Restaurants in San Diego, CA

San Diego is where fish tacos first got popular in this country; the city and its surroundings remain a treasure trove of fish taco shacks and restaurants. It’s a great city for breakfast, in the grand old coffee shop called Hob Nob Hill or the breezy LaJolla cafe called The Cottage, where the granola is legendary and freshly-baked pastries perfume the tables. This city’s burgers are notable for being beautifully dressed; they are especially big down in Ocean Beach at Hodad’s, where they come heaped with a salad’s worth of garnishes and are served with milk shakes thick enough to defy any straw. Being just a short drive from Baja California (where fish tacos came from), San Diego boasts great Mexican food, including magnificent tacos at La Fachada and mighty California burritos at Papas & Tacos Mexican Food.

San Diego’s Most Famous Dishes

Sushi tray holds salmon, tuna, and surimi.

Sushi

Fish tacos made with grilled mahi-mahi are dressed with cilantro-avocado sauce and sided by chunky papaya relish

Fish Tacos

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream

Tacos

Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding

Dinner Platters

San Diego’s Best Restaurants

Kono’s Surf Club Cafe - Big Breakfast #1
Kono’s Surf Club Cafe

SAN DIEGO, CA

El Indio - Fish Tacos
El Indio

SAN DIEGO, CA

Folded-over tortilla is packed with succulent meat and avocado sauce
La Fachada

SAN DIEGO, CA

Tacos El Paisa

SAN DIEGO, CA

Hob Nob Hill

SAN DIEGO, CA

Zen 5

SAN DIEGO, CA

Papas & Tacos Mexican Food

SAN DIEGO, CA

Cody’s La Jolla

SAN DIEGO, CA

Carnitas Snack Shack

SAN DIEGO, CA

Lanna Thai Cuisine

SAN DIEGO, CA

Better Buzz Coffee

SAN DIEGO, CA

Elixir Espresso & Wine Bar

SAN DIEGO, CA

Las Cuatro Milpas

SAN DIEGO, CA

Phil’s BBQ

SAN DIEGO, CA

Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen

SAN DIEGO, CA

Parakeet Cafe

SAN DIEGO, CA

OB Noodle House & Sake Bar

SAN DIEGO, CA

D.Z. Akins

SAN DIEGO, CA

Hodad’s

SAN DIEGO, CA

San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

SAN DIEGO, CA

Shore Rider

SAN DIEGO, CA

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Grill of His Dreams

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San Diego, California

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Granola topped with fresh fruit

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Randy's donuts exterior view

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Folded-over tortilla is packed with succulent meat and avocado sauce

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Paper-thin crepes, dusted with powdered sugar, envelop bananas, walnuts, maple syrup and brown sugar

Brunchtime

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Blue Colony Diner - Club Deluxe

Hot Turkey Sandwich

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Huevos Rancheros

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Granola is loaded with nuts, berries, raisins, coconut, etc., etc.

Granola Greats, Coast to Coast

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Great San Diego Recipes

Eggs Del Mar

Carmel Brunch

Countrie Eatery - Crabcakes

Crab Cake Benedict

California Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe

Breakfast Burrito

SoCal Apple Oatmeal Muffins

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