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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens

    $$ | Point Loma | Eclectic

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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Bali Hai

    $$ | Shelter Island | American

    For more than 50 years, generations of San Diegans and visitors have enjoyed this Polynesian-theme icon with its stunning bay and city skyline...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Brockton Villa

    $$ | La Jolla | American

    One of the few restaurants with a view that's also worth eating at, Brockton Villa is tucked in an historic cottage on a hillside above La Jolla...Read More

  • 15. Caffe Bella Italia

    $$ | Pacific Beach | Italian

    Northern Italian cooking as prepared in Italy is the rule at this simple dinner-only restaurant about a mile from the ocean in Pacific Beach...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. El Agave

    $$$ | Old Town | Mexican

    Not a typical San Diego taco shop, this Mexican eatery is upstairs in a shopping complex in the middle of tequila museum with some 2,000 bottles...Read More

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