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Discover Trending 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 trendy 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, Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box, Kairoa Brewing Company
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, Brewery
Neighborhoods:Ocean Beach, Downtown / Gaslamp, University Heights
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Cesarina

$$$$·Italian·
Ocean Beach
570 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Beautiful interior, friendly staff, delicious food.
95% recommended
Italian in San Diego

Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
750 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
Do not go to the Sugar Factory before noon. They take reservations beginning at 11 AM and their website indicates they open at 11 AM on weekdays, but they arent ready to take custRead more

Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
86 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great Beer
Kinda garbage that they charge the 3% up charge to “deal with the new California law” requiring they pay their employees a living wage when they weren't in business before that lawRead more

Gravity Heights

$$$$·American·
Sorrento Mesa
245 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Great place to hang out with friends and colleagues. Their indoor/outdoor seating arrangements are very nice and welcoming. The food was great, including the Vegan Pizza. The serveRead more
98% recommended
American in San Diego

Raised by Wolves

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
San Diego
539 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
LOVE this place! It's got such a cool vibe. Great for young and old. Super awesome Halloween decor and themed drinks. We had a great time!
96% recommended
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Fort Oak

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
300 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Excellent food, great service. We sat at the chef’s counter and it was fun and exciting to observe the kitchen in action and see how they prepare all of the food.
86% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego

Clara

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
168 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
Food was great, reasonably prices and the service was excellent!
82% recommended
Healthy in North San Diego

STK- San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
363 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Had the lamb chops and Brussel sprouts...delicious! A little pricey.
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Tahona Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
110 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
I was totally impressed! Each taco was well thought out and paired perfectly to The Mezcal. Fresh, well seasoned with unique textures and flavors. I don’t even care for mezcal butRead more
89% recommended
Mexican in San Diego

Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
641 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
94% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego

Javier's - La Jolla

$$$$·Mexican·
La Jolla
492 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Hot Spot
This place is beautiful and the food is delicious! I can't wait to come back. ;)
83% recommended
Mexican in San Diego

El Jardin Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Point Loma
639 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Food was delicious, but the service was very slow.