Starlite

4.4
725 Reviews
$30 and under
Organic

About

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
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vipFrequentDiner
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food always satisfying. Service not good. Took over 20 minutes for apps to arrive (after the table next to us who were seated 5 minutes after us). Our entrees then arrived while we we only half way through our apps. No acknowledgment from the food runner or our server, even when they cleared away our uneaten apps lest our entrees get cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food isn't as good as it once was. This used to be one of my favorite spots, however, the prices have gone up and the food has gone down. Their charcuterie boards are VERY disappointing. My husband and I are sad that one of our favorite date spots has changed for the worst.

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KimberlyD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for a date night or night out with friends. Very cool vibe inside with interesting decor. No other place in San Diego quite like it! Their Moscow Mules are the best in town!

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rvtable
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambience for a date. We went early so can't comment if things get wild late in the evening, but is not what I was looking for.

I wish there were more food options but the fries can hit the spot when in need of a snack.

The octopus was great but tiny portion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great late night find. Food and drinks were delicious and the setting was intimate and stylish. Looking forward to showing it off to more friends visiting from out of town.

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SharonN
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and different and the cocktails were yummy! It was not necessarily quiet but it had a good vibe.

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MegO15
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place and the wine with the cheese plates were delish. It was so nice having a date night there.

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Chris
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get The Burger!

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vipporcheflipflop
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Starlight...I've been countless times with both large groups and small and the service and food has always been outstanding.

The pricing on the menu is great, esp for such a nice atmosphere and the food is always fresh and locally sourced. The cocktails are really excellent too...and I love that the cocktail menu changes with the season. They also have a great patio in the back that's nice for summer dining.

And since it's 21 and over only, we never have to sit by any screaming kids! Added bonus!

Foodwise I recommend the fries with aioli (YUM...thin, crispy, salty...), the burger and the Jidori Chicken. They've become my standbys even though I've enjoyed a lot of other items on the menu.

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mrmention
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

STARLITE is my go to spot for dates. love their happy hour, decor and vibe

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vipPDQ619
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined here previously and always enjoy the food, service, and ambiance. Tonight was stellar.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's was a good date night with good food

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KBIGz
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Arrived for our reservation at 7pm (Tuesday night). No one was there to great and seat us. The bar tender noticed the people piling up by the door and responded with pretending like he was busy with cleaning cocktail glasses. Once we were seated our server took our order. She forgot to put in our appetizer so once the entrees arrived and she had realized the small mistake, she disappeared for the rest of our dinner.
The food was great though! I send my heart out to the chef and cooks back there, doing a great job, while the servers and other FOH are busy not giving a f*ck.

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vipBadwater
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time at New Years. Perfect size crowd and menu for New Years......

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere for a date, highly recommended! They have great tasting mules and, to make it even better, they are served in freezing cold heavy-duty copper mugs. TIP: ask for a spicy mule, they are awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Loved the food and the service. Because of the very modern decor with hard stone decor and the nearness of the cocktail bar the noise level was a bit high for us but that would be my only reservation about this restaurant.

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HollieB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Go here for drinks, not food. The service is very problematic, both at the front of the house and the waitstaff. Food came out incorrectly, and very late. Despite having a reservation, our table was taken away from us and given to another party. Just sit down at the bar, order a drink and have dinner somewhere else.

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Alan1
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night. Food and drink tremendous, service superb, ambience perfect.

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MitchL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall2food4service3ambience4

Very dark interior.

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Happydiner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here several times and it never disappoints! We like to try their cocktails and specials - this time it was a pad Thai with lots of large shrimp and chicken too - delish. Also they always have great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Starlite recommended by a friend. Great cocktails, excellent cheese platter and main course. We split the chicken with bread pudding which was a nice portion and very tasty. It's a hidden gem, I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a party of 15 people on a Friday night the service was fast our hostess Maggie was amazing. The food was excellent everyone was very please with the appetizers we had one of the cheese board, pulled pork and a variety of dinners. It was all so excellent. See you next time. Thank you Starlite

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Mayno
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening. Good drinks, great steak, tasty fries, but don't get the veggie burger unless your tastes run towards a huge, dry, burnt, lentil log stuck between a bun with cheese and nothing to add flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much!

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yajaira
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it. Every time i come i fall in love with the place more

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Fun time. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starlite is a great intimate restaurant with cozy and comfortable atmosphere, friendly service and good food.

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ScorpionRC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, casual, yet trendy, cool vibe. Mixed drinks are very good and seem to be reasonably price. Food selection is very good, had great appetizers and great dinner menu. Will definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious cocktails and burgers! They are generous with the amounts of alcohol and food they serve. Loved hearing Tame Impala all night. Would definitely come back. :D

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SDbites
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken was exquisite as usual. My friend had the hamburger and he ranks it as his number one burger. Pretty much my favorite spot in San Diego.

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vipLeonardoG
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Walked into a cool atmosphere playing trippy 70s rock music. Food was creative and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for dinner and cocktails. I have been there several times and keep coming back for the hamburger... it is outstanding. The $8.00 mules are super tasty.

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vipClifJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience1

I really enjoy this restaurant but I hated where my party of 4 got seated. I was expecting a regular table for 4 in the general dining room but instead got wedged into a table right across from a party of 5. The tables were way to close and it was a lot noisier than what I've come to expect from Starlite. I still recommend this restaurant and will return but if I ever have a party of 4 will request a regular table in the dining room next time.

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colleen
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought some friends who had never been before and they all loved it (once they found it) The atmosphere, food, and service is all wonderful! We live in Encinitas but it's so worth the drive. I think they have the best martini bar in town!

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Missy
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was interesting and so delicious!!! I really liked the ambience. We ordered cocktails, appetizers and dinners, we also got a few items off of the happy hour menu. Overall great experience! This place is off the beaten path and I'm glad I found it.

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vipBackfirmore
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Kick back and relax in a cool interior. Food was excellent. Only disappointment was asking for bread, being told there would be a charge (which was OK) and then bringing out for thin slices of a stale baguette without any oil and vinegar or butter. Our server was good enough to take it off the bill when I brought it to her attention.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Eat here a lot, always great. This time, the steak was just ok

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GoGo
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere. Nice place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Simply awful. We arrived and the place late at night around 8:30 and had so many empty seats and we were told that booths were only for parties of three or more, by a snobby host but then asked if I'd like a booth anyways since I asked. Ummmm yes obviously I asked and there are about 20 empty booths and the place was dead. Furthermore the AC was cranked so high and it was chilly out so I don't get that at all. Also when I commented to our waitress she just said" yea it's cold in here" without any offer to perhaps turn the AC down to accommodate the customers and even had another customer chime in as well. The waitress could've cared less if we stayed or left so we left and went to another restaurant. I will definitely not be returning here and will also tell my friends never to go here. Bad business move, treat your customers better than this.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasent and enjoyable. I would return again.

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Starlite offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 358-9766.

Starlite is rated 4.4 stars by 725 OpenTable diners.

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