Candor by Giuseppe

4.9
296 Reviews
$30 and under
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 296 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsdfoodie
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful to be back at Candor after a long Covid hiatus and happy to see that it is just as good as it ever was. Our flatbread, pasta and shrimp dishes were all delicious and service was on point...in all a very pleasant evening.

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OAnonymous
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and always delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch spot

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vipKatina
San Diego
102 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just great food. I've been to Candor now 2 times for lunch, 2 times for dinner. Consistently good food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. So kind.

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marz
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our friends really like this restaurant so I would like to like it more. The hostess and wait staff are excellent. The food is fresh and well prepared, but I find it bland and unexciting. For instance the Nicoise salad with salmon was mostly greens with a few regular green beans, a few tomoatoes, nicely cooked egg and a couple of purple boiled potatoes. The dressing was bland. My friend got a few olives, but I got none. The veggie burger is crumbly and not very flavorful and the guacamole and aioli were skimpy. The wrap was mostly greens with a little chicken in it and bland as well. Friends were pleased with the Moroccan shrimp with bock pears.

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MJTB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, very friendly staff. Lots of outdoor space with heaters set up.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great experience!

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CynthiaB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fisherman’s stew is amazing! The staff is so kind and the atmosphere is lovely.

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DavidL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Candor's menu 'is broad and the food is unfailingly good. My guest had the fish stew and said the salmon melted in his mouth. I had one of the pasta dishes which are always good. It's hard to have great ambiance when you're eating by a parking lot, but everything is so good you forget about where you're eating.

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vipJackson
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was wonderful, service fantastic. Overall would recommend

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vipTeacher
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! White lasagna for me, my husband had the lamb, also outstanding. We had the hot and crispy tomato bread for appetizer - also excellent.
Service was stellar - Lindsey, our server, was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list.
Decor/ambiance - every detail from the lovely china and glassware to the hanging lamps to the greenery was perfect.
Can’t wait to go back for another meal!

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MaryKH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Every single dish we tried was superb! from eggplant starter to main courses to cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely meal. Love the options!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is the best I’ve tasted in San Diego. Every time I’ve been we share dishes and not one has disappointed me I can’t live without the pear burrata app and the pistachio pesto cauliflower. I have yet to try the burger but they will be next on my list.

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Beth
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and meals were perfection!!!

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PaoloS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have paid much more at other locations and did not get the same level of quality or care in the food. Candor by Giuseppe was wonderful. We asked for outdoor seating and was accommodated easily (COVID). the food was excellent and everyone in the party enjoyed the food. save room for something sweet. The item with the Valharona Chocolate is not to be missed!

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vipBrad
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and terrific service! Lacey was so fun and really made the experience even better than I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong with anything here. Everything is amazing. I loved the Signature Lasagna and the Fisherman’s Stew. The lasagna is the chef’s favorite. My friend said the Lamb Pappardelle was the beat he’s ever had.So delicious and their prices are very reasonable for the quality.

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vipRadiojules
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Attentive service. Our friends had not been out to dinner since February 2020. It was their ‘maiden voyage’ post pandemic. We had a lovely dining experience!

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vipKatina
San Diego
103 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food! Server, Lacy, was just great! Very personable. A big asset to Candor for sure. Knew and explained the menu so well!

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vipSandy
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! So glad to be back in restaurants and supporting this wonderful La Jolla institution.

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vipDfischNW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food at Candor is the star! We enjoyed brunch first, then were so happy, we returned a few days latter for dinner. Both meals were outstanding. The staff was attentive and engaged without being too intrusive. Wine list was broad and strong. Cocktails were good and inventive. Top marks!!

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CherS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food always!!!!

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HughPates
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lindsey and Lacy are extraordinary servers. We eat frequently at Candor and always
find the food, ambience and service superb.

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vipDfischNW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just terrific!

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vipDuncan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a reason Candor is delightfully busy during the pandemic. The food and service are always excellent, not to mention the personal visits to your table + storytelling from the gregarious and candid owner, Giuseppe, make for a fun evening.

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vipThereseV
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience here with another couple was wonderful especially due to our server. She was helpful, friendly and gave us the perfect level of service. Food was great, ambience nice (outdoors and socially distanced) and we would definitely recommend to anyone. We'll be back!

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vipGirleatstravelslaughs
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time dining at Candor and we all enjoyed our meals and service. We eat ordered different meals: Tuscan Farro with Vegan Romesco Sauce, Scottish Salmon with Citrus Beurre Blanc (cooked perfectly), Pasta & Meatballs and the Orecchiette. All were cooked to perfection.
Our waitress was positive and fun and the bussers were quick to remove extra and used plates. Since the table was small for 4, this was appreciated.
We will definitely return!

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vipgoldilocks
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The service and the ambience was awesome, but they messed up my order which definitely wasn't the server's fault. But they didn’t try and make it up to me with compensation.

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vipSandy
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! They did a great job expanding their patio.

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vipTomM1
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and enticing menu. Very reasonable prices. Attentive, warm service. All in all, an excellent choice!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even more amazing service. Will definitely be back. Thank you Lacy!

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vipRickN
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside and had a nice dinner. There take on a Seafood ciapinno was delicious. Full bar and had a take on old fashion that was great. White lasagna was also delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and friendly staff.....cannot believe how grown up Sophia is!!!!! Beautiful and gracious....Claudia Casta-Pecora

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KrystenN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is excellent. I have had the Steak Frites and it was delicious with the Demi-Glaze. The fries are cooked to perfection, crunch on the outside and soft on the inside. I have also had the orrichietta and it also very flavorful. Everyone in our party loved their dishes. The one thing that I didn’t love was the famous carrot cake. I thought it was a bit dry. Maybe they had an off cake. But the pot de creme was delicious. Not too sweet but chocolaty! Yum. The restaurant is also very unpretentious. Great food, low attitude. Love it. I have recommended this place to friends and will be back!

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CharlieF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food here and would for sure return again.

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JaniceF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful variety of menu selections with unique flavors! Lovely table settings and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. Giuseppe knocks it out of the park. Farm to table and prepared with perfection.

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Cass
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here to celebrate my 40th w my guy. Wow! Honestly, I’m not usually impressed w SD dining. Candor didn’t disappoint! From switching our reservation time (easy breezy) to service, the food... all A+. The ambiance was just okay. We were seated in the parking lot (thanks covid) and a cars were literally within touching distance. Not their fault but I had to lower the score one star bc. Some restaurants have done a tad better job w the outdoor ambiance but the food and service was so outstanding I didn’t care. I can’t comment on the value because I didn’t pay (amen!). We started w the pear & burrata cheese (amaze~balls), I had some pink cocktail that was fantastic, a yummy glass of Chardonnay recommended by our server (she was on point) and for our mains I had the vegetarian lasagna (WOW) like the best lasagna I’ve ever had!!! With the cheese sauce... made my birthday! My guy had the salmons burger that was tasty, fries were bomb and we shared the cauliflower w pesto sauce.. insane! Oh and some fresh bread that was yummy too. Our server was excellent. I was in the service industry for many years and I know good service. She was impeccable. Give them a try! I know I’ll be back soon! Thanks Candor for making my b~day one to remember

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 4.9 stars by 296 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.