Finding Meatballs

Housemade Meatballs at Farmers Bottega (courtesy photo)

If meatballs are your desire, San Diego is the city to satisfy your cravings with its diverse and ever-growing food scene. Unleash your inner Italian and delight in all the varieties of meatballs that these eateries have to offer! Whether you enjoy them as an appetizer or a main dish, you’ll have a ball with these creative meatball dishes around the city.

Get the ball rolling at Farmer’s Table, La Mesa’s favorite food-to-fork destination. Incorporating a fresh new spin on family recipes, locally sourced organic ingredients, and a distinct Sicilian flair, Farmer’s Table has a commitment to authentic cooking methods and rich, natural flavors. Enjoy the charming, rustic atmosphere of this eatery and order up their Meatballs plate, drizzled in a red wine marinara sauce with crispy oyster mushrooms and scallions

It’s a whole new ballgame at The Rail, Hillcrest’s newest foodie hotspot! A longstanding icon of San Diego nightlife, The Rail is making a splash in the restaurant scene with the acquisition of two acclaimed Las Vegas chefs. Serving up a fresh new spin on brunch and lunch classics with the introduction of expertly crafted new menus, The Rail is the place to be if you’ve been looking for a trendy new spot to dine. Try the Meatball Sliders, three meatballs stuffed with warm mozzarella cheese and braised in a white wine jus, served alongside a green apple with fennel and arugula slaw on a toasted brioche bun.

If you’re searching for a uniquely take on the classic meatball, look no further than Barrel Republic in Carlsbad. A mecca for craft beer lovers looking for the freedom to pour their own drinks from the tap, Barrel Republic also boasts an impressive menu of tasty pub food with Southern California style. Change the way you picture meatballs with a taste of the Pistachio Crusted Lamb Meatballs, perfectly seared and topped with a red wine rosemary reduction.

Indulge in meatball madness at Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro, a downtown destination featuring a fusion of traditional northern Mexican and Mediterranean flavors. Showcasing ingredients native to Baja and locally sourced from San Diego, Romesco is the ideal place to dine in style with a balcony overlooking Little Italy and an extensive wine list to please any palate! Enjoy the Albóndigas Al Chipotle, a tapas dish of four beef meat balls served in a mild bacon chipotle cream sauce for a kick of heat.

Keep your eye on the ball with The Haven, home to some of the best Neapolitan style pizzas in San Diego alongside a full menu of Italian favorites. Found in Kensington, this neighborhood pizzeria serves up local brews on tap, tasty twists on Italian classics, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy their fresh ingredients and family-friendly vibes. Try the plate of Dave’s Meatballs, a house favorite of homemade Italian meatballs baked in fresh tomato sauce and topped with a sprinkling of shaved parmesan.

On the hunt for some all-American meatballs? Voted San Diego’s best sports bar, True North Tavern has it all, from craft brews and signature cocktails to bar favorites including creative burgers, tots, salads, and snacks. The perfect setting to catch the game, True North has plenty of good times on tap with drinks flowing, meals to munch on, and high definition televisions scattered around the bar. Snag a snack of Buffalo BBQ Style Meatballs, made with prime chuck beef and pork meatballs, served in a smoky buffalo BBQ sauce alongside fresh herbs.