San Diego area, United States
Restaurants and Dining Guide for Where to Eat in San Diego
There are about 6400 restaurants in all San Diego, many of which have the quality and style that have brought them countless culinary awards. Eating out in this cosmopolitan metropolis, therefore, is a promise of gastronomical pleasure. Have a delightful experience, starting from the hotel's restaurants and progress to those exclusive establishments in cultural or commercial zones. Just don't forget to reserve in advance wherever you choose to eat so that you can avoid the wait. Take advantage of the opportunity to try some of the most delicious creations of San Diego.
Everyone can be pleased with the wide variety of cuisines that the city offers. It goes from regional cuisines with dishes from all around the world, from countries such as Norway, Italy, Iceland, China, Japan and Mexico to eclectic creations and novel American specialties such as the fine cuts, hamburgers and seafood. Try the catch of the day. You can also find restaurants that flaunt a magnificent ocean view and those that offer ethnic fast food. San Diego is a real paradise for the lovers of luxury, who look out for the most seductive flavors with exotic ingredients and the most artistic dishes created by some of the best chefs of the world.
This is one of San Diego's most traditional establishments with more than 25 years as a local favorite. The menu has a classic Italian cuisine served within an environment that reminds one of Italy of old, with round booths, white tablecloths, elegantly dressed waiters and art deco details. The executive chef pleases customers with his selection of specialties that varies from day to day, which include delicacies from the sea and exclusive dishes such as Osso Bucco and Veal Picatta. Or you can try the traditional menu a la carte, with dishes such as exceptional cuts of meat, pastas, antipasti and magnificent desserts.
Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
This restaurant makes seafood a real culinary experience and has held on to the spot as the best of its kind for over a decade. It is located in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. The style of Blue Point mingles sophistication with award winning dishes in a menu that includes excellent cuts of meat and all kinds of seafood prepared in pastas, salads, soups and delicious stews. In April, there is always a Clam Festival and in summer there is a Seafood Festival where new delicacies are created every year.
Caffe Bella Italia
Try the wonderful flavors of Italian cuisine that this restaurant brings directly from Milan, Italy, the place where the chef and owners were born. It is quite common to find the Italian community here, as well as many local people who appreciate the fine cuisine. The decor has a Mediterranean style that brings Italian culture to your senses with warm colors and rich textures. Children are pampered with a special menu that makes Italian dishes fun and delicious for them. Don't forget to try the homemade pastas or any of the 30 different kinds of pizza and accompany them with a glass of good wine.
Candelas on the Bay
Candelas on the Bay is a Mexican cuisine restaurant that has flawless service. It is located on Coronado Bay and has grown famous because of its truly stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. Here you can have dinner in areas that go from intimate and romantic to big banquets for up to 200 people. The restaurant has a bit of the old hacienda flair, perfect for romantic encounters or offers the more subdued feel for business dinners. The restaurant is opened for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner and offers a celebration of flavors with its modern Mexican gastronomic style.
This restaurant, located in La Jolla, offers exclusive prime quality steaks, aged for excellent flavor and tenderness. You can find filet mignon, rib eye, T-bone, New York strip steaks but as well as veal, lamb and exquisite seafood. The decor is highlighted with mahogany detail, as well as fine art sculptures and paintings that bring exclusivity to the ambiance. The service is excellent and the cuts of beef are pretty much the best in all of San Diego.
Georges California Modern Restaurant
Located in La Jolla, this restaurant is part of the chain Georges at the Cove, and has been rated as "best of the best" by San Diego Magazine. This is the perfect place to hold special celebrations or you can just come and try the tasty dishes without any special reason but to enjoy a pleasant dining experience. The environment is totally modern with a design that brings both relaxed and sophisticated surroundings. The 100% Californian cuisine has been acclaimed by critics because each dish is prepared with the excellent ingredients that make for a wonderful gastronomical odyssey.
Jack's La Jolla - Viaggio
This place has been described as the best Italian food in the La Jolla area by many tourist surveys, due to the quality of its dishes, as well as for its service, ambiance and cost, all of which make it a highly recommendable place. Pastas are 100% homemade, cut and cooked al dente and are prepared with delicious spices, fresh ingredients consisting of seafood, meat and vegetables. Try the Veal Loin Milanese, the Glazed Crispy Squid or the Sweet Corn Ravioli, among many delicious options from the menu, plus fine entrees and salads. The delicious desserts are wonderful for a sweet change of flavor.
The eclectic style decor includes Native American symbols, as well as the Australian aboriginal influences. In the same fashion, the restaurant also mixes several exotic cuisines including Asian, Indian, Mexican and even New Zealander, with creative presentations for the dishes which often integrate uncommon ingredients, giving birth to real wonders for adventurous taste buds. This restaurant is becoming a favorite among tourists and locals. Its success is definitely due to the capacity of the chef to reunite cultures through creations filled with flavor, textures and a clear visual impact, rarely found elsewhere.
Located in the Rancho Santa Fe in the north of San Diego, this restaurant is quite renowned all around the country as one of the most exclusive because it offers elegant dishes in a warm and kind environment. The menu includes specialties that have been awarded for its excellent flavor and creativity. There are also fresh and delicious options that vary day by day, making every visit a whole new culinary experience. It has a patio for dinner, live music and a piano bar, making your lunch or dinner an unforgettable experience.
The Palm San Diego
Located close to the Gaslamp Quarter, this restaurant is famous for its prime quality meat, its Nova Scotia Lobsters and authentic Italian dishes served in generous portions. It is decorated in an old fashioned saloon style with its walls covered with cartoons of sport celebrities, politicians, famous CEOs and people from show business that have attended the restaurant since it opened nearly 80 years ago. This restaurant is a San Diego branch of the original that is in New York, maintaining its levels of quality in flavor and service. Without a doubt, this is a classic restaurant worth trying.
This Grill's name is Italian for "a little crazy," referring to the boldness that these elegant dishes have in their culinary creativeness and which give each client a memorable sensorial experience with the mixture of flavors and ingredients. The menu is filled with delicious entrees, grilled meats, superb salads and wonderful culinary complements, besides the exclusive drinks from the bar. The environment is perfect for a romantic dinner or a special reunion with close friends. Enjoy the mood, which is also set by the dark furniture and soft lighting that brings an intimate air. There is also a stage where excellent musicians will brighten up your dining experience.
Awarded best Indian restaurant of the Gaslamp Quarter and as the best of its kind in all of San Diego by several members of the local and national press, this restaurant is a great example of cooking that has had an impact on the city. The sophisticated and diverse menu is filled with authentic delicacies from India and sprinkled with original creations based on this culture's rich style and spices. Every dish is an exotic pleasure to the taste buds and the pleasure is all the more so when eating in such an opulent and spectacular ambiance. Its decor includes imported details from India, plus fine chandeliers and a more than 30 foot high waterfall that gives a touch of mystical splendor to this excellent restaurant.
This restaurant is located in Hillcrest and is committed to innovating American cuisine with its dishes. The place is decorated in a homey style with subtle, earthy colors in a perfect mix of informal sophistication and elegance. The restaurant opens at noon everyday with a special weekend menu for those who enjoy a classic American brunch and also offers an early lunch during the weekdays. Terra's kitchen has an array of salads, sandwiches and gourmet dishes. This is a definite place to try whenever you travel to San Diego.
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