Essential Guide on Where to Eat, Where to Go, and What to Do

Where to eat in San Diego

Our hand-selected list of recommended restaurants|breweries|bars

We think of food as an integral part of the travel experience. It's the #1 asked question from our guests - where is a good place to eat? - and we are happy to oblige in answering that question. Below is our most recommended places to eat, drink, and enjoy.


Asian Food

Best Dumplings: Dumpling Inn

Casual Chinese food with a great bar. Chinese favorites like chow fun, salt and pepper chicken wings and fried rice are really great. If the line is too long, you can skip the line and sit at the bar for the full menu. Note: Shanghai Saloon is the bar located inside Dumpling Inn. You can order from the full menu at the bar and enjoy their signature cocktails.

Best Japanese: Taisho

Specialty yakitori place with barely 10 seats. You must put your name down outside and wait until you are invited in by the wait staff. However, the wait is well worth it as you will get expertly grilled morsels of meat and veggies brushed with house sauces. Highly recommend if you want to experience an authentic yakitori experience.

Best Korean: Buga Korean BBQ

Translated to mean, "The Rich House", this KBBQ place is qualify over quantity. Unlike AYCE KBBQ places, you will have to be selective about what you order, but you should order beef marinated short ribs in any case. Their side dishes are also excellent.

Best Dessert: Bing Haus

Thai rolled ice cream, soft serves with unique flavors. Try ice cream in a fish cone!

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Fine Dining

Top "Chefy" Restaurant: Juniper & Ivy

If you are in the mood for splurging, this place is it! Top Chef Richard Blais's restaurant with an inventive menu. Everything is top-notch. Dessert dishes are especially memorable. Make a reservation ahead on the weekends.

Top Trendy: Herb & Wood

Brian Malarkey's restaurant, and also was the buzz of town when it opened in 2016. Cool vibes and great food. Reservations recommended.

Top Seafood: The Marine Room

Fancy seafood / French restaurant. The key feature is the floor-to-ceiling glass wall that waves crash against at tide. Even when you go when the waves are calm, it's still a cool view.

Top French: The Smoking Goat

Modern French & American menu. The food here could be best described as "indulgent". If you want to treat yourself out to a great meal, definitely make a reservation here and check out their meat dishes. 

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Italian Food

Best Modern Italian & Happy Hour: Barbusa

Modern Italian cuisine. The appetizer menu is great and so are the pastas. There is also a raw bar for seafood. Great Happy Hour menu, and they have it everyday. For dinner (especially on the weekend), reservations are recommended.