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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in 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 Adriana’s Cocina restaurant
5.0
5 (54)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Jalisco-style Mexican cuisine with creative fusion twists at our family-style dining restaurant. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Led by renowned Chef Adriana Dominguez, our restaurant is dedicated to delivering fresh, flavor-packed dishes that are both inventive and nutrition-conscious. Chef Adriana is best known for her five-star full-service catering business, and now she's thrilled to invite you to our restaurant!

Top review
VickiY
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
We were so impressed with the restaurant! Loved the shareable entrees, sides & salads. It was like having a family meal at home! Well prepared and wonderful service! We will definitely be back to visit again.
A photo of Youngblood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (952)
$50 and over
Speakeasy
Downtown
About the restaurant
A curated 90 minute, three course cocktail experience akin to none. $67 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are accepted as early as a month in advance for groups of 4 or less. Large party reservations can be made through our reservations team at info@neighborhoodsd.com

Come find us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We visited in a group of 4 and It’s an absolute fantastic experience. Zac was patient and creative, the blackberry cheesecake drink surprisingly delicious, definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys cocktails!
A photo of Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel restaurant
4.9
4.9 (90)
$30 and under
International
Jacumba
About the restaurant
Nestled in bouldery mountains along historic Old Highway 80, in a magical high desert community lies the Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel. The hotel has been designed with a sense of place, with natural materials, textures, & objects from ancient & primitive cultures from around the world. Our restaurant offers indoor dining under vintage ceramic lights and desert landscapes or our large outdoor shaded patios under a canopy of old-world lanterns and pine trees with a live music stage.

Our menu features an International High Desert menu that showcases the farms and ranches of Imperial Valley, the fresh seafood of Baja, and specialty regional purveyors. Make sure to save time to enjoy high desert elixirs, herbal tinctures, cold-pressed juices, tonics, and cocktails, handcrafted in our exotic desert hideaway bar.

Once you are here, nothing else matters.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We visited this place for dinner last night. Absolutely amazing! Quiet, not crowded. Ambiance , decor all of it was top notch. In Jacumba. The service was excellent. We got a tour of the pool area, rooms. Excellent! Will come back to stay a few nights . So happy there is a place like this within 45 minutes of my home. Loved all of it!
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 Noble Experiment restaurant
4.8
4.8 (314)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Noble Experiment is a small, intimate cocktail bar located behind a secret door inside of Neighborhood restaurant at 777 G St. San Diego, CA 92101. Reservations for 4 or less are accepted as early as two weeks in advance. Large party reservations can be made through our reservations team at info@nobleexperimentsd.com. Walk-ins are welcome based upon availability.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing drinks, ambiance and great service! They were running late with our reservation, but they took care of us in a great way!
A photo of Mister A's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8343)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Mister A's is the penthouse, fine-dining destination of San Diego, and has been for over 50 years. Located just a few minutes from downtown, you will take the elevator to the top floor and look back out over jetliners sweeping past at eye level, the San Diego skyline, bay and Pacific, while enjoying Modern American cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, and one of Wine Spectator's top-rated wine lists in the country. The culinary staff hand-selects local farm produce and the highest quality ingredients in every category to offer you selections that are made from scratch in house for brunch, lunch, dinner.. or simply the finest rooftop drinks and appetizers in town.

Please visit our website for specific dress code guidelines: https://www.asrestaurant.com/contact/
(Guests not in dress code will be turned away)

Top review
AndrewNvip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful food, great service and an unbelievable view. Couldn’t ask for more. We will be back!
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!
A photo of Boujiemana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (62)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Serra Mesa
About the restaurant
Voted one of the top ten best ambiance restaurants and the #1 Mediterranean food spot in San Diego, BoujieMana is a secluded gem just a two-minute drive from all the restaurants on Convoy.

With over 100 parking spots, we make dining easy and convenient. We use the finest ingredients from the Mediterranean to create delicious and timeless dishes.

Whether you're enjoying charcuterie and bubbles with friends or savoring a perfectly aged steak, BoujieMana offers an unforgettable dining experience. Visit us and discover the perfect meal in our charming, hidden location.

Our executive chef team is always creating new and amazing dishes; come see how they use our onsite-grown fruit and vegetables.

Pet-Friendly, too!

Top review
JnetMvip
Dined 4 days ago
Will definitely be back. The food was quality and delicious. Was there for lunch and look forward to doing brunch or dinner. It is a hidden gem.
A photo of La Bonne Table restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1354)
$30 and under
French
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. ​Bon Appetit!
Top review
BillFvip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful as always! First, great cocktails. My pork chop with mushroom dressing and potatoes au gratin was terrific, as was my wife’s steak au povre and frits.
A photo of Ketch Grill & Taps - Portside Pier restaurant
4.6
4.6 (117)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Ketch Tasting Deck offers a full-service dining experience on the 2nd floor at Portside Pier with stunning views overlooking San Diego Bay!
Brought to you by the Brigantine Family of Restaurants. For generations our family has created unforgettable experiences true to the San Diego lifestyle at our Brigantine & Miguel’s restaurants. We’ve hosted countless celebrations and poured many a round for the happiest of hours.
WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT MAKES FOR THE BEST MEMORIES AND THE BEERS THAT CAPTURE THE FEELING. IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE CRAFTED OUR OWN AND PUT THEM ON TAP.
From beer aficionados to casual drinkers, we’ve got everyone covered with our easy-to-love (and drink) brews made for making memories!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great views. Food was very good. Beers were good too. Our server was very nice and very attentive. Will definitely be back
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