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San Diego, CA Restaurant Guide

The country’s best tacos….Mouthwatering, freshly caught seafood…World-class chefs….combine that with incredible weather and spectacular views, and it’s clear that San Diego really is America’s Finest City. Binge on breakfast in pacific beach, nosh on noodles in Normal Heights, and munch on tacos in Mission Hills – you’ll find something you love in San Diego.

While we’re on the topic of San Diego neighborhoods, there are dozens of great communities throughout the San Diego area, all with their unique identities.  Beachy La Jolla is known for great restaurants, golfing, museums, shopping and more.  Old Town is known for its history, being the first European settlement in California.  Currently, it’s the home of great restaurants, art galleries and over two dozen historical buildings and sites.  We cover these neighborhoods, plus other parts of the greater San Diego area, like Encinitas, Solana Beach and Carlsbad.  Check out our full coverage of the San Diego area!

When it comes to tourists and new residents in the area, you can’t deny that the weather is incredibly appealing.  San Diego is one of the most pleasant weather areas of the country, with mountains and beachside coming together for a beautiful vista nearly every day of the year.  That’s why outdoor dining is huge in San Diego!  We’ve outlined some of our favorite beach restaurants, outdoor dining spots, and restaurants with a view in our blogs.

Grains
Urban Plates
Armonia Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
Picasso Naturals
Farmer’s Table Bay Park
Crushed
Café Gratitude
Casa de Bandini
Norte
Pizza Port
King's Fish House
West Steak and Seafood
264 Fresco
Daily News Cafe
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Miguel's Cocina
Harbor Fish Cafe
Campfire
Crackheads 
Beach City Smoothies 
Chin’s Szechwan 
Strawberry Shack
Breakfast & Bubbles 
Breakfast & Bubbles 
The French Oven
Studio Diner
Sugar and Scribe
Wayfarer Bread & Pastry
ATypical Waffle Company
Nomad Donuts
Cafe 21 Gaslamp
Harry’s Coffee Shop
The Goat & Vine
1909
Bailey's Old Town Temecula
Mad Madeline's Grill
Public House
Sushi Boat at Promenade Temecula
Creekside Grill
Pinnacle Restaurant
Menya Ultra
Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen
Tajima Ramen House
Marufuku Ramen
Steamy Piggy
Nishiki Ramen
Ironside Fish & Oyster
C level Lounge
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
Submarine Crab
Water Grill San Diego
The Fish Market San Diego
Sushi Ota
Azuki Sushi Lounge
Sushi Kuchi
Wa Dining OKAN
Full Moon Sushi & Kitchen Bar
Soichi Sushi
Tajima Mercury
Harney Sushi
Ikiru Sushi
Mikami Bar and Revolving Sushi
Filippi's Pizza Grotto
Oscar's Mexican Seafood
Hodad's
Phil's BBQ
Bronx Pizza
Sipz Clairemont
Phuong Trang
Ali Baba Family Restaurant
The Original Sab-E-Lee
The Poseidon Restaurant
Dirty Birds
Wingstop
It's Just Wings
Epic Wings
Bonchon Convoy
The Sandbox
Balboa's Tap House
Oggi's Sports
O'Brien's
Rum Jungle Cafe
The Mad Beet
Northside Shack
Swami’s Cafe
Juice Kaboose Pacific Beach,
OB Smoothies
Sambazon
Nékter
Trilogy Cafe
The Taco Stand
Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar
Eddie V's
Duke's La Jolla
The Shores Restaurant
George's at the Cove
Puesto La Jolla
Wheat and Water
Sugar and Scribe Bakery 
Deli-icious
Catania 
Cove House 
Chicago Bros Pizzeria
Tribute Pizza
Basic Bar & Pizza
Pizza E Birra San Diego
Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria
Pizzeria Luigi
George's at the Cove
Rubio's
Lola 55
Coronado Brewing Company
Galaxy Taco
Tin Fish
Corvette Diner (Liberty Station)
The Fish Market (San Diego Marina)
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto (Little Italy)
Hodad’s (Downtown)
Miguel’s Cocina (Coronado)
The Mission (East Village)
Puesto (Headquarters)
Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
Big Kitchen Breakfast & Burgers
Frost King of Steaks & Ice CreamGhirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Carnitas' Snack Shack
The Broken Yolk Cafe
Sea Rocket Bistro
Lucha Libre Taco Shop
Puesto at The Headquarters
Il Postino restaurant
Siamo Napoli Restaurant
South Beach Bar & Grill
Casa de Reyes
Taco Stand at Urban Market (Downtown San Diego)
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop (Pacific Beach)
Craft & Commerce (Downtown San Diego)
Karl Strauss Downtown SD
The Nolen
Basic Bar & Pizza
Izola
Le Parfait Paris
85°C Bakery Café
Bear Buns Bakery
Extraordinary Desserts
Canele Bakery
The Cravory
Crumbl Cookies – Point Loma
Barrio Donas
Maya's Cookies
Su Pan Bakery
Santana's Mexican Food
Saguaro's
Lolita's
JV's Mexican Food
Sarita's
Roberto's Mexican Food
El Azteca Taco Shop
Rudy's
Don Bravo
Lucha Libre
Claire's on Cedros
Bongiorno's
Similan Thai Restaurant
Pillbox Tavern & Grill
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant
Market Restaurant & Bar
Pamplemousse Grille
Sbicca
Little Italy Food Hall
Windmill Food Hall
Liberty Public Market
Sky Deck
Zion Food Market
SocialEats
Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach
Jake's Del Mar
Harbor Fish & Chips
Brockton Villa Restaurant
Ob Noodle House And Sake Bar
Acapulco Bay Seafood
Coasterra
Il Fornaio Coronado
Hodad’s Ocean Beach
The Marine Room
Lolita’s Taco Shop –Grilled Shrimp
Northside Shack
Hodad’s
Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill
Mexican Street Food/Nine Seas
Liberty Station
Café Coyote
Fish 101
Le Papagayo
UNION Kitchen & Tap
Fish Shop
3rd Corner Encinitas
Brigantine
Fidel's Little Mexico
Pizza Port Solana Beach
Jake's Del Mar
The Habit Burger Grill
Top of the Market
C Level Lounge
Coasterra
Mister A's
Bali Hai Restaurant
Trattoria Don Pietro
El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria
Harney Sushi
Home & Away
New Orleans Creole Cafe
Old Town Tequila Factory
San Diego Wine & Spirits
Tahona Bar
Hungry’s Kitchen & Tap
Greystone Steakhouse
Top Of the Market
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Grant Grill
Addison Restaurant
The Broken Yolk Cafe
Brian's 24
Meze Greek Fusion
Cafe Sevilla
The Old Spaghetti Factory
The Blind Burro
Acapulco Bay Seafood
Hodad’s Ocean Beach
Island Prime/C Level
Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach
La Perlita
Pacific Beach Fish Shop
The Portside Pier
Jake's Del Mar
Poseidon Restaurant
Pacifica Del Mar
Sbicca
Brigatine
Cafe Coyote
Point Loma Seafoods
Puesto at The Headquarters
Edgewater Grill
Queenstown Public House
Kansas City Barbeque
Tin Fish
Island Prime
Tom Ham's Lighthouse
The Fish Market
World Famous
Bali Hai
The Melting Pot
Puesto Mission Valley + Cerveceria
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Little Italy
Coronado Brewing Company
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden | Liberty Station
Barn Brewers
Half Door Brewing Co.
Lola55
Cocina35
Monzu Fresh Pasta
You and Yours Distillery
Tacos el Cabron
La Puerta
Ackee Tree the real Jamaican Cuisine
Bowlegged BBQ
Flavors of East Africa
Hanna’s Gourmet
One World Beat Cafe
Rhythm’s Chicken and Waffles
Sabor Piri-Piri
Juniper & Ivy
Ironside Fish & Oyster
Bencotto
Barbusa
Civico1845
Born and Raised
Tahona Bar
Alforon
Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
An’s Dry Cleaning 
El Pescador Fish Market & Restaurant
Supannee House of Thai Restaurant & Catering
Pop Pie Co.
Sundara
The Yasai: Vegan Japanese Experience at Little Italy
Kindred
Peace Pies
The Purple Mint Vegan Bistro
Soulshine Vegan Cafe
Donna Jean
Grains
Urban Plates
Armonia Kitchen
True Food Kitchen
Picasso Naturals
Farmer’s Table Bay Park
Crushed
Café Gratitude
Casa de Bandini
Norte
Pizza Port
King's Fish House
West Steak and Seafood
264 Fresco
Daily News Cafe
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Miguel's Cocina
Harbor Fish Cafe
Campfire
Crackheads 
Beach City Smoothies 
Chin’s Szechwan 
Strawberry Shack
Breakfast & Bubbles 
Breakfast & Bubbles 
The French Oven
Studio Diner
Sugar and Scribe
Wayfarer Bread & Pastry
ATypical Waffle Company
Nomad Donuts
Cafe 21 Gaslamp
Harry’s Coffee Shop
The Goat & Vine
1909
Bailey's Old Town Temecula
Mad Madeline's Grill
Public House
Sushi Boat at Promenade Temecula
Creekside Grill
Pinnacle Restaurant
Menya Ultra
Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen
Tajima Ramen House
Marufuku Ramen
Steamy Piggy
Nishiki Ramen
Ironside Fish & Oyster
C level Lounge
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
Submarine Crab
Water Grill San Diego
The Fish Market San Diego
Sushi Ota
Azuki Sushi Lounge
Sushi Kuchi
Wa Dining OKAN
Full Moon Sushi & Kitchen Bar
Soichi Sushi
Tajima Mercury
Harney Sushi
Ikiru Sushi
Mikami Bar and Revolving Sushi
Filippi's Pizza Grotto
Oscar's Mexican Seafood
Hodad's
Phil's BBQ
Bronx Pizza
Sipz Clairemont
Phuong Trang
Ali Baba Family Restaurant
The Original Sab-E-Lee
The Poseidon Restaurant
Dirty Birds
Wingstop
It's Just Wings
Epic Wings
Bonchon Convoy
The Sandbox
Balboa's Tap House
Oggi's Sports
O'Brien's
Rum Jungle Cafe
The Mad Beet
Northside Shack
Swami’s Cafe
Juice Kaboose Pacific Beach,
OB Smoothies
Sambazon
Nékter
Trilogy Cafe
The Taco Stand
Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar
Duke's La Jolla
The Shores Restaurant
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George's at the Cove
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Puesto La Jolla
Photo Credit: Facebook
Wheat and Water
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Sugar and Scribe Bakery 
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Deli-icious
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Catania 
Photo credit: Yelp.com
Cove House 
Chicago Bros Pizzeria
Tribute Pizza
Basic Bar & Pizza
Pizza E Birra San Diego
Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria
Pizzeria Luigi
George's at the Cove
Rubio's
Lola 55
Coronado Brewing Company
Galaxy Taco
Tin Fish
Corvette Diner (Liberty Station)
The Fish Market (San Diego Marina)
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto (Little Italy)
Hodad’s (Downtown)
Miguel’s Cocina (Coronado)
The Mission (East Village)
Puesto (Headquarters)
Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
Big Kitchen Breakfast & Burgers
Frost King of Steaks & Ice CreamGhirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Carnitas' Snack Shack
The Broken Yolk Cafe
Lucha Libre Taco Shop
Puesto at The Headquarters
Il Postino restaurant
Siamo Napoli Restaurant
South Beach Bar & Grill
Casa de Reyes
Taco Stand at Urban Market (Downtown San Diego)
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop (Pacific Beach)
Craft & Commerce (Downtown San Diego)
Karl Strauss Downtown SD
The Nolen
Basic Bar & Pizza | Photo: Yelp
Basic Bar & Pizza
Izola
Le Parfait Paris
85°C Bakery Café
Bear Buns Bakery
Extraordinary Desserts
Canele Bakery
The Cravory
Crumbl Cookies – Point Loma
Barrio Donas
Maya's Cookies
Su Pan Bakery
Santana's Mexican Food
Saguaro's
Lolita's
JV's Mexican Food
Sarita's
Roberto's Mexican Food
El Azteca Taco Shop
Rudy's
Don Bravo
Lucha Libre
Claire's on Cedros
Bongiorno's
Similan Thai Restaurant
Pillbox Tavern & Grill
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant
Market Restaurant & Bar
Pamplemousse Grille
Sbicca
Little Italy Food Hall
Windmill Food Hall
Liberty Public Market
Sky Deck
Zion Food Market
SocialEats
Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach
Jake's Del Mar
Harbor Fish & Chips
Brockton Villa Restaurant
Ob Noodle House And Sake Bar
Acapulco Bay Seafood
Il Fornaio Coronado
Hodad’s Ocean Beach
The Marine Room
Lolita’s Taco Shop –Grilled Shrimp
Northside Shack
Hodad’s
Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill
Mexican Street Food/Nine Seas
Liberty Station
Café Coyote
Fish 101
Le Papagayo
UNION Kitchen & Tap
Fish Shop
3rd Corner Encinitas
Brigantine
Fidel's Little Mexico
Pizza Port Solana Beach
Jake's Del Mar
The Habit Burger Grill
Top of the Market
C Level Lounge
Coasterra
Mister A's
Bali Hai Restaurant
Trattoria Don Pietro
El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria
Harney Sushi
Home & Away
New Orleans Creole Cafe
Old Town Tequila Factory
Tahona Bar
Hungry’s Kitchen & Tap
Greystone Steakhouse
Top Of the Market
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Grant Grill
Addison Restaurant
Brian's 24
Meze Greek Fusion
Cafe Sevilla
The Old Spaghetti Factory
The Blind Burro
Acapulco Bay Seafood
Hodad’s Ocean Beach
Island Prime/C Level
Blue Water Seafood Ocean Beach
La Perlita
Pacific Beach Fish Shop
The Portside Pier
Jake's Del Mar
Poseidon Restaurant
Pacifica Del Mar
Sbicca
Brigatine
Cafe Coyote
Point Loma Seafoods
Puesto at The Headquarters
Edgewater Grill
Queenstown Public House
Kansas City Barbeque
Tin Fish
Tom Ham's Lighthouse
The Fish Market
World Famous
Bali Hai
Puesto Mission Valley + Cerveceria
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Little Italy
Coronado Brewing Company
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden | Liberty Station
Barn Brewers
Half Door Brewing Co.
Lola55
Cocina35
Monzu Fresh Pasta
You and Yours Distillery
Tacos el Cabron
La Puerta
Ackee Tree the real Jamaican Cuisine
Bowlegged BBQ
Flavors of East Africa
Hanna’s Gourmet
One World Beat Cafe
Rhythm’s Chicken and Waffles
Sabor Piri-Piri
Juniper & Ivy
Ironside Fish & Oyster
Bencotto
Barbusa
Civico1845
Born and Raised
Tahona Bar
Alforon
Muzita Abyssinian Bistro
An’s Dry Cleaning 
El Pescador Fish Market & Restaurant
Supannee House of Thai Restaurant & Catering
Pop Pie Co.
Sundara
The Yasai: Vegan Japanese Experience at Little Italy
Kindred
Peace Pies
The Purple Mint Vegan Bistro
Soulshine Vegan Cafe
Donna Jean

In addition to proximity to the beach, San Diego has proximity to an entirely different country.  Just over the border from Tijuana, San Diego has been influenced by Mexican culture more than any other city in the US.  That’s led to some of the best Mexican food in the country!  We talk about the local San Diego specialty, fish tacos, along with coverage of California Burritos and we determine the best Carne Asada fry recipe in all of San Diego county.  Orale guey, you’ve gotta read our Mexican food lists.  

We’ve mentioned beautiful beaches and fish tacos, there’s only one thing missing – a great beer to go along with it.  San Diego has been called the “Craft Beer Capital of America” – they have more licensed craft breweries than any other city in the US.  In addition to nationally recognized breweries like Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash, and Ballast Point, there are tons of delicious microbrewery options to check off your list.  In fact, the double IPA (it has a higher ABV and more syrup-y texture than your regular IPA) was created in San Diego and is known by some as the San Diego Pale Ale.  Read about all of these breweries and more in our microbrewery coverage.

Finally, we get that San Diego brings lots of young folks, in college or fresh out, looking to make the start in one of America’s most beautiful cities.  That’s why we’ve focused on some easier to afford spots in the San Diego area, with our list of Budget-Friendly restaurants.  We’ve also uncovered some of the City’s best hidden gems, which typically don’t have budget-breaking menus.  Save some cash for your next trip to Tijuana and use our blog for bargain eats.  

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8 Essential Organic Restaurants in San Diego, CA

Eating organic provides you with some of the freshest, worry-free ingredients without having to think about pesticides, growth hormones, and more. A variety of organic restaurants can be found all throughout San Diego, CA, allowing you to find delicious meals that are good for both your body and the planet. If you’re craving something delicious, substantial, and healthy, check out our list of organic restaurants in San Diego to try. 

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The Top 15 Tastiest Carlsbad Restaurants

Carlsbad has several attractions to enjoy, whether you want to explore a local park with family members, visit museums or attend concerts with friends, or check out the local restaurant scene. Whether you’re craving authentic Mexican food, enjoy comfort food, prefer Italian fare, or simply want to visit an eatery with one-of-a-kind entrees, here are some of the best Carlsbad restaurants to visit during your trip.

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The Best Breakfast & Brunch Restaurants in San Diego

When you’re in beautiful San Diego on the weekend with the weather sitting right at 70 degrees and not a cloud in sight there’s only one thing to do to start your day and that is to grab a cup of coffee and get your day started with some amazing food. Here’s a list of what we consider the best brunch spots in all of San Diego.

San Diego

The Ultimate Temecula Valley Dining Guide

Viticultural delights meet laid-back Southern California vibes on the Temecula Valley food scene. Temecula Valley is spilling over with eateries that celebrate wine, pub, classic Americana burger culture, and so much more. From sushi to milkshakes, Temecula tempts with amazing restaurants that make it a dining capital of California. This Temecula Valley dining guide highlights the eight restaurants you don’t want to miss!

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The Best Ramen Restaurants in San Diego, California 🍜

Ramen is without a doubt an amazing comfort food. There is something about the chewy noodles and broth that just feels like home. Luckily, there are ramen spots all over the city if you are craving a warm meal, and we have you covered when it comes to finding them. Here is a list of some of the best ramen restaurants to check out when you’re in San Diego. 

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6 of the Absolute Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego

San Diego’s coastal location makes it the perfect scene for always fresh seafood! Whether you love your seafood seared, sautéed, smoked, grilled, or raw, these restaurants have excellent selections that will make your mouth water. Even if you don’t have time to dine in, most restaurants on the list below offer takeout services. So without further ado, here are some of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego.

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The Very Best Sushi Restaurants in San Diego 🍣

San Diego boasts 70 miles of beaches, offering a bounty of fresh seafood. While it may currently be the least affordable home-buying city in the United States, its alluring array of top-notch family attractions, combined with its idyllic climate, makes it a great destination for visiting. Gastronomically, we found the area renowned for pork sandwiches, carne asada fries, and fish tacos. However, this time around, we set out to check out the best sushi restaurants in San Diego, and these were our top picks.

San Diego

9 Budget-Friendly (But Delicious!) Restaurants in San Diego

Beautiful San Diego is famous for its ideal weather, relaxing beaches, and family-friendly attractions. The cuisine here is influenced by both fresh seafood and San Diego’s diverse medley of cultures. Consider trying out the local, budget friendly restaurants in San Diego that offer the best that the city’ dining scene has to offer. Here are the best budget friendly restaurants in San Diego we recommend you visit when in the city and its suburbs.

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Where To Find Mouthwatering Wings in San Diego

Whether deep fried or smoked, hot or mild, buffalo or teriyaki, wings are so good in all their iterations that they will make you forget about anything else on the menu. Whether you’re a local or visiting and craving some delicious wings in San Diego, here’s a list to help you narrow down the hottest spots in town.

San Diego

Where To Find The Freshest Açai Bowls in San Diego

Açai bowls are all the rage right now, and if you’ve been living under a rock, you might have missed out on their popularity. This delicious Brazilian treat is great for those looking to lose weight, get an extra dose of Vitamin C, or want a tasty snack that’s not too heavy. They are naturally sweet, delicious, and healthy, with various fruits and toppings. Try one at any of these great San Diego restaurants to experience this treat for yourself!

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The Ultimate Dining Guide to La Jolla

Thinking of a cute little southern California seaside town to get away? Then you’ve come to the right spot. Pronounced luh-ho-yuh, this town looks like something out of the movies, or the wallpaper on your laptop where it looks too nice to be real! With the beach and mountains and trails for hiking, the only thing left to do is eat some fantastic food. Here’s a list of some of the best La Jolla restaurants to help sort that out.

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Where To Find The Best Pizza in San Diego

In San Diego, you’re never far from a slice of delicious cheesy goodness. Plenty of places serve up scrumptious pizza in San Diego for every occasion, be it family dinner or a night out with friends. With so many different restaurants and pizzerias that have opened up in the last few years, it can be hard to pick exactly where to go! This article rounds up some of the best places to grab a slice of deep-dish, thin-crust, or whatever your taste buds prefer. Check out our list for our picks of the best pizza in San Diego.

Whether you’re looking for history in Old Town or beach vibes in La Jolla, San Diego has what locals and tourists are looking for – beautiful weather, incredible food, great drinks, and happy people.  Take in the best Mexican food in the country, the best local craft brews you can find, and the best hidden gems in Southern California.  It’s all sensational in San Diego!