San Diego is vibrant, fun…and delicious. We could go on for days talking about all the great restaurants in San Diego, so instead we’ll highlight some of our favorites. These 7 great San Diego restaurants will leave you wanting to come back for more. Whether you’re in the mood for the freshest seafood or the finest fusion cuisine, there’s a San Diego dining option for you.
At Isabel’s Cantina, cultures are thoughtfully integrated to create irresistible, modern flavors. Traditional Latin and Asian cuisines come together in a new kind of soul food created by self-taught owner, cookbook author and chef Isabel Cruz.
Isabel’s Cantina is on of the great restaurants in San Diego known for breakfast, served until 3 pm, featuring such confections as Banana-Blackberry Pancakes, Breakfast Tamales, Scrambles and Coconut French Toast. Lunch and dinner options include Ahi Wontons, Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Grilled Salmon with house-made salsas.
Zen 5 is such a favorite that we featured it on our list of great sushi restaurants in San Diego, but it needs to be listed here too.
An icon on the list of great restaurants in San Diego, Zen 5 offers only the freshest fish and delicious Japanese style cuisine. With nearly 40 different combinations, Zen 5 offers arguably the widest variety of sushi rolls in San Diego. The menu covers everything from quick lunch specials to full, multi-course meals. Traditional dishes include yakisoba noodles, soups, and teriyaki.
With mellow reggae music in the background and a consistently bustling environment, Zen 5 is the perfect place for a relaxed, lighthearted evening.
JRDN embraces the San Diego vibe of surf, sky, spirit. Located in the Tower 23 Hotel, this contemporary steak and seafood restaurant features California cuisine for lunch and dinner daily.
If you’re looking for pure California on the list of great restaurants in San Diego, look no further than JRDN. The look of JRDN is fresh, cool, clean and upbeat. The atmosphere transforms from California casual to West Coast hip as the day advances, with dramatic sunset views, a 70-foot-long “wave wall,” and color-changing lighting.
The Patio on Lamont is just a few block from the beach. Craft cocktails, wines, local beer and tasty food round out the reasons why The Patio is one of the great restaurants in San Diego.
This restaurant’s philosophy centers on sustainable practices, outstanding customer service and quality menu offerings.
Draft is cool, relaxed, and on point. The restaurant’s website says it best:
Located directly on the Mission Beach boardwalk, Draft serves up 69 beers on tap and 30+ bottles pairing the surf and sand with a wide variety of craft beers. But the appeal doesn’t stop at the #brewsandviews; Come hungry and experience a fresh take on beachside dining featuring casual, handcrafted fare from Executive Chef Brad Wise.
Former Top Chef finalist and the winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste Chef Brian Malarkey injects his award-winning “Fabric of Social Dining” restaurant concept at Herringbone. Chef Malarkey owns several of the great restaurants in San Diego, but we’re partial to Herringbone. It’s all about “Fish Meats Field,” where farm fresh cuisine meets an emphasis on line-caught seafood and meats.
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