Candor by Giuseppe

4.7
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137 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.
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.5
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GL
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, very fresh. Home cooked Italian food at its best!!

CR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Have been here three times and the food is consistently excellent!

JS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Parking was not a problem and the food was very tasty. Great mimosas, too!

FM
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Candor is excellent. The menu is a creative combination of Italian and California farm-to-table. Lots of veggies and interesting flavors. They also have specials every weeknight. The Osso Buco with butternut squash risotto is outstanding. Friendly, attentive, excellent service . . . and the owner, Guiseppe, is usually there and available to talk about the menu.

The only knock on Candor is that it's very small. So you definitely need a reservation, even on a weeknight.

P
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG. So delicious!!! Excellent food and nice atmosphere. I've gone several times for brunch, lunch and dinner. It has not disappointed! This last time we were there on Saturday night. We were immediately greeted by friendly staff. The restaurant filled up quickly. They have a fun and creative menu. We started with the tomato soup and the Little Gem Caesar salad. Our main entrée was the house special which was a grouper (lean, moist and mild) with potatoes and tapenade. The wine list is phenomenal and fairly priced. Our dessert was a tasty seasonal cobbler with to-die-for pistachio gelato. We also had their famous carrot cake. All was so yummy. I can hardly wait to go back. Highly recommend!!!

RP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening of delicious cuisine. We were fortunate to meet Giuseppe when he came by our table. We’ll be back soon!

CG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, great neighborhood restaurant

SR
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Relaxed service, casual but upscale atmosphere, excellent food! Really nice surprise and one of the better dining experiences of the year. We’ll be returning often.

s
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite restaurant in La Jolla! Food and service are always outstanding. We have enjoyed several meals at Candor and have been impressed each time. Our server Chris deserves a special shout out for his kind and solicitous service. We look forward to returning soon.

S
San Diego
125 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We've been here twice for dinner and LOVE it. The food is wonderful and the menu interesting and inviting. I understand they will be getting a liquor license soon and that will be a nice addition. The indoor space is small and 'high energy' but they also have an heated outdoor dining area.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My suggestion is to warm up the patio. Put more heaters all around including on a lower lower level to keep her legs warm! Thank it’s what I said be nice

R
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. A favorite for brunch! Full menu, many choices.

AK
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very delicious!

k
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was our 5th visit to CAndor………….they nail it everytime!! Food is delicious, prepared and served beautifully...best papradelle anywhere! Baby Caesar salad...excellent...we are so impressed with their food and staff, so nice to have it closeby….have recommended it to so many friends...all of whom have had positive feedback...
just wish they had cushions on those chairs!!!!!
thank you Candor!
congratulations on such a great eatery...

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

new neighborhood spot, hoping it'll appeal to locals and do well.

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and the staff were so welcoming. I'll definitely be back.

P
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and A+ service! My new favorite place. We had a delicious Sunday brunch!

OT
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great neighborhood gem for a weekend brunch. You will not be disappointed by the food and service.

C
London
78 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to have delicious meal, the perfect wine to match with it, and be served by people who take pride in what they do and care about making their customers happy, this is the place. The menu is eclectic, everything is fresh and flavorful with plenty of options for meat and seafood lovers as well as those who enjoy a more plant-based meal. And leave room for dessert!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new restaurant in La Jolla!

D
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I like the restaurant very much. We have had very good meals there. The service is always good, and there is a friendly vibe about the entire restaurant. It is noisy, and since I don't care particularly well, it is a problem. Next time I will sit outdoors which I believe is quieter. Overall it's a very good dining experience.

JB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was amazing!! Giuseppe and the new GM (Sebastian?) make you feel so welcome! Definitely a new favorite :)

PH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday for one of our gals. Giuseppe was so gracious with a taster and a dessert. His staff is terrific. It couldn’t have been nicer!!

s
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this new bistro from Guiseppe! Food and service is excellent and we look forward to many more visits. They may want to cover the open doorway on cooler nights as it was pretty chilly inside.

M
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a birthday brunch at Candor and enjoyed the wild mushroom omelet; good flavors and the potatoes with it were excellent.

D
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, I would highly recommend Candor

S
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and service excellent. If you sit in the outside patio the noise level is fine. Inside is pretty loud. It is an intimate setting. Parking can be challenging but worth a few blocks walk.

f
New Mexico
34 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Giuseppe does not disappoint. The food was extraordinarily delicious and the service, superb. Every time we are in town, this is our go to place for both dinner and lunch.

h
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever Cream of Mushroom soup I ever had! Everything was delicious, service was over the top great, the owner came by to see how we liked everything! Will definitely go back and have recommended to friends already!

CP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Liked LJ Contemporary Museum location better (more outdoor space), but will follow his food anywhere.

K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Nothing special about this place. Everything was just mediocre. It was a birthday brunch, which I indicated when reserved, but no special greetings or treat. Disappointed.

C
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Such a cozy space with great food and a nice vibe

HZ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

$25 is WAY to much to charge for corkage for a casual restaurant

g
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. One suggestion: put the grilled cheese lobster sandwich on the lunch menu.

k
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Only problem we had was that they allow dogs to sit on people’s lap or at the table when dining outside.( two different tables next to us) I doubt I will return because that just seems completely unsanitary and not up to health code.

Service and food were great...just eat indoors unless you like eating at the table with your pet.

CE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was wonderful made for a nice girls brunch. The salmon scramble was sooooo yummy. Coming back to try more options as everything looked and sounded great. One picky thing I have to say is they don’t have ranch. I know, I know but hey there potatoes are soo good I would love to just dip a corner in a homemade ranch to top it off.

SP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, good meal, but not spectacular

JG
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Zip-Lock dining on the patio is probably preferable to the dining room inside, which needs better lighting. Food was good if not great.

k
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved this place...……...everything...….but the food was exceptional...
just perfect....best pasta we have had in awhile...others pale...
thank you all at Candor for the service, the welcome and the lovely evening...
we will return very soon.

FS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Candor - delicious food, wonderful ambiance and excellent service. I brought a friend with me from out of town this time and he loved it. We’ll definitely be back!