Outdoor Dining in San Diego

Bencotto Happy Hour in the Patio (courtesy photo)

Many restaurants will remain open for outdoor dining and take out in accordance with the recent indoor dining ban. Seating has been reduced and adjusted to ensure proper social distancing, and health and safety measures are being monitored and implemented by staff at all establishments.

Breakfast Republic is geared up for the dine-in shut-down at their locations, including extended patio space at the Encinitas outpost into the location’s parking lot – a deal that owner Johan Engman worked out with the landlord of the property. Similarly, he has finalized a partnership with Stone Brewing starting next Tuesday, which will allow Breakfast Republic’s Liberty Station location to use Stone’s courtyard across from the Breakfast Republic entrance. In return, Breakfast Republic will start carrying their Stone Buenaveza Mexican Lager at all BR locations. Locations in North Park, Ocean Beach and Mission Valley will remain open, and will seat patrons in their existing outdoor patios, while Costa Mesa will stick to only carry-out and delivery for now, and Pacific Beach is working to get approval for outdoor dining in its parking lot.

Fig Tree Café locations in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach will remain open during their usual hours, as much of their seating is already situated outdoors and is set up for social distancing – perfect for fans of their delicious Breakfast Sushi or French toast masterpieces! This eatery also offers takeout and delivery.

North Park Breakfast Company will seat guests on their back patio, where limited seating is available – all hours will remain the same at this local breakfast staple, and takeout and delivery options are available as well!

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas features an extended patio with plenty of room for social distancing, as well as carryout and delivery options. The location is open seven days a week, so you can still enjoy their flavorsome modern American creations and cocktails when you need them most!

Backyard Kitchen & Tap expanded their patio to include a Sideyard after the first round of shut-downs – the Sideyard addition is open Tuesday through Sunday, featuring food from the Union Food Truck, while Backyard’s existing patio space is open all week. If carryout and delivery better suit your fancy, you’re in luck – Backyard is fully equipped to bring your favorites to you.

Pacific Beach AleHouse is ready to serve San Diego safely with their Sky Deck, patio and parking lot seating fully open and set up to meet all safety guidelines. You can still grab a burger and beer by the ocean seven days a week, folks! You can also swing by for carryout or order delivery through their website.

North Park’s neighborhood brewery, The Original 40 Brewing, will be open for patio dining, carryout and delivery Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m..

Taco fiends can still get their fill at The Taco Stand with outdoor seating and carryout at their Encinitas and North Park locations, as well as carryout at their Downtown and La Jolla locations.

Little Italy’s Cloak & Petal will host outdoor dining Fridays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

TRG’s flagship Trust Restaurant in Hillcrest boasts an extensive patio that will remain open for dinner service on Tuesday through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays. Online orders for takeout are now available via their website. Dine-in reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.trustrestaurantsd.com

A patio seat is waiting for you at Fort Oak! Their picturesque patio will remain open for drinking and dining under the stars all summer long. Immerse yourself in the neighborhood charm of Mission Hills or take home your favorite dishes and craft cocktails to indulge and imbibe at home. Dinner is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.fortoaksd.com

Cardellino is open for alfresco dining on the patio and takeout from the bakery, café and restaurant. Current hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for their ALL-NEW Mission Hills Happy Hour and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner. Weekend brunch is also available on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting https://cardellinosd.com/ The adjacent Mr. Trustee ice cream window is open Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Monello and Bencotto will remain open for patio dining and will continue to participate in Little Italy’s Weekend Street-Side Dining. Lunch is available Monday through Friday, starting at noon at both restaurants. Brunch will be available at both locations Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Aperitivo will be available at both Bencotto and Monello daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bencotto will continue to offer the cheese wheel pasta. Additionally, Monello has added select pastas from Bencotto: tagliatelle and tortelli. Takeout and delivery will remain available online. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting https://www.lovebencotto.com/ or https://www.lovemonello.com/.

7 Mile Kitchen, located at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, will remain open exclusively for outdoor dining. Offering ample, airy and socially distanced outdoor seating overlooking the Carlsbad Pacific coastline, guests can enjoy 7 Mile Kitchen’s daily breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 Mile Kitchen features California comfort cuisine by Executive Chef Julian Quiñones with a host of local craft beers and cocktails, gourmet burgers and artisan wood-oven pizzas. Offerings will also include Escondido’s renowned EscoGelato from their outdoor gelato and coffee bar. Grab and Go options are currently available daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The current menus can be viewed here https://7milekitchen.com/menus/ Reservations can be made by visiting https://www.opentable.com/r/7-mile-kitchen-carlsbad

Mezé Greek Fusion is offering outdoor dining, delivery and curbside pickup, available now. The popular Gaslamp District restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday for outdoor patio dining, takeout and delivery. Guests may place a takeout order by calling the restaurant at (619) 550-1600. Mezé is available for delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Postmates. Guests are eligible for free delivery on orders over $100 within a one-mile radius.

Carl Schroeder, Market Restaurant + Bar’s award-winning Chef and proprietor, and Chef de Cuisine John Thompson offer a sensational selection of seasonal dishes consisting of fresh, locally grown, hand-selected ingredients. In addition to time-honored favorites, you will find exciting new menu items that feature the most seasonal produce and seafood, and highest quality meats available throughout the year. Market Restaurant is currently open for takeout only. Online ordering is available for pickup Tuesday-Saturday, Orders must be placed with at least 6 hours notice. Order Online

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will offer outdoor patio seating only, along with curbside pick-up and delivery. The popular neighborhood bar and restaurant will offer outdoor dining service from 5 – 8:30 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday, with take takeout and delivery available from 4 – 8:30 p.m. BANKERS HILL will continue to offer its full diner menu, including a variety of house-baked focaccia breads; BBQ braised pork tacos made with pepper jack cheese, avocado-tomato salsa and lime crema; spice rubbed skirt steak served with heirloom tomatoes, arugula, blue cheese, crispy onions and Worcestershire butter; house-made gnocchi Bolognese made with basil and Parmesan; and more.

Bleu Bohème will remain open and offer outdoor dining, exclusively. Curbside pick-up and free delivery within two miles through the restaurant’s virtual server are also available. Bleu Bohème has expanded outdoor dining by 25% with the addition of tables on the sidewalk. To accommodate a larger number of guests, Bleu Bohème is asking parties of two to limit their dining experiences to 1.5 hours and parties of four guests or more to limit dining experiences to two hours. Outdoor dining, delivery and takeout offerings are available from 5 – 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations and online takeout and delivery are available on the website at www.bleuboheme.com.  More information is available by calling 619.255.4167.

Cafe 222 welcomes guests exclusively for outdoor dining on its upper garden patio and street-side patio to comply with local mandates. The popular downtown cafe will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily on its spacious patios from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., with delivery available through DoorDash and curbside pick-up available through Cafe 222’s website.

All three Fish Shop locations – Pacific Beach, Point Loma and Encinitas – are utilizing their family and dog-friendly patios, as indoor dining closes across the city. The PB Fish Shop has even expanded into their parking lot, allowing 20 – 25 more seats for guests to opt to dine at the location. All three spots serve fresh fish dishes, cold beer and even allow diners to bring their own wine, with a $5 corkage fee. Point Loma Fish Shop also has a refreshing cocktail menu!

PB – 1775 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA92109

Point Loma – 1110 Rosecrans St #100, San Diego CA 92106

Encinitas – 1010 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

Although they just officially opened their doors on June 26th, Corner Chicken is keeping their patio open to serve neighbors and visitors to the East Village neighborhood. Along with working to expand their outdoor seating, Corner Chicken will also be offering online ordering, walk-in or call-in for takeout, and delivery via Postmates. Come to experience San Diego’s newest and tastiest fried chicken spot! 721 Ninth Ave STE 1, San Diego CA 92101

Mavericks Beach Club is keeping the party going in Pacific Beach, as they’re open daily until 10:00 p.m. with plenty of outdoor dining! Not only has the PB spot added more outdoor seating by throwing down turf, tables, and shade umbrellas in their side parking lot, but they are keeping guests cool with chilled beverages. And if you don’t have time to stay and relax, you can order to-go straight from the Mavericks’ website for takeout. 860 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA 92109

The Smoking Gun and Spill the Beans, which share a space in the Gaslamp Quarter, are offering limited patio seating, takeout and delivery, via Postmastes. Wakeup with coffee and on of San Diego’s best bagels from Spill the Beans, or stop by later in the day to enjoy apps, world famous sandwiches, and even TV dinners, all from The Smoking Gun. 555 Market Street, San Diego CA 92101

barleymash wants diners to soak up some San Diego sun with their patio and curbside dining options, for lunch and dinner during the week, and also brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Chef Kevin Templeton’s specialties include burgers, loaded mac and cheese dishes, and many more comfort food dishes. 600 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92101

All six San Diego Tajima locations have created dining patios, so guests can chose between outdoor seating, take-out and delivery. Each spot is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and offers a variety of comforting ramen bowls, rice bowls, and dessert, along with sake, wine, and beer.

Convoy – 4681 Convoy Street, Ste 1, San Diego CA 92111

Mercury – 4411 Mercury Street, Ste 110, San Diego CA 92111

North Park – 3015 Adams Avenue #102b, San Diego CA 92116

East Village – 901 E Street, San Diego CA 92101

Hillcrest – 3739 6th Avenue Ste B, San Diego CA 92103

College Heights – 6061 El Cajon Boulevard, #2 San Diego CA 92115

All six City Tacos locations are open daily for outdoor dining and to-go services. The taqueria has added new menu items including Elote Asadoavailable at all locations, and Nachos available at the Imperial Beach location.

Hours of Operation:

  • Pacific Beach Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Encinitas Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. featuring a DJ every Tuesday night
  • North Park Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • La Mesa Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Imperial Beach Hours: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Sorrento Valley Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

In addition to take-out services, Farmer’s Bottegawill offer diners an al fresco dining experience via their back and side patios. The Mission Hills eatery is open daily for brunch and dinner, with noteworthy dishes including Brioche French Toast, Prosciutto Flat Bread, Duck Gnocchi and more.

Head to Chula Vista for a stroll along Third Avenue Village. The historic downtown area is home to a variety of small businesses including restaurants. Support small business and visit the following open locations for an outdoor dining experience: Agave Coffee, Bar Sin Nombre, Brew Bar, Chula Vista Brewery, Don Pedro Taco Shop, Groundswell Brewing, Italianissimo Trattoria, La Bella Pizza, Mangia Italiano, Mariscos Los Cuates, Shake and Muddle, Sunset By the Park, Talavera Azul, Tavern at the Vogue, Thr3e Punk Ales and Third Avenue Alehouse.