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Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in Hillcrest

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A photo of Cocina de Barrio restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Hillcrest
Booked 12 times today
*Brunch hours are on a walk-in basis only. Thank you for your cooperation & support during this time!Cocina de Barrio by Chef Jose J. FloresBienvenidos a Cocina de Barrio, the newest modern-urban Mexican restaurant located in Hillcrest, San Diego! We are proud to feature the culinary richness of Oaxaca as well as other Mexican regions. Stop by and enjoy our bar stocked with plenty tequila and mezcal selections, MUCHA cerveza, and wines sourced from Valle Guadalupe. Don't forget to join us during our weekend brunch (where we add a Mexican kick) and our happy hour every Tuesday-Friday from 3-5pm! Stay Chido!
A photo of Common Stock restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Hillcrest
Booked 9 times today
Common Stock is a casually sophisticated neighborhood restaurant + cocktail bar, where approachable nostalgic plates are prepared from scratch with obsessively sourced ingredients.
A photo of Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • Hillcrest
Booked 5 times today
Ortega's A Mexican Bistro is a neighborhood gem, known for its authentic Mexican flavors and festive ambiance. Reviews rave about the 'delicious food', 'great service', and 'beautiful surroundings'. A favorite among locals, it's a place for great food, good service, and nice ambiance. Highlights include table side guacamole, Baja style lobster, and classic margaritas.
A photo of La Bonne Table restaurant
Price: Moderate
• French • Hillcrest
Booked 10 times today
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!
A photo of NOLA on 5th restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Creole / Cajun / Southern • Hillcrest
Booked 1 time today
NOLA on 5th brings the flavors and spirit of New Orleans dining to San Diego. You will find a casual bar and outdoor patio downstairs, with a more upscale experience in our upstairs room overlooking bustling 5th Avenue in San Diego's famous Hillcrest neighborhood. We've been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as on A&E and The Travel Channel.Chef Andrew Boyer, a long-time New Orleans resident, has left no detail untouched in our food, from ingredients to presentation. You will find all of the traditional NOLA favorites here like jambalaya, gumbo, po'boys, red beans and rice, and more. We fly our bread in from Leidenheimer's bakery in Louisiana, and we'd love to serve you a delicious Abita beer with your meal. And while they are in season, be sure to stop by for one of our Louisiana crawfish boils, which are some of our busiest and most fun days of the year.
A photo of Au Revoir restaurant
Price: Moderate
• French • Hillcrest
Booked 4 times today
Au Revoir is a neighborhood gem, offering a Parisian French Bistro ambiance in Hillcrest, San Diego. It's a place where you can indulge in authentic French cuisine, with specialties like 'escargots', 'soupe à l’oignon', and 'coq au vin'. Reviewers praise the restaurant for its 'slap your mama outstanding' food, 'excellent service', and 'charming ambience'. The restaurant is often described as a 'wonderful neighborhood restaurant' and 'perfect little neighborhood French bistro', with 'friendly and unobtrusive wait staff', making it a favorite among locals.
A photo of Taste of Denmark restaurant
Price: Moderate
• European • Hillcrest
Ever had a Danish meal ?We welcome you to Taste of Denmark. We are excited to offer you a culinary trip to Denmark. Have a seat on the dog friendly patio or retreat to our indoor setting with dimmed lights. Whatever the occasion you can be sure to experience our warm hospitality known as “hygge” accompanied by the Taste of Denmark treats, light dishes and hearty comfort food. Gluten free dishes, vegetarian options and a fantastic beverage menu, we stand ready to give you memorable dining experience.You will find Taste of Denmark convenient located in Hillcrest close to the airport and balboa park.
A photo of insideOUT restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Hillcrest
Booked 36 times today
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.
A photo of Born & Raised restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Steakhouse • Little Italy
Booked 105 times today
Born & Raised in Little Italy is a neighborhood gem. The American steakhouse is a celebration of tradition, with a special focus on dry-aged beef. Reviewers rave about the beautiful and comfortable ambiance, excellent service, and delectable food. One even referred to it as a 'gem of a spot' and 'a beautiful restaurant in a very nice location'. The restaurant is highly recommended for special occasions, date nights, and even for just enjoying a good meal in a lovely setting.
A photo of Books + Records restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Banker's Hill
Booked 29 times today
Global inspired American cuisine, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch in an upbeat atmosphere, with live music most nights.
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