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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Gregorio's Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (325)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Located in downtown Carlsbad is our Italian kitchen, Gregorio’s. Formerly known as Spirito’s, we have been serving up delicious Italian food for almost 25 years. It was originally created by an East Coast couple as a way to share their family recipes. From the beginning we have had loyal clientele that continue to dine with us today. In fact, it was from being loyal customers that we decided to purchase the restaurant. We have always considered it to be our “kitchen away from home”. In 2004, Gregorio’s replaced the name but kept the family recipes we loved so much as guests and have added more of our own. Plus a much more extensive wine list & full bar! We want to encourage you to come, have a meal with us and experience our Italian kitchen. It is our hope that you will make it your own “kitchen away from home”. Our goals are simple
Top review
Suejill
Dined 2 days ago
Large portions, very good tasting entrees and nice ambiance.
A photo of Harlow's - Art of Life restaurant
4.7
4.7 (202)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Bonsall
About the restaurant
Harlow's Cocktail Lounge is a unique restaurant focused on traditional classics with modern reinvention. Through the use of specialized ingredients and techniques, international influence and attention to detail, Harlow's offers adventurous creations rooted in comforting familiarity. Our shareable menu and bar selections are crafted for our guests enjoy on any occasion or outing. Come enjoy the lounge, bar, restaurant and private dining areas with friends and family. Harlow's stage features weekly live music showcasing local talent. Call or visit harlowslounge.com for more details
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my adult daughter last night at Harlow's. The food, the atmosphere and the service was exceptional.
A photo of Urbana Del Mar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (139)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Its ‘Dia de los Muertos’ every day at URBANA, the Skydeck's most colorful restaurant. Farm Fresh Mexican Chef inspired plates. Complementing the menu, URBANA’S sexy departure on craft cocktails featuring Tequila and Mezcal favorites as well as top shelf agave spirits. Massive smiling murals a tribute to owner Javier Cuadra's Michoacán upbringing where ‘Dia de los Muertos’ is celebrated to define URBANA.
Top review
NareshL
Dined on May 17, 2024
Service by Avery was excellent. Very attentive and customer focussed. Food was delicious. Really enjoyed the lunch.
A photo of Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (473)
$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
KellyS
Dined 1 day ago
We like going to the tavern before heading over to the Belly Up for music events. The service is great. Super prompt and friendly. The food is delicious. Uncommon twists on common foods. Like butternut squash tacos and surf and turf enchiladas verdes. And then there are the cocktails. So good and I love the little flavor twists they give on the margaritas. I always enjoy going here for a good dinner. Great place to take friends who you want to impress, too! It is that good!
A photo of Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1286)
$30 and under
Italian
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana features an exceptional menu of Italian favorites, certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood. Open for over two decades, 2019 marks the 25 year anniversary of Vigilucci’s Trattoria formerly located in Encinitas. Menu highlights include many of the company’s signature dishes, made from scratch pastas, salads, steaks, seafood, pizzas and calzones. Private dining space is available for large or small groups. Our casual yet sophisticated piano bar enhances the dining experience.

For off-site events and parties contact Cater@Vigiluccis.com
Catering to the most discerning palates for over 20 years,
Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.
Top review
VincentHvip
Dined 7 days ago
First class homemade pasta. Live music nice service with a nice wine list. Highly recommended.
A photo of Le Papagayo Carlsbad restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1007)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
At Le Papagayo Carlsbad Village you can expect live music nightly blended with the best in Coastal/Mediterranean/New American food and cocktails. With a full bar and service from 8am-10pm nightly you'll have ample opportunity to enjoy the newest addition to Carlsbad Village. Located conveniently off Carlsbad Village Dr. we are a short walk from State St and just off the freeway for easy access from either direction. We have a large public parking lot directly in front of the restaurant along with assigned parking off to the north end. Please come in and enjoy breakfast/lunch or dinner any day or night of the week and don't hesitate to call to see who's performing today :)
Top review
RyneR
Dined 1 day ago
Always a great experience going to Le Papagayo. Enjoyed the food and birria egg rolls were great. Always get the flatbread never disappoints.
A photo of My Yard Live Beer Co restaurant
4.5
4.5 (682)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
San Marcos
About the restaurant
The “My Yard Live Beer Co.” experience brings together all the elements of a brewery, family-friendly restaurant, community center, park, and a one-of-a-kind live entertainment and events venue. For the young, or young at heart, MYL Beer Co. combines the comforts of your own fantasy backyard with the convenience of a brewery and full-service restaurant. Enjoy our house-smoked meats, or our beers which have medaled at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. My Yard Live Beer Co. has something for everyone!

We also offer an amazing indoor/outdoor bar, walk-up bar service, open seating at the fire pit with a view of the band cabana, and seating throughout the rest of the venue.

MYL Beer Co. can create a semi-private or private event experience including seated or buffet-style scratch kitchen catering, open bar/drink packages, and entertainment booking. For more information please visit https://www.opentable.com/private-dining/restaurant/1047
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely. The staff was pleasant and attentative. The meal for my 3 grandkids and me were excellent. Loved it .
A photo of Le Papagayo Encinitas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2185)
$30 and under
American
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Le Papagayo blends New American and Pacific Coast cuisine to create an amazing fine dining experience. The Chef and Myself combine the freshest of local ingredients and flavor to create a unique character for each meal created from scratch.




Dining at Le Papagayo is a full experience that will delight all your senses.




Amazing food and a warm and inviting dining room which looks like an art gallery are all part of the experience.




We also offer a heated patio and unplugged live music every night.
Top review
ELS1vip
Dined 5 days ago
I love Papagayo. It’s a great place 😊 The menu has something for everyone and is all good. Live the nightly live music!
A photo of The Landings restaurant
4.4
4.4 (249)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
The Landings Gastropub is not your typical airport restaurant or bar. We pride ourselves on our focus on quality, service, creativity and atmosphere. Everything from our unique cocktails to our pub-inspired menu and carefully curated craft beer list are locally-sourced and of the highest quality. Both our dining room and large patio have a panoramic view of the Palomar Airport runway. Bring the family, enjoy a cocktail and watch the planes come and go.

We accept reservations for groups up to 8 people. Please call for larger parties.

Please note: For Friday and Saturday concert nights, we enforce a $30/person minimum to cover the cost of the bands.
Top review
ElizabethK
Dined 4 days ago
Great place to listen to live music. Celebrated my dad’s 92nd bday. Everyone had a great time.
A photo of Cococabana restaurant
4.1
4.1 (178)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Oceanside
About the restaurant
We operate on a first come, first serve seating policy. For parties of 6 or more, please visit us on OpenTable or visit our Events Page to inquire about special events & parties.

Housed on the Brick’s 2,100-square-foot rooftop is the Cococabana Bar, a Caribbean-style cocktail bar with its own menu of small bites.
Top review
SMez2112vip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing burger, yummy cocktails and super nice service. Will definitely be back!
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