San Diego Restaurants

San Diego is an up-and-coming culinary destination, thanks to its stunning Pacific Ocean setting, proximity to Mexico, diverse population, and the area’s extraordinary farming community. Increasingly the city’s veteran top chefs are being joined by a new generation of talented chefs and restaurateurs who are adding stylish resta
San Diego is an up-and-coming culinary destination, thanks to its stunning Pacific Ocean setting, proximity to Mexico, diverse population, and the area’s extraordinary farming community. Increasingly the city’s veteran top chefs are being joined by a new generation of t
San Diego is an up-and-coming culinary destination, thanks to its stunning Pacific Ocean setting, proximity to Mexico, d

San Diego is an up-and-coming culinary destination, thanks to its stunning Pacific Ocean setting, proximity to Mexico, diverse population, and the area’s extraordinary farming community. Increasingly the city’s veteran top chefs are being joined by a new generation of talented chefs and restaurateurs who are adding stylish restaurants with innovative food and drink programs to the dining scene at a record pace. Yes, visitors still are drawn to the San Diego Zoo and miles of beaches, but now they come for memorable dining experiences as well.

The city’s culinary scene got a significant boost when San Diego emerged as one of the world’s top craft beer destinations, with artisan breweries and gastropubs now in almost every neighborhood. San Diego also was on the cutting edge of the farm-to-table, Slow Food movement. Local sourcing is possible for everything from seafood to just-picked produce from a host of nationally recognized producers like Chino Farms and Carlsbad Aquafarm. The city’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods with their modest eateries offering affordable authentic international cuisines add spice to the dining mix.

San Diego’s distinct neighborhoods have their own dining personalities with friendly restaurants and bistros catering to every craving in this sun-blessed city. The trendy Gaslamp Quarter delights visitors looking for a broad range of innovative and international dining and nightlife, while bustling Little Italy offers a mix of affordable Italian fare and posh new eateries. Modern restaurants and cafés thrive in East Village, amid the luxury condos near PETCO Park.

The Uptown neighborhoods centered on Hillcrest—an urbane district with San Francisco flavor—are a mix of bars and independent restaurants, many of which specialize in ethnic cuisine. North Park, in particular, has a happening restaurant and craft beer scene, with just about every kind of cuisine you can think of, and laid-back prices to boot. And scenic La Jolla offers some of the best fine dining in the city with dramatic water views as an added bonus.

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  • 1. A.R. Valentien

    $$$$ | La Jolla | American

    Champions of in-season, fresh-today produce, the chefs at this cozy room in the luxurious, Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines have made A...Read More

  • 2. Azucar

    $ | Ocean Beach | Cuban

    For a taste of Cuba in San Diego, head to this colorful Ocean Beach bakery where owner Vivian Hernandez Jackson combines her Cuban heritage...Read More

  • 3. Azuki Sushi

    $$ | Bankers Hill | Japanese

    Sushi should be a no-brainer when visiting San Diego, especially for tourists from landlocked states who don’t often get fresh fish. This menu...Read More

  • 4. Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant

    $$ | Bankers Hill | American

    The living wall of succulents, hip warehouse interior, and wine bottle chandeliers suit this vibrant restaurant where good times and great eats...Read More

  • 5. Born and Raised

    $$$$ | Little Italy | Steakhouse

    The name is cheeky if a little morbid; the title refers to the restaurant's speciality—steak. It's a twist on a classic steak house, with a...Read More

  • 6. Buona Forchetta

    $ | South Park | Italian

    A golden-domed pizza oven, named Sofia after the owner’s daughter, delivers authentic Neapolitan-style pizza to fans who often line up for patio...Read More

  • 7. Cucina Urbana

    $$ | Bankers Hill | Italian

    Twentysomethings mingle with boomers in this convivial Bankers Hill dining room and bar, one of the most popular restaurants in town. The open...Read More

  • 8. Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro

    $ | South Park | American

    This local bistro and chocolatier sells flavored bars, truffles, cupcakes, and many other confections, as well as breakfast favorites (buttermilk...Read More

  • 9. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

    $$$ | Embarcadero | Seafood

    Don't be put off by the name, or that it is part of a small chain. This fine-dining restaurant at the Headquarters at Seaport in Downtown has...Read More

  • 10. Extraordinary Desserts

    $ | Little Italy | Café

    For Paris-perfect cakes and tarts embellished California-style with fresh flowers, head to this sleek, serene branch of Karen Krasne’s pastry...Read More

  • 11. George's at the Cove

    $$$$ | American

    La Jolla's ocean-view destination restaurant includes three distinct levels: California Modern on the bottom floor, the Level2 bar in the middle...Read More

  • 12. Herb & Wood

    $$ | Little Italy | American

    Design lovers will fall for celebrity chef Brian Malarkey's sprawling restaurant, a former art store that has been refashioned into four luxe...Read More

  • 13. Hodad's

    $ | Ocean Beach | Burger

    Surfers with big appetites chow down on huge, messy burgers, fries, onion rings, and shakes at this funky, hippie-beach joint adorned with beat...Read More

  • 14. j/wata Temaki Bar

    $ | Kearny Mesa | Japanese

    For an interactive dining experience, snag a seat at j/wata Temaki Bar for made-to-order hand rolls filled with premium fish—best eaten immediately...Read More

  • 15. Liberty Public Market

    $ | Liberty Station | International

    The city's former Naval Training Center is now home to more than 30 vendors so even the pickiest of diners will be pleased. Options include...Read More

  • 16. Liberty Public Market

    $ | Point Loma | Eclectic

    This bustling market and food hall is just one of the latest additions to an ever-expanding Liberty Station, the historic mixed-use redevelopment...Read More

  • 17. Piatti La Jolla

    $$ | Italian

    Blocks from the beach in La Jolla Shores, this comfortably modern dining room and shaded patio hits all the right notes—affordable, polished...Read More

  • 18. Point Loma Seafoods

    $ | Point Loma | Seafood

    When fishing boats unload their catch on-site, a seafood restaurant and market earns the right to boast that they offer “The Freshest Thing...Read More

  • 19. Prep Kitchen Little Italy

    $$ | Little Italy | American

    Urbanites craving a hip casual setting and gourmet menu pack architectural salvage–styled Prep Kitchen Little Italy, tucked upstairs above a...Read More

  • 20. Puesto

    $ | Downtown | Mexican

    Bold graffiti graphics, chandeliers with tangled telephone wires, and beat-heavy music energize this Downtown eatery that celebrates Mexican...Read More

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