What to Eat in San Diego (Public)
 Share
The version of the browser you are using is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a supported browser.Dismiss

View only
 
 
ABCDEFGHIJ
1
RestaurantCuisineLocationPriceFancyPriorityScoreNotes
2
Hane SushiJapanese (sushi)Banker's Hill$$$1310Ota sister restaurant with more atmosphere
3
Nine-TenAmericanLa Jolla$$$$110
HH 3:30–6:30 50% off apps (shrimp toast, hamachi); pork belly, prime NY steak
4
Tacos El GordoMexican (tacos)Chula Vista/Otay Mesa$410Best truly authentic SD tacos; adobada & chorizo are best; Gaslamp soon
5
Cucina CapresePizzaVaries (Food truck)$410Best pizza in city? Prosciutto e rucola, calabrese, con uovo colazione
6
Juniper & Ivy
Amer./Small plates
Little Italy$$$110
Baja yellowtail, carne cruda, yodel cake; toro dip; arancini; secret: burger, animal fries
7
Sushi OtaJapanese (sushi)Pacific Beach$$$210Salmon sashimi, double double tuna roll, diego roll, crunchy salmon roll
8
Cellar DoorAmericanNormal Heights$$$$210Underground supper club, ~$80/person, Native Spirits opening soon
9
Extraordinary DessertsDessert/AmericanBanker's Hill$$210Amazing chocolate cakes
10
Azuki SushiJapanese (sushi)Banker's Hill$$229.5
HH 5–6:30 (shishito good; albacore tataki was great but small); R u kidding me? roll
11
Yakitori TaishoJapanese (yakitori)Clairemont$$229.5Calamari, shiso pork belly, chicken skin & wings
12
Lola 55Mexican (tacos)Downtown$39
Great to good: carnitas > ribeye/pork belly/baja fish > smoked fish (spicy!)/relleno
13
BigaPizza, etc.Downtown (Gaslamp)$$29.5
HH 3–5:30 Tu–F; mushroom brusch. (best), porchetta, diavola & ham pizzas, burrata
14
Mister A'sAmericanBanker's Hill$$$$19.5
HH 2:30–6 Sun–Th $7–12 apps; great views; walk the plank; best-ever mac/cheese
15
Ken Sushi WorkshopJapanese (sushi)Carmel Valley$$$19.5Former Ota chef; salmon crudo; oh no/oh yes; hula; surf's up
16
Born & RaisedSteakhouseLittle Italy$$$$19.5Carpaccio, steak Diane, potato & birthday macaron all great
17
Chocolate HausDessertPacific Beach$$29.5Rocca truffle, toffee truffle are amazing
18
Herb & Wood
Amer./Small plates
Little Italy$$$129Oxtail gnocchi & branzino were great; try souffle; Herb & Eatery next door
19
Bleu BohemeFrenchKensington$$$229HH 5–6
20
MarketAmericanDel Mar$$$$129Dishes are seasonal
21
Wrench & Rod. Seabasstropub
Japanese (sushi)Oceanside$$329Ginger Devils roll topped with an amazing caramelized onion sauce
22
Treet Desserts
Dessert (ice cream)
Midway District$339Shakes, donut ice cream sandwiches, churro sandwiches delicious but messy
23
Tajima Ramen/IzakayaJapanese (ramen)Kearny Mesa/Hillcrest/etc.$49HH 3–6/7; $5 chasiu bowls; spicy sesame ramen w/ kakuni, shishito peppers
24
Dirty BirdsWings
PB/College Area/Lib. Station
$$49
HH 3–6 half-off wings; best: Seoul, Flaming HM, Haba. Lime, Garlic Herb, Dirty Bleu
25
Rubicon DeliSalad/sandwichUni. City/PB/Mission Hills$49Fantastic Belly Up, meh Super Mario; try Dapper Dip, Hog's Breath & salads
26
Gyu-KakuJapanese (BBQ)Scripps Ranch$$29Delicious grilled meats; $11 Meat Lover's lunch special
27
Kura Revolving Sushi BarJapanese (sushi)Kearny Mesa$$39
Busy but well-priced; umami oil salmon > seared salmon J. mayo > crispy rice > etc.
28
Menya UltraJapanese (ramen)Kearny Mesa/Mira Mesa$$39
On par with Tajima; got pork cutlet spicy ramen w/ chashu; Mira Mesa Oct. 2018
29
Banker's Hill Bar & Restaurant
AmericanBanker's Hill$$29HH 4:30–6; truffle fries; secret: tempura red snapper tacos; airport location
30
Cloak & PetalJapaneseLittle Italy$$$19HH 4–6 $4–7 plates; great garlic edamame & sushi rolls incl. OB roll
31
Urban SolaceComfort foodNorth Park$$29Duckaroni, pork chop, Les's s'more are great; try cinnamon roll
32
Ambrogio 15PizzaPacific Beach/Little Italy$$29HH 4:30–6; fantastic Milan-style thin-crust pizza
33
Searsucker
Amer./Small plates
Downtown/Del Mar$$$19HH 4:30–6:30; Del Mar: tuna poke, shanghai beef ribs, pear of apples
34
Kettner Exchange
Amer./Small plates
Little Italy$$$19Tuna "pizza"; tuna tacos; seared salmon; avo toast; hamachi ceviche
35
MaestosoItalianHillcrest$$29Creative + "dim sum" cart; great amatriciana
36
Rei Do GadoSteakhouseDowntown (Gaslamp)$$$29Fantastic churrascaria
37
Bo-beauFrench/SpeakeasyOcean Beach/Hillcrest/LM$$29
Brussels, royale w/ cheese; call 1 hour ahead; $40 Tuesdates; Hillcrest speakeasy
38
Enoteca AdrianoItalianPacific Beach$$29Burrata (several types)
39
Fleming'sSteakhouseUniversity City/Downtown$$$29HH 5–7 & 8–10, burrata
40
Salt & Straw
Dessert (ice cream)
Little Italy$29
Carm. Val. 2019; best: coffee/bourbon; salted malted CCCDough; berry & white choc.
41
AmbrosiaMexicanNorth Park$?28.5Opening Sept. 2018 in former Tostadas space (same owner)
42
Ceviche HouseSeafoodOld Town$$28.5
San Diego tostada is best; Ensenada tostada, octopus, papas/chorizo also good
43
The Taco StandMexican (tacos)La Jolla/Dntn/NP/etc.$48.5Pollo & al pastor are great; use habanero salsa & cilantro crema
44
Karina's Ceviches & MoreMexicanMission Hills$48.5
Spinoff of Karina's Taco/Mex Seafood; mango ahi appetizer; ahi poke tostada is best
45
City TacosMexican (tacos)North Park/La Mesa/Encin.$38.5
Best: puerco agri., chile relleno, pescado; try camaron, salmon, carnitas, pastor
46
Oscar's Mexican SeafoodMexican (tacos)PB/Hillcrest/Dntn/etc.$48.5Get sauces too
47
Bar BodegaSpanishLittle Italy$$28.5
HH 3–6 1/2 off plates; patatas bravas, octopus, ahi tostada & carnita taco all good
48
Little Lion CafeAmericanPoint Loma$$28.5Dinner Th–Sat only; jidori & steak were both great
49
Carnitas' Snack ShackPorkNorth Park/Downtown$48.5HH 3–6 $5 taco & chips; pork belly app
50
Aqui es TexcocoMexicanChula Vista$38.5
51
Cafe SevillaSpanishDowntown (Gaslamp)$$28.5
HH 3–6; best tapas: short rib, datile relleno, cheese empanada, meatball bocadillo
52
J/Wata Temaki BarJapanese (sushi)Kearny Mesa$$28.5Temaki (hand rolls); great salmon & hamachi sashimi, spicy/negi tuna/salmon
53
Saiko SushiJapanese (sushi)North Park/Coronado$$28.5HH 4–6:30; sake; grand illusion roll was great; eel sauce ice cream
54
Breakfast RepublicBreakfast/BrunchNorth Park/LS/PB/OB/etc.$$38.5Mr. Presley, potatoes, Oreo latte; try chicken wing bowl, pancake flight
55
KINDREDVegan/BarSouth Park$$28.5
Cool aesthetic; Dream Eater, seitan skewers, palm tacos, wanderer sand. all great
56
HerringboneSeafoodLa Jolla$$$18.5HH 4–6; slow service; whole fish ceviche, squash blossom, tuna carpaccio
57
The Smoking GoatFrench/AmericanNorth Park$$28.5
HH 5–6; duck fat truffle fries, hibiscus mojito, octopus, lamb, salmon, banana bread
58
Ruth's Chris SteakhouseSteakhouseCarmel Valley$$$18.5HH 4:30–6:30
59
LionfishSeafoodDowntown (Gaslamp)$$$18.5
Steak tataki & hiramasa crudo great; duck tostadas & octopus good; nigiri flight okay
60
Donovan's SteakhouseSteakhouseLa Jolla/Downtown$$$$18.5HH 4–6
61
CREAM
Dessert (ice cream)
College Area$38.5Turtle cookies, caramel cinnamon chlll, Nutella, fudge; try do'sant
62
Iceskimo
Dessert (ice cream)
Kearny Mesa$28.5Nutella snow, cinnamon toast crunch, condensed milk, mango poppers
63
The Baked Bear
Dessert (ice cream)
Pacific Beach/Car. Val./etc.
$38.5Get hot fudge & hot pressed
64
PrepkitchenAmericanLa Jolla/Little Italy/DM/SM$$338Under new management
65
SnoozeBreakfast/BrunchLa Jolla/Hillcrest/DM/etc.$$38Busy; great OMG french toast; secret: cinnful pancakes
66
Pisco Rotisserie & CevicheriaPeruvianLiberty Station/Carlsbad$$$28HH 3–6; great salmon ceviche, good octopus, beef empanada
67
RomescoMexican/Mediterr.Chula Vista$$28HH 3–6; HH all day Mon, 50% off tapas Tues; great calamari & tostadas
68
The Promiscuous ForkAmericanLa Jolla$$38HH 3–6 $5 bites; green chile caesar, lamb lollipops, OutCider
69
The Crack ShackFried chickenLittle Italy/Encinitas$48HH 3–6 (drinks); chicken oysters
70
Costa BravaSpanishPacific Beach$$28HH 4–6 half off tapas menu; patatas, ham bruschetta, eels, calamari, chorizo
71
Fish Pit SushiJapanese (sushi)College Area$48
Hawaiian Fire roll; good tacos, add ponzu butter; try yellowtail taco (closed Mon.)
72
Sweetfin PokeSeafood (poke)UTC Mall/Del Mar$38Upscale poke from Top Chef alum; yuzu salmon
73
Cucina UrbanaItalian/AmericanBanker's Hill$$28HH 3–6 T–F; 4:30–6 $5 vasi/Th $10 any pizza; carbonara risotto & octopus
74
Good Time PokeSeafood (poke)Pacific Beach$$48Probably best poke in SD; Rub My Belly is great; spicy tuna okay
75
Roy'sFusion (Asian)University City/Downtown$$$28HH 3–7 $7 bites; chocolate lava cake
76
MadisonMediterraneanUniversity Heights$$28
HH 4–7 $6–9 plates; pork chop, sparrow cocktail; brunch avo toast/coffee cocktail
77
Rakitori Japanese Pub & GrillJapanese (yakitori)Hillcrest$$38
Shiso pork belly, enoki bacon, grn onion salmon, shishito, coffee macaron ice cream
78
Fireside by the PatioAmericanLiberty Station$$28HH 3–6/All Mon.; Brisket/bleu flat., papas/aioli, chk thigh & pork belly yakitori
79
Tribute PizzaPizzaNorth Park$$38HH 4–6 Tu–F; "tributes" to different pizzas; great focaccia
80
Blush Ice BarFusion (Asian)Downtown$$28HH 4–6; blush cocktails, rolls, calamari all very good
81
Puerto La BocaSteakhouseLittle Italy$$28HH 4:30–7:30 30% off apps & $2.50 bread/chimichurri
82
Coop's West Texas BBQBBQLemon Grove$48Great rib tips & pork ribs; okay brisket; Da Chicken Coop next door
83
DeviliciousSandwichesVaries (Food truck)$48BBBLT, duck confit grilled cheese, pork belly melt, parmesan truffle fries
84
Venissimo CheeseSandwich/CheeseLib. Stat./NP/MH/Del Mar$$48Great cheeses; burrata bowl was good; try grilled cheese
85
One Door NorthAmericanNorth Park$$28HH 4–6; sister to Smoking Goat; burrata pizza, ceviche, schnitzel
86
Indigo GrillFusion (Latin)Little Italy$$$28HH 5–6 $6 bites; salt/pepper shrimp, Indian corn pudding, filet, churros
87
The Marine RoomSeafoodLa Jolla$$$$18HH 4–6 $14 apps (great foie gras & mud pie); great views
88
PiattiItalianLa Jolla$$28Dipping sauce & brunch pizza are best; gorgonzola pasta also good
89
PuestoMexican (tacos)La Jolla/Downtown$$38
Great tiradito, chicharron; al pastor/shroom, sundae; frozen horchata & Taco Tues.
90
Ballast PointGastropub
Little Italy/Miramar/Scr.Ran.
$$38Little Italy has Kettle Room; great mac & cheese
91
CannonballFusion (Asian)Mission Beach$$38Calamari; salmon tartare; shishitos
92
Piacere MioItalianSouth Park/4S Ranch$$28HH 5–6 M–Th; customizable pasta; carbonara, burrata
93
Buona ForchettaPizzaSouth Park/Liberty Station$$38Sergio, Angela; try pizza in a jar; Encinitas location soon
94
Eclipse ChocolateAmerican/DessertSouth Park$$28Lavender lemon cocktail; biscuits; fries; decadent drinking choc; custom bars
95
Tacos LibertadMexican (tacos)Hillcrest$38
Non-profit; opens 4pm; temp. avo. / shrimp > duck / pork belly / fish > octopus
96
The Melting PotFondueUniversity City/Downtown$$$$18HH 4–6 1/2 off fondue; great cheese & dessert courses
97
Seb's PaniniSandwichesHillcrest/Little Italy/UCSD$48Farmer's markets; "Exquisite" panini
98
La Bonne TableFrenchHillcrest$$28
Good classic french: escargot, crispy duck/brussels + mustard cream, creme brulee
99
Sushi TadokoroJapanese (sushi)Old Town$$$28Traditional sushi, salmon sashimi, spicy yellowtail roll; try uni
100
The Grass SkirtSeafood/BarPacific Beach$$$28Secret tiki bar; tataki & okinomiyaki fries were good
Loading...