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Casual Dining Spots in San Diego

Author 08-18-2021

If you are looking for a vacation getaway that is full of incredible dining opportunities, you have picked right with San Diego. Our coastal city features an abundance of incredible, locally owned restaurants that deserve your attention. Not all meals need to be a fancy occasion, as many of the casual restaurants in the area feature great food in a relaxed setting. Take a look at some of our favorite spots for casual dining in San Diego:

Mitch’s Seafood

With San Diego being right on the coast, you would expect that the area features great seafood to dine in on. That is exactly what you will find at local favorite Mitch’s Seafood. This seafood focused restaurant can be found at the marina and features a menu that uses locally sourced fish and seafood. Enjoy tasty options such as seafood tacos, crab cakes, shrimp, and much more. You will come for the delicious food but stay for the wonderful view of the harbor as you see ships heading off to sea. The portions are generous and will have you leaving stuffed. Feel free to dine in at the restaurant or place a carryout order that you can bring back to your vacation rental.

Cucina Urbana

Enjoy contemporary Italian cuisine at local purveyor Cucina Urbana. This hip yet casual dining establishment is known to be a relaxed take on fine dining. You can comfortably enjoy a full meal along with drinks and appetizers at a modest price while taking in an urban atmosphere. Each item on the menu is made from scratch and uses local farms to source ingredients. You can order up items such as innovative pizzas, unique seafood entrees, and house made pastas that are made fresh every day. Since the restaurant uses local farms, you will notice that the menu will vary season to season, giving you something new to try every time you visit.

The Lion’s Share

If you are looking for the perfect date spot during your stay in San Diego, look no further than The Lion’s Share. This intimate restaurant and bar combo is the local stop for New American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. The menu features exotic meats such as wild boar, buffalo, and more. While this combination may sound like it belongs at a fine dining establishment, the prices on the menu suggest otherwise. Each meat is prepared perfectly to melt in your mouth and will include your choice of side. Do not forget to pair it with your favorite cocktail such as an Old Fashioned or explore the lengthy wine menu.

Hodad’s Downtown

There is nothing better on vacation than sitting back and taking a big bite of a mouthwatering burger. Hodad’s Downtown knows the feeling will make sure your experience in their casual spot is one to remember. This local restaurant is known for their giant burgers that come with plenty of side options such as onion rings or French fries. The restaurant focuses on an old diner vibe where you can sit inside refurbished classic cars for your meal. Make sure to pair your hefty burger with a delicious milkshake too. Hodad’s also has a location inside Petco Park in case you plan on catching a game during your stay in San Diego!

Waterfront Bar & Grill

Come find your favorite pub and grub when you make a stop by Waterfront Bar & Grill. This local waterfront restaurant has been open since 1933 and has become a staple of the San Diegon dining community. Waterfront Bar & Grill is known to be one of the most popular casual dining restaurants in the city; while you are waiting for a table feel free to play the several pinball machines located around the restaurant. Locals frequently order the incredible seafood tacos, juicy burgers, and other pub fare. Waterfront Bar & Grill is also open for weekend brunch so you can enjoy a hefty breakfast burrito paired with a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Don’t pass up on this legendary restaurant here in San Diego!

Zoe’s Place Food Truck

If you are looking for a quick bite of tasty Mexican cuisine, look no further than Zoe’s Place Food Truck. This food truck can be found on Market Street and features tasty seafood options at a great price. Try out the sampler platter for a bit of everything or the surf and turf tacos. As with other food trucks the food is always ordered to go.

More Dining Fun Here in San Diego

There is no wrong way to order from any of these incredible casual restaurants. You can be close to each of these wonderful establishments when reserving one of our vacation rentals in the city. Enjoy luxury amenities inside homes located in the desirable areas of town.