San Diego Restaurants

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  • 1. A.R. Valentien

    $$$$ | La Jolla | American

    Champions of in-season, fresh-today produce and seafood, executive chef Jeff Jackson and chef de cuisine Kelli Crosson have made this cozy room...Read More

  • 2. Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant

    $$ | Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Cucina Urbana

    $$ | Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Italian

    Twentysomethings mingle with boomers in this convivial Bankers Hill dining room and bar, one of the most popular restaurants in town. Country...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. George's at the Cove

    $$$$ | La Jolla | American

    La Jolla's ocean-view destination restaurant includes three dining areas: California Modern on the bottom floor, the Level2 bar in the middle...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Puesto

    $ | Embarcadero | Mexican

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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Sushi Ota

    $$ | Pacific Beach | Japanese

    One fan called it “a notch above amazing”—an accolade not expected for a Japanese eatery wedged in a strip mall in Pacific Beach. But it’s a...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. The Red Door

    $$ | Mission Hills | American

    Farm-to-table at this cottage-comfy Mission Hills restaurant starts at owners Trish and Tom Watlington’s extensive home garden that supplies...Read More

  • 20. Trust

    $$ | Hillcrest | American

    Old-school wood-fire techniques meet modern architecture in this busy bistro where comic book–style art covers the concrete walls and the bottle...Read More

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