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San Diego Restaurant Listing by Area
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Distances indicated are from the Bahia Resort Hotel

 

Mission Beach

The Blue Pearl ($$$)
1710 W. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 222-6440
http://www.thedana.com/san-diego-restaurants

1.60mi

As unique and extraordinary as a blue pearl, this namesake restaurant is located on the east end of the Dana resort and features a full menu for breakfast and lunch. The Blue Pearl is a casual eatery reflecting typical Mission Beach dining with great food and friendly service. Open daily from 6:30 am to 2 pm for breakfast & lunch. Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm for dinner. 

Firefly Restaurant & Bar ($$$)
1710 W. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 222-6440
http://www.thedana.com/san-diego-restaurants

1.56mi

One of San Diego's premier restaurants featuring a contemporary atmosphere and innovative cuisine unique to the California region, Firefly is the perfect destination for a relaxing meal or an end-of-the-day cocktail. Beautiful views of Mission Bay are available from all outdoor and most indoor tables, and it’s a perfect setting for a group or a romantic evening for two.

Lanna Thai Cuisine ($$)
4501 E Mission Bay Dr.
Ste 1B
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 274-8424
www.lannathaicuisine.com

4.29mi

Lanna offers authentic Thai food with homemade recipes passed through generations.  Their menu provides an extensive selection of the most popular Thai dishes from different regions of Thailand.

Sushi Ota ($$$)
4529 Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-5670
www.sushiotamenu.info

4.35mi

A highly rated Sushi bar with the local San Diegians and also features Japanese cuisine.  Reservations suggested.

Wave House ($$)
3125 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
858-228-9304
www.wavehouse.com
0.37mi

Wave House San Diego opened in summer 2005 at Belmont Park, on the Mission Beach boardwalk. Their 40,000 sq ft beach lifestyle venue is packed full with restaurants, bars, wave machines, a live music stage, special event areas and a great atmosphere. The Wave House is 4 different places to eat and enjoy Mission Beach: The Bar & Grill, Sound Wave, North Shore Café, and Patio Grill. Check out their website for coupons and specials.

 

Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park ($$$$)
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 557-9441
www.cohnrestaurants.com/restaurants/theprado

7.93mi

Set in the rich landscape and finely manicured gardens, the Prado Restaurant is located at the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego's famous Balboa Park.

 

Bankers Hill

Cucina Urbana ($$$)
505 Laurel St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2222
www.cucinaurbana.com

7.34mi

Cucina Urbana is a California inspired Italian Kitchen and Wine Shop. The restaurant’s interior evokes a modern kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse. Chef Joe Magnanelli and Pastry Chef Ben Rollins’ menu offers affordable selections of vasi + antipasti + boards + insalate + pizza + pasta + piatti + dolce. Their whimsical expression of Italian classics coupled with the use of the freshest local produce, and organic and sustainable products comprise a diverse menu with all items at or below $20. Whether dining traditionally or ‘family style’, guests have become hooked on favorites such as Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms, Ricotta Gnudi, Braised Black Cod and Veal Piccata.

Evolution Fast Food ($) V
2949 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619)550-1818
www.evolutionfastfood.com

8.20mi

Evolution Fast Food is San Diego's only drive-thru restaurant offering a healthy, delicious, vegetarian menu. They use fresh, local ingredients and believe in giving back to the community and the planet, while promoting a healthier lifestyle.  Their goal is to provide customers with a convenient, healthy and delicious vegetarian alternative to typical fast food. Naturally low in fat, all of the ingredients are 100% plant-based and cholesterol-free. Because they care about the health of the customers and our environment, only the finest ingredients available are used, and choose organic whenever possible. Life-long vegans and omnivores alike will enjoy the delicious, nutritious cuisine!

Hane Sushi ($$$)
2760 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 260-1411
8.44mi

A Sushi Bar with Japanese cuisine that will include a wide array of traditional and authentic dishes. They do not have a website, but have been Zagat Rated (click here).

 

Clairemont

Sipz ($) V
5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego CA 92117
(858) 279-3747
www.sipz.com

9.06mi

Sipz is an Asian based fusion restaurant that offers no real meat. Mock versions of just about every meat are offered amidst Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Italian dishes. All of these delicious and healthy meals are served in a bowl that has a fixed low price and come with a side of rice. After such a meal there are several healthy vegan desserts available to end your experience at Sipz.

Shogun ($$$)
5451 Kearny Villa Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 560-7399
www.restaurantshogun.com

11.84mi

Shogun is a Japanese restaurant known for its teppanyaki style similar to the famous Benihana. Typically you would sit in front of a large open grill where a chef prepares food before your eyes with amazing grace and stunning tricks. The chef will do everything from ignite your food into flame and then fling it into your mouth straight from the grill to juggle knives that come tumbling down to slice the ingredients and then flip back into and around the chefs hand seamlessly.

 

Escondido

Stone Brewery Bistro
Alex Carballo
1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
760.294.7866
www.stoneworldbistro.com
34 mi.

Join us for a meal or a pint in our Bistro’s dynamic and expansive interior, or venture out to our beautiful open-air patio and one-acre organic beer garden. We proudly specialize in locally grown, small-farm ingredients and feature an eclectic menu of world-inspired cuisine and our unique take on comfort food. As strong advocates for environmental responsibility and high-quality food, we are now the largest restaurant purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in San Diego County. With 32 craft and specialty beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and distinctive banquet and wedding accommodations, our Bistro has become one of the premier culinary destinations in San Diego County.

 

Gaslamp/Downtown

Café Chloe ($$$)
Katie Grebow
721 Ninth Ave #1
San Diego CA 92101
619.232.3242
www.cafechloe.com
8.1 mi.

"What a difference a ballpark makes. Until the opening of nearby Petco Park in 2004, the intersection of 9th and G was far from everywhere. Now it's the center of a  district of new luxury high-rises and hotels, and the area's new residents make  Cafe Chloe their headquarters.

Pretty and Parisian, it charms as a quiet spot for afternoon coffee and bustles at breakfast,  lunch, and dinner, when the kitchen turns out such creative fare as chive French toast topped with cured salmon, a casserole of macaroni, pancetta, and Gorgonzola, and a chicken and mushroom vol-au-vent."
-New York Times

Bandar Restaurant ($$$)
845 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-0101
www.bandarrestaurant.com

8.11mi

Behrooz Farahani has raised Persian dining to new heights with authentic marinades for his signature beef, lamb, chicken, and fish entrees. Behrooz is committed to serving only the finest meats, and insists on personally choosing each cut that is served in his restaurants.  Bandar is best known for its use of fresh healthy ingredients and bold complex flavors from the classic to the contemporary.

Edgewater Grill ($$$)
861 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-7581
www.edgewatergrill.com

8.51mi

Located in Seaport Village along the edge of the San Diego Bay, Edgewater Grill offers great views and great food. The cuisine includes largely Italian-influenced entrees with steak and seafood, prepared with a lighter California touch. The kitchen also offers pizzas and ribs, all delectably prepared. It all adds up to a perfect stop after a day of shopping and enjoying the San Diego sea air and sunshine; try to land one of the patio tables for the total experience.

O’Brothers ($$)
188 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 615-0909
www.obrothersburgers.com

8.14mi

Quite simply O’Brothers menu offerings are made with high quality, all natural ingredients from the hamburger, to the salads to the fries, condiments, desserts, sodas, teas, beer and wine. They offer select and creative organic food offerings in traditional food categories that are well received in the marketplace. Their beef is grass fed, humanely treated, and raised without antibiotics or hormones.

Pasha Mediterranean Café & Grill ($$) V
3614 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-4444
www.themediterraneancuisine.com

7.81mi

Eating healthy food has been a way of life for the Ibrahim family and therefore it was important that they emphasized this in their restaurant by using only the freshest, most wholesome and nutritious ingredients.  Only the finest meats and freshest vegetables, which come straight from the local farmer's, find their way into their kitchen.  Once there, they are cooked in pure olive oil to bring out the true flavors of authentic Mediterranean cooking. Their extensive menu offers a wide selection of dishes ranging from traditional to modern recipes, appealing to all tastes.  Diners can request entrees made vegetarian-style or with any of our fresh meats.

Trattoria La Bocca ($$$)
515 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-3352
www.trattorialabocca.com

8.42mi

This restaurant offers age old tradition and timeless recipes that will make a lasting dining experience.  The menu is vast and impressive which showcases traditional specialties as well as modern adoptions. Popular selections include Pollo Balsanico, Calamari Aromatico, Vitello Carciofi, and Gnocchi Aurora.

 

Golden Hill/South Park

Alchemy ($$)
1503 30th Street
San Diego Ca. 92102
619.255.0616
http://alchemysandiego.com
10 mi.

“Fusion cuisine refers to the marriage of two or more international influences — most often, East meets West. But at Alchemy in South Park, fusion spills over into music, art, culture and architecture, adding up to a worldly new neighborhood restaurant that knows no borders. Soundtracks — selected by staffers with uncanny good taste — move easily from flamenco to jazz to Motown. Art, from a variety of contributors, changes regularly, save for the stunning steel tree that stretches from floor to ceiling and forms the sinuous focal point of the dining room. And the cuisine is artful too, treating fresh, often-local ingredients with a minimum of fuss for maximum flavor.” – San Diego Magazine

The Big Kitchen ($) V
3003 Grape St.
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-5789
www.bigkitchencafe.com

11.09mi

Serves meat with vegetarian options available. The Big Kitchen Restaurant is a place where the body is nourished along with the soul. The interaction that takes place at the counter and booths has brought about an incredible community.

Vagabond ($$$)
2310 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104-5405
(619) 255-1035
www.vagabondkitchen.com
10 mi.

Vagabond embodies world travel and it’s pleasures; bringing back items from different places for its décor; great stories shared with people and most importantly, simple yet delicious recipes from different cultures.

 

Hillcrest

Amarin Thai ($$) V
3843 Richmond St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-6056
www.amarinthaisandiego.com

7.63mi

This is a local Thai eatery that will allow you to enjoy delicious traditional entrées and décor. Terrific Thai & vegetarian cuisine since 1993. Reservations recommended.

Bite  ($$)
1417 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-2483
www.bitesd.com

7.62mi

Chef Chris Walsh has a long history in Hillcrest and San Diego and hopes his newest creation will tantalize the taste buds in a whole new way. Long known for his unique Asian and Latin American influenced tapas Walsh is going back to his roots by creating a menu influenced largely by Northern Italian and French Bistro fare designed to be paired with a large selection of Italian, French and California Wines. The design, which chef Walsh (who is also doing all the design) describes as Mid Century Modern Industrial. Think graphic design, clean lines and a color palate of Vanilla, Saffron, Dijon Mustard, Extra Virgin Olive oil and Bittersweet Chocolate!


Chow Noodle House ($)
540 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 269-9209
www.chownoodlehouse.webs.com
7.26mi

Noodles in the Asian culture are a symbol of longevity and life. At Chow they create a taste infused with many different Asian cultures. From Tokyo to Bangkok and everywhere in between, it is their vision that every noodle is its own entity, we all have our own favorites. They give everyone the choice to have whatever noodle they would like to choose and whatever country and style they would prefer.

Hash House ($$)
3628 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103-4220
(619) 298-4646
www.hashhouseagogo.com
6.9 mi.

We keep the fun in food while pulling from the experiences of farm fresh agriculture, live stock, and old recipes with a twist. We maintain a level of excitement & entertainment within the dining experience, while ensuring excellent service each & every day. We are proud to have been serving up Twisted Farm Food for 10 years, and can't wait to feed you again.

Saigon Fifth ($$)
3900 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 220-8828
7.28mi

This is a local Vietnamese steakhouse eatery with great décor and elegant menu selection. Their website is not up and running, but they are Zagat rated (click here).

Taste of Thai ($$)
527 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 291-7525
www.tasteofthaisandiego.com

7.27mi

Taste of Thai believes that the variety of exotic Thai dishes which their menu offers, together with a delicate balance of the spices and main ingredients, creates a sophisticated, delicious and unique dining adventure.

Terra Restaurant & Bar ($$$)
Chef Jeff Rossman
1270 Cleveland Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 293-7088
www.terrasd.com
7 mi.

Tucked away in the community of Hillcrest, Terra Restaurant and Chef/Owner Jeff Rossman have an ongoing commitment to innovative American cuisine. This neighborhood restaurant, with subtle earth tones and a cherry wood bar, offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance.

Tractor Room ($$$)
3687 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103-4218
(619) 543-1007
www.thetractorroom.com
6.9 mi.

The Tractor Room is out “Hunting Lodge on Fifth Ave.” We serve everything from game meat, prime burgers, salads and of course booze. We are a full bar featuring a huge cocktail menu with traditional inspiration. We have the largest Bourbon, Rye, Scotch and Whiskey selection in San Diego. We are a real Bourbon House! Lade night dining, cocktails, and a full smoking patio available.

Viva Pasta ($)
646 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
www.vivapasta.com

7.26mi

Viva Pasta is a premium quick service restaurant offering made to order healthy & organic salads, pasta and baguette sandwiches. Premium products prepared right in front of you, served within 5 minutes.  Offering consumers delicious, nutritious and freshly prepared Premium Quick Service food with healthy lifestyle considerations in mind, in a lovely, chic, entertaining environment.

Pizza Fusion ($$) H V N
3827 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 278-0057
www.pizzafusion.com    
7.40mi

Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pizza Fusion is a new take on America’s favorite food.  Proudly serving up delicious, gourmet pizza in its purest form - untainted by artificial additives, like preservatives, growth hormones, pesticides, nitrates and trans fats (to name a few). While they are known for their pizza, 75% organic menu features an eclectic variety of gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts, beer and wine.  Additionally, they proudly offer health conscious alternatives for consumers with selective diets and food allergies, such as our delicious gluten-free pizza, brownies and beer and our tasty vegan selections.

 

Little Italy

Anthology ($$$)
1337 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)595-0300
www.anthologysd.com

7.96mi

This lofty, live dining experience offers up the best that Little Italy has to offer. The "fine tuned" jazz venue provides a unique night out on the town in San Diego. The venue offers up mouth watering cuisine, and a sultry display of appetizing drinks and local, national and international jazz sets. Anthology was named Best Restaurant and Live Music Venue in 2008

Buon Appetito ($$$)
1609 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)238.9880
www.buonappetito.signonsandiego.com/

7.58mi

Buon Appetito, combines a dash of nouvelle and a splash of sophistication to bring forth a cozy San Francisco-style eatery in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego. This little trattoria stands out by encompassing food and wine and showcasing art. This is a reminder of what the true history of Italy is all about: Food – wine – art.

The Burger Lounge ($) N V
1608 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-7878
www.burgerlounge.com
7.60mi

Burger Lounge grew out of the idea that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. We provide a simple premium quality menu that appeals to health conscious diners, vegetarians, salad lovers and diners simply "hankering for a great hamburger". This restaurant is Certified Green.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto ($$)
1747 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-5094
www.realcheesepizza.com

7.70mi

This family owned and operated restaurant has been serving Italian meals for over 50 years. Filippi’s invites you to visit their restaurant to experience the freshest, finest, and authentic experience.

Glass Door ($$$)
1835 Columbia St. 4th Fl.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 557-9303
www.glassdoorsd.com
7.75mi

Located on the 4th floor of the Porto Vista Hotel, the Glass Door is redefining the city’s dining trends. The menus are inspired by the vogue offerings of Europe’s Culinary Capitals, created by using local, seasonal and the freshest of ingredients. A hip yet cozy atmosphere complements the incredible downtown and harbor views. Dine under a canopy of handmade Moroccan lanterns, or breathe in the air of Little Italy on the balcony or Ripassi Roofdeck with your favorite cocktail. Sunset Happy Hour is the talk of the town, while the fabulous weekend brunch lets you greet the day with mouth-watering fare.

Indigo Grill ($$$)
1536 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-6802
www.cohnrestaurants.com/restaurants/indigogrill

7.70mi

Located in stylish Little Italy, Indigo Grill offers an unforgettable dining experience. Rather than imparting a sense of place, as many restaurants aim to do, the Indigo Grill takes diners on a journey. Starting in Alaska and ending in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Indigo Grill follows the West coast of North America. The route is interpreted through Chef Deborah Scott’s fittingly adventurous menu, which intertwines Mexican and Native American flavors, matches Northern comfort food with Southern heat, and presents ingredients from both land and sea.

Mimmo’s Italian Village ($$$)
1743 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-3710
www.mimmos.biz

7.69mi

Mimmo’s Italian Village caters to every visitor, no matter how much time he or she has to spare. Only ten minutes? Grab a specialty sandwich from the deli, with ingredients like baked eggplant, provolone, pepperoni, and dry salami, or a fresh and comprehensive salad. Half an hour? Order a cappuccino and take it to the warm outdoor patio. An hour or two? Make it a meal in Mimmo’s sit-down restaurant, the spitting-image of a Venetian street. Every Italian favorite is available, and the fare tastes even better beside the restaurant’s cheerfully-painted frescoes. Numerous grocery items are also set out for purchase, so diners can attempt to recreate dishes in their own dwellings.

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant ($$$)
2061 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-4893
www.monalisalittleitaly.com

7.87mi

The historic Mona Lisa Restaurant & Deli in Little Italy is reminiscent of a Sicilian corner market, saturated with old-world charm. Families congregate inside for sit-down, inexpensive meals, such as filling pizzas, searing-hot minestrone soup, and assorted delicious pastas. The Italian community frequents the adjacent market for authentic ingredients, like cheeses, produce, olive oil, meats, and fresh-made pizza dough.

Trattoria Fantastica ($$)
1735 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-1735
www.trattoriafantastica.com

7.67mi

The rustic dècor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including wood-fired pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrèes show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas. Enjoy a taste of Italy with an assortment of fabulous pasta dishes. Patio dining is available.

Vincenzo Ristorante Italiano ($$)
1702 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-6181
www.vincenzoristorante.com

7.65mi

Vincenzo's regional Italian cuisine focuses on delectable risottos such as Paella Siciliana, pastas, salads and seafoods as well as a tasty selection of veal, chicken and beef entrees. The vibrant contemporary setting, with an inviting outdoor garden patio, is a backdrop to authentic Italian specialties which include the popular Osso Buco, which is the star attraction on the specials menu offered each evening. The menu features an additional array of delicious pastas, seafood and more.

 

Mission Hills 
 

Lucha Libre ($)
1810 W. Washington Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-8226
www.tacosmackdown.com
6 mi.


Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop was established on January 2008 in Mission Hills, San Diego. We are three brothers (Jose Luis, Maurilio, and Diego Rojano-Garcia), with mother "B" in the kitchen making the salsas) born in Mexico and raised in San Diego. We're dedicated to doing business in a style and in a store whose decor represents the same vibrant, high spirits of its namesake wrestling tradition, while serving up fresh, delicious Mexican food. 

Our gourmet tacos are made with the freshest ingredients, and we're proud to have beeen voted the best burrito in town. Only at Lucha Libre can you get the famous “TJ” dog, an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with grilled vegetables. We don’t use lard, and our vegetarian items are all strong contenders, too. Some fan favorites are the queso taco with its super secret chipotle sauce, and the DDT, a baked potato topped with carne asada, shrimp, bacon, and mushroom. Any of the luchadores on our menu can kick the biggest hunger’s butt, both with flavor and with quantity. Our salsas are house-made, and our cilantro salsa is something to fight for. Only our prices are wimpy.

The Red Door ($$$)
Brian Johnston
741 West Washington Street,
San Diego, California 92103
916-295-6000
www.thereddoorsd.com
4.7 mi.

From ancient China to colonial America it is recognized as a sign of sanctuary and welcome. Behind our door you’ll find Chef Brian Johnston’s familiar dishes executed with a creative and elegant twist, exceptional service, affordable prices, and a warm ambience in a setting that feels like home.

 

North Park

Café Carpe Diem ($) N
3139 University Ave.
San Diego, 92104
(619) 285-9780
www.caffecarpediem.com

10.19 mi

“Breakfast at Carpe Diem: Beautiful, Tasty Omelets…The place to go for a first rate omelet.”
-The Espresso

El Take It Easy $$
3926 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8778
www.eltakeiteasy.com
9.4 mi. 

El Take It Easy is a neighborhood cantina, a place for people to converse and celebrate, eat, drink and enjoy. Everyone is welcome here, seven days a week.

Our cantina's environment and offerings comprise the intentions and actions of many talented people from both sides of the line. While at El Take It Easy, you can savor the music selected by Uriel Weizel of Mexico City's Radio Ibero, the artwork by Tijuana's Enrique Ciapara, Chef Max Bonacci's ever-changing menu of local food, Bobby O'Connor's carefully selected small list of European wines, and the many contributions of our friend and collaborator Jair Téllez (chef at Merotoro in Mexico City and of Laja near Ensenada).

Linkery ($$$)
3794 30th St
San Diego
(619) 255-8778
www.thelinkery.com
9 mi.

“The Linkery in North Park is a fresh take on the neighborhood restaurant where natural meat products, local greens, and real ale bring people from all walks of life together in a casual, fun dining setting. Come to the Linkery and expect an ever-changing menu always featuring deliciously varied fare; items such as pulled pork empanadas, pastured spring lamb, and an array of house made link sausages round out the full menu. The Linkery is unique because it focuses on using organic ingredients, supporting local farmers, and giving their customers a fun, casual dining experience while providing the highest quality food.”  - DiscoverSD.com

Loving Hut ($) V
1905 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 683-9490
www.lovinghut.us/sandiego

8.05mi

Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love and harmony with each other and the planet.  Loving Hut chain restaurants are newly opening around the world. It is an invitation to gourmet cuisine made with wholesome vegan ingredients, offering an accessible starting point for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet.

Ranchos Northpark ($) V
3910 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 574-1288
www.ranchoscocinanorthpark.com

10.05mi

Ranchos Cocina serves Mexican & Vegetarian Cuisine and cares about people and their healthy lifestyles.  Ranchos provide Vegans with other options of great food.   They take pride in what they serve to their customers and have been recognized by The San Diego Reader, VegGuide, San Diego City Beat. They are also a member of the Green Restaurant association and a part of the California Restaurant association.

Ritual Tavern $$$
4095 30th Street
San Diego, California 92104
(619) 283-1720
www.ritualtavern.com
9.2 mi.

When you seek the finest drink and heartiest fare this evening, tread no further than through the doors of the Ritual. It is our pleasure to serve you piping hot food and a rich selection of beer and wine. Our tavern reflects the honor we pay to the traditions of old. Taste the worldly flavors of Britain, Germany, New Orleans, and the trade winds spirit blowing around us. Make your visit to the tavern a Ritual.

Spread ($$) N V
2879 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.spreadtherestaurant.com

10.49mi

Spread's mission is to stimulate and challenge the culinary imagination of their diners by working with and serving only locally grown, organic ingredients. With an uncompromising belief in eating a diet predominantly vegetarian and/or vegan, Spread is 100% dedicated to providing the best of the best; and accomplishes that by scouring the local Farmer's Markets and local farms, often picking out of the ground that very evening's bounty!

The Smoking Goat ($$$)
3408 30th
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 955-5295
www.thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com

10.57mi

Chef Fred established The Smoking Goat Restaurant in 2010, with a goal of combining classic bistro style food, with a casual environment and friendly service.

Urban Solace ($$$) N
3823 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 295-6464
www.urbansolace.net

10.45mi

Urban Solace is committed to using the best products available to create their unique menu.  The meats are all naturally produced; hormone and antibiotic free; the seafood selection adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch list "best choice" items, the Eggs are from Eben-Haezer and  love their friends at Specialty Produce for commitment to local farms and organic veggies.  They hand make all of the flavored syrups for the cocktail list and have a large selection of sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic West Coast produced wines on their list to choose from.

Veg-N-Out ($) V
3442 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 546-8411
www.vegnout.com

10.62 mi

Nestled in a fun and friendly North-Park neighborhood, Veg-N-Out is a small vegetarian/vegan restaurant bursting with delicious and healthy foods.  Using unrefined sugar, olive oil, sea salt, and only the most natural ingredients, the staff prepares all dishes with YOUR health in mind.

 

Ocean Beach

OB Noodle House ($)
2218 Cable Street
San Diego, CA 92107
www.obnoodlehouse.com
2.4 mi.

“OB Noodle House blends the Ocean Beach vibe, sensibility and taste with well-crafted Vietnamese and Asian Fusion. Pho is available in a variety of meat combinations, from simple, well-done flank steak to a smorgasbord of tripe, brisket, flank and rare steak all in one bowl. There's also familiar Asian fusion, like fresh spring rolls, lettuce wraps and Korean sizzling beef. Unlike the typical Vietnamese and Asian spots, there are plenty of quality vegetarian options and a nod to the beach scene with an above-average beer and cocktail selection.” San Diego Union Tribune


South Beach Bar and Grille ($$)
5059 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 226-4577
www.southbeachob.com
3.1 mi. 


Just a few miles west of downtown San Diego lies Ocean Beach, one of the few remaining classic California beach towns. In the heart of OB, at the end of palm-lined Newport Avenue just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean, sits the South beach Bar & Grille. Home of the world-famous mahi fish tacos, South Beach has drawn a mix of locals and visitors since opening in 1992. Grab a seat at the long wooden bar and watch the sun set behind the crashing surf as you order from a full bar featuring 22 tequilas and more than 40 beers, including several from award winning San Diego breweries.

 

Old Town

Café Coyote ($$$)
2461 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 291-4695
www.
coyoteoldtown.com
5.30mi

Café Coyote has been providing San Diego with traditional Mexican cuisine for over 20 years. Voted best Mexican food in 2005, 2006, 2008, & 2009. Relax and select from over “120” Tequilas for your Fresh Frosty Margaritas prepared by our Master Bartenders. Watch Mexican Tortilla Ladies make Fresh Tortillas to accompany your meal the Traditional way “a mano” (by hand). Listen to Strolling Mariachi’s fill the flower scented air with Festive Mexican Music in Colorful Outdoor Courtyards.

Casa Guadalajara ($$$)
2734 Calhoun St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 295-5111
www.casaguadalajara.com

5.09mi

The ambiance of Casa Guadalajara is reminiscent of a gracious hacienda deep in Mexico. Enjoy award-winning Mexican cuisine, seafood specials, live entertainment, tasty margaritas & handmade tortillas served in a colorful courtyard or festive dining room.

El Fandango Restaurant ($$$)
2734 Calhoun St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 298-2860
www.elfandangorestaurant.com

5.09mi

El Fandango reflects the diverse and cosmopolitan collections of Mexican cuisine that took root during the years of great change in California. With indoor and outdoor dining this authentic Mexican eatery offers live entertainment and drink specials daily. The structure and decoration of El Fandango reflects the building style of the Mexican period: a patio with armadas for shade and the outdoor style of living, the exterior: an adobe plastered style of construction.

Fiesta de Reyes ($$$)
2754 Calhoun St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-3100
www.fiestadereyes.com

5.09mi

Located in the heart of Old Town, Fiesta de Reyes is a vibrant and exciting dining, shopping and entertainment experience that is inspired by 19th century pueblo life. At Fiesta de Reyes you can taste the essence of life in San Diego during its infancy from 1821 to 1872.

Old Town Mexican Café y Cantina ($$)
2489 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-4330
www.oldtownmexcafe.com

5.33mi

Old Town Mexican Café’s carnitas, rotisserie chicken, handmade tortillas and award winning margaritas bring big crowds. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy traditional Mexican food at reasonable prices. No reservations are accepted.

Rockin’ Baja Costal Cantina ($$$)
3890 Twiggs St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-0305
www.rockinbaja.com

5.26mi

A genuine Spanish-era adobe ranchero house is home to this popular restaurant in Old Town, where San Diego began. Inside the restaurant, soft adobe-colored walls are picked out with bright murals in a patio atmosphere complete with a waterfall. Lobster tops the menu, prepared Puerto Nuevo style with a sprinkle of spices. Try Lobster Melts or Lobster Tacos. Happy Hour in the Cantina runs 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday and offers discounted appetizers and drink specials.

Zocalo ($$$)
2444 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 298 – 9840
www.brigantine.com

5.28mi

The name “zocalo” comes from the central square found in the heart of many Latin American villages – a social center where residents and visitors gather to meet and feast. Zocalo restaurant is just that – a feast for the senses – with a contemporary latin-inspired menu, reflecting the influence of California’s multi-cultural heritage; a nouveau design integrating the elements of the traditional Mexican zocalo; and the service, both warm and enthusiastic. Guest seating reflects the zocalo concept, with over-sized family booths, as well as seating around the wood-fired display oven.

 

Pacific Beach

Baked ($)
735 Santa Clara Place
San Diego, CA 92109
858-488-3200
www.bakedhot.com
1 mi.

Costa Brava ($$$)
1653 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
http://www.costabravasd.com
2.9 mi.

“Bringing the culture and cuisine of Spain to Pacific Beach”

JRDN (Jordan) Restaurant ($$$) N
723 Felspar St.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-5736
www.jrdn.com

2.07mi

Chef David Warner fuses together the absolute best of contemporary steak and seafood restaurants at JRDN, our ultra-sleek oceanfront dining room. Focused on the future of culinary arts, Warner utilizes hand selected, all-natural meats, the finest seafood from sustainable sources and locally grown and organic produce to create a uniquely modern California Fresh Cuisine.

EZ-J’s ($)
1088 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 483-0123
2.26mi

EZ-J’s is small sub sandwich shop in a tiny corner in Pacific Beach. They are known for their amazingly soft toasted bread made with their tightly held secret recipe and are said by some to make the best subs in San Diego, perhaps even the country. EZ-J’s has been around before its large corporate competitors and it has a style of its own as it closely resembles the Pacific Beach spirit with a very relaxed environment and staff. (They do not have a website, but you can view their menu by clicking here.)

Gringos Cantina Inc ($$$)
4474 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 490-2877
www.gringoscantina.com

1.93mi

Dramatic architecture, handcrafted interiors and contemporary Mexican cuisine in the heart of Pacific Beach. Happy Hour nightly. Brunch on Sundays.

Isabel’s Cantina ($$) H N V
966 Felspar St.
Pacific Beach, CA 92109
(858) 272-8400
www.isabelscantina.com

2.21mi

At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine into sensual and creative concoctions that are both remarkably addictive and surprisingly healthy. By incorporating ingredients from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, Chef Cruz creates a vegetarian's haven as well as a meat-lover's paradise. The exotic dining space is at once dramatic and hip, with accents such as an enormous 15-foot Buddha statue staring down at the dining room. Casual booths, stark lines, and warm colors create an atmosphere not found elsewhere in Pacific Beach, attracting crowds for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

 

Point Loma/Ocean Beach

Antique Thai Cuisine ($$)
3373 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 222-0689
www.antiquethaicuisine.com

4.30mi

Great Thai cuisine with a wide selection of traditional recipes and entrees to choose from.

Peace Pies ($) N V
4230 Voltaire St.
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 223-2880
www.peacepies.com

3.38mi

Featuring raw, vegan, gluten-free pies using fair trade and local ingredients.  Peace Pies also attends farmers' markets in the San Diego area. Has outdoor seating and is open Tue-Sat for lunch until 5pm.

Tender Greens ($$) N
2400 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 226-6254
www.tendergreensfood.com

5.20mi

Their idea is to create a local gathering place where you can go for the home cooked meal you crave, listen to great music and relax in a space that feels comfy. They believe there should be a conscious connection between the one who eats the food and the source of that sustenance. They majority of their produce is fresh picked from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard. Their beef from from grain fed hormone free cows. Their chickens are raised on the range of Petaluma Poultry, not in cages. Their tuna is line caught from the Pacific.

 

University Heights

Café 21 ($$$)
2736 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 252-5974
www.cafe-21.com

8.66mi

Café 21 is a full-service eatery, with Azerbaiijan roots, where you’ll encounter a unique approach to a gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They provide an exotic and flavorful experience with their signature homemade bread sandwiches, fresh organic salads, hearty breakfasts, and wide selection of organic coffees, teas, and much more. 

Muzita Bistro ($$) N
4651 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA  92116
(619) 546-7901
www.muzita.com

8.78mi 

This bistro embodies their commitment and responsibility to the community, the earth and each other. The main focus of Muzita Bistro is the exquisite food. They use locally grown produce to make dishes that are reminiscent of the old country. Throw away the fork and use your hands, the traditional way!

Parkhouse Eatery ($$$)
4574 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 295-7275
www.parkhouseeatery.com

8.33mi

Parkhouse Eatery is a casual, elegant neighborhood eatery nestled into the house that once held the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. The restaurant boasts three seating areas -- the outdoor garden patio, the front living room and the cozy hearth room -- each with its own casually romantic personality.  Parkhouse Eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and are known for their generous portions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lucha Libre ($)
1810 W. Washington Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-8226
www.tacosmackdown.com

6 mi.

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop was established on January 2008 in Mission Hills, San Diego. We are three brothers (Jose Luis, Maurilio, and Diego Rojano-Garcia), with mother "B" in the kitchen making the salsas) born in Mexico and raised in San Diego. We're dedicated to doing business in a style and in a store whose decor represents the same vibrant, high spirits of its namesake wrestling tradition, while serving up fresh, delicious Mexican food. 

Our gourmet tacos are made with the freshest ingredients, and we're proud to have beeen voted the best burrito in town. Only at Lucha Libre can you get the famous “TJ” dog, an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with grilled vegetables. We don’t use lard, and our vegetarian items are all strong contenders, too. Some fan favorites are the queso taco with its super secret chipotle sauce, and the DDT, a baked potato topped with carne asada, shrimp, bacon, and mushroom. Any of the luchadores on our menu can kick the biggest hunger’s butt, both with flavor and with quantity. Our salsas are house-made, and our cilantro salsa is something to fight for. Only our prices are wimpy.

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