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Candor by Giuseppe

4.8
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221 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
With honest flavor and expression, Candor is a fresh take on dining, a neighborhood destination, and go-to gathering place. Always ready to serve up an engaging and savory social environment, community and culture mix seamlessly through an unpretentious and approachable seasonal menu. An American eatery that satisfies locals and travelers alike, guests feel right at home – always delighted by familiar tastes with global twists.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 221 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.6
ambience
4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipThomasK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful evening at Candor in La Jolla. The restaurant has accommodated lots of outdoor seating, comfortably spaced and good for volume control. Our meals were delicious and loaded with fresh ingredients. Candor chefs prepare delicious meals and the restaurant has always hired very nice servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way !!!

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vipJanet
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Fantastic menu , great service, food is always delicious! Salads are fresh and creative. I love the salmon burger. Don't forget to try their cookies.. Freshly baked and so scrumptious.

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vipGinab
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this local gem!! Food is always prepared well, great wine selection and they just got their full liquor license. Must visit place!

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vip3byzndg
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting from LA who we hadn’t seen since the start of the lockdown. It was a perfect 75 degrees and we sat al fresco. Everyone just loved their meal, with comments like “how can a tuna melt be so delicious?”
We will return, again & again. Oh, and kudos to Sophia, she is fantastic!

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vipRichH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at Candor many times. It always is a great experience. Giuseppe is an excellent host. As far as ambience, given current conditions, guests are limited to outdoor dinning. This creates some unusual conditions and are not representative of the restaurant during normal times. Still, the restaurant tries to make the experience as pleasant as possible. And in any case, the food is worth any inconvenience. I would nt hesitate to recommend Candor.

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vipmdmjw
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I gave only a 3 / 5 for ambiance, as a table of 8 next to us with children were very noisy, dumped over a wine bucket full of ice, and dropped silverware several times. Perhaps if the tables were spaced further apart or the manager had asked them to be quiet. Would have been lovely to eat indoors as well. Great food and appreciated the owner stopping by to say hello.

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Roger
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very good and the staff is always friendly.

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vipmsenergy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Having dined at Candor several times in the past, I was very much looking forward to having dinner there again. The atmosphere is very nice, and quiet, and the service was attentive. However, my friend and I had 3 dishes, and every one of them was disappointing. Each dish was very bland, and definitely not tasty.

I'm very sad, because Giuseppe is a great guy and his food has always been excellent. Hope this was just an off night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Always the freshest food with quality ingredients... service is always on point as well! 👏

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GraceD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Given COVID-19 conditions, the staff did an amazing job and we enjoyed a great private table.

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vipSilvanaM
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience for every day dinning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food!!!! Everything was wonderful

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vipJanet
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go to this neighborhood gem. Chris is often my server and is very helpful. Food is always perfect;y prepared and delicious. Plenty of outdoor seating. This restaurant is known for excellent food and service.

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vipJandAS
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and menu for a very reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso!

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vipDennisM
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Candor for the European style dining and quality of the food. Giuseppe always runs a first class dining experience.

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vipLori
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, service was great, ambiance was outstanding.

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DarrellH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good customer service. Love the ambiance. I would recommend to anyone

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vip4mgoblue
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Pizza was AAA awesome with amazing texture and crust. Grouper special had the most savory sauce, it was exquisite. This is incredible, authentic Italian cuisine.

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TracyD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giuseppe’s cooking and his mama’s recipes never disappoint but this fisherman’s stew may be one of his finest ever! A must have! The freshest seafood and an amazing bouillabaisse sauce was truly impeccable. Additionally, the croquette, burrata and tomato bread was delectable. Wow. Always amazing, but tonight really pleased. Thanks, Giuseppe, Salem, Emily and crew!

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vipLori
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Outstanding items, wish I could take some home.

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JosephB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Don't miss this restaurant! It'll become a favorite.

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LBRunnerGirl
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered this little neighborhood gem on a day trip to La Jolla. Due to COVID restrictions, all dining was outside in a "patio" area created in front of the restaurant. Well spaced tables and shaded for guests. Our salads were fresh, hearty, and unique. Our beer and wine selections were crisp and refreshing on that hot afternoon. Very warm and welcoming staff. Highly recommend this cozy and delicious experience!

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vipPaulD
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, and a wonderful safe setting!

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vipPVSusan
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Make sure you order the eggplant for your starter and the Moroccan Shrimp and Grilled Nectarine Salad - YUMMY!!

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vipFoodLuv
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing! Staff and owners are the best! We love it here.

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vipJanet
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to go to Candor, the owner Giuseppe is there and often goes from table to table and chats. It is just like going to your friend's house for dinner, The menu is wonderful. The corn fritters for appetizer are fantastic, Crisp on the outside, very flavorable inside and delicious sauces under them, the wine list is amazing and they often have a percentage off the bottles. I am working my way through the menu and have had many things I had the sea bass the other night and of course it was perfect. Comfortable outdoor seating, socially distances kept, and very charming seating area. . Don't miss this one,

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vipPeterR
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is unusually good bistro food, with flashes of creativity.

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JosephB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Candor is a favorite and Guiseppe is one of the finest chefs in San Diego.

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AngelaR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything on the menu is delicious. It is obvious the owner/ chef cares deeply about the quality of food.

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vipfreespirit
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and experience was lovely. The chef/owner even visited each table and connected with diners. We will be back!

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vipJanet
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to go to Candor Service is excellent, food is delicious and the wine list is wonderful. I have been several times and like to try different things on the menu . I tried the lamb pasta dish Sunday and it was very good. I had never had lamb in a pasta dish before and really enjoyed it. . I have tried the Salmon burger, fish of day, salads, hamburger, appetizers, short ribs, ..... I have never been disappointed. You really must try this place !

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vipJanet
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. Top of line food, wine list and service. A treat in these difficult times, Nice outdoor setting,

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best birthday dinner ever! Love this place. :)

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MarioD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and wonderful food. Was looking for something quick and easy and it was perfect.

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viplola
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef k owe his stuff!

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vipLori
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great.

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FMSanDiego
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful !

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vipBrigitteD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Great food!!

FAQs

Candor by Giuseppe does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Candor by Giuseppe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 246-7818.

Candor by Giuseppe is rated 4.8 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.