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The Most Romantic 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 romantic 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:Godfather Restaurant, Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino, La Bonne Table
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Steakhouse, French
Neighborhoods:Kearny Mesa, Valley Center, Hillcrest
For 2 people on Thu, 10/17
Party Size
For 2
Date
Thu, 10/17
Time
7:00 PM

Godfather Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Kearny Mesa
424 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This place was great! They accommodated our party of 9 and gave great service. I loved the bread and zucchini before the meal. I ordered the spicy shrimp linguine and really enjoyeRead more
95% recommended
Special Occasion in San Diego

Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Valley Center
1,171 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

La Bonne Table

$$$$·French·
Hillcrest
658 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
We've eaten and.or had cocktails and snacks at La Bonne Table many times and keep coming back. One of the best restaurants in San Diego!
95% recommended
Best Service in San Diego

Baci Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Old Town
1,119 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

Cesarina

$$$$·Italian·
Ocean Beach
565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Fantastic food!
95% recommended
Italian in San Diego
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Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
637 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Best French cuisine in San Diego County and actually a deal at their prices; servers are super knowledgeable and friendly. The chef's tasting menu with wine pairing is insane and nRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego

Bellamy's Restaurant and Wine Bar

$$$$·Californian·
Escondido
1,060 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Bellamy's was the perfect place to celebrate my sister's birthday with my family. Their dishes were superb, their service was impeccable and the ambience was magical. We look forwaRead more
97% recommended
Californian in San Diego

Island Prime

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown / Gaslamp
5,283 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our meal and service were surpurb! All wonderful. We had a table by the window with a view.
93% recommended
Steak in San Diego
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333 Pacific - Steaks & Seafood

$$$$·Steak·
Oceanside
3,922 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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
87% recommended
Scenic View in North San Diego

The Marine Room

$$$$·Global, International·
La Jolla
5,611 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Food and service was superb. We will definitely be back!
93% recommended

Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Gaslamp
784 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Great food and service. Looking forward to returning
97% recommended
Romantic in San Diego

Donovan's - La Jolla

$$$$·Steak·
La Jolla
4,097 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Donovan's has been our "go-to" place for special occasions for several years and this past Sunday was everything we go there for. We celebrated our 24th anniversary with a table byRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego

Bleu Boheme

$$$$·French·
Kensington
2,469 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
LOVE it!!!
91% recommended
French in San Diego

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

$$$$·French·
Carlsbad
1,159 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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

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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Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla

$$$$·Seafood·
University City/Golden Triangle
3,447 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Excellent service, best seafood ever !perfection.thanks for making our night extra special.
98% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego

Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steak·
Kearny Mesa
1,992 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Lovely evening just wish they could do something with the seating it’s always like you’re right on top of each other
95% recommended

Addison Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Del Mar
1,340 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Nice ambience. Great food. Very good style of service. Tad costly but overall very pleasant. Just wished I would have known in advance they were cigar friendly.
94% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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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

Manhattan of La Jolla

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
887 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our go to quiet local comfortably upscale Italian with an old school feel and excellent food. For some pleasant dinner music sit in Bar dining room . If Sinatra was alive he wouldRead more
98% recommended
Hot Spot in San Diego

de Medici Cucina Italiana

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,094 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The food was fabulous. I always get the veal chop. The other guests raves about the sea bass, the spaghetti and meatballs as well as the thinly pounded veal chop served parmigianRead more
87% recommended

Carvers Steaks & Chops

$$$$·Steak·
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
1,070 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Be sure to make reservations if you are going on Tuesdays since they have the special steak deal. The food and service is very good. If you have room for dessert, try their Gooey BRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in North San Diego

Vintana Wine & Dine

$$$$·Californian·
Escondido
5,095 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
We didn’t know what to expect except we have always enjoyed the Cohn restaurants. However dining above a car dealership seemed a bit of a leap. Our server Bronson and his team wereRead more
92% recommended
Romantic in North San Diego

Operacaffe

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Gaslamp
752 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Very good service and good food. Pasta Bolegnese was over-sauced but tasty.
95% recommended

Bertrand at Mister A's

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
5,161 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Amazing place with an amazing view!!
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego

Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff

$$$$·Seafood·
Solana Beach
4,642 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Took our grandkids (ages 10-16) to celebrate my birthday. Kids’ menu came in handy. The service was fine, the food dependably good and the chocolate bourbon won the night for me!
91% recommended
Scenic View in North San Diego

AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
La Jolla
1,073 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Scenic View
Great food, wonderful and attentive service! Breathtaking views! One of my favorite spots for a refined lunch! Nice quiet space! Fabulous menu and great options for lunch!
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego

Top of the Market - San Diego

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,736 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Amazing, fresh seafood. Beautiful atmosphere and view! Wonderful!!
90% recommended
Seafood in San Diego

Stake Chophouse & Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Coronado
692 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Love this place ! One of our all time favorites. Great food , professional staff.
98% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego

Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music

$$$$·American·
Point Loma
1,585 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
Anniversary dinner
87% recommended
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