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 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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens

    $$ | Liberty Station | Eclectic

    This 50,000 square-foot monument to beer and good food is a crowd-pleaser, especially for fans of San Diego’s nationally known craft beer scene...Read More

  • 5. The Cravory

    $ | Point Loma | Bakery

    San Diego's best cookies come in crowd-pleasing flavors such as birthday cake, red velvet, and pancakes and bacon. There's also craft sodas...Read More

  • 6. BO-beau kitchen + bar

    $$ | Ocean Beach | French

    Ocean Beach is a slightly eccentric beach town, not a place diners would expect to find this warm, romantic bistro that evokes a French farmhouse...Read More

  • 7. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe

    $ | Point Loma | Café

    The scent of fresh-baked bread whets the appetite of customers at this Liberty Station bakery and café seeking rustic scones or raisin brioche...Read More

  • 8. Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

    $$ | Point Loma | American

    Tucked bayside between Harbor and Shelter islands, Jimmy's (JFAT for short) draws hungry boaters and sea-lovers with its marina views and elevated...Read More

  • 9. Phil's BBQ

    $ | Point Loma | Barbecue

    During peak hours at San Diego’s most popular barbecue, lines can be long for diners craving heaping portions of fall-off-the-bone baby-back...Read More

  • 10. Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria

    $$ | Liberty Station | Peruvian

    At this rotisserie and cevicheria, modern Peruvian cuisine prevails with indigenous influences and traditional dishes that shine even brighter...Read More

  • 11. Slater’s 50/50

    $ | Point Loma | Burger

    Bacon is king at this lively burger, beer, and sports bar in Liberty Station. Founder Scott Slater’s signature “designer” patty, half beef and...Read More

  • 12. Soda & Swine

    $ | Liberty Station | Burger

    Meatballs get a trendy spin at S&S, where the decor blends a gold-wrapped bar and geometric stools with old-time touches like a bakery area...Read More

  • 13. Sessions Public

    $ | Ocean Beach | American

    From the pork belly sliders, tartar-drizzled fish tacos, and fried chicken, it's clear this is no vegetarian joint. This eclectic neighborhood...Read More

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