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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!

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4.9
4.9 (926)
$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
It's the best cocktail I've ever had !! Thank you so much to Zach for making this amazing cocktail and experience!!
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4.9
4.9 (1345)
$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
GarySvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Even there a couple times. Everytime things were excellent.
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4.8
4.8 (82)
$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
HaydeeRod
Dined 6 days 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.
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4.8
4.8 (151)
$30 and under
Chinese
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
ElizabethM
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Delicious food and magical oriental decor! Beautiful lighting.
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4.8
4.8 (8303)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Christen was phenomenal. Sooo good. Perfect meal.
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4.8
4.8 (136)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown
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
Gloria
Dined 4 days ago
Our party had a very good experience here. The cocktails here are very unique. I had three and enjoyed them all. Service was great as well!
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4.7
4.7 (127)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
San Diego's most iconic waterfront property features Topsail, a luxury lounge on the rooftop at Portside Pier! Indulge in fresh seafood, craft cocktails, and small plates while relaxing fireside above the water!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely host , amazing view . Had an amazing time and would dine again and again .
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4.9
4.9 (1803)
$31 to $50
Italian
Old Town
About the restaurant
Baci Ristorante offers diners a hint of old world Italian charm, with plush booths, white tablecloths, and gracious servers clad in tuxedos. While the decor is subtly modern, the menu is classic, celebrating Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specialties include classic pasta dishes, veal, and fresh seafood, with especially tempting daily specials offered by Executive Chef Domenico Alioto. In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant's charming and welcoming features--include an extensive wine list, elegant patio setting, and romantic main dining room--have made Baci a consistent favorite among locals for over 30 years.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Anniversary dinner at Baci's was awesome. Tony's son waited on us and was very attentive even though he was working lots of tables. I had the best swordfish dish that I have had in 30 years. Thick, juicy and super flavorful. My wife had Chilean sea bass that was also done perfectly. We weren't rushed, we enjoyed our appetizers before dinner and the Baci dessert was delightful.
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4.8
4.8 (309)
$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 on Jun 12, 2024
Interesting fun place to visit! Good cocktails! Well go again when in town.
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4.7
4.7 (1938)
$31 to $50
Californian
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
insideOUT is Hillcrest's elevated restaurant and lounge and San Diego's only urban oasis! We are an 18+ venue.

The menu is curated by Executive Chef Johnny Duran and is updated seasonally to reflect his creative approach to California-Mediterranean inspired fare, using the freshest ingredients provided by our local purveyors.

insideOUT is known for its elevated seasonal experiences. We also provide customized private event planning with venue buy-out options. More information listed on our website.
Top review
Alexus
Dined today
What a great place to come for drinks & food! The customer service was great, very attentive, and the scenery was beautiful. I had the double cut pork chop w/ a blackberry mojito….both outstanding. Highly recommend & can’t wait to come back!
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