Eating Out in San Diego, USA

Eating out in San Diego is a nice relaxed way to spend the evening. You will find that restaurants aren’t too expensive, there is a good selection to choose from and it is more relaxed than eating out in some other Californian cities.

The best selection of restaurants is in the Gaslamp Quarter. Situated close to downtown San Diego, there are close to a hundred places offering everything from huge breakfasts to evening meals, sometimes with more effort put into the meal’s appearance than anything else. Either way, this particular district is a good place to go for eats.

Other parts of the city which are favourites with tourists, backpackers and locals alike are Mission Beach and Ocean Beach. Like most coastal cities, parts of the city close to the sea are always much-loved places to dine out.

San Diego is a good place to sample seafood, thanks to the natural harbour. Other city specialities are pizzas and Italian food, particularly in Little Italy. To ensure you get the best of both worlds, try a pizza or pasta dish with some fish!

Restaurants in San Diego

  • Terrific Pacific Brewery & Grill

    721 Grand Avenue, San Diego, USA

    Terrific Pacific is a nice relaxed restaurant to spend an evening and offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Try and get a table on the upper level for the best views. Specialities include Fish Tacos and the steaks.

  • San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

    At Oregon, North Park, San Diego, USA

    If you find yourself in Hillcrest, make sure and take some time out to visit this diner. The pies are tasty, cheap and filling. Say no more!

  • Filippi's Pizza Grotto

    1747 India St, Little Italy, San Diego, USA

    You will find it hard to find a better pizzeria for such good value in Little Italy, downtown San Diego. Along with the top class pizza, you can also get pasta dishes and lasagne.

  • Café Lulu

    419 F St, Near Fourth Ave, San Diego, USA

    This vegetarian café is excellent value and, even though there is no meat, has a varied menu so you should have no problem finding something which takes your fancy. One of San Diego's tastiest and healthiest options.

  • Casa de Bandini

    2754 Calhoun St, Old Town, San Diego, USA

    As Mexico is so close, it isn't too surprising to discover that San Diego is full of excellent restaurants serving it's neighbouring country's cuisine. Casa de Bandini is one of the city's best and has a good menu. Some of its specialities include the Grilled Chicken & Avocado Tacos. You can dine outside or inside, in one of the restaurants various nooks and crannies.

  • Kono's

    704 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, San Diego, USA

    Nothing beats eating outdoors beside the beach, and Kono's is one of the best places to do it. As well as being a great place to get a breakfast, it also serves a good selection of burgers if you plan on eating there later in the evening.

  • Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen

    7734 Girard Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, USA

    Open until 11pm every night apart from Sunday, this Thai restaurant is a local favourite and is known for top quality food. Like many restaurants in the city, you have the choice of eating indoors or out (once you get a table of course!).

  • Croce's Top Hat Bar & Grille

    818 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, USA

    If you are looking for a restaurant which is guaranteed to be livelier than all the others, go to Croce's. Live rock bands play there every night and you can enjoy them while getting stuck into typical American cuisine.

  • The Green Flash

    701 Thomas Ave, at Mission Boulevard, San Diego, USA

    While some of the main courses in this restaurant can get a little bit expensive, it pays off to eat here as it is situated in a prime location and you won't have to go far if you fancy a few drinks either. The bar here is open until 2am.

  • Point Loma Seafoods

    2805 Emerson St, Ocean Beach, San Diego, USA

    More of a takeaway, than a restaurant, if you want something cheap and cheerful when you are in Ocean Beach look no further. The fish and chips are said to be the best in San Diego.

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