insideOUT

4.8
396 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
insideOUT is Hillcrest’s sexy, chic and refined destination restaurant for those who want to enjoy fine dining, craft cocktails and relax in an urban oasis. During this Pandemic, we cap out party sizes at 6 guests. We cannot combine parties. For the safety of our staff, guests, and community please abide by our social distancing protocols, rules and regulations. Thank You and stay safe.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 396 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.8
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4.9
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NikkiW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, exceptional ambiance, well crafted food!
A must to experience! Thank you InsideOUT

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mrs5t
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable atmosphere and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant brings me joy. The staff puts the friend in friendly. The ambiance is just the right blend of casual comfort and sophistication. The drinks are fantastic and there’s something for everyone. The food is perfection. This is my go to restaurant/bar and it never disappoints. Whether they like it or not (lol), the Inside Out team is stuck with me as a customer for life!

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DanielM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was great! Lamb was cooked to perfection. Service was fantastic but not intrusive. Wonder atmosphere.

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KaylaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful. Our food was yummy. The ambiance was nice. It was kind of packed but we came on a Sunday so that’s expected. Our server was not that great. He walked passed us many times and did not check on us at all. We saw other servers check on their table to see if they were good or if they needed anything. We had to call him over to get stuff like salt and our bill. I had to wait like 10 minutes to even get the bill after I asked him for it. Plus it was my Grandma’s birthday and I’m not sure how it works at this restaurant but normally they tell the person happy birthday and give them a dessert. They didn’t even tell her happy birthday. I believe our experience would have been better if we came on a different day and had a different server.

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BreeO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibes as soon as we walked in. Our party of 3 went for brunch and enjoyed the fun yet classy environment. 2 of us are vegan and we both agreed their quinoa bowl exceeded our expectations. At the end of our meal we agreed to come back soon and hopefully reserve an outdoor table! 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Highly suggest. Great food and great ambiance!

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vipmaricelay
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place! Everyone so friendly and the food is great !

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and service was great But the music was a bit too loud it was hard to hear people at my table with a party of five. But overall my experience there was amazing the food was great like I said previously and the service was great the menu was not too expensive loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing Pork Chop! I love the ideas of creating a decor that makes it seem like we are sitting outside. Really clever. The drinks and food were hard to get with our particular waiter. I think he was with some buddies. The food runner brought us water instead. As a server, the waiter could have done at least a couple of more laps.

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vipfancyeater
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Disappointed in the service. It was unfortunate that the front of the house was slow and not attentive. It took us 15 minutes just to order our first drink. Unfortunate because the food was amazing! Props to the chef and if the service was on point this would have been five stars!

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ShawnB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a vibe. Food is beyond and the staff is so fun and kind. I always feel taken care of. One of my fave brunch spots in Hillcrest

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in town. We love the Freaky Tiki.

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CarissaE
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

When you call and make a reservation, be sure to ask for a seat in the shade if you want to dine outside. We were sat at literally the worst table, just baking in the sun, no umbrella or shade near by. Our table was so hot we couldn’t even touch it. It was all so bad that we decided to just leave. We’d come all the way from LA, so we were pretty bummed. Probably won’t be back.

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ToniD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always feel so welcome and safe every time I'm at iO. The food is always delicious and service is great.

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KaylaA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, drinks, & service!
I went for the first time for my bday and had a blast

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vipRobertG
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Real fun place where you don't care so much about the food. Food is moderately priced.
The donuts with espresso and cream are fun to try at the end. Good place for a hamburger but if you try for other items, in certain cases, they miss the mark a little. Great fun and drinks.

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vipKevin
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner, thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The place is so cute, great for date night or brunch with friends. There was live music which is always nice. And the service was outstanding!

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Sumjewels
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food in a beautiful setting. Our first place to dine out in over a year. My favorite spot in Hillcrest.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for my girl‘s bday party!

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Missy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday. It was such a cool place. I’m so glad I picked it. Really close to the fun bars, too!
I loved the ambiance, and the food was equally as good. Wait staff was super friendly!
Great spot!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome food, drink and friendly staff. 😎

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night!

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NayeliV
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. The ambiance was amazing and our server was super attentive. I will definitely be coming back!!

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vipAlphacat
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

InsideOUT never disappoints! From the design to the ambiance to the staff to the food - always a pleasure to be there.

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vipemail4caesar
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the lobster cakes I’d give 3/5 and the loco moco 5/5 so overall a 4. Plan to go back again. Friendly staff, good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the filet on a hot stone. And the staff was so accommodating and freindly. Would definitely recommend for birthdays and groups.

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JacobK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waitstaff. Great prices. All in all a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Date Night is an exceptional value

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VioletS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly good looking staff, thanks for hooking us up with a great bar seating area for our party. Food was delicious and drinks were creative and tasty! I will be back here for sure!!

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Ronwake
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, whose name I don’t remember, was pleasant, polite and helpful.

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AmieB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in Hillcrest to gather with friends. The ambience and food are both excellent. I am slightly obsessed with this place.

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DaleD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is great, the staff inviting and the food delicious!

MC
MonicaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler and all the staff are amazing what a wonderful experience the service and the food is AMAZING! it was so nice we even had the pleasure to talk to the chef that made our food it was nice to have our chef great us, it was just a wonderful experience from the check in to the end. Everyone is just amazing at inside Out.

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mannP
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

I adore the ambiance. This is an oasis in the city!!!
The only thing is that the food is just okay. I've tried several entrees to see what's good, but unfortunately, the burger and the ahi poke tartare & smoked ramen egg entrees have only been the best.

The rest of the food is average and a bit overpriced. I've tried the risotto balls, prawns, meat and cheese platter, herb-roasted chicken, fideo Rosa, and a couple of the side dishes. These entrees have been totally disappointing and underwhelming. It might be because the restaurant is constantly booked and want to get the food out as soon as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great setting. Food ok.

MC
MikeC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! It's a great spot to meet up with friends, share drinks and take out-of-towners.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday’s with friends

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside out is our go-to for dinner dates. Pat and the whole staff are amazing.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from insideOUT using the Order Online button.

insideOUT is rated 4.8 stars by 396 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.