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Restaurants in San Diego

As a sister city to Tijuana, which has essentially filtered into San Diego now, the Mexican food is top notch, so eat your fill of tacos, fajitas and burritos. Locals fight over what the best restaurant in San Diego is for a Mexican fix, but a surefire contender for number one is Las Cuatro Milpas, which draws lunch lines even on rainy days. Don’t let the sticky cafeteria tables deter you, the rolled tacos are crisped to perfection and the carnitas burrito oozes with cojita cheese. For tequila enthusiasts, try sipping one of the thousand of kinds of agave nectar at El Agave Tequileria and snacking on the scrumptious mole poblano Don Julio made with three kinds of chili pepper, tomatillo, clove, black pepper, chocolate, garlic, cinnamon, coriander seed and sesame seed. La Puerta in the Gaslamp Quarter is perfect for hipsters looking to down a hand-blended margarita while scarfing high-quality guacamole and carne asada fries.

Addison is an excellent choice for celebrating a special occasion. Tucked into a pastoral hill at Carmel Valley’s Grand Del Mar Resort, Addison’s setting is impressive and the seasonally rotating menu includes options like ris de veau panés with caramelized onions. The sommelier helps to pair dishes from the 2,500-bottle list. San Diego restaurants are known for gourmet food with a casual atmosphere. La Jolla favorite Whisknladle is a gastropub that serves farm-fresh small plates and craft cocktails. But if you’d prefer to stay downtown, Prepkitchen is the slightly more affordable, but no less delectable brother in Little Italy.

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  • Addison

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Situated on a pastoral hill at Carmel Valley’s Grand Del Mar Resort, Addison has the unassuming stone entrance of a rural Tuscan mansion. Inside, t... More
  • Aqua Blu

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Arterra

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located in San Diego’s Carmel Valley biotech business district, Arterra sits inside the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The restaurant’s interior refle... More
  • Blanca

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Sultry So-Cal dining room More
  • Bondi

    The Australian restaurant and bar opened in the Fall of 2006. More
  • Buon Appetito

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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... More
  • Cafe Cerise

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Cafe Chloe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Café Chloe is a French bistro and coffee-tea house in the East Village. The outside is marked by large awnings and outdoor terrasse. Inside, stark... More
  • Chilango's Mexico City Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Confidential

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Corvette Diner

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Drop into the lively diner, for midday burgers and onion rings served by sassy waitresses. More
  • Eclipse Chocolat

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Sculptor-turned-chocolatier Will Gustwiller uses only high-grade cocoa beans from sustainable sources, as well as other organic and seasonal ingred... More
  • El Agave Tequileria

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A meal at El Agave Tequileria is more about the thousands of fine sipping tequilas, although the Nouvelle Mexican cuisine provides a complementary ... More
  • El Cuervo Taco Shop

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    El Cuervo is a popular mom-and-pop taco shop in an aging Hillcrest strip mall. The red tile roof and neon sign outside signal the casual interior w... More
  • George’s California Modern

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    George’s California Modern is a restaurant within a restaurant. Part of the three-level George’s at the Cove (there’s alfresco bistro dining on the... More

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