San Diego restaurants you'll love
Top restaurants in San Diego, California
San Diego is one of California's top tourist destinations. Brimming with attractions like whale watching, The San Diego Zoo, vibrant arts & culture, and a wide selection of cuisines, this beachside city has everything. Just past San Diego University, there are tons of things to do and restaurants to enjoy. No matter what kind of cuisine you’re looking for, you can bet San Diego delivers.
Enjoy food from across the world when you tour the city. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Korean, and American are all on the menu. Visit Little Italy to taste the authentic flavors or Downtown San Diego for everything from burgers to steak. Visit a local coffee shop for your morning cup of joe and enjoy walking the bustling streets of the city. Enjoy a quick lunch off Broadway or visit a local ramen restaurant. There is so much to see and taste from breakfast to dinner.
Ready for a night out? San Diego is famous for its beer tours and has been labeled “America’s Craft Beer Capital.” If beer isn’t your favorite, there are lovely wineries with tastings and cideries too. No matter how you choose to spend your time, there’s something for everyone in San Diego.
San Diego's top cuisines
Must-try San Diego restaurants
Kairoa Brewing Company
4601 Park Blvd, San Diego
twice fried handcut fries, comes with a side of our NZ ketchup
|Smoked Chook Wings||$15.00|
Chicken Wings - served with side of Ranch
|Mean Green Salad||$15.00|
Charred broccoli, kale, romaine, cucumber, tomato, pickled red onion, Avocado Jalapeno "Ranch", queso fresco
BAGELS • SANDWICHES
5500 Campanille Drive, San Diego
|Large Vanilla Chai||$5.35|
|Medium White Chocolate Mocha||$5.50|
PIZZA • SALADS • SANDWICHES • HOT DOGS
Rockets Pizza and Subs
5151 Waring Rd, San Diego
Hot Capicola, Salami, Ham, Provolone Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Yellow Onion, Mayo, Mustard, Toasted French Roll
|Garlic Parmesan Knots||$7.00|
8pcs, Butter, Old School Seasoning, Garlic, Parmesan w/ Marinara
|18" White Pie||$17.00|
White Cheese Sauce, Crushed Red Pepper, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan
Buta Japanese Ramen
5201 Linda Vista Road unit 103, San Diego
|Tahini Old School||$13.95|
pork bone broth with sesame paste, chashu pork belly, wood ear fungus, seaweed, green onion, soft boiled egg
vegetable and coconut soup based, fried tofu, mix green salad, avocado, tomato.
pork bone broth with minced garlic, garlic oil, garlic chips, chashu pork belly, bean sprouts, seaweeds
1735 National Ave, San Diego
|Hot Wings (1lb)||$12.00|
|Smoked Brisket Pizza||$22.00|
TACOS • HAMBURGERS • FRENCH FRIES
Casa de Freds - Tacos y Tequila
2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego
|Guacamole and Chips||$9.45|
10066 Pacific Heights Blvd 106, San Diego
1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego
Spinach and caramelized onion curry. Choice of Chicken, Vegetables or Paneer (the first choice is included in the price).
A richly flavored Indian classic. Our chef's favorite dish!
Fifteen spices form this complex garbanzo bean curry.
Can be made Vegan on request (please indicate in Notes).
4545 La Jolla Village Drive #9028, La Jolla
steak, romaine, anchovy dust, fried capers, croutons, parmesan
|Meso Tasty Sandwich||$18.00|
grilled chicken, pineapple, sweet chips, swiss cheese, red pepper aioli, LTO
grass fed, free range beef, edam cheese, LTO, tomato chutney, garlic aioli
5542 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego
Espresso, Steamed Milk, and Housemade vanilla. Sweet, but not too sweet.
Sweetened condensed milk, espresso, served over ice & topped with cream. Sweet & Strong.
Espresso + steamed milk, 12oz.
Puesto Mission Valley
5010 Mission Center Road, San Diego
|Filet Mignon Burrito||$21.00|
Flour tortilla, crispy melted cheese, marinated filet mignon, herb lime rice, and avocado Served with a side of jalisco salsa and spicy pistachio serrano salsa.
|Kids Taco Plate||$10.00|
Two tacos on flour tortillas served with Rice and Beans
avocado, cilantro, onion, fresh squeezed lime & orange, chile habanero (GF, V+)
Farmer & The Seahorse
10996 Torreyana Rd #240, San Diego
|ARE CURRY CHICKEN WRAP||$13.75|
|ARE FARMER'S MARKET SALAD||$12.50|
Ironside Fish & Oyster
1654 India Street, San Diego
Brown Butter Mayo. Chives. Crispy Shallots. Fries.
|Cup Clam Chowder||$8.00|
Pork, Potato. Clam. Cheddar Biscuit.
|Fish & Chips||$18.00|
SANDWICHES • GRILL • CHICKEN • HAMBURGERS • FRENCH FRIES
The Crack Shack - San Diego
2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego
|5-Piece Bone-In Fried Chicken||$18.00|
half Jidori Farm bird
choice of nuggets, grilled chicken or grilled cheese + carrots or petite fries + a cookie & a kid's drink
fried Jidori breast, pickled fresno chiles, pickles, napa cabbage, lime mayo, artisan brioche
3720 Caminito Court, Del Mar
|Steak Tip and Fries||$14.00|
Grilled and Sliced 6oz House Marinated Angus Steak Tip (Allow 20 Minutes)
|House Chicken Sandwich||$10.00|
Grilled House Marinated Chicken Breast, American Cheese, Grilled Onions, Arugula, Heirloom Tomato, Cyndi's Buttermilk Ranch
|Burger and Fries||$15.00|
House Ground Patty, Grilled Onions, American Cheese, Camp mix, Argula, Tomato, Sir Kensington's Special Sauce
5950 Santo Road, Suite K, San Diego
Slow-braised pork served with sweet potato, fresh red onion relish, and our special Peruvian chili pepper
Roast beef served with its gravy made with a blend of spices and Peruvian chilis. It includes fresh white onion relish
Roast turkey served with its gravy made with a blend of spices and Peruvian chilis. It includes lettuce and fresh red onion relish
SANDWICHES • HAMBURGERS
Carnitas' Snack Shack
1004 N Harbor Dr, San Diego
|Carnitas Tacos (2)||$12.00|
juicy carnitas, guacamole, pico, on a corn tortilla
Pro Tip: our beloved staple item!
12 & under | all items come with a side of fries + soft drink
|Crispy Chicken Salad||$15.00|
romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, crispy chicken, black beans, avocado, cheese, chipotle ranch dressing
SMOKED SALMON • FRENCH FRIES
1642 University Avenue, San Diego
|CIP Drag Show: Lounge Seating (6 Tickets)||$600.00|
|CIP Drag Show: Fountain Side Table for TWO (Two Tickets)||$200.00|
|CIP VIP Meet & Greet Upgrade (For One)||$50.00|
Lucha Libre Taco Shop
1810 W. Washington Street, San Diego
|Birria California 🐄||$13.00|
Its Back!...Beef Birria, Fresh Fries, Jack Cheese, Cilantro, Onions, Sour Cream & Salsa Muerta
|Surfin’ California 🐮🍤||$16.50|
Grilled Steak, Grilled Shrimp, Fresh Fries, Pico de Gallo, Jack Cheese, Avocado Slices & Secret Chipotle Sauce
|Ado-Haba California 🐷🍍||$12.50|
Adobada Pork, Grilled Pineapple, Fresh Fries, Sour Cream,Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo & Pineapple Habanero Sauce
SUSHI • CURRY • TAPAS • RAMEN • FRENCH FRIES
Beshock Ramen Carlsbad
2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad
|Tan Tan Ramen||$13.95|
Pork broth with sesame spicy chili base, spicy ground pork, bok choy, green onions and chili strings
Pork broth with soy sauce base, black garlic oil (ma-yu), seasoned half egg, wakame seaweed, green onion, pork chashu, and menma (bamboo shoot)
Pork broth with miso base, pork belly chashu, menma, seasoned half egg, green onion,and grilled corn
4403 Convoy St., San Diego
|Hot Chick Chicken Sandwich||$12.50|
Our take on the 'Nashville' style chicken sandwich! If you can handle spice, we highly recommend this! It's our most popular and sells out on a daily!
|Classy As Cluck Chicken Sandwich||$12.50|
Classic fried chicken sandwich with garlic herb mayo, cheese, pickles, & lettuce on a brioche bun
SANDWICHES • HAMBURGERS
Charles + Dinorah at The Pearl Hotel
1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego
resposado tequila + aperol + lime + bitters
mezcal + amaro montenegro + chocolate bitters
Sweet, Salty, and Savory. Served with Wayfarer bread.
Stella Jean's Ice Cream University Heights
4404 Park Blvd Suite B, San Diego
|Ube + Pandesal Toffee - Pint||$12.00|
Ube (purple sweet yam) based with a homemade pandesal (Filipino bread) toffee mixed in. Our most popular ice cream!
One pint / 16 oz. / 473 ml.
|Milk + Cookies - Pint||$12.00|
Our take on a classic pairing. A house-made old fashioned chocolate streusel mixed into our signature sweet ice cream base. Please note: no cookies were harmed in the making of this ice cream.
One pint / 16 oz. / 473 ml.
|Honey Jasmine Sable||$12.00|
Spring has officially arrived at Stella Jean’s with this sweet jasmine ice cream, layered with a sweet honey sable (pronounced SAH-BLAY; French buttery shortbread) throughout. This floral-forward ice cream coats a crunchy French shortbread sweetened with honey. This reminds us of a day at Carlsbad Flower Fields. As the saying goes, “April showers bring Stella Jean’s flowers ”...or something like that.
Beshock Ramen East Village
1288 Market Street, San Diego
Chicken broth with shio base, whole wheat noodles. Chiciken chashu, seasoned half egg, menma, spinach and green onion
Soy base vegetable broth top with sesame and chili oil. Tofu, veggies (cherry tomatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, grilled corn)
Pork broth with shio gyokai base.
Pork chashu, seasoned half egg, nori seaweed, menma, green onion
PARADISE BIRYANI - SAN DIEGO
8995 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste A, San Diego
|BONELESS CHK DUM BIRYANI FAMILY PACK||$33.99|
Jumbo Boneless Chicken Dum Biryani Pack + comes with your choice of Appetizer (Gobi65/ Gobi Machuria / Chicken 65 / Chilli Chicken / Chicken Manchurian )
Boneless pieces of chicken cooked in rich tomato sauce and sweetened by honey and topped with cream and butter
|CHICKEN DUM BIRYANI||$13.99|
The Pita Kitchen Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Road Unit 945, San Diego
|The Large Pita||$12.00|
Your choice of protein, custom toppings & sauces in a pita wrap.
|Extra Sauce (1oz)||$0.50|
Choose from our selection of sauces
Potatoes in a housemade sauce topped with ciilantro and chilli
600 5th Ave, San Diego
|BLACK AND BLEU||$17.50|
blackened beef patty, bleu cheese crumbles, ale-aioli, whiskey-caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon
grilled beef patty, ale-braised pork shoulder, pepper jack, habañero jelly, bourbon-bbq ranch, crispy tobacco onions
grilled beef patty, american cheese, baby greens, tomato, red onion, house made pickles, ale-aioli
3000 Upas St suite 105, San Diego
BATTERED FISH, CABBAGE, PICO DE GALLO, CHIPOTLE SALSA
FLAME GRILLED ANGUS STEAK (100% CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF), MELTED CHEESE, TOMATO, FRIES, GUACAMOLE, SALSA MILD, SOUR CREAM
|MAR Y TIERRA BURRITO||$9.89|
GRILLED SHRIMP WITH ANGUS STEAK, MELTED CHEESE, AVOCADO, CABBAGE, TOMATO, CHIPOTLE SALSA
3864 MISSION BLVD., San Diego
|Brioche Breakfast Sandwich||$10.00|
|Croissant Egg + Cheese Sandwich||$13.00|
9920 Pacific Heights Blvd, San Diego
choice of: naked | house hot | kung pao | bbq | golden mustard
|GH American Burger||$15.75|
american cheese, gem lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, dirty sauce
|GH Fried Chicken Sando||$15.50|
b&b pickles, lettuce, cajun mayo