Restaurants Reopen for Outdoor Dining

Fig Tree Cafe (courtesy photo)

San Diego eateries are excited to welcome guests back to their patios, ensuring that all health and safety measures are being carefully followed for a pleasant dining experience that puts patrons at ease.

Mavericks Beach Club, along Garnet Avenue, has reopened their doors and has an excellent lineup of daily specials to get excited about! Monday through Friday, from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Happy Hour will consist of $4 beers, wines, and well cocktails, $6 margaritas and Mai Tais, and $2 off all snacks. And if you missed brunch as much as we did, you can now enjoy Mavericks’ Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with $15 bottles of champagne and rose, $7 Absolut Bloody Mary’s, $7 Bloody beers, and $20 Bubble Slushie Buckets.

The Gaslamp Quarter’s beloved barleymash is back-in-action! Now you can chow down on the city’s best loaded fries, flatbreads, and burgers from the newly created parklets, soon-to-be equipped with TVs. barleymash will be open from Noon – 10:00 pm and can’t wait to serve you some of San Diego’s tastiest food and drink, created by Chef Kevin Templeton.

PB’s laid back beach bar, Duck Dive, will be open for outdoor dining Thursday through Sunday, starting out with a limited menu of favorites. Dive into Poke Tacos, made with ahi tuna, soy sauce, and ginger in a wonton shell topped with sriracha aioli, wings, and more! Duck Dive also has an impressive lineup of craft cocktails, beer, and wine!

All three Fish Shop locations – Point Loma, Pacific Beach, and Encinitas – have officially reopened their patios for guests to enjoy the freshest fish around. Build your own custom dish, by selecting your fish, marinade, and style, or select from favorites like the TKO Taco. Each location serves beer and wine, and Point Loma also has a delicious cocktail menu. All three are open daily from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm!

Savor the flavors of Baja when you stop by El Cruce + 241 in Chula Vista. The Baja-inspired tap-room, wine bar and kitchen has officially reopened its extended patio to accommodate outdoor diners. Enjoy authentic dishes such as the Ceviche Campechano, fresh Oysters, and signature Fish Tacos, paired with exclusive Baja beer and wine. And, cheers to 10% off of your dine-in bill with the purchase of any bottle of wine! El Cruce is open daily from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Nestled in the heart of Mission Hills, Farmer’s Bottega is back open for outdoor seating with an aesthetically pleasing patio set up. Stop in Wednesday through Sunday and enjoy brunch, happy hour, or dinner selections and indulge in all of your cravings with dishes ranging from decadent Brioche French Toast, to Short Rib Lasagna. Don’t forget to add on a craft cocktail or glass of wine!

Looking to change up your work-from-home scenery? Grab a seat on Grant’s Coffee Room’s outdoor patio and enjoy South Park’s scenic neighborhood with a side of signature coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and more. The community coffee spot is open daily and has recently partnered with Tijuana’s beloved Tortas Wash Mobile for a must-try pop up installation. Head to Grant’s every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and try the famous Wash Torta for yourself!

Bub’s @ the Beach is reopening for daily outdoor dining from noon to 9 p.m. starting Saturday, January 30th, slinging new specials sure to please those who have missed their beloved Pacific Beach spot! Treat yourself to happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and gorge on $1 wings when you order five or 10 slathered in your favorite Bub’s sauce. Wednesdays are for more wings, so head there for buy-one-get-one wings on orders of five!

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas is back for outdoor dining daily, bringing back Wine Wednesdays as far as the eye can see, complete with half-off bottles of wine, plus social hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday! Mask up and grab some grub in beautiful Downtown Encinitas during their hours of operation Monday through Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pacific Beach dwellers can enjoy stunning ocean views again at Waterbar, where outdoor dining will resume on Saturday, January 30th with plenty of COVID precautions in place! Dive into seaside specialties such as New England Clam Chowder, East Coast Lobster Roll and Baja Fish Tacos. Waterbar will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hoppy days are ahead at Pacific Beach AleHouse, which will officially open for patio dining on Saturday, January 30th, ready to serve up toothsome bites and frothy brews on their scenic patios. Be sure to order their Jumbo Bavarian Pretzel paired with one of the location’s fresh house brews. You’ve earned it! Hours at this location will be Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap has been sorely missed in the Pacific Beach culinary scene, which is why they’re excited to announce their outdoor dining reopening with plenty of patio space to ensure the safety and comfort of every guest in their Sideyard. Delight in creamy Lobster Mac or sip their Sandia Picante cocktail, infused with Spicy Don Julio, lemon juice, lime juice, agave and watermelon with a tajin rim. Hours at this local staple are Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All Breakfast Republic locations are back up and running with patio dining, so you can savor an indulgent brunch spread without a home unboxing! Reunite with outdoor dining by ordering some of the eatery’s classics, including Breakfast Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Breakfast Jambalaya and Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Heck, celebrate with a pancake or French toast flight for good measure! Hours of operation at all locations are daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brunch like a champion again at Gaslamp Breakfast Company, where outdoor dining has officially reopened. Toast to the occasion with their Beet cocktail brimming with a blend of horchata vodka, Ancho Reyes, lemon and beet juice, or perk up with their Matcha Green Tea Latte. Cravings are born to be curbed so sink your teeth into their Orange thyme Waffle with whipped mascarpone, orange segments and thyme-infused honey, or delight in a plate of their Fried Rice Benedict, prepared with crispy ham, sambal hollandaise, pickled radish salad and two poached eggs served with house potatoes. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., this breakfast haven is happy to be back in the great outdoors.

Feel like gettin’ figgy with it first thing in the morning? Outdoor dining is on the menu at Fig Tree Café’s locations in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station. Available daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the brunch-tastic eatery is ready to serve tables covered in coveted breakfast items such as Breakfast Sushi with three thick bacon rolls (baked with brown sugar and paprika), encircling rice and scrambled eggs, topped with scallions and plum sauce. If this occasion doesn’t call for a round of mimosas, nothing does!

North Park is rearing to go and The Original 40 Brewing Companycouldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back guests for outdoor dining! There’s no duo more iconic than the location’s juicy OG Burger, piled high with  lettuce, red onion, tomato, white cheddar cheese and garlic aioli served with house-cut fries, coupled with one of their house-brewed beers. Get your fill Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

The Gaslamp District is giddy about the patio reopening at their neighborhood Italian staple, Operacaffe! Slated to welcome back guests starting on Wednesday, February 3rd, the restaurant will keep their menu full of crave-worthy creations like their Gnocchi Gorgonzola e Mirtilli with sweet gorgonzola cheese and blueberries, and Penne Speperina with spicy sausage, mascarpone cheese and mint. Patio dining hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tacos are always a good idea, but there’s no denying that fresh-made tacos reign supreme, which is why taco fiends can now rejoice knowing The Taco Stand has reopened all locations for outdoor dining seven days a week! Stuff your face with Al Pastor Tacos or savor a California Burrito as you bask in San Diego’s picturesque surroundings.

Taco lovers can revel in something new at City Tacos! Beginning Friday, January 29 all locations will introduce two new styles of tacos to the core menu, Caseros Homestyle Tacos and Tacos Dorados. The menu will include varieties of the two styles, with Caseros Homestyle Taco selections including Costilla de Res en Salsa Verde, Mahi a la Veracruzana, and Cochinita Pibil, slow cooked pulled pork in a traditional Mayan achiote sauce, pickled onions, and a semi-spicy serrano habanero creamy green salsa. Tacos Dorados selections will include Chorizo con Papas, Papa con Rajas, and the Machaca de Pollo; each order includes two golden fried rolled tacos served with original Mike Hess Solis IPA beer fondue and a semi-spicy serrano-habanero creamy green salsa. City Tacos is currently open for outdoor dining and to-go services.

Grater Grilled Cheese will cater to the morning crowd with the launch of a new breakfast menu, beginning February 1. The breakfast selections will be available to order at the Mission Valley location and feature a mix of Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Breakfast Comfort Classics, such as the Monte Cristo Biscuit and the Grater Chicken Biscuit—fried chicken tenders drizzled with signature sriracha maple syrup, served atop a buttermilk bun, and the option to add cheddar and bacon. Sandwich aficionados can choose from selections including the Garden Omelet Grilled Cheese, Chorizo Grilled Cheese, or the Morning Glory Grilled Cheese –a blend of five signature cheese slices, scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, arugula, and pesto aioli. Grater Grilled Cheese is currently open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery via third party services.

Mezé Greek Fusion awarded San Diego’s “Best Greek” cuisine year after year, is now open daily for takeout, delivery and indoor and outdoor dining from 4 – 9:30 p.m. More information and reservations are available by calling (619) 550.-600 or online at www.gaslampmeze.com.

El Chingon, known for its expansive margarita and beer selections and “bad ass” Mexican cuisine, is now open daily for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining from 4 – 9/10 p.m. More information and reservations are available by calling (619) 501-1919 or online at www.elchingon.com.

Following the guidelines put forth by the State of California and the city of San Diego, the restaurants will adhere to occupancy limits, as well as follow all health and social distancing guidelines, including cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Delivery and takeout are available via GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats and Postmates, as well as by calling or online direct from each restaurant: Mezé at https://gaslampmeze.com/-food-menu, and El Chingon at www.elchingon.com/dine-in-menu.