Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Diego

Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in North San Diego

Red OpenTable logo
OpenTable
Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Poseidon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5357)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Del Mar
About the restaurant
The minute you walk into Poseidon, you’ll be swept by the fabulous view. You couldn’t be closer to the sand and the beach than sitting at Poseidon on their beautiful outdoor patio. With such a spectacular ocean view, you’ll experience breathtaking sunsets and during the right season even catch a glimpse of the whales migrating up or down the coast. The bar offers a large circular firepit, which is nice on those chilly fall or winter nights. Off to the side of the bar is a split level dining room offering every table a panoramic view of the beach and the ocean. For decades, Poseidon has delighted both local San Diegans and the tourists that love the beach.
Top review
Sunny1
Dined 5 days ago
I really enjoyed dinner at Poseidon. I ate on the patio and really enjoyed the activity on the beach. I recommend the patio if available.
A photo of The Veranda Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1450)
$30 and under
Californian
Fallbrook
About the restaurant
While dining at the most atmospheric restaurant in Fallbrook, you can gaze at our sparkling lake and gorgeous grounds while enjoying a delicious meal prepared with seasonal produce from our on-site vegetable and fruit gardens. We offer patio heaters during the winter months and fans during the warmer months. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy a stroll through our many gardens before or after you dine at The Veranda.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Nice menu for brunch or lunch. Beignets with berry sauce and whipped cream, just delicious!
A photo of UNION Kitchen & Tap restaurant
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.
A photo of Urbana Del Mar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (141)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food, fun environment! Definitely worth a return trip! PS got lucky with the free tequila tasting, hosted by Califino. I’d drink that again too.
A photo of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant
4.6
4.6 (7028)
$30 and under
Beer Garden
Escondido
About the restaurant
At Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, we endeavor to use as much in-season, locally and organically grown produce as possible. It's about much more than freshness and sustainability. Local, organic food--fresh from local growers to your table--simply tastes better and is better for you. With our expansive gardens, patio seating, 36-tap beer systems and select wines you've got a dining experience to satisfy your--body, mind and soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Loved the whole experience. Its a beautiful oasis with yummy food and drinks! Mckenna was really wonderful as well!
A photo of Le Papagayo Carlsbad restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1030)
$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
Pamelavip
Dined 5 days ago
Our dinner was great. We also enjoyed the live music, which was a nice treat.
A photo of Ambrogio15 Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (203)
$30 and under
Italian
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Ambrogio15 Del Mar is a more upscale, but still casual version than our Pacific Beach Restaurant. We will have gourmet Pizzas developed by our partnership with Michelin-starred Milanese chef Silvio Salmoiraghi, his partner Choi Cheolhyeok, and gastronome Paolo Tucci. Additionally, we will also offer a five-course gourmet tasting menu for 15-20 diners at a time featuring Italian dishes and global meat and seafood entrees, with a vast menu of natural Italian wines and French Champagnes.
Top review
Saavyvip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food and wonderful service. A real gem of a restaurant and we will return. Hope to see a move to a larger restaurant space in the future as the area is a little cramped.
A photo of Vue - Omni La Costa Resort & Spa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (139)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
VUE is a lively and contemporary restaurant with an outdoor dining patio and magnificent “VUEs” of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa's championship golf courses and lush green rolling hills. This signature restaurant features creative dishes from our talented culinary team, a unique selection of craft brews, wines and cocktail offerings. Start or end your day with a leisurely meal the whole family will enjoy.
Top review
LG2Muchvip
Dined 1 day ago
We were treated with exceptional service, beautiful and very tasty food, as well as, the perfect ambiance for an amazing birthday dinner.
A photo of Cococabana restaurant
4.3
4.3 (188)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
First time visit and absolutely loved it! Took the train up from San Diego (very convenient). Enjoyed the ambience and experience and will definitely be back.
A photo of Brickmans Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Grill) restaurant
4.0
4 (89)
$30 and under
American
San Marcos
About the restaurant
Brickmans epitomizes the essence of a charming golf-side eatery, exuding a laid-back country club ambiance that effortlessly cultivates a sense of camaraderie and relaxation. Serving as a beloved community hub, it seamlessly transitions from the ideal 19th hole for golf enthusiasts to the cozy familiarity of your best friend's living room or the lively charm of your fun uncle's country club. 

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
We will definitely visit Brickmans restaurant again. The food was delicious, and the service was wonderful
Explore Diners' Choice best of North San Diego
Explore more Diners' Choice lists
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo