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George's at the Cove

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Regarded by many as San Diego's best restaurant. — Concierge

With "fantastic" Californian fare from chef Trey Foshee, an "eclectic, extensive" wine list and a "one-of-a-kind" setting boasting "unsurpassed" ocean views. — Zagat

This foodie-friendly La Jolla landmark offers three distinct dining experiences and a side of picture-perfect ocean views — Where

Chef Trey Foshee is committed to using farm fresh organic and sustainable ingredients in dishes like the yellowfin fish tacos and porcini-glazed halibut. — Travel + Leisure

George's is famous for two things. A stunning view and some of the best fish tacos around. — Afar Magazine

Point Loma Seafoods

Seafood 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mid-priced counter serving up San Diego’s freshest fish in a basket, with good platters and seafood cocktails, along with mean crabcake and scallop sandwiches. — Rough Guide

You "can't beat" the "amazingly delicious" seafood at Point Loma's "ultracasual" fish house, where guests "push to the front" to place "reasonably priced" orders of "to-die-for" calamari. — Zagat

When fishing boats unload their catch there, a seafood restaurant and market earns the right to boast that they offer “The Freshest Thing in Town. — Fodor's

Order the freshest seafood in San Diego. Seafood salads and sushi are popular. — DK Eyewitness

Order at the counter at this fish-market-cum-deli and grab a seat at a picnic table for off-the-boat-fresh seafood and some icy cold beer. — Lonely Planet

Addison Restaurant

French 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Addison is a destination dining room for serious foodies. — Concierge

Modern French cuisine with seasonally-inspired, four to 10-course prix-fixe menus, which may include sake-cured hamachi or Prince Edward Island mussels with chickpeas, garlic confit, and saffron — Frommer's

Situated on a pastoral hill at Carmel Valley’s Grand Del Mar Resort, Addison has the unassuming stone entrance of a rural Tuscan mansion. — Travel + Leisure

The Grand Del Mar resort showcases acclaimed Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley's stunning, luxurious fare amid an opulent setting. — BlackBook

This fine restaurant overlooking the rolling green golf course at the Grand Del Mar features contemporary French cuisine intricately fused with Mediterranean flavors — Where

Whisknladle

American 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This newcomer has earned oodles of kudos for its ‘slow food’ preparations of local, farm-fresh ingredients, served on a breezy covered patio and meant for sharing. — Lonely Planet

This hip, popular eatery that doubles as a fashion show of La Jolla ladies who lunch has earned national acclaim with its combination of casual comfort and a menu of ever-changing local fare. — Fodor's

From cured salamis and hand-cut pastas to churned ice cream and fresh-fruit cocktails, just about everything at this laid-back star of La Jolla's dining scene is made in-house. — Concierge

Chef Ryan Johnston uses local organic ingredients in dishes like roasted bone marrow and chorizo-date fritters — Where

This La Jolla restaurant is known for serving farm fresh, everything-made-from-scratch bistro fare. — Travel + Leisure

CUCINA urbana

Italian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This bustling spot in Bankers Hill serves up Italian-American fare and affordable wine in an artsy setting. — Gayot

In this new corner place with a modern rustic ambience, business gets done, celebrations get celebrated and friends hug and kiss – over refined yet affordable Cal Ital cooking. — Lonely Planet

The new concept has been a resounding smash and the restaurant has become one of the city's food-scene darlings. — Frommer's

Proprietor Tracy Borkum's casual and stylish Cal-Italian spot remains one of the most popular tables in town. — Fodor's

This always-bustling hotspot near Balboa Park features antipasti, pizza and pasta from Chef Joe Magnanelli, as well as a retail wine shop heavy on Italian varietals — Where

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Acclaimed chef (and 2011 Iron Chef challenger) Jason Knibb serves satisfying seasonal fare at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. — Fodor's

Chef Jason Knibb has turned this La Jolla restaurant into one of the top go-to spots for S.D. epicures. — BlackBook

This warmly stylish space is the place for market-fresh cuisine, prepared by Jason Knibb, another member of San Diego's cadre of skilled chefs. — Frommer's

The outdoor tables at this über-classy spot in the Grande Colonial hotel make people-watching on La Jolla’s main thoroughfare a delight — Where

"Talented young chef" Jason Knibb crafts "edgy", "inspiring" Cal-Eclectic dishes at this "delightful surprise" in La Jolla's Grande Colonial Hotel offering "splurge"-worthy à la carte. — Zagat

Marine Room

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With arguably the best food and location in town, the Marine Room sits practically in the ocean at La Jolla Shores beach — Where

A landmark oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla with sophisticated, seasonal cuisine and seafood from chef Bernard Guillas. — Gayot

It’s yet another only-in-La Jolla experience. When money is no object and you want high-drama cooking and views, book a sunset table at this fancy dining room outside the town center. — Lonely Planet

Achieve the "quintessential Southern Californian" experience at this "seaside treasure" in La Jolla, where "waves splash against the windows" of the "sophisticated" dining room. — Zagat

Gaze at the ocean from this venerable La Jolla Shores mainstay and, if it's during an especially high tide, feel the waves race across the sand and crash against the glass. — Fodor's

Cafe Chloe

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Surrounded by luxury high-rises, hotels, and boutiques, this pretty Parisian spot is frequented by the locals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. — Fodor's

This delightful corner French bistro has a simple style and gets the standards perfect, and everything else as well. — Lonely Planet

This intimate and charming corner spot is known for its creative and exciting French bistro fare—from the traditional steak frites and mussels to its decadent macaroni with pancetta. — Where

Creative, whimsical touches (such as a children's play area, a retail space, and a patio built for two) abound at this bistro infused with the refined tastes and joie de vivre of its proprietors. — Frommer's

Sitting proudly on a corner just down the street from the new PETCO ballpark, this tiny French spot...is the realization of the owners' dreams to create a neighborhood bistro that locals could call their own. — Concierge

Piatti - La Jolla

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dine alfresco on the back patio of Piatti's or settle in at the bar to catch a bit of La Jolla gossip. — Travel + Leisure

La Jolla's version of the reliable neighborhood hangout is this pasta-centric trattoria. You're likely to be surrounded by a crew of regulars who pop in weekly and know the staff by name. — Frommer's

With its charming courtyard patios, Piatti’s simple, simply delicious cuisine guarantees a crowd every night — Where

Seasonally inspired, rustic Italian cuisine in La Jolla. — Gayot

Blocks from the beach in La Jolla Shores, this comfortably modern dining room and shaded patio hits all the right notes—affordable, polished, and family-friendly. — Fodor's

Puesto Mexican Street Food

Mexican 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dare you to not have fun sipping the perfect margarita, nibbling chips with chunky guacamole, and gabbing with friend on a bright orange couch on a balmy afternoon. — Frommer's

In the Headquarters (the refurbushed former police station) is this fabulous newcomer serving Mexican street food like we've never had it before. — Lonely Planet

A colorful high-design eatery for Mexican street food and clever cocktails in The Headquarters at Seaport District downtown. — Gayot

There's a taco shop on every corner but this spot in La Jolla's lively shopping district has won ardent fans for its creative presentations. — Zagat

Bold graffiti graphics and beat-heavy music energize this downtown eatery that celebrates Mexican street food with a modern twist. — Fodor's

Old Town Mexican Cafe

Mexican 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Watch the famous “Tortilla Ladies of Old Town.” People line up to try the café’s grilled pork carnitas and chilaquiles, a delicious tortilla strip casserole. — DK Eyewitness

Among the better Mexican diners in Old Town, where the crowds queue up for the likes of pozole soup and carne asada tacos; apart from at breakfast, you’ll probably have to wait for a table. — Rough Guide

Watch the staff turn out tortillas in the window while you wait to be seated at this local legend. — Lonely Planet

This place is so popular that it's become an Old Town tourist attraction in its own right. — Frommer's

Margaritas, mariachis and Mexican fare in Old Town. — Gayot

Urban Solace

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Comforts abound at this popular casual North Park eatery with its long bar, communal tables, and covered patio. — Fodor's

Find solace in New American comfort food, reasonably priced. — BlackBook

Enjoy new American comfort food in low-lit modern ambiance — Where

Chef Matt Gordon's flagship restaurant in North Park for innovative modern American comfort cuisine. — Gayot

North Park’s young hip gourmets revel in creative comfort food here: meatloaf of ground lamb, fig, pine nuts and feta, mac ‘n’ cheese with duck confit, chicken and dumplings. — Lonely Planet

Hodad's

Burgers 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Adored for its "life-changing" burgers "stacked high with fixin's" and "kitschy", "off-the-wall" atmosphere. — Zagat

At a beach café devoted to burgers, brews, and surf, soak up the ambience self-described as junkyard Gothic. — DK Eyewitness

No, it's not a flashback. The 1960s live on at this fabulously funky burger joint, where the walls are covered with license plates and the amiable servers covered with tattoos. — Fodor's

In business in one spot or another for over 40 years, this is one place in town you can get a damn fine burger, whether it comes straight up or includes cheese, tuna or veggies. — Rough Guide

Ocean Beach burger joint that’s been rockin’ it for more than 40 years. — Gayot

1500 Ocean

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s hard to beat the romance of supping at the Hotel del Coronado, especially at a table overlooking the sea from the verandah of its 1st-class dining room. — Lonely Planet

This smart, contemporary space eschews the Del's ever-present Victoriana for a stylish California Craftsman look. — Frommer's

1500 Ocean at the Hotel del Coronado showcases "Southland coastal cuisine" with a delicious ocean view — Where

The "imaginative", "outstanding" Californian cuisine "delights" at this dining room in the "iconic" Hotel Del Coronado, where guests enjoy "captivating" ocean views. — Zagat

The elegant atmosphere here is light and airy, as is the distinctive cuisine. There is also a good choice of wines from Southern California’s finest vineyards. — DK Eyewitness

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Little Italy star offers homestyle Italian cooking in a sophisticated but convivial setting. — Frommer's

Modern Italian food from chef Fabrizio Cavallini. — Gayot

"Bringing real Italian to Little Italy", Emilia Romagna–born chef Fabrizio Cavallini offers an "affordable" menu of "housemade everything" with a "cutting-edge" twist. — Zagat

The Italian word for “perfectly cooked,” Bencotto’s been a hit with locals almost since Day One — Where

This newcomer opened in 2009 and instantly became one of the city’s hottest restaurants. — Lonely Planet

Bankers Hill

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The BBQ pork tacos are too popular to delete from the menu, as is the beefy BH burger; other choices vary so often regulars never get bored. — Frommer's

Features farm-fresh shareable small plates and entrées like barbecue pork tacos, house-made pastas and steak, served in a chic urban-casual setting. — Where

Seasonal cuisine and a bar scene at this neighborhood gem in Bankers Hill. — Gayot

“Creative" American cuisine and cocktails match up with a "fun", "trendy" atmosphere "reasonably priced" gastropub. — Zagat

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant is run by James Beard Award nominee Carl Schroeder and feels like a neighborhood restaurant, but with contemporary gourmet cuisine — Travel + Leisure

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Seafood 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The upscale creative menu here features fresh seafood from around the world. The oysters and crab cakes are legendary. — DK Eyewitness

The restaurant is known for fresh and sustainable foods from the sea in both raw and traditional Euro-American cooking methods. — Travel + Leisure

As you sweep up the dramatic staircase of the Oceanaire, the retro-nautical decor may evoke the grand elegance of a Titanic-style luxury liner. — Frommer's

Sustainable fresh seafood and notable wines in the Gaslamp Quarter. — Gayot

Engineered to recall an ocean liner from the 1940s, the decor at Oceanaire may be a bit contrived but the food—and the classic cocktails are spot on. — Fodor's

Juniper and Ivy

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Richard Blais has opened San Diego's restaurant of the moment. — Lonely Planet

Start with the buttermilk biscuit with smoked butter, and a side of chicken-fried oysters. Then choose from a selection of raw seafood, pastas and small plates. — Where

Top Chef All-Star Richard Blais opened Juniper & Ivy in a 7,500-square-foot warehouse space in Little Italy in 2014 and has been serving up creative American classics with a West Coast edge ever since. — Travel + Leisure

Richard Blais combines his East Coast sensibility with locally sourced West Coast ingredients at this much-anticipated New American eatery in the heart of Little Italy. — Zagat

Chef Richard Blais' lively restaurant in San Diego’s Little Italy. — Gayot

A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines is named after a Californian Impressionist known for his ceramics, watercolors, and oil paintings—many of which decorate the restaurant today. — Travel + Leisure

Dining at A.R. Valentien transports us back to a more genteel turn-of-the-century time. — Gayot

Chef Jeff Jackson "works wonders" with the "freshest" of "farm-to-table" ingredients to create a "constantly changing" menu of "incomparable" Cal cuisine at this "unique destination." — Zagat

La Jolla’s The Lodge at Torrey Pines may be best known for its golf, but its much lauded restaurant, A.R. Valentien, gives the sport a run for its money. — Forbes Travel Guide

Executive chef Jeff Jackson, a winner of the Bocuse d'Or Culinary Gold Cup, creates delicious and beautiful dishes that are seasonal and market-driven. — BlackBook

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Buona Forchetta

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classic margarita or truffle-flavored mozzarella and mushroom pizzas make a meal or can be shared, but don’t miss the equally delicious appetizers like the tender calamari or succulent artichokes. — Fodor's

A gold-painted brick wood-fired oven imported from Italy delivers authentic Neapolitan pizzas straight to jammed-together family-sized tables at this South Park trattoria with a dog-friendly patio — Lonely Planet

Local favorite for wood-fired pizza in South Park. — Gayot

“Fantastic” Neapolitan pizzas to “compete with the best in Italy” are yours at this South Park “neighborhood charmer” also famed for its “simple”, “delicious” handmade pastas and family-style entrees. — Zagat

The wood-fired oven named Sofia takes center stage at this cozy corner eatery known for its authentic Neapolitan pizza, house-made pastas and salads — Where

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