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  3. Distance: 1.21mi
  4. Distance: 1.35mi

About Starlite

Starlite is San Diego's hidden gem featuring hard-to-find spirits, local food, & unique cocktails.

Starlite "cooks with a conscience". We use as much local product as possible.

Locally grown vegetables: About 90% of Starlite's produce is locally and/or organically grown.

Meat from animals (in as many cases as possible) that have been responsibly raised without the use of hormones.

Seafood that is, in majority, regionally and/or sustainably harvested.

Starlite feels the quality these measures provides is both noticeable and worth the expense. We hope you feel the same way.

Starlite is proud to support the following local business, artisans, and farmers...
Suzie's Farms
Griffin Farms
Crow's Pass
Better Half Shell
Brandt Beef
People's Organic Foods Co-Op
Schaner Farms
Sage Mt. Farm

3175 India Street
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Daily: 5pm - 12am

Happy Hour
Daily: 5pm - 7pm

Friday Cocktail Hour 4pm

Cross Street:
Sassafras / Spruce

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 358-9766

Website:
http://www.starlitesandiego.com/

Entertainment:
Starlite focuses on dinner & drinks as the primary form of entertainment.

Entertainment may appear from time to time for special occasions.

Parking Details:
Starlite has 5 parking spots.
Neighborhood parking on Spruce St is limited during peak times.

Our guests may park at Mission Hills Collision Center from 5PM-Close
do not leave your car in Mission Hill's lot overnight or you may be towed)

Public Transit:
San Diego Trolley: MIDDLETOWN or WASHINGTON ST stations

Executive Chef:
Amanda Michels

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour 7 Days a Week 5pm - 7pm

Starlite Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (844)
Hot Spot (805)
Late-night Find (738)
Special Occasion (678)
Good for Groups (498)
Great for Outdoor Dining (462)
Great for Brunch (208)
Notable Wine List (161)
Good for a Date (53)
Great for Lunch (50)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Bar Seating (32)
Cozy (28)
Happy Hour (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fun (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Casual (19)
Scenic View (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Authentic (13)
Kid-friendly (10)
Healthy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Organic (9)
Business Meals (8)
People Watching (8)
Great Beer (7)
Outstanding Value (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2016

Great evening, food was excellent and the service was awesome will be back

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The best servers/bartenders. Beyond delicious food and cocktails. Lisa is my favorite server and will brighten even the darkest day. Starlite makes my heart and tummy so very happy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Everything was outstanding! We visited Starlite the night of our wedding to have a quiet dinner before our reception and it was perfect. The food was delicious (he got the steak, I got a lasagna special) and they greeted us with free champagne! Perfect night!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Always reviewed Starlite highly. This was a first. Really poor service. Our waiter couldn't wait to leave and rushed us through the end of the meal. He was almost rude. It's a great place but hiring one bad apple can ruin things for people

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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service2
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Have been here before and have had great meals and great service every time! Our friends who joined us was there for the first time and enjoyed it immensely! We'll keep coming back!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2016

I've eaten at this place several times over the years and usually it is good however this time it was simply not good. The drinks were terrible the service was awful and the food was simply not good.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Everything was great, the service, the cocktails, the appetizers and the dessert but don't order the veggie burger, it was hard as a rock but they were nice enough to discount our bill and even brought us a complimentary dessert.
I would definitely go again, especially for happy hour. It's a rare find and the decor reminds me of somewhere cool like West-Hollywood or San Francisco.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food3
ambience5
service4
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Went there to celebrate my birthday, and everything was perfect! Such a great place!

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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2016

The updated Chicken Jidori dish was fantastic. It was a little salty for my tastes but really good. The mole sauce with the dish was very authentic tasting. The fries were fantastic, crispy and very well cooked.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2016

This restaurant was a great find. It offers a great ambiance indoors but if you're looking for a more casual spot, the back dining space works perfectly. Few restaurants can pull off that type of accommodation on such a wide spectrum. The staff were attentive and offered candid feedback. Starlite also has great crafted cocktails that pair up nicely with their menu items. Give it a try, you won't regret it.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Wonderful experience, great food and service! We'll definitely be back!

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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Really tasty dishes with fresh ingredients. Nice cocktails too. Very good service. Wouldn't change a thing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Amazing! I was super excited to celebrate my birthday with you guys. I had not been there in a few years and now that I am back, I fell in love all over again :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food4
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Starlite is my favorite bar & restaurant in San Diego!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Late-night Find, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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food5
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service5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Always enjoy this gem! a great late-night dining spot. Original, authentic menu. A wonderful vibe!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Seated on outdoor patio, eccentric but attentive server who was very helpful, good cocktail selections, limited overall menu but wide ranging. Would recommend for late night dining.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Just lovely. Was my birthday. Got the whole patio. Best mules ever. These fried chickpea things were amazing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Very nice ambiance, great service, excellent choice of background music. Condensed but interesting menu and eclectic array of drinks

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 1, 2016

We planned a last minute birthday party here, and even though we could only reserve a table for 10, the staff was very accomodating with late arriving guests. I was a little dismayed the patio bar closed while we were there. The main bar was slow to acknowledge us when we moved from the patio, but a few of us stayed for a few more drinks and ended up closing the place down. Overall pretty great experience.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service4
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 26, 2016

We had the mac & cheese was good but not great also had the hamburger was pretty good but nothing over-the-top, I have to have again type burger.

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food2
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Excellent as always....Great vibe, good service, very good food

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We were four people, out for a birthday dinner. I've been to Starlite several times and have always liked it. This time, though, I thought my meal (mako shark) was only average. The meat was dry and fairly tasteless, and it came on a bed of some kind of veggie material which was a little spicy but all right. My companions had the mac'n'cheese, which looked unappetizing (though he didn't complain), and the steak, which was described merely as OK. I have to report that the food was a disappointment this time. However the servers were great, and brought a nice ice cream birthday dessert. They got my cocktail exactly right. I still like the place, and I hope our experience doesn't represent a trend. In the future I will probably stick with the chicken or the burger, both of which I liked a lot on previous visits.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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service5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2016

The place is sexy. Dimly lit, beautiful people everywhere, gotta love it.

Delicious fish of the day, which happened to be shark.

Can't go wrong with the ice cream sandwich for dessert.

Prices are definitely not cheap.

I believe it's a 21+ restaurant, as I had my ID checked at the door. Leave your kids at home because this place is for grown folks only.

Happy hour is until 7pm if you can make it there by then.

There is valet parking available. The area definitely requires a little extra effort to park, as the residents nearby hate you, even if you did nothing wrong when parking near their driveway without blocking their way. But yeah, there's street parking available.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 15, 2016

Food was delicious and atmosphere was great. I ordered the chicken was was exceptional and the sides that came with it were tasty too.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2016

The waiter was very friendly and the food was outstanding. The service and all of the wait staff were always there to help. Really a nice place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Great cocktails and food. The octopus appetizer is a must!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2016

Incredible burgers, great bar. Unique bar setting.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2016

This place was just perfect for a girlfriends bday dinner. Host was very attentive, food and drinks were amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Nice lounge type restaurant tucked away in an unexpected neighborhood.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2016

The burger and the risotto was excellent. We were seated in a nice corner table. Service from Matt was phenomenal. He knew it was our anniversary dinner and did a fantastic job giving us time to review the menu and enjoy our meal and drinks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Loved it. Great selection of booze. Burger was awesome, salmon discussion was great as well

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2016

One of my favorite places to go for a quiet, cozy night out. Sometimes the place does get packed with guests and the noise level increases, but thanks to the low light and casual atmosphere, it's never overwhelming.

The staff is awesome and prompt, the drinks are fantastic, and the food is spectacular. The new chef is proving herself a force to be reckoned with, and I am eager to see what new and amazing meals I get to experience at Starlite.

Keep up the quality and we'll keep coming back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2016

Second time to Starlite. Really good burger that was done perfectly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Starlite's burgers and fries may be the best in San Diego. Small, but thoughtful wine list. Our table had two of the specialty cocktails, the Addison and the Benediction. Top quality whiskeys expertly put together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 12, 2016

Super tasty. Love th food and drinks great late night spot. 👍

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Mules are a must but the ice cream sandwich is also a necessity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Four of us ate at Starlite after walking the Rock 'N' Roll 1/2 marathon. The place was almost empty, which is what we hoped. We picked the restaurant for the local, organic, etc. food, because we like to eat that way. We were not disappointed. Although the menu was relatively limited, everything -- stone fruit salad, mac & cheese, mussels, burger, steak -- was fresh, nicely presented and delicious, delicious, delicious. The service was great. We had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (México)·Dined on June 2, 2016

STARLITE is one of my favorite places to go to dinner and get drinks. The Mules are SPECTACULAR and the cookie sandwich is a must for dessert. This is truly a hidden gem, the ambiance, decor, and staff are truly amazing! One of my favorite and musts places in SD.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 29, 2016

Beautiful architecture, great food, and excellent service.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 27, 2016

I love the food at Starlight. I've had most things on their menu and never disappointed. The chicken is the best I've had anywhere. It's in a lemoney jus that makes everything so moist and tasty. The burger is also one of the best anywhere. I actually prefer it to Hodads. The bartenders make great cocktails. The only downside to this restaurant is the fact that it is actually a bar. No windows. Very dark. And if you want quite, don't go here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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