Best Restaurants in San Diego

Dining in San Diego is an amazing experience. With fantastic options in every genre you can imagine, and world-class food in a diversity of cuisines that only California can produce, you’ll want to make each and every dining experience count. Whether you’re a vegan looking for the freshest local meals, a family trying to get the kids fueled up, or a couple looking to check out the hottest spots in town, we’ve got something for you on this list. Plus, you can always check out the nearby attractions to get to know the neighborhood a little bit better!

For Families

Waypoint Public
3794 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
California comfort food, plus an indoor play area for kids!

Nearby Attractions: Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Natural History Museum

Crab Hut
1007 5th Avenue, #101
San Diego, CA 92101
Creole/ Southern style seafood

Nearby Attractions: Gaslamp Quarter, Museum of Contemporary Art, New Children’s Museum

For Foodies

Allure Restaurant
825 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Creative contemporary American

Nearby Attractions: PETCO Park, USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village shopping center

Indigo Grill
1536 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Creative Latin American cuisine

Nearby Attractions: Little Italy, Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego Air and Space Museum

For Vegans & Vegetarians

2965 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Inexpensive, fresh, 100% vegan salads, sandwiches, ice cream, and more.

Nearby Attractions: Balboa Park, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park Fountain

Peace Pies
4320 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107
Vegan raw food café with tasty gluten-free desserts

Nearby Attractions: Port Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo National Monument, Sunset Cliffs Park

Local Cuisine

Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar
2015 Birch Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Authentic Mexican with a killer tequila selection; check out a photo of some of their tacos above

Nearby Attractions: Aquatica Waterpark, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, Living Coast Discovery Center

Rockin’ Baja Lobster
258 Harbor Drive South
Oceanside, CA 92054
Fun Mexican & Seafood; a local chain

Nearby Attractions: South Harbor, Oceanside, LEGOLAND California

Hidden Gems & Hot Spots

Juniper & Ivy
2228 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
American small plates by a Top Chef winner!

Nearby Attractions: Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, Little Italy

Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room
531 F Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Romantic small plates

Nearby Attractions: Banker’s Hill, William Heath Davis House, PETCO Park

Some more places to look for great dining options include the Gaslamp Quarter/Banker’s Hill, Downtown, La Jolla, and Del Mar. So go ahead, explore! Find something new and exciting on your San Diego dining adventure. Bon appétit!

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