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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Alexander's on 30th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2996)
$31 to $50
Italian
North Park
About the restaurant
Neighborhood gem located in the heart of the Historic North Park District, adjoining Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo. Specializing in homestyle Italian with Gourmet Flair. Hand made Pastas, Award Winning Pizza and Voted Best of Restaurants by San Diego Magazine "Most Romantic". Listed as Top 25 Places to Eat in San Diego "Before You Die" by San Diego Union Tribune.

Make memorable celebrations on our beautiful patio, the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Remember to try our diners favorites, The Theodore's Fix Pizza and Baked Vodka Bolognese.

Look forward to serving you soon!


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a fantastic meal at Alexander's. Our ternage daughters loved the flavorful food as did we, and our server was outstanding. We ate outside, and the lights and candles created a wonderful ambience. Thanks for a memorable meal.
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4.8
4.8 (744)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Coronado
About the restaurant
Open for Lunch and Dinner. Reservations for Lunch are not accepted, however we do accept walk-ins!
Top review
cathyvip
Dined 6 days ago
My favorite place for a good meal and drink! First stop when visiting Coronado
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4.8
4.8 (74)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
The food was excellent! The service was stellar! The experience was legendary!
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4.7
4.7 (59)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Arrivederci Ristorante is an authentic Italian restaurant. Arrivederci means hello. The restaurant's name refers to Italian hospitality offered here. It has a decent semi-formal ambiance. The walls are decorated with paintings gathered from different parts of Europe. Antique lamps are hung from the ceilings to add a rustic appeal. Arrivederci specializes in preparing all dishes with authentic Italian recipes and ingredients. Grigliata vegetariana is prepared with a variety of assorted grilled vegetables. Rigatoni amatriciana is prepared with tabular pasta soaked in rich sauce, prepared with tomatoes and romano cheese. Italian bacon topping enhances the flavor. Pollo al funghi is the traditional chicken meal. The boneless breast of chicken is topped with mushrooms. The ingredients are cooked in wine sauce. Arrivederci serves Italian wines and beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 19, 2024
The best food. The best service. Fair prices for, what seems to me, authentic Italian food. Lots of options for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
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4.6
4.6 (1005)
$31 to $50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant

Ciao Amici- We can't wait to see you!

AL FRESCO Dining in the Heart of Little Italy!
Small indoor restaurant with covered patio and outdoor patio!






Rovino, located in San Diego, California, offers Italian cuisine for dinner. Rovino features an extensive wine selection and a knowledgeable staff who can help pair wine with each entrée. We also feature a wonderful creative selection of Craft Cocktails.

Try the fried calamari or the saffron rice balls filled with ground beef, peas and mozzarella cheese to start out your meal at Rovino. Choose from dinner entrées like the prosciutto and arugula flatbread or the pasta al sugo. Top off your Italian experience with a cup of specialty coffee and a dessert such as the tiramisu or the cannoli.



Top review
NinetterS
Dined 7 days ago
We had an outstanding dinner at RoVino, the arancini, caesar salad and shrimp scampi was absolutely delicious! I’m very particular about freshly made dressing, the Caesar dressing was on point. Our overall service was very good, a tad slow, it wasn’t particularly busy as we arrrived upon opening at 5:00, nonetheless a nice dining experience in Little Italy.
A photo of Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp restaurant
4.6
4.6 (24)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Downtown
About the restaurant
Grab your partner and hitch up that wagon, Smokin J's BBQ is now open in the Gaslamp Quarter! Located 5 minutes from the Convention Center, and a mere 10 minutes from Petco Park or the Rady Shell by foot, we are your new favorite spot for slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and craft beer. Smokin J's BBQ won Reader Magazine's poll for Best BBQ in San Diego in 2022 and at our spot in the Gaslamp Quarter we strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for date nights, family outings, Sunday football, weekend brunch, or for anytime you want eat a great meal with great people. Open for lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends, we offer plenty of indoor seating, a spacious bar, and patio seating.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Food was 10/10. Ambiance 10/10. Service was mediocre. They were slow so were super attentive, but the food was definitely worth every single penny. Great first time :)
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4.5
4.5 (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
A photo of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1394)
$50 and over
Seafood
La Jolla
About the restaurant
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has been focused on successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. When Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz set out to deliver a culinary experience straight from wine county, little did they know that they would also earn the title of Restaurateurs of the Year for their achievements and have their restaurants in Newport Beach and Tustin earn the title of Restaurant of the Year multiple times!
The three partners strive to deliver the best dining experience In Orange County on a nightly basis. Chef Goetz, whose accolades include the AAA Five Diamond Award and multiple Chef of the Year honors, describes his menu at The Winery Restaurant as wine country-driven a perfect match for a wine program that features a list with 650 selections that change weekly and climate-controlled cellars, which can house up to 7,500 bottles!

Top review
RonA
Dined 1 day ago
Made a reservation for my wedding anniversary. Service was very good, food was very fresh and the portion size was perfect. Quality of the food was very good. Price was as expected for a higher end restaurant. Overall a nice anniversary dinner, I will consider coming back again.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Chula Vista restaurant
4.4
4.4 (213)
$30 and under
Chinese
Chula Vista / Bonita
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
Bmurphvip
Dined 2 days ago
Food was great, variety & quality are PF Chang staples throughout chain.
A photo of Miss B's Coconut Club restaurant
4.4
4.4 (103)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Mission Beach
About the restaurant
What you’ll find here is classic, Caribbean-inspired American food with tiki flair. Cubano Roasted Pork, Jerk Chicken and Coconut Shrimp are in synch with the mambo rhythm of your appetite, and our house-ground burger is one like you won’t find anywhere in town. Jumbo Coconut Shrimp and a list of Street Cart items will have you coming back to try them all, whether you order something “to go” from our walk-up counter, stay to eat on our spacious outdoor patio, or take a seat inside.

Coconut Club’s décor evokes a celebration of Mission Beach’s nautical and maritime past, which takes form as an inspired interpretation of a 30’s-style sailor tiki club. Rum is the star here, and has a leading role in our creative list of grownup cocktails, which includes shareable, tiki-inspired punches and bowls to drum up conversations and generate a buzz. Coconut Club is also a purveyor of fuel that fires the craft beer frenzy, with 20 local and microbrew tap handles.

Top review
SuzanneL
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
This is a little gem. Food was amazing. Coconut ceviche with plantain chips was tasty and the papaya salad was really good. Wish I could have tried jerk chicken but would have been too much food. Next time
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