All My Favorite Restaurants in San Diego

Food is probably one of my favorite things to talk about, so I’m super excited to share with you all an updated list of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. I always get a ton of DM’s asking for San Diego restaurant recommendations so I hope this will be super useful for both natives or anyone planning on visiting soon! So without further ado, here are all my favorites places to eat in San Diego, California!

Me encanta comer y encontrar nuevos restaurantes así que estoy muy emocionada de compartir con todos ustedes una lista actualizada de mis restaurantes favoritos en San Diego. Siempre recibo muchos mensajes pidiendo recomendaciones de restaurantes en San Diego, ¡así que espero que esto sea muy útil tanto para los locales como para cualquiera que planee visitar pronto! Así que sin más preámbulos, ¡aquí están todos mis lugares favoritos para comer en San Diego, California!

FRENCH

Though I’m lucky to be able to visit Paris quite a few times a year, I always miss French food when I’m home. Luckily, San Diego has a few really good spots where I can get my French food fix. For a quick bite, I love Little Frenchie, a cute new addition to Coronado! Another one everyone is raving about is Jeune et Jolie in Carlsbad. It’s definitely worth the drive up North since the interior design alone is beautiful!

Aunque tengo la suerte de poder visitar París varias veces al año, siempre extraño la comida francesa cuando estoy en casa. Afortunadamente, San Diego tiene algunos lugares muy buenos donde puedo comer mi comida francesa favorita. Para algo rápido, ¡amo Little Frenchie, un nuevo restaurante en Coronado! Otro del que todos están hablando es Jeune et Jolie en Carlsbad. Definitivamente vale la pena manejar hacia el norte, ya que solo el diseño interior es hermoso.

ITALIAN

Italian is definitely one of my favorite foods to splurge on when I go out to eat in San Diego. One of my favorites is Alexander’s on 30th in North Park. It has the best pizza and Bolognese. Another longtime favorite of mine is Catania in La Jolla. It has a beautiful terrace so I definitely recommend going for lunch and starting with the chopped salad.

La comida italiana definitivamente es de mis favoritas. Me encanta Alexander’s on 30th en North Park. Tiene la mejor pizza y boloñesa. Otro de mis favoritos desde hace mucho tiempo es Catania en La Jolla. Tiene una hermosa terraza para disfrutar el atardecer.

SEAFOOD

Maybe it’s because we are by the water, but San Diego has some of the best seafood. Ironside is one of those restaurants that’s great all around– good food, always crowded, great for celebrations and a good bar. If you’re celebrating, the seafood tower is a must. Another newer restaurant I’ve been going to a lot because the fish is so good, is Il Dandy. It’s Italian but they have some good fish. I love the seabass and the tuna and mozzarella appetizer.

Tal vez es porque estamos cerca del mar, pero San Diego tiene algunos de los mejores mariscos. Ironside es uno de esos restaurantes que tienen buena comida, siempre esta lleno, es ideal para celebraciones y un buen bar y ambiente. Si estás celebrando, la torre de mariscos es imprescindible. Otro restaurante más nuevo al que he estado yendo mucho porque el pescado es muy bueno, es Il Dandy. Es italiano pero me encanta el seabass y el aperitivo de atún y mozzarella.

STEAK

Though I love my fish, sometimes I crave steak night. One of the best that only a local would recommend you is Cowboy Star. Everything from the steak tartare appetizer to the burger to their filet is amazing. If you’re looking to score extra points with your man, he will love this place! They also have a great bartender making drinks!

Aunque amo el pescado, a veces necesito una buena carne también. Uno de los mejores que solo un local te recomendaría es Cowboy Star. Todo, desde el aperitivo tartare de carne hasta la hamburguesa y su filete, es increíble. Si buscas ganar puntos extra con tu hombre, ¡este lugar le encantará! También tienen muy buenas bebidas!

ASIAN

San Diego is on a roll when it comes to getting LA’s best restaurants to open up. I finally got to try the famous Din Tai Fung, which opened at the newly renovated UTC mall in San Diego. It’s always insanely crowded, so I recommend going during non peak hours or joining the waitlist on Yelp before arriving. If you’re looking for a more scene-y Asian spot with good drinks, you’ll want to try the newly opened Animae in Downtown. All the cold appetizers are delicious and very insta-worthy!

San Diego se ha puesto las pilas abriendo los mejores restaurantes de Los Ángeles en nuestra ciudad. Finalmente pude probar el famoso Din Tai Fung, que abrió en el recientemente renovado centro comercial UTC en San Diego. Siempre está increíblemente lleno entonces les recomiendo que hagan reservación! Si están buscando un lugar asiático con más ambiente y buenas bebidas, vayan a Animae recién inaugurado en downtown. ¡Todos los aperitivos fríos son deliciosos y valdrán la pena subir a su Instagram!

SUSHI

When it comes to sushi, I seriously don’t mess around! It’s one of my favorite date nights with Hector or with my girlfriends. One of my favorites is Himitsu in La Jolla. The quality is super good and authentic. For Omakse (chef’s set menu), Soichi is a new omakase-only sushi spot in San Diego I can’t get enough of. The fish is unbelievably fresh and is worth every penny if you’re looking to splurge ($125 per person.)

Cuando se trata de sushi, me lo tomo muy en serio. Es mi “date night” favorito con Hector o mis amigas. Uno de mis favoritos es Himitsu en La Jolla. La calidad es super buena y auténtica. Para Omakse (menú fijo del chef), Soichi es un nuevo lugar de sushi solo para omakase en San Diego y está buenísimo. El pescado es increíblemente fresco y vale cada centavo si no te importa gastar un poco más de lo normal para una buena cena ($ 125 por persona).

BRUNCH

And last but not least, brunch (or breakfast!) It’s not often that a beautifully designed restaurant with hour-long lines on the weekends will live up to the hype. However, the new brunch spot Morning Glory definitely does. PS. the bathroom is total IG gold! My favorites are the pancakes and the fried rice. For a healthier, more casual breakfast vibe, Naked Cafe is my favorite. They have locations in Carlsbad, Encinitas and Point Loma. I love the pesto scramble and the avocado toast! Finally, one that never fails, Great Maple! They have two locations but the original one on Washington St. is my favorite.

Y por último, pero no menos importante, el brunch (¡o el desayuno!) No es frecuente que un restaurante bellamente diseñado con colas de una hora los fines de semana esté a la altura de las expectativas. Sin embargo, el nuevo lugar de brunch Morning Glory definitivamente lo hace. PD. Mis favoritos son los panqueques y el arroz frito. Para un ambiente de desayuno más saludable y casual, Naked Cafe es mi favorito. Tienen ubicaciones en Carlsbad, Encinitas y Point Loma. ¡Me encanta el pesto scramble y el avocado toast. Finalmente, un clásico que nunca falla: Great Maple! Tienen dos restaurantes en San Diego pero el original en Washington St. es mi favorito!

60 Comments

  1. Chris
    November 1, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Love this. Will have to check some of these out!
    @christineej

  2. Melissa
    November 1, 2019 / 12:20 pm

    Dying to make my way back to San Diego 😭😭 so many good options! xx @melbarrell

  3. November 1, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    OMG cant wait to try these places, Thank you for thissss.

  4. Joanna
    November 1, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Love this list! Can’t wait to check out!

  5. November 1, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    These are grea date night options. Cant wait to take me wife to try these out.

  6. November 1, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    Everything looks delicious!
    @xiomararocha

  7. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    Love this! Makes me want to take a girls trip to San Diego💕 @thelzyzam

  8. Jocelyn
    November 1, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    Loving all of these recommendations!

  9. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    I totally bought those while earrings after I saw you wear them to that one wedding! @thelzyzam

  10. Eva
    November 1, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    Soichi looks amazing!

    @whaat_evaa

  11. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    Great foodie content! @thelzyzam

  12. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    Obsessed with you since 2015! @thelzyzam

  13. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    What is your go-to cocktail? 😊 @thelzyzam

  14. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    What is your go-to cocktail? @thelzyzam

  15. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    Im curioso, what is your go-to cocktail? @thelzyzam

  16. Christina Garcia
    November 1, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    I’ve seen little frenchie in coronado on my way to the beach, I’ve always wanted to try it since I’ve also heard good reviews about the authentic French food it’s hard to find a good French spot here in SD. Cowboy star looks amazing I’ve seen it on your IG story Before and reading your review on it it makes me so hungry for a good burger and cocktail !

    @ninnamariee

  17. Thelzy Zamarron
    November 1, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    Love everything about this blog! @thelzyzam

  18. Kam
    November 1, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    Now I just need an excuse (besides the food) to visit San Diego!

  19. Kammy
    November 1, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    Now I just need an excuse (besides the food) to visit San Diego!

  20. Olivia
    November 1, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Going to San Diego this week! Can’t wait to try.

    @obn0lan

  21. November 1, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Nunca he ido a san diego!! Muero de ganas con tu post

  22. Alexia F.
    November 1, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    Que buen timing! Vamos en una semana! 🤩

  23. November 1, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    OMG I loved the new Little Frenchie too, I used to work at Coronado and I soon as I saw it opened I had to check it out. It’s amazing you have great taste! @maytrending

  24. Anette
    November 1, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    I live so close to San Diego and I’m always looking for good restaurants. I’m definitely trying some very soon!! Thanks for your recommendations
    #freebiefriday

    Ig: avaleriaq

  25. November 1, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    Also loooooove Morning Glory with all my heart.I have been there about 6 times,first by myself, then I took 1 friend each day, I had to show it to the world lol. Absolutely obsessed with the scallopped potatoe!!! (And the deco,of course) <3 @maytrending

  26. Juliana Longoria
    November 1, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Muero por ir a San Diego! I’ll have to try some of these if I ever do go. @longoriajuliana

  27. Juliana Longoria
    November 1, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    also nada que ver con comida pero haz otro drop con amazon!!!!! @longoriajuliana

  28. November 1, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    I really love this blogpost. Lately I have been trying to get out of a little sad phase and I decided to live up to my potential. And I know that includes what you surround yourself with so I wanted to also frequent more places other than the same 2 I did. These are perfect to start going to because not only do the look beautiful, trendy and yummy they are also places my favorite blogger goes to!! Thank you <3 @maytrending
    PS: for a glass of wine, I recommend Vin De Syrah. It's underground on 5th avenue of DT San Diego, and it's completely breathtaking!! Check it out, I found it by accident (being curious lol)

  29. Amanda M.
    November 1, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    Love all these recs! Will have to check them out the next time I’m in SD!

  30. Tabatha Vera
    November 1, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Thank you for the recs!

    IG: tabbiitab

  31. Ruth Aranda
    November 1, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    All these options look amazing! Never been to San Diego but definitely considering now! <3 love it!
    @ruttthie

  32. June A Torres
    November 1, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    Used your food recommendations on my last visit to SD and so happy you have some more suggestions! Will have to check these places out on my next visit.

    XOXO – June
    IG: missjunebug09

  33. C. Jun
    November 1, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    Never been to San Diego but your blog made me want to look into booking to go there. Thank you for the recommendations. Will def check them out. LOVE IT!

    IG: @jun__bug_

  34. November 1, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    Love how you broke this out by cuisine and just one or two of your favorites for each. Definitely bookmarking these for any future San Diego trip!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    @mkminnis_
    #FreebieFriday

  35. Vanessa
    November 1, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    Ironside is also one of my favorites too!
    IG @vaneshita24

  36. SUSANA HERNANDEZ
    November 1, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Much needed post! I am going to San Diego soon and these recommendations will come in handy. Thanks Paola!
    @susyhernandezvilla

  37. November 1, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    Me encanta conocer restaurantes nuevos. Gracias por compartir. 🙂

  38. Fernanda
    November 1, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Vivo en Tijuana y ya he ido a unos,
    Varios no los conocía, los tendré en mi lista para ir, se ven deli!!
    #FreebieFriday
    IG: ferborjaa

  39. Morgan
    November 1, 2019 / 4:26 pm

    I just moved from sd to sf and I REALLY miss it. This makes me want to take a weekend trip asap.
    @morgangwyne

  40. Arlene Arroyo
    November 1, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Omg the fries in the first picture look so good!!! I’m a big fry lover! 😍🍟

    Ig: _arlenea

  41. Arlene Arroyo
    November 1, 2019 / 5:12 pm

    I really need to take a mini vacation to SD & try all the food!! 😍

    Ig: _arlenea

  42. Alba Bayliss
    November 1, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    I will have to go to all of them now!!!
    ig: albabayliss

  43. Karla
    November 1, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    Totally going to Morning Glory and Little Frenchie!!
    #FreebieFriday

    IG: karla_duck

  44. Nashla
    November 1, 2019 / 6:15 pm

    Definitely wanna try out more sushi places so I’ll be checking those out soon !! <33
    #FreebieFriday

    IG: priv_nashla

  45. Chris
    November 1, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    Love this. Will have to check those spots out !
    @christineej

  46. Isabel
    November 1, 2019 / 6:44 pm

    Added this to bucket list!

    Insta: @isabelscheib

  47. Kathia Perez
    November 1, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    Anotado a la lista
    Ig: kathiapu

    #freebiefriday

  48. Jackie
    November 1, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Love san Diego definitely want to try these spots when I visit! Thanks for sharing
    #freebiefriday
    Ig: jackienaubree
    Email: vasquezjackie21@gmail.com

  49. November 1, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    Wow! Estoy literalmente con la boca abierta. Todo se ve riquísimo. Hago changitos para poder ir un día. Gracias por este post. Se te quiere mucho! IG:gabrielaangulo_

  50. Maria teresa alonso
    November 1, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Amor tu estilo !!! Gracias por las recomendaciones ya se a dnde ir cuando vaya a san diego 🛫 pretty soon !!!

    @mteresaalonso

  51. Sara
    November 1, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    Morning Glory french toast is so gooooooood @elissapz

  52. Geraldine Torres
    November 1, 2019 / 11:18 pm

    Love those sushi restaurants!!!
    @geraldinejtm

  53. Ofelia Andrade
    November 2, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    Years ago, before I was married, I drove by Alexander’s with my 7 yo nephew and suggested we eat there. He said, “we can’t go there, that’s romance.” We still call it Romance restaurant 🙂 hello.ofelia@gmail.com

  54. Karen Toledo
    November 2, 2019 / 9:38 pm

    Omg I have to try them😋

  55. Karen Toledo
    November 3, 2019 / 4:03 am

    Omg i Need to try the sushi restaurant😋
    @karentoledoa

  56. Aidee Hernández
    November 3, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Todos suenan deliciosos! Ojalá que pueda ir a San Diego pronto para probar alguno!

  57. Aidee H
    November 3, 2019 / 6:55 pm

    Todos suenan deliciosos! Ojalá que pueda ir a San Diego pronto para probar alguno!

    @aideeht

  58. Aidee H
    November 3, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    Gracias por compartir estos lugares buenazos! Me encanta tu blog
    @aideeht

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