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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, Cesarina, Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French, Italian, American
Neighborhoods:Carlsbad, Ocean Beach, Downtown / Gaslamp
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Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
636 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Great service, friendly, not pretentious and food was amazing and paired so well with the drinks and wine
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego

Cesarina

$$$$·Italian·
Ocean Beach
556 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Cesarina definitely is my favorite restaurant in SD, I love how staff treat me, I really love ambient but food was better. My last 3 times my meal was low taste.
95% recommended
Italian in San Diego

Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
741 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
had so much fun with my family! they service was fantastic and the atmosphere was impeccable! loved this place!

Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
85 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Great Beer
Good food - good atmosphere!

Maestoso

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Hillcrest
350 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
Excellent food and excellent staff. Definitely going back soon.
83% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego
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Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

$$$$·Sushi·
Oceanside
591 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
Hands down the best sushi in SoCal! Get the omakaze servings from the sushi chef. This place will be Michelin rated soon!
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego

Addison Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Del Mar
1,339 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
We reserved a table at Addison's for my 65th birthday. The staff made the evening special in every way. The food is creatively prepared and absolutely delicious. I would love toRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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Q'ero

$$$$·Peruvian·
Encinitas
946 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Great food and a fun location in downtown Encinitas!
94% recommended
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Tahona Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
106 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
The tasting room was amazing. We then went out to the dining room for dinner. Everything we tried was delicious.
89% recommended
Mexican in San Diego
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Gravity Heights

$$$$·American·
Sorrento Mesa
243 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
Solid food and great service, I always enjoy myself when I come here for dinner or brunch. They also have a great selection of alcohol
97% recommended
American in San Diego

Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Valley Center
1,170 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The food & service was excellent, can't wait to go again. Thank you for all the attention to detail.
100% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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The Grass Skirt

$$$$·Polynesian·
Pacific Beach
504 reviews
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
So accommodating for our large party of 11 people. Food came out really fast and was delicious. Everyone loved what they ordered. Our server was on it with drink orders and serviceRead more
93% recommended
Late Night Find in San Diego

Clara

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
167 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour
Loved our server! She was awesome!
82% recommended
Healthy in North San Diego

The Lion's Share

$$$$·Wild Game·
Downtown / Gaslamp
715 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Great Happy Hour menu and options. Perfect place to grab drinks before a show.
95% recommended
Late Night Find in San Diego

El Jardin Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Point Loma
634 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Food and server was great! Hostess seemed disinterested in being there.
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Campfire

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
1,900 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Have to admit that my husband was a little concerned before we went to Campfire, based on the minimalist nature of the way the lunch menu is written and designed. His concern that Read more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego

Blanco Tacos + Tequila - Fashion Valley

$$$$·Mexican·
Mission Valley
119 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Groups
Always amazing!
100% recommended
Mexican in San Diego

Farmer's Table - Bay Park

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bay Park
265 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
Very comfortable setting with good brunch selection. Coffee is so tasty.
92% recommended
Healthy in San Diego

The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter

$$$$·Fondue·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,907 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Sherif was an awesome server. He had great timing and very knowledgeable with the menu. He made great suggestions on what to order, when we could not decide. Awesome birthday exRead more
95% recommended
Romantic in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Little Italy
4,619 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Awesome! Great anniversary dinner. The service was excellent and they went above and beyond to make the evening memorable.
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego

Bellamy's Restaurant and Wine Bar

$$$$·Californian·
Escondido
1,059 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Excellent service, food, atmosphere, and music. Loved that the dishes are made fresh and from scratch by the chef. Very accommodating to vegetarians.
97% recommended
Californian in San Diego
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El Agave

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
1,247 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Fabulous authentic and delicious Mexican food. We’ll be back!
85% recommended
Mexican in San Diego

The WineSellar & Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Mira Mesa
638 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Solid experience. Location is odd but well worth exploring. Ideal for any business lunch meetings.
100% recommended
French in San Diego
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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

$$$$·French·
Carlsbad
1,159 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Scallops were very good although the ragout that was served with it was not a complimentary taste. Braised short ribs were overcooked and mushy Server was ok but not great
94% recommended
French in San Diego

Trust Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hillcrest
1,002 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Service was fine but the food was top notch. You could tell a lot of thought and heart and care was put into it. Great job
94% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

$$$$·Organic·
Escondido
3,680 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
The entire experience was outstanding. We started with the tour, lost ourselves in the serenity of the beautiful gardens, then dined on the exceptional cuisine. The service was friRead more
94% recommended
Kid Friendly in North San Diego

Le Papagayo

$$$$·American·
Encinitas
934 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
We love this restaurant! Food is consistently delicious, service is always awesome and the outdoor seating makes for a lovely setting.
96% recommended
American in San Diego

King & Queen Cantina - San Diego

$$$$·Mexican·
Little Italy
489 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Happy Hour
Wonderful delicious food per usual
92% recommended
Mexican in San Diego

333 Pacific - Steaks & Seafood

$$$$·Steak·
Oceanside
3,920 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Took my wife to 333 for her birthday for the third year in a row. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in the San Diego area. The martinis are unique and always great - key lime pRead more
88% recommended
Scenic View in North San Diego

Ki's Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Cardiff By The Sea
453 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Healthy
  • Casual
Wow! Great place to watch the sunset/ask for outside seating. They have a great happy hour menu for all, very reasonable and flavorful. We had an outstanding waiter named Nick. Read more
91% recommended
Healthy in San Diego
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