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Food and restaurants in San Diego

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Pacific Beach is a relaxed neighborhood by the beach, popular with sunbathers and surfers. Trendy hotel bars and casual cafes line the boardwalk, while Mission Boulevard and the surrounding streets are dotted with women’s clothing boutiques, yoga studios and casual drinking spots that draw a young, bar-hopping crowd. Inland, the grassy slope of Kate Sessions Park has sweeping views of the city and San Diego Bay.”
  • 189 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“An outdoor mall with a lot to offer. (Newly renovated.) I recommend a shake at Shake Shack !!”
  • 149 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Hodad's Ocean Beach, home of the Best Burgers in the World! It's all about fresh toppings, great portions and good times!”
  • 115 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Some of the best pizza and homemade pasta you can eat outside of Italy. It's popular, they don't take reservations. Locals only tip: Call ahead and ask to put your name on the list and ask how long the wait is and then get to the restaurant 10-15 minutes before the table is going to be ready. Saves a lot of wait time! Or, put your name on the list and walk over to Hamilton's bar for a pint of San Diego's finest microbrews.”
  • 156 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“George's Ocean Terrace is the top level of the George's at the Cove restaurant. It offers a beautiful view of La Jolla Cove beach and a nice outdoor ambiance. We recommend going for brunch or dinner to enjoy the sunset. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing seafood tacos with a great view of the ocean. Perfect to come during sunset and watch the surfers riding waves in the ocean. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“They have ocean views! Super casual restaurant & pub serving breakfast, lunch & dinner with American, seafood, Mexican, & eclectic options. Get there early to get a good spot to watch the sunset.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great for tacos, beach front. Gets really busy and there is often a wait of at least 30 min in the evenings. It's worth the wait if you don't have little ones.”
  • 91 locals recommend

Cafés

Café
“This is the grand-daddy of beach breakfast. There will be a line, but the food is worth the wait! Plates will be piled high with whatever food you ordered, and they have a patio right across the street where guests can sit and watch the ocean while they enjoy their meal. This is truly a local staple.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Enjoy a stroll on San Diego's largest pier, has a nice cafe on the pier as well.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Café
“Classy upscale diner feel, great brunch spot and has something for everyone”
  • 75 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Just a 5 minute bike ride from my beach bungalow is some of the best award winning coffee you'll find in town. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Tiki coffee dessert spot. What's not to love about that? Sandwiches, breakfast all day, beer, wine. Open daily but closes at 6pm. Free Wi-Fi.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Café
“Best coffee in San Diego! Roastery provides coffee to many Sn Diego eateries .Italian sandwiches, treats, Italian beer and wine and Sicilian style pizza Wednesday-Sunday till 11PM.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Locals spot... very casual, even a little bit bohemian, but they have great coffee & baked goods!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Man, this has to be my favorite. It is RIDICULOUSLY good. They have everything you could ever want... from man candy bacon, to stuffed french toast. Ask about the latte of the day or get a mimosa flight with an antioxidant juice to pair. (Acai is my go-to). The potatoes are food-coma worthy. My Favorite: -The Tuscan Eggs Benedict with a side of bacon and avocado -Coconut Latte -Buttermilk pancakes ”
  • 61 locals recommend

Bakeries

Café
“Classy upscale diner feel, great brunch spot and has something for everyone”
  • 75 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“This location is in Little Italy. If you have a sweet tooth this is the place to go. Get your phone out because everything is IG (Instagram) worthy.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“Feel like something sweet? Huge selection of beautiful tasty treats and delicious creamy coffee.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bakery
“In Hillcrest. Bakery and cafe. One of the first in San Diego to make European-style hard-crust bread in an authentic oven. Try a sampler of their breads for breakfast/brunch/lunch, get a sandwich or home made pastry, or buy some bread or a baguette to go. A San Diego icon, it is still one of the best.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Reallly yummy - everything on the menu! Everyone can find something here :) There’s often a huge line so arrive early! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bakery
“In the downtown area of Encinitas, you always know what you're getting with Whole Foods. Quality food and products - though their prices are above regular grocery stores. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“• Custom made cookie and/or brownie ice cream sandwiches. • Fresh baked cookies and premium ice cream at an affordable price. • Just beware line can be really long, but it moves pretty quickly.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“Innovative & locally sourced donut menu that changes daily & includes vegan choices.”
  • 38 locals recommend