The Best Restaurants in San Diego, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Fort Oak, NINE-TEN, Trust Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Neighborhoods:Mission Hills, La Jolla, Hillcrest

Fort Oak

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
412 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Fort Oak serves the very best of experimental, contemporary Asian cuisine. Located in the historic area of Mission Hills, this stylish eatery features rustic urban decor and bags oRead more
88% recommended
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NINE-TEN

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
La Jolla
2,112 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 sRead more
94% recommended

Trust Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hillcrest
1,135 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Located in the Hillcrest Neighborhood, Trust Restaurant is all about the experience. Servers encourage diners to share plates with friends and family. Socializing and collaborationRead more
93% recommended
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Himitsu

$$$$·Sushi·
La Jolla
437 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 JapaneseRead more
96% recommended
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Bistro du Marché by Tapenade

$$$$·French·
La Jolla
680 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 contempRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in San Diego

Bivouac Ciderworks

$$$$·Californian·
North Park
23 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
Bivouac Ciderworks isn't just a popular San Diego restaurant; it's the home of hundreds of artisan ciders. The apple-based alcoholic drink has the status of a fine wine in this eatRead more
88% recommended
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Et Voila! Bistro

$$$$·French·
North Park
1,046 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 Read more
95% recommended
Romantic in San Diego

Cloak + Petal

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
Little Italy
536 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasion
Cloak + Petal has a local reputation in San Diego for delivering a gentle, romantic ambiance. This stylish eatery serves contemporary Japanese cuisine with plenty of Western twistsRead more
84% recommended
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Galaxy Taco - La Jolla

$$$$·Mexican·
La Jolla
365 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Galaxy Taco offers the ultimate in casual Mexican dining. Located in La Jolla, this family-run restaurant keeps things simple and tasty. The kitchen team makes everything, from theRead more
85% recommended
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Herb & Wood

$$$$·Californian·
Little Italy
2,566 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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, vaultRead more
93% recommended
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Bleu Boheme

$$$$·French·
Kensington
2,698 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 charRead more
95% recommended

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
La Jolla
1,300 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 thaRead more
94% recommended

The Fishery

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Beach
1,518 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 haRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in San Diego

Isola La Jolla

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
321 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
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 frRead more
93% recommended

Kettner Exchange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Little Italy
1,199 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Kettner Exchange in the Little Italy area of the city specializes in classic American food with a contemporary twist. Interesting decals and artworks adorn the walls. And dark woodRead more
91% recommended
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Cowboy Star

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,941 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 bRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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Jayne's Gastropub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
North Park
591 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Jayne's Gastropub on Adams Avenue is one of North Park's most popular eateries. Styled on a classic British pub, this unique restaurant features an extensive menu with many culinarRead more
98% recommended
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El Jardin Cantina - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
Point Loma
704 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Fun
Located in Liberty Station, El Jardin showcases the very best of Mexican cuisine. The chefs here have used their own experiences in Mexico to create a menu that's true to the culinRead more
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Whisknladle

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,034 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Whisknladle is a charming eatery in La Jolla. Serving the very best of Italian, Spanish, and French cuisine, this popular restaurant has a reputation for its artisanal food and itsRead more
94% recommended
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