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insideOUT, San Diego, CA

insideOUT

4.8
4.8
1893 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
insideOUT is Hillcrest's elevated restaurant and lounge and San Diego's only urban oasis! We are an 18+ venue.

The menu is curated by Executive Chef Johnny Duran and is updated seasonally to reflect his creative approach to California-Mediterranean inspired fare, using the freshest ingredients provided by our local purveyors.

insideOUT is known for its elevated experiences where guests immerse themselves with our spectacular installations designed and built by our talented team. We provide customized private event planning with venue buy-out options.

Current Experience:

insideOUT is pleased to bring back our Spring Oasis Experience, March 19th - May 12th.

Please note: Any outdoor reservations for the Spring Oasis Experience are subject to change due to weather. Be sure to verify your source of confirmation for up-to-date information.

Due to the high demand of RSVP’s during the experience, no alternate date or reschedule will be available. Walk-ins at a future date are encouraged.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 888-8623
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Johnny Duran
  • Private party facilities
    insideOUT offers three different spaces or entire venue buyouts with a stunning and unique holiday backdrop you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego!Please contact paris@insideoutsd.com for more details and walk-throughs.
  • Neighborhood
    Hillcrest
  • Cross street
    Center Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,893 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Californian

1,893 Reviews
  1. HeavenK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Extremely Disappointed! We were sat top middle area directly in Sun, we were given metal square tables that were missing paint and a round table that was missing a chunk of metal (I took pictures). We weren't able to keep our cells phone on the table because they became very hot. We noticed lack of diversity; all waiters and hostess were Caucasian. Seemed that the vibe was downstairs closer to the main entrance. Maybe this restaurant is not that bad but for first impressions it was horrible. Will be leaving other reviews elsewhere. This was a special occasion, and it was noted when I made reservations, yet no one there bothered.

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    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was great! I only wish we had been able to move to the outside area where there was more ambience since it looked like there were open tables.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience and a great ambiance. If you’re looking to disappear from all of your worries, enjoy great conversation, and chill with that special someone. This is the place for you. Service was amazing and it set the tone for a great evening in San Diego. We will definitely be back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fun vibe- even with an “indoor” seat.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service! Food was good but menu was small. Music is very loud so be prepared! Lol

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  6. GabrielaG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, charismatic and outstanding service, ambiance and food amazing as always. A bit too loud but I guess I'm just getting older ha!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly, had such a great experience! Made an entire meal out of appetizers and their yummy and charcuterie board. The outdoor dining gets so much hype, but we sat inside and it’s also decorated so beautifully. The ambience was great. Service was timely and we enjoyed everything! The Nutella donut bites are a must.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    After being seated promptly, our drink and appetizer orders were taken and delivered quickly. However, we then waited 35 minutes before the waiter returned to take our dinner orders. While the presentation of the food and drinks was beautiful, the salmon was undercooked, and the pork chops were nearly flavorless. At $40 a plate, this is highly unacceptable. For one of the highest-rated restaurants in San Diego, we were extremely disappointed and will not be returning.

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  9. JesseL

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Although we were not there during a “theme” the environment was still delightful. The “Date Night” on Thursdays is a great value. We’re looking forward to returning with friends.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    insideOUT is extremely beautiful! I was so excited to dine there, I even set a calendar event for the exact day my desired dining day would be available, because the tables seem to book up EXTREMELY fast! After having a long-standing reservation, my expectations were very high. When we were seated, we received a really low table, akin to a coffee table, and a bench seat. It was a bit underwhelming, especially since there were numerous 2-top & 4-top tables available. When we saw another table become available, we asked our server if we could move over to a regular table. The server told us that he would have to ask the host. A few moments later the host came over and said, “You would like to move?” My husband responded affirmatively. Rather than move us the table in the same section, we were moved into a virtually closed section that was far away from anyone else. When it came to the food, we were all very pleased with the arrancini and ahi. The kale blueberry salad was to-die-for. My only suggestion would be slightly less dressing; although the dressing was fantastic. After our apps and salad, about 15 minutes passed before our final course was delivered. Unfortunately , the late delivery was only the first point of disappointment. The pork chop was medium-well to well, instead of medium, and it was severely under-seasoned, the green beans were excellent. The stuffing was inedible, as it was less than lukewarm when it was served, so I was not secure about its safety. Because I can never say no to dessert, I indulged in a slice of cheesecake, which was enjoyable.

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insideOUT is rated 4.8 stars by 1893 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today

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1642 University Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Center Street
  • Neighborhood
    Hillcrest
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Johnny Duran
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 888-8623
  • Private party facilities
    insideOUT offers three different spaces or entire venue buyouts with a stunning and unique holiday backdrop you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego!Please contact paris@insideoutsd.com for more details and walk-throughs.
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