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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in East County

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in East County? 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 Antica Trattoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2300)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Antica Trattoria is a warm restaurant with an old-fashioned sense of hospitality that quickly became a gathering place for dinners in Lake Murray and the rest of San Diego when it opened in 2001. For Executive Chef and Owner Francesco Basile, good cuisine is about honest flavors, fresh ingredients, and simplicity. That's the kind of food he grew up eating by the seaside in Sicily and it's what he learned in culinary school in Italy.

Why eat ordinary when you can eat extraordinary?

About reservations: We have a 15-minute grace period. Please call us if you will be running later than 15 minutes. If a later time slot is available, you may be able to switch your reservation.

We may contact you, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties of up to 4 guests; 2 hours for parties of 5 to 8 guests; and 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of 9+. We cannot guarantee special request for tables.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Consistently good food! I'm always pleased with my selection and portions are big enough for me to have leftovers for the next day!
A photo of Lemon Grove Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$30 and under
American
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
In addition to offering comforting American favorites, our menu provides a selection of flavors inspired by our chef’s culinary experiences, ranging from classic Spanish fare to Italian favorites. Our menu changes seasonally to feature the freshest ingredients and provide an exciting dining experience throughout the year.

The Lemon Grove Bistro is in a historic mission-style building in the heart of Lemon Grove. Since 1912, it’s been a place where locals meet and build connections, whether they were picking up their mail at the Sonka General Store in 1944 or ordering custom cakes at the Grove Pastry Shop in 2012.

Come for the food. Stay to experience the inviting ambiance of the historic building and its new garden. Let’s build community--together.

Top review
LesF
Dined 7 days ago
This was our first time visiting lemon Grove bistro. We went there for Mother’s Day and was pleasantly surprised. The place was clean and nice. The service was attentive and quite good. The food was excellent everything our table had tried was good! There are not too many nice places in Le Grove that I know of being new to the area so this was quite a fine and a wonderful gem which we will be back, I’m sure in the future.
A photo of Jive Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (31)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Jamul
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 Dinervip
Dined on May 5, 2024
Excellent night at Jamul. Great food, drinks, and music. Our server Cat was awesome as always.
A photo of Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (338)
$31 to $50
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Here at Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill we are committed to providing our customers with an excellent dining experience. Each dish on our menu is prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill is unique with its classic Japanese design, fused with a modern bistro look combined with earth tones and lighting to create a visual atmosphere one can't forget!
Top review
Napafoodie59
Dined on Apr 24, 2024
Everything was excellent. Ordered ramen bowl and various nigiri and rolls all very fresh
A photo of Brigantine La Mesa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4015)
$30 and under
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.



The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.



Join us for our signature Happy Hour.

Top review
Mickie
Dined 5 days ago
If you love seafood like we do this is the place to go! and the various salad selections are fantastic! this place has all you want when you are ready to be sated with perfection!
A photo of Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1691)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Alpine
About the restaurant
The Grove Steakhouse has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award. Resplendent with luxurious décor and a warm, inviting atmosphere, The Grove offers classic and contemporary cuisine for the definitive gourmet experience. Relax in calming ambience while you’re pampered by our world-class service. Our attention to detail and gourmet selections will make your dining experience a pleasure long remembered. Experience an exciting new menu, which includes an array of tantalizing entrées and desserts that are sure to satisfy and inspire you to return again and again.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
You must eat at The Grove House the Steaks are delicious, the bread their soup , and the domestic beers are only $5.00 The Restaurant is so elegant and the Staff is very professional.
A photo of Baron Long Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (487)
$31 to $50
Californian
Alpine
About the restaurant
Baron Long Bar & Grill features a familiar food menu, along with craft beer & cocktails for friends and family to enjoy while dining in a comfortable, energetic, sociable sports bar environment. We’ve put our spin on American bar food classics using the best local ingredients and freshly prepared food that is sure to please sports fans and foodies alike.

Guests can watch the action of their favorite game on our 16 TVs located throughout the restaurant, including (10) 85” screens. Share some appetizers over drinks with your friends or order your favorite burger from our extensive food menu. The beverage menu boasts a seasonal craft cocktail menu, 16 draft beers from our showcase keg room, focusing on notable San Diego breweries, as well as two rotating taps that will pique your interest frequently.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Large food portions-definitely shareable if you’re grabbing a quick bite. Friendly staff
A photo of Giardino Neighborhood Cucina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1004)
$30 and under
Italian
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.

Top review
ESUNvip
Dined 1 day ago
The food and service are just fantastic. Such a homey neighborhood destination! It’s lovely to sit on the covered patio out front, but it’s loud next to a busy street. We loved all the food we ordered!
A photo of Prime Cut Steakhouse - Jamul Casino San Diego restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1389)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Jamul
About the restaurant
Prime Cut is a classic American steakhouse located inside the lights and flash of an upscale Vegas-style casino just twenty minutes outside the city center. With Chef de Cuisine Greg Coyle leading our kitchen, an award-winning wine list designed by Manager & Sommelier Gary-Joseph Robertson, and a full bar featuring some of the most unique hand crafted specialty cocktails, Prime cut is the perfect place for conversation or an intimate dinner.

Specials:
Experience the best brunch in San Diego! Join us from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm every Sunday for Prime Cut’s Lobster Brunch. Enjoy a picturesque mountain view, sample from our award-winning wine list, or sip on your favorite craft cocktail while you indulge in delectable creations by Chef de Cuisine Cheryl Cruz.

Lobster Brunch • Sunday • $59.95

Only guests over 21 years old may attend.

Top review
Carnivorevip
Dined 3 days ago
Tried 3 new dishes from the new menu. All three dishes (duck, chicken, and quail) found under "from the sky" were delicious.
A photo of Casa Gabriela restaurant
4.7
4.7 (600)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Chef Gabriela Lopez brings her elevated Mexican cuisine to Downtown La Mesa. Using her grandmother's recipes from Guadalajara crossed with her cosmopolitan upbringing in Tijuana, Chef Gabriela's menu features authentic hand-crafted dishes and imaginative takes on classic dishes. All of Baja California is represented along with influences from other regions in Mexico.

The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.

Top review
Craig
Dined 4 days ago
The Cohn group has created another wonderful restaurant this one with Mexican cuisine. We were a party of six and everybody enjoyed their food, The ambience and the service. We recommend that you reserve a table on the patio.
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