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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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!


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4.8
4.8 (140)
$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
Sandiegoguy
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Always great food and service. One of my favorite places to have lunch.
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4.7
4.7 (19)
$30 and under
Japanese
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Translating to “hand roll,” Temaki Bar celebrates the tradition that all perfect hand rolls should be eaten within seconds of the chef passing them across the counter — while the rice is still warm and the fish, fresh and chilled.

Delivery and in-person to-go orders are now available!

Temaki Bar does not take reservations. We encourage guests to put their name on the online waitlist up to an hour prior to their expected arrival. The online waitlist can be accessed via our website,
temakibarsushi.com, or on OpenTable. Parties larger than 4 guests cannot be guaranteed to be seated together.

EAT HERE || LIVE FOREVER

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Fantastic food and friendly, fast service. A bit loud but that is to be expected in a bar
A photo of Harlow's - Art of Life restaurant
4.6
4.6 (206)
$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
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vcfoodievip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Once again Harlow’s deliver great service and ambiance, tasty cocktails and delicious food! Tried the elk and it was amazing! Not gamy and very tender.
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4.5
4.5 (442)
$30 and under
Californian
Oceanside
About the restaurant
Masters Kitchen and Cocktail is located blocks from the beach in the heart of Oceanside, CA. An industrial space with classic history, Masters was once a well ­remembered drag car shop. The revamped restaurant keeps its authentic character, and offers a warm and inviting dining experience for a lovely escape from the sun and sand. A separate bar with communal seating serves traditional craft cocktails that sip and smell of the 1920s.
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MarthaHvip
Dined 2 days ago
What made this a great experience was that we had our 2 1/4 year old grandson with us and he was treated so well by the manager. She brought crayons and some coloring pages and offered to let him watch the chefs working. The food was very good and the tables spaced far enough apart that we didn’t feel cramped. It all made for a very nice dinner!
A photo of Glass Box Asian Coastal Inspired Kitchen + Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (209)
$30 and under
Sushi
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
A transparent authentic cultural experience of Asian infused cuisine, continuously redefining “fresh”.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The entire staff was attentive and invited us to a wonderful experience. Can’t hold back on the happy hour. It was amazing
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4.5
4.5 (23)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Oceanside
About the restaurant
At The Space Pad expect to find cocktails with flavored smoke bubbles floating on top of your drink, cocktails that look like a lava lamp in your hand, change color as you drink, fruit suspensions, and spherified cocktails that you actually eat rather than drink, similar to giant boba pods each individually filled with cocktail ingredients that bursts with flavor and booze when you bite into it.

Reservations offer a 90-minute experience. WALK-INS WELCOME - Reservations not available? We always set aside space to accommodate walk-ins, first come, first served. And before or after your experience at The Space Pad you're welcome to join us at Kilowatt Brewing for our award winning craft beers, hard seltzers, adult slushies, and a bite to eat!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
Amazing speakeasy, quite the experience! Unique cocktails phenomenal Bar Staff. Well worth the visit.
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4.4
4.4 (101)
$50 and over
American
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
Join us at Rancho Bernardo Inn for our special event series! Whether you choose to join us for a Holiday Brunch, a special Private Barrel Release Party, or an exclusive Chef's Garden Dinner, reserve here to ensure your table or ticket with us!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
This was perhaps the 10th time we enjoyed a special occasion buffet at the Aragon ballroom. It is always a class act with great service, food and atmosphere.
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4.4
4.4 (687)
$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 on Jun 16, 2024
Fantastic experience. Love the place! We're from AZ, our first time there Friday. Had such a good time we had to come back Saturday.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Carlsbad restaurant
4.3
4.3 (223)
$30 and under
Chinese
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Had a lovely, relaxing evening before heading into the restaurant. Our sever was great…I THINK he told he his name was Jason (or Justin. You have to try the dry rub spare ribs from the appetizer menu.So yummy 💕
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4.3
4.3 (423)
$30 and under
Italian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
With a menu featuring the perfect marriage of classic homemade Italian tastes and contemporary flair, Giaola Italian Kitchen invites you to be our guest. Enjoy time-tested recipes and fresh, hearty meals that feed the body and nourish the soul. Welcome to our kitchen. Welcome home.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
A friend & I took another friend for a birthday dinner. None of us had yet been to Giaola Italian Kitchen & we were pleased with the ambience, cuisine & drinks, as well as our server, who was affable, helpful with the menu, & one of us being vegetarian, able to suggest changes that worked well. We sat in comfort for our lengthy dinner. The birthday girl was given a tiramisu dessert in celebration of her special day! It was a fun night to remember! Would definitely return! 😊🙏
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