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. Campfire

    $$ | American

    Paying tribute to community around the campfire, it’s all about connecting here, both with the cool crowd and with the distinctive cocktail...Read More

  • 3. Fish 101

    $ | Seafood

    The line out the door—especially during happy hour—is a clear sign you’re at the best place in North County to find locally sourced, sustainably...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. CUCINA enoteca

    $$ | Italian

    An off-shoot of Bankers Hill's Cucina Urbana, Enoteca occupies a grand two-story space in the Flower Hill Promenade shopping center and is as...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Prepkitchen Del Mar

    $$ | American

    This snug Del Mar restaurant is like stepping into the home of your most fashionable friend who has an industrial-meets-vintage dining room...Read More

  • 8. Sbicca

    $$$ | Del Mar | American

    The menu at this American bistro changes quarterly but the clientele is here to stay, especially during summer months when people-watching becomes...Read More

  • 9. Solace & The Moonlight Lounge

    $$ | American

    The modern American cuisine, patio overlooking historic Highway 101, and industrial setting—garage doors that retract on sunny days and exposed...Read More

  • 10. The Barrel Room

    $$ | European

    A refined wine bar ambience and a European-inspired menu set the tone for the unpretentious creations of chef Trevor Chappell. Shareable plates...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

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