50 San Diego Restaurants to Connect In For Mother's Day

The OpenTable Team

Whether you're taking mom out for a treat or enjoying a Sunday lunch with friends, these restaurants are perfect for Mother's Day. From kid-friendly favorites to brunch-worthy hotspots, we'll help you find the perfect place to celebrate.

Restaurants:AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Kettner Exchange, Born & Raised
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Farm-to-table, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:La Jolla, Little Italy

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
La Jolla
1,194 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Friendly, professional staff, excellent food and quiet atmosphere. Fantastic venue to celebrate a birthday or any other special occasion!
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Diego
16 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche

Kettner Exchange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Little Italy
1,189 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Wonderful dessert! Budino is exceptional. All good was great. Service was great as well.
91% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
39 people mentioned the Duck Meatball

Born & Raised

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Little Italy
2,094 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
As good as it gets. Great food and drinks, though someone was toying with the music
93% recommended
Best Service in San Diego
34 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Eddie V's - La Jolla

$$$$·Seafood·
La Jolla
3,265 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Anniversary
94% recommended
Scenic View in San Diego
84 people mentioned the Banana Foster

Herb & Wood

$$$$·Californian·
Little Italy
2,357 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Fantastic place incredible food
90% recommended
Californian in San Diego
96 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Campfire

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
2,191 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Campfire food, staff, service is absolutely top rate! We never had to ask for our water glass to be filled, the waiters and waitresses are very educated regarding the ingredients iRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
29 people mentioned the Whole Fish
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Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
2,536 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Food was under seasoned and overpriced but the maple donuts are a must have.
95% recommended
American in San Diego
145 people mentioned the Maple Bacon Donut
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Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

$$$$·Seafood·
Cardiff By The Sea
3,547 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Very relaxing!
95% recommended
Seafood in San Diego
207 people mentioned the Pacific Coast
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Ironside Fish & Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
Little Italy
2,629 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating
We were on a weekend getaway for wife’s birthday...had a great meal. We were seated on time, wait staff was attentive, and the food was excellent.
91% recommended
Seafood in San Diego
44 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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Madison

$$$$·Modern European·
University Heights
983 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The food was perfect! we had the Brie & watermelon & haloumi to start and then my boyfriend had the jumbayala and i had the gnocchi for main. We had a carrot cake and the berry cakRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
20 people mentioned the Gnocchi

CUCINA urbana

$$$$·Italian·
Banker's Hill
5,350 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
Knowledgeable wait staff expertly depicted what would come our way. The food was delicious! Great wine service.
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Diego
159 people mentioned the Squash Blossom
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Bertrand at Mister A's

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
5,428 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Great service and great views - perfect place for special occasions
93% recommended
59 people mentioned the Short Rib

Duke's La Jolla

$$$$·Contemporary American·
La Jolla
2,698 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
Made reservations. Seated on time. Host was pleasant. Waitress was attentive. Good food .
93% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
141 people mentioned the Hula Pie
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Manhattan of La Jolla

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
963 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
My husband and I enjoyed our meals and the service was excellent. When I made the reservation, I didn't know that there was a piano bar, so I'll ask for a reserved table near the Read more
94% recommended
175 people mentioned the Manhattan

Monello

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
1,336 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The food is delicious, our server was stellar, considerate and attentive without being intrusive. My daughter has just turned 21 and when he carded her for her cocktail, ha! heRead more
84% recommended
30 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

$$$$·Italian·
Del Mar
1,897 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Casual
Our favorite! Great meal, great service!
94% recommended
Italian in North San Diego
75 people mentioned the Squash Blossom

California Modern - George's at the Cove

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,169 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our first time. Outstanding food. The Head Chef clearly is a star, creating interesting and delicious dishes unlike 99% of other top tier restaurants. Service matched the food. WelRead more
86% recommended
31 people mentioned the Yellowtail
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Chez Loma

$$$$·French·
Coronado
1,128 reviews
GREAT SERVICE, QUALITY FOOD, GOOD WINES, DESSERTS ARE OK....
21 people mentioned the Gingerbread
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Avensole Winery Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Temecula
478 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Avensole was very enjoyable! Great service , food and a beautiful day. Loved it!
90% recommended
Best Overall in Temecula / Wine County
6 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Morton's The Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,245 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Always amazing
95% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego
68 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

The Marine Room

$$$$·Global, International·
La Jolla
5,907 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Javier was our wonderful server for the evening. Everyone on staff created a safe and relaxing dining experience. We are so happy the Marine Room has reopened.
94% recommended
111 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Civico 1845

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
1,220 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vegan
  • Authentic
We sat outside—they have great patio heaters. Wine was great—our waiter recommended it and it was actually one of the cheapest on the menu. Food was fantastic and the service was oRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in San Diego
33 people mentioned the Calamari

Rustic Root

$$$$·Contemporary American·
San Diego
1,046 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
Wonderful food and service!! Enjoy your restaurant always!
90% recommended
Good for Groups in Exclusive
19 people mentioned the Firecracker Shrimp
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Top of the Market - San Diego

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,870 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Had dinner with a friend and ate at the counter near the grill. Always a great treat to see how your food is actually prepared. Austin was running the grill and served us up soRead more
88% recommended
43 people mentioned the Cioppino
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The Westgate Hotel - Sunday Brunch & Le Fontainebleau Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
501 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Money well spent! We used to go to the Ritz Carlton for their Sunday Brunch, but they've eliminated their buffet and started serving a la carte, so The Westgate Hotel is our go to Read more
86% recommended
24 people mentioned the Caviar
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Del Mar
2,108 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Great restaurant! Food was so good and came exactly how we ordered it! They are spacing tables at least 6' away from each other so perfect social distancing. Service was great and Read more
95% recommended
Best Service in San Diego
23 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Buon Appetito

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
1,157 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Food is very good! Felt very safe! Staff was outstanding!💕
94% recommended
12 people mentioned the Osso Bucco

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Beach
762 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The food and service was fantastic! We'll be back again soon.
94% recommended
15 people mentioned the Jellyfish
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NINE-TEN

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,039 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Food and service was wonderful! Will be back.
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Diego
81 people mentioned the Short Rib

Herringbone – La Jolla

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,074 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Delightful dinner. Great service. Delicious, unusual cuisine. Enjoyed it very much.
83% recommended
Californian in San Diego
37 people mentioned the Whole Fish

Coasterra

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Harbor Island
3,805 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Elizabeth was amazing! So friendly and helpful.
90% recommended
86 people mentioned the Carne Asada

The Patio on Lamont

$$$$·American·
Pacific Beach
1,279 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
It was great. The patio was beautiful and it was happy hour all night on Monday which was a great deal.
94% recommended
15 people mentioned the Flat Bread
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Benihana - San Diego

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission Valley
3,991 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
As usual, good food and good service.
93% recommended
Most Booked in San Diego
28 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
726 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
Friend coming from out of town!
92% recommended
American in San Diego
13 people mentioned the Tri-tip

Journey's End at Pechanga Resort & Casino

$$$$·American·
Temecula
102 reviews
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Great for Brunch
Curtis, our server was awesome. It was our first time and we will definitely be coming back. Such a beautiful view, food was delicious
93% recommended
3 people mentioned the Monte Cristo
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The Patio on Goldfinch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
1,055 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
One of our favorite local gems. Especially appreciate they are dog embracing not just friendly, staff are wonderful, and the food is sublime. Had a perfect birthday lunch for a fRead more
90% recommended
17 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
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Tom Hams Lighthouse

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
3,956 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Wonderful service and amazing food.
94% recommended
70 people mentioned the Paella

Pacifica Del Mar

$$$$·Seafood·
Del Mar
3,462 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
A party next to us was intoxicated and should have been asked to leave they disrupted the dinner
93% recommended
Most Booked in North San Diego
43 people mentioned the Calamari

Brockton Villa

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
1,981 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Thank you for accommodating us during this difficult time of the Corona Virus. Your staff was very hospitable, did not show fear and only wanted us to be able to enjoy the spectacRead more
88% recommended
Californian in San Diego
88 people mentioned the French Toast
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Anthony's Fish Grotto - La Mesa

$$$$·Seafood·
La Mesa
1,101 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
The service and food were both very good. My Catfish was perfect.
86% recommended
Best Ambiance in East County
18 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

$$$$·Californian·
Mission Valley
940 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
La Gran Terraza is one of San Diego's best kept secrets. I suspect that is because it is on a university campus. There is valet parking, however, and the valet parking stand is veRead more
90% recommended
45 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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BO-beau kitchen + garden

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
La Mesa
1,306 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
It was a ok we had a great meal, the tables were very close to each other
93% recommended
Best Overall in East County
22 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Poseidon

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
3,771 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
First of all, we had the best server EVER!! Her name was Valerie, and she had the best sense of humor! She had us in stitches! Everyone enjoyed their choices!
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in North San Diego
74 people mentioned the Calamari
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Il Fornaio - Coronado

$$$$·Italian·
Coronado
4,127 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
waiter was excellent and so were all other staff! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
88% recommended
Scenic View in San Diego
33 people mentioned the Calamari
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Sbicca - Del Mar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Del Mar
1,658 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Scenic View
Good friends reunion
93% recommended
Outdoor Dining in North San Diego
37 people mentioned the Short Rib

Donovan's - La Jolla - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steak·
La Jolla
4,147 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our server, Jillian, was amazing! She was very friendly and accommodating to my family! This was a family birthday dinner and Donovan’s made it very special! We had a spectacular vRead more
95% recommended
106 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Temp Restaurant - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Chula Vista / Bonita
91 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
This place was a go to spot for my friend and I. We loved all the food we ever ordered. Its in our home town so I loved it even more. We like to support our Local business. Sad to Read more
90% recommended
7 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Prepkitchen - Del Mar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Del Mar
734 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
This is my first time dining here and I ordered the Short Rib Hash and was fantastic. Our server, Tori, is amazing and I love the ambiance and location.
83% recommended
14 people mentioned the Bacon Wrapped Dates
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Whisknladle

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,034 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Once again another perfect meal at Whisknladle.
94% recommended
33 people mentioned the Summer Salad
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Brooklyn Girl Eatery - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Mission Hills
1,164 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Lively, fun place. Feels alive. Food & service was great. Good place for a girls night out, but will also bring my husband to check it out. Will return.
86% recommended
20 people mentioned the Brick Chicken
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