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Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in La Mesa

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A photo of Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(343)
Price: Expensive
• Seafood • La Mesa
Booked 23 times today
Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill is a local gem, praised for its excellent service and delicious food. As one reviewer put it, it's 'an amazing place to have lunch and dinner with family, friends.' Another customer appreciated the 'good outdoor seating' and noted that 'the food at Banbu is AMAZING.' It's the perfect place for sushi lovers in the La Mesa neighborhood, offering a fresh and unique dining experience.
A photo of Casa Gabriela restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(633)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • La Mesa
Booked 21 times today
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.
A photo of Giardino Neighborhood Cucina restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1017)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Lemon Grove
Booked 9 times today
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.
A photo of Brigantine La Mesa restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(4059)
Price: Moderate
• Seafood • La Mesa
Booked 32 times today
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.
A photo of Antica Trattoria restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(2313)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary Italian • La Mesa
Booked 10 times today
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.
A photo of Limoncello La Mesa restaurant
4.5
Awesome(228)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • North Park
Booked 9 times today
Welcome to Limoncello, your go-to destination for authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of La Mesa. At Limoncello, we pride ourselves on delivering a true taste of Italy with our carefully curated menu inspired by traditional family recipes passed down through generations. Our dishes showcase the rich flavors of Italy, crafted using only the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and from Italy. From classic pasta dishes to mouthwatering pizzas and delectable desserts, each plate is a celebration of Italian culinary heritage. Come savor the warmth and hospitality of Italy right here in La Mesa at Limoncello, where every meal is a journey to the heart of Italian flavors.
A photo of Farmer's Table - La Mesa restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1973)
Price: Moderate
• Farm-to-table • La Mesa
Booked 14 times today
Excited to announce that we officially have four locations open in San Diego including Bay Park, Little Italy, La Mesa, and Chula Vista. As a family run operation we believe every good neighborhood deserves an eatery where locals and visitors can enjoy “honest food done right”. Here at Farmers Table, we specialize in farm-to-fork cuisine that focuses on bringing locally sourced organic ingredients together to be savored in an inviting family-friendly atmosphere, where adults and children can enjoy many different food options that are just right for them. If you are looking for a magical brunch this week, come stop by for an unforgettable night.
A photo of El Torito - La Mesa restaurant
4.3
Awesome(399)
Price: Moderate
• Mexican • La Mesa
Booked 14 times today
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
A photo of Claim Jumper - La Mesa restaurant
3.9
Excellent(454)
Price: Moderate
• American • La Mesa
Booked 5 times today
Our friendly environment is ideal for celebrating special occasions, hosting a business lunch or gathering for a delicious meal with friends and family. Our saloons are a comfortable gathering place to relax after a day at work, to catch a game or share an appetizer with friends. The saloon menu features signature cocktails, chilled martinis, premium and ultra-premium spirits, specialty non-alcoholic beverages, an extensive wine list, and imported and American craft beers including Claim Jumper’s own Honey Blonde, Original Red Ale and IPA. In addition to the saloon menu Claim Jumper offers a Steakhouse menu which includes USDA Prime steaks and premium house made shareable sides. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Claim Jumper offers a selection of freshly prepared items using only the finest ingredients available. Favorites include Certified Angus Beef®, fresh fish, baby back pork ribs, fresh baked pot pie, specialty salads, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and more.
A photo of Aromi Italian Cuisine restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(186)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Mesa
Booked 10 times today
Aromi Italian Cuisine is a gem of a spot in La Mesa. The restaurant is praised for its delicious Italian food that's both fresh and authentic. Reviews consistently highlight the friendly staff, great ambiance, and value for money. One reviewer called it a 'welcome and delicious addition to the neighborhood', while another said it's 'an unexpected gem'. It's a must-visit for those craving authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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