San Diego’s food scene is as diverse as its landscapes; from fresh fish tacos near the coast to hearty BBQ and soups inland, you will need at least a week to sample just a small portion of all of the spectacular dishes offered in San Diego’s famous restaurants.
As a now-local we have all the time in the world to try out as many new places as we can but we wanted to create a list for those who don’t have as much time so that they too can enjoy the many great offerings of “America’s Finest City”.
To make it easier to scroll through, we have sorted each restaurant by cuisine.
Phil’s BBQ [3750 Sports Arena Blvd.]: Known for their American-Style BBQ, Phil’s often has lines down the block just for a taste of their famous rib plates and large portion sizes.
Stacked [7007 Friars Road]: Jump into the 21st Century by ordering a delicious burger or hearty mac and cheese exactly how you want it on an iPad.
Snooze [3940 5th Avenue]: Only open for Breakfast and Brunch, Snooze is perfect for a fun and tasty outing.
Breakfast Republic [2730 University Avenue]: A hidden gem on University Avenue, Breakfast Republic opened to raving reviews. We recommend grabbing a seat on their back patio, a parking lot turned oasis, that is perfect for eating their amazingly fresh breakfast options.
Hash House A Go Go [3628 5th Avenue]: The wait at Hillcrest’s Hash House A Go Go is actually a good thing as it gives you more time to get ready for their huge portion sizes and amazing cocktail options that are perfect for a boozy brunch.
Salud [2196 Logan Avenue]: Quickly becoming a hotspot for Taco Tuesdays, Salud is perfect for your fresh street taco fix with a twist. With the price per taco so affordable, it’s worth it to spring for a local craft beer to pair with your famous “taco de barrio”.
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood [746 Emerald Street]: After a facelift, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood is now our favorite Fish Taco spot. Right in the heart of Pacific Beach, with Fish Tacos for $1 during Happy Hour, you can’t go wrong stopping in for a snack or full meal.
Tofu House [4229 Convoy Street]: Even for those who have vowed to never eat Tofu, Convoy Tofu House is perfect for a fun dinner with delicious Korean BBQ. We recommend the special boiling tofu bowls that can fry an egg right in front of your eyes.
Tajima [4411 Mercury Street]: From the outside, Tajima may not look like much but inside there is a bustling Ramen house serving up delicious Japanese style Ramen, Sushi and plates. This restaurant has quickly become a personal favorite of ours and all of our friends.
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar [4609 Convoy Street]: If you don’t mind the often 1-2 hour wait, Kula is a fun and unique experience for anyone who loves Sushi and traditional Japanese dishes.
Sab-E-Lee [6925 Linda Vista Road]: What became a crowd favorite as a hole in the wall Thai restaurant, has now moved and expanded while keeping the same small feel with delicious family-style Thai favorites. We highly recommend the Pa-Nang Curry with fresh white rice.
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto [1747 India Street]: Entering through an authentic Italian Market, the smell of fresh baked pizzas, breads, and pastas carries you towards the restaurant in the back. As the name suggests, Filippi’s is famous for its pizza but don’t let that stop you from ordering some of their other amazing pasta dishes.
Cucina Urbana [505 Laurel Street]: Perfect for a chique date night, Cucina Ubana’s beautifully plated past dishes are filling and flavorful.
Bonus! Check out the local neighborhood Farmer’s Markets (we like the Ocean Beach Farmers Market on Wednesdays) for fresh food samples and local dishes lining the streets, filling the air with mouthwatering aromas.
Have any local restaurants you would love for us to visit? Let us know in the comments below!