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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in San Diego

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Updated 05 May 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in San Diego? 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 Adriana’s Cocina restaurant
5.0
5 (51)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Jalisco-style Mexican cuisine with creative fusion twists at our family-style dining restaurant. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Led by renowned Chef Adriana Dominguez, our restaurant is dedicated to delivering fresh, flavor-packed dishes that are both inventive and nutrition-conscious. Chef Adriana is best known for her five-star full-service catering business, and now she's thrilled to invite you to our restaurant!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 May 2024
Delicious ! Great ambience, exceptional service! Adriana’a does not disappoint.
A photo of Tapas & Beers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (461)
$30 and under
French
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in Downtown San Diego's historic Spreckels building, Tapas & Beers is a French and Spanish Restaurant.

We offer a large selection of Tapas plates to share between friends & family
but also normal size dishes if you don't want to share !

Our beers on tap selection highlights breweries from San Diego County and our wine selection from all around the world will make any wine lover happy too !

Everything you will eat at Tapas & Beers will be made from scratch to order with fresh and mostly organic ingredients !

Discover why our place isso highly rated !

Cheers!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Quality meal and appetizers with outstanding service. We attended a meeting and this was the best meal during our five day stay Will return as soon as we can
A photo of Youngblood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (913)
$50 and over
Speakeasy
Downtown
About the restaurant
A curated 90 minute, three course cocktail experience akin to none. $67 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are accepted as early as a month in advance for groups of 4 or less. Large party reservations can be made through our reservations team at info@neighborhoodsd.com

Come find us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Been all over the world and let me tell you, Zachary is a world class bartender.
A photo of Baci Restaurant - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1786)
$31 to $50
Italian
Old Town
About the restaurant
Baci Ristorante offers diners a hint of old world Italian charm, with plush booths, white tablecloths, and gracious servers clad in tuxedos. While the decor is subtly modern, the menu is classic, celebrating Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specialties include classic pasta dishes, veal, and fresh seafood, with especially tempting daily specials offered by Executive Chef Domenico Alioto. In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant's charming and welcoming features--include an extensive wine list, elegant patio setting, and romantic main dining room--have made Baci a consistent favorite among locals for over 30 years.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Our dinner at Baci’s was outstanding! Veal Parmigiana and Veal Piccata were delicious 😋 Our waiter Brian was very attentive. Can’t wait for another special occasion so we can go back!
A photo of Harmony Cuisine 2B1 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (220)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kearny Mesa
About the restaurant
OpenTable Diners' Choice 2022 and 2023!
Come dine in our modern and relaxing atmosphere, where we serve traditional sushi and unique fusion dishes created by our chef, Mickey Ninomiya who developed and sharpened his skills at various restaurants including Sushi Ota over 12 years with his passion and dedication under Master Chef Mr. Ota till just recently. With Chef Mickey, we have created new dishes and serve traditional dishes for our guests.
Enjoy particularly selected sakes, wines, and unique cocktails that pair exquisitely with our fine dishes.
In addition to traditional sushi, unique Omakase and hot and cold Japanese appetizers, our menu includes pastas, homemade desserts, and other regional fusion dishes to cater to a wide range of guests.
We are also proud to offer premium A5 Miyazaki Wagyu dishes.
Please let us serve you our traditional and creative dishes so that you can enjoy "To Become One (2B1)" with us in Harmony!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Some of the best sushi in San Diego. Highly recommend!
A photo of La Bamba Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (44)
$30 and under
Mexican
Barrio Logan
About the restaurant
La Bamba boasts 2,000-square-foot, vintage lighting and orange crushed velvet swivel chairs from Becerra’s grandmother’s home, a menu banking on the south-of-the-border classics that defined his childhood, and custom speakers whispering jazzy, soulful, sometimes reggae sweet nothings.

La Bamba Room, whose namesake is partially inspired by a 1987 musical drama, will mostly play vinyl with assistance from a custom-made jukebox and a DJ booth made from salvaged pieces from grandma’s home bar.

“La Bamba Room is… An ode to my family… A love letter to my childhood… It’s a shot straight from my heart, Like a bullet out of a gun!” -Ernie “Pio” Becerra III

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 Apr 2024
Great Spot! Love the decor. Just walking through the gold gate was already a vibe. Ms. Bre the hostess / waitress was non stop! Incredible service and very polite. My table was ready soon as I arrived! Food and drinks came out quickly. I try the empanadas/ Tacos de beef and the olives! Good portions- can definitely share and it was all very tasty!!! Def would go back for drinks and appetizers. The MUSIC !!! They took it back- was jamming !!! great great music!!!
A photo of NM Café - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (294)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located in Neiman Marcus SAN DIEGO has been recently remodeled and is now open 7 days a week, 11 am- 4pm.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE NM CAFE® SAN DIEGO. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Let THE NM CAFE® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We pride ourselves on creating the perfect menu and ambience for your event in our chic and inviting atmosphere. Pamper the glowing bride- or mother-to-be in your life with the shower of her dreams or a lavish luncheon.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Great place to relax and have amazing popovers and strawberry butter!
A photo of The WineSellar & Brasserie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (966)
$31 to $50
French
Sorrento Mesa
About the restaurant
Established in 1988, The WineSellar & Brasserie is San Diego's premiere destination for fine wine and exquisitely crafted locally sourced, organic fare.

Consistently ranked among OpenTable's Top 10 local restaurants, The Brasserie has been honored with either Wine Spectator's "Grand Award" and "Best Of Award Of Excellence" every year since our inception.

With your meal, enjoy a bottle from the adjoining WineSellar boutique wine shop or choose a wine from our award-winning list. Either way, you’ll find an outstanding selection of unique small-production wines not found anywhere else. Not in the mood for wine? Choose from our rotating list of craft beers or seasonally available craft cocktails.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Our server, Carla, was exceptional. She was very friendly and took care of our group. We definitely recommend The WineSeller & Brasserie!
A photo of Vinarius restaurant
4.9
4.9 (284)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Vinarius is an Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in Little Italy San Diego. We offer an extensive wine list with wines coming from different regions of the world; the best meat and cheese board with Italian cured meats and different cheeses to pair with our wines. Our chef Alex makes homemade pasta enriched with our homemade sauces, entrees, pizza, different appetizers to choose from, and desserts that pair well with our port wines and after-dinner drinks. You definitely have to try our daily specials!
Our cozy full bar is also the perfect place to enjoy your drink and food while watching some sports!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 May 2024
Excellent pasta and knowledgeable staff. Asked for a recommendation on a wine and got the really nice glass of white wine.
A photo of Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1113)
$30 and under
Italian
Old Town
About the restaurant
Jack and Giulio's Italian restaurant has remained a favorite of San Diegans for many years. This popular restaurant, formerly known as Giulio's of Pacific Beach, has proudly served the "Best Scampi" since 1961. In addition to this popular dish, this family-owned and operated restaurant offers many homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef, and seafood specialties.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We have been a fan of this restaurant since the 1980s when in was located in PB and named Giulio's. They did our wedding rehearsal dinner in 1987 and have been our anniversary special occasion restaurant ever since. Their signature dish is the Scampi a la Giulio. We never order scampi anywhere else. Thank you for excellent food and service for over 40 years Jack & Giulio's!!
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