San Diego Mediterranean Restaurants

San Diego Mediterranean Restaurants
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Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro
Moroccan | Hillcrest
54 reviews

SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD (David Nelson).LIVING IN STYLE MAGAZINE TOP FIVE NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANTS (Frank Sabatini)."Ideal neighborhood restaurant" Naomi Wise(SAN DIEGO READER). At Kous Kous both the cuisine and the atmosphere are sexy and exotic, and the staff is wonderfully unpretentious. You find a spacious Bistro style room with a small lounge. Hanging Moroccan lanterns cast lacy shadows like butterfly-wing patterns onto the ceiling, and world music plays softly in the background. The food is delicious, authentic and healthful. Chef/owner Moumen Nouri cooks up a selection of foolproof meats,seafood,vegetarian Tagines, brochettes. A wonderful list of spices and herbs infused Moroccan Tapas compliment the menu.

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant
Mediterranean | Poway / Rancho Bernardo
58 reviews

A San Diego Dining Experience to Savor Inspired by the olive trees, gardens and villas that dot the Mediterranean coastline, making it a place one simply has to experience. Fresh and modern, Veranda's new menu features Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern California twist. Each dish is designed by the Resort's team of chefs using locally-sourced ingredients. Veranda is the perfect place to meet for a snack (try our Seared Spiced Ahi...yum), dine under the stars or gather around the fire with a cocktail (we recommend our Raspberry Lavender Margarita, it's heaven in a glass). Come and enjoy. You're sure to have an experience to savor.

Tapenade
French | La Jolla / Golden Triangle
85 reviews

Located in the heart of scenic La Jolla on Fay Avenue, Tapenade Restaurant is the classic bistro atmosphere with enjoyable and savory food. Tapenade recalls traditional French Provençal gastronomy and fuses it with contemporary American cuisine to create quality dishes. Award-winning chef Jean Michel Diot uses only the finest and freshest ingredients in order to create exemplary and novel seasonal dishes. Chef-owner Jean Michel Diot has had success with previous restaurants, rightfully earning the nickname “the Baron of Bistros.” The atmosphere of Tapenade immerses the guest by paying tribute to the elegant Parisian bistro ambiance. Awarded by San Diego Magazine as Best French, Best of the Best, and Best Chef, Tapenade is the restaurant that will create a memorable experience. Tapenade is also highly acclaimed by critics who say “Diot’s cooking is lusty, satisfying and the precise opposite of cerebral” Christopher Petkanas. Tapenade has been named “Top ten great place USA Today.

La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego
Californian | Mission Valley
62 reviews

La Gran Terraza is a California bistro featuring farm-to-table lunch and dinner. The Grand Dining Room and terrace have fantastic views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay. O'Toole's offers tapas, nightly happy hour, a cozy fireplace, local craft beers and an excellent wine list.

The Grand Dining Room offers a lunch buffet and an a la carte menu. For dinner (Sept-May), we offer a varied menu from tapas to innovative entrees and divine desserts.

Visit our website for a calendar of special events.

Amaya at The Grand Del Mar
American | Del Mar
63 reviews

With stunning views of The Grand Del Mar’s Mediterranean inspiration, you'll forget your actually dining in San Diego. Let Amaya whisk you off to the coasts of Spain, Italy and France, as you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the cozily shaded terrace or within the refined dining room. MENU: Amaya's distinctive menu features American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Chef Matthew Sramek presents an array of tempting appetizers, pastas and risotto, and savory entrees, such as Grilled Garlic Prawns with a pistachio and sweet pepper romesco and Rotisserie Veal Chop with gratin of asparagus and prosciutto. To finish, decadent desserts highlight seasonal fruits and classic indulgences. WINE PROGRAM: An expansive selection of wines from Spain, Italy and France further enhance the Mediterranean flavors of Sramek' menu.

Mia Francesca Del Mar
Italian | Del Mar
99 reviews

The Francesca's family of restaurants has added another installment to the San Diego area. In addition to Davanti Enoteca, Mia Francesca's opened in the beautiful Del Mar community in February of 2012. Located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, the restaurant brings its famous rustic, Italian cuisine to the 150 seat space.
Restaurateur Scott Harris has opened over 20 Francesca's Restaurants in the Chicago Area since 1992, and is excited to bring this concept to the west coast.
Mia Francesca's features a large covered patio, indoor trattoria style dining, and a 50 person private dining room. Chef Woody Benitez leads the kitchen, providing Francesca's classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. The wine list and cocktails are equally impressive in this one of a kind location.

Cusp Dining & Drinks
Mediterranean | La Jolla / Golden Triangle
102 reviews

Dining at Cusp is a treat for your senses. Enjoy coastal Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood like grilled salmon crusted in Moroccan spices or albacore roasted to perfection. Rustic flatbreads from our pizza oven and savory sides compliment our fresh pastas and entrées.



Try our ocean-fresh ceviche or raw bar while sipping a cocktail made with our housemade infused spirits and fresh juices. Savor Chef Donald’s flavorful dishes, chat with friends, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific from our 11th floor dining room.



Not just for special occasions (but perfect for that, too), Cusp is your neighborhood spot. Stylish and relaxed, Cusp is the place to chill out with your friends while enjoying craft cocktails and creative cuisine—the stellar view is on the house. Daily Happy Hour from 4-7.

Morada
Californian | Rancho Santa Fe
28 reviews

Morada restaurant takes its name from Lilian Rice’s 1923 moniker for The Inn, itself, meaning “house of many rooms.” Locally sourced California cuisine and a comfortable sophistication carry on the feel, welcoming locals and guests to gather, share old stories and fresh selections, and feel at home.

The Hake
Seafood | La Jolla / Golden Triangle
92 reviews

With a farm-to-table approach focusing on fresh seafood and an upscale casual brasserie-style atmosphere, The Hake offers a unique global-inspired menu created by Chefs Federico Rigoletti and Roberto Craig of Mexico City's Puntarena Restaurant fame.

The lively bar offers Craft and classic cocktails, local beers on tap, a carefully selected wine list, a fine collection of single malt whiskeys and San Diego's largest selection of Mezcal.

The Hake is located in the heart of La Jolla's revitalized Prospect St restaurant row.

Afghanistan Khyber Pass
Afghan | Hillcrest
8 reviews

Southern California's premier dining destination, where cuisine and atmosphere meet in perfect harmony.The Afghan Khyber Pass has been under its original ownership for over 28 years. We have received critical acclaim from every major food reviewer in San Diego. Each dish is authentically prepared from recipes that reach back over many generations. Our mastery of seasonings and spices create our reputation among gourmets as well as those not familiar with Afghan cuisine. If you have not yet tried our blend of exotic cuisines, you must come in and try them! Once you have, we know you will return for our mouth watering dishes - guaranteed!

The Prado at Balboa Park
Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp
345 reviews

Just minutes from downtown San Diego, the convention center, and Mission Valley. The Prado at Balboa Park is located in one of the parks most beautiful buildings. Under chef Jonathon Hale's creative direction the Prado Restaurant has won honors as San Diego's Best New Restaurant, has been named one of America's top 10 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine, received the coveted "four star" award by the California Restaurant writers association. Continental cuisine paired with truly excellent service, unique ambiance, hand crafted decor and outdoor/indoor dining year round are just some of the reason's why we've won "most romantic" and "best special occasion" restaurant.

Romesco
Mediterranean | Chula Vista
35 reviews

In the search for alternative gastronomic latitudes, a new restaurant opened its doors at the Bonita Commercial Area in San Diego. Romesco Baja Med Bistro started operations at the beginning of March 2006.

Le Papagayo
Mediterranean | Encinitas
27 reviews

Le Papagayo blends Mediterranean & Asian influences and Pacific coast cuisine to create an amazing fine dining experience. The Chef and Myself combine the freshest of local ingredients and Mediterranean & Asian flavor to create a unique character for each meal created from scratch.

Dining at Le Papagayo is a ful experience that will delight all your senses.

Amazing food and a warm and inviting dining room which looks like an art gallery are all part of the experience.

We also offer a loundge, a heated patio and unplugged live music every night.

Gourmet Italia
Italian | Temecula
70 reviews

Gourmet Italia, experience Italy without ever leaving Temecula. Restauranteur, Alessandro (Alex) Prestifilippo moved to the states from Sicily in 1988. He takes pride in staffing his Sicilian Chef, Fabrizio, faimly friend and server, Angelo Catalano and the rest of his attentive, friendly staff. The menu and wine selection is vast and reasonable and the special dishes vary from Seafood Pescatore, Halibut, Salmon, Filet, Osso bucco, Lamb Shank, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Lobster Ravioli and much more! Visit the website for more about the restaurant, Alex, the menu, specials and cooking class information! Dine with us and you could end up in a picture on the website or Facebook page! :)

Americana Restaurant
American | Del Mar
11 reviews

Americana, a little gem of a restaurant has been located at the prime corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar in Old Del Mar for 12 years. A comfortable and inviting sidewalk café wraps around the restaurant surrounded by lush vegetation and ocean views. Americana serves a great breakfast, lunch & dinner with a full bar in the day light hours. Many say the Bloody Mary’s are the best in the county. Americana Restaurant does not require reservations for Breakfast or Lunch so please come on it. At night time, the lights dim and the restaurant becomes a quaint bistro serving Mediterranean influenced fare with carefully chosen wines and great cocktails. Bon Appetit.

Bandar Restaurant
Persian | Downtown / Gaslamp
44 reviews

About Us

Bandar is the proud recipient of many awards since 1996. Rated excellent by Zagat Survey, Awarded Best Service, and voted as the Best Persian, Ethnic, Dinning, and International Cuisine. Bandar’s Menu is exotic, healthy and offers a wide variety of prime steaks, World Famous Chicken, Seafood, and vegetarian selections.

What the Critics Have to Say

“If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat at every night this might be the one.” -Eleanor Widmer

“Bandar a taste of Persian Perfection.” -Robin Kleven-Union Tribune

“Recognized as one of the area’s Top Restaurants rated excellent.”
-Zagat Survey

“Bandar is a winner no doubt about it.” -W. Douglas Verkaaik-SD Union Tribune

“The best chicken I have had all year long was at Bandar.” -Stephen Silverman-KPBS Radio

Mediterranean Cafe
Mediterranean | Hillcrest
1 review

Mediterranean Cafe incorporates Greek, Italian and the Lebanese styles of cooking. All of the food served is prepared in our kitchen using our own recipes. We make Gyros from the freshest and best quality lamb and beef available. Chicken kabob is made from the finest, tender chicken breast marinated in our own special sauce. ("Best chicken in town" said by our loyal customers.) We hand tear lettuce each day for our salads. Every tomato served at our kitchen is cut by hand. We prepare your pita freshly as we prepare your meal.

The Restaurant at Ponte
Californian | Temecula
97 reviews

Recognized by OpenTable as one of the top 50 restaurants in the US for outdoor dining, the Restaurant at Ponte prepares wine country cuisine in a casual outdoor atmosphere. We are leading the way toward a community of wineries and restaurants dedicated to promoting local, sustainable farmers and ranchers. Our dishes feature top quality seasonal and regional ingredients prepared in our kitchen and enhanced when paired with our wines. The Restaurant is open daily, although hours do vary.



The Restaurant at Ponte is open in inclement weather. Heaters and blankets are available in the winter, and misters and fans are used in the summer.




Guests Arriving By Limo or Private Bus: A separate limo reservation is required for the weekends. To submit a limo request, please go to the "Plan A Visit" tab at www.pontewinery.com.

Intertwined Bistro & Wine Bar
Fusion / Eclectic | Escondido
60 reviews

Welcome to Intertwined!!!
Intertwined offers an Eclectic mix of seasonal fresh ingredients to satisfy any palate served in a relaxed fun atmosphere.

FISH PUBLIC
Seafood | Kensington
87 reviews

FISH PUBLIC is the newest neighborhood restaurant concept from Tracy Borkum and Urban Kitchen Group, located in the heart of Kensington in the previous Kensington Grill location. The seafood section of menu features distinct regional fare from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A healthy selection of oysters are available at the open oyster bar/kitchen. These delicate molluscs are available with chef’s whim mignonettes, as well as house prepared accouterments. For non-seafood lovers, guests will not be disappointed with Mary’s fried chicken, beef short ribs or FP burger. ‘Guppy’ menu showcases a fun selection of kids’ classics. Not to be missed are the simple and scrumptiously sweet delights such as seasonally baked pie, banana split and warm chocolate brownie.
Craft cocktails, draft and bottled beer and beautiful wines have been hand selected to pair well with each offering available on the menu.

Pinnacle Restaurant - Falkner Winery
Mediterranean | Temecula
32 reviews

Located in beautiful Temecula Wine Country, The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery offers breathtaking panoramic views from its hilltop setting. Dine either indoors in their glass enclosed dining room or outside on their open-air balcony overlooking the vineyard. Experience the great American-Mediterranean Style cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot and the high quality, award winning Falkner wines. Special dishes prepared daily. Open daily for lunch 11:30am to 3:30 p.m.

Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room
Tapas / Small Plates | Downtown / Gaslamp
12 reviews

Located at the corner of F Street and 6th Avenue in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Encore’s extensive selection of Champagne and Sparkling wine will accompany a menu by Chef Ryan Studebaker that focuses on shared plates from our ever-changing bistronomy menu that boasts meats, fish and produce from local markets so we are always season-fresh. Our menu preserves tradition with pairings including caviar, oysters, fromage and the likes.

Meze
Greek | Downtown / Gaslamp
56 reviews

We are a family-owned bar and restaurant in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp Quarter. The word “mezé” translates as “taste” – meaning both “flavor” and “a taste of something.” At Mezé Greek Fusion you’ll find both. Our menu features finely crafted regional cuisine with a California twist. It can be enjoyed as entrees in our chic high-ceilinged dining room, or in small portions as “mezé” that go exceptionally well outside on our patio with a drink, or as a bite at the bar before heading to a Padres game or a night out in the Gaslamp. On the weekends, we serve a delicious brunch with Bottomless Mimosas. Late night we recommend that you try our cocktail list and have a staff member pack a hookah for you. Come by and discover how a place can be both elegant and familiar, which is to say, Greek.

Table 926
Californian | Pacific Beach
45 reviews

Located on Turquoise Street in North Pacific Beach, Table 926 is a modern bistro with approachable and stellar California inspired cuisine. Offering a seasonal, farm to plate inspired menu that uses fresh, local ingredients from places like Suzie's Farm, Local Farmers Markets and Catalina Seafood Company. Some of the dishes you might find on our menu include: Duck Carnitas “Street” Tacos, Guajillo-Tamarind Glazed Pork Cheeks, Smoked Duck Salad and Oxtail Ragu Bucatini. Unique and creative specials are served daily. Accompanying the food is an exceptional international wine list and select regional craft beers. With a friendly knowledgeable staff and a classy yet modern ambiance Table 926 is a place for everyone.