The Most Romantic Restaurants in San Diego

Anyone who enjoys a laid-back life filled with fun, sun and surf will feel right at home in California’s southernmost big city! San Diego sits right above the Mexico border in Southern California, which makes it a prime destination for sun-seekers on vacation! Outdoor enthusiasts can hike along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, surf the waves at Coronado Beach or take in the beautiful vista views at La Jolla Cove. Visitors of all ages can enjoy Balboa Park, the city’s cultural hub, and take in the many museums, theaters, and gardens. Military and maritime museums attract history buffs. San Diego also has a thriving restaurant scene, from candle-lit Italian meals to outdoor venues by the ocean. But where do the smartest, savviest couples consider the most romantic restaurants in San Diego? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table today!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:La Bonne Table, Baci Restaurant - San Diego, Cesarina
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Italian
Neighborhoods:Hillcrest, Old Town, Ocean Beach
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

La Bonne Table

$$$$·French·
Hillcrest
901 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Hillcrest’s Voyou Wine Bar recently re-opened as La Bonne Table after a lovely makeover. Where Voyou aimed for a modern look, the new place looks to evoke a kind of French country bistro effect, with ...

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Best Overall in San Diego
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Baci Restaurant - San Diego

$$$$·Italian·
Old Town
1,378 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Baci Restaurant is beloved by locals and definitely one of the most famous restaurants in San Diego. It offers diners a hint of old-world Italian charm, with cozy booths, white tablecloths and graciou...

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Best Food in San Diego
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Cesarina

$$$$·Italian·
Ocean Beach
2,309 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Cesarina is San Diego’s newest fresh pasta oasis and locals are already in love with it. Located in Point Loma, it features an open-air pastifico - an all-day fresh pasta-making exhibition station. It...

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Italian in San Diego
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Island Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
6,205 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

Located on Harbor Island, just a close drive from the airport, Island Prime is one of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego. It sits on a stilt-supported structure that stretches out over the bay...

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Steakhouse in San Diego
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The Marine Room

$$$$·Seafood·
La Jolla
6,136 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

For a fine dining experience filled with romance, head to The Marine Room in La Jolla. Located right on the coastline with a glorious beachfront setting, it’s a perfect place to dine when you are in t...

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Seafood in San Diego
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Bleu Boheme

$$$$·French·
Kensington
2,878 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Located in Kensington, right across from the Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, Bleu Boheme is a casual elegant French restaurant that locals love. The design sparks a feeling of France’s past generations...

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French in San Diego

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla

$$$$·Seafood·
University City/Golden Triangle
4,434 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Dining at Truluck’s is more than a meal - it’s a truly romantic occasion. Every night they feature local entertainers in the lounge and also have a cocktail hour to keep your wine glass full. They are...

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Seafood in San Diego
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Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steak·
Kearny Mesa
2,166 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation

The Butcher Shop Steakhouse has the look and feel of a classic Chicago-style steakhouse. It features only the finest quality midwestern aged steaks and chops, charbroiled over a mesquite wood-fired gr...

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Addison Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Del Mar
1,565 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic

Addison Restaurant is a truly classy establishment with a focus on authenticity and grandeur. It’s a setting where anything is possible, which makes it a wonderfully romantic place to bring a date. Ch...

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Best Service in San Diego
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The WineSellar & Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Sorrento Mesa
764 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion

Consistently ranked among OpenTable’s Top 10 local restaurants, The Brasserie is also one of the most famous restaurants in San Diego. Established in 1988, The WineSellar and Brasserie is the city’s p...

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Notable Wine List in San Diego

Manhattan of La Jolla

$$$$·Italian·
La Jolla
1,166 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

Manhattan of La Joya is an elegant, casual and classy place offering delicious Italian cuisine and a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. The bar here offers classic cocktails that get you into that New Yo...

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Special Occasion in San Diego

Carvers Steaks & Chops

$$$$·Steak·
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
1,677 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

Carvers Steaks and Chops is a San Diego restaurant offering a big-city steakhouse experience without the big-city price! Located in the community of Rancho Bernardo, Carvers is the perfect stop for on...

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Steak in San Diego

Operacaffe

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Gaslamp
895 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies

For a truly romantic night out in San Diego, head to Operacaffe, a warm and intimate spot located on 4th Avenue in the Gaslight District. Here they are passionate about their culinary business and cus...

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Italian in San Diego

Mister A's

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
6,311 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Looking to spice up the night with a little romance? Look no further than Mister A’s, one of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego! It is the penthouse, fine-dining destination of San Diego, and ...

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Best Ambiance in San Diego
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AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
La Jolla
1,586 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Located at the exquisite Lodge at Torrey Pines, the AAA Five Diamond resort in La Jolla, AR Valentien is one of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson is a force behin...

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Best Ambiance in San Diego

Stake Chophouse & Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Coronado
1,092 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

Stake Chophouse and Bar is a modern steakhouse located on Orange Avenue in Coronado. The prominent location right in the heart of the village makes it a favorite spot for locals and visitors and many ...

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Steakhouse in San Diego
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Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music

$$$$·American·
Point Loma
1,499 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch

Humphrey’s SoCal Dining and Music, located on Shelter Island Drive in Point Loma, is a casually elegant place that many locals think is the most romantic restaurant in San Diego. It forges the connect...

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Farmer's Table - Bay Park

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Bay Park
659 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch

Farmer’s Table is a farm-to-fork focused restaurant with an established name in the community. It’s also one of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego! It occupies a sweet spot in Little Italy wit...

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Great for Brunch in San Diego