Where to Eat in San Diego: A Quick Guide to Restaurants


When hunger strikes, the question of where to go for food arises. How do you find the right place out of the tens of thousands of cafes and restaurants in San Diego? We have put together for you a brief gastronomic guide to cafes, restaurants and bars in San Diego and selected the most delicious and unusual places, of course, tested on personal experience.

The most famous and delicious pancakes are served at Cafe 21, where all food is made with fresh and organic products from local farms. To accompany the crepes, I suggest adding the Mimosa Flight, a set of 6 champagne cocktails. How to Find – 802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.

For home-made ice cream flavored with lemonade and lavender or mango and chili, try Mariposa Ice Cream Cafe. How to Find – 3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116.

For good ramen, you should go to Under Belly. The only downside is that the menu is limited to a selection of ramen and other food is hard to find at this restaurant. How to Find – 750 W Fir St San Diego, CA 92101.

The taco selection in San Diego is huge, but if we have to stop at one place, we vote for Carnitas’ Snack Shack. It serves delicious meat tacos for $7 and meat sandwiches with jalapenos and cheddar cheese for $9. How to Find – 2632 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104.

The California fish tacos deserve a special mention – it’s a local tradition that every newcomer must try. For fish tacos, we suggest heading to Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill. How to Find – 3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103.

For oysters and other seafood, as well as good cocktails, head to the trendy Ironside Fish And Oyster. How to Find – 1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101.

Quality and fresh fish can be found at Mitch’s Seafood. There’s also a beautiful view of the harbor, so the place is worth a visit at least once. How to Find – 1403 Scott St San Diego, CA 92106.

Bassam’s, the city’s coffee shop, is known for its large selection of teas, pleasant atmosphere, and intelligent ambiance. The cafe is filled with antiques that can be purchased here. How to Find – 3088 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92103.

For classic cocktails, head to Polite Provisions, a concept bar located in a former drugstore building that retains the traditional style of the previous establishment. You can also grab a bite to eat at the neighboring Soda And Swine.
How to Find – 4696 30th St San Diego, CA 92116.

Wednesday is definitely a must visit Farmers Market in Ocean Beach. Here you can buy organic fruits and vegetables, try fresh sea urchins and Vietnamese iced coffee, and listen to live music from American artists. The Market is open from 4 to 7pm. How to Find – Newport Ave and Cable St San Diego, CA 92107.

Get a taste of Prohibition-era America at Prohibition’s “secret” bar, which features live jazz in the evenings.
How to Find – 548 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92101.

For delicious Italian food and polenta, head to Buona Forchetta. How to find – 3001 Beech St San Diego, CA 92102.

French cuisine should be sought out at Cafe Chloe. This, by the way, is San Diego’s first European-style establishment. How to find it – 721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.

The most delicious desserts in San Diego are at Extraordinary Desserts, where they make cakes to order or you can try the store’s specialty desserts. How to find – 2929 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92103.

Donut Bar is known for its large selection and good donuts.
How to find – 631 B St San Diego, CA 92101.

The hipster spot Neighborhood offers a good beer selection and burgers. How to Find – 777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101.

The largest beer selection in town is offered by Hamilton’s Tavern. Hundreds of beers from both local breweries and major brands. How to Find – 1521 30th St San Diego, CA 92102.

For a specialty pizza with mashed potatoes and bacon, try the URBN Coal Fired Pizza Bar. How to Find – 3085 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104.

For sushi, go to Sushi Ota, recognized as one of the best sushi restaurants in the country. How to Find – 4529 Mission Bay Dr San Diego, CA 92109.

Enjoying Sunday brunch is especially nice on the terrace of the Queenstown Public House. Brightly colored interior and a great selection of brunch dishes. How to find – 1557 Columbia St San Diego, CA 92101.

In closing, be prepared that some of these places are so popular that you may have to wait for a table.