The Most Fun Restaurants in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

Ask a local and you’re bound to get the most accurate read on the pulse of the food scene in San Diego. So, we looked at our data to find where the most in-the-know locals are going for the most fun restaurants in this city loved for its beaches and sunny weather. These tastemakers go and curate, while you benefit. See where they are dining now, and find out the best places to eat in San Diego.

Restaurants:Jeune et Jolie, The Henry - Coronado, Addison Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French, American, Californian
Neighborhoods:Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar

Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
1,279 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This colorful and welcoming French restaurant in Carlsbad takes its place as one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. Full of playful decor and plenty of style, Jeune et JolieRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in North San Diego
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The Henry - Coronado

$$$$·American·
Coronado
344 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
A welcoming place off of Orange Avenue in Coronado, The Henry is a laid-back spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This cheerful restaurant maintains a relaxed, fun vibe for dinersRead more
95% recommended
American in San Diego

Addison Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Del Mar
1,448 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
This upscale and fun San Diego restaurant is one of the most acclaimed eateries in the city. Right in the heart of Carmel Valley off of Grand Del Mar Way, Addison is one of the morRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

$$$$·Sushi·
Oceanside
721 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
With an excellent pun in the name, the Wrench and Roden “Seabasstropub” is one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. This creative and lively San Diego spot features a diverse Read more
94% recommended
Healthy in San Diego

The Lion's Share

$$$$·Wild Game·
Downtown / Gaslamp
810 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
This classic and stylish bar in the City Walk section is one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. Stop into this lush and relaxing bar and pub for some local brews or a cocktaRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego

Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,279 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
One of the most colorful places in San Diego, the Sugar Factory is also one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. This is a place for those diners with a sweet tooth. Try the rRead more
Most Booked in San Diego

Bellamy's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Escondido
1,134 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Trek to Escondido for the fine Californian-French fare at Bellamy's Restaurant and Wine Bar. Elegant and modern, Bellamy's is one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. Grab a sRead more
96% recommended
American in San Diego
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Valentina

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Encinitas
341 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
This welcoming and cozy restaurant in San Diego is a place for upscale, internationally-styled dishes and fine wines. For “openers,” go for the Valentina beef tartare aioli with caRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in North San Diego

The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter

$$$$·Fondue·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,971 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
What's more fun than fondue? In the heart of San Diego's elegant Gaslamp quarter, The Melting Pot is one of the city's most fun restaurants. Not only does the restaurant feature prRead more
93% recommended
Special Occasion in San Diego

Wild Note Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Solana Beach
281 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
Only a few steps from the water in Solana Beach, Wild Note Cafe is a neighborhood bistro with a friendly vibe. It's one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. “Unrestrainable CuRead more
100% recommended
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Campfire

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
2,393 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Campfire is a throwback-style spot and one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. With a cozy and rustic feel, Campfire features a live-fire cooking style for its classic but upRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
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The WineSellar & Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Sorrento Mesa
699 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
For fine wine and classic bites, The WineSellar & Brasserie is the place to go in San Diego. Peruse The WineSellar's shelves for a gem of a bottle or two and try a few sips from a Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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Juniper & Ivy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Little Italy
5,263 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A fun and welcoming spot in the heart of San Diego, Juniper & Ivy is the ideal spot for dinner after visiting the nearby Ballast Point Brewery. Stop into this lively restaurant andRead more
89% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego

The Grass Skirt

$$$$·Polynesian·
Pacific Beach
617 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Take a trip to Polynesia with this lovely and engaging restaurant on Grand Avenue in Avalon Plaza. The Grass Skirt is one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. The tiki cocktaiRead more
89% recommended
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Q'ero

$$$$·Peruvian·
Encinitas
980 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
This colorful spot in Encinitas brings the soul of South America to one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. Specializing in Peruvian dishes, Q'ero is an intimate and unique dRead more
100% recommended
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Suckerfree Southern Plate & Bar

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown / Gaslamp
117 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Authentic
The middle of San Diego's Gaslamp district delivers some of the best Southern soul food in California. Suckerfree is a fun and engaging restaurant with plenty of televisions for gaRead more
84% recommended
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Texas de Brazil - Carlsbad

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Carlsbad
498 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Head out to the Shops at Carlsbad Mall for one of the most fun restaurants in San Diego. In Texas de Brazil, the restaurant's exquisite Brazilian-style meals come carved tableside Read more
84% recommended

Cesarina

$$$$·Italian·
Ocean Beach
1,176 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Voltaire Street in San Diego is the home to Cesarina, one of the city's top Italian places. A warm and welcoming spot, Cesarina is an excellent choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinnRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in San Diego
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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

$$$$·Organic·
Escondido
4,574 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Lunch
A short trip away from the San Diego Airport, Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens is an excellent spot for food and brews. Grab one of Stone's famous IPAs or stouts to go along Read more
92% recommended
Most Booked in San Diego
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