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Starlite Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.starlitesandiego.com
  • Phone: (619) 358-9766
  • 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
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Diner Reviews
  • "Their menu is very limited - 5 or 6 entrees - nothing special"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service was quite inconsistent, but the food was great, the cocktails were great, the wine list was great."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Starlite is one of our favorite places - just love everything about it!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had dinner at the Starlite a few nights ago and it was really good. The steak was amazing, the fried vegetables and bread pudding were just okay. Also had the Kentucky Mule (not sure thats the name of it but I think its close) is was yummy. The atmosphere was fun and staff was super nice. Will be back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Starlite is a great restaurant outside the main areas of san diego, sort of in the middle of nowhere...along the highway. It's dark and almost mysterious in a cool clubby way inside, then light airy and fresh on the back patio. Love their entrance door, amazing light over the bar, and their succulents in the back. Food is amazing and they have great deals and happy hour offering. Stout cool drinks as well."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Feels like a New York city restaurant, urban, vibrant, great atmosphere/decor. Very knowlegible wait staff and excellent food and really great and original cocktails. Dinner menu is a tad limited but the chicken jidori is amazing as is the stone fruit salad."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Have been trying to go here for awhile, finally had guests coming in to town and made reservations. Great little find, tucked away....you never even know its there. Food was very good, cocktails are unique. Back patio is neat! Service was good as well."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "From the vibe to the food, service and overall caring of the staff, this rates near the top for me."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Matt was super kind and helpful about menu and selection. Everything was great."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Lots of drunks on the patio creating a poor dining experience. Inattentive service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Super cool atmosphere, awesome cocktails and fabulous food. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "After our second time here, my husband and I have decided this is going to be our go to restaurant when we are craving a great meal at a great price. We love this place! The food is amazing, the decor wonderful and service great. We are very picky foodies and never have we tried something there that was just OK. Everything was exceptional! Saturday Happy Hour? YES PLEASE! $8 for 2 snacks which always change up. Delicious fried zucchini and a wonderful Asian salad. Mac and cheese?? Yes please again! And the best chicken dish I've ever had followed! The menu is limited and you have to be into fresh healthy farm to table deliciousness to appreciate this place. WE DO!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We love Starlite. We go as often as we can. This time, we brought friends who had never been to starlite and they loved it. They said they drive up India all the time and never realized what a treasure they had been missing. Food and drink are wonderful, and the atmosphere is awesome. We will all be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love everything about this place. The server was excellent and the food was outstanding. Great prices too. I had the chicken and it was incredible! I could of eaten two plates."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of my go to faves here in San Diego. Looks like a dive bar on the outside but sparkles inside with great service, a fab bar with killer custom crafted cocktails and creative great farm to table food. Never disappointed! Save room for their Killer Ice Cream Sanmmies for dessert, the bomb!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "For a quick drink and a few snacks before a downtown event, this is a great find! We had the super tasty fries, the octopus and the tempura veggies - YUM! Will return in a New York minute :)"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The environment is romantic and it's a smaller venue... it would be a great place to bring a date but don't expect organic or healthy or even that great of food... my overall experience was good, but I definitely will not be coming back for the food."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "What can I say, I love Starlite Lounge. Ever since they opened, I have been coming here when it was still undiscovered and it's just gotten better. Atmosphere is awesome, and the back patio is fun an lively also. I actually prefer outside. No one in San Diego can touch their Vodka Mules, and trust me I've tried to find one that compares everywhere! Burger is great, and had the hangar steak which was delicious. Haven't had brunch yet but look forward to trying it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I LOVE this place. The atmosphere and decor are welcoming, kind of hipster but in a mellow way. The chandelier in the main bar is super cool. The food is casual, farm-to-table, with a seasonal menu which suits the vibe of the place perfectly. The bartenders are so nice (and handsome!) and serve up some delish craft cocktails. Definitely one of my favorite hangouts in all of San Diego."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I had the fish of the day over string beans sauteed with pesto- super tasty, light, and refreshing. My friends got the burger and fries which fill you up (but not out of this world). The mac n' cheese is also something to try. The cocktail I ordered was the Galapagos, a nice twist to a pisco sour (no egg foam). Moderately priced foods and contemporary-ish ambiance."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great time and the food was wonderful. The cocktails are awesome. Started with the cheese board and added sausage...great! Main course was the Jidori Chicken and the pork tenderloin. Very good. Serving size is perfect and the food that accompanies the main course is delicious. Dessert was peach shortcake and was very good. Will most definitely return. Dining room was fairly noisy, so we chose the outside patio. Very nice, bar gets a bit loud, but it was Friday evening. Would like to eat indoors, maybe quieter, when its a bit later. Parking is tough, limited parking lot. We parked way up the street in the residential area."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
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    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I was introduced to Starlite through a friend and it has since become my favorite go-to for dinners with friends or just catching up over drinks (the Mule is amazing!). The food is locally-sourced and delicious no matter what I've ordered and I've tried something new every time!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Really great cocktails and the mixed grill appetizer and salami and cheese plate were really tasty. Burger was phenomenal and would definitely go back to try all the different cocktails and entrees."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I prearranged a champagne toast for my girlfriend's birthday AND parlayed that moment in to a marriage proposal! The server and manager were in on the surprise and made the night magical!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food is excellent. We enjoyed the pea-flour batter veggies as an appetizer, although some might find it too salty. However the menu is limited - basically one fish item, one chicken item, one beef item, and one vegan entry. This reduces our interest in returning after the third or fourth time. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Cool ambience and bar decor, fit to match the name of the restaurant. Good food and cocktails but the mark-ups in the wine list are exorbitant !"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Their signature burger was excellent, and I rarely order burgers when out. And the artichoke appetizer was amazing--came on a bed of some specially cooked lima beans, and if I'd known that was how they were served, probably wouldn't have ordered it because lima beans are far from a favorite of mine. Very glad that I didn't know this because they were awesome! Definitely recommend the food--wish the server was a little more informed of the menu items, though!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Definitely worth getting. I wanted it with protein as an entree . No luck though,it was stiil delicious. On another note I did have one setback. They changed the menu. :( Bring back the cheese curds !!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was uneven at best. We had to send our fish entree back. Service left much to be desired. Cool place though."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Always love coming to the Starlite. Great option for late night food + drinks."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great bar & beverage menu, specializing in hand crafted cocktails. Menu featuring lite bites , salads & creative main dishes. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "The food is always amazing and the mules on the bar menu are fantastic! "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 7pm. My friend and I sat down around 7pm. Right from the start we felt rushed. My friend and I were having a girls night and trying to talk and catch up. The server kept coming up every 5 min to take our order. After ordering drinks, again kept coming up constantly to take our dinner order. We haven't even touched our menus. It just felt like she was trying to get us out if there. We finally ordered dinner and then after each ordered a dessert. After we paid for the check, the server asked for us to leave and said they had another reservation for our table. We were there for 2 hours, both of us had alcoholic drinks we didn't want to drive right away and still wanted to talk. I've never been kicked out of a place."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Bland food served up in a trendy and dim interior space. Everybody at our table had either over cooked, burnt, or flavorless food served to them. Would not recommend for dinner or a date. I'd rather grab a cheeseburger at In n' Out burger. That's how bad the dining experience was. However, it's a nice spot to sit and have a cocktail or a glass of wine with good company if you're in the Mission Hills area."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I'll go back any time. Food was excellent. Only complaint is that it smelled somewhat of old spilled beer (that sour smell dive bars often have) , so I'd say it gets 4.5 stars."
    Dined on 4/14/2014