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The Most Famous 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 best famous 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:Cesarina, Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino, Farmer's Table - Bay Park
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Steakhouse, Farm-to-table
Neighborhoods:Ocean Beach, Valley Center, Bay Park
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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

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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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

Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

$$$$·Sushi·
Oceanside
592 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

The Red Door

$$$$·Italian·
Mission Hills
1,539 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
Luciano, the chef/owner is not only a wonderful chef, he's a great host. Kelsey our server was also excellent. We've been several times recently and loved it. This time we took frRead more
95% recommended
Healthy in San Diego

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

Godfather Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Kearny Mesa
422 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This was a most satisfying experience. We had not been there for several years but it was the same excellence we had previously experienced. Highly recommend if you want to feel grRead more
95% recommended
Special Occasion in San Diego

West Steak and Seafood

$$$$·Steak·
Carlsbad
2,169 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Our server was outstanding. She was very professional
91% recommended
Steak 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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Mille Fleurs

$$$$·French American·
Rancho Santa Fe
1,439 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Mille Fleurs continues to be my absolute favorite restaurant in San Diego. Always impeccable, never disappointing with years of flawless service, quality and wonderful cuisine. BRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List 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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Baci Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Old Town
1,118 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner in an intimate corner with impeccable service, fabulous food, delicious cocktails and wines, and even a surprise dessert encircled with a Read more
95% recommended
Best Overall 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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The French Gourmet

$$$$·French·
Pacific Beach
986 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Four of us had dishes from the "Restaurant Week" menu. Everything was delicious. We had 2 different salads and each had a wonderful combination of vegetables and distinct dressinRead more
98% recommended
French in San Diego
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Market Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Del Mar
3,038 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
We went to Market to celebrate my wife's birthday. Market is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always great. The decor of the restaurant is lacking (needs a refresh) butRead more
98% 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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Bleu Boheme

$$$$·French·
Kensington
2,466 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
LOVE it!!!
91% recommended
French in San Diego

Campfire

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
1,901 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

SEA180 Coastal Tavern

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Imperial Beach
1,359 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Great place, awesome service and the food was excellent
90% recommended

The Fishery

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Beach
1,304 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
awesome food, nice ambiance, cool fish statues on the wall!
85% recommended
Seafood 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

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

NINE-TEN

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
1,956 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
We tried the Chef’s Choice and were impressed!
91% recommended
Californian in San Diego

Top of the Market - San Diego

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,734 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Amazing, fresh seafood. Beautiful atmosphere and view! Wonderful!!
90% recommended
Seafood in San Diego

AVANT

$$$$·Californian·
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
908 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Daniel was great, personal and attentive. Suggested a wonderful Pinot Noir, brought everyone extra we requested. Butternut squash was delicious! Can’t wait for our next date night!Read more
92% recommended
Healthy in North San Diego

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
La Jolla
1,070 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Scenic View
Spectacular dinner. Incredible food and views. I trusted the recommendations of the wait staff and was well rewarded.
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego

Pamplemousse Grille

$$$$·French·
Solana Beach
1,558 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The food is Wonderful and consistently Great Its Amazing how Jeffrey Strauss has been able to maintain the highest quality food/ restaurant for so many years Kudos to him and the aRead more
88% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Diego

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

Farmer's Bottega Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Mission Hills
715 reviews
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
Such great food and service! So glad we went here for dinner tonight!!
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego

Veladora

$$$$·Californian·
Rancho Santa Fe
804 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
My husband and I were celebrating our 21st anniversary . The whole crew made our experience a memorable one. The staff was very attentive and well informed regarding our special ocRead more
88% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
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