There are more than 7,000 restaurants in the San Diego area, and this number continues to grow. With its close proximity to the border, there’s certainly plenty of Mexican eateries to be found. But San Diego’s dining options are very diverse, and you’ll find all kinds of cuisine to feast on the southern California city.
Here are five of the best San Diego restaurants you need to check out, whether you’re visiting the city or are relocating there.
1. Whisknladle La Jolla
The culinary team at Whisknladle La Jolla believes in making all dishes from scratch, sourcing ingredients from local farms. This back to basics approach is just one reason why the restaurant has won multiple awards from local press and diners alike.
Dinner options include Spanish octopus, maple glaze sweetbreads, crab tortellini, and braised beef. For dessert, try the chocolatey mud pie or salted caramel butterscotch budino.
Whisknladle also serves a brunch menu seven days a week that includes chicken and biscuits, eggs benedict, and pancakes.
2. Waypoint Public
Taking the family to Waypoint Public is definitely a kid-friendly activity. That’s because the North Park restaurant offers kids their own indoor play area to let off steam while their parents enjoy craft beer, burgers, and tacos.
The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Play cubbies, toys, and a children’s menu featuring chicken bites and mac and cheese will have your kids begging to take them back.
The creative Italian restaurant Maestoso is one of the few establishments where the chefs do triple duty as order-taker, server, and cook. Maestoso features modern Roman dishes such as pinsa, a rice-based pizza dough that is allowed to rise for 100 hours.
All pastas are made fresh in-house using flour imported from Italy. Finish your dining experience with the coconut spaghetti and mango meatballs.
4. Sushi Ota
Opened by a Japanese-born chef in 1990, Sushi Ota has become one of the city’s most recognized sushi restaurants. It features a variety of raw and cooked sushi rolls to please all palates. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the pizza roll which features an eel-based “fantasy” sauce.
Teriyaki, tempura, and an impressive sake selection round out the menu.
5. Bronx Pizza
For affordable and authentic New York style thin crust pizza, locals will tell you that Bronx Pizza is hard to beat. You can purchase cheese pizza by the slice for $2.50 or splurge on an 18-inch pie.
All pizzas are made fresh to order with the usual classic toppings such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and eggplant. Calzones are also on the menu for those not in the mood for pizza. Be aware that this old-school pizzeria only accepts cash.
Which San Diego Restaurants Will You Try?
There’s no shortage of San Diego restaurants for every type of foodie who lives in the city. Now that you know more about San Diego cuisine, which restaurants will you try?
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