The Best Burgers in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

San Diego offers the quintessential California city with its constant sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and cool, coastal vibe. The dining scene here has exploded over the last few years with a variety of new restaurants opening up, from swanky steakhouses to casual taco shacks and more. If the goal is to try the best burger in San Diego, there are plenty of places to choose from. But where are the city's real foodies eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the most popular spots among expert food connoisseurs on OpenTable. San Diego has everything from the classic burgers and fries at neighborhood pubs to locally-sourced Angus beef patties topped with Gorgonzola and heirloom tomatoes. Score a table at one of these restaurants to decide who has the best burger in San Diego.

Restaurants:Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego, True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC, Farmer's Bottega Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Downtown / Gaslamp, La Jolla, Mission Hills

Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
302 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
This light-filled, stylish eatery serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch to guests of the Pendry and the dining public. They feature different menus for each meal but the houseRead more
83% recommended
American in San Diego
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True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
447 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand based on the philosophy that food should make diners feel better, not worse. This Fashion Valley branch stays true to their miRead more
92% recommended
Healthy in San Diego
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Farmer's Bottega Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Mission Hills
776 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
This farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of the Mission Hills neighborhood serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner along with a variety of local craft beers and winesRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego

Beeside Balcony

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
168 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
Located just north of San Diego in Del Mar, CA, Beeside Balcony is a gorgeous oceanside restaurant where diners can enjoy seaside views from the balcony. On chilly days, they crankRead more
99% recommended
American in San Diego

Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
2,507 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
This new outpost of Great Maple is located at the Westfield UTC mall and features a 5,000 square foot space with a 1,500 square foot patio! It features a wide selection of modern ARead more
95% recommended
American in San Diego
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The Med at La Valencia Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
651 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
The Med is a classy, sophisticated restaurant that caters to guests of La Valencia Hotel. It features a spacious dining room with an ocean view terrace looking out over La Jolla CoRead more
81% recommended
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Craft & Commerce

$$$$·American·
Little Italy
465 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
This Little Italy eatery and cocktail bar went through an extensive redesign in 2016 that resulted in a bigger, bolder and more beautiful space with floor-to-ceiling windows, brickRead more
81% recommended
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Fireside by the Patio

$$$$·American·
Point Loma
442 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Located in the heart of San Diego’s Liberty Station, Fireside by the Patio offers indoor seating as well as two large outdoor patios complete with long, elegant tables that are perRead more
88% recommended
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West End Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
143 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Located just North of San Diego across from the beautiful lagoon at the Torrey Pines State Reserve in Del Mar, this restaurant offers scenic ocean views and inspired American cuisiRead more
93% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in North San Diego
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The Patio on Lamont

$$$$·American·
Pacific Beach
1,279 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
The Patio on Lamont is a casual, pet-friendly restaurant and bar located in the heart of Pacific Beach. It offers indoor dining as well as a beautiful open-aired patio with a livinRead more
94% recommended
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Searsucker Downtown San Diego

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,929 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Seersucker calls itself the quintessential social dining destination in the heart of downtown San Diego. It’s a lively dining spot that features fun happenings like live music and Read more
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Gravity Heights

$$$$·American·
Sorrento Mesa
314 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Gravity Heights is San Diego’s newest large-scale brewery restaurant. Located in Sorrento Mesa, space itself is worth a visit. It features 12,000 square feet of brewing and dining Read more
97% recommended
American in San Diego

Punch Bowl Social-San Diego

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
142 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
Located downtown in San Diego’s Gaslamp neighborhood, Punch Bowl Social offers a modern, authentic approach to Southern-inspired cooking. The venue features 23,500 square feet of fRead more
88% recommended
Kid Friendly in San Diego
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Vessel Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
338 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Vessel features beautiful waterfront dining at the Kona Kai Resort located on Shelter Island. It’s a great place to enjoy magnificent views while you dine and locals love the warm,Read more
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The Roxy

$$$$·American·
Encinitas
96 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Fun
  • Casual
The Roxy is one of San Diego’s staples for live music and features different acts 7 nights a week and during brunch on the weekends. Located in the Encinitas neighborhood, the restRead more
86% recommended
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Jake's Del Mar

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
6,782 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Jake’s Del Mar is located right on the beach in Del Mar, just off of Powerhouse Park. They feature new American cooking with a focus on inspired updates of classic preparations likRead more
94% recommended
American in San Diego

The Shores Restaurant - La Jolla Shores Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
1,448 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
This restaurant offers gorgeous waterfront dining in the La Jolla neighborhood - you can walk in right from the beach! It boasts an open-air patio, fantastic ocean views, and a warRead more
83% recommended
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Cosmopolitan Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Old Town
330 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
The Cosmopolitan Restaurant offers lunch and dinner as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch with a menu that reflects the tastes of the Old Town neighborhood where it is located. DinRead more
Outdoor Dining in San Diego
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Prepkitchen - La Jolla - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
463 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Since its opening in 2009, Prep Kitchen has been a mainstay on the San Diego dining scene. The restaurant brings seasonal ingredients into a variety of cooking combinations to creaRead more
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