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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in 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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4.7
4.7 (31)
$30 and under
American
Scripps Ranch
About the restaurant
Welcome to Public House 131 our Chef Shahob Pourteymoor has designed a menu full of your pub favorites all made from scratch in house and sourced locally whenever possible or when seasons allow. We are located in beautiful Scripps Ranch and offer a wonderful outdoor dining experience. Our Craft cocktails are our specialty and our tap list includes close to 20 local San Diego beers.
Top review
lauraj
Dined 2 days ago
Good was excellent and our server Sydney was fantastic.
A photo of Common Stock restaurant
4.9
4.9 (41)
$30 and under
American
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Common Stock is a casually sophisticated neighborhood restaurant + cocktail bar, where approachable nostalgic plates are prepared from scratch with obsessively sourced ingredients.
Top review
CassioCvip
Dined today
You can never go wrong with Common Stock. Even though it was Pride weekend and they were super busy, their care and attention to their customers remained the same customary quality that has me returning over and over again. The menu was a limited edition but the food was just as delicious as always.
A photo of Great Maple San Diego restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4263)
$30 and under
American
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
We Serve Dinner, Lunch, Brunch and Weekday Breakfast. We are a modern American eatery featuring seasonal fare, fresh house made pies, and local produce cocktails. We have a full bar and a social wine list. Open for Outdoor dining!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food , great experience and excellent customer service . It was worth the 2 hour drive :)
A photo of Gravity Heights Mission Valley restaurant
4.8
4.8 (113)
$30 and under
American
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
We’re not out to take the San Diego beer scene by storm or reinvent the wheel because the truth is, there’s no shortage of good breweries in San Diego. Instead, our aim is to pair that good beer with the same delicious food, exceptional service and genuine hospitality we’re known for so you never have to compromise one for the other again. Situated in Mission Valley, our 9,000 square foot brewpub includes a full service restaurant, an expansive and lush outdoor beer garden, and a pretty stellar team to make sure you always have good food in your mouth and a solid beer in your hand.
Top review
Bubsvip
Dined 3 days ago
This was our first time here & we all really enjoyed it.
A photo of Seasons 52 - San Diego - UTC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4858)
$31 to $50
American
University City/Golden Triangle
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
Top review
Noma
Dined 3 days ago
Season's 52 is our go-to destination for myself and two friends. We love the food and the staff.
A photo of Gravity Heights Sorrento Valley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1151)
$30 and under
American
Sorrento Mesa
About the restaurant
We’re not out to take the San Diego beer scene by storm or reinvent the wheel because the truth is, there’s no shortage of good breweries in San Diego. Instead, our aim is to pair that good beer with the same delicious food, exceptional service and genuine hospitality we’re known for so you never have to compromise one for the other again. Tucked away in Sorrento mesa, our 12,000 square foot brewpub includes a full service restaurant, an event space, an expansive and lush outdoor beer garden and a pretty stellar team to make sure you always have good food in your mouth and a solid beer in your hand.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food great service - we loved the pirogies and cabbage absolutely fabulous food
A photo of Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego restaurant
4.6
4.6 (890)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile, open for daily for brunch and select evenings for dinner. Provisional is a sprawling, sunlit communal dining space featuring a Vittoria Coffee espresso bar, bistro tables, and a retail space set within a greenhouse, where guests can shop a curated collection of homeware, ceramics, apothecary items, pantry staples, and jewelry.

Provisional serves some of the best cuisine in the city, featuring favorites such as housemade pasta, woodfire-oven baked pizza and Italian-inspired entrées; our lively brunch features bottomless mimosas and seasonal creations.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Beautiful space, excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend
A photo of Farmer's Bottega Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1539)
$30 and under
American
Mission Hills
About the restaurant
Farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of Mission Hills. Farmer's Bottega serves farm fresh breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner along with a unique selection of craft local beer and wine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing food, cute little outdoor seating area, friendly and fast service, and dog-friendly. A perfect date night spot, even if you want to bring your furry friend :)
A photo of Books + Records restaurant
4.6
4.6 (280)
$31 to $50
American
Banker's Hill
About the restaurant
Global inspired American cuisine, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch in an upbeat atmosphere, with live music most nights.
Top review
JoshN
Dined 1 day ago
This place is awesome, Tyler is the best! Great happy hour and one of the best steaks for dinner!
A photo of Craft & Commerce restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1048)
$31 to $50
American
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Providing shelter from the storm since 2009.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food was great. Service was wonderful. Thanks Laura and Kate for making our anniversary night special!
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