Whether you're a self-proclaimed foodie or you like to try a new restaurant every now and then, there are plenty of top places to eat in San Diego for you to choose from. Seafood, snacks, and local specialties - there's so much Californian cuisine to try. Plus, there's something for every budget too, whether you're after cheap eats or special dining experience.
So, if you're making a trip to California, here are the best restaurants in San Diego...
1) Hidden Fish
This recently-opened sushi restaurant is San Diego’s first omakase sushi destination. At Hidden Fish
, you'll experience traditionally-prepared sushi, made with the city's best seafood all presented in an intimate setting. Be prepared to reserve your seat ahead of time to sit at the 13-seat sushi bar gallery. Before you dine on sushi at Hidden Fish, visit the Japanese Friendship Garden
and harness your inner zen before tucking into that fresh cuisine.
2) Trailer Park After Dark
This uniquely-named and themed restaurant is worth a visit if you’re on a budget but still want to have fun. Visit Trailer Park After Dark
and enjoy classic American fare like tater tots, salted pretzels, and hamburgers, all complete with trailer park inspired décor that will be a conversation starter for sure. Combine your visit to this fun restaurant with a trip to the San Diego Automotive Museum
where you can browse a unique collection of cars - a must-do for avid motorheads.
3) Mister A’s
To take it up a notch in terms of experience and price, you need to try Mister A’s. Since its opening in 1965, this restaurant has been considered a culinary favorite in the area. Situated atop the Financial Center on Fifth Avenue, Mister A’s provides guests with not only exemplary fare, but amazing views of the city as well. For the perfect day out, consider combining dining in this fine establishment with a Whale Watching Cruise
by Hornblower. Spot San Diego's sea life and then enjoy some exquisite local fare.
4) Ambrogio 15
Treat your taste buds to something a bit different at Ambrogio15
where you'll find plenty fine Italian options including Milan-style pizza. This place is known for its thin crust and precise 48-hour rising process, their focaccia which is made from ground wheat from Padova, Italy, their antipasti, and their amazing Italian-inspired desserts. After enjoying the rich history of one nation via their culinary offerings, visit the San Diego History Center
to learn more about the history of San Diego.
5) Shorehouse Kitchen
If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, you'll love this place. Try the Shorehouse Kitchen
for delectable breakfast items or even lunch. If you’re a coffee fanatic, you'll love that Shorehouse Kitchen make their own drip coffee from a blend of Central American and African roasted beans, roasted right in San Diego by Calabria Coffee Roasters. If you're more of an espresso person, you'll be happy to hear that Shorehouse Kitchen makes espressos from the coffee they grind fresh daily. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy the beach and try your hand at either surfing or kayaking with Las Jolla Bike & Kayak Tours & Surf Board Rental
. Of course, if you don’t want to get wet, you can also opt for the bike tour instead. Either way, you'll get to enjoy a wonderful day outdoors in beautiful San Diego.
6) The Promiscuous Fork
Known as “a fun foodie joint
,” the Promiscuous Fork
is a quirky restaurant that puts on new spin on some old classic favorites. Along with a commitment to using only the freshest of ingredients, restaurant owners designed their menu items with sharing in mind. Guests will often share courses among the table, hence the name “promiscuous fork
.” Before enjoying this filling, taste bud enticing meal, you can visit one of San Diego’s most beloved attractions, the San Diego Zoo
. Use your Go San Diego pass
for optimal savings.
The above restaurants are just a few of the many you can enjoy in the San Diego area. Pair these amazing eateries with some of the best San Diego attractions
and you're sure to create a memory that won’t soon be forgotten.