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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in East County

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in East County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Jive Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (28)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Jamul
About the restaurant
Our electric live entertainment venue just steps away from the casino floor features some of Southern California’s hottest DJs and best local bands along with great food, craft beers, and signature handcrafted cocktails.
Make your reservation today! A deposit of $20 per person will be required at the time of check in for your table. This deposit of cash or a credit
Card hold for the amount will be lifted when your party has surpassed this amount of purchased food or

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Mar 2024
Enjoyed music and dancing at Jive lounge. Had dinner at Emeril restaurant excellent food.
A photo of Baron Long Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (479)
$31 to $50
Californian
Alpine
About the restaurant
Baron Long Bar & Grill features a familiar food menu, along with craft beer & cocktails for friends and family to enjoy while dining in a comfortable, energetic, sociable sports bar environment. We’ve put our spin on American bar food classics using the best local ingredients and freshly prepared food that is sure to please sports fans and foodies alike.

Guests can watch the action of their favorite game on our 16 TVs located throughout the restaurant, including (10) 85” screens. Share some appetizers over drinks with your friends or order your favorite burger from our extensive food menu. The beverage menu boasts a seasonal craft cocktail menu, 16 draft beers from our showcase keg room, focusing on notable San Diego breweries, as well as two rotating taps that will pique your interest frequently.


Top review
monicanvip
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite places to dine! We literally have never had bad food or service
A photo of Antica Trattoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2280)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Antica Trattoria is a warm restaurant with an old-fashioned sense of hospitality that quickly became a gathering place for dinners in Lake Murray and the rest of San Diego when it opened in 2001. For Executive Chef and Owner Francesco Basile, good cuisine is about honest flavors, fresh ingredients, and simplicity. That's the kind of food he grew up eating by the seaside in Sicily and it's what he learned in culinary school in Italy.

Why eat ordinary when you can eat extraordinary?

About reservations: We have a 15-minute grace period. Please call us if you will be running later than 15 minutes. If a later time slot is available, you may be able to switch your reservation.

We may contact you, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties of up to 4 guests; 2 hours for parties of 5 to 8 guests; and 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of 9+. We cannot guarantee special request for tables.

Top review
CharlesG
Dined 2 days ago
I made my reservations through open table no problems or seated and enjoyed a magnificent dinner. Service was excellent would suggest everybody give this place a try.
A photo of Brigantine La Mesa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3987)
$30 and under
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.



The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.



Join us for our signature Happy Hour.

Top review
FrankL
Dined 3 days ago
Consistently great experience. Delicious regular n daily specials, and the service from the whole team is the Best !
A photo of Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1686)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Alpine
About the restaurant
The Grove Steakhouse has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award. Resplendent with luxurious décor and a warm, inviting atmosphere, The Grove offers classic and contemporary cuisine for the definitive gourmet experience. Relax in calming ambience while you’re pampered by our world-class service. Our attention to detail and gourmet selections will make your dining experience a pleasure long remembered. Experience an exciting new menu, which includes an array of tantalizing entrées and desserts that are sure to satisfy and inspire you to return again and again.

Top review
michb1218vip
Dined on 7 Apr 2024
The best service from every level! Always warm and welcoming. Food is also excellent and the new location is beautiful!
A photo of Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (333)
$31 to $50
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Here at Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill we are committed to providing our customers with an excellent dining experience. Each dish on our menu is prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill is unique with its classic Japanese design, fused with a modern bistro look combined with earth tones and lighting to create a visual atmosphere one can't forget!
Top review
Tyronevip
Dined on 30 Mar 2024
Everything we ordered tasted great and was professionally presented. Chloe was wonderful and helpful. We'll ask for her table next time.
A photo of Ney Restaurant & Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (119)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Ney is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant featuring colorful cuisine, including house-made burgers, pizzas, kabab, salads, and hummus. We pride ourselves on serving up authentic Middle Eastern flavors with the best service around. Book your table now!

We offer hookah at our restaurant and per California law, no one under 21 can be seated during times that hookah is being served. Children are welcome on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Top review
MariaR
Dined on 1 Apr 2024
Came here based on the exceptional reviews from other diners. We came as a large party of 8 for Sunday dinner at 6pm. For appetizers we ordered the falafel, beef shawarma, hummus, and bruschetta to share. Everything was very flavorful and probably some of the best I’ve tasted. Everyone had their own entree. I personally had the chicken tikka. The portion was substantial and excellent. The baryani comes with the option to hold the almonds since I have a nut allergy. What a great addition to La Mesa. We will be back!
A photo of Lemon Grove Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$30 and under
American
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
In addition to offering comforting American favorites, our menu provides a selection of flavors inspired by our chef’s culinary experiences, ranging from classic Spanish fare to Italian favorites. Our menu changes seasonally to feature the freshest ingredients and provide an exciting dining experience throughout the year.

The Lemon Grove Bistro is in a historic mission-style building in the heart of Lemon Grove. Since 1912, it’s been a place where locals meet and build connections, whether they were picking up their mail at the Sonka General Store in 1944 or ordering custom cakes at the Grove Pastry Shop in 2012.

Come for the food. Stay to experience the inviting ambiance of the historic building and its new garden. Let’s build community--together.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Such a hidden gem! Great food, amazing service . Our new favorite place
A photo of Giardino Neighborhood Cucina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (992)
$30 and under
Italian
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.

Top review
PeteHvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and a surprisingly good wine list. Loved the pasta in the cheese wheel - could not have been better!
A photo of Casa Gabriela restaurant
4.7
4.7 (572)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Chef Gabriela Lopez brings her elevated Mexican cuisine to Downtown La Mesa. Using her grandmother's recipes from Guadalajara crossed with her cosmopolitan upbringing in Tijuana, Chef Gabriela's menu features authentic hand-crafted dishes and imaginative takes on classic dishes. All of Baja California is represented along with influences from other regions in Mexico.

The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.

Top review
kareng
Dined 7 days ago
We were impressed with the ambiance and decor. The food was excellent with a tasty spin on traditional Mexican fare. We were sat in a small booth upstairs so would have enjoyed a better table that didn't feel cramped for four people. Otherwise a great experience!
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