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749 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Organic, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Daily: 5pm - 12am

Happy Hour
Daily: 5pm - 7pm

Friday Cocktail Hour 4pm
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Phone number
(619) 358-9766
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Amanda Michels
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Cross street
Sassafras / Spruce
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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)
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Public transit
San Diego Trolley: MIDDLETOWN or WASHINGTON ST stations
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Starlite focuses on dinner & drinks as the primary form of entertainment.

Entertainment may appear from time to time for special occasions.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour 7 Days a Week 5pm - 7pm
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
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vipFrequentDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

KimberlyD (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

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!

rvtable (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

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

MegO15 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

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

Chris (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

Get The Burger!

vipporcheflipflop (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

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.

mrmention (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

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

vipPDQ619 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

It's was a good date night with good food

KBIGz (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 3, 2017

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.

Badwater (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

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!