 10th ave is no longer on the menu but they are always happy to recreate this amazing pie.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

The restaurant part was closed when we arrived so we had to sit at the bar. The server seemed uninterested in working or high. One or the other. Thankfully the pizza was delicious. A small is huge! I had some leftover. Crust is delicious. I'd...return if I'm ever in the San Diego area again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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