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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in 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 Mister A's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8304)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Mister A's is the penthouse, fine-dining destination of San Diego, and has been for over 50 years. Located just a few minutes from downtown, you will take the elevator to the top floor and look back out over jetliners sweeping past at eye level, the San Diego skyline, bay and Pacific, while enjoying Modern American cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, and one of Wine Spectator's top-rated wine lists in the country. The culinary staff hand-selects local farm produce and the highest quality ingredients in every category to offer you selections that are made from scratch in house for brunch, lunch, dinner.. or simply the finest rooftop drinks and appetizers in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was amazing and the service was impeccable!
A photo of AR Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2412)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
La Jolla
About the restaurant
A.R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at the AAA Five Diamond resort The Lodge at Torrey Pines, features innovative California cuisine served in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean coastline. Executive Chef Kelli Crosson uses only the best local provisions, and the menu changes daily depending on what's offered at local farmers' markets, as well as from other local growers, ranchers and fishermen. The restaurant's wine list features California wines exclusively, including a variety of boutique wineries from throughout the state.

A.R. Valentien’s sophisticated design includes artwork from the restaurant’s namesake, Albert Robert Valentien, and a spacious outdoor terrace. Special events include the seasonal Artisan Table dinner series and Celebrate the Craft, an annual charity event benefiting The Ecology Center.
Top review
BettyHvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Excellent service. Generally attentive. Duck perfectly cooked with mustard greens and grape leaves. Prime rib eye medium rare was excellent as was Pappardelle with lobster. Great desserts
A photo of Eddie V's - La Jolla restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5279)
$50 and over
Seafood
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining destination known for the seafood flown in from pristine waters around the world, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks. Dishes are artistically prepared and feature an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks broiled to perfection. The restaurant's award-wining wine list, which has been recognized by Wine Spectator, has more than 300 wines curated by Eddie V's very own Advanced Sommelier. In the V Lounge, guests can sip classic creative cocktails and enjoy signature appetizers.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Great service, great food. Eddie V's never disappoints!
A photo of Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (83)
$30 and under
International
Jacumba
About the restaurant
Nestled in bouldery mountains along historic Old Highway 80, in a magical high desert community lies the Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel. The hotel has been designed with a sense of place, with natural materials, textures, & objects from ancient & primitive cultures from around the world. Our restaurant offers indoor dining under vintage ceramic lights and desert landscapes or our large outdoor shaded patios under a canopy of old-world lanterns and pine trees with a live music stage.

Our menu features an International High Desert menu that showcases the farms and ranches of Imperial Valley, the fresh seafood of Baja, and specialty regional purveyors. Make sure to save time to enjoy high desert elixirs, herbal tinctures, cold-pressed juices, tonics, and cocktails, handcrafted in our exotic desert hideaway bar.

Once you are here, nothing else matters.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Love the vibe. Food was delicious. Everything we had was great and we did appetizers, main courses and dessert. Service was outstanding. We will be back.
A photo of Mona Lisa Cocktails & Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (72)
$50 and over
Italian
El Centro
About the restaurant
Step into Mona Lisa, an opulent haven of Italian cuisine. Discover a culinary masterpiece where prime steaks are elevated to perfection, accompanied by meticulously curated sides that redefine indulgence. Our open bar offers an endless selection of finely crafted cocktails and wines, enhancing every moment. With an ambiance of refined luxury, Mona Lisa invites you to savor the art of flavor in every bite of our prime steaks, making your dining experience unforgettable.
Top review
Markvip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Always outstanding food and service. We love it here and will continue to make this restaurant a staple for our family and friends. Thank you!
A photo of The Marine Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7870)
$50 and over
Seafood
La Jolla
About the restaurant
For generations of San Diegans, the “Seahorse” symbol of The Marine Room has long stood for its dramatic on-the-surf location and California coastal cuisine. Considering this rare blend of culinary excellence, uncompromising service and beachfront setting, it’s no wonder The Marine Room has become a true San Diego landmark. We invite you to San Diego's iconic dining destination and experience how each tide brings something new to The Marine Room. You’re not reserving a table – you’re joining a 80-year tradition.
Top review
LARYSvip
Dined 2 days ago
Zach was an excellent waiter and rest of staff was courteous
A photo of The Desmond restaurant
4.6
4.6 (142)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
We're California born and bred. Best in the world? Yeah. We’ve got that. These are year-round farms. Lifelong fishermen. Orchards that thrive well beyond the fall. Our ingredients here in Southern California are the very best, and we treat them with the respect that they deserve. Join us for an experience that showcases the best of the bounty, with flavors that are truly memorable.

Top review
VernN
Dined today
All great . Super good food . They have a party chef that’s incredible
A photo of The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2543)
$50 and over
Fondue
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Melting Pot San Diego Gaslamp

Located on 5th Ave & E St in the historic Gaslamp Plaza Suites, the San Diego - Gaslamp Melting Pot Restaurant brings a truly unique, romantic and interactive four-course fondue dining experience to San Diego's vibrant downtown dining scene!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Johnny made our experience at The Melting Pot BEYOND special. I love the restaurant, and wanted to introduce my two friends to the magic. Our expectations were exceeded to say the least. The staff went above and beyond to personalize our dining experience and we enjoyed every second.
A photo of Topside Terrace restaurant
4.5
4.5 (376)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
A quintessential San Diego open-air terrace, Topside Terrace takes advantage of the San Diego climate while marrying the sites and sounds of downtown. Inspired by coastal living, we specialize in evening fare and weekend brunch serving Baja California and Classic American Fare paired with contemporary cocktails and draft beer.

Happy hour every Sunday-Thursday from 4pm to 6pm!

Live Music every Wednesday night 6pm-8pm & Sunday Brunch 11am-1pm!
Top review
BobbiePvip
Dined on May 26, 2024
Terrific, fluffy shrimp omelette. Best omelette I’ve had in a long time. Great food, and who can beat a terrace experience on a lovely San Diego Sunday?? My only critique: they could have been more johnny-on-the-spot with coffee refills.
A photo of Yummy Sushi restaurant
4.2
4.2 (229)
$31 to $50
Asian
Coronado
About the restaurant
Hello, we are Yummy Coronado. We have been a family owned restaurant for over 15 years providing Japanese and Korean cuisine prepared with love to the Crown Town community.

We offer indoor seating sushi bar seating and outdoor seating which overlooks the beautiful Coronado beach and the notable Hotel Del. We are happy to announce we have an All You Can Eat menu now as well as A La Carte.


Thank you for choosing Yummy Sushi Coronado. We look forward to serving you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
Food was sooooo good ! I will definitely be going back here
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