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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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "You could easily drive by this restaurant and not even notice it, but try not to. It was a pleasant surprise. The menu is small, but the food was very good and the scene was great. The outdoor bar is not to be missed (except they allow smoking). Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I love coming here for their mules and it doesn't hurt that they have great cheese and sausage board, burgers and steak! I have never booked a table with them through open table before, nor have I ever been there with a larger party. My party of eight was seated outside in the patio with no near by heat lamp and it was chilly that night. Somehow later on we managed to move one closer to us. I wish they would of mentioned that big parties can be seated outside so I would of known to request an inside table. Anyhow besides that the drinks and food was great."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Music a bit too loud for our party of 6 to hear ourselves talking. Fir a time the volume was lowered. confusion over one order, had to wait for another meal. Compensation was a free galss of wine. Overall, great food, friendly atmosphere, fun place. Will come back, will recommend. A gem."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Disappointed for this meal with a restaurant that has been good in the past. The food was exceptionally bland. The service was inattentive. The drinks were excellent however as is usually the case."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The halibut for me and hamburger for my wife were served to perfection. We told Jose, our server, that we had theatre tickets downtown, and he arranged for our food to be delivered promptly. Thank you, all, for a great experience. Will see you again soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great food, great service, and excellent drinks! A must do in San Diego."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary on a Sunday. The atmosphere was a little dark but romantic. The waiter sat us in a corner booth which was perfect for talking. The food was amazing and worth the price. He had the steak, I had the chicken. Both were very delicious. If you go during happy hour, drinks are reasonable. Our bill came out to about $100 which included an appetizer, 2 entrees, dessert and 5 drinks. I find it strange, though, that the wait staff wear plaid shirts. Maybe that's what they are aiming for but it seems a bit off. Parking is also a little strange, as the only spots available are up a hill. Not too difficult but worth being aware of. Overall, a very good experience and I would recommend this spot to friends."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I am happy to say that this is mine and my fiancé's favorite place to go for dinner and a mule. We have made it a tradition to go here for our anniversary and birthdays. We got engaged at your restaurant and have made it our special place. Thank you for our wonderful memories we have made. Also thank you Jack (at the bar) for giving us such wonderful service."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Starlite never disappoints. Great food, wonderful cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere. Always busy... Make a reservation!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Another amazing weekend in San Diego topped off with a stop at our favorite dining experience in the city. Beautiful ambiance, great food and another memory of great food, great people and a happy memory! And try the steak! For the inexpensive cost ($22), it's the best value and cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The menu is not large but the meals we had, and those at the next table, were excellent. Inside has nice decor but the patio could use an upgrade. Worth the effort to find."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Wonderful local food . I had a veggie frittata that was more like a quiche. Very tasty and served with pinto beans on a bed of fresh greens. Plus there is a full cocktail bar that doesn't gouge with inflated prices. Worth going again? Yea you betcha."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Highly recommended and I will be coming back for sure."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Burgers/Mule... can't be beat. Add Mac and cheese and you have a winner."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The friendly staff is honestly what makes this place a standout. This place is pretty good for food in San Diego, but the Moscow Mule is the best here; it's not very strong, but it does make for a nice, refreshing drink in a chilled copper mug. The ambiance is warm and inviting and the energy is lively."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Located away from walkable parts of town, parking was spotty. But the food and service were very good. We plan to return and try some of the food items we didn't get around to."
    Dined on 4/30/2013
  • "A great spot to come with friends and enjoy a meal or to have a romantic evening! Limited, but delicious menu, excellent drinks and service."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "If you're looking for good quality food (they support local farmers) and a tasty mule (they have a full bar) later into the evening (9pm onwards), stop by this neighborhood gem in Mission Hills/Little Italy area. Starlite's last call for food is just before the midnight hour and drinks are still served a little thereafter. I made reservations and they promptly seated us upon arrival. Parking is street parking unless you can find a parking in their very small lot adjacent to the restaurant. Be prepared to show your ID , too!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Restaurant came recommended by a few of my friends. Drinks were mediocre, food overall, was dry. I ordered a split salad for appetizer for me and my girlfriend and it came out at the same time as the food. When I commented on that the waitress was very hostile and then never came back to the table. We had veggie and regular burgers. Both dry with too much bun. Drinks nothing special and expected more from a website that posts them all over their website."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The times I've been to this restaurant, the food was truly amazing. The drinks are also really special, I am personally a fan of the mule. It's a really beautiful date spot or cool for a group of friends, it's just a chill place to be with people you love. The staff have always been nice and welcoming, very professional and run their A game obviously. We like to go there because it feels special."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a date night at Starlight this past weekend and absolutely loved our dinner. The food was great; the service was prompt and courteous; and, the cocktails/beer list were very good. The ambience is the real star at Starlight. It's the reason we will definitely be coming back again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The Starlite lounge was a nice place to go. The drinks were great but the food options were very limited. The entrees in particular. They had different food options but only one choice of each option. I guess that I'm used to having several steak and chicken options but other than that the atmosphere was awesome. I'm going back again for happy hour for sure but will go some where else for dinner."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Best Bloody Mary too. Love the little fritters and well, everything."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "When in a GREAT restaurant - order outside of your box. The chicken here is amazing! Only great restaurants and great chefs can make chicken taste this great without putting tons of batter, frying and drenching in sauce as it to apologize for it's natural flavor. Starlite has a wonderful vibe and the daily specials are the best way to go, IMHO = the freshest of fresh! Great bar and great happy hour."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "We enjoyed all of the food ordered including appetizers, entrees & dessert. We were seated in the covered patio area & they were very accommodating about relocating the outdoor heater closer to our table. Jidori chicken & the special burger were hits for the evening as well as the ice cream sandwiches."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I love this place. This is the second time my husband and I have been here (once for brunch and once for dinner), and both times have been a great experience. Matt was our server and he was very prompt bringing us all of our courses. My husbands food came out just a fee degrees above warm and when we told him, he was quick to take it back and bring out a hot entree. The atmosphere is gorgeous and intimate. The signature drinks are delicious and unique. I had a cucumber martini and I wish I could get it anywhere I go. I work at courtyard by Marriott in the gas lamp and since this place is so close, I'm going to start recommending it to my guests."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This restaurant sells itself as farm-to-table fresh but really just so-so food served in a bar setting. Nothing special or particularly fresh. Though we had early reservations, we were told that the grilled octopus (one of the "fresh" appetizers featured on their menu) was not available. Also, much too dark for a restaurant--we could barely see what we were eating. Lastly, aside from our waiter who introduced himself, we couldn't differentiate staff from patrons. All were dressed in street clothes and would randomly pass by our table to take plates, refill water, etc. Weird."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It's the charm of looking up at the atmosphere brought down to earth. Accessible and inviting its almost as if the food compliments the experience. They were serving a Prix Fixe menue the V-Day evening my fiancé and I went, and though the food was good, I will need to come again to really experience the menue. I certainly recommend it. Enjoy it with a group, with a someone, with friend. Just enjoy it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Have a friend fly into town, pick up at airport, go to starlite. You are welcome."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "cool little restraunt with an air of mystery. the mule was delicious and huge, the burger and steak where both delicious, and the icre cream bar was a nice way to top everything off. also not super super expensive. would definitely recommend"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Such a great gem!! Casual yet can be fancy too- great food - simple menu with quality through and through"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Tasty local dishes. Enjoyed my first visit there with boyfriend. Trendy decor."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "From my table's experience, we had hits and misses. The nuts and olives appetizer was excellent, as was the potato gratin appetizer. The green salad was bleh, it's dressing was either not enough or just lackluster. The garlic and wild rice pancakes were not horrible, but they were not great either, they just tasted like pancakes. Chicken and barley soup, and the kale caesar was very good."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I ordered the octopus and a salad for dinner, which were very good. But that's all that looked good to me on the menu. The entrees portion of the menu is very small. If I went back, I would have a hard time picking something new to order. The Moscow mule was delicious! Crossed it off my list, probably won't go back."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We waited FOREVER to get served. There was a large group of over 20 that got there just before us. However, since the Bloody Mary's were served to us right away, we relaxed and didn't mind the wait. The food (chilaquilles) were great, and the outdoor upstairs eating area was really nice. Would definitely recommend and go again."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Starlite has got it going on! The food is great, and they have lots of interesting drinks. It is a retro feel, but classy. They have a great happy hour, and late night dining. The food was every good. We can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2013
  • "Whenever family or friends are in town, this is the place I take them to. Great menu, great drinks. It can get loud and crowded, though."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "It was our first time at Starlite and everyone was friendly from the front of the house to the back. The food was exceptional except the octopus appetizer was rubbery. The best part of the menu was the ice cream sandwich dessert. The only flaw is that parking was a challenge."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great. The food, drinks,and service was great. My party and I had a all around great time. I would suggest more heat lamps for outside. The only thing we had an issue was the DJ did not do a new year count down. I feel like that is very important to help celebrate the night. That's what makes it different from any other night. We will be back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A group of us went for NYE as Starlite was having a pre-fixe dinner and NYE party. The service was great and we enjoyed the meal. We were very happy to find a local restaurant/bar where we didn't need to spend 300 each just to celebrate the new year. Oddly enough, with a a dj though, there was no countdown to the new year. We actually ended up starting our own countdown with some others at the bar. Still, overall, a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013