Best American Restaurants in San Diego

Great Maple San DiegoGreat Maple San Diego
(1858)
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American | Hillcrest, San Diego
WhisknladleWhisknladle
(1757)
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American | La Jolla, San Diego
Prepkitchen - Little ItalyPrepkitchen - Little Italy
(1119)
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American | Little Italy, San Diego
Prepkitchen - La JollaPrepkitchen - La Jolla
(336)
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American | La Jolla, San Diego
Prepkitchen - Del MarPrepkitchen - Del Mar
(585)
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American | Del Mar, North San Diego
The Patio on LamontThe Patio on Lamont
(1215)
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American | Pacific Beach, San Diego
Urban SolaceUrban Solace
(2175)
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American | North Park, San Diego
PoseidonPoseidon
(3162)
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American | Del Mar, North San Diego
George's Ocean TerraceGeorge's Ocean Terrace
(3576)
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American | La Jolla, San Diego
Firehouse American Eatery and LoungeFirehouse American Eatery and Lounge
(93)
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American | Pacific Beach, San Diego
Urge Gastropub & Whiskey BankUrge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank
(25)
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American | Oceanside, North San Diego
Avensole Winery RestaurantAvensole Winery Restaurant
(206)
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American | Temecula, Temecula / Wine County
Solace & The Moonlight LoungeSolace & The Moonlight Lounge
(735)
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American | Encinitas, North San Diego
Journey's End at Pechanga Resort & CasinoJourney's End at Pechanga Resort & Casino
(65)
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American | Temecula, Temecula / Wine County
Farmer's Bottega RestaurantFarmer's Bottega Restaurant
(556)
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American | Mission Hills, San Diego

Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego

Vivace - Park Hyatt AviaraVivace - Park Hyatt Aviara
(548)
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Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Baci Restaurant Baci Restaurant
(949)
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Italian | Old Town, San Diego
Salvatore's Cucina ItalianaSalvatore's Cucina Italiana
(668)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
CUCINA urbanaCUCINA urbana
(4543)
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Italian | Banker's Hill, San Diego
CataniaCatania
(560)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Piatti - La JollaPiatti - La Jolla
(3070)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Isola la JollaIsola la Jolla
(158)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Vigilucci's Seafood & SteakhouseVigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
(1721)
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Italian | Carlsbad, North San Diego
Manhattan of La JollaManhattan of La Jolla
(735)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Cucina Enoteca - Del MarCucina Enoteca - Del Mar
(1501)
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Italian | Del Mar, North San Diego
RovinoRovino
(227)
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego
Nicolosi's - San DiegoNicolosi's - San Diego
(80)
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Italian | College Area, San Diego
Bencotto Italian KitchenBencotto Italian Kitchen
(1270)
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego
Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - OceansideFratelli's Italian Kitchen - Oceanside
(252)
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Italian | Oceanside, North San Diego
Piazza 1909Piazza 1909
(238)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego

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Roy's San Diego WaterfrontRoy's San Diego Waterfront
1247 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The food was good but not GREAT for the money. I would expect the quality to dip after it was sold to Landry’s. Their leveraging of cost is ruining the great small chain restaurants they have taken over. My asparagus was lukewarm but I was super tired and hungry so I didn’t say anything. The scallops were good but also not super hot. My server was great. The decor needs a lot of love. It’s very dark and tired. Overall, there are better values for the quality. More

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Old City HallOld City Hall
254 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Lily was our server and did an excellent job - friendly, prompt and informative. This was a group dinner, heavy on appetizers and drinks with some folks enjoying entrees. We liked some appetizers better than others: avocado toast, wings and Mac and cheese were favorites. We were happy to be there on Wednesday for 1/2 price bottles of wine. Convenient to Petco. We would go back! More

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Roy's - La JollaRoy's - La Jolla
1066 reviews
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Seafood | University City/Golden Triangle, San Diego

Went there for my son's birthday and everything was fantastic! The food was and is always excellent and our server, Jason, is one of the best! We had asked to be seated at one of Mary's tables, but she was off that day so Jason was our waiter. He is one of the best! :) More

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Asti RistoranteAsti Ristorante
823 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Had another great meal at Asti. We were headed to a show and Mark got our food out quickly. Already booked my next reservation in 2 weeks with family coming to visit. More

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Grant GrillGrant Grill
1022 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Grant Grill did a great job accommodating our team dinner during a conference in San Diego, this despite the fact I underestimated the group size in our reservation. The dinner was delicious and I liked that the wine list is comprehensive enough to have good choices at all price levels but still accessible and not overwhelming. From the octopus to the salmon, lamb, sea bass and steelhead, everything was delicious and artful presented More

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West Coast TavernWest Coast Tavern
108 reviews
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Comfort Food | North Park, San Diego

Second time here for brunch and bottomless mimosas, as usual a great experience. However I did not like the two hour table limit, not really an enjoyable experience when someone puts a time limit on your outing. I understand they state they get booked but you should also want your customers to enjoy themselves and not feel like they are on an assembly line of customers. the service overall was great! More

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BarbusaBarbusa
918 reviews
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego

Squash blossoms were crisp and full of flavor. Fluffy cheese filling. Perfect appetizer. More

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Sbicca - Del MarSbicca - Del Mar
1395 reviews
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Contemporary American | Del Mar, North San Diego

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Great atmosphere, great food! Tandori fried chicken is amazing! More

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Petrini'sPetrini's
41 reviews
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego

Great fresh Italian food. It was actually around the corner from the main strip but that was OK because there was a little less noise. The service was a little bit on the slow side but our server was attentive. I felt the wine choices were a little bit limited but reasonably priced. The pasta was extremely fresh, fresh vegetables, love the house Italian dressing. I would’ve liked to seen a few more traditional Italian pasta offerings and more choices with the type of pasta you could choose for an entrée. It appears the only choices you had or Penne or spaghetti. I would’ve preferred something like angel hair with a veal or chicken dish. Otherwise the food was decent and reasonably priced. I would definitely come back as a family outing but would probably prefer something more upscale for something more intimate. More

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Juan Tequila Bar & RestaurantJuan Tequila Bar & Restaurant
5 reviews
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Contemporary Mexican | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

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Excellent selection of Mezcals in a cool downtown atmosphere. A smaller venue, but still very comfortable. They are new, so when I asked for a menu of drinks, I was given a list with about 10-15 pages of alcohol, but none of it had prices. I'm sure they will fix this in the near future, because who needs a random price order that could cost me who knows what?? More

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Addison Restaurant1. Addison Restaurant
1166 reviews
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Contemporary French | Del Mar, North San Diego

Perfect service in a grand setting with fabulous food, tasting menu of small portion but quite tasty and innovative. The overall experience is truly enjoyable and would rate it as the best spot in the San Diego area. More

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Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino2. Black and Blue Steakhouse and Lounge - Valley View Casino
941 reviews
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Steakhouse | Valley Center, North San Diego

The food is excellent. I had the filet mignon. Flavorful and tender! The staff is very friendly and accommodating. We go at least once a month. More

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The WineSellar & Brasserie3. The WineSellar & Brasserie
547 reviews
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French | Mira Mesa, San Diego

Everything was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Wine selection fantastic. More

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The Westgate Hotel - Sunday Brunch & Le Fontainebleau Room4. The Westgate Hotel - Sunday Brunch & Le Fontainebleau Room
384 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

LOVED this place for Sunday brunch. The food was incredible and there were so many options. Literally anything you could want. And they had everything in small plates so you could sample everything and not be too stuffed. From sushi to the cutest little wedge salad to prime rib to the best dessert room, everything tasted fabulous. There was also unlimited mimosas and excellent service. There was a live piano player and the setting was so special. More

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Market Restaurant and Bar5. Market Restaurant and Bar
2690 reviews
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Contemporary American | Del Mar, North San Diego

Drinks, food and service were all outstanding. Waiter did a great job helping with entree and wine selections. Combo short rib and ribeye cap steak was outstanding! Market never disappoints. More

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Blanco Tacos + Tequila - Fashion ValleyBlanco Tacos + Tequila - Fashion Valley
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Mexican | Mission Valley, San Diego

Make the best moments stand still and delight in every savory, delicious bite of our fresh twist on Mexican food favorites. Feel the light, breezy air of the atmosphere lift you up and transport you to a taco & tequila paradise. This is your Blanco bliss. Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant, it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For food, margaritas, and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss.More

P.F. Chang's - CarlsbadP.F. Chang's - Carlsbad
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Asian | Carlsbad, North San Diego

P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.More

Smokeyard BBQ & Chop ShopSmokeyard BBQ & Chop Shop
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Barbecue | University City/Golden Triangle, San Diego

Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop. Located in Mammoth Lakes, CA and San Diego, CA, We are a steak house, BBQ, and chop shop with original recipes from the grill, house made specialties, premium seafood and fan favorite comfort food.More

Taste of DenmarkTaste of Denmark
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European | Hillcrest, San Diego

Ever had a Danish meal ?

Taste of Denmark is OPEN for Lunch. Bringing flavors from our home country to the San Diego food scene.
The Lunch menu is a mix of typical Danish hot meals and Cold lunch servings ideal for a Quick Office break as well as a 3 course meal.

We look forward to meet, talk and serve you in a Danish kind of Way
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VistalVistal
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Overlooking San Diego Bay at the crossroads of downtown’s most storied neighborhoods, Chef Amy DiBiase and Chef Paul McCabe impart Vistal, a shared culinary tribute to the seaside communities and diverse cultures that encompass San Diego’s past and present. The two award-winning chefs seamlessly blend their contrasting takes on the region’s core flavors, presenting bright, bold combinations influenced by the Baja peninsula, Pacific islands, Mediterranean fishing villages and beyond for a refreshing new perspective on coastal Southern California cuisine.

With gleaming views of the water, Vistal’s design is reminiscent of San Diego’s endless summer. An imposing 29-seat bar is angled towards the USS Midway, which is framed by the dining room’s panoramic windows. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors let the sea breezes in, leading from the main dining area to a west-facing terrace offering tabletop seating, fireside lounges, and an elevated view of the bay.
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