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Discover Trending Restaurants in San Diego

Ask a local and you’re bound to get the most accurate read on the pulse of the food scene in San Diego. So, we looked at our data to find where the most in-the-know locals are going for the best trendy restaurants in this city loved for its beaches and sunny weather. These tastemakers go and curate, while you benefit. See where they are dining now, and find out the best places to eat in San Diego in our Tastemakers List.

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The OpenTable Team
10 Restaurants
Updated 26 February 2020
Restaurants:Cesarina, Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box, Kairoa Brewing Company
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, Brewery
Neighborhoods:Ocean Beach, Downtown / Gaslamp, University Heights
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Cesarina

$$$$
Italian
Ocean Beach
4.9
3117 reviews
Cute spot with lots of custom pasta options! I went for lunch on a Monday afternoon and the service was great. There’s a good vibe in the restaurant and you get the feeling that all of the waitstaff are a family and care about their customers. I got the puttanesca with bucatini which they were able to make a non-vegan version of with anchovies. It was salty, spicy, and delicious! 😋

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Sugar Factory American Brasserie - Theatre Box

$$$$
American
Downtown / Gaslamp
3.5
2401 reviews
Had a reservation for 6. There seemed to be some confusion and we waited over 5 minutes to be seated in a near empty restaurant at lunchtime.

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Kairoa Brewing Company

$$$$
Brewery
University Heights
4.5
103 reviews
Great food, great service. We sat at the rooftop on a beautiful, sunny day. It was really nice and thoroughly enjoyed our time. We took our 4 year old daughter. It’s very family and dog friendly.

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Gravity Heights

$$$$
American
Sorrento Mesa
4.7
869 reviews
Had a nice booth in the bar. Took our time trying beers then ordered. No rush at all. The menu isn’t as broad as pre-COVID but that is to be expected. Our choices were great!

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Raised by Wolves

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
La Jolla
4.8
1738 reviews
The place was wonderful and the drinks were delicious.

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Clara

$$$$
Contemporary American
Carlsbad
3.8
373 reviews
Sat out on porch and heard live music from down below. Veggie platter was great, but I miss the peppers it use to come with. Service was outstanding, our waitress was a great time and very attentive. Salmon was delicious, shrimp was a bit bland but overall outstanding food service and ambiance.

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STK- San Diego

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / Gaslamp
4.5
2138 reviews
Food was fantastic, service spectacular

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Tahona Bar

$$$$
Mexican
Old Town
4.4
386 reviews
Food, drinks and service were all incredible - chefs tasting menu is always remarkable. Easily one of the best restaurants in all of SD!

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Jeune et Jolie

$$$$
Contemporary French
Carlsbad
4.9
2518 reviews
Jeune eat Jolie delivers as usual, amazing ambience and a culinary delight.

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Javier's - La Jolla

$$$$
Mexican
La Jolla
4.7
2161 reviews
Absolutely fantastic meal. The enchiladas were the best I’ve ever had. Really flavorful. And the churros were light and flaky with perfectly creamy vanilla ice cream.

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