Italian Flavor Journeys: San Diego Restaurant Guide


Each neighborhood has a variety of restaurants where you can have a hearty breakfast, a casual lunch, or a fine dining experience. San Diego is home to chefs with outstanding skills who create new and different options for foodies and anyone who appreciates great food. Taking advantage of San Diego’s perfect weather, many restaurants offer outdoor and rooftop dining.

While it’s impossible to list all of the outstanding eateries in San Diego, we’ve worked hard to give some ideas on where to find great food and drinks in this exceptional place to eat. Whether you’re a visitor or a (lucky) local exploring a new neighborhood, we hope our suggestions will lead you on an amazing gastronomic adventure.

Herbs & Wood

The extensive menu includes seafood, meats, salads, vegetables, pastas, toasts, wood-fired pizzas, signature cocktails and a dessert menu that might tempt you to start with it first. Brunch is also a treat at this popular spot.

Civic 1845

Traditional Southern Italian dishes are served here, and its extensive menu includes a large selection of cheeses and sausages, as well as a separate vegan menu. Lunch and dinner are served, and there is an outdoor patio where you can dine al fresco.

Ironside Fish and Oyster

A menu of clams, fish, chowder, small plates, large plates, lobster, cocktails, beer and wine make this a popular spot. Weekdays are happy hours, too.

Juniper and ivy

The hotel’s creative cuisine is based on seasonal local ingredients and the creativity of its team of chefs. Set in a restored warehouse, the atmosphere is casual and the food is delicious and beautifully presented.

Little Italy Food Hall

Located in Piazza della Famiglia, is the place to sip beer, wine and cocktails while you decide on pizza, tacos, pasta, Asian dumplings or lobster for lunch. You’ll want Bobboi’s Natural Gelato for dessert, so your next choice is which of their delicious flavors to choose.

Ballast Point brews a wide selection of beers and offers dining on the patio, in the gazebo, or indoors where you can watch the brewers at work. If you prefer wine or cocktails, Little Italy has tasting rooms, pubs, wine bars, cantinas and, of course, pizza to enjoy along with your drink.