Restaurant Review: Long Story Irish Pub — Where OB and Point Loma Can Now Meet for Lunch

by on August 25, 2023 · 7 comments

in Ocean Beach

Long Story Irish Pub
4204 Voltaire Street
Ocean Beach – Point Loma, CA 92107
(619) 269-0690

By Wally Robertson

Normally there’s nothing new to say about the Long Story Irish Pub that hasn’t been said already. A staple of the neighborhood since opening in 2020, with favorable reviews in the San Diego Reader and elsewhere, it’s an easy favorite of locals to unwind after work for a pint with friends.

Located at the northwest corner of Catalina and Voltaire, in a large, airy space that still feels cozy, it offers some of the best “pub grub” in town when you realize the time or don’t want to bother with trying to cook when you get home.

But for many who work in the area during the day and only know of it as a view on their commute or as they make their midday way to Pop Pie Shop at its catty-corner — or 7-11, Cesarina or Don Tommy’s, as one’s time and budget allows — it’s just been a pleasant but empty Victorian storefront.

So allow me to be the first to tell you: Long Story is now available for lunch.

Making this change just a few weeks ago, Long Story opens at 11:00AM Monday through Friday, just as it does on weekends, instead of 3:45PM (their website and online listings haven’t been updated yet); and the kitchen starts serving at noon. And you’ll be happy to know you still don’t need to be three drinks in for the food to taste amazing.

Their most famous item, the Irish Eggroll — an original invention of corned beef with pureed cabbage and carrots in a large eggroll wrapper brushed with butter, basically a fried Reuben without the cheese — is the happy accident of trying to come up with an Irish taco. (You can ask, but it’s a long story.) It’s absolutely delicious and definitely more of a meal than an appetizer.

Of course there are sandwiches and burgers aplenty, with their actual Reuben just about the best — and meatiest —I’ve ever had outside of a Jewish deli. Be sure to get it, and pretty much anything else, with their “Story Sauce.” And my favorite burger is the B&B, which is a half-pounder with a blue cheese/crumbled bacon/Dijon rosemary aioli topping that you don’t know whether to eat or propose to.

(On the topic of burgers, know that all of theirs are 8-ounce, “smash” burgers — which cook faster. So if you like yours medium, ask for medium-rare.)

They also have chicken sandwiches and salads, that I’m informed by those who don’t share my preferences they approve as well. So I’ll go out on a limb and suggest you’ll agree.

But of course, no Irish pub would be worth its salt without fish and chips. Long Story’s do not disappoint. Thick segments of whole Atlantic cod fillets encased in a crisp and tasty beer batter shell that’s not bready, and keeps all the juices intact until you bite into them. Just be sure to hold them over your plate when you do, and enjoy with the house tartar sauce.

What else is there to say? The fries are amazing: proper, string-cut potatoes — not the sad, undercooked slabs that still seem to be served everywhere — and dusted with minced parsley you can actually taste. And the house mustard is whisked with Guinness, which of course makes everything better.

The staff is friendly and understanding of the time constraints of the working stiff; and the moderate-volume background music is a relaxing mix of rock classics. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I heard the Grateful Dead at a restaurant, until “Sugar Magnolia” drifted out of the speakers last time I was here.

I’ve written all this with a sense of worry. This has been my secret, the lucky penny I found looking for something different close enough to where I work that wasn’t the same-old, same-old. Hell, the most expensive lunch plate here costs almost the same as a fast-food chain “combo” meal. And I don’t want to have to fight a line when I get a break.

But I’d like for them to be able to continue to cater to a lunch crowd and not have to go back to opening at 3:45PM.

So, Long Story short (yeah, you knew that was coming), give ‘em a shot. Or wait until later in the day and have them serve you one or two before you try their food. Either way, you’ll be glad you did.




{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie August 25, 2023 at 11:27 am

This could be the first time the Rag posted 2 restaurant reviews in one day!


Debbie August 25, 2023 at 12:23 pm

Yeah! Two reviews – love that

Good spot, yummy egg rolls and cold beer. Not crazy about smokers in the front as you enter the restaurant. Nice to hear that lunches will be served. Maybe the number of new residences in this area are helping the restaurants thrive.


FrankF August 26, 2023 at 8:42 am

We’ve tried Long Story a few times but they don’t have any wait help so you order your food from the bartender and when they’re busy, you have to wait. That’s not our thing, so we’ve moved on.

I miss the ambiance and service of the old Sessions Public when Able Kaase owned the place. Oh well, OB’s loss is North Parks gain. His Swan Bar is muy popular.


Chris August 26, 2023 at 12:06 pm

Been here about 3 times. TBH it’s not really very “Irish” in ambiance but it’s still a nice neighborhood pub. I enjoy it.


Stu August 27, 2023 at 7:57 am

been there a few times Its walking distance from home and can say nothing but good things but its a Long story so I won’t Cold beer good food friendly folks what more do you need


Will August 27, 2023 at 8:15 am

We lamented Royale closing during the pandemic as they had some high-quality healthy options in addition to their well-sourced beef. The coming of the Irish bar didn’t fill us with hope as Irish cuisine often seems like a form of penance. We have been surprised with this place though- they have great food quality which keeps us coming back. Very glad it’s not 21+ as we have 4 year old. It is definitely pretty bar-like for children, but it works for us.

The Sessions place never did it for us and we were glad to see them go as much as we don’t want to see any business fail. The owner had another place on Adams Ave called Beer Fish that was amazing, but also closed during the pandemic. Glad those guys seem to have found success in North Park.


Chris August 27, 2023 at 9:08 am

Actually Beer Fish didn’t so much close but instead was re-invented. The place that now occupies that space is called The Swan Bar. Same owner as Beer Fish but it’s now (for lack of a better term) a sort of high end burger/craft cocktail bar. Drinks are good but haven’t eaten there yet.


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