San Diego Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Buona Forchetta

    $ | Hillcrest | 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Hodad's

    $ | Ocean Beach | Burger

    Like a little sass with your burger? This funky joint in Ocean Beach delivers plenty along with world-famous bacon-cheeseburgers, fries, onion...Read More

  • 6. Liberty Public Market

    $ | Point Loma | International

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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Mama's Bakery & Lebanese Deli

    $ | North Park | Middle Eastern

    This small converted house with about 10 tables serves some of the best authentic Lebanese fare in San Diego County. It’s not fancy dining....Read More

  • 9. Point Loma Seafoods

    $ | Point Loma | Seafood

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

  • 10. Puesto

    $ | Embarcadero | Mexican

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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The Little Lion

    $ | Ocean Beach | American

    Amid surf shacks and hippie beach bars, this restaurant perched on stunning Sunset Cliffs feels like a hidden European bistro. The sisters who...Read More

  • 13. Barrio Star

    $ | Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Mexican

    At this colorful neighborhood cantina in Bankers Hill, classic Mexican “soul food” gets a refined spin. Everything is fresh here; the tortillas...Read More

  • 14. Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill

    $ | Old Town | Seafood

    Blame a television segment by Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” for the long lines of fans from around the globe. But it’s the fresh...Read More

  • 15. Bread & Cie

    $ | Hillcrest | Café

    San Diego’s love affair with artisanal bread began when this artsy urban bakery and café opened its doors two decades ago. Owner Charles Kaufman...Read More

  • 16. Bread and Cie Café

    $ | Old Town and Uptown | American

    Its delicious loaves are distributed around town, but visitors can go to the source in Hillcrest. Pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches, and plenty...Read More

  • 17. Carnitas' Snack Shack

    $ | North Park | Mexican

    Long lines snake down the block outside this quintessential San Diego dining spot where chef-owner Hanis Cavin serves fast-casual cuisine based...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Casa Guadalajara

    $ | Old Town | Mexican

    It's a fiesta at this vibrant Mexican eatery, dotted with folk art, tile fountains, mariachi music, and a 300-year-old pepper tree that holds...Read More

  • 20. Cody's La Jolla

    $ | La Jolla | American

    This cozy dining spot in a converted house a block from beautiful La Jolla Cove and Park serves up ocean views and tasty contemporary American...Read More

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