San Diego Dining Guide

San Diego is a foodie’s heaven. With tons of local restaurants, serving up fresh and delicious fare spanning so many different cultures and price ranges, there’s always something to eat, no matter what you’re in the mood for! From award-winning restaurants to local favorites to undiscovered hole-in-the-walls, check out our guide to some of the best dining in San Diego county!




Barley Mash-Downtown

Bull Taco-Encinitas

Leucadia Pizzeria- Leucadia, Rancho Santa Fe

Soda & Swine- North Park

Carnitas Snack Shack-North Park

The Union-Encinitas

Lobster West-Encinitas

Prep Kitchen-La Jolla

The Beach House-Encinitas

Urban Solace-North Park

Luche Libre-University Heights

Slater’s 50/50-Point Loma

Phil’s BBQ-Midway

Miguel’s-Carlsbad, Old Town

Urban Plates-Carmel Valley

Zenbu Sushi-Cardiff, La Jolla

The Fish Shop-Pacific Beach


Great Atmosphere


Herringbone-La Jolla

Sea and Smoke-Del Mar

Kitchen 1540- Del Mar

Mimos-Little Italy

Searsucker-Carmel Valley

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge- Encinitas

Pannikin Coffee and Tea-Del Mar, La Jolla

The Prado-Balboa Park

Fiesta De Reyes- Old Town

Craft and Commerce-Downtown


Yummy European Inspired


Bo-Beau- Ocean Beach, La Mesa

Mille Fleur-Rancho Santa Fe

Vigilucci’s-Coronado, Carlsbad, Leucadia

Bencotto-Little Italy

Alexander’s on 30th– South Park

Café Chloe-Downtown

Taverna Blu-Carmel Valley

Manhattan-La Jolla


Best Breakfast


Snooze-Hillcrest, Carmel Valley

Claire’s on Cedros-Solana Beach

St. Germain’s Café- Encinitas

The Cottage-La Jolla

Lofty Coffee Co- Encinitas

Coffee Cup Café-La Jolla

The Broken Yolk-Pacific Beach, Carlsbad

Thyme in the Ranch-Rancho Santa Fe

Café 222-Downtown

Cody’s-La Jolla


Healthy Eats


Swamis-Encinitas, Carlsbad, La Mesa

Beaming Smoothie Bar-Del Mar

Truefood- Fashion Valley

Native Foods (gluten free/vegan) – Encinitas

Sambazon Acai Café- Encinitas

Seasons 52-UTC


Breathtaking Views


Poseidon- Del Mar

Georges- La Jolla

Jake’s-Del Mar

Chart House-Encinitas

Baleen- Mission Bay

Marine Room- La Jolla

Pacifica- Del Mar

Tom Hams Lighthouse- Shelter Island

Peohe’s- Coronado

The Fishmarket/Top of the Market- Downtown/ Del Mar

Mr A’s- Downtown/Bankers Hill

C-Level- Shelter Island

Brockton Villa-La Jolla

Pacific Coast Grill-Cardiff




Truluck’s-La Jolla

Flemings-La Jolla

Donovan’s-La Jolla


Crabcatcher-La Jolla


The Market-Del Mar

Pamplemousse Grille-Del Mar

Eddie V’s-La Jolla

Hane Sushi-Downtown


Hidden Gems


The Red Door-Hillcrest

Haggo’s Organic Taco- Encinitas

American Voodoo-Northpark

Antica Trattoria- La Mesa (WORTH THE DRIVE)

Del Mar Rendezvous-Del Mar

Bernini’s Bistro-La Jolla

Kitchen 4140-Clairemont

DZ Akins-College Area

The Vine Cottage-La Mesa

Fig Tree Café-Hillcrest

Café Athena-Pacific Beach

Star Anise-UTC

Tamarind Thai-La Mesa

South Beach Bar and Grill-Ocean Beach

Jack and Guilio’s-Old Town

Bite of Boston-Pacific Beach, University City

Greek American Restaurant-Encinitas





Urban-North Park, Vista

Bongiornos-Solana Beach

Best Pizza-Mira Mesa

Bronx Pizza-Hillcrest

Project Pie-Hillcrest

Blue Ribbon Pizzeria-Encinitas


Delicious Desserts


Bubby’s Gelato- Encinitas

St. Tropez- Encinitas

2 Good 2 Be (Gluten free/ Vegan bakery)- Encinitas

Heaven Sent- North Park

Eclipse Chocolate- South Park

Nothing Bundt Cake- Del Mar, Carlsbad

Elizabethan Desserts- Encinitas

Champagne French Bakery- Carmel Valley

Extraordinary Desserts-Hillcrest and Downtown

Mariposa Ice Cream-Normal Heights

The Baked Bear-Pacific Beach