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
1,388 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Chef Jackson continues to amaze! The wines from Darioush were equally amazing. Thank you to the entire team at The Lodge Torrey Pines!
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
16 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Kettner Exchange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Little Italy
1,200 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Everything was good. Frog legs cooked perfectly, which is very difficult.
93% recommended
39 people mentioned the Duck Meatball
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Born & Raised

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Little Italy
2,517 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
We had an amazing time at Born and Raised. It was recommended by friends so it was our first time there and everything was just awesome. Service: The service was thorough, friendRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
34 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Eddie V's - La Jolla

$$$$·Seafood·
La Jolla
3,640 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
We went for our anniversary. They did a great job making the evening special for us. Our server was patient, attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was perfRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in San Diego
84 people mentioned the Banana Foster
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Herb & Wood

$$$$·Californian·
Little Italy
2,847 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Friend in town
93% recommended
Californian in San Diego
96 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Campfire

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
2,628 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Love this restaurant. The food and cocktails are great. It’s very fun to order the small plates to share. The service was exceptional. To truly get the most of your evening, don’t Read more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego
29 people mentioned the Whole Fish
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Great Maple San Diego

$$$$·American·
Hillcrest
2,892 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
Everything was delicious:)
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Diego
145 people mentioned the Maple Bacon Donut

Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff

$$$$·Seafood·
Cardiff By The Sea
4,540 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
This was our first time at the Pacific Grill and the experience was excellent from the valet parking to the seafood cobb salads to the cocoanut cheesecake. And right next to the crRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in San Diego
207 people mentioned the Pacific Coast
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Ironside Fish & Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
Little Italy
2,886 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Great spot, food is always great. Drinks were well made. Atmosphere is lively.
95% recommended
Seafood in San Diego
44 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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Madison

$$$$·Modern European·
University Heights
1,374 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Lovely as always! Tony is the best :)
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
20 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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CUCINA urbana

$$$$·Italian·
Banker's Hill
5,591 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Yes, just go here! You won’t regret it. I have been here plenty of times and always have outstanding service and outstanding food!
95% recommended
159 people mentioned the Squash Blossom
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Mister A's

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
5,855 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
It was absolutely amazing. The view, the food. The customer service. Our waiter was absolutely amazing and on point !!! We love mister a’s
97% recommended
Best Service in San Diego
59 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Duke's La Jolla

$$$$·Seafood·
La Jolla
3,537 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Great restaurant with a spectacular view of La Jolla Cove. The food is amazing.
97% recommended
Most Booked in San Diego
141 people mentioned the Hula Pie
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Manhattan of La Jolla

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
1,073 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Wonderful first time experience! We will definitely be back.
90% recommended
175 people mentioned the Manhattan

Monello

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
1,563 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food, nice place
89% recommended
30 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar

$$$$·Italian·
Del Mar
2,144 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Everything was delicious! Our waiter was attentive and friendly and provided excellent service. We sat outdoors and the atmosphere was lovely.
93% 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
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
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
90% recommended
31 people mentioned the Yellowtail
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Chez Loma

$$$$·French·
Coronado
1,128 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
GREAT SERVICE, QUALITY FOOD, GOOD WINES, DESSERTS ARE OK....
93% recommended
21 people mentioned the Gingerbread
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Avensole Winery Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Temecula
703 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
Great food, friendly service, lovely atmosphere. Did not care for the oldies music playing on a pandora station with advertisements. Everything else was phenomenal.
95% 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
2,426 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mothers day celebration
92% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego
68 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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The Marine Room

$$$$·Global, International·
La Jolla
5,991 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
Will return! Dinner with the ocean waves coming in ever farther is an experience not to be missed!
99% recommended
Romantic in San Diego
111 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Civico 1845

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
1,338 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Honestly did not know what to expect coming here. After struggling to find parking I was relieved to come inside the restaurant and be seated right away. The waitress came right awRead more
87% recommended
33 people mentioned the Calamari
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Rustic Root

$$$$·Contemporary American·
San Diego
1,047 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Fabulous, creative breakfast. Prompt service. Accommodated special orders. Beware the hot sauce!
89% recommended
19 people mentioned the Firecracker Shrimp
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Top of the Market - San Diego

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,873 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
93% 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
  • Romantic
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
89% recommended
24 people mentioned the Caviar
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Del Mar
2,307 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Hostess and greeter were the only unpleasant girls we encountered. The servers and buss boys were extremely welcoming and gave great suggestions. Loved the manager greeting us at tRead more
96% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego
23 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Buon Appetito

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
1,224 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
My friend enjoyed lasagna and I had cheese/spinach ravioli which were adequate but I wouldn’t say great. The service was excellent and staff was courteous and efficient. Pricing waRead more
91% recommended
12 people mentioned the Osso Bucco
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Oceana Coastal Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Beach
917 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
A Beautiful location and excellent service. The restaurant was not crowded for Mother's Day, but reservations were required.
82% recommended
15 people mentioned the Jellyfish
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NINE-TEN

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,164 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Our Nine-Ten experience was great! It was our first time heading out as a group since last year. The food was outstanding, the wine list was very impressive, and our server Greg waRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego
81 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Herringbone – La Jolla

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,301 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Happy Hour for $1 oysters...great oysters! This place never disappoints.
Californian in San Diego
37 people mentioned the Whole Fish
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Coasterra

$$$$·Seafood·
Harbor Island
4,548 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Loved it, had a great time. I ordered the burger, but it’s Mexican food restaurant. I should’ve have made a wiser choice.
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
86 people mentioned the Carne Asada
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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, CA

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission Valley
4,229 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
Miguel was a wonderful teppan chef, personable, and made our meal very enjoyable. Vita was a great server and was so quick with everything we needed. We haven't been to Benihana's Read more
92% recommended
28 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
977 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
Great dining experience with amazing views
95% recommended
Great for Lunch in San Diego
13 people mentioned the Tri-tip
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Journey's End at Pechanga Resort & Casino

$$$$·American·
Temecula
120 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
The food and service were awesome as always. We sat inside because of the heat, but still had a spectacular view of the beautiful golf course and mountains.
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
4,641 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Good food. Good location. Good ambience. Good service.
95% recommended
Scenic View in San Diego
70 people mentioned the Paella
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Pacifica Del Mar

$$$$·Seafood·
Del Mar
3,827 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
The grilled branzino was excellent. Great aervice, beautiful view
96% recommended
Scenic View in North San Diego
43 people mentioned the Calamari
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Brockton Villa

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,016 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
Lovely brunch with a lovely view! Wish we’d asked to have the heater turned on as it was a bit chilly, but we wanted to sit on the patio. Service wasn’t fancy, but everyone was nicRead more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch 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.
90% recommended
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
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
45 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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BO-beau kitchen + garden

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
La Mesa
1,368 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
As always dining at Beau Bo's Garden in La Mesa is very enjoyable. We wanted something great for our "last measl" before they closed things down. Happy hour did not disappoint!
85% recommended
22 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Poseidon

$$$$·Seafood·
Del Mar
4,136 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Jennifer was our server and she did a wonderful job. Not only was she waiting on several tables, but we observed she also had to clear the tables and wipe them down after the guesRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in North San Diego
74 people mentioned the Calamari
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Il Fornaio - Coronado

$$$$·Italian·
Coronado
4,497 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
The view, customer service and the food was awesome! Definitely coming back.
91% recommended
Scenic View in San Diego
33 people mentioned the Calamari
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Sbicca - Del Mar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Del Mar
1,883 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem
Exceptional experience
94% recommended
Contemporary American in 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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