North County and Around Restaurants

Dining in the North County tends to reflect the land where the restaurant is located. Along the coast, for example, there is one luxury fine-dining spot after another. Most have dramatic water views and offer platters of exquisite fare created by graduates of the best culinary schools. Right next door you can wander into a typical beach shack or diner for the juiciest hamburger you’ve ever tasted. Locally sourced food can be found at restaurants throughout the area, although a few chefs have adopted molecular gastronomic techniques. Backcountry cuisine is generally served in huge portions and tends toward home-style cooking, steak and potatoes, burgers, and anything fried.

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  • 1. Addison

    $$$$ | French

    Indulge in the finer things in life at this AAA 5-Diamond restaurant by acclaimed chef William Bradley who serves up haute French flavors in...Read More

  • 2. AVANT

    $$$ | American

    The appropriately named AVANT—meaning stylistically advanced and original—delivers contemporary California cuisine—duck, lobster, lamb, fish...Read More

  • 3. Market Restaurant + Bar

    $$$ | American

    Carl Schroeder, one of California's hottest young chefs, draws well-heeled foodies to his creative and locally sourced California fare, much...Read More

  • 4. 333 Pacific

    $$$ | Seafood

    Directly across from Oceanside Pier, Oceanside’s most upscale restaurant specializes in seafood dishes and upscale comfort food in an elegant...Read More

  • 5. Argyle Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    Even if you don't play golf, the elegant Argyle, occupying the Aviara Golf clubhouse, is an excellent choice for some of the finest cuts of...Read More

  • 6. Bellamy's Restaurant

    $$$ | French

    Live piano music, crystal chandeliers, and leather tufted chairs set the stage at this fine-dining restaurant by Chef Jonathan Freyberg for...Read More

  • 7. Morada

    $$$ | American

    Loyal locals frequent this classy farm-to-fork restaurant, where black-and-white photos of Santa Fe’s history provide a glimpse into the storied...Read More

  • 8. Pamplemousse Grille

    $$$$ | French

    One of North County's best restaurants, across the street from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and racetrack, offers French cuisine with California...Read More

  • 9. Veladora

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    Setting the stage for your dining journey at Veldora are open wood beams, iron chandeliers, and a Damien Hirst butterfly wing art piece valued...Read More

  • 10. Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

    $$$ | Carlsbad | Italian

    Restaurateur Roberto Vigilucci's fell in love with San Diego in the '80s and decided to bring Milan to North County with four eateries that...Read More

  • 11. Vintana

    $$$ | American

    Don't let its location above the Lexus dealership dissuade you; this swanky restaurant is part of the Cohen Restaurant empire and it's designed...Read More

  • 12. BlueFire Grill

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    Fire and water drama defines this signature restaurant that's part of La Costa resort complex. The centerpiece of the resort's entrance plaza...Read More

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