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 in our Tastemakers List.

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

Cesarina

$$$$·Italian·
Ocean Beach
1,282 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
OMG. If you are hungry and craving great food run yourself to Cesarina! We ordered three pasta dishes and all were spectacular. Mine was the best as the sauce was chose. By Read more
99% recommended
Best Food in San Diego
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Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,353 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
The service in the restaurant was excellent, the only bad part was the hostess stand who were there 3 different people just talking, on their phones and were not helpful at all. WRead more
Kid Friendly in San Diego
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Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
University Heights
103 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Great food, great service. We sat at the rooftop on a beautiful, sunny day. It was really nice and thoroughly enjoyed our time. We took our 4 year old daughter. It’s very family anRead more
100% recommended
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Gravity Heights

$$$$·American·
Sorrento Mesa
431 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
One of my favorite local spots to grab a beer for happy hour or a bite for dinner. Such a cute patio and great service. They have a large selection of beers and cocktails as well aRead more
96% recommended
Good for Groups in San Diego
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Raised by Wolves

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
La Jolla
729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
So fun and beautiful! It’s a cocktail bar so bring ID. No food so if you you want to eat maybe make getting something to eat before or after your trip to raised by wolves. Had a grRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Diego
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Fort Oak

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
412 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Absolutely lived up to its billing as one of the Top 20 restaurants of 2019. Great food, environs and staff!
83% recommended
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Clara

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Carlsbad
213 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
The service was a bit slow but everyone is having a hard time right now. We were seated quickly. The cocktails and food were excellent. The bar below was a bit loud/rowdy but itRead more
89% recommended
Outdoor Dining in San Diego

STK- San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
739 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Was 1 of the best experience I had!!!
84% recommended

Tahona Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Old Town
185 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
Food was excellent and distinctive in flavor. The mezcal flight was just as the waiter described it. The restaurant was cozy and romantic. We will return to try the other mezcal fRead more
100% recommended
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Jeune et Jolie

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Carlsbad
1,327 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This is the best tasting menu experience in North County, without a doubt.
96% recommended
Best Overall in North San Diego
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Javier's - La Jolla

$$$$·Mexican·
La Jolla
1,015 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
Javier’s is beautiful! We had a nice time out with friends that night. Good music and ambiance. Salsa is yummy!
90% recommended
Mexican in San Diego
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El Jardin Cantina - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
Point Loma
704 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Fun
Hello, I ordered chilaquiles de mole. My suggestion is that you consider using real tortillas and a bit more cheese. The chilaquiles seemed like nacho chips with mole on top a littRead more
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