Best American Restaurants in Downtown San Diego

Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San DiegoProvisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Searsucker Downtown San DiegoSearsucker Downtown San Diego
(2575)
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
SeaviewSeaview
(232)
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Union Kitchen & Tap - GaslampUnion Kitchen & Tap - Gaslamp
(225)
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San DiegoHouse of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
(467)
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Gaslamp Fish HouseGaslamp Fish House
(473)
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Tapas & BeersTapas & Beers
(30)
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European | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
The Edgewater GrillThe Edgewater Grill
(404)
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Great Maple San DiegoGreat Maple San Diego
(1919)
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American | Hillcrest, San Diego
WhisknladleWhisknladle
(1778)
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Californian | La Jolla, San Diego
Prepkitchen - Little ItalyPrepkitchen - Little Italy
(1138)
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American | Little Italy, San Diego
Prepkitchen - La JollaPrepkitchen - La Jolla
(351)
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American | La Jolla, San Diego
The Patio on LamontThe Patio on Lamont
(1235)
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American | Pacific Beach, San Diego
Urban SolaceUrban Solace
(2203)
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American | North Park, San Diego
Ocean Terrace - George's at the CoveOcean Terrace - George's at the Cove
(3639)
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American | La Jolla, San Diego
Firehouse American Eatery and LoungeFirehouse American Eatery and Lounge
(99)
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American | Pacific Beach, San Diego
Farmer's Bottega RestaurantFarmer's Bottega Restaurant
(579)
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American | Mission Hills, San Diego
Herringbone – La JollaHerringbone – La Jolla
(1708)
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Californian | La Jolla, San Diego
1500 OCEAN at the Hotel Del Coronado1500 OCEAN at the Hotel Del Coronado
(1912)
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American | Coronado, San Diego
Brooklyn Girl EateryBrooklyn Girl Eatery
(1128)
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American | Mission Hills, San Diego
One Door NorthOne Door North
(373)
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American | North Park, San Diego

Best Italian Restaurants in Downtown San Diego

Salvatore's Cucina ItalianaSalvatore's Cucina Italiana
(688)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
de Medici Cucina Italianade Medici Cucina Italiana
(948)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
OperacaffeOperacaffe
(628)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Osteria PanevinoOsteria Panevino
(691)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Italia MiaItalia Mia
(180)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Asti RistoranteAsti Ristorante
(850)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Buca di Beppo - San DiegoBuca di Beppo - San Diego
(624)
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego
Baci RestaurantBaci Restaurant
(975)
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Italian | Old Town, San Diego
CUCINA urbanaCUCINA urbana
(4612)
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Italian | Banker's Hill, San Diego
CataniaCatania
(581)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Piatti - La JollaPiatti - La Jolla
(3121)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Isola la JollaIsola la Jolla
(164)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Manhattan of La JollaManhattan of La Jolla
(754)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
RovinoRovino
(248)
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego
Nicolosi's - San DiegoNicolosi's - San Diego
(84)
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Italian | College Area, San Diego
Bencotto Italian KitchenBencotto Italian Kitchen
(1319)
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego
Piazza 1909Piazza 1909
(259)
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Italian | La Jolla, San Diego
Isola Pizza BarIsola Pizza Bar
(221)
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Italian | Little Italy, San Diego
Alexander's on 30thAlexander's on 30th
(1788)
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Italian | North Park, San Diego

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Downtown San Diego Restaurants

Cowboy StarCowboy Star
2298 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Amazing food. Great service that catered to us bringing a newborn. The staff was gracious and welcoming and the food was excellent. More

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Eddie V's - Seaport DistrictEddie V's - Seaport District
1615 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We went for a belated birthday celebration. They went out of their way to make the meal special. I came in with an ankle injury--they were very solicitous, making sure we had a comfortable table. The food was delicious, especially the black cod, apple salad and small filet mignon. They brought a complimentary combo dessert, including their fabulous banana foster butter cake which they flambeed. Outstanding service: Our waiter thought of everything (do you have theater tickets?, we'll be bringing a birthday dessert, I'll bring a dessert menu after that, if you still want another). So glad we returned for another special occasion meal. More

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Island PrimeIsland Prime
4599 reviews
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Steak | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

When the vegetables were too spicy and not advertised as such on the menu, the waiter and Manager were suitably apologetic. They offered but we didn't want anything else and to our pleasant surprise when the check came they announced that they had deducted the cost of one meal. What wonderful customer service. More

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Top of the MarketTop of the Market
2368 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

My only regret is not recalling the names of the bartender so I could thank her for great service, meal suggestions and conversation and the chef, who delivered my swordfish entree with a smile and an explanation of the delicious blend of flavors. Just outstanding! More

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Bang BangBang Bang
243 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Kyle was the best...!!! Great ambience and you can meet out of town gems! More

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Fleming's Steakhouse - San DiegoFleming's Steakhouse - San Diego
1213 reviews
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Steak | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Always exceptional service with wonderful food that tastes perfect! :D More

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Grant GrillGrant Grill
1050 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

I had a wonderful dinner, dessert, and wines. The service was excellent and I will eat here again and certainly recommend it to others. My server, Sergio, was kind, attentive and knowledgeable with all the wine questions I had. The Christmas ambiance was amazing. More

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Bertrand at Mister A'sBertrand at Mister A's
4650 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We Sat outside on the heated patio. Mr. A’s has an amazing view of the city, harbor and planes coming in for landing at Lindberg Field. All the while, we received excellent service and delicious food. Total Winner. More

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VistalVistal
10 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Awesome location, views and brunch selections! More

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Half Door Brewing Co.Half Door Brewing Co.
51 reviews
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Irish | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Half Door Brewing Company was a nice place to meet up with colleagues after a long conference. The happy hour drinks/food special was a nice surprise and we enjoyed most of the food. It was really loud (even upstairs) and despite shutting doors, it was really chilly so bring a sweater/jacket to sit indoors. More

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Oceanaire Seafood Room - San DiegoOceanaire Seafood Room - San Diego
3753 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great service and an awesome menu. Good was outstanding. More

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Nobu San DiegoNobu San Diego
2321 reviews
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Japanese | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

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Donovan's - San Diego GaslampDonovan's - San Diego Gaslamp
2339 reviews
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Steak | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

There was a loud large group seated next to us which behaved as if they were in a sports bar. Food and service was great. Unfortunately our leftovers were given to the wrong guests at the end of the meal. More

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Rustic RootRustic Root
751 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Exceptional, from the quality of food and wonderful service. I would go here again and recommend it to friends. More

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Tom Hams LighthouseTom Hams Lighthouse
3168 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We were in town for a wedding and this place was recommended to us by family members. Fantastic food, outstanding views and very reasonably priced! The service was excellent as well. More

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The Lion's ShareThe Lion's Share
571 reviews
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Wild Game | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

One of my very favorite places. The food is fantastic and the service is perfect. More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - San DiegoRuth's Chris Steak House - San Diego
2359 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We had a great table with a nice view of both the Midway and Star of India. Our server provided excellent service and our guests had a fabulous time. More

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Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and LoungeFull Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and Lounge
226 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The service is fantastic, very friendly staff and extremely well-timed service. We ordered several courses and they came at a good pace. The food is delicious and the ambiance is lovely. Will definitely be back. More

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Marina Kitchen - San Diego Marriott Marquis & MarinaMarina Kitchen - San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
219 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Very nice environment for any occasion. We came to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and the brunch was phenomenal! The server Robert was very attentive and provided excellent service. Highly recommend Marina Kitchen! More

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The Melting Pot - Gaslamp QuarterThe Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter
1691 reviews
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Fondue | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Brandon the server was very helpful with the menu. We are tourists and he also gave us insightful info on San diego for our trip. More

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Morton's The Steakhouse - San DiegoMorton's The Steakhouse - San Diego
1979 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great Steak, great service and I really enjoyed the experience. More

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Water Grill - San DiegoWater Grill - San Diego
833 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

美味しかったですが、少し高め?かな。 More

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Salvatore's Cucina ItalianaSalvatore's Cucina Italiana
688 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Two of us ordered grilled veal chop. It was fabulous but expensive at $55. My wife ordered her usual pasta with seafood. She said it wasn’t as good as usual but she ate it all. More

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OperacaffeOperacaffe
628 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Delicious! Service is always great. Good place to go before the theatre. More

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

Always great Italian food! Service is excellent, love the atmosphere More

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San DiegoFogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego
1533 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Outstanding !!! A great place to dine , one my favorite spots. More

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Crab HutCrab Hut
389 reviews
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Creole / Cajun / Southern | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The food was delicious and plenty for all. The requested spice levels were very good and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will come again. More

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

Brunch is an excellent value. Very good sparkling wine from France. More

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Seasons 52 San Diego - Seaport DistrictSeasons 52 San Diego - Seaport District
1539 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Expectations were high and not met. It’s a good and solid restaurant. We could not find the “flare” we expected. The food was good and basic. Service was ok , we have been seated with a new server More

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de Medici Cucina Italianade Medici Cucina Italiana
948 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Juan is an amazing waiter always on key. And the staff is always pleasant and attentive. More

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Double StandardDouble Standard
368 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Tasty, creative cocktails. Friendly & helpful staff. The food simply cannot be described well enough to do it justice. Everything was superb & our waiter was wonderful, patient & accommodating. Thank you for a memorable experience, Double Standard! More

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Hornblower Cruises & Events - San DiegoHornblower Cruises & Events - San Diego
29 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Hornblower offers everything we needed to have fun, great ambiance, food, drinks, and music. We had a blast More

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Sally's Fish House & BarSally's Fish House & Bar
1283 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Good seafood option near convention center, better than many other restaurants in area. More

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Lou & Mickey'sLou & Mickey's
1550 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We celebrated my daughter’s 21st birthday & had a great time. The bar is great, the service & food were perfection! We had a wonderful time & look forward to returning. More

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The Prado at Balboa ParkThe Prado at Balboa Park
5307 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We’ve been coming here for years and now we live nearby and walk here even more often. Thanks El Prado we love you 😍 More

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Puesto at the HeadquartersPuesto at the Headquarters
1547 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The service was great as always! Someday I’ll try something other than the three taco plate... but with all the amazing taco choices, I don’t have to. More

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Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San DiegoProvisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego
139 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Provision Restaurant at Pendry San Diego is simply outstanding! The ambiance, service and food were perfect! I can't wait to come dine here again. More

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Bivouac CiderworksBivouac Ciderworks
2 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Had a lovely evening tasting the small plates and ciders. All delicious! More

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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry HotelLionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
513 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Lara the bartender is the BEST! Always has a smile and makes the best drinks in town! More

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Osteria PanevinoOsteria Panevino
691 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Osteria Panevino is our "go to" restaurant for all special occasions. We love the staff, they remember us and make us feel special each and every time. We always look forward to going! A definite "must go." More

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The Fish Market - San DiegoThe Fish Market - San Diego
1457 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

While this is chain of restaurants, it is definitely not the usual. This chain is known for their fresh seafood flown in from all over the world on a daily basis. I have been to three of the locations in the SF Bay area and the San Diego waterfront location. I have always had five star service and five star meals. My trip to the San Diego location was my third with this time being an anniversary. We went for lunch on a weekday. Had no trouble getting excellent seating. Reservations are recommended in case there is a conference in town. We told the server we were not in a hurry and she was attentive but not intrusive. Our meal was excellent. The shrimp and scallops are fresh and prepared they way they should be. The claim chowder is made from scratch every day. Even the side dishes were excellent. I had Au groton potatoes that were scratch made and wonderful. Overall we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this and all of the Fish Market locations to everyone. A note on cost. This is a high end restaurant but I found the prices to be fair and not as much as I have paid elsewhere for lower quality venue. BTW: the San Diego location has metered parking but the lot is usually full. The San Diego venue has valet parking for lunch and diner. More

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VelaVela
278 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We were there for the Thanksgiving meal and our reservation was at 8. While we checked for an earlier time the morning of nothing was available. But when we got to the buffet one of the workers told us we needed to get what we could because they were fixing to close it down. To expense of a meal to not get the full experience. More

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Blue Point Coastal CuisineBlue Point Coastal Cuisine
1979 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

came here with a large group attending a meeting in San Diego. the restaurant is close to the convention center. Service was great and our meal was quite good. I was surprised that it wasn't more crowded. More

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Roy's San Diego WaterfrontRoy's San Diego Waterfront
1269 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Leah, our waiter was excellent!!! More

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Pushkin Russian RestaurantPushkin Russian Restaurant
138 reviews
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Russian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Loved everything I tried. Bilini were great and the honey cake for dessert! More

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Topside TerraceTopside Terrace
8 reviews
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Had a lovely experience at the Topside Terrace. We went for happy hour wine and small bites before a play. Ambiance was perfect, service was wonderful and food and wine was excellent. Will definitely go again before events at the Civic Center. More

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SeaviewSeaview
232 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We have Dined many times at the Seaview - for breakfast as well as holiday dinners. This year was the best ever - the food was amazing, service – Sammy – excellent as always. We can’t wait till we can go again. More

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Volcano RabbitVolcano Rabbit
111 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great service!! More

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Rei do Gado Brazilian SteakhouseRei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
1363 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

This is a very nice Churasscuria. Better than most. Most people this Fogo De Chao is the benchmark but that place sucks. Rei do Gado is classy with great service, good selection and nice ambiance. We will definitely be back many more times! More

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Blind BurroBlind Burro
356 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Food was great but noise level way to high More

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Bandar RestaurantBandar Restaurant
606 reviews
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Persian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We’ve been coming to Bandar since they opened and it’s always been a wonderful, special experience. The food and service, are beyond compare. The location in the Gaslamp district makes for a perfect evening. Highly recommended! More

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Searsucker Downtown San DiegoSearsucker Downtown San Diego
2575 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

A group of five ladies went out rob searsucker this past Friday w a 7 pm reservations. The food and the wine selection was great. Desserts were outstanding also. Service slacked a little bit near the end and we felt rushed/pushed to leave our table. It’s obvious they double booked us. But we were celebrating a girlfriend’s birthday. Since we purchased appetizers, cocktails, wine and food we were not going to leave our table, despite the pushiness from from the waiter (and lack of service near the end of dinner) and him even telling us that the desserts were not very good (which is not true as we have eaten there before) to try to get us to leave. However everything else was wonderful. I would suggest during booking to confirm your table is not double booked if you plan to stop have a lengthy stay. More

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Suckerfree Southern Plate & BarSuckerfree Southern Plate & Bar
1 review
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Southern | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

It was an amazing experience! More

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STK- San DiegoSTK- San Diego
127 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Food was great! The hostess was “at Starbucks” when we arrived and the manager wasn’t aware on how to check us in from the open table app, but seated us right away. Food more than made up for it though! Steak was amazing! More

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Union Kitchen & Tap - GaslampUnion Kitchen & Tap - Gaslamp
225 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

all was very good except for: noise in the restaurant; and we waited a lot of time for burgers. but it worth the drive. I will certainly recommend Union to my best friends More

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OSETRA Seafood & SteaksOSETRA Seafood & Steaks
774 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The seabass was delicious!! The service was great and the live music is a fantastic touch. More

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse - San DiegoDel Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse - San Diego
82 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

A fabulous dining experience! Everything was perfect, food ordered was spot on and service was excellent. More

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The Field Authentic Irish Pub & RestaurantThe Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant
80 reviews
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Irish | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great food and awesome service. The beef stew and Shepard’s pie were as good as I had in Ireland. Couldn’t recommend The Field any higher. More

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The Westgate Hotel - The Westgate RoomThe Westgate Hotel - The Westgate Room
219 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

I'm from New England, so I like the ambiance of The Westgate Hotel. Their restaurant did not disappoint. I like the booths, tablecloths, great service, and delicious food. You don't see too many of these restaurants around anymore. I highly suggest going there. More

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Buca di Beppo - San DiegoBuca di Beppo - San Diego
624 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We had a large group and the staff did a great job managing all of us! More

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The Deck at Moonshine FlatsThe Deck at Moonshine Flats
1 review
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Barbecue | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great place to watch games. This is an LA Rams bar so they have raffle prizes while the Rams are playing. Awesome BBQ. More

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Punch Bowl Social-San DiegoPunch Bowl Social-San Diego
49 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The food and activities are excellent, but it’s so busy there be prepared to wait 30 minutes for food and paid activities. More

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Greystone Prime Steakhouse & SeafoodGreystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood
924 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Alejandro was one of the best servers we have ever had. Amazing dinner and service. More

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San DiegoHouse of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego
467 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great customer service vet attentative to what you need are able to answer questions if they don’t know the answers they will find out the answer. More

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Dobson's Bar & RestaurantDobson's Bar & Restaurant
837 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Love this place. It’s been 20 years and still mussel bisque to die for. Great, innovative food choices. High quality. More

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The Edgewater GrillThe Edgewater Grill
404 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Edgewater Grill is in Seaport Village along the Marina just past the San Diego Convention Center. It is a well lit cheery restaurant with patio seating suitable for people watching. The food is fairly standard "restaurant on the water" light fare but of very good quality. Service is extremely fast and efficient without being pushy. Prices are reasonable. If you are attending a meeting in the Gaslamp District or at the Convention Center and need to get away to have lunch or dinner with a friend or business associate and want to be out of the environs without going too far (as I did on my most recent visit), the Edgewater Grill is an excellent choice. It was good value for money. More

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Italia MiaItalia Mia
180 reviews
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

I always order the seafood pasta at every Italian restaurant the 1st time we eat, their seafood just didn't meet my expectations. More

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Route 29Route 29
74 reviews
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Farm-to-table | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The service was outstanding. They had great recommendations about the menu. I loved the ambience other than the two TVs in the bar showing sports. More

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Currant American BistroCurrant American Bistro
7 reviews
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French | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

My wife and I have been to Currant many times and our latest dinner was not up to their high standards. We both ordered the grilled salmon and what we were served was very small. Normally the salmon is a generous piece but not this time. Even the couple we were with remarked how small the serving size was. In hindsight, I should have spoken to the manager but we were in a hurry to catch a play. I may mention it the next time we have dinner there. More

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Gaslamp Fish HouseGaslamp Fish House
473 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Food was great! Our server Nicholas was attentive and efficient. Great pre-theater eatery! More

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Harbor HouseHarbor House
899 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Wonderful first time experience the service was great along with the food. More

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Tapas & BeersTapas & Beers
30 reviews
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European | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

First time here and it was awesome! Food was delicious staff was awesome! We’ll definitely be back! More

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CuraderoCuradero
98 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Yelp reviews ran the gamut but our experience was positive. The food was very good, we had delicious guacamole and chips as a starter and shared the carne asada plate which was plenty of food for two. Our waiter was knowledgeable about gluten free options which is always helpful. More

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Hive Sushi LoungeHive Sushi Lounge
25 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

sushi was absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend !!! More

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The Rooftop by STKThe Rooftop by STK
19 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT! Had. the best time celebrating my belated birthday brunch here with my closest friends. Excellent service, amazing views and ambiance :))) More

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Pier CafePier Cafe
344 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Food is good, but it's the location that really shines. Moderately priced given the great view. More

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Flagship Cruises and EventsFlagship Cruises and Events
5 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We really enjoyed out time on the cruise. It was unfortunate the food did not meet the level of expectation based on pricing. We had five in our group and only one had a meal that was not overcooked. Nonetheless, the change in scenery from a typical restaurant was worth it. More

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Jsix RestaurantJsix Restaurant
1019 reviews
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Organic | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We had great time everything was really perfect from the house special cocktail, appetizer and the main course. More

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San DiegoMcCormick & Schmick's Seafood - San Diego
1426 reviews
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Fish | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Thanksgiving dinner was great. Turkey was perfect, generous portions and great service. Easy access. Our go-to place for Thanksgiving, no cooking and no clean-up! Rate A+. More

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

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Fun vibe! Decor very hip! The live guitarist was FANTASTIC! Mostly instrumental music.....they could turn the volume down slightly as we had hard time hearing each other talking. Food was unique and delicious! More

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Rockin Baja Lobster GaslampRockin Baja Lobster Gaslamp
247 reviews
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Mexican | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Brought a group of co-workers from a conference and they were very accommodating. Appetizers and entrees were all great. Noise level was high even though we were in the lower level with one other group. More

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Nason's Beer HallNason's Beer Hall
9 reviews
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Beer Garden | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

TV’s are so loud you can’t have a discussion with someone sitting right next to you. More

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Narada Thai CuisineNarada Thai Cuisine
6 reviews
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Thai | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

My husband went here on a Saturday night. The place wasn't crowded, just comfortably full. It isn't a fancy place, just a basic restaurant. The service was good and the food was very good with the perfect amount of spice. We would definitely return. More

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Soleil @k - San Diego Marriott GaslampSoleil @k - San Diego Marriott Gaslamp
240 reviews
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Comfort Food | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

great place for breakfast biz mtg during convention. walking distance from convention center, quiet , low key, great breakfast and fab coffee!!!! b More

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LagerLager
1 review
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Lager is a self pour tap house with 26 craft beers. Our 80's theme and gourmet food makes us a great place for lunch, dinner, and late nights with trivia and beer pong. More

TradeTrade
3 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

I had a $30 credit as a hotel guest for breakfast. That covered two meals. Tax, tip, and drinks will cause you to go over. Acceptable hotel food and nice people. More

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Minou, Creperie PatisserieMinou, Creperie Patisserie
10 reviews
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Creperie | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

First time coming to minou, loooooved the hazelnut crepe, it was to die for. Had the pot of tea, and split the French chicken sandwich with my friend. Absolutely beautiful set up, everything looked and tasted trés magnifique. More

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Table 509 - Hotel IndigoTable 509 - Hotel Indigo
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Table 509 - Hotel Indigo is an exotic restaurant that serves modern American delicacies in a contemporary-style chic and trendy dining arrangement. The restaurant has been set up within the premises of Hotel Indigo, situated in downtown San Diego. Table 509 features plush interiors with unique and trendy décor, an artsy dining area and an adjoining bar and grill. Table 509 strives to provide an exceptional dining experience through courteous service and flavorful cuisines. The menu is regularly updated with season's special entrées made from local farm-fresh ingredients.

The main menu features special entrées such as roasted garlic hummus, assorted flatbread, cheese truffles, grilled chicken pita, turkey melt, Carne Asada tacos, Table 509 novelty burger, charcuterie board, steaks, barbecues and pasta, served with a choice of crisp salads and sides. The restaurant also offers a variety of fine red, white and sparkling wines, signature cocktails and fusion drinks.

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Thotsakan Thai & Vegetarian CuisineThotsakan Thai & Vegetarian Cuisine
3 reviews
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Thai | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Great food and service at a reasonable price! More

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Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre BoxSugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory. We now have locations in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Las Vegas, New York City, Bahrain, Chicago, Miami, Dubai, Orlando and Manila. Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops. Sugar Factory’s loyal celebrity following has received widespread media attention from People Magazine, the Daily Mail, US Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, Extra and more.More

Chocolate Lounge at Theatre BoxChocolate Lounge at Theatre Box
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Dessert | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Chocolate Lounge at Theatre Box The 3,000-square-foot Chocolate Lounge, located on the main level of Theatre Box, will offer an oasis where chocolate lovers’ fantasies are turned into reality. The intimate lounge will serve an array of exclusive, movie-themed cocktails served in chocolate dipped glassware as well as host various DJ appearances. More

Mattarello Cooking LabMattarello Cooking Lab
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Italian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Straight from the roots of the southern italian cuisine. We are proud to bring fresh handmade pasta and our delicious recipe to you. We make everything from scratch, daily.More

Mad House Comedy ClubMad House Comedy Club
15 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We had no idea what to expect but ended up having a great time! Tucked away in a weird, half empty, Escher-esque shopping center, this place was packed! The comedians were funny, the beer was cold, and the shrimp quesadilla was yummy. There was still a cover charge, even if you were there for dinner but it was worth it. Support local comedy and businesses! More

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barleymashbarleymash
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF SAN DIEGO’S GASLAMP DISTRICT, barleymash is the fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the richness of American culture through its appetizing and progressive bar fare. Both the restaurant philosophy and menu offerings draw heavily from two barroom staples: beer and bourbon. The name, in fact, refers to the typical grain mixture used in the brewing and distillation process of both beer and bourbon. What results from this pairing is a uniquely American dining experience and aesthetic that remind all patrons of two simple ideas: life is meant to be sipped and savored, and good times should always be sharedMore

The Pool House at Pendry San DiegoThe Pool House at Pendry San Diego
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The service was great. The computers went down which caused a little lapse in attention, but they more than made up for it by sending a free drink and explaining the situation. I would highly recommend to friends. More

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The Whiskey HouseThe Whiskey House
2 reviews
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Had a large group of about 30 people and the bartenders made it very easy for all of us to get drinks quickly, teaching us a bit about different Whiskey flavor profiles. The drinks were all great but the staff was even better! More

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The Patio MarketplaceThe Patio Marketplace
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

No time? No worries. Enjoy something healthy and convenient from our street-side patio café, designed as a one-stop shop for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner daily. Convenient and dynamic, the light, composed plates offer healthy options for an innovative yet revitalizing break at any time of day. You’ll also enjoy a wide array of fresh juices, craft beverages and inventive cocktails.More

Carnitas Snack ShackCarnitas Snack Shack
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American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

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Passionate about our cause.
Indulgent in life and the food we serve.
Generous with our community.
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Downtown San Diego Diners' Choice Winners

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Cowboy StarCowboy Star
2298 reviews
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Steakhouse | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Amazing food. Great service that catered to us bringing a newborn. The staff was gracious and welcoming and the food was excellent. More

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Eddie V's - Seaport DistrictEddie V's - Seaport District
1615 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We went for a belated birthday celebration. They went out of their way to make the meal special. I came in with an ankle injury--they were very solicitous, making sure we had a comfortable table. The food was delicious, especially the black cod, apple salad and small filet mignon. They brought a complimentary combo dessert, including their fabulous banana foster butter cake which they flambeed. Outstanding service: Our waiter thought of everything (do you have theater tickets?, we'll be bringing a birthday dessert, I'll bring a dessert menu after that, if you still want another). So glad we returned for another special occasion meal. More

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Island PrimeIsland Prime
4599 reviews
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Steak | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

When the vegetables were too spicy and not advertised as such on the menu, the waiter and Manager were suitably apologetic. They offered but we didn't want anything else and to our pleasant surprise when the check came they announced that they had deducted the cost of one meal. What wonderful customer service. More

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Fleming's Steakhouse - San DiegoFleming's Steakhouse - San Diego
1213 reviews
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Steak | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Always exceptional service with wonderful food that tastes perfect! :D More

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Grant GrillGrant Grill
1050 reviews
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Californian | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

I had a wonderful dinner, dessert, and wines. The service was excellent and I will eat here again and certainly recommend it to others. My server, Sergio, was kind, attentive and knowledgeable with all the wine questions I had. The Christmas ambiance was amazing. More

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VistalVistal
10 reviews
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Contemporary American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Awesome location, views and brunch selections! More

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Top of the MarketTop of the Market
2368 reviews
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Seafood | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

My only regret is not recalling the names of the bartender so I could thank her for great service, meal suggestions and conversation and the chef, who delivered my swordfish entree with a smile and an explanation of the delicious blend of flavors. Just outstanding! More

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Bang BangBang Bang
243 reviews
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Sushi | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

Kyle was the best...!!! Great ambience and you can meet out of town gems! More

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Bertrand at Mister A'sBertrand at Mister A's
4650 reviews
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Contemporary French / American | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

We Sat outside on the heated patio. Mr. A’s has an amazing view of the city, harbor and planes coming in for landing at Lindberg Field. All the while, we received excellent service and delicious food. Total Winner. More

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Crab HutCrab Hut
389 reviews
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Creole / Cajun / Southern | Downtown / Gaslamp, San Diego

The food was delicious and plenty for all. The requested spice levels were very good and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will come again. More

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The Gaslamp Quarter near San Diego’s historic downtown has some of the best nightlife in the city. The district is a great place to shop during the day, and it plays host to several of San Diego's largest festivals each year. Along with large nightclubs, this district hosts some of the city's best restaurants and features an array of dining options. New American cuisine based on foods grown in California is offered in many restaurants in this 16-block area. The neighborhood's Victorian architecture also houses establishments serving everything from fresh seafood and steakhouse fare to excellent sushi, Italian dishes, and Mexican favorites. In addition to an array food options, diners in the Gaslamp Quarter can enjoy some of the most expansive wine lists in California.