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5 Delicious Ways to Take a Bite out of Summer

Summer is here, meaning warmer weather and longer days. Seaport Village is my favorite spot to enjoy the outdoors and grab a meal with friends, loved ones or coworkers. I recommend these crave-worthy dishes that are sure to delight your summer taste buds!

Coconut Shrimp at Buster’s Beach House:

Light, crispy and refreshing – Buster’s coconut shrimp always makes me feel like I’m in paradise. Large prawns breaded and served with a citrus marmalade dipping sauce makes the perfect combination for a light, yet satisfying summer appetizer.

Catch of 3 at Pier Café

Available at Pier Cafe

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With panoramic views of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge, I find it impossible to not think about seafood when I’m at Pier Café. But with so many great options, sometimes it’s hard to decide which fish I want. The Catch of 3 allows you to try three fresh catches of the day along with two sides. Pair it with a cup of seafood chowder or famous cheese bread.

Beef and Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves at Greek Island’s Café:

Available at Greek Isand's Cafe

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When I’m looking for a snack that won’t break the bank or add to my waistline, I look no further than Greek Island’s Café. Their beef and rice stuffed grape leaves are packed with flavor and protein. Share them with a friend for a quick snack or pair them up with a gyro for a full Mediterranean meal.

Buffalo Burger at San Diego Burger Company:

Everyone knows burgers are a top choice during the summer months. San Diego Burger Company puts an uncommon twist on an American classic. Try the buffalo burger if you’re feeling adventurous!

Waffle Cones at Ben and Jerry’s

Available at Ben and Jerry's

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Boardwalk Betty

July 4th, 2015 at Seaport Village

Another 4th of July is upon us with lots of fun activities at Seaport Village. If you’re planning on coming to the village to watch the Big Bay Boom fireworks show, then you’ll need some details to make sure your Independence Day is magical! 

Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom 2014

Here is your guide for the perfect 4th of July at Seaport Village:


Parking gets hectic on 4th of July here at Seaport Village.  So, first and foremost I recommend that you take the trolley down.  It’s cheaper and much more convenient for you.  You can get off on the Seaport Village trolley stop, located across the street, then walk on over.   

If you would like to drive and park in the Seaport Village parking lot, make sure to arrive early as spots fill up fast and early.  Here are the rates for parking  at the Seaport Village lot on the July 4th . 

4th of July Parking Pricing- SPECIAL RATES APPLY FOR JULY 4TH

Self Parking July 4th rate:

Regular parking rates before 3pm.  Click here to see regular rates.

After 3pm on July 4th- $20 prepay to park

Valet Parking:

Regular valet pricing before 3pm. Click here to see regular rates.

After 3pm on July 4th- Customers with reservations to the restaurants- $30

After 3pm on July 4th- Customers without reservations to the restaurants- $50

Note- Extra overflow parking available on July 4th at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel Parking lot for $25


In honor of July 4th, we will have a band- Bill Magee Blues band performing at the gazebo, 1-5pm.  Stop by the gazebo and dance a little!

In the food court, we will have Tinku performing from 12pm-4pm.

If you haven’t done so already, you should make it a point to visit our sister property, Headquarters at Seaport, which is located directly across the parking lot. Through the restoration of San Diego’s Old Police Headquarters , the city has reclaimed an urban treasure by offering an extraordinary new experience; a destination where restaurants on the order of Puesto & Eddie V’s and specialty boutiques such as Kitson and Seaside Paper I Home can make a lasting impression.  Tour the historic jail cells and enjoy some live music in their outdoor courtyard.

There is much to do in the area that it is worth your time to arrive early!

105.7 FM Max will be broadcasting the music that the fireworks are synched to at 9pm, so make sure to tune in!Note- The restaurants on property, Harbor House,  Edgewater GrillSD Pier Cafe and Buster's Beach House will not be accepting reservations in order to remain fair to everyone.  If you’d like a nice view of the fireworks or if you’d just like to have dinner at the restaurants, make sure to arrive early to get a table.  

I can’t stress this enough,  if you’d like to get a good view of the fireworks, arrive early and secure your spot.  The fireworks are launched from several locations around the bay. 

Aside from parking and entertainment, in honor of July 4th, Alamo Flags will be giving away 1000 American flags July 1-4!

The will be giving away FREE 3 ft x 5 ft American flags to the first 1000 people who show up at their store during those days.  Free flag on a special day like this? Score! 

Uncle Sam

I hope you have a safe 4th of July with your loved ones.  Please drink responsibly and be sure to pass the keys to the designated driver in your group.  Alcohol is not permitted outside of the food court at Seaport Village.

See you on the 4th!

Boardwalk Betty

The 4th of July “Best Seat in the House” Contest

The 2015 Big Bay Boom fireworks are almost upon us and we all know that Seaport Village is a great viewing location. 

Well, the folks at our 3 waterfront restaurants- Harbor HouseEdgewater Grill, and SD Pier Cafe want to make that experience even better for you. You can enter to win the "Best Seat in the House" for the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks show that is viewable from at the restaurants!  The restaurants do not take reservations on the 4th, so this is special!

Rules & Details:

Each restaurant is running their own contest. Click the link for each restaurant below for further info. 

Harbor House

Edgewater Grill

SD Pier Cafe

We know, amazing contest!   

Note: Each restaurant is running its own contest, and you may not win for more than one restaurant.   Winners will be informed by end of the day on July 2nd.

Happy 4th! 

Boardwalk Betty

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About Boardwalk Betty & her blog:

Consider this a window to the best views in town, an abundance of tips, secrets and downtown chatter. Boardwalk Betty cruises the cobblestone to bring you the splendor of Seaport Village. Join in her experiences, her observations and interactions as she shows you how Seaport Village is where the magic of the sea comes to life.  Also, a list of her favorite blogs below!