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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best value 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 The Plot restaurant
4.9
4.9 (746)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
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
ElizabethB
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious food, beautifully presented. I’m not vegan or even vegetarian but there were more delicious-sounding menu items than we could try, and all those we did try were excellent. Nice selection of non-alcoholic drinks along with local beers and a few wine options. Highly recommended.
A photo of Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1604)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Top notch service and the food was delicious! Will definitely return.
A photo of Vittorio's Italian Restaurant- San Diego restaurant
4.8
4.8 (598)
$30 and under
Italian
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Italian trattoria and wine bar.
Favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant

Top review
RickWvip
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was excellent. We went in for the Date Night Special. It's the best deal in town. Victor, host and owner, is friendly and very gracious.
A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1426)
$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
MaryB
Dined 3 days ago
It is such a wonderful venue with excellent service. The food is delicious and the gardens are beautiful, always a delightful experience.
A photo of Rancho Santa Fe Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (317)
$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
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.
A photo of Rosina's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1064)
$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
MichaelLvip
Dined 1 day ago
Delicious food, great service, good friends, all equalled a perfect night
A photo of Carvers Steaks & Chops restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2738)
$31 to $50
Steak
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
Welcome to Carvers Steaks and Chops - a San Diego restaurant committed to the tradition of the big-city steakhouse without the big-city price or the big-city drive.

Located in the community of Rancho Bernardo, Carvers is the perfect destination for whatever mood you're in. Whether it's stopping in to enjoy a hand-shaken martini after work or bringing the family in to sample some of our award-winning prime rib, choice steaks, seafood options, and meals for the kids, we will cater to your every need.

Visit us and experience our array of dining options, live entertainment, and top-notch service. Carvers Steaks & Chops - voted North San Diego County's Finest Steakhouse twenty two years running.

Top review
GaryH
Dined 2 days ago
My only issue was we felt that everytime we asked ffor something it felt like we were bothering him.
A photo of Nick’s on State restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1519)
$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
TinaM
Dined 4 days ago
First time here...we are long-time patrons of Nick's in San Clemente!! Always exquisite meals! Great service!
A photo of Ki's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (968)
$30 and under
Californian
Cardiff By The Sea
About the restaurant
During these trying times, we are trying to adjust our service so that customers feel safe but still have a great Ki's experience. Daytime service is as it always has been: order at the counter and the food will be brought to you in the seating area we have created outside under the tents. Night-time is full service. Sunday through Thursday is upstairs. The tables are spaced far apart and there is an option of being out on the front deck for parties of two. On Friday and Saturday, we will be offering full service in both seating areas of upstairs and under the tents outside.
Ki's is a perfect fit for its local beach community culture. We provide food options that serve the needs of people who enjoy the outdoors and have a high degree of awareness for their health, fitness and well being. And Ki's is more than just a 'health food' option for many. It is simply great food for anyone-professionals, families looking for a home-cooked meal or friends hanging out enjoying some tasty eats.

Top review
Brockvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Lovely place. Family owned. Great views and quality food.
A photo of Giaola Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (418)
$30 and under
Italian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
With a menu featuring the perfect marriage of classic homemade Italian tastes and contemporary flair, Giaola Italian Kitchen invites you to be our guest. Enjoy time-tested recipes and fresh, hearty meals that feed the body and nourish the soul. Welcome to our kitchen. Welcome home.
Top review
JenniferH
Dined 7 days ago
I WISH we remembered out waiters name because he was FANTASTIC with our group of 14. I will DEFINITELY be back!
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