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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (1612)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive, memorable experiences.

Top review
MichaelG
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Just an incredible restaurant in Carlsbad. Everything we have eaten has been so good. But always start with the deviled eggs and shrimp taquitos. Amazing!
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4.8
4.8 (320)
$30 and under
American
Rancho Santa Fe
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro located in the heart of the beautiful downtown Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Our unique bistro offers an amazing menu and a superior wine selection for any brunch, lunch or dinner occasion.

Owner / Chef Mozy Jahanguiri, who has run restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas, has opened The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro in the space formerly occupied by The Pantry on Paseo Delicias. Mozy has prepared a menu that offers a wide variety of healthy and stylish fresh grill and more offering a balanced approach to food and wine along with bistro favorites including Oysters Rockefeller, traditional escargots, baked brie with grapes and honey and more for starters. Entrees to satisfy any taste of carefully sourced meats, seafood and much more. Be sure to check out Bistro's beautiful wood wine cellar, housing an extensive collection that spans an impressive 100 years (1897-1997) at a variety of price points.

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IAMSSP
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
The food, the service, the waiter and the evening were absolutely marvelous…just marvelous!
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4.7
4.7 (1271)
$30 and under
American
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.

Top review
JulieCvip
Dined 5 days ago
The waitress and staff were so attentive and kind. We were celebrating two birthdays, and they brought a small round piece of cake for each one of them with a candle. In addition, they received a birthday card signed by the staff. So so thoughtful and so sweet.  we will definitely return.
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4.7
4.7 (1387)
$50 and over
American
Rancho Santa Fe
About the restaurant
The Pony Room is a favorite among locals and resort guests alike. In addition to an extensive selection of all expressions of agave spirits, it is also home to one of Southern California's most impressive wine and hand-crafted, seasonally inspired signature cocktail lists. The Pony Room serves exceptional, American inspired comfort classics with daily specials.

Live Music 7 nights a week

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for Brunch on our beautiful hacienda inspired terraces from 11am to 2pm.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great service and food! Highly recommend! The have great selection on wine and cocktails!
A photo of Jake's Del Mar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (10046)
$30 and under
American
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Aloha friends of Jake’s Del Mar! We are open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. Visit jakesdelmar.com to view our menus or place a takeout order online!

Jake’s is the quintessential California oceanfront dining experience. The eclectic menu compliments the casual, yet elegant restaurant atmosphere right on the Del Mar shore. With chef-driven California coastal fare, craft cocktails, and unforgettable ocean views, it’s the best of the west coast. Whether for a date night or a celebration with friends and family, Jake’s serves up something special every time.

Top review
Wendyc
Dined 6 days ago
Great ambience and great food! The view was beautiful and the service was great!
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4.6
4.6 (245)
$31 to $50
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Black Rail Kitchen + Bar is a vibrant and unique neighborhood gathering space serves inventive California global fare crafted by renowned Michoacán-born executive chef Moises Hernandez.

Cozy up next to one of our expansive patio’s many firepits and enjoy deliciously prepared dishes, daily happy hour and “last hour happy hour” before closing, craft beverages, a glorious sommelier-driven wine list, local beer and live music from some of the area’s top jazz musicians and Black Rail Kitchen + Bar’s very own house band, the E.S.P. Collective.

We are proud to bring our longtime Carlsbad neighbors and newcomers alike diverse dining experiences including Black Rail Kitchen + Bar, Tinleaf Fresh Kitchen and Yelp Top 100 breakfast spot Beach Plum Kitchen.
Stop by, grab a drink and soak in the best of La Costa!

Top review
GeriC
Dined 3 days ago
Great food, music, and attention to detail!! Thanks!
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4.7
4.7 (479)
$30 and under
American
Solana Beach
About the restaurant
Newly remodeled, the much airier Tavern is all about art, music, and above all great food. Open for lunch and soon to include evening dining, the Tavern adds a distinctly Mexican/Pacific Coast set of flavors to the local fine dining scene.

We are located in the heart of the Cedros Design District, within walking distance of the Amtrak station. The style is casual with indoor and outdoor dining ( plus bar seating). The patio, which can accommodate 18 guests, looks out onto the shop-lined Cedros Avenue and can be separated from the main dining area for private events.

*Please note* Our restaurant welcomes walk-ins during our Lunch hours from 11:30 am- 3:30 pm.
*Tavern restaurant will be closed for dinner (Lunch will remain open Monday and Tuesday when the belly up is dark)
*Please check our website for the most up-to-date hours*

Top review
Linds
Dined 6 days ago
Great for a bite to eat before seeing a show at Belly Up! Food was delicious!
A photo of West End Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (917)
$30 and under
American
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Nestled across from the beautiful lagoon at the Torrey Pines State Reserve in Del Mar, West End Bar & Kitchen matches the scenery with contemporary American updates to world food, a true ‘melting pot’ cuisine.

Enjoy lunch or dinner served with casual professionalism on our covered patio or in our dining room, both with spectacular views of the lagoon.

Choose from our extensive lists of handcrafted cocktails, local & regional craft beers and eclectic wines from around the world to complement your food, or just watch nature play out for you as the sun sets.

Top review
GrammieDockvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
We both had the Halibut special and it was fantastic! Our service was great! I love to take colleagues who come to San Diego here. The food never disappoints!
A photo of Hell's Kitchen - Harrah's Resort Southern California restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3713)
$50 and over
American
Valley Center
About the restaurant
Hell’s Kitchen in Funner California pulls themes from all of Gordon Ramsay’s ventures incorporating the Hell’s Kitchen show, his signature items, his fiery personality, and his overall brand to deliver a unique new restaurant. In order to create the experience, the outlet will focus on the famous Red and Blue kitchens, show experiences, and a prominent bar that begs you to join us for a drink. Please note we do not accept Gordon Ramsey North America gift cards.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Everything was amazing and lived up to Gordon's standards. Thank you for a amazing night
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4.7
4.7 (1040)
$30 and under
American
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Situated at the southern end of Downtown Encinitas on the historic 101 highway, UNION Kitchen & Tap offers New American Cuisine in an inviting, warm, and comfortable restaurant setting. Executive Chef, Jared Saunders, created a frequently changing menu that relies heavily on local and organic ingredients. The menu features a variety of options to choose from including seasonal salads, hearty sandwiches, prime steak and chops, and a number of signature dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. UNION Kitchen & Tap also offers a full complement of local craft beers, boutique wines, and signature cocktails.
Top review
PamS
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
This review is to update my visit to Union in CA…. My earlier review was for Union in Tampa. We had a very nice meal and drinks. Our server was wonderful. Highlights for our groups was the shrimp and grits and the gumbo. If we lived in CA- we would return.
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