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insideOUT, San Diego, CA

insideOUT

4.8
4.8
821 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 outdoor urban oasis.

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Booked 10 times today

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Delivery

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 888-8623

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Duran

  • Private party facilities

    At insideOUT, San Diego’s only urban oasis we offer 3 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

Menu

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What 821 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Hot Spot

  • San Diego

    Outdoor Dining

  • San Diego

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were greeted by a great host. The food and service were both terrific! Everyone loved their food!

  2. CR

    CruzRegular

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall2food2service3ambience5

    Food, below average. Service, average. We should have known there was an issue when we were delivered charred broccolini rather than charred rapini, which was the item we ordered and them item listed on the menu. When we asked the server about it, he checked with the kitchen, and they confirmed that “their supplier ran out of rapini, so they served broccolini instead.” So, why weren’t we informed immediately before being served? Trying to pull the wool over our eyes? Seriously. The item should have been taken off the bill, but it wasn’t and the option wasn’t offered. Second, we were served two cups of soup at $12 per cup. $12 per cup for a tepid, mediocre soup. No bread, no greens, no imagination. Finally, our poke dish sat upon a soggy mess of baby greens - swimming in dressing. Unpleasant and lacking finesse. The bar seems like fun and the cocktail descriptions are interesting- maybe that’s the way to go at this place, but skip the food.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was super awesome!

  4. RC

    RhettC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibes, service and food

  5. BH

    BillH

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Mother’s Day 2022, great food, fantastic service, and a great indoor/outdoor environment A++! We’ll definitely be back.

  6. EB

    EveB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the location ambiance was a surprise, did not expect anything overly nice as an interior courtyard, and it was a very pleasant space. the service and food were spectacular.

  7. R

    Raylynn1

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Drinks were inventive and tasty, food was just ok, service was excellent.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great environment, wonderful service. Will be back.

  9. EC

    ElizabethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good service. Food was excellent. Ambience 10/10

  10. MW

    MeganW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous ambience: felt like you were in a garden terrace. Food was fantastic and service couldn't have been better!

  11. MH

    MarkH

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Ehh. I wasn't impressed.

  12. a

    aflo

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great time!

  13. D

    Darg

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  14. AV

    AlexanderV

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We had the pork chop and the salmon. The pork chop was really good, the salmon was ok. The server was really nice but they seemed to be under staffed. It took a long time to get our food.

  15. RS

    RandallS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    A really fun place for Date Night. Great food snd fun cocktails.

  16. L

    Luigi

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great experience and went there for a great cause (Dining Out for Life SD)... part of the evening's profits were donated to organizations supporting HIV/AIDS services in SD County. Bravo insideOUT for participating!

  17. R

    Reviewer

    San Diego

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tom the waiter is the best!

  18. SJ

    SarahJ

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service

  19. WW

    WalterW

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there to celebrate my friend's birthday. Love the design of this restaurant. The service was awesome. But, more importantly, the food was sooo good. Definitely try the Pork Chop. Can't believe hoe juicy a flavorful it was. Definitely will return.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We came here to celebrate my spouse’s 40th birthday. We booked the 2:30pm spot on a Sunday (brunch). The waiter took our drink order first but forgot to come back to take our food order. By the time we flagged him down, it was around 3:05pm which was 5 minutes too late to order any food since they close the kitchen at 3pm sharp. So we left very disappointed without celebrating my spouse’s 40th birthday. I still can’t believe they couldn’t accommodate us given the situation. This establishment won’t be apart of any conversations when others are looking for dining recommendations in the SD or Hillcrest area.

  21. BK

    BradK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    While the menu is limited, what is on offering is very good. The brunch Cajun Shrimp & Grits was out of this world. The house champagne "build your own mimosa" kit provides a great value with which to wash down your grits. Staff is super friendly, professional, and easy on the eye. Great space, allowing the "al fresco" ambience without the traffic noise and exhaust fumes. I do pity the people living in the apartments above however.

  22. TP

    TomPSP

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My new go-to when in San Diego. Tons of ambiance and energy, and service is absolutely amazing, not to mention the drinks creative and food delicious. Oh...and the people are beautiful! Highly recommend if you are in Hillcrest.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Julian was fantastic! He expired our order when we realized we were running late for our show. The food and drinks were delicious. I love ambiance and plan on returning!

  24. DM

    DoraM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to celebrate my birthday. Even though I was under the weather. But Thomas are served made it special. I was fabulous and very attentive to make sure we were okay and check on us to see if we needed anything. Differently will return when I’m feeling better.

  25. TN

    TammyN

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Nice friendly service. Food was okay.

  26. EN

    EricN

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    By far one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego!

  27. NC

    NinosC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, fantastic ambiance and great service. This was a Thursday night they had a guy playing saxophone which was great.

  28. MC

    MikeC

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    InsideOut is always good food, good drinks and great fun!

  29. BG

    BobbyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The team at I/O is amazing and they always make time to make a personal connection. Highly recommended hidden gem in the heart of Hillcrest!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sammy was great, friendly and brought out our food in a timely manner we loved her. Gave us great recommendations for where we should go and what’s the scene

  31. PW

    PeterW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it so much I am eating here again this weekend!

  32. c

    ceciliab

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and atmosphere always excellent when I visit here.

  33. SS

    SarahS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sooooo excellent- had bigger group and had best care and even bunny ears - we adore your food and service - thank you

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great place! Tried for dinner and brunch and was very pleased with the whole experience.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful people, bartenders, setting, drinks and food! A must!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic setting, staff, food, and service as always!

  37. IB

    IsabelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was amazing!!! Had such a great brunch with my girls

  38. MV

    MichelleV

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our favorite brunch spot. Drinks are super good and food is light and healthy, but very flavorful. Atmosphere is the best, you don't even feel like you're in a stuffy, crowded restaurant. It's the best!

  39. SS

    ShannonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Loved the setting and delicious fun cocktails. Would recommend.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t wait to go back. Beautiful atmosphere. Great service. Delicious food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

insideOUT is rated 4.8 stars by 821 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
Google Map for insideOUT

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 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John 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

    At insideOUT, San Diego’s only urban oasis we offer 3 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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