Top Restaurants in San Diego


San Diego is known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park houses the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public. But San Diego also is home to hundreds of restaurants that cater to people from all walks of life.

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Here are some of the best places in and around San Diego to grab a post-surf snack, according to California Restaurant Association’s Kristina Owenburg.

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Firehouse Pacific Beach


Located above the Pacific Beach firehouse, this restaurant serves up American eats with a beach chic vibe.

JRDN at Tower 23


Located in the heart of Pacific Beach, JRDN is a cool, contemporary, oceanfront lounge known for its happy hour and sunsets.



A casual sports bar in Mission Beach with ocean views and “San Diego’s Best Fish Taco.”

Duke’s La Jolla

Airy two-story destination for Hawaiian-inspired fare with outdoor seating & ocean views.

Fish Market Downtown

This well-known seafood chain is a perfect spot for casual lunch downstairs or a classy dinner upstairs.

Bali Hai

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Stop into Bali Hai, located on Shelter Island, for a mai tai and Polynesian vibes.

Ketch Grill and Taps

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A modern waterfront tavern with a hip vibe, located in Point Loma.

If you’ve visited any of these San Diego restaurants, please comment on your experience below.