Best Desserts in San Diego

Life is short, eat your dessert first!

Nutella Cinnabread
Nutella Cinnabread (courtesy photo)

Woodstock’s Pizza is launching their new seasonal dessert pizza by popular demand, the Nutella Cinnabread. This indulgent fluffy crust pie is loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon, then topped off with a thick drizzle of  icing, molten Nutella, and fresh-sliced strawberries.

Pineapple Barbados
Pineapple Barbados (courtesy photo)

Take a bite of the tropics with TRUST Restaurant’s Pineapple Barbados. Pineapple cake topped with coconut sorbet and an orange-rum sauce, your taste buds will be in island heaven. (3752 Park Blvd. Suite 105C, San Diego, CA 92103, (619) 795-6901,

Chocolate Futomaki
Chocolate Futomaki (courtesy photo)

Tantalize your taste buds with every bite of JRDN’s Chocolate Futomaki ($9). It’s complete with chocolate-date cake, candied kumquats, hazelnut, Asian pear, and green tea. (723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109, (858) 270-2323,

Strawberry Crème Fraîche Cheese Cake
Strawberry Crème Fraîche Cheese Cake (courtesy photo)

The Westgate Room is the perfect date-night spot before or after you see a show downtown. Try their French take on a classic: Strawberry Crème Fraîche Cheese Cake ($11) served with strawberry marmalade and pistachio ice cream. (1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 238-1818

Semifreddo Al Pistacchio
Semifreddo Al Pistacchio (courtesy photo)

A good Italian meal is not complete without dessert. While Bencotto boasts quite a few to choose from, their Semifreddo Al Pistacchio ($10) steals the show. Indulge in pistachios half-frozen mousse, hazelnuts, and sour black cherry sauce. (750 W Fir St. San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 450-4786,

Torta Della Nonna
Torta Della Nonna (courtesy photo)

Come for the cheese wheel, stay for dessert. Monello’s authentic Italian menu offers a variety of handmade pasta, house-made vermouth and certainly doesn’t skimp on dessert. An Italian classic, be sure to save room for their Torta Della Nonna ($8) with chocolate custard, whipped cream, berries, and almonds. (750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-0030,

Bleu Boheme Gâteau au Chocolat
Bleu Boheme Gâteau au Chocolat (courtesy photo)

Frequently named one of the best French restaurants and most romantic date spots in the city, Bleu Bohème stands out by serving traditionally French fare lightened up with SoCal influences. One of the most popular desserts is Gâteau au Chocolat, a flourless chocolate cake served with house-made vanilla ice cream.

Warm Chocolate Brownie
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant Warm Chocolate Brownie (courtesy photo)

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant features a menu of American classics with a gourmet twist. One of the indulgent desserts is the warm chocolate brownie topped with espresso Baileys ice cream, pretzel crunch and house-made chocolate sauce.

Mezé Greek Fusion is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves unique twists on traditional Greek fare. One of the standout desserts is saganaki glyko, pan-seared kasseri cheese flambéed in Grand Marnier tableside, finished with sesame seeds, dried figs, Greek honey and fresh orange.

Death By Tequila, one of North County San Diego’s newest restaurants, reimagines Mexican food and cocktails with locally grown fruits and vegetables and global influences. Guests cannot resist the tequila flan with caramel and lime; it gets an unexpected and delicious twist with fresh Manchego cheese grated tableside.

Primavera Ristorante is family-owned and operated Italian restaurant. One of the most popular desserts is limoncello mousse topped with mascarpone, crème fraiche and fresh seasonal berries.

City Tacos in North Park has a dessert taco that shouldn’t be missed! Their buñuelo is a crispy fried flour tortilla coated in cinnamon and sugar, topped with flambéed granny apples and raisins over a mix of Greek yogurt, cream cheese, homemade caramel and marzipan bits. The San Diego-favorite taqueria now has two locations, is set to open their third in Encinitas, and has some of the most distinctive tacos in Southern California.

Cereal is not just for breakfast anymore. Hundred Proof has reinvented your favorite childhood cereal and transformed it into dessert. Introducing the Cap’n Crunch Sundae ($10) with cap’n crunch ice cream topped with berries and a peanut butter cookie. (4130 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103,
(619) 501-6404,