Finding a top place to eat can be difficult, especially when you’re in a big city. It can also be hard to determine what type of food you want to eat. Luckily, here is a list of the top ten places to eat in San Diego that includes a variety of different types of food!
1. Sushi Diner
Don’t let the name fool you, this small, Bob Marley themed sushi restaurant is a top place to eat in San Diego. With over 50 different sushi rolls, Sushi Diner has something for everyone! The sushi rolls are huge and the best part is, they’re not expensive. Sushi diner can get pretty busy, so be prepared to wait. Luckily, the friendly staff does their best to get people in quickly and they now have to locations you can check out! No matter what, the amazing food and great prices are worth the wait.
2. Water Grill
If you’re looking for delicious fresh seafood in San Diego, Water Grill is the place to go. Although on the pricier side, the menu is worth it. Be sure to try the famed seafood tower so you’re able to get a little taste of everything! Also, although it’s typically a seafood restaurant, don’t be afraid to try one of the delicious steaks from their incredible selection. No matter what you order, Water Grill’s menu makes it a great place to satisfy your surf and turn cravings! If you want to check out this great place, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation so you don’t have to wait too long
3. Sugar and Scribe
This delicious brunch place is adorable inside and out. If the cute building and decor weren’t enough, Sugar and Scribe has some of the best brunch food in all of San Diego making it a top place to eat. The menu has a perfect balance of breakfast and lunch foods to fill your brunch cravings! Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of the delicious drinks made by one of the talented baristas. If you’re in the area but don’t want to wait in line, head inside and grab one of the amazing homemade pastries to go! The vast pastry selection has something for everyone so you won’t be disappointed with what you choose. The line can get pretty long to wait, so call ahead and make a reservation if you want to get in quickly!
Plumeria is a vegetarian Thai restaurant and although it may not sound great to all the meat-eaters, this place does not disappoint. Located in University Heights in San Diego, Plumeria has done an amazing job at making their meatless meat taste like the real thing. The menu has tons of options for everyone, including lots of vegan and gluten-free options too! Don’t miss out on the pad thai or multiple different types of curry. Also, try to go a bit early as it can get pretty busy in the evening since it’s one of the best Thai restaurants and a top place to eat in San Diego!
5. Kansas City BBQ
If you’re in the mood for some barbecue, Kansas City BBQ is the place to go. Not only is the slow-cooked meat amazing, but Kansas City BBQ was the place where all the Top Gun bar scenes were filmed! Whether you’re feeling nostalgic about the 80’s classic or just in the mood for some great food, head on over to this San Diego top place to eat. And don’t worry, Kansas City BBQ is open until 2 am every day so you won’t ever miss out!
6. Soda & Swine
This spunky place located in liberty station sticks to its name. Best known for their sliders and extensive soda selection, Soda & Swine is a place like no other. The best part is that the large menu is laid out so you can try a little bit of everything without emptying your wallet! Be sure to try the meatball sliders and pick a fun side of collard greens or mac and cheese to go with it. Of course, you’ll have to try one of the fancy sodas to add to the whole experience. Even though the food is amazing, make sure you save room for dessert because Soda & Swine makes their own pies that are melt in your mouth delicious!
7. Fat Fish Cantina
Fat Fish Cantina has some of the best fish tacos in San Diego. Located a few blocks off the beach, feel free to watch the sunset and head on over for a great meal. Don’t forget to check out their happy hour deal in the bar every day for great prices on drinks and appetizers! You especially won’t want to miss the amazing taco Tuesday deals where tacos are around 2$ each! This top place to eat has plenty of space to bring your family for a big meal or to bring your date for a fun drink. No matter who goes, the food is always delicious and the big space means the wait is never too long!
8. Breakfast Republic
Breakfast Republic has become a “go-to” spot in San Diego over the past few years and the positive energy and delicious food show why! Be sure to try their pancake sampler plate in order to have a taste of their unique sweet or savory pancakes. If you’re more in the mood for eggs, they have a ton of different scrambles to choose from as well! Breakfast Republic now has multiple locations in San Diego, but be prepared to wait since this place is on the top of everyone’s list! Although it’s busy and popular, the creative menu is worth it.
If you’re craving Italian food, Monello is a place you won’t want to miss. The sleek interior and authentic menu makes Monello a top place to eat in SD. Make sure you try their signature pasta in a cheese wheel where they light a wheel of cheese on fire and cook your pasta in it right at your table! Monello also has a great selection of other pasta and pizzas that will make you forget you’re eating in San Diego! Pair your meal with one of the great important wines on the menu for a full Italian experience while you eat. Don’t forget to call and make a reservation since it can get pretty busy, especially on the weekend!
This San Diego Mexican restaurant is known for its flavorful food and spunky interior. Started by first-generation Mexican Americans, Puesto brings traditional Mexican food right to your table! Puesto is famous for their tacos so make sure to try the well-known lobster taco and also ask about the taco of the month! Also, don’t forget to have one of their superb margaritas made with top-notch tequila. There are now a couple of locations in San Diego, but be sure to call ahead an make a reservation because Puesto is always poppin’!
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