The Best Restaurants in San Diego, According to our Tastemakers

San Diego is one of America's most picturesque major cities. Located close to the Mexican border in California, the city enjoys strong culinary influences from Latin America and beyond. But where are San Diego's well-informed foodies dining out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Our experts have delved into the city's rich and varied food industry to compile the best restaurants in San Diego. San Diego has it all -- from authentic Mexican restaurants to family-run, Spanish tapas bars. The city has an abundance of fantastic eateries, serving traditional and contemporary cuisines from all over the world. Book a table at one of the Best Restaurants in San Diego using OpenTable, and make dining in this wonderful city more exciting than ever.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:NINE-TEN, Himitsu, Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Californian, Sushi, French
Neighborhoods:La Jolla
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

NINE-TEN

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,302 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

NINE-TEN is an intimate, elegant eatery in La Jolla. The restaurant takes great pride in sourcing all its ingredients from Southern California producers. As a result, the menu is seasonal in nature. A...

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Californian in San Diego
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Himitsu

$$$$·Sushi·
La Jolla
483 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Located in La Jolla, Himitsu is a Japanese bistro and sushi bar with a loyal following in the area. The management has gone to great lengths to ensure this eatery respects Japanese traditions. The res...

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Best Overall in San Diego
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Bistro du Marché by Tapenade

$$$$·French·
La Jolla
881 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade is a little slice of Paris, France in Southern California. This bright and tastefully decorated restaurant serves classic French cuisine with a contemporary twist. The hea...

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French in San Diego

Et Voila! Bistro

$$$$·French·
North Park
1,390 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Et Voila! Bistro is a friendly, neighborhood-style bistro that combines French classics with contemporary twists. The rustic dining area is wood-paneled, bright, and spacious. The service style is sem...

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French in San Diego
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Herb & Wood

$$$$·Californian·
Little Italy
3,567 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Herb & Wood in the Little Italy area of San Diego serves classic Californian cuisine. The dining room is a distinctive mix of industrial history and luxurious fixtures. Huge, vaulted ceilings make thi...

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Californian in San Diego
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Bleu Boheme

$$$$·French·
Kensington
2,880 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Blue Boheme is a celebration of international cultures and world travel. From the staff to the decor, everything about this place screams multiculturalism. Dark wood and stone characterize the dining ...

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French in San Diego

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
La Jolla
1,587 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Where else can diners enjoy classic Californian cuisine with a world-famous golf course as the backdrop? AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a high-class establishment that offers formal dini...

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Best Ambiance in San Diego

The Fishery

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Beach
1,871 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

The Fishery is a seafood-lover's paradise. It also regularly appears in lists of the best restaurants in San Diego. Located in the Pacific Beach Neighborhood, this rustic eatery has character and hist...

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Seafood in San Diego

Isola La Jolla

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
429 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Isla La Jolla is a homely eatery in La Jolla. The food here is classically rustic. But the chefs definitely know how to put a plate of food together. All of the ingredients come from local sources in ...

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Neighborhood Gem in San Diego

Cowboy Star

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
3,346 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

This highly rated eatery is elegant and refined, but it manages to deliver a neighborhood ambiance. Located in the East Village, Cowboy Stay offers a formal level of service that belies its rugged Ame...

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Steakhouse in San Diego
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