San Diego Restaurants

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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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