Bistro 39 is a favorite restaurant for locals and out-of-towners alike. Its local appeal is because the word has gotten out that it’s not hotel food. So the numerous locals living in nearby apartments, condos and single-family homes come here to dine too. Plus, their chef, who graduated from a famous culinary school, creates memorable… Read more »
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San Diego is blessed with top San Diego Restaurants worthy of discovery. Fortunately, nearly 200 of these top San Diego Restaurants have been reviewed by San Diego's Dean of Restaurant Reviewers. Quickly browse by category, suburb and name.
These top San Diego Restaurants are showcased by area such as Old Town San Diego restaurants serving Mexican food, Downtown San Diego Restaurants including the Gaslamp, Coronado restaurants with bay views, La Jolla restaurants offer ocean view. Others areas with top San Diego restaurants include Shelter Island, Mission Bay and lots of North County restaurants as well. Best of all, these top San Diego restaurants have been personally reviewed.
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A local legend in delicious oriental cuisine is Szechuan Mandarin Restaurant featuring chef Tat Law. They have been in business for 29 years. And even though the entrées names may be the same as elsewhere, everything tastes a little more exotic and delicious here. And being a Szechuan restaurant means that they offer lots of… Read more »
The finest cuisine of India is beautifully presented in an upscale atmosphere with attentive servers, subdued lighting and a bubbling fountain. If you aren’t sure what to order, simply ask your server for assistance.
You’ll definitely be happy with this discovery. A memorable gourmet meal is the apple pancakes, which are baked instead of cooked in a skillet. Other winners include blueberry pancakes, pecan pancakes, fresh potato pancakes, sourdough flapjacks, banana pancakes and Hawaiian pancakes. They also feature crepes, waffles and omelettes made with farm-fresh grade AA eggs.
Callaway has a spacious visitor center and beautiful gift shop, which is open daily 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The winery offers complimentary informative tours weekends on the hour beginning at 11 a.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m., and during the week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wine tasting ends at 4:45 p.m.
This family owned and operated restaurant has been a San Diegan classic for over 25 years, with a strong local following, and a favorite of many dignitaries, pro-athletes and notable figures visiting San Diego from Latin America that were in search of the best authentic Caribbean food. For the best seating, ask for table 7. An evening meal at Andrés is a delicious experience.
When it comes to authentic Italian cuisine served in an upscale setting with tuxedo clad waiters, Baci Ristorante is the place. You won’t be disappointed with this place. It’s another one of our city’s great San Diego Restaurants serving classic Italian cuisine. Their impressiv e menu offers diners attentive service with plush booths, white tablecloths,… Read more »
For the past 49 years, this Busalacchi family-owned restaurant has been a casual San Diego favorite. Dine inside or on the bayfront patio and enjoy the romantic marina view. Customers order food at the cashier’s window and pick it up at the take-out window. But customers don’t mind because the fresh seafood is so good…. Read more »
You will be pleasantly delighted when you’re escorted to one of three plush dining rooms. Be sure to ask to be seated in the library, and ask for booth 17 or 21. Their combination dinners are very popular. Heavenly desserts are also a specialty here. Reminiscent of a classic Chicago-style steakhouse, The Butcher Shop features… Read more »
This San Diego landmark restaurant has been serving the best subs and homemade Italian specialties you have ever tasted. As a matter of fact, it’s not uncommon for people “in the know” to drive over 20 miles just to eat here. Topping the list of favorites is Poma’s incredible roast beef sandwich. This isn’t just… Read more »
Hooters is an American original. It’s delightfully tacky and totally unrefined. Hooters is world famous for their Hooters girls and delicious-tasting Buffalo-style chicken wings, which are served with mild, medium, hot and 911 sauces. Lots of customers are sports fans who come here to eat and watch their favorite sporting events on the numerous TVs. The… Read more »
The casual beach atmosphere, great food and fun make this a perfect local hangout. Their burgers, burritos, sandwiches and salads are all good. The mahi mahi is really popular, whether in a taco, a sandwich or burrito. The menu has different specials every day. RT’s is a natural magnet for a good meal or to… Read more »
They offer five tastes for ($9.50) and you can keep the wine glass. Located at the Juan St. entrance in Fiesta de Reyes in historic Old Town. This family-owned winery features locally made San Diego wines with a lovely garden room to relax and enjoy a wine tasting experience with friends. With a golden Peruvian… Read more »
Marieta’s Mexican Restaurant is a well-established East County favorite with a loyal following of happy diners, who visit their three locations so often that customers are often greeted by their first name. The great appeal of dining here is of course the delicious authentic south-of-the-border cuisine and the equally authentic atmosphere including their friendly waiters… Read more »
For great San Diego Restaurants, Miguel’s Cocina always comes to mind. It’s so popular that they have locations in Coronado, Point Loma, Old Town, 4S Ranch in North County Inland and East Lake. They are well-known and well liked because they always use the freshest ingredients and they make everything from scratch. Plus, they serve… Read more »
This seafood restaurant is a great discovery. The tropical atmosphere is lively with people talking, laughing and rhythmic music from Mazatlán playing. Also recommended is their “Donna Reyna” style fish filet. It’s baked with shrimp, mushrooms, celery, onions, chile, bacon and cheese. They also offer 3 cuts of steak including a steak and lobster combination…. Read more »
Wow! Wine tasting at Callaway Vineyards just got a lot more fun. With the addition of their Meritage Restaurant, wine tasters and diners alike can now enjoy a host of delicious lite and appetizing entrées in a terraced outdoor setting overlooking the vineyards. Their 18-item menu showcases one incredible entrée after another. Worth raving about… Read more »
This popular restaurant has been serving Mexican food Guadalajara-style for over 20 years. You can’t miss this free-standing, two-story building of over 6,000 sq. ft. with balconies and an elevator. There simply isn’t any Mexican restaurant like it anywhere. Their cuisine features generous portions that complement their huge margaritas. Recommended entrées are the chile Colorado… Read more »
Sbicca Bistro serves delicious modern American cuisine in a seaside village setting with an ocean view from its terrace. It won the San Diego Restaurant Association’s Gold Medallion Award in 2010 for Best Neighborhood Restaurant. In 2006 it also received the Chef of the Year Award from the San Diego Restaurant Association. Your host is… Read more »
This is one of the most romantic restaurant in the Gaslamp district. It features an exotic decor, which is both relaxing and enjoyable. Seating is provided upstairs as well as on the main floor and on the sidewalk patio. Surprisingly, the most romantic seating is on the second floor, which offers a panoramic view of… Read more »
A legend in our city is Saska’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant. This family-owned restaurant is celebrating 63 years in business at the same location on Mission Boulevard in north Mission Beach. Featured in a rustic nautical setting are Saska’s delicious fresh seafood selections and fabulous tasting steaks. The Saska’s secret to their delicious – tasting… Read more »
Traditional Sunday lunch consisting of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed or roasted potatoes, a delicious onion gravy and two fresh seasonal vegetables is served Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ($14.95). Shakespeare himself would feel right at home at this traditional British pub. It’s been voted San Diego’s Best Pub five years in a row! You’ll enjoy… Read more »
In 2010 Richard Walker’s Pancake House won the Gold Medallion Award for Best Breakfast Restaurant in San Diego. This is another one of our Best San Diego Restaurants worthy of discovery. Plus, they were named the “Pinnacle of Pancakes” by San Diego Magazine. It’s easy to become a fan of Richard Walker’s Pancake House, just… Read more »
This is the downstairs restaurant and bar at Bailey’s Fine Dining restaurant. And they serve practically all of the same entrées at slightly lower prices, with only a few exceptions. The real difference between the two restaurants is the atmosphere. Upstairs is where diners come to enjoy fine dine in a formal atmosphere. Downstairs is… Read more »
Island Prime is actually two restaurants under one roof, the first is Island Prime serving steak and seafood, and the other is C Level Lounge featuring California cuisine. For spectacular bay and downtown San Diego skyline views, ask for tables 21 or 26. Chef Deborah Scott’s Island Prime features metro steaks and seafood in a… Read more »
Humphreys Restaurant on Shelter Island is the award winner of the 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 San Diego Restaurant Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Best Live Music Venue/Restaurant. And when it comes to Sunday brunch, Humphreys bay-front restaurant is as good as it gets. Humphreys features an unparalleled presentation against the backdrop of beautiful yachts moored… Read more »
This is a restaurant with a 45-year reputation for excellence and a loyal following. It has a tradition of wonderful Italian cuisine. Homemade pastas, sauces and soups are only the beginning. For a meal to remember try their fabulous filet mignon in cognac and scampi alla Giulio. They serve the best scampi in town, and… Read more »
This attractive New England-style restaurant is nestled on the edge of Oceanside Harbor. A good recommendation is the macadamia nut mahi mahi. It’s two generous, golden brown cuts that are perfectly prepared. Another winner is the seafood linguine, which is a combination of lobster, scallops and fresh fish of the day in a creamy sauce…. Read more »
Kaiserhof Restaurant (2) during the pandemic you need to call for hours open. Most recent hours have been limited to Thursday thru Sunday with curbside takeaway only from noon till 7 p.m. only. This awesome local faqvorite has been voted the best German restaurant in all of San Diego for 36 years in a row…. Read more »
KoKo Beach is one restaurant where you’ll get the most for your money. They serve good quality food in a friendly atmosphere with comfortable red leather booths. Slow-roasted prime rib is the house specialty along with Alaskan king crab legs with savory drawn butter. Other delicious entrées are the New York steak, delicious top sirloin… Read more »