Trust Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Trust.Restaurant brings to you a neighborhood, experience-driven restaurant, courtesy of Owner/Executive Chef, Brad Wise, and Owner/General Manager, Steven Schwob. Focused on offering share plates from the finest, seasonal and local ingredients available, we provide a unique culinary experience in combination with a creative beverage program for dinner and weekend brunch.
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San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The experience was incredible. Thank you.

VQ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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AO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious evening at Trust. Had a table for three people for a business casual meeting. All attendees were greatly satisfied with the food. Every dish that was served was so flavorful. The tapas style was a perfect fit for our party. Sitting on the outdoor patio was extremely enjoyable on a lovely September evening. Our server recommend that we try two dishes from each category, which was the perfect recommendation. Cauliflower, tuna, octopus, lamb meatballs, ricotta, etc. I'm pretty sure any choice you make will be amazing. Moreover, the cocktail menu was experimental and complimented the food perfectly. The next day, my colleagues continued to applaud me on the reservation at Trust.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch!! I recommend their steak & eggs and French toast

R
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I tried two different red wines because I didn’t like my first option (first a cab-merlot then a Tempranillo). Neither were good. Service has gone downhill. Our waiter was chatting with his coworkers and didn’t check on us periodically. Prices have also gone up it seems and the quantities are generally pretty small. The food was pretty delicious and that would be the only reason I recommend trust. The ambience is pretty cool but it was very loud in there.

D
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, flavorful and fun, to try out the different small plates. Deserts were clever in their presentation, but not really outstanding. Service was a little uneven. Our drinks came very late, and several dishes came quickly, then there was a long delay for the last, as though the order hadn't been put in.

CW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I generally prefer a quieter vibe without dance music in the background but it's not a deal breaker with this place. We came in with a large party, and they were very accommodating. Our server was amazing and very friendly, ensuring we were well taken care of. The food was absolutely amazing as well. Not one person who joined us had a single complaint.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was outstanding. All staff members very attentive. Emily was particularly wonderful. Food was very flavorful & creative. Love outdoor pet friendly dining.

4
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love Trust and go there often when I have a group. But I noticed at both Trust and Fort Oak that the food is very salty. I love salt so usually this isn't an issue, but the grilled octopus and the pasta angiolotto were way too salty. Otherwise, yummy. Jan

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional ! Service great and a great stop if your heading down to SDSU for a concert or game !!!

CB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Very innovative. Our server was amazing. Paired the wines beautifully with our selections. Highly recommend! Also loved his other restaurant Fort Oak!

AJ
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is good. French toast was amazing. Service was so-so, not bad and not great. I’d go again. Solid enough.

S
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Trust and my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
Expect interesting house drinks and unique, creative small plates in a fun, open kitchen atmosphere.
Nice patio seating w/heaters, where we started, with a good size indoor dining room. As stated, we started on the patio but asked to be move inside due to an unforeseen issue. Our waiter was happy to accommodate.
We enjoyed everything we ordered and the Happy Hour pricing made it even better!

d
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it. Thoughtful service, creative & delicious offerings, a variety of creative
drinks and loved the venue. Will definitely return!

EH
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We six friends sat outside on the patio for a leisurely dinner. Caesar was our server. He was wonderful, very attentive, and his recommendations were spot on. The dishes we ordered were: Ricotta Agnoletti, Burrata, Cauliflower, Shrimp & Sausage, Hamachi Tartare, Lamb Meatballs, Pork Sugo. We also shared 2 desserts, one was a takeoff of strawberry shortcake and the other was similar to a peanut butter cup.
All the dishes were excellent. My least favorite were the lamb meatballs and the Hamachi Tartare, though they were still very good. The Shrimp & Sausage and Pork Sugo were my favorites. One of our friends mentioned she wanted to lick the plates!
We’ve eaten here three times now and Trust never disappoints us with the quality of the food and the service.

h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious and creative food - each of the 7 dishes we ordered was yummy and inventive. We are NYC foodies and we wish there was a Trust in Manhattan! By far the best restaurant in San Diego (and we have tried all of the other highly rated places here.) Kudos!

JR
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Trust is in a very nice neighborhood not far from Balboa Park. It's a fun and modern restaurant with a great vibe. We really enjoyed our meal and next time we go back to San Diego will have it on our list. We sat outside in the patio and it was a lovely evening.

N
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection every time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m pretty particular about food and hold everything to a high standard since Chicago has some amazing chefs and that’s my hometown. Trust lives up to the hype surrounding it.

Our server was fantastic. She timed our courses perfectly and helped us make some decisions about what to order since we were deciding between a few great sounding dishes.

The food was even better than the service. If it’s still on the menu, the braised oxtail raviolini is something I’ve never had anywhere else and it was beautiful.

The price really impressed me as well. We got a high level meal and drinks for about half what we would pay in NY or Chicago so it was a nice item to add to the positive list of reasons to visit Trust.

Overall it was a 5/5 experience and I highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently great food

JL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was good but a bit slow for how full the place was. Nonetheless I love this place, food and service. This was an exception... but again it was not bad!

JU
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

m
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When a person or group creates a dining experience like one can have at Trust, it takes one’s dining experience to an art form. Trust delivers the most amazing food with extraordinary service that leaves you nurtured not only with food but attention. The design fits the space and works but can be a touch noisy inside...energy

Q
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My recent meal at Trust gives me hope that San Diego may someday have a culinary scene. As foodies, we are used to disappointment in this beautiful southern Californian town and get our foodie fixes when we travel. I expected that after our second time at Trust last year where we had shady service, that the food may have gone downhill as well. We were so pleasantly surprised by the incredible flavors, creative and skillful dishes, and excellent service. I would certainly say the food is very worthy of the highest accolades (creative and tasty in a Michelin star way without the formality). When I need some seriously good food... this is now going to be my first choice. Very pleasantly surprised!!

AA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is what I would call a dinning experience. My wife and I go to dinner at different places where we “eat” this was an experience. We chose three items not sure what to expect. They were each a pleasant surprise from zucchini to octopus. I would highly recommend Trust.

T
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderfully prepared food and flavors!!!!

KB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i hate to tell everyone how great it is because it will even be harder to get in

JV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get-together

MA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal with small plates. This allowed a lot of variety. I would gladly return.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great all the way around. We had a waitress who was not afraid to spend time with us and share about the menu. The General Manager of the bar, Mark, came and introduced himself to us. The food was amazing. We will definitely return soon.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a great restaurant. Great outdoor area for groups. The only aspect I was disappointed in is the serving size of the food. It was definitely on the small side for the price point. There was also a long lag between the first set of food coming out and then the two fish dishes that were ordered. I think we waited almost 3-40 mins between the two meals.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, food delicious. Love the shared plates idea, just a little on the pricey side.

CB
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It's nearby where I'm staying. I've tried it twice and same experience both times. Neglected by servers and none of the food is comforting. All of it has some kind of edge. Nothing to nibble before the dishes come. And the desserts are trying too hard and a concept and sickeningly sweet.

a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is quite good. Service is excellent. Portions were way too small for the price.

J
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious with portions ideal for sharing. Service was on par with top restaurants. Ambiance was cozy for small groups.

D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Amazing staff and food.

A
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions are small and it's a little bit pricey, but they serve the best food in all of San Diego. Every single dish is so delicious and unique. The different flavors mesh so perfectly that it's hard to tell how each sauce or cream is made. My mouth is watering while thinking about it. This is a great place for birthday dinners, anniversaries, or other celebrations. Gourmet level. The drinks are also A+. Hands down the best restaurant in San Diego.

TS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and great conversation with the bar staff. The halibut was delicious but a slightly larger portion would have been appreciated.

CM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Trust many times but the rest of my party was first time. Great service and delicious dishes.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was out at a bar near the beach when a gentleman approached us and noticed we weren’t from San Diego. He asked us if we had any dinner plans, and right away recommend Trust. Me and my boyfriend knew we had to try the restaurant because we thought, it must be a good restaurant if it was the first to pop up in his head. I’m so happy we went with his recommendation, the restaurant was very beautiful, relaxing. Our waiter was so kind, we told her it was our first time in, and she made sure we felt welcomed, did a walk through of the menu and answered any questions we had. The food was amazing, I’m not one to try new things and I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. The plates are small portions but it’s meant to share and try multiple places. We had about 4 different plates, dessert and drinks and we paid around $115 not including tip. Well worth the money. Will recommend doing reservations because the restaurant looked busy. A must stop in we’re back in the city again!

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