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10 Best Restaurants in San Diego

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With San Diego Restaurant Week rolling out across the Californian city it's the perfect excuse to round up some of the city's finest dining destinations.

Here's a pick of the best restaurants to try out when you're in town, whatever the occasion. From swanky steak houses to modern and thoughtful fare, you'll soon discover there are plenty of dining options to be found in "America's finest city."

Best Restaurants in San Diego


Inspired wood fired cooking is served in this bright and airy space where a mixed and friendly crowd enjoy creative cocktails.

Campfire 2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA


California Modern

A special occasion calls for a special place! If want to book a romantic dinner for two try the California Modern. If the locally sourced food isn't captivating enough you can always enjoy the sunset. 

1250 Prospect Street San Diego, CA


Born and Raised

This swanky two storey steakhouse with plush leather boots and plenty of brass and marble accents comes complete with a sumptuous steak driven menu, from prized Wagyu beef grilled on Japanese charcoal to classic favourites like Tournedos Rossini and Steak Diane.

1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA


The Cork and Craft


If you're looking for a crowd pleaser this three in one should hit the mark -  restaurant, winery, and brewery all in one. An open plan kitchen lets diners watch the chefs work their magic on modern dishes executed with a French spin.

The Cork and Craft, 16990 Via Tazon, San Diego, CA, 92127 


The Smoking Goat


Enjoy comfort eating at its finest with Fred Piehl’s French-American bistro with decadent dishes like duck fat truffle fries, goat meatballs, and escargot au gratin.

3408 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104


Herb and Wood


Chef Brian Malarkey heads up this buzzy and casual yet elegant restaurant with a seasonal menu and plenty of emphasis on vegetables. A great place for date night or cocktails with a group of friends.

2210 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101



Going all out - try chef William Bradley's innovative food. He was trained by Thomas Keller and the magic seems to have rubbed off.  The wine collection's worth a visit too,  boasting some 36,000 bottles under the  management of sommelier Elizabeth Huettinger

5200 Grand Del Mar Way • San Diego, CA 92130


Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar

Hotel restaurants can get a bad press as an afterthought,  but this one is that boasts being a destination in its own right. Executive chef Jason Knibb serves up precise and unpretentious California cuisine in plush surroundings.

910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037


Dija Mara

Expect complex multi-layered dishes with a south-east Asia influence from chef, Ryan Costanza.

232 S Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 231-5376


Juniper and Ivy



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Fresh and flavorful New American food is served in this bright and airy space where chef Richard Blais keeps the menu interesting and enticing.

2228 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101


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