“Waypoints” have traditionally been associated with navigational monuments, stopping places on life’s journey. North Park’s Waypoint Public serves as a destination for families and friends, neighbors and visitors alike to enjoy simple, delicious food and exceptional beer. The identity of Waypoint Public is approachable and authentic, celebrating all of what California has to offer, from the beach to the mountains, to the desert. It embraces the bohemian spirit of a traveler roaming through our beautiful state. Waypoint Public highlights someone’s journey, whether they are a group of locals wandering down 30th Street or an out-of-towner stopping in for a quick bite.

The culinary program is helmed by Waypoint Public’s Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten, who has spent over a decade training and working at several of the most prestigious restaurants in the industry. With Waypoint Public, Amanda is fulfilling her vision of bringing an eclectic and truly neighborhood concept to life. Pulling inspiration from the venue’s overarching design theme, her seasonal menus highlight an exceptional hodgepodge of cultural characteristics – Latin, Asian, and European influences she considers already indigenous to the Southern California region.

Waypoint’s expansive beer program, helmed by the knowledgeable hands of San Diego’s consummate beer expert Brian Jensen, features a highly curated list of bottled craft beers from all areas of the globe, plus a custom 30-tap system playing heavy on the West Coast craft brews.


John Pani


John Pani has spent the last 12 years of his career in San Diego where he has participated as principal/owner, consultant and investment manager on a number of local hospitality projects. Between 2002 and 2010, John was a Vice President at JMI Realty, the real estate investment and development arm of the John Moores family. In this capacity, John was intimately involved in the development and asset management of the Omni San Diego Hotel / McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, Hotel Solamar / Jsix Restaurant & Lounge and Marriott Del Mar / Arterra Restaurant.

After cutting his teeth on these hospitality projects John started ELE Collective, a hospitality investment and management firm that is committed to providing guests with a hospitality experience grounded in community, authenticity and exceptional service.

John attended the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating with a degree in Development Studies, John spent several years in Investment Banking where he developed a strong background in finance and business management.

John is an active member of the local community, and has served in various capacities with local philanthropic organizations. He currently sits on the YMCA Mission Valley Board of Directors. John is a native of San Diego, and lives in Kensington with his wife and three young children.

Amanda Baumgarten

Executive Chef & Partner

Amanda Baumgarten began her cooking career at the age of 17 as an intern in Los Angeles’ l’Orangerie working under Ludovic Lefebvre. From there she went onto London where she obtained an internship at la Tante Claire followed by a paid position at Le Gavroche, both 2 star Michelin restaurants. Upon returning to her native Los Angeles at the age of 21, Amanda spent the next four years working at the city’s top dining institutions Melisse, Bastide and finally Patina where she landed her first sous chef position.

Shortly thereafter, Amanda was afforded the opportunity to compete on Bravo’s Top Chef 7 in Washington D.C. Life after Top Chef for Amanda has included executive chef positions at Water Grill in Los Angeles and Herringbone in La Jolla.

California is an exceptional hodgepodge of cultural characteristics. Making it, from a creative standpoint, one of the most inspiring areas from which to cook. On Waypoint’s menu Amanda draws from the numerous Latin, Asian, and European influences she considers already indigenous to our region. California is its own cuisine, and Waypoint’s menu reflects just that.

Brian Jensen

Beverage Manager & Partner

Born and raised in Southern California, Brian Jensen has been passionate about hospitality his whole life. After getting his Bachelor’s in Management
Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Brian attended The French Culinary Institute in New York City where he studied French Cuisine and Wine. Following culinary school, Brian continued his study of wine and earned certificates from the and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. From New York to California, Brian has worked in nearly every aspect of the food and beverage industry, including cooking, wine sales, brewing and restaurant management.

In 2011, Brian opened Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Tasting Room, a craft beer boutique and bar that, in his words, “curates the best local, domestic and international craft beer”. Bottlecraft quickly gained notoriety after its opening and has since been featured in local and national publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. Brian is recognized as a craft beer industry expert and has been quoted in Market Watch Magazine, Beer Advocate, and San Diego Magazine. In February 2013, Brian opened a second Bottlecraft location in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, California.



West Coaster

Waypoint mirrors Baumgarten's individual vivacity, and every dish on her menu comes with recommended pairings from an impressive and deep list of draft and bottle offerings... Read the full article here (PDF)


Waypoint is featured on Eater National's 19 Best Burgers in the US right now...
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San Diego Magazine

When Bottlecraft owner Brian Jensen took over the Linkery space in North Park, good beer was a given. Then he partnered with chef Amanda Baumgarten, a vet of fine dining joints. The result is Waypoint Public, a 30-tap, 300-bottle craft beer bistro. Read the full article here (PDF)


San Diego Union Tribune

Front page of the U-T Night + Day section today! Learn more about our chef, Amanda Baumgarten...
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San Diego Home and Garden

In North Park, even toddlers like to dine out at hipster havens, especially at Waypoint Public. So many familes show for early dinners that there is a fenced play area at the back... Read more here (PDF)


San Diego Eater

Amanda Baumgarten's command of her new kitchen was impressive in a way that few chefs achieved. And even this wine lover wants a beer there... Read the full article at


San Diego Uptown News

The dress rehearsal's over and Waypoint Public is running smoother in its first two months than its predecessor ever did when occupying this coveted corner-lot space for the past several years. Read the full article here (PDF)


Where SD Magazine

The latest crop of casual outposts offering gourmet bar food and craft beer are high on style and food quality. Read the full article at


San Diego City Beat

Waypoint Public has emerged from the ashes of The Linkery as North Park's newest bistro and beer bar. It's a welcoming space, as the unusual decor is just an extension of Waypoint's eclectic vibe.. Read the full article at


San Diego Eater

Announcing the 2013 Eater Awards for San Diego. Waypoint Public won the award for So Hot Right Now Restaurant Category. Read the full article at


Rivera San Diego

With partners John Pani and Amanda Baumgarten, Jensen who cooked in the Village at hot table The Spotted Pig before first becoming a somm and now S.D.'s consummate beer expert just opened Waypoint Public on 30th Street... Read the full article here (PDF)


San Diego Uptown News

The beer-centric bistro, Waypoint Public, opened this week in North Park with a 30-tap selection of West Coast brews and more than 300 bottled labels from around the globe. Read the full article at


San Diego Tribune

John Pani, one of the co-owners of Waypoint, said he believes that a more affordably priced menu than what had been offered at The Linkery, in combination with an extensive beer selection, will help boost the restaurant's chances of succeeding financially. Read the full article here (PDF)


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Hours of Operation:

Monday - Sunday, 4pm - 1am 

Wednesday - Friday,
11am - 3pm

Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 3pm

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3794 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104