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insideOUT, San Diego, CA

insideOUT

4.7
4.7
1713 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 163 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, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 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 1,713 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Californian

1,714 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an amazing place Great food and a lot of fun

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  2. SoniaG

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it all as soon as we arrived all staff friendly quick and food amazing

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool spot in Hillcrest, has great service and the ambiance is unmatched.

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  4. christys

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and friendly staff. The food was great. Such a unique restaurant and a great experience.

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  5. DorothyG

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We tried the new special “ Dutch leg” and the filet mignon and they were not good

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just walking in, we knew this place would be awesome! The vibe was immaculate, the service exceptional, and the food amazing! Celebrated my hubbys birthday and Michael, our server, made sure we had a great time! He recommended great drinks and dishes and was just so sweet and helpful! Can’t wait to bring my girls for girls night!❤️

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely brunch with friends. Everyone loved their food. Our server Josh was great! Brunch champs for the win!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, prices weren’t too bad, and the ambience is great. Bathrooms for men are a little weird. I’ll definitely be back. The ahi poke was excellent as were the brussel sprouts

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  9. SelenaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would definitely come back. Everything was amazing!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Josh was awesome! Thank you for taking good care of us. See you next month!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with. See you next month!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing!! From the service to the ambience couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Food was flavorful and arrived nice and hot! Highly recommended!!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  12. ChristieG

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful, creative decor for Valentine’s Day. Great service, yummy food and drinks! Loved all of it - I’ll be back!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Christie, thank you for your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
     Tasty brunch, and our waiter, Joshua was great! Always a nice experience!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us. We will let management know Josh provided you with stellar service! Come back and see us again soon!

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  14. Elizabeth

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had brunch and it was good food. Good cocktails to choose from and champagne. Service was excellent and the ambience was fun.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Elizabeth, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazingly decorated, beautiful ambience, and amazing service and food.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was amazing ambiance was so spectacular this will definitely be a spot i go to all the time.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  17. CynthiaJ

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We adored the whimsical decor. Our server was friendly & attentive! Loved the presentation of the food & drinks. Everything was delicious! This was such a delightful experience ❤️
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Cynthia, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  18. mperryLA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great fist experience here! Chris was our server and was an absolute pleasure; he really made my birthday celebration special. Highly recommend the filet mignon if you’re unsure on a dish. We’ll be back soon!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  19. Gamze

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been in InsideOut several times and the atmosphere is outstanding. I keep going back for that. Unfortunately, their menu is very limited. I am vegan and there are only few options. I believe that they can add more food choices. Last but not least, their servers are extraordinary. They have never disappointed me.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback, I have passed your note about vegan options along to management. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  20. DavidB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We received great service, enjoyed extraordinary cuisine and my S.O. was happy and gave me Hero status for making the reservation. Great vibe.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello David, thank you for your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server beautiful environment. Loved everything about it.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  22. henryC

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for special occasion or date night. The decorations inside are really well done
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Henry, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to have you back again soon and can work to make your next experience 5-star!

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  23. bernadettc

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute valentines decore great service. Food was amazing too
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Bernadett, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  24. Eileen

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the themed decor! Can’t wait to visit in the spring!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Eileen, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambience and decoration on this place although I think some of the menu are too pricey but it’s worth a try! Enjoyed our time here :)
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food good music. Expensive but good for occasions and holidays!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  27. Celethan

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The appetizers were good. The main entree was mediocre and the fish was awful. We only took one bite and left it in its original place. The ambience is wonderful though it is quite small compared to to what we have seen on social media. Though some of our main entree food was not good, customer service was SUPERB! We had a fun time regardless
    insideOUTResponded 4 days ago
    Hello Celethan, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We have passed the note along to management about your dish. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future to provide you with a 5-star experience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great servers, great scenery and great service. The only thing is that my oven baked chicken was it that seasoned. (I am a little picky when it comes to my food I just thought it was because it was closing time so they made it fast.
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us. We hope to have you back again soon and can work to make your next experience 5-star!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was outstanding! Everything was absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to go again!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great environment & the food was great. We would definitely come back again!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, thank you for your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon.

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  31. AnaM

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing & unique experience at InsideOut! You made our Galentine’s the best yet!
    insideOUTResponded 6 days ago
    Hello Ana, thank you for your valuable feedback. Come back and see us again soon!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Valentines theme - great service as usual!
    insideOUTResponded on February 14, 2024
    Hello, thank you for your valuable feedback and continued patronage. Come back and see us again soon!

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  33. ZaideD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always delicious. Great service and beautiful atmosphere.
    insideOUTResponded on February 14, 2024
    Hello Zaide, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! Everyone on staff is very friendly and helpful! We enjoyed breakfast and mimosas! The food was great and priced well. The decor for the holiday makes it even more amazing! We will definitely be back!
    insideOUTResponded on February 14, 2024
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Valentines decor, food and service was awesome! I think they could have added more lights to the arches going up the stairs and maybe more red blinking lights! Kind of like Christmas time! Other than that I will always love InsideOUT!
    insideOUTResponded on February 14, 2024
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback. We look forward to having you back again soon.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was lacking. Our orders were wrong and stuff that was asked for was never brought. The food was good overall, but it was a bit of a disappointing experience.
    insideOUTResponded on February 14, 2024
    Hello, thank you for your valuable feedback. We are always disappointed to hear our guests experience did not meet their expectations. We hope you'll come back and try us again and we can work to make your next experience 5-star.

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  37. JosieP

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Julian was a fantastic server! The food was delicious and I really love the ambiance. It was my friend's first time here and they loved it. The Valentine's day decorations was really pretty too so this is a perfect place to take a date or celebrate something special. Everyone is super friendly, from the host all the way to the manager. I always love coming here because they make you feel so welcome. They had a really good Valentine's day promo going on as well. Booking is a little tricky because it's such a popular spot so I recommend to keep looking during varying times of the day.
    insideOUTResponded on February 12, 2024
    Hello, thank you for dining with us and your valuable feedback, we will pass your note about your stellar service from Julian to the team. We hope to provide you with another 5-star experience again soon!

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  38. Tams

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner this evening for the sweetheart experience. Sooo cute!! Everyone was taking pictures with all the cute decor. If you love pink and red and hearts galore… you need to come! We were a party of 3, and we all had a lovely time! From the bartenders at the bar, to the hosts to our server, everyone is so friendly and attentive. We arrived 15 min early because we knew parking was going to be an issue in this area. (Plan for that) so we headed to the bar and had a drink, they texted us to let us know our table was ready. Long story short, the food was delicious (get the charcuterie board for your app…yum) such a cute place for a friends nite out, date night or even solo at the bar. Great price point too.
    insideOUTResponded on February 12, 2024
    Hi Tams, thank you for your kinds words. We will pass along your note about your excellent service to the team. We hope to have you and your mom back again soon!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for my birthday and was not disappointed with the exceptional service I received. Great place and good food.
    insideOUTResponded on February 12, 2024
    Hello, thank you for sharing your special day with us. We hope to have you back again soon!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible time, as always. Love a queer space. I told my fiancé that it feels so good to be in Hillcrest and be around queer energy at whatever type of vibe you’re looking for. Thank you insideout for doing what you do best!
    insideOUTResponded on February 12, 2024
    Hello, thank you for dining with us. We are proud to be San Diego's only urban oasis and LGBTQ+ owned and operated.

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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
  • 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 4.7 stars by 1713 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 163 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 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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