If you are looking for the best restaurant in San Diego, CA, this list of must-try restaurants is a good place to start. This covers a variety choice depending on your mood, taste, and budget. Special cuisines of different restaurants will be covered as well. All restaurants on the list are highly recommended by us.
7. A.R. Valentien (11480 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037; 858.453.4420)
Let’s start with the true blue Californian. A.R. Valentien has gain many recognition including “Best Hotel Restaurant – Editor’s Pick” by San Diego Magazine. It is also included in the list of “America’s Top Restaurants” from 2007 to 2009. With years of experience, you will never go wrong in trying a great experience in this place. This restaurant boasts its superb architectural design which is in honor to Southern California Heritage and Craftsman architecture. The look is very elegant and feels very intimate. As the season change, their menu also changes. They offer a four-course menu with an option for wine pairing. It is available for those who want to try chef’s favorite dishes. Try their Albacore Tuna Carpaccio and you will understand why this has been favorite by regular customers for decades and has never been removed from their menu.
6. The Patio on Goldfinch (4020 Goldfinch Street San Diego, CA 92103; 619-501-5090)
A recipient of “Best Restaurants of 2015 – for Patio” by San Diego Magazine and many more awards recently, The Patio on Goldfinch is true to their slogan – “Relax, Enjoy, Share.” Relax. Reserve now and experience a cozy patio. Enjoy the great tasting food with your friends and family. By giving an excellent service to each and every guest, they share and strengthen their connection with the community.
5. City Tacos (3028 University Avenue San Diego, California 92104; 619-296-2303)
Discover an extraordinary taco shop where the taste of taco is genuine Mexican with a Californian twist. The ambiance is different from fancy restaurants but still different from the typical street food shop. The taste of lamb and mushrooms in tacos is superb, and if you are a fan of Mexican food, you will love its salsa bar.
4. Bottega Americano (1195 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-255-7800)
Bottega Americano is one of the best new Italian restaurants in San Diego. When you enter the restaurant, the aroma of food being prepared is very enhancing. The ambiance, as well as the taste of food, is a combination of Italian and Californian taste. Here, you can enjoy the Italy’s famous pizza and pasta with entertaining sights and sound.
3. Dave & Buster’s (2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego; 619-280-7115)
If you are looking for a fun place to be with your family or friends, Dave & Buster’s is a perfect restaurant for you. The ambiance is friendly and cool. It’s so much fun to hang out to a place where you can enjoy an all-American food while playing an arcade game. Enjoy your favorite steaks, burgers, pasta and many more on their menu that offers a variety of choices. The casual gaming area is a unique way to enjoy time with your date.
2. Pamplemousse Grille (514 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075; 858-792-9090)
Their menu offers French-American cuisine with a twist of Mediterranean and Asian ingredients. Their lobster ravioli is still popular and offers a mouth-watering experience. The mural painted rooms are very added to a different feel of comfort to their guests. You will find many comments, not necessarily good, about the mural paintings on the Internet, but they all agree that this restaurant offers a different experience. They also offer one of the best and professional services.
1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House (1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-233-1422)
Their rib eye steak is one of the best in town, and you shouldn’t fail to order one if you visit this elegant restaurant. With its view of Pacific Ocean, the guests experience an extra panoramic view that is best for couples who wants to enjoy the sweet ambiance. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is always on the list of top restaurants in San Diego and most people who have tried to visit the place and taste their food gave their nod to this restaurant as one of the best they’ve tried.
San Diego is very rich in culture and even in this new generation, they still see to it that their values and tastes are made known to everybody through their guests’ stomach. They make sure that visitors still feel the real Californian values and enjoy their food. So, even if there are many foods already introduced in different parts of San Diego, they never lose the original taste they are known for.