Restaurants Readjust to the Purple Tier

Waterbar Patio (courtesy photo)

The recent shift back to the purple tier may have forced restaurants back outside, but this isn’t their first rodeo, given the back and forth of mandates as COVID cases rise and fall. Many are prepared for this indoor dining shutdown, touting more permanent solutions and prep work in anticipation for cooler weather to come. Check out how these San Diego eateries are staying afloat with the reinstated restrictions.

Cloak & Petal’s owner, Cesar Vallin, has been a vocal advocate for restaurants and the difficulties they’re facing during this period, and has poured time, energy and money into creating a patio set-up along India Street that meets regulations and provides a comfortable space for outdoor dining, despite the changing weather. The location is now equipped with weather-resistant fabric-covered pergolas as well as outdoor heaters. Guests can also order carryout and delivery if desired!

It’s no secret that 22-year-old Bub’s @ the Beach has struggled during San Diego County’s indoor dining shutdowns, but being the persevering PB staple they are, they’ve risen to the occasion by building out their extended outdoor patio space, adding aesthetic touches to reflect the eatery’s indoor beach vibes, and ensuring that everything meets COVID-19 mandated criteria. For those not comfortable dining out, rest assured the eatery offers both carryout and delivery options as well.

Waterbar is one of Pacific Beach’s most scenic dining destinations, so it’s only fitting that they’re doing everything they can to showcase their stunning views while maintaining social distancing for a safe dining experience. The location will be installing tents in both the front and back, in which there will be lighting and heaters for the cooler weather to come. Equipped with plenty of airflow, that ocean breeze isn’t going anywhere! Currently, there is heated ocean-front dining on their extended patio. Foodies can also get their food to-go and delivered!

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp will continue to serve those seeking a bite downtown during its limited business hours. Fuel up on their outdoor patio, or place your order for delivery/carryout, all of which are available on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. , Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Breakfast Republic’s Pacific Beach location is ready to roll with plenty of patio dining space, thanks to the city’s flexibility enabling expanded seating in the adjacent parking lot. The connected Eggies location is still slinging grab-and-go sandos for those seeking a quick bite. Breakfast Republic offers both carryout and delivery for those not ready to dine onsite.

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas is still an idyllic spot for a meal in San Diego’s charming beach town, complete with extensive outdoor dining space as well as seasonal specialties to please every palate. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carryout and delivery options are also available at this location!

Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s Sideyard and extended patio options remain prime spots to grab a bite, touting plenty of heaters, firepits and open space to spread out and stay warm. Staff is geared up to continue serving guests in a safe and pleasant environment. Delivery and carryout options are also available at Backyard!

Gaslamp Breakfast Company’s expansive patio space is well-suited to those seeking plenty of social distancing while they enjoy their brunch. Guests can still nom on the location’s full menu offerings seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as order carryout and delivery during normal business hours!

Pacific Beach AleHouse hasn’t missed a beat with their ample patio dining space, as they’ve ensured ongoingly throughout each tier to provide plenty of outdoor seating options on their Sky Deck and multiple patios. If you’d prefer your brews without the views, feel free to pick up a growler of your favorite AleHouse beer to-go, alongside some crave-worthy bites, or place an order for delivery.

The Taco Stand’s outposts will all remain open during this period, offering patio dining, takeout and delivery at its Downtown and North Park locations, as well as patio dining and carryout only at its La Jolla and Encinitas locations.