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 WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Starlite reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (54)vibrant bar scene (50)late-night find (48)romantic (44)special occasion (42)hot spot (35)great for outdoor dining (28)good for groups (27)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wineanddine
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban Sophistication
    KMAC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally got in
    doglover
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    RelgaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    From the vibe to the food, service and overall caring of the staff, this rates near the top for me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A definite visit
    Designme
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Matt was super kind and helpful about menu and selection. Everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinking only ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Lots of drunks on the patio creating a poor dining experience. Inattentive service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Super cool atmosphere, awesome cocktails and fabulous food. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our San Diego Favs!
    Elizajord1VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As often as we can
    SAYTravels
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • certainly a star
    SDbites
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love me my Starlite
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood secret!
    MissT
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food kinda sucks, great spot though
    WEIKID1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool, hip, great food and drinks!
    Sdfoodguy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good times!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CAN YOU REACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
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    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Friend Spot
    ChellieSD
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Neenernene
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions
    MagicalMoment
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 465 reviews are from the Starlite reviews archive.
  • Good food - limited menu
    doglife
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cool ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate