Hello Fellow Travellers!
If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, it doesn’t take long for you to start wondering, once flights and rentals are booked, what restaurants and cafes are not to be missed! Afterall, part of the vacation experience are those oh, so, wonderful spots you stop into for a bite to eat everyday! So, to help make it easier for you to decide, we at Nancy’s Vacation Rentals have shared our selections for the best restaurants in San Diego! From taco shacks and casual dining to the classy upscale restaurants along the coast, here are San Diego’s best, in our humble opinions.
My Top 3 Best San Diego Restaurants
: Bo Beau’s is a perfect little french bistro in Ocean Beach, San Diego. A few short blocks from the ocean, this bistro is dimly but warmly lit, with fabulous service and even more fantastic food! The ‘romantic’ atmosphere is perfectly set, not overly done but perfectly executed, giving off an inviting and cozy feel. My husband and I just love this place. Everytime. Try the Brussel Sprouts as a starter! And any of their cocktails or desserts…
Richard Walker’s Pancake House
: Best. Brunch. In San Diego. Ok, if you’re a bottomless mimosas type, this may not be the best to you. But for extremely reasonable prices, this restaurant has amazing food, and to watch the omelettes and baked pancakes (that’s right – baked pancakes!) come out of the kitchen and arrive at your table, you will be amazed! Awesome to look at, large servings and oh, so tasty menu options that you cannot find anywhere else, this place should not be missed while you’re in San Diego! To note, if you go on a weekend, get there early! The line starts at about 7am!
and George’s on the Cove
: in terms of my finer (i.e.) pricier options in the area, it’s a toss up between The Fish Market on the harbor and George’s in La Jolla. Both have stunning views, though the market has a view of the harbor and Coronado Island, whereas George’s has that view of the expansive Pacific Ocean. If you’re looking for fresh, quality seafood, The Fish Market is the place for you. But if you’re looking for a beautiful ocean panorama, good food and a lively, classy atmosphere, George’s is the ticket! Either way, you can’t lose!
The Lovely Bree’s Best Restaurants
For Breakfast- Ortega’s Mexican Bistro
: Ortego’s has an awesome authentic Puerto Nuevo dining experience, it has a pet friendly patio and it’s near a whole bunch of shopping while you wait! You must
try the french toast!
For Lunch- The Taco Stand
: A really cute taco spot that makes fresh tortillas right in front of you. It has the best Mexican food and awesome churros for your sweet tooth! Parking can be a bit tricky, so carpool if you can!
For Dinner- The Lion’s Share
: This spot is a cute little speakeasy restaurant, with wonderful dishes you can enjoy while taking in the awesome artwork. The also have artisan adult beverages…of which I am a fan! One thing to note, you must make reservations. It’s a hot spot!
The Wonderful Sarah’s Best Restaurants in San Diego
World Famous, PB
: This spot has an amazing happy hour, great food, including many choices and always top quality! So, tasty and terrific! Not to mention the lovely view of the ocean. Get there early because this restaurant is not a secret!!!
King’s Fish House
: The Mission Valley location (and worth the drive!). Amazing seafood at reasonable (not cheap) prices for what they offer. All varieties of seafood and yummy sides to accompany your choice of seafood (and steak!). They serve an amazing sourdough bread with butter while you wait and you can get seconds or even third helpings of this scrumptious bread! I definitely recommend the “Sand Dabs”.
: This hot spot is located on Mission Bay Dr. It is authentic Japanese cuisine; Top quality, with many choices and great service. Not much more to say except that I keep going back for more!
Mr. Cool Steve’s Best Restaurants. He likes to keep it simple. The place. The meal.
Carnitas Snack Shack
: You can find it the Kensington/North Park neighborhood. Favorite meal. The Carnitas Tacos & Steak Sandwich.
: located in the stunning Balboa Park. Don’t miss the Beer Braised Lamb Sandwich!
Jason Kong, Our Director of Operations. Man of Few Words. So I’ll fill ’em in!
: Jason’s a fan of this spot in the heart of Pacific Beach. It’s the place you want to go when you’re looking for the best wings and good beer. A place a block from the ocean, with good vibes, good food, meant to be enjoyed with good friends. If you like the low key but quality bar scene, check out Dirty Birds.
: Jason’s other top spot is located in Pacific Beach. Are you noticing a popular PB trend, here? Serving some of the freshest fish you’ll come across in a casual atmosphere, with a great patio to boot. Choose your fish, your marinade, the way you want it cooked and what you want it with. Plenty of options with about 50 San Diego microbrews up for the choosing. And, the patio is pet friendly!
Our Very Own Nancy Kramer’s Best Restaurants in San Diego
: This gorgeous restaurant is in Rancho Santa Fe. For the prices, it SHOULD be one of the best! I love George’s at the Cove also but again, very expensive. The restaurant has claimed to give you the ‘ultimate dining experience’, and it doesn’t disappoint! Offering a lovely atmosphere, a courtyard patio with live music and food to match the mood, if you’re looking for one place to splurge, this is it.
Located in Pacific Beach, both Betty (NVR’s bookkeeper and Nancy’s awesome Mom!) and I like the linguini with clam sauce. That is the only thing I have ever eaten there though because it’s so good…why mess with success?
: Is a Japanese restaurant in Banker’s Hill that Brian (Nancy’s wonderful husband!) and I also like. They use extremely fresh and local ingredients, and have made it to Top 10 lists before this Best Of list!
And to round off our list, I will leave you with Nancy Kramer’s personal favorite, San Diego staple that may surprise you… Rubio’s
. Believe it or not, Nancy would rather go here than to most restaurants! Fine dining, eat your heart out. San Diego’s local gem is nothing to be sneezed at. And you can’t experience the real San Diego without experiencing Rubio’s!
So there you have it, folks. The Best Restaurants in San Diego, from the locals at Nancy’s Vacation Rentals who live it and love it, daily.