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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.