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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in San Diego

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Updated 05 April 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 La Bamba Room restaurant
4.9
4.9 (42)
$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
Michaelvip
Dined on 22 Mar 2024
This place is amazing! The food was delicious and the drinks were incredible. The drink menu is extensive and fun to explore. The glossary that helps tell the establishments story was really cool too.
A photo of Tapas & Beers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (452)
$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
HeidiK
Dined on 11 Apr 2024
What a gem of a restaurant! The food was so fresh and the service was outstanding. Cold local craft beer and an excellent selection of wines. We started with caprese made with creamy burratta and lovely, fresh basil. For entry, I had the wild-caught salmon that was served with a dill cream sauce that was divine! Husband had the lamb that was delicious and super tender. All cooked to perfection. I will definitely be back when I return to San Diego. Such a delight!
A photo of Youngblood restaurant
5.0
5 (888)
$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
JSamson
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible drinks and service. Full course meal of cocktails that were made brilliantly to our pleasure.
A photo of Vinarius restaurant
4.9
4.9 (275)
$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
EdwardR
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
My family and I went here to celebrate mine and my wifes anniversary. We had a delicious dinner complete with appetizers, dessert and drinks. Everything we had was delicious, and the service was fantastic. Wonderful spot for delicious Italian food.
A photo of Baci Restaurant - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1774)
$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
YUMM
Dined 3 days ago
A lovely experience from the beginning. Very tiny but very nice bar area, several small dining room, a large patio setting dining room. We really felt cared for and we were well taken care of.
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A photo of The WineSellar & Brasserie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (958)
$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
mashi
Dined on 5 Apr 2024
Great food and excellent service! Thank you!
A photo of Harmony Cuisine 2B1 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (217)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Such fantastic food … service is terrific. Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of La Bonne Table restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1329)
$30 and under
French
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. ​Bon Appetit!
Top review
Ericvip
Dined 3 days ago
Ambiance is fantastic. Nice romantic place for date night.
A photo of Cesarina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4926)
$30 and under
Italian
Ocean Beach
About the restaurant
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From meticulous attention to detail and fresh ingredients to the warm and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a celebration of the power of food and family.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
the perfect date night! literally everything we had was delicious and the service was amazing!
A photo of Eddie V's - Seaport District restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3709)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining destination known for the seafood flown in from pristine waters around the world, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks. Dishes are artistically prepared and feature an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks broiled to perfection. The restaurant's award-wining wine list, which has been recognized by Wine Spectator, has more than 300 wines curated by Eddie V's very own Advanced Sommelier. In the V Lounge, guests can sip classic and creative cocktails, and enjoy signature appetizers against a backdrop of live music trios.
Top review
geewizz808
Dined 1 day ago
First time here for dinner. We were greeted cordially by the hostess and waited shortly for a table. We were seated at a booth. The decor reminded me of a classic steakhouse although this place emphasizes seafood. Our server was great taking our drink and dinner orders. We both enjoyed our food. The star of the meal was the crab fried rice. The lobster is also excellent. We look forward to coming back here. Highly recommended.
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