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George's at the Cove

International 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Sleek design and modern global culinary artistry from Chef Trey Foshee keep the pretty people patrons well chuffed. — BlackBook

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

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

Whether you dine on the terrace or in the dining room, the service, food, and ocean views are always superb. — DK Eyewitness

Point Loma Seafoods

Seafood 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Right on the waterfront near Shelter Island marina, Point Loma Seafoods has been a San Diego tradition since opening in 1963. — Concierge

Seafood as fresh as it gets in San Diego. — Gayot

Addison Restaurant

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

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

Thoughtful attention to detail can be found in every corner, from the 22-carat gold leaf etchings in the ironwork to the inlaid limestone and aubergine marble flooring. — Gayot

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

"First class in every respect", this "extravagant" New French draws seekers of "ethereal flavors" to Carmel Valley's "ultraposh" Grand Del Mar resort. — Zagat

Chef William Bradley’s classic French fare with California locavore ingredients is astute and thoughtful with service that might outshine the finest metropolitan destinations, certainly for its warmth — Condé Nast Traveler

Whisknladle

American 87 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 La Jolla restaurant is known for serving farm fresh, everything-made-from-scratch bistro fare. — Travel + Leisure

La Jolla’s Whisknladle is known for creative farm-to-table fare. — Gayot

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

"Inventive, homey" Cali-French fare is made with "the freshest of the fresh" local ingredients and is augmented by "sublime" cocktails at this "whimsical" La Jolla "haven". — Zagat

CUCINA urbana

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

American 85 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

Adjacent to the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, this elegant restaurant showcases the season's finest ingredients. — Gayot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of Brittany and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver work with local produce, but never hesitate to pursue unusual flavors from other corners of the globe. — Frommer's

Cafe Chloe

French 85 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

Cozy East Village bistro cuisine. Start with the crisp garden fresh greens. Our pick is the smoked trout and apple salad. Be sure to save room for homemade ice cream. — BlackBook

A charming neighborhood café with French flair and fetching bistro-style cuisine. — Gayot

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

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

Piatti - La Jolla

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

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

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

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

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

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

Puesto Mexican Street Food

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

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

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

Creative street tacos made with organic ingredients are the menu stars at this hip, colorful spot — Where

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

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

Old Town Mexican Cafe

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

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

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

This Old Town staple is famous for its handmade tortillas, which you can see being made fresh daily through the restaurant’s front window — Where

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 83 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

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

One of the bright lights along North Park's burgeoning restaurant row, this loud and cheerful spot will definitely take you to a happy place. — Frommer's

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

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

Hodad's

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

Kitsch local burger joint covered in license plates and surf memorabilia, serving hearty patties and ridiculously creamy shakes. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

World-renowned burger joint with fresh toppings, huge portions, onion rings, milkshakes and micro brews on tap. L, D (daily). — Where

1500 Ocean

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

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

The world-famous Hotel Del Coronado’s top dining room is steps from the beach where Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon frolicked in “Some Like it Hot. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

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

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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Italian 82 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

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

Modern Italian food from chef Fabrizio Cavallini. — Gayot

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

"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

Bankers Hill

American 82 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

“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

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

The living wall of succulents, hip warehouse interior, and wine bottle chandeliers suit this vibrant restaurant where good times and great eats meet. — Fodor's

Bertrand at Mister A'S

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

One of the most exciting places to eat in San Diego, Mister A's sits 12 stories above downtown San Diego, with sweeping views that stretch from Tijuana to Orange County — Where

Bertrand Hug's "sensational" Bankers Hill American "screams special occasion" thanks to "simply breathtaking" bay and skyline views and a setting that's "as elegant as you get". — Zagat

For decades, this venerable 12th-floor dining room with panoramic city and bay views has reigned as a celebratory fine-dining destination. — Fodor's

The seasonal menu is modern American with a French/Mediterranean twist (think veal medallions, bouillabaisse, and Maine lobster strudel). — Frommer's

For casually elegant dining with a dazzling city view, this restaurant with friendly, attentive staff is hard to beat. — DK Eyewitness

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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

The look is art deco ocean liner, and the service is just as elegant, with an oyster bar and creations like Maryland blue-crab cakes and horseradish-crusted Alaskan halibut. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Join an "upscale", "high-energy" crowd for "super-fresh" fish at this Gaslamp link of the "popular" seafood chain, where the "expansive" menu includes "enormous" sides. — Zagat

The retro supper club has the feel of an elegant 1930s ocean liner—all dark woods, sleek curves and crisp white linens—but it’s docked safely in the middle of the Gaslamp. — Where

Juniper and Ivy

American 82 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

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

Blais sources local farm fresh ingredients for his “left coast cookery” with a molecular gastronomy twist. — Fodor's

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

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

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