San Diego Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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. An amazing array of nicely discounted wines...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. Bencotto

    $$ | Little Italy | Italian

    The ultramodern Italian eatery with young Milanese owners gets cheers for its design and cuisine from hip Little Italy residents and visitors...Read More

  • 11. Bo-Beau kitchen + bar

    $$ | Point Loma | 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

  • 12. Bottega Americano

    $$ | East Village | Italian

    A restaurant and gourmet market converge at this boisterous warehouse-like space that's outfitted in copper light fixtures, intricate tilework...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Brooklyn Girl

    $$ | Mission Hills | American

    Residents of Mission Hills have made this friendly restaurant their neighborhood dining pick, but so have transplanted and visiting Brooklynites...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Galaxy Taco

    $$ | La Jolla | Mexican

    Local chef icon Trey Foshee of George’s at the Cove has opened this casual eatery, which focuses on high-quality Mexican food like tacos made...Read More

  • 19. George's at the Cove

    $$ | La Jolla | American

    This restaurant complex may be one of the best-known spots in La Jolla for its incredible views of La Jolla Cove. Although the main restaurant...Read More

  • 20. Hane Sushi

    $$ | Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo | Japanese

    An airy room with a sleek red-and-black Japanese aesthetic is the setting for pristine, contemporary sushi by Roger Nakamura, who spent years...Read More

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