San Diego Restaurants

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  • 1. Café Gratitude

    $ | Little Italy | Vegetarian

    Food is served with a side of spiritual enlightenment at this plant-based eatery where friendly, Zen-ed out servers help you navigate the lengthy...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Prepkitchen Little Italy

    $$ | Little Italy | American

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

  • 5. Puesto

    $ | Embarcadero | Mexican

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

  • 6. The Crack Shack

    $ | Little Italy | American

    Next to his successful fine dining restaurant, Juniper and Ivy, celebrity chef Richard Blais has opened this more casual eatery complete with...Read More

  • 7. Bencotto

    $$ | Little Italy | Italian

    The ultramodern Italian eatery with young Milanese owners gets cheers for its design and cuisine from hip Little Italy residents and visitors...Read More

  • 8. BiCE Ristorante

    $$$ | Gaslamp Quarter | Italian

    Well-heeled regulars and conventioneers consistently laud this sleek Downtown Italian restaurant. So do its peers in the California Restaurant...Read More

  • 9. Bottega Americano

    $$ | East Village | Italian

    A restaurant and gourmet market converge at this boisterous warehouse-like space that's outfitted in copper light fixtures, intricate tilework...Read More

  • 10. Café Chloe

    $$ | East Village | French

    Parisian stylish, jewel-box cozy, and welcoming describe this neighborhood favorite on a busy street in artsy East Village. Surrounded by residential...Read More

  • 11. Carnitas' Snack Shack - Embarcadero

    $ | Embarcadero | American

    Indulge in some carnitas tacos, a BLT, or the "Triple Threat" pork sandwich at the Embarcadero outpost of this popular swine-heavy dining spot....Read More

  • 12. Cowboy Star

    $$$$ | East Village | Steakhouse

    Special-occasion diners, conventioneers on expense accounts, and meat-loving locals haunt this surprisingly intimate dining room for great beef...Read More

  • 13. Craft & Commerce

    $ | Little Italy | American

    The redesigned Little Italy restaurant-bar oozes slightly surreal cool. Crammed book shelves line the walls, banquettes and mirrors are scrawled...Read More

  • 14. Davanti Enoteca

    $$ | Little Italy | Italian

    With its innovative, affordable Italian food, polished service, bustling bar scene and olive tree–shaded patio, this Chicago transplant is right...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Indigo Grill

    $$ | Little Italy | American

    This pioneer Little Italy restaurant is a go-to among hip neighborhood residents, long-time fans, and first-time visitors. Urban-industrial...Read More

  • 17. Ironside Fish & Oyster

    $$ | Little Italy | Seafood

    Hundreds of piranhas cover one wall of this soaring, nautically themed dining room dedicated to fresh seafood in all its guises. At the raw...Read More

  • 18. Jsix

    $$$ | Gaslamp Quarter | American

    Distressed brick walls, rustic wood tables, and vintage waterfront photos suits the restaurant’s commitment to modern all-natural coastal cuisine...Read More

  • 19. Juniper and Ivy

    $$$ | Little Italy | American

    Celebrity chef Richard Blais’s addition to San Diego’s restaurant scene fills an open-beamed space with seating for 250 and an open stainless...Read More

  • 20. Le Parfait Paris

    $ | Gaslamp Quarter | Bakery

    Two French transplants have brought sleek Parisian style to Downtown San Diego. Rows of eclairs, tarts, croissants, colorful macarons, and the...Read More

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