San Diego

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San Diego has a culinary scene to rival Los Angeles and New York – the chefs here make ample use of the farm-fresh ingredients and local seafood to craft mouth-watering dishes in styles that range from Mediterranean to French to Mexican.

Top Restaurants in San Diego

Arterra Restaurant

Using farm-fresh ingredients, chefs Bradley Ogden and Jason Maitland put a contemporary twist on classic American dishes like Maryland lump crab cakes, honey glazed duck leg, and short ribs.

11966 El Camino Real, CA, 858-369-6032,
Tags: expensive | notable wine list | new american

Big Kitchen Café

This eclectic breakfast/lunch hideaway is best known for “The Whoopi” (Whoopi Goldberg worked here in the ‘80s), a solid order of eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast and OJ.

3003 Grape St., CA, 619-234-5789,
Tags: budget | patio | diner

Island Prime

Jutting out over the ocean, Island Prime serves dangerously good cocktails (try the pomegranate pearl martini) and seafood; try the hazelnut crusted diver scallops, sweet Alaskan crab legs, or the plank salmon.

880 Harbor Island Dr., CA, 619-298-6802,
Tags: seafood | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | waterfront

Old Town Mexican Café

Authentic Mexican joint with the best carnitas in town. The roasted chicken with cilantro, onion, tomato, peppers, rice, beans, and handmade tortillas is the perfect plate for sharing.

2489 San Diego Ave., CA, 619-297-4330,
Tags: moderate | expensive | great value | mexican

The Sky Room

Located on the 10th floor of La Valencia Hotel, the Sky Room serves distinctive French cuisine at only 12 exclusive booths and tables; jackets required, tie optional, reservations a must.

1132 Prospect St., at La Valencia Hotel, CA, 858-551-3744,
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | french

Trattoria Fantastica

Sensational Sicilian cuisline: pizza with chewy crust, fresh pastas, and grilled items like veal marsala and pork tenderloin stuffed with breadcrumbs, pine nuts, raisins, prosciutto and provolone cheese.

1735 India St., CA, 619-234-1735,
Tags: moderate | great value | italian

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