San Diego Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Hodad's

    $ | Ocean Beach | Burger

    Surfers with big appetites chow down on huge, messy burgers, fries, onion rings, and shakes at this funky, hippie-beach joint adorned with beat...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. 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro

    $$ | Ocean Beach | Wine Bar

    Enthusiasts from around the world laud this combined wine shop, bar, and cozy California bistro. Available from lunch until after midnight Tuesday...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Dumpling Inn

    $ | Kearny Mesa | Chinese

    Lovers of traditional Northern Chinese food drive for hundreds of miles to sample this value-packed menu, overlooking frequent long waits outside...Read More

  • 8. El Pescador Fish Market

    $ | La Jolla | Seafood

    This bustling fish market and café in the heart of La Jolla Village has been popular with locals for its super-fresh fish for more than 30 years...Read More

  • 9. El Zarape

    $ | University Heights | Mexican

    Don’t be fooled by the humble facade—this tiny Mexican taqueria serves up some of the best seafood-focused border food in town. There’s almost...Read More

  • 10. Kono's Café

    $ | Pacific Beach | American

    Surfers, bicyclists, and sun worshippers visiting or living in Pacific Beach line up at the counter of this casual seaside café for hearty breakfasts...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Soda & Swine

    $ | Point Loma | 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. Tajima

    $ | East Village | Japanese

    With four other locations in the city—Hillcrest, North Park, and two outposts in Kearny Mesa—Tajima has become a favorite source for ramen-hungry...Read More

  • 14. The Kebab Shop

    $ | East Village | Mediterranean

    At its five San Diego locations—East Village, Little Italy, Mira Mesa, Mission Valley, and Rancho Bernardo—this fast-food Mediterranean eatery...Read More

  • 15. 100 Wines

    $$ | Hillcrest | Wine Bar

    Locals of every stripe share good times at this relaxed Hillcrest bistro, so expect much laughter and toasting during meals in the cozy bar...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Fish Public

    $$ | University Heights | Seafood

    A cool blue-and-white interior decorated with lobster traps, fishing lures, and nets sets the tone for restaurateur Tracy Borkum’s seafood restaurant...Read More

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