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.

This pan-Asian restaurant has an Asian-noir space and is named for Tokyo's trendy nightclub district.

Jsix is a restaurant and bar inside the East Village’s contemporary Hotel Solamar. Situated near Petco Park, the convention center, and the Gaslamp District, Jsix is a bustling gathering place full of urban touches like stone walls, metal grillwork, and an illuminated bar.

A meal at El Agave Tequileria is more about the thousands of fine sipping tequilas, although the Nouvelle Mexican cuisine provides a complementary range of new and ancient Hispanic dishes. The restaurant’s Old Town address and downstairs liquor store do not portend the old Spanish interior.

Sprawling drinking and dining destination with a piano bar.

Part of the Landry’s restaurant chain, Oceanaire Seafood Room is one of the city’s classic seafood houses. The restaurant is known for fresh and sustainable foods from the sea in both raw and traditional Euro-American cooking methods.

Jai

Adjacent to the La Jolla Playhouse, Jai (pronounced jay) is a Wolfgang Puck chain restaurant open only on performance nights and for special events. The modern glass-and-light exterior gives Jai a chic vibe.

Tidal at the Paradise Point Resort is a bayfront restaurant serving modern American cuisine. Water views are the most notable feature of the dining room, with windows and glass doors that open to a tropical outdoor patio.

Café Chloe is a French bistro and coffee-tea house in the East Village. The outside is marked by large awnings and outdoor terrasse.

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