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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Jeune et Jolie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3814)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
A culinary experience celebrating the moment, Jeune et Jolie reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape with a 4-course menu offered at $120 per guest.

For those looking for a more casual evening, we feature "Le Menu du Bar”, an à la carte offering available for walk-in guests at our bar and lounge.







Top review
TriGalFoodie
Dined 3 days ago
Wow wow wow! Words can hardly describe our wonderful experience dining last night. From start to finish we were given a fabulous journey in cuisine, wine, and service! Nate started us out with a fabulous birthday surprise followed by course after course of decadence. My friends and I celebrated the night away and loved every moment of it. Thank you to the entire staff for such a great memory!
A photo of Nick’s on State restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1611)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive, memorable experiences.

Top review
MichaelG
Dined 7 days ago
Just an incredible restaurant in Carlsbad. Everything we have eaten has been so good. But always start with the deviled eggs and shrimp taquitos. Amazing!
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4.9
4.9 (764)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Oceanside
About the restaurant
The Plot is a haven for culinary enthusiasts, where creative chefs transform locally sourced ingredients into stunningly plant-forward dishes. Indulge in a full-service dining experience in the evenings and for brunch, or opt for a casual lunch on weekdays. Enjoy our beautiful dining room or immerse yourself amongst the plants in our bountiful patio gardens. The Plot team is led by Jessica and Davin Waite, who have been at the forefront of San Diego's culinary scene for over a decade, gaining a loyal following for their inventive and sustainable approach to seafood and plant-based dishes, gaining the attention of critics and culinary innovators far and wide.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Went to the Plot for our anniversary as my wife is vegetarian and other restaurants do not offer a white variety for her. This is our second time at the Plot, but it’s been a minute since we were there last. I was impressed with the wonderful flavors and talent coming from the kitchen and the service was wonderful as well. Highly recommend the spot.
A photo of Steak 48 - Del Mar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1017)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Del Mar
About the restaurant
At Steak 48, we serve the finest steaks and high-quality seafood in an intimate and vibrant setting. Our diverse menu will satisfy any personal craving, as we serve the best USDA prime steaks, succulent seafood, and shellfish along with inventive and classically inspired side dishes and appetizers. Also enjoy classic cocktails and an extensive award-winning wine list.

At Steak 48, we encourage all of our guests to get dressed up for a great experience. In order to maintain an enjoyable environment for all guests, athletic wear, excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments will not be permitted. We prefer no printed t-shirts, hats or visors and always appreciate collared shirts or sports coats. Please dress as your elegant selves. You are going to have a great time!

If you need any special accommodations or flowers reach out to us at the host desk!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
This was probably the nicest restaurant I have ever been to. I’ve certainly eaten at wonderful steakhouses, but the service was next level and the restaurant is beautiful. It’s Moody and dark and yet vibrant and busy. Every server greets you and there’s lots of extra special little touches all throughout your meal. If you’re looking for a very special place to go for a special occasion or you want to really impress someone this would be the place to come. Keep in mind. It is very expensive.
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4.8
4.8 (1884)
$50 and over
Californian
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Addison, Southern California’s first three-star Michelin restaurant, showcases the beauty and allure of California Gastronomy. Chef William Bradley offers his distinct culinary perspective through an experience that celebrates regional ingredients and influences. With its picturesque views of the surrounding hillside, the dining room creates a transportive setting for Bradley’s ten-course tasting menu. To further enhance the experience, Addison’s 10,000 bottle wine program showcases small producers, rare Champagnes, and new discoveries from around the world.

Since 2006, the purity and precision of Addison's approach has led to global recognition for the restaurant and the San Diego culinary scene. Addison is among an exclusive selection of stand-alone Relais & Châteaux restaurants worldwide, and, in addition to its three-star Michelin designation, is honored on La Liste. It has consistently received the highest recognition from Wine Spectator for its wine program.

Top review
LouiseE
Dined on Apr 1, 2023
worth every penny and every calorie - bravo chef bradley and staff!
A photo of Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1659)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Valley Center
About the restaurant
Black&Blue is a contemporary American Steakhouse with Las Vegas flair, and a 21 and up dining experience. B&B was recently named San Diego’s “Most Romantic Steakhouse” by the San Diego Union Tribune, and most recently awarded as the Best Steak House Best Seafood by San Diego A-list! At B&B we offer the choicest meats, freshest seafood and most dazzling desserts to delight the mind and body that will transport our guests into a world of indulgence and taste. Unwind with conversation and creative cocktails in our Black&Blue Lounge. Then move into our main room where Chef Nicholas Burgess will impress you with his inventive dishes and innovative takes on classic favorites. The Manager, Chris Scala, will ensure you receive the ultimate in guest service in an atmosphere that’s friendly and fun. To fully enjoy the B&B dining experience, please be prepared to spend an hour and a half with us. Visit us at B&B for a dining experience you’ll never forget.

Top review
Jefevip
Dined 3 days ago
Our server Star was amazing and did a great job. The new ambiance is really nice. Food was was excellent. The steak was cooked to perfection
A photo of Rancho Santa Fe Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (320)
$30 and under
American
Rancho Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro located in the heart of the beautiful downtown Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Our unique bistro offers an amazing menu and a superior wine selection for any brunch, lunch or dinner occasion.

Owner / Chef Mozy Jahanguiri, who has run restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas, has opened The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro in the space formerly occupied by The Pantry on Paseo Delicias. Mozy has prepared a menu that offers a wide variety of healthy and stylish fresh grill and more offering a balanced approach to food and wine along with bistro favorites including Oysters Rockefeller, traditional escargots, baked brie with grapes and honey and more for starters. Entrees to satisfy any taste of carefully sourced meats, seafood and much more. Be sure to check out Bistro's beautiful wood wine cellar, housing an extensive collection that spans an impressive 100 years (1897-1997) at a variety of price points.

Top review
IAMSSP
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
The food, the service, the waiter and the evening were absolutely marvelous…just marvelous!
A photo of Valentina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1718)
$30 and under
Contemporary European
Encinitas
About the restaurant
A small neighborhood Spanish restaurant in a cute California beach town called Leucadia.
we play music and serve wine, tapas, some cocktails and thoughtful hospitality with some dim lighting in a lively environment.
We look forward to welcoming you.

Top review
Noseyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food Delicious bread. Overall great experience
A photo of Rosina's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1117)
$30 and under
Italian
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant

Rosina's Italian Restaurants is traditional, casual and family friendly. We prepare our pastas and sauces fresh daily. Rosina's is a great place for a business meeting in our larger additional dining room, special gathering date night, or family dinner.
Hand Made for 30 Years
We serve healthy, Mediterranean recipes the Italian way: homemade soups, fresh vegetables, classic Italian cuisine from the heart of Italy. Our family has prepared meals for San Diegans for almost 30 years.
Find out why your neighbors are calling both of Rosina's locations hidden gems, and make sure to try the nightly dinner specials!

Top review
Billvip
Dined 1 day ago
As always a wonderfully enjoyable experience at Rossina’s. The seasonal peach appetizer was delicious and the chicken parm is the best in town.
A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1450)
$30 and under
Californian
Fallbrook
About the restaurant
While dining at the most atmospheric restaurant in Fallbrook, you can gaze at our sparkling lake and gorgeous grounds while enjoying a delicious meal prepared with seasonal produce from our on-site vegetable and fruit gardens. We offer patio heaters during the winter months and fans during the warmer months. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy a stroll through our many gardens before or after you dine at The Veranda.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Nice menu for brunch or lunch. Beignets with berry sauce and whipped cream, just delicious!
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