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Top Restaurants in the Gaslight District

Author 08-22-2016

San Diego’s Gaslamp District makes up 16 blocks of the city’s best nightlife, festivals, best architecture, and trendy restaurants. The energetic vibe has grown over the last decade as urban renewal efforts have spread, making this a popular spot for a celebrity crew and a younger crowd to gather. The restaurants alone make a visit to the Gaslight District well worth it, so we’ve rounded up some of the area’s top places to dine.


This New American pub provides the best bang for your buck, especially with Tuesday’s famous “All-You-Can-Eat Tacos for $9.95” which always draws a crowd. Also offering 33 different beers on tap, an assortment of great cocktails, and lots of food made from scratch, including hearty breakfasts, burgers, gourmet sandwiches, and all kinds of salads, Werewolf is a top eatery in the Gaslamp District.

La Puerta

If Mexican food is what you crave, La Puerta has you covered. Street tacos paired with a freshly-squeezed margarita always hit the spot, and you just HAVE to try their 100% blue agave tequilas and carne asada fries. Live music can be enjoyed at 3:00 pm and the kitchen is open until 1:00 am.

Chocolat Cremerie

Try a taste of Italy at the Chocolat Cremerie which is famous for its gelato, many decadent chocolate recipes, tasty crepes, cream-stuffed croissants, and full menu items, including cured meats, paninis, salads, and a full breakfast menu. The reviews for Chocolat Cremerie are full of people singing its praises.

Oceanaire Seafood Room

For fresh seafood including mahi-mahi, blue marlin steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, fish and chips, swordfish, snapper, and so much more, the Oceanaire Seafood Room is the spot to be. Sides include onion mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes, and other delicious dishes. A full cocktail bar compliments the 1930’s décor in this award winning seafood restaurant.


Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and TLC’s “Mega Bites” has opened up his restaurant in the heart of the Gaslamp District with classic American dishes and specialties such as Ribeye Tomahawk with cognac and horseradish, Baja scallops with figs, and fresh Alaskan halibut. In addition to having a celebrity chef at its helm, the menu changes on a daily basis to keep things interesting, fun, and extra delicious.

This is just a mere sampling of the many restaurants offering amazing cuisine within the Gaslight District. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, be sure to spend some quality time at one of these restaurants as you’re sure not to regret it! Contact us today for more information, or to book a San Diego or Mission Beach vacation rental today!

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