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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 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 (52)
$31 to $50
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 26, 2024
Great food & great service! We will definitely be back!
A photo of Youngblood restaurant
4.9 (921)
$50 and over
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 5 days ago
We didn’t dine at youngblood but we experienced the 3 course cocktails at the speakeasy! Andrea our bartender was very knowledgeable and very outgoing! When we had concerns about one of the cocktails, she immediately fixed the issue. Q (i believe his name was) , the bar back/busser was also very attentive. The ambiance was great, it’s a very very intimate space but it was so beautiful . Highly impressed!
A photo of La Bonne Table restaurant
4.9 (1345)
$30 and under
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
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Even there a couple times. Everytime things were excellent.
A photo of Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel restaurant
4.8 (82)
$30 and under
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
Dined 1 day ago
It was a gorgeous night in the desert 🌵, a mysterious, romantic breeze whispering a timeless “welcome.” The food is consistently delicious 😋 - fresh, tasty 😋 and just the right amount to feel satisfied. The service is very personal and all of this adds up to a wonderful experience.
A photo of Fortunate Son restaurant
4.8 (151)
$30 and under
North Park
About the restaurant
“Among my chef friends and the epicurean elites, aka “foodies”, the conversation around great Chinese food was always centered around authenticity, with classic American Chinese takeout dishes not considered authentic. But, having grown up in the Chinese American restaurant my parents have worked at for the past 25 years, I’ve always seen it as a by-product of enormous creativity and ingenuity of Chinese Immigrants. They adapted to what was available to them in the early 20th century and created some of the most iconic dishes in the history of this country,
Top review
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Delicious food and magical oriental decor! Beautiful lighting.
A photo of Mister A's restaurant
4.8 (8294)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
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.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
From the start of the welcome, the exquisite table, that view then the overall service, this was a fantastic experience! My friend and I ordered the steak tartar, oysters, halibut and filet, all were Delicious. The service from Ty and Piero made the night. Both gave suggestions, were attentive and created a fun time. We will Definately be back. A must try if you haven’t experienced Mr. A’s
A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8 (1439)
$30 and under
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
Dined 1 day ago
Nice place for Sunday Brunch. The grounds are beautiful and the food is really good.
A photo of Jive Lounge restaurant
4.7 (35)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
Our electric live entertainment venue just steps away from the casino floor features some of Southern California’s hottest DJs and best local bands along with great food, craft beers, and signature handcrafted cocktails.
Make your reservation today! A deposit of $20 per person will be required at the time of check in for your table. This deposit of cash or a credit
Card hold for the amount will be lifted when your party has surpassed this amount of purchased food or
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
B.I.G. is amazing and I’ve returned twice because of them. I reserved a both and there was only one waitress so getting drinks didn’t happen often unless I walked up to the bar. Smoking especially cigars shouldn’t be allowed in the lounge area.
A photo of Craft Bar Kamon restaurant
4.8 (132)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
"Taisho Roman craft cocktail bar in the heart of East Village San Diego that reflects the period in Japan when traditionalism and modernism first converged. We are committed to offer the unique and best craft cocktails!
**To make a reservation for a party of 6 or more, please contact us through email at info@barkamon.com
Please refrain from booking multiple tables as we most likely won't be able to accommodate to seat together.

**Please be aware that table or bar seating selection is just a request and it is not a confirmation. We will try our best to accommodate but due to limited seating availability, you may be seated to a different section from what you have requested at the reservation.
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
What an incredible experience. The bartenders were so knowledgeable and true experts at their craft. The cocktails were exquisite and unique, truly one of a kind. Will definitely be back!
A photo of Rancho Santa Fe Bistro restaurant
4.9 (317)
$30 and under
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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Our new favorite spot! Service is phenomenal, atmosphere is stunning and food is excellent. Makes us feel like we are out of town in a good way! We will be back again and again.
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