Starlite
Starlite

Starlite

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.starlitesandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6193589766x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday Brunch 10:30am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Starlite focuses on dinner & drinks as the primary form of entertainment. DJ's may appear from time to time for special occasions or events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sassafras / Spruce
  • Public Transit: San Diego Trolley: MIDDLETOWN or WASHINGTON ST stations
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Starlite has 5 parking spots. Neighborhood parking on Spruce St is limited during peak times. Our guests may park at Mission Hills Collision Center from 5PM-Close (do not leave your car in Mission Hill's lot overnight or you may be towed)
A word from Starlite
Starlite features hard-to-find spirits, local food, & unique cocktails.

Starlite "cooks with a conscience". We use as much local product as possible.

Locally grown vegetables: About 90% of Starlite's produce is locally and/or organically grown.

Meat from animals (in as many cases as possible) that have been responsibly raised without the use of hormones.

Seafood that is, in majority, regionally and/or sustainably harvested.

House-made Sausages, Desserts, Pastries, and Birthday Cakes.

Starlite feels the quality these measures provides is both noticeable and worth the expense. We hope you feel the same way.

Starlite is proud to support the following local business, artisans, and farmers...
Griffin Farms
Crow's Pass
Better Half Shell
Brandt Beef
People's Organic Foods Co-Op
Schaner Farms
Sage Mt. Farm
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Starlite reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (73)romantic (58)vibrant bar scene (54)hot spot (53)special occasion (53)late-night find (50)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (29)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (4)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • You should try this place
    Ckleitsch
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a really great time on Saturday Night. Definitely needed the reservation. Very lively restaurant with friendly bar staff that did not leave us hanging while they took their time to "notice" us. The menu seems very short but in reality it is just right. One type of each food should be enough, right? Some of our group had the steak and it was flavorful and cooked just right. Another had the "rockfish" and it was awesome. We did not have time for desert unfortunetly. I don't think I will rush right back to this place but I do recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    Cheferite
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Starlite continues into its maturity with delicious, well crafted food and drinks. I am biased, I used to be the chef here, but that was almost four years ago. Chef Kathleen Wise and her crew make food that makes sense, and makes the grade. Carefully made cocktails and wine complimented the experience perfectly. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the effort
    likegoodeats
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Starlite is a little off the beaten track, but well worth effort. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but is rich and inviting once you enter. There is also a great outdoor patio out back which is quiet and has ample shade. The food is classic and quality with noticeable enhancements. The prices are reasonable, especially given the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot!
    JBuFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I'm not sure why this place hasn't been bombarded by hoardes of hungry Sunday brunch-goers, because they're great! Every time we've gone for Sunday brunch, we've been seated immediately, and the place has been somewhat quiet. (Sometimes a nice, dark, quiet place for brunch is just what you need!) The benedict was very tasty, with a nice tangy hollandaise. The mule is $7 on Sunday, and was a pretty substantial, solid choice. (All other breakfast cocktails were $10, not the $9 advertised online.) The only drawback (for some), is that they don't offer $8-$10 bottomless mimosas as many of the other competing restaurants in the area do. Perhaps that is what's keeping the hoardes away, though. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best, as always!
    Signe
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends. Starlite led the way for many restaurants in the area, and it's still the leader. And no one makes a better mule!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    FachoyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Located on busy part of India St. next to noisy 5 freeway & airport but, this secluded restaurant surprises you as you enter the front door. Starlite was celebrating being in business 7 year anniversary with several menu & drink selections for $7. The Kale Caesar salad was great and the grilled octopus appetizer was delicious. We enjoyed all the dishes and the cocktails were quite refreshing. We will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The steak dish is absolutely delicious! Definitely one of my favorite dishes on the menu! And ordering a mule is a must! Cute little spot hidden on India street! I also love places that do daily and weekly specials :) Great atmosphere, beautiful chandelier over the bar is the first thing you see when you walk in. What more can you ask for than great food and service?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    sgskinny
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is a great place that we love to come back to. The specials are outstanding. Love it every time we come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!!
    StarliteIsAmazing
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Starlite is an amazing restaurant/bar, I have been on multiple occasions and have eaten most of the menu and have loved every bit of everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    dgadrienne
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Another delicious dinner at Starlite. This time we tried the steak and fish of the day which was grouper. They were both beautifully presented large portions that were cooked to perfection. We had the brown butter cake with pears for dessert. Flavor was good but it was served cold. Would've been much better warm and with some sort of sauce other than whipped cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lrich
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Burger was delicious as always, but the Mac N cheese, and dessert were lack luster and bland.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • celebrating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    it was ok very expensive but overall it didn't seem too bad. the drinks were okay if you do an open tap on your drink is already at 18 gratitude so please be careful. Had high expectations from all the reviews but left to think it was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    joewestcott
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The atmosphere is so unique and you have to take a look at the way they have set up the bar! Stunning. Food is outstanding, and the service is top quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Pre-Show Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I came here with my family for a pre-show meal at the Casbah. We came for light apps and drinks and were so happy. It was late on Wed so the place was emptier than usual and the food came out fast. We ordered the octopus, mac and cheese, the Mule, kale salad, charcuterie plate and the ice-cream sandwiches. My only complaint is there was not enough cheese on the cheese board.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • larry
    larry
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service and food were excellent. Food was served in timely manner and hot, not rushed through the dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    LovesToEatSpicy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I love Starlite. It is close to where I live and I love going here. Fun neighborhood restaurant with a lot of character.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fab food
    PrimeRibLover
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Must try the Jidori chicken. It's always perfect! The mules are always a winner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place but...
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We have been here a few times and the food and service are always great. And this place itself is gorgeous but this time we encountered one problem that I'm still a little miffed about. we had a Travelzoo coupon sort of thing they would not give us the special deal on the wine (on Monday nights they have $15 off a bottle of wine). This did not make a whole lot of sense when the server said you can't use 2 promotions together because we did get the Happy Hour price on our appetizer, which is a promotion. Not pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for drinks!
    ChellieSD
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    There's a reason their Mules came in first for San Diego's top picks. Usually a solid spot, though the service was friendly but severely infrequent. The Calamari also was not cooked as well as usual, but the Mules and the amazing ice cream sandwich were absolutely delicious as always!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place
    fwe893hfjfPF0
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A cool high end, but relaxed atmosphere. Definitely check it out if you haven't already.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Starlight & go there often.
    TheProseccoCouple
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service is always excellent and the ambience wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    LanceC
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a lovely romantic dinner, food was great, staff was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Burger
    GimmeAnotherMule
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I tried the special heirloom tomato and cheese burger that was on special, and it may have been one of the best burgers I've ever had in my life. Also, if you aren't sure about the menu, you have to at least come here once to try the drink known as "The Mule." Amazing ginger beer drink served in a copper mug. Do it! Worth the trip alone. A San Diego favorite.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit...
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Had such a great time before we came again and glad to say it was just as good the second time. Octopus is fab!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Starlight
    TheProseccoCouple
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Starlight is consistently good. The ambience is wonderful as is the service. The manager, Roy Purdy, is always welcoming, friendly and accommodating. He remembers our favorite beverage and gets it to us immediately upon arrival.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to spot
    deecee1
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Each time friends visit from out of town, we take them to Starlite. Once again, Starlite performed. If you're looking for an outstanding burger, Starlite is the place. I know, I know, a burger? Yes, a burger! The men ordered the hangar steak and they were not disappointed either. Good food, good drink and good company are a few of our favorite things and Starlite is one of our favorite places in which to experience them in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Drinks
    RLWfromILVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed both the cocktails and the food at Starlite. The restaurant was recommended to us by a local colleague. When we come to SD we tend to focus on the fresh seafood and diverse Asian options so this was a nice find that we probably would not have made on our own. The drinks were creative and very tasty. The food was a very pleasant surprise: flavorful and well prepared. We will certainly come back again the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love Starlite. Never disappointed. Great food and service. Always a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic as always
    Feastybeast
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love this place! Great food, great service and friendly staff. The bar is really unique and he bartenders definitely know what their doing. Lots of creativity with craft cocktails..... The Bloody Mary is to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    samsreview
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My wife had the chicken and I had the thresher Shark. Both dishes were cooked perfectly. Our waiter was outstanding and the bar was cooking by the time we left. I will definitely come back to this treasure.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Birthday dinner
    Happydiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had only had drinks here before but the dinner menu looked good. We are very glad we chose Starlite. We tried the octopus which was tender & tasty; the kale Caesar was excellent; we also tried the chicken, the stone fruit salad, the mac n cheese, and a veggie burger. All were delicious. Our waiter recommended an excellent Tempranillo following our mixed drinks (always good). They compted their signature ice cream sandwiches to celebrate our daughter's birthday - which was the perfect ending to a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decor was much better than the food
    closetedgourmand
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was my first time at this restaurant and I made a reservation based on the great reviews I had read about it. Unfortunately, the food was not as good as I had expected. What I Liked: Great interior design; beautifully decorated; very good craft cocktails. I would go back for drinks with friends. What I Did Not Like: Our table opted for several tapas to share and a couple of dinner entrees. None of our dishes were great. The food was simply average and fell short of our expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Starlite
    Evee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food and drinks, best hamburgers!!! Mule was on point!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu - not enough
    carebear
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Their menu is very limited - 5 or 6 entrees - nothing special
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So great...
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place is not only gorgeous but it had amazing food and excellent service...Colleen was awesome; knowledgeable, personable and funny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a gem. We really enjoyed the food here. Amazing cheese plate and I love the texture of the salmon. Very abundant drinks. And top notch service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the menu
    BrittVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service was quite inconsistent, but the food was great, the cocktails were great, the wine list was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will keep coming back...
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was the second time I've been to Starlite. We came here for the awesome ambience, but we left loving everything we ate and the service we received. The menu isn't extensive, but they have a bunch of specials and little plates to try. We were very pleased with everything that we received...can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    SAYTravels
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Starlite is one of our favorite places - just love everything about it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date spot
    jbells
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took my fiance here for his birthday and we had a great time. The food was delicious, fast and we love the ambiance. They have a great beer and wine list and their prices are really reasonable for the quality. I highly recommend the veggie burger. They also have a super-cute back patio with a bar that is really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.