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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in San Diego

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 book, 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 Fortunate Son restaurant
4.8
4.8 (147)
$30 and under
Chinese
North Park
About the restaurant
“Among my chef friends and the epicurean elites, aka “foodies”, the conversation around great Chinese food was always centered around authenticity, with classic American Chinese takeout dishes not considered authentic. But, having grown up in the Chinese American restaurant my parents have worked at for the past 25 years, I’ve always seen it as a by-product of enormous creativity and ingenuity of Chinese Immigrants. They adapted to what was available to them in the early 20th century and created some of the most iconic dishes in the history of this country,
Top review
Reviewervip
Dined 7 days ago
Way above expectations. Friendly service, great food, cool atmosphere. Would have loved some hot tea on the menu; but otherwise all was good. Highly recommend! 👍
A photo of Guadalajara Mexican Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (30)
$30 and under
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
OUR STORY:
Founded in 1986 the Solano family opened Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Lake Elsinore, California. Eleven years later in 1997, we opened our second location Guadalajara Mexican Grill and Cantina in Temecula, California. At Guadalajara’s, we take real pride in providing the freshest ingredients to ensure high-quality Mexican food. We pride ourselves in having generous portions, a festive environment, and the best margaritas in town!

Top review
crystal
Dined 3 days ago
Food was excellent as well as the portions. Service was pleasant and the Sunday DJ Cafe made the atmosphere fun.
A photo of My Yard Live Beer Co restaurant
4.5
4.5 (655)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
San Marcos
About the restaurant
The “My Yard Live Beer Co.” experience brings together all the elements of a brewery, family-friendly restaurant, community center, park, and a one-of-a-kind live entertainment and events venue. For the young, or young at heart, MYL Beer Co. combines the comforts of your own fantasy backyard with the convenience of a brewery and full-service restaurant. Enjoy our house-smoked meats, or our beers which have medaled at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. My Yard Live Beer Co. has something for everyone!

We also offer an amazing indoor/outdoor bar, walk-up bar service, open seating at the fire pit with a view of the band cabana, and seating throughout the rest of the venue.

MYL Beer Co. can create a semi-private or private event experience including seated or buffet-style scratch kitchen catering, open bar/drink packages, and entertainment booking. For more information please visit https://www.opentable.com/private-dining/restaurant/1047

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere, friendly staff and a wonderful time!
A photo of Books + Records restaurant
4.5
4.5 (203)
$31 to $50
American
Banker's Hill
About the restaurant
Global inspired American cuisine, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch in an upbeat atmosphere, with live music most nights.
Top review
ReidDauito
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely perfect. I’m in the industry and sell wine to a lot of restaurants in San Diego. This was a beautiful experience. Thank you a million times over. From me and my friends. Very worth it.
A photo of Le Papagayo Carlsbad restaurant
4.4
4.4 (982)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
At Le Papagayo Carlsbad Village you can expect live music nightly blended with the best in Coastal/Mediterranean/New American food and cocktails. With a full bar and service from 8am-10pm nightly you'll have ample opportunity to enjoy the newest addition to Carlsbad Village. Located conveniently off Carlsbad Village Dr. we are a short walk from State St and just off the freeway for easy access from either direction. We have a large public parking lot directly in front of the restaurant along with assigned parking off to the north end. Please come in and enjoy breakfast/lunch or dinner any day or night of the week and don't hesitate to call to see who's performing today :)
Top review
SDDots
Dined 4 days ago
The food was wonderful. Service was a little slow, but they were very crowded.
A photo of The Landings restaurant
4.3
4.3 (228)
$30 and under
American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
The Landings Gastropub is not your typical airport restaurant or bar. We pride ourselves on our focus on quality, service, creativity and atmosphere. Everything from our unique cocktails to our pub-inspired menu and carefully curated craft beer list are locally-sourced and of the highest quality. Both our dining room and large patio have a panoramic view of the Palomar Airport runway. Bring the family, enjoy a cocktail and watch the planes come and go.

We accept reservations for groups up to 8 people. Please call for larger parties.

Please note: For Friday and Saturday concert nights, we enforce a $30/person minimum to cover the cost of the bands.

Top review
CourtneyC
Dined 4 days ago
Great atmosphere. Live music and great service. I ordered a beer and a shot. Draft beers were delicious.
A photo of Mr. Tempo Gaslamp restaurant
4.0
4 (175)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Mr. Tempo a unique experience brought by the successful restaurateur Jorge Cueva also known as MR. TEMPO! Enjoy a variety of unique and delicious dishes from seafood, sushi, steak, tacos and more. Our specialty is margaritas and cocktails. #maschingon
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Apr 2024
Our service was so lovely and nice! Will be coming back next time we visit
A photo of Public House restaurant
3.9
3.9 (165)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Temecula
About the restaurant
"Full bar and limited menu available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays."

Right in the heart of Old Town Temecula, Public House is your spot for good times. We've got happy hours, weekend entertainment, fantastic food, and craft cocktails that hit the spot. Plus, we're the place for your corporate or private shindigs. Come hang out with us at Public House Temecula – where it's all about the fun, the flavors, and the good vibes.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 Apr 2024
Really great food and pretty fast service. The fries were soo good. I would go again for sure!
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - San Diego restaurant
3.5
3.5 (747)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Downtown
About the restaurant
House of Blues Restaurant, Bar and Music Venue features gastropub cuisine, craft cocktails, live music and a classic collection of American folk art that combines to create an unforgettable experience!
Top review
SamP
Dined on 2 Feb 2024
Had the vegan burger and fries before the Steel Panther show.
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