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Best American Restaurants in Hillcrest


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A photo of Common Stock restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Hillcrest
Booked 16 times today
Common Stock is a gem in American cuisine, located in the heart of San Diego. The restaurant offers a memorable dining experience, earning rave reviews for its remarkable service, delicious food, and inviting atmosphere. As one reviewer so eloquently puts it, "What a delicious dinner we had here! Everything was terrific- service, food, atmosphere. Loved it!" Yet another patron exclaims about enjoying the ultimate dining experience, stating, "Sitting outside in San Diego on a beautiful day with great food and cocktails doesn’t get any better." Despite the noise levels, Common Stock is a testament of excellent American cuisine.
A photo of Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Hillcrest
Booked 4 times today
Ortega's A Mexican Bistro, located in San Diego, has been praised for its excellent service and authentic Baja Mexican cuisine, specifically its renowned Puerto Nuevo Lobster. Numerous customers have endorsed its outstanding food and well-cooked lobster and steak. With reviews exclaiming "the food was amazing" and "so authentic", and others saying "the best I have had", the quality of the food is evident. The ambiance of Ortega's is also praised as being intimate and not too loud, making it a perfect spot for gatherings. In addition to its food and environment, its customer service is consistently referred to as attentive and friendly. Ortega's has grown a fan base since the 1980s and continues to provide a superior Mexican culinary experience.
A photo of NOLA on 5th restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Hillcrest
Booked 13 times today
NOLA on 5th is a standout dining spot in San Diego renowned for its authentic Creole/Cajun/Southern cuisine. The restaurant consistently wins praise from its patrons for offering delectable dishes, with many reviewers expressing love for their shrimp and grits, jambalaya, shrimp poboys, and Andouille omelet. Their menu is described as perfect for families, with good sized portions. The ambiance is noted to be cozy and relaxing, with an outstanding selection of drinks. Customers also appreciate the friendly and exceptional service, with special mentions of accommodating staff and a welcoming owner. Many have expressed the desire to revisit, making it a must-visit for a phenomenal dining experience.
A photo of Great Maple San Diego restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Hillcrest
Booked 78 times today
Great Maple San Diego is a celebrated restaurant known for its fantastic American fare, featuring classics with a twist. The menu boasts a range of dishes, including the highly recommended Salted Caramel Slow Cooked Pork Ribs and the Friday prime rib special. Reviewers rave about the "elevated American fare" and commend the "fresh and balanced" drinks. Particularly notable is the range of desserts, from key lime pie to Maple Bacon Doughnuts - described as "delish." Their team ensures outstanding service, contributing to the overall warm atmosphere. A critic highlighted the "friendly and efficient" service and the "exciting" decor, making Great Maple a must-visit location in San Diego.
A photo of Herb & Wood restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Little Italy
Booked 66 times today
Herb & Wood, located in San Diego, California, has been praised for its exceptional dining experience and is considered one of the best restaurants in the state. Reviewers have highlighted its unique and elegant decor, impeccable service, and an intriguing menu. The restaurant's creative take on Californian cuisine, with a myriad of vegan options, has received high praise. Dishes such as venison on polenta, whole stuffed baramundi wrapped in speck and topped with a tapenade, and a delightful pear souffle, have impressed even the choosiest of foodies. One reviewer emphasised the remarkable combination of flavors that rivalled some of the restaurants in the Guadalupe Valley. Herb & Wood comes highly recommended for an unforgettable dining experience in Southern California.
A photo of Ironside Fish & Oyster restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Little Italy
Booked 82 times today
Ironside Fish & Oyster, located in Little Italy, San Diego, is celebrated for its exceptional seafood cuisine. Praised as one of the finest seafood establishments in the city, the restaurant consistently delights diners with its fresh and delicious offerings. From the "fantastic" oysters and "excellent" lobster rolls to their outstanding clam chowder, Ironside Fish & Oyster consistently receives rave reviews. The praise doesn't stop at the food; the ambiance, service, and cocktail offerings also receive high marks from patrons. Many customers are more than eager to return, emphasizing the fresh seafood and variety of dishes. Whether for a casual lunch or a special dinner, Ironside Fish & Oyster is indeed a top-tier destination for seafood lovers.
A photo of Quixote restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • North Park
Booked 41 times today
Quixote, an exceptional restaurant providing an unforgettable culinary experience, is highly reputed for its exceptional American cuisine with a Oaxaca-inspired twist. Reviewed as a "must-try place," Quixote impresses patrons with its innovative menu, unique flavors, and excellent service. Many reviewers expressed immense satisfaction with their meals, highlighting dishes such as the crab donut, squash blossoms, and the lamb belly as particularly memorable. Equally praised are their beverage offerings, from mezcal shots to inventive cocktails. The ambiance of the restaurant received commendations too, with its beautiful and intricate decor creating the perfect dining environment. Customers particularly appreciated the attentive service, some specifically praising "Tommy's table."
A photo of CUCINA urbana restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Banker's Hill
Booked 52 times today
Rooted in the heart of San Diego, CUCINA urbana is an authentic Italian restaurant famed for its brilliant food and excellent service. Highly rated by customers, CUCINA urbana is commended for its unique and unexpected twists on typical recipes. The restaurant offers a variety of delightful dishes such as squash blossoms with lemon ricotta filling, gnocchi, mushroom pizza and more. The outstanding flavors are complemented by a great selection of Italian wines. Patrons also appreciate the restaurant's proximity to the Old Globe Theater. From the fantastic food to the fun ambiance and attentive staff, it's clear CUCINA urbana is a beloved go-to spot for Italian cuisine.
A photo of Farmer's Bottega Restaurant restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Mission Hills
Booked 35 times today
Farmer's Bottega Restaurant is highly recognized for its excellent American cuisine. It is consistently praised by diners for its outstanding service and the exquisite, high quality dishes it serves. Reviewers frequently highlight the restaurant's egg dishes and the Mexican-inspired elements on the menu, suggesting a brilliant fusion of American and Mexican flavors. Comments also point to the establishment's family-friendly and easy-going atmosphere, further enhancing its appeal. Although the noise level might be a concern for some, the scrumptious food, including the housemade yogurt, french toast, and filet, seems to more than make up for it. Whether you decide to visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Farmer's Bottega Restaurant promises an unforgettable gustatory experience.
A photo of Books + Records restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Banker's Hill
Booked 35 times today
Global inspired American cuisine, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch in an upbeat atmosphere, with live music most nights.
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