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George's at the Cove

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This foodie-friendly La Jolla landmark offers three distinct dining experiences and a side of picture-perfect ocean views. Hang out in the laid-back George’s Bar before sampling Chef Trey... — Where

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

All three levels of this seaside showplace afford views of La lolla Cove, whether inside the formal dining room or out on the rooftop terrace, under canvas market umbrellas. — Michelin Guide

George's is famous for two things. A stunning view and some of the best fish tacos around. There are multiple parts to George's: a rooftop dining experience, a fun bar with equally good... — Afar Magazine

If you’ve got to the urge to splurge, the Euro-Cal cooking is as dramatic as the oceanfront location thanks to the bottomless imagination of chef Trey Foshée. — Lonely Planet

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

A favorite of fisherman and locals cruising the docks, this market/restaurant has a wide assortment of fresh seafood that you can have cooked right there or packaged for you to enjoy at... — On the Grid

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

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

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

Whisknladle

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

"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

Serving a menu of farm-to-table goodness, you'll find gourmet comfort food created from top-quality products (many of them local). — Frommer's

Chef Ryan Johnston uses local organic ingredients in dishes like roasted bone marrow and chorizo-date fritters. Trendy bar and lounge area serves up exceptional craft cocktails. L, D... — Where

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

Cafe Chloe

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

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

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

"Oh-so-French", this "hip little bistro" with "wonderful Parisian ambiance" and "appealing intimacy" draws "top chefs". — Zagat

Addison Restaurant

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

Gourmands and style seekers alike will delight in Addison Restaurant, Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort’s signature eatery. — Forbes Travel Guide

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

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. Dinner entrées... — Where

CUCINA urbana

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

"Unlike anything else in San Diego", this "swinging" Bankers Hill Italian by restaurateur Tracy Borkum is "where the cool people go" for "reliable, innovative" entrees. — Zagat

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 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. The cozy neighborhood... — Where

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

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

Marine Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

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

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

"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

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. The food is also delightful, with innovative... — Where

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Seafood 86 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

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

1930s art deco vibe combines with the freshest seafood imaginable to make for an elegantly hip night out. — BlackBook

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 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

Piatti - La Jolla

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

"Heavenly" bread and olive oil kicks off the "delicious" Italian feasts at this "reasonably priced" link in a regional chain deemed a "treasure" in La Jolla. — Zagat

With its charming courtyard patios, Piatti’s simple, simply delicious cuisine guarantees a crowd every night. Uncontrived food with traditional Italian influences and contemporary... — 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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative street tacos made with organic ingredients are the menu stars at this hip, colorful spot. Favorites include the potato soy chorizo taco, the filet mignon taco and the lobster... — Where

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

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

Modern Italian food from chef Fabrizio Cavallini. — Gayot

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

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

The Northern Italian team behind Bencotto opened a fine-dining restaurant in Milan and a bistro called Salumeria Rosi in New York before developing this sophisticated addition to Little Italy. — Fodor's

Buona Forchetta

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

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... — Lonely Planet

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

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. Save room for classic Italian... — Where

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

“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

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Old Town Mexican Cafe

Mexican 85 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

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

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

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 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

Bertrand at Mister A'S

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

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

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. Watch jetliners... — 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

Perched high above the city in Banker’s Hill, Bertrand at Mister A's has been a local favorite for years. Featuring a modern American menu with French and Mediterranean influences,... — Travel + Leisure

Urban Solace

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

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

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. The upscale comfort-food menu is warm to the core with its cheese biscuits with orange-honey butter, steamed black mussels, and... — Where

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

Neighborhood

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

"Any self-respecting hipster knows" that this midpriced East Village gastropub is "the place to be", thanks to "local and unusual" craft beers and "gourmet" burgers. — Zagat

Try pink-salted deviled eggs with artichoke mousse and paprika dust, the 777 burger with béarnaise sauce, or a snack of truffle-butter and parmesan-cheese popcorn. — Lonely Planet

Perfectly seasoned burgers topped with pickled daikon or spicy Cajun sauce, and served on artisanal buns. — Fodor's

Inventive upmarket twists on pub grub are the hallmark of this downtown gastropub. — Concierge

This gastropub is a bit snobbish about its condiments (you’ll find no ketchup here), but makes up for it with tasty gourmet burgers, hand-cut sweet potato fries and craft brews. L, D... — Where

El Agave

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

Innovative nouvelle Mexican cuisine—think: blue masa tlacoyos and cactus-leaf salad—and more than 2,000 varieties of the finest tequila on the market. Dine indoors or on the sunlit patio. — Where

A meal at El Agave Tequileria is more about the thousands of fine sipping tequilas, although the Nouvelle Mexican cuisine provides a complementary range of new and ancient Hispanic dishes. — Travel + Leisure

Amigos aver "you'll thank your stars you're in a border town" after a forkful of the "rich, subtle, flavorful" moles and "sophisticated, complex" entrees. — Zagat

This warm, bustling eatery continues to draw local gourmands for the regional Mexican cuisine and rustic elegance that leave the touristy fajitas-and-cerveza joints of Old Town far behind. — Frommer's

The area is a bit touristy so you might not expect to find such authentic regional Mexican fare at this comfortably upmarket restaurant. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

Island Prime Restaurant

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

Locals can "show off their hometown" at this Harbor Island waterfronter from Cohn Restaurant Group, with "spectacular" skyline views. — Zagat

With its over-the-water dining, patio with fireplace... and spectacular bay and skyline views, it would be easy to understand if Island Prime didn't bother to make its food interesting. — Frommer's

This sizable eatery on the shore of Harbor Island is two restaurants in one. — Fodor's

This San Diego mainstay offers views of the city skyline and bay. — Gayot

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