The historic San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is a highlight of the region, with a bustling nightlife and events schedule. Part of its allure is the wide variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. Here are a few delicious suggestions…
380 K Street
Fleming’s is one of the San Diego Gaslamp restaurants that’s just a few blocks from Petco Park. A great choice for dinner before catching a game or after an expo at the San Diego Convention Center. Chef Partner Didi Lopez offers innovative dishes, and the resident Sommelier can guide you through the extensive, award-winning wine list.
615 J Street
Water Grill is one of the most opulent San Diego Gaslamp restaurants, with its stunning location and impressive raw oyster bar. Owner King’s Seafood Company has its own seafood distribution arm that feeds each location’s seasonal seafood menu, overseen by Water Grill’s executive chef Damon Gordon but executed locally by chef Fabrice Poigin.
611 5th Avenue
Searsucker is one of the finest downtown San Diego Gaslamp restaurants full of local fare by celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, including fresh seafood caught on the San Diego coast as well as locally brewed lagers and ales on tap.
Chef Owner Brian Malarkey shares his vision for Searsucker:
It was post-Top Chef, and my good friend James Brennan and I decided to start a restaurant together. James, who’s a business-boy-genius, scored the best location in downtown San Diego. We got 7,500 square feet on the corner of Fifth and Market, the hub of the Gaslamp Quarter. I wanted the restaurant to focus on ‘new American classics,’ meaning that you take something familiar and you reinvent it. Playful tongue in cheek, the kind of place that — as soon as you walk into it — you let your guard down, you relax and enjoy being there.
Searsucker is a place where you can hang out with your friends, eat great food, listen to great music, and stay for hours just having a great time. A place where you can come early and stay late, because that’s what it’s all about.
555 5th Avenue
Taka Sushi’s food earns it a spot on the best sushi in San Diego Gaslamp restaurants lineup, and its location in the Gaslamp offers the perfect contrast to the busy, colorful spots surrounding it. The food is delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. What more could you ask for?
544 5th Avenue
The Field just might be the most unique of the San Diego Gaslamp restaurants: this turn-of-the-century Irish pub was literally shipped piece by piece from Ireland and relocated San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Just walking through the door transports you into the warm atmosphere of an old Irish country pub. The staff has adopted the traditional ethos of Irish friendliness, and the jovial atmosphere and traditional music only adds to the enjoyment. Sample one of the many imported draft beers or enjoy something from San Diego’s largest selection of single malt and blended whiskey.
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