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

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Pali Wine Co. Little Italy Tasting Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (130)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Pali Wine Co. is located in famous Little Italy, San Diego, steps from the main strip. The family-owned winery highlights the diversity and nuanced qualities of the California Central Coast wine-growing area. From our Pali Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays, to our Tower 15 bold, nuanced wines, and Neighborhood zippy, natural cuvées, our three wine labels are sure to please any pallet.

Stop in for a tasting flight where you can sample wines from our portfolio, step up to the bar for a customized guided tasting or grab a bottle to-go. Our menu features small and sharable plates with locally sourced ingredients ideal for sharing and sipping, including our best-selling burger, charcuterie boards, and seasonal specials.

Join our wine club to enjoy complimentary tastings, receive 20% off all wine, & more exciting benefits!

Weekly events include Comedy Night on Wednesdays, Trivia on Thursdays, as well as live music Friday and Saturday nights. Plus, happy hour deals weekdays 4-6pm!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Amazing such a great spot in little Italy for a casual meal and some great wine
A photo of Urbana Del Mar restaurant
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.
A photo of Ketch Grill & Taps - Portside Pier restaurant
4.7
4.7 (115)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Ketch Tasting Deck offers a full-service dining experience on the 2nd floor at Portside Pier with stunning views overlooking San Diego Bay!
Brought to you by the Brigantine Family of Restaurants. For generations our family has created unforgettable experiences true to the San Diego lifestyle at our Brigantine & Miguel’s restaurants. We’ve hosted countless celebrations and poured many a round for the happiest of hours.
WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT MAKES FOR THE BEST MEMORIES AND THE BEERS THAT CAPTURE THE FEELING. IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE CRAFTED OUR OWN AND PUT THEM ON TAP.
From beer aficionados to casual drinkers, we’ve got everyone covered with our easy-to-love (and drink) brews made for making memories!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great views. Food was very good. Beers were good too. Our server was very nice and very attentive. Will definitely be back
A photo of Miramonte Winery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (730)
$31 to $50
Californian
Temecula
About the restaurant
Miramonte is one of Southern California's most beautiful, dynamic and forward-thinking wineries. Our award-winning wines are elegant, harmonious and trendsetting. Our popular Bistro features delicious, innovative soulful fare prepared fresh every day. And our gorgeous outdoor verandas are a benchmark experience in wine country. We invite you to join us, and see what all the excitement is about!


SEATING:
2 hour maximum

MIRAMONTE RESERVATION POLICY:
For restaurant reservations, we offer a 15-minute grace period.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Had a nice afternoon visit to Miramonte. Very nice shaded terrace which was enjoyable on a hot day. Enjoyed the wine and a pepperoni fly bread.
A photo of Rovino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1009)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Rovino offers a lovely dinner experience with a catered selection of Italian dishes, complimented with a small but solid list of wines. Highly recommend the Focaccia, Sugo with Eggplant, and the Roast Chicken with Vegetables (Arrosto). Service was great and plating and portions were great for Little Italy. Will be back again soon!
A photo of Bouquet Restaurant + Bar at Ponte Vineyard Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (515)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Temecula
About the restaurant
Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced cuisine fine wines and refreshing cocktails at Bouquet Restaurant, located at our luxurious AAA Four-Diamond Inn. Dine out on the terrace surrounded by manicured Italian gardens with stunning views of the vineyard and our 1-acre pond.

Enjoy live music during brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-3pm!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The whole experience at ponte vineyard was just amazing, at both restaurants. The bouquet and the restaurant at ponte!
A photo of Ambrogio15 Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (202)
$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
MichaelM
Dined 5 days ago
Incredible food and atmosphere from the greeting through every bite. Couldn’t recommend more.
A photo of Ballast Point Brewing Company restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1184)
$30 and under
Brewery
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Get ready to stay all day. A must-see in San Diego, our largest brewery & restaurant is an impressive sight to behold with a sprawling indoor/outdoor restaurant, patio with fire pit, patio games and merchandise area. We can’t wait to see you!

Mobile ordering: We’ve implemented QR codes in select sections, which are set to display our beer and food menu in real time.


Top review
CaliradoMikevip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Hidden gem in Mira Mesa, but excellent food and selections! Not to mention some of the best beer that ever came out of San Diego! Max provided exceptional service, as well. Thanks very much!
A photo of Sorrento Ristorante restaurant
4.5
4.5 (21)
$31 to $50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Sorrento Ristorante offers traditional Italian cuisines in its warm and hospitable ambiance. The restaurant is decorated with simplicity. Washed in decent shades of brown, it has a decorate ceiling. Tiny bulbs hang from the ceiling to create a romantic environment. Large pillars in the dining room are decorated with fresh flower arrangements and glasswork. The restaurant has a native Italian staff. It has a beautiful outdoor patio, serving the warmth of San Diego nights. Sorrento Ristorante is popular for its variety of authentic Italian dips and sauces. Guests can customize their meals by pairing up the sauces with their main meals. Pesto sauce makes a nice combination with all pastas. Chocolate mousse is served with chopped dark chocolate chunks and white chocolate cream topping. The lightly tossed bleu cheese is prepared in the craft kitchen. The bar at Sorrento Ristorante serves Italian wines and beer.
Top review
MarisolRvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
The ambience was great. We dined on the patio. Although my meal was not to my satisfaction, my kid enjoyed their's. The service was attentive nonetheless. I would still recommend.
A photo of Casa De Freds, Tacos y Tequila restaurant
4.3
4.3 (306)
$30 and under
Mexican
Old Town
About the restaurant
ABOUT FREDS OLD TOWN | Since 2001, Casa de Freds in Old Town has been bringing the fiesta to San Diego. Freds is the place for amigos - both new and old - to have a great time while enjoying quality food, fresh margaritas and a festive atmosphere. The menu offers a wide variety of delicious, Baja-infused selections that are made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. The vibrant decor and great music provide a unique dining experience right in the heart of historic Old Town. The restaurant offers plenty of versatility for groups of many sizes. The large outdoor patio is dog friendly, so bring in your furry friends and check out the doggy menu! The outdoor bar is a fantastic spot to enjoy the San Diego sun, whether you are here for the weekend or live down the street. Freds newly renovated Fiesta Cantina is the perfect place to watch your favorite sporting events. The Cantina also offers daily specials that will keep your tummies, glasses and pockets full. Thanks Amigo!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
When we first went in, it was a bit too noisy for us, two old people in our mid 70’s, but Raymond, the manager, found us a table that was a lot quieter. I’m glad we stayed because the food, the service, and the margaritas were outstanding. We will return!
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