Summer is a great time to visit the city of San Diego and vacationers flock from all corners of the country to check-out the city’s stunning beaches, zoo, hiking destinations and other one-of-a-kind spots. And as San Diego has also become a top city for foodies, its helpful to have a guide to the best restaurants and bars to take family and friends to when they announce, “We’re coming to visit!”
Breakfast Republic is a must visit brunch spot for out-of-towners, and with seven locations spanning from Ocean Beach to Carmel Valley, you’re never too far from San Diego’s favorite breakfast joint! Kick things off with a Flight of 3 pancakes, where you and your crew can mix and match any three from the menu. For those with a sweet tooth, the Oreo cookie chocolate pancakes with cream filling and an Oreo cookie crumble, are absolutely delish!
San Diego’s first omakase-only sushi spot, Hidden Fish, opened last year and serves as a great dining experience for visitors from out-of-town. The intimate restaurant offers 50- and 90-minute timed dining, where you and your family and/or friends will taste traditionally prepared, top-level seafood sourced from around the globe. Sea bream, Bluefin Tuna and “Toro” Tartare are all bites you can look forward to trying when you visit Hidden Fish!
barleymash is a fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the richness of American culture through its appetizing and progressive bar fare. Opt to share an order of the house cut San Diego fries, topped with red chili-braised short rib, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, sour cream, spicy guacamole and salsa fresca. barleymash’s communal-style tables and giant booths foster a sense of gathering where deliciously innovative food, drink and conversation can be shared among friends and family.
Nothing says ‘San Diego’ like tacos and City Tacos has turned up the heat on innovative, delicious and unique bites at their North Park, La Mesa, Imperial Beach and Encinitas locations! Try the Pescado, a classic San Diego fish taco with a delightful twist. Wild golden-fried Alaskan cod comes topped with cabbage, pickled red onions, habanero and strawberries drizzled with a chipotle aioli. The Surf & Turf, with grilled rib eye steak and garlic sautéed shrimp over melted Oaxaca cheese is another taco you’ll surely love.
A San Diego staple for over 30 years, Sammy’s is best known for slinging woodfired pizzas and tasty tapas. But the restaurant, with five Southern California locations and more in Palm Desert, Las Vegas and Sacramento, also serves fresh salads, a variety of appetizers and decadent desserts. Treat your visitors to a Sammy’s iconic Messy Sundae, which comes with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, walnuts and whipped cream – yum!
Our great city is known for serving some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the states, and Oceanside’s Jalisco Cantina is the perfect restaurant to show-off to guests! Dishes like the Jalisciense Pozole, consisting of pork, hominy, chile, oregano, cabbage, lime, cilantro and onion, is a must-try. Jalisco Cantina is also famous for their innovative cocktail menu, so don’t forget to order a round of drinks. The Oceanside Refresca, with grapefruit vodka, strawberry, hibiscus and fresh lemon, is a favorite.
Take a trip up to North County to nosh on amazing flatbreads that are full of local veggies, so you won’t feel too guilty! At CLARA, Executive Chef Darrell Campbell offers a variety of five delicious flatbreads on the menu but a crowd favorite is the Chimichurri Skirt Steak made with mozzarella cheese, pecorino cheese, roasted jalapeño, arugula and pickled onion. Pair this with one of their draft beers and you’ll be set.