San Diego

Restaurants in San Diego

Located only 30 km from Tijuana, the food in San Diego is influenced by Mexico, being one of the places with the best Mexican food in the world. But Mexican food is not the only type of cuisine that is popular in San Diego. In the many restaurants in San Diego you can find a wide variety of influences from different cultures, such as Italian and French, among others. Check the selection of the best restaurants in San Diego by Travel + Leisure's writers and editors.

For a taste of Mexican food, head to the Maritza's restaurant which is known for having the best burritos and beef tacos in San Diego or the Casa Guadalajara which is known for its delicious Texan-Mexican dishes. If you prefer French influenced cuisine then you can go to Mille Fleurs and have a taste of France's countryside flavors or if you are more of an Italian cuisine kind of person then you can go to the Baci Ristorante where the traditional Italian dishes meet the modern cuisine in perfect harmony.
San Diego restaurants also offer great American dishes, such as the Vintana Wine + Dine restaurant known for the signature steaks dishes or The Melting Pot known for its cheese and chocolate fondue dishes.

Not yet convinced? Then maybe one of these seafood restaurants will suit your preferences. Truluck's for instance is known for its fresh crab dishes and the Chart House for its signature seafood entrees.

To find restaurants in San Diego with amazing dishes is easy, the hard thing is picking one.

Bunker Hill Street ends at Mission Bay Drive, right at the entrance to the original Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill. Within this red, yellow, and blue building, Ralph Rubio began selling his now-famous fish tacos after an inspiring meal at a San Felipe, Mexico street food vendor.

This La Jolla restaurant is known for serving farm fresh, everything-made-from-scratch bistro fare. Despites its minimalist wood façade outside, inside Whisknladle has a monochromatic chocolate brown palate with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and wicker chairs.

Sultry So-Cal dining room

Located in San Diego’s Carmel Valley biotech business district, Arterra sits inside the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

George’s California Modern is a restaurant within a restaurant.

Swinging London-inspired space

Sculptor-turned-chocolatier Will Gustwiller uses only high-grade cocoa beans from sustainable sources, as well as other organic and seasonal ingredients, to create his artistic confections.

Urbane Banker's hill meeting place

Buon Appetito brings food, wine, and art together in dowtown’s Little Italy district. Along with a wine bar and market next door, Buon Appetito has an upscale Euro look outside with its wheat-colored walls, navy awnings, and wrought ironwork.

A.R. Valentien is the signature restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Inspired by namesake Albert R. Valentien, this farm-to-table establishment is decorated with California impressionist art and indigenous Craftsman-style architecture.