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
Jennings House Café
1018 Rosecrans St, San Diego
A rich blend of espresso, dark chocolate sauce, and steamed milk or milk alternative of choice, topped with chocolate shavings. Fresh whipped cream optional.
1/2 order of our house baked French toast w/ berries, 2 poached or scrambled eggs, and choice of bacon or sausage. Served w/ butter and maple syrup.
Lox, tomato, caper, and red onion served with cream cheese on your choice of bagel. Served w/ side of fresh fruit.
Karina’s Ceviches & More
3731-B India Street, San Diego
|Surf & Turf Taco||$6.50|
Shrimp and ribeye steak with pico de gallo, avocado, spicy mayo served in a flour tortilla.
|Rib Eye Taco||$5.50|
With guacamole, cilantro, onion in a flour tortilla.
With spicy mayo, cabbage, pico de gallo. Served on corn tortilla.
SALADS • HAMBURGERS • FRENCH FRIES
Queenstown Public House
1557 Columbia St, San Diego
rare seared ahi, green beans, tomato, nicoise olives, potatoes, romaine lettuce, capers, egg, champagne vinaigrette
two organic grass fed beef sliders, onion-mayo, cheddar, sweet relish, slider rolls
cornmeal breaded, rosemary dipping sauce
Lucha Libre North Park
3016 University Ave, San Diego
Your choice of Steak, Chicken Breast, or Pork Adobada, Fresh Fries, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo & Jack Cheese
Grilled Chicken, Fries, Pico, Jack Cheese, Avocado & Secret Sauce
Corn Kernels, Mayo, Queso Enchilado, Chili Powder & Lime
SALADS • SANDWICHES
The Deli Buzz
6450 Lusk Blvd E110, San Diego
|Soup Of The Day||$5.95|
|#12 Roast Beef & Cheddar||$12.95|
Roast Beef, Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Mustard, Red Onion
Lettuce, Tomato, Chicken Breast, Avocado, Red Onion & Cucumbers
Crab Hut Mira Mesa
8280 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego
(per 1/2 lb)
|Snow Crab Clusters||$40.78|
Civico By The Park
2550 5th Avenue, San Diego
Cannoli Shell, Creamy Ricotta, Orange
San Marzano Tomato, Fior di Latte cheese, basil
|Cesare By The Park||$10.00|
Grilled Romaine wedge, Italian croutons Parmigiano
MOM'S PIZZA & PASTA
3422 Tripp Court. Suite A, San Diego
|Original New York Style|
Thin curst, crushed tomatoes, hand shredded mozzarella, topped with fresh organic Organo leaves. BEST SELLER
|Mom's Garlic Knots||$6.00|
Fresh Garlic coated knots made from fluffy pizza dough and topped with grated parmegiano cheese, EVOO and Italian herbs.
Served with marinara
crushed tomato sauce, shredded all natural mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, EVOO and fresh basil.
The Asian Bistro
414 University Ave, San Diego
SKINNY RICE NOODLES WITH EGG, TOFU, BEAN SPROUTS, GREEN ONIONS AND CRUSHED PEANUTS WOK FRIED WITH OUR SWEET & TANGY TAMARIND SAUCE.
CAN BE V|VEG|GF
CRISPY FRIED VEGGIE EGG ROLLS WITH OUR HOUSE MADE PLUM SAUCE (4 PCS)
CRISPY FRIED WONTON STUFFED WITH WATER CHESTNUT AND CREAM CHEESE, SERVED WITH OUR HOUSE MADE PLUM SAUCE (6 PCS)
SALADS • CHICKEN • FRENCH FRIES
The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole
1065 4th Avenue, San Diego
|CHINESE CHICKEN WRAP||$15.00|
Grilled chicken, jasmine rice, cabbage, cilantro, scallion, wontons, and sesame seed dressing wrapped in a flour tortilla
Looking for a veggie option? Substitute tofu!
Old school style cheeseburger
1/2 lb all beef patty, pickle, onion, mustard and ketchup
Served with fries or upgrade to ROAR fries! +$2.5
Crispy fries topped with shredded pork carnitas, shredded jack & cheddar cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and fresh jalapeño
2310 University Ave, San Diego
|Gyro & Chicken Kabob||$15.50|
Served with rice pilaf, Greek salad and pita bread.
Traditional Greek lemon, chicken, and rice soup
in pita. Seasoned blend of beef and lamb, ripe tomato, red onion. Served with homemade tzatziki and choice of side.
GRILL • FRENCH FRIES
Urban MO's Bar & Grill
308 University Ave, San Diego
Cheddar, Jack, Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, Thousand Island. Served on your choice of bun.
Crispy or Grilled Chicken, Hot Wings Sauce, Bacon, Cheddar, Jack, Romaine, Blue Cheese or Ranch. Tortilla
|ARTICHOKE CHICKEN SANDWICH||$16.00|
Grilled Chicken Breast, Artichoke Hearts, Basil Pesto, Provolone, Garlic Mayo. Served on Ciabatta Bun
Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe
12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy, San Diego
Organic romaine, grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese crisp & house-made Caesar dressing. On toasted sourdough.
House-roasted turkey, smoked gouda, homemade chipotle aioli, organic greens, onion relish & sliced tomatoes. Served on toasted sourdough bread. Homemade chips.
Roasted all-white-meat chicken, house-made pesto, house-made sundried tomato spread, roasted garlic & fresh mozzarella cheese. Homemade chips.
SALADS • SANDWICHES • HAMBURGERS
The Butcher’s Grill House
978 Garnet Ave, San Diego
Grilled giant portobello with grilled onion and brie topped with dijon mustard and tomato served on ciabatta
1/3lb Angus Prime Sirloin pattie with bacon and cheddar cheese topped with grilled onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles served on a all-butter brioche
Roasted pork loin, ham and swiss cheese topped with mustard and pickles served on French roll
Swagyu Chop Shop
966 Felspar Street, San Diego
Our Signature Swagyu Smash Burger with the addition of Pork Belly, Smoked Onions, and Pickled Serrano.
House Nitro Potatoes served with a side of Secret Sauce and Ketchup.
|Signature Swagyu Smash Burger||$18.00|
Two 4oz Wagyu Patties, American Cheese, House B&B Pickles & Secret Sauce on a Sadie Rose Brioche Bun.
Cutwater Spirits Tasting Room & Kitchen
9750 Distribution Ave, San Diego
|Whiskey Smash Burger||$15.99|
Whiskey glazed onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle chips, and burger spread. Served with your choice of fries or a salad.
|Crispy Chicken Wings||$12.00|
Choice of Buffalo Sauce or Roasted Garlic Salt and Pepper
|Devil Share Burger||$15.99|
Arugula, crispy fried onions, aged white cheddar, Devil's Share Bourbon bacon jam, garlic aioli. Served with your choice of Fries or Salad.
SANDWICHES • PASTRY • HAMBURGERS • FRENCH FRIES • SMOOTHIES • SALADS • GRILL • WAFFLES
The Waffle Spot & Amigo Spot
1333 HOTEL CIR S, San Diego
|Chicken & Waffles||$15.75|
SALADS • BBQ
SMACK'N Guamanian Grill
9506 Miramar Road, San Diego
|Dikike BBQ Chicken||$14.29|
|Chebot BBQ Beef||$18.95|
SANDWICHES • HOT DOGS • FRENCH FRIES
3038 University Ave, San Diego
crispy pork belly, gochujang glaze, sesame seeds, toasted peanuts (gf)
|Garlic Maple Brussels Sprouts||$8.95|
caramelized Brussels, garlic maple sauce, Parmesan cheese (gf / v)
brined and then cooked twice. sauce served on the side.
Poppy Kitchen Boba Cafe
16691 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego
|#24 Vietnamese Coffee||$5.50|
House-made double shots of espresso with condensed milk. suggested pairing: egg pudding, brown sugar boba.
|#20 Fruit Slush||$6.50|
Blended real fruit with your choice of Mango, Peach, Strawberry Jam, or Lychee.
Pair suggestion: Brown sugar boba, crystal boba, agar jelly
|#13 I Really Lychee You||$6.15|
Premium loose leaf Jasmine green tea with Lychee
Pairing suggestion: brown sugar boba, crystal boba, and agar jelly
4411 Mercury St, San Diego
Original Tonkotsu Chicken and Pork broth, Egg Noodles, Pork or Chicken Chashu, ½ Ramen Egg, Fried Garlic, Bean Sprouts, Baby Bok Choy, Green Onions, and Sesame Seeds.
Original Vegetable Soy-based Broth, Spinach Noodles, Deep Fried Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms, Baby Spinach, Corn, Baby Bok Chow, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, and Sesame Seeds, topped with Truffle Oil
Spicy tonkotsu chicken and pork broth, egg noodles, housemade carnitas, ½ ramen egg, radish, cilantro, diced onion, lime, and dried oregano
SOUPS • SALADS • FRENCH FRIES
Our Green Affair
980 Garnet av, San Diego
hot chicken, avocado, carrots, cilantro, corn, goat cheese, tomato, tortilla chips, quinoa, spinach, caesar dressing
soy chorizo, alfalfa sprouts, black beans, jicama, roasted broccoli, roasted chickpeas, roasted corn, tomatoes, brown rice, spinach, mama's dressing
|Bean There Done That||$14.55|
avocado, black beans, cabbage, carrots, spicy sweet potato, watermelon radish, crunchy quinoa, brown rice, kale, balsamic vinaigrette
2706 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
|Barrio Bowl w/ choice of protein||$20.00|
power rice (brown rice and quinoa), pinto beans, steamed kale, pico de gallo, cilantro lime
|Barrio Loaded Fries||$17.00|
marinated steak, Monterey-jack cheese, melted quest, guacamole, pico de Gallo, cotija cheese
|Brazil Bowl w/ choice of protein||$20.00|
black beans, jasmine rice, steamed kale, coconut chili sauce, mango salsa
The Olive Baking Company
735 A SANTA CLARA PLACE, San Diego
|Turkey & Cheese Panini||$7.75|
The Olive Cafe
805 SANTA CLARA PLACE, San Diego
Grilled chicken breast, melted provolone cheese, avocado, mixed greens, tomato, & aioli on a brioche bun
2 eggs scrambled, bacon, jack &
cheddar mixed cheese •
on your choice of:
• Bagel (plain, sesame or everything)
• Grilled bread (white, wheat, or
sourdough) • Brioche Bun • Croissant (add$0.50)
Brazilian Açai, topped with granola,
seasonal fruit, & honey
Verbena Kitchen North Park
3043 University Ave, San DIego
SEAFOOD • POKE
445 10th Ave, San Diego
|DROPKICK VANILLA MAPLE COLD BREW||$3.99|
Smooth & creamy nitro cold brew coffee, 12oz can
|DROPKICK ORIGINAL COLD BREW||$3.99|
Smooth & creamy nitro cold brew coffee, 12oz can
|DROPKICK BOLD BREW||$3.99|
Nitro cold brew coffee with an extra kick, 12oz can
PIZZA • CHICKEN WINGS
8242 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||$15.00|
House red sauce, house cheese blend, house made pork and beef meatballs, parsley, olive oil drizzle
Ricotta, pecorino Romano cheese, Asiago and Parmesan, basil drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil. Add chicken, shrimp for an additional charge. Vegetarian.
|Protein Overload Pizza||$15.00|
House red sauce, house cheese blend, sausage, pepperoni, bacon and salami.
SOUPS • SEAFOOD • SALADS
India Palace Banquet & Catering
3960 Fifth Ave, San Diego
An India style yogurt mixed with corrots, cucumbers, potatoes and spices.
A leavened bread made with white flour.
Pieces of paneer cooked in sauteed spinach with a touch of cream
NOODLES • FRENCH FRIES
3731 India Street, San Diego
|Healthful Cleansing Soup||$8.00|
Clear glass noodles with tofu, chicken, Napa cabbage, crispy garlic and winter melon in housemade vegetarian or chicken broth topped with cilantro. GF
|Drunken Noodles (Chicken)||$14.50|
Chili paste sautéed with wide rice noodles, mustard greens, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, green beans, Thai basil, crispy shallots. GF option available, Spicy
|Tofu Salad Rolls (Box of 3)||$12.75|
Tofu, red leaf lettuce, vermicelli noodles, mint, carrots, cucumber and cilantro rolled in rice paper. Veg, GF