San Diego restaurants offer visitors a variety of flavors, from American cuisine and award-winning barbeque to amazing Italian pizza and handmade sausages. Families and couples can order delicious burgers, tacos, Mexican street food, farm-to-table fare, fresh seafood and vegetarian favorites. You may also like: Best Things to Do in San Diego. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Bertrand at Mister A's
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The centrally located, award-winning Bertrand at Mister A’s penthouse restaurant offers fine American cuisine and spectacular views of San Diego, including the skyline, bay, Balboa Park, Coronado, Point Loma, and the zoo. Relish in the amazing flavors of the classic lobster bisque, steak tartare, or gourmet beer-battered fish and chips. French restaurateur, Bertrand Hug, bought Mister A’s in 2000 and invited Chef de Cuisine, Stephane Voitzwinkler, to create simplistic, yet delectable dishes with European influences made from seasonally available, locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy an atmosphere of casual elegance at Bertrand at Mister A’s, located on Fifth Avenue in downtown San Diego.
2550 Fifth Avenue Twelfth Floor, San Diego, California 92103, Phone: 619-239-1377
2. Hash House A Go Go
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Hash House A Go Go – San Diego has been dishing up heaping portions of old, farm fresh recipes with a twist since 2000. Stop in for the unbelievable Sage Fried Chicken (and bacon waffles) or a one-pound stuffed burger. Executive Chef, Craig “Andy” Beardslee brings the flavor with his tasty, award-winning creations, while President, Johnny Rivera, ensures that everyone who visits enjoys an entertaining dining experience. Located on 5th Avenue, not far from the San Diego Zoo, Hash House A Go Go has been featured on popular TV shows such as Rachael Ray’s Rachael’s Vacation.
3628 Fifth Ave, San Diego, California 92103, Phone: 619-298-4646
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3.Lunch Near Me: Breakfast Republic
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Breakfast Republic is spacious, stylish and trendy, with two lovely patios and a 20-tap chrome beer tower. It serves a spectacular breakfast from 7 am to 3 pm, hence the reason for beer on tap. Beer also goes very well with some of their creations such as Shrimp & Grits Breakfast, Chicken Wing Breakfast Bowls, and Breakfast Mac 'n Cheese.
You can also find good old classics and interesting takes on everyone's favorites such as Oreo Pancakes and S'mores French Toast. The place is unpretentious and service is great and it is quickly becoming a favorite destination for that most important meal of the day.
2730 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, Phone: 619-642-0299
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4. The Mission
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The Mission serves affordable Chino-Latino cuisine that is tasty as well as healthy. From quesadillas and wraps to gluten-free and vegetarian options, there is plenty to choose from at this vibrant urban bistro. Fay Nakanishi, Deborah Helm, and Thomas Fitzpatrick opened their first restaurant in Mission Beach in 1997, and have since expanded to two additional locations: in North Park and SoMa East Village. The Mission is a must-try if you are looking for healthy lunch options in San Diego.
3795 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, California 92109, Phone: 858-488-9060
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5.Lunch Near Me: Brian's 24
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One of the best things about places that are open 24 hours is that you meet some interesting people who crave pancakes at 4 am. Another great thing is to be able to have those pancakes any time of the day or night. The dining room at Brian's is inviting and cozy, with an open kitchen where you can watch the magic happen, and unique features such as a classic mahogany bar and a crystal chandelier for a touch of class.
The menu is extensive, so there is something for everyone and no breakfast comfort food is spared. Go for a classic omelet or indulge in the Crab Cake Benedict, you will be equally satisfied. They use fresh eggs, real butter and buttermilk, and you can taste the difference.
828 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, Phone: 619-702-8410
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6.Lunch Near Me: Puesto
Serving a diverse selection of tacos, salads, chips and salsas, Puesto is a Mexican street food eatery perfect for those who like the rich and spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine. Order a Filet Mignon taco which comes with melted cheese, avocado and spicy jalapeno. Or try a Tuna Asada taco with guacamole and cilantro. The restaurant serves a varied choice of drinks to accompany your meal, including wine, beer, tequila and specialty cocktails.
789 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, California 92101, Phone: 619-233-8880
7.Lunch Near Me: Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream
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You can smell Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream long before you walk in the door. The aroma of fresh waffle cones made in the store is tantalizing, there is no way to pass by without stopping in for a taste. The industrial space the shop occupies is fabulous, with high ceilings, and a curious chandelier made out of vintage sundae cups and reused wood. The tables and countertops are manufactured of wood from trees fallen around San Diego.
There are more than 100 flavors they rotate regularly, 32 of which are available at a time. The ice cream is made in Hawaii with local ingredients, with 18 percent butterfat. Low air is infused during the mixing process which gives the ice cream its signature density and richness. Their ice cream was awarded the Hawaii Seal of Quality, because more than half of the ingredients come from the Island. Some of the most popular flavors includeChocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut, Lychee Cream, Toasted Coconut, Tahitian Vanilla, Ginger Cream and Lilikoi Sorbet.
3077 University Ave, San Diego, California 92104, Phone: 619-220-0231; Hammond's Pacific Beach - 1418 Garnet Ave.; Hammond's Point Loma - 3047 Sports Arena Blvd Suite 6
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8.Lunch Near Me: Osteria Panevino
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Osteria Panevino is the oldest Italian restaurant in San Diego’s Gaslamp district and offers authentic Tuscan food themes – including fresh bread, pasta, and desserts. Relish the delectable ossobuco, stuffed Portobello caprese sandwich, or the spinach and cheese ravioli. They also serve an award-winning collection of domestic and Italian wines. Sicilian-born Chef and owner, Vincenzo Lo Verso, also co-owns Greystone the Steakhouse. He has designed this charming restaurant based on the feel of a of a traditional Tuscan farmhouse. Enjoy the casual atmosphere of a Tuscan Osteria at Osteria Panevino, located downtown on Fifth Avenue.
722 5th Avenue, San Diego, California 92115, Phone: 619-595-7959
9.Lunch Near Me: The Great Maple
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The Great Maple is located in San Diego’s Hillcrest district and offers award-winning, seasonal American fare with European influences, delectable cocktails, and delicious pie. Stop into this unique “European dinette” for one of their fresh-made, maple bacon donuts, vegan hash or fried goat cheese squash blossom. Hash House A Go Go’s Johnny Rivera opened this chic eatery in 2013 with the same passion for entertainment while Chef Carmine Lopez mans the kitchen. Enjoy the swanky 1960s vibe at The Great Maple, which can be found at the intersection of Washington and Cleveland Streets.
1451 Washington St., San Diego, California 92103, Phone: 619-255-2282
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10. Lunch Near Me: Slater's 50/50
© Slater's 50/50
No one takes burgers, bacon, and beer more seriously than Slater’s 50/50 in San Diego, who specializes in this trifecta of tastiness. Their “Original 50/50 Patty” – 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef – has won numerous awards and is made from only the finest, hormone- and antibiotic-free Holstein beef from a local, sustainable farm. Customize it with toppings of your choice and wash it down with one of their hundreds of beer options. Beer, bacon, and burger enthusiast and SDSU graduate, Scott Slater, opened this location (in Liberty Station, near Ace Hardware) on Dewey Road in 2011.
2750 Dewey Rd. #193, San Diego, California 92106, Phone: 619-398-2600
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11.Lunch Near Me: Phil's BBQ
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Phil’s BBQ has been serving up its mouth-watering, award-winning barbeque recipes in the San Diego area since 1998. Famous not only for their amazing mesquite-grilled baby back ribs and beef ribs, their chicken and sandwiches are delicious as well. Owner, Phil Pace, has absolutely mastered a from-scratch, top secret recipe for rubs and sauces and says his restaurant has served over a million pounds of his signature barbeque sauce. Enjoy a casual, relaxed lunch at any of their five locations in the San Diego area: Point Loma, San Marcos, Santee, Petco Park, and San Diego International Airport.
579 Grand Avenue, San Marcos, California 92078, Phone: 760-759-1400
12.Isola Pizza Bar
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Isola Pizza Bar has been serving fresh, updated Italian food in downtown San Diego since 2012. Start off lunch with the scrumptious Fave e Cavolo appetizer, before savoring a sensational Prosciutto E Arugula pizza. The restaurant also serves exquisite wine from Pietro Rinaldi Winery in Italy’s Piemonte region. Chef and owner, Massimo Tenino, follows after his grandmother Isola’s passion for fresh, simplistic ingredients so much as to name his restaurant after her. Isola Pizza Bar is located on India Street, in the heart of little Italy.
1526 India St, San Diego, California 92101, Phone: 619-255-4230
12 Must-Try Lunch & Dessert Spots in San Diego
- Bertrand at Mister A's, Photo: Bertrand at Mister A's
- Hash House A Go Go, Photo: Hash House A Go Go
- Lunch Near Me: Breakfast Republic, Photo: Breakfast Republic
- The Mission, Photo: The Mission
- Lunch Near Me: Brian's 24, Photo: Brian's 24
- Lunch Near Me: Puesto, Photo: Puesto
- Lunch Near Me: Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream, Photo: Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream
- Lunch Near Me: Osteria Panevino, Photo: Osteria Panevino
- Lunch Near Me: The Great Maple, Photo: The Great Maple
- Lunch Near Me: Slater's 50/50, Photo: Slater's 50/50
- Lunch Near Me: Phil's BBQ, Photo: Phil's BBQ
- Isola Pizza Bar, Photo: Isola Pizza Bar
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Bertrand at Mister A's
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