The Ultimate San Diego Restaurant Guide

After living in San Diego over 5 years we have the culinary scene down to a science. San Diego has some of the best food and drinks in the country and we have tried a ton of them. From classic street tacos to craft cocktails, America’s finest city is a foodie heaven! We hope you enjoy this San Diego restaurant guide! 

Since San Diego is a huge city we’ve categorized our favorite places by neighborhood. Just click on the link to the neighborhood you are interested in and enjoy. 

San Diego Skyline

San Diego Restaurant Guide: Pacific Beach

We lived in North Pacific Beach for over 3 years and absolutely loved it. Good surf, great people, and awesome food make up this classic low-key beach town.

San Diego Restaurant Guide: La Jolla / Bird Rock

We are simply smitten with La Jolla and its little sister neighborhood, Bird Rock. While La Jolla is known for its gorgeous coves and goofy sea lions, its culinary scene is a real treat too.

San Diego Restaurant Guide: Ocean Beach / Point Loma

OB is San Diego’s eccentric, hippie hangout. This bohemian surf town has some delicious globally inspired dining. Head to Newport Avenue and the surrounding streets for some fun and funky food.

Ocean Beach Pier at Sunset

San Diego Restaurant Guide: Gaslamp Quarter / Downtown 

As in most big cities, head downtown for the best dining and nightlife options. San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter is bustling with fun options for dinner and drinks on the town.

San Diego Restaurant Guide: Little Italy

They may as well call it Little Eataly because the food is phenomenal! Not only is the Italian food amazing, but San Diego’s Little Italy offers a universally fabulous culinary scene.

San Diego Restaurant Guide: North Park

North Park is the trendy up and coming area of San Diego. Craftsmen-style homes meet hipster restaurants and bars in this centrally located neighborhood.

San Diego Restaurant Guide: Old Town

One of the more touristy parts of San Diego, Old Town has awesome Mexican food and is a not to be missed culinary destination. Rumor has it that they sell more tequila per year than anywhere else in the world!

San Diego Restaurant Guide: Coronado Island 

Coronado Island is San Diego’s Crown Jewel. Known for it’s military community and famous Hotel Del Coronado, it is a must see spot on your San Diego tour. There’s also some good grub you don’t want to miss if you cross the bridge.

For more information on Southern California, grab this Lonely Planet guide book.

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2 thoughts on “The Ultimate San Diego Restaurant Guide

  1. These are fantastic lists! Having lived in SD for years, I agree with all of the places you’ve mentioned that I’ve been to, and now I’m stoked to try some new places! Thanks for the great post!

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