insideOUT

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$31 to $50
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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.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The staff is amazing and the food and drinks are wonderful. I'm so glad it exists.

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eatout
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

InsideOUT is a neighborhood gem. We were so happy to be able to go back. It was wonderful to see the team back in action (although we have done the wine events and the chicken dinner)! The food was great--we had the shrimp appetizer and the pork cutlet...and this INSANE piece of cheesecake. We sat at the bar and had great cocktails as well (and a shot...thanks, Paris). The menu prices are reasonable and the portions are good. Check it OUT!

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PrizilaV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very simple, make a reservation, show up on time.
90 min ,after that they ask you to leave.
You cannot socialize with no one out of your table , get up only to use the bathroom .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. Paris is great and everyone else who works at IO is wonderful. Great food, great experience!

AC
AliyahC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a little bit biased since this is my most favorite venue. I have many friends that work here but they take care of what everyone equally. Classy place with great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing bad to say about this place. 10s across the board. Easily my favorite place in the city.

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Will
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a work of art and a culinary experience. I already plan my return and can’t wait for social distancing will be up so I can bring a large group here.

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SamI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, delightful drinks and intriguing ambiance

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vip1srfnsom
San Diego
27 reviews
Reviewed on July 27, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Fun, hip space on university near park blvd. open air courtyard for dining and drinks, as well as tables along the street-side window. small, tight menu with decent fare, but the cocktail/bar scene is where it's at here...

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nicholsgi
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Please remove from Open table. They did not have our reservation and said they no longer participate through OT. That being said, he sat us down quickly as the restaurant was wide open and the experience was very good.

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vipBiweeklyDiner
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside Out no longer takes reservations through Open Table, luckily they had a table available. If you need a reservation, call them directly.

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vipMaagro
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience willreturn soon.

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disappointed
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great place to meet up with friends for cocktails and a meal!

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vipFishlovinsue
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Ridiculously loud bar and dining area! Absolutely deafening. Request upstairs dining room. Beautifully designed space. Excellent wait staff. Poke bowl average. Watermelon salad..beautiful presentation but very basic flavor. Octopus extremely tough

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time in a great looking space with yummy food and drinks!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great venue but need to change up the menu. With only 5 entrees it’s very limiting. The steak is awesome, salmon delicious but...need more variety.

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BobbyS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Stunning build out. Great longing area. Excellent service. Highly recommended for a fun night out with friends or a date

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Bravis
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love our new hipster restaurant and bar! InsideOUT is just what Hillcrest needed - a happening, unique, energetic and classy place with top service, interesting menu and a lot of eye candy for everyone.

JH
vipJarretH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times and you can’t beat the food and the staff. Tyler waited on us for the second time and his service is top notch. We’ll be back soon!

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vipScottS
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The reason for the lss then five stars on the food is the menu is very limited only one fish dish for the nonmeat eaters no outstanding

SB
SheelaB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Don’t eat the food, it’s disgusting. We had a large party and everyone ordered different items. No one enjoyed the food but the drinks were good.

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LeeW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was a hot day but at 6:30 PM we were quite uncomfortable sitting by the front windows. The overall experience unfortunately was memorable or for the wrong reasons.

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vipPattyU
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The design is really cool - worth going just to see that....food was very good, nicely presented, but the noise level was really bad. Could barely hear each other, which was problematic. Fix the noise and it's a great place!
The toilet with the large window to the street (with a gauzy curtain) is....unusual!

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Alphacat
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just rated the place a 5 in every category. I rarely gush like that, but there it is. It’s fun, it’s not too expensive, it has great design, the service is always competent, cheerful, and personal, and I really like the food. Can’t really ask for more.

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GaryS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place! The only thing negative is I told they did not have the first two drinks that I tried to order. Rusty Nail and Mai tai
For those drinks I guess I will have to go elsewhere.
Will return !!

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vipKristen
San Diego
125 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Solid new add to Hillcrest's already outstanding food scene. InsideOUT is only 3 months old, so they have a few kinks to work out (signage, service), but no real complaint. The menu is very nice - simple, yet tasty options. We had the avocado toast & tuna bowl, both of which were very good. It is mostly outside, even if you are "inside" so don't expect AC on the hot summer SD days.

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BrittanyM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so happy that we came to insideOut! Our server, Zach, and Paris were absolutely amazing and so welcoming. We will definitely be back!

CB
ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole staff and everyone in it is good looking.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and food! The mix between Mediterranean and contemporary is just what you didn’t know you needed!

LM
LuigiM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Hillcrest needed a place like this, and based upon the crowd and the noise level the community seems to have responded well. It was hard to have a conversation but the people watching was excellent and so were the cocktails, although I resorted to my usual Negroni and not one of the featured drinks. The service was good but the food could use some tweaking. It was definitely a huge step up from the other restaurants owned by this group but no better than the Cohn family faire.

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RebeccaS
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super energetic, beautiful setting and the food was FANTASTIC. Especially the steak you cook at your table on a hot stone. Interesting cocktail menu and bathrooms are a "must see." Super fun place w/ fabulous food. A bit loud, but we were a table of 4 and could easily converse.

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RosieL
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here twice and both experiences were amazing. The first visit was for brunch. Everyone loved their food although I don’t remember what everyone else ordered. I had the steak sandwich. Perfect meal. The craft cocktails are so different and very tasty. The food is expertly prepared and service is impeccable. Dinner was awesome as well. Our group had the filet mignon, Moroccan Chicken, Fideo Rosa, spinach strawberry salad and Caesar salad. Everyone was pleased. Dessert was over the top delicious and presented beautifully. Matt Ramon and Paris are killing it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good but dining room was too loud. You couldn't have a conversation without having to shout over each other. It was also very warm in the dining room.

WC
vipWestCoastFoodie
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Every visit is a great experience n

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vipCathie
San Diego
176 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was fun, friendly and efficient! The restaurant was a little hard to find, as there is no sign on the restaurant. But, once we found it, we had a wonderful night out! We'll be back!

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vipyakko51
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food is not bad but not great. It could use some fine tuning, especially in seasoning. For example, their frittatas are a bit bland as well as their brunch Ahi Poke. The Poke at night was much better for some reason. Also for brunch, for their smoked salmon plate they might want to reconsider the type of cheese they are using. I am assuming they are trying to do a spin on Lox but if you are going to do that, the cheese needs to be softer and more spreadable. The staff have been amazing and their drinks are delicious. We will continue to dine there. Hopefully, since they are new, they will work out any kinks and fine tune their dining experience.

TF
TierrasantaFoodie
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really loud; difficult to have a conversation. But still, a fun addition to Hillcrest.

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Sistah
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smoky Rose cocktail.. Fideo Rosa, Moroccan Chicken, Hot stone steaks.. all just so yummy!!
InsideOUT is a fabulous addition to Hillcrest and to good times in general!

RL
RosieL
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The cocktails, food and service were awesome! I love Chris Shaw, Matt Ramon and all the folks at Mo’s Universe. They know good food, service and our community.