Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy

The menu changes daily at chef Richard Blais' highly rated San Diego restaurant, opened in 2014. The molecular gastronomy includes dishes in the vein of lobster congee, Hawaiian snapper with Valencia Pride mango, ah…
Top Choice American in San Diego

Hash House a Go Go

This buzzing bungalow makes biscuits and gravy straight outta Indiana, towering Benedicts, large-as-your-head pancakes and – wait for it – hash seven different ways. Eat your whole breakfast, and you won't need to e…
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

George's at the Cove

The Euro-Cal cooking is as dramatic as the oceanfront location, thanks to the bottomless imagination of chef Trey Foshee. George’s has graced just about every list of top restaurants in California, and indeed the US…
Top Choice Diner in San Diego

Clayton's Coffee Shop

Some diners only look old-fashioned. This one is the real deal from the 1940s, with red leatherette swivel stools and booths with minijukeboxes. It does famous all-American breakfasts and some Mexican specialties li…
Top Choice Burgers in San Diego

Hodad's

Since the flower-power days of 1969, OB’s legendary burger joint has served great shakes, massive baskets of onion rings and succulent hamburgers wrapped in paper. The walls are covered in license plates; grunge/sur…
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

Shore Rider Cafe

For tasty eats in a surf vibe right near the beach, head to Shore Rider's new mellow open-air patio, where they play California rock and serve beer on tap and lunch plates like mahimahi and shrimp ceviche, blue chee…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Urban Solace

North Park’s young hip gourmets revel in creative comfort food here: quinoa-veg burger; 'not your mama's' meatloaf of ground lamb, fig, pine nuts and feta; 'duckaroni' (mac ‘n’ cheese with duck confit); and pulled c…
Top Choice American in San Diego

The Patio on Lamont

Popular local hangout serving beautifully prepared New American small plates and cocktails. Try the crab and ahi tower or crispy artichoke with goat's cheese in a cozy fairy-lit patio area (with outside heaters in w…
Top Choice American in San Diego

Dirty Birds

Come to this sports bar–slash–surf hangout for its award-winning chicken wings. On the menu are 37 different flavors including classic buffalo, plus weird and wonderful concoctions like salt and vinegar, apple bourb…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Prado

In one of San Diego’s more beautiful dining rooms, feast on Cal-eclectic cooking by one of San Diego’s most renowned chefs: bakery sandwiches, lobster bucatini, and thyme-roasted Jidori half-chicken. Go for a civili…