The Most Stunning San Diego Restaurants

San Diego is known for our breathtaking coastal views, always-perfect weather and laid-back SoCal vibe. But thanks to our status as a coastal melting pot, we also enjoy a vibrant culinary scene! “America’s Finest City” is home to an abundance of fine dining establishments that not only offer exceptional culinary quality, but also an aesthetic experience you’ll remember long after the table is cleared. So from chic rooftop bars to celebrity-chef meccas to hidden gems, here are some of the most acclaimed (and Instagram-worthy) San Diego restaurants you must experience during your visit.


Wolfie’s Carousel Bar (5.3 miles)

Wolfie’s Carousel Bar in San Diego

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Upon entering Wolfie’s, the first thing you’ll notice is the eponymous merry-go-round. And while it might be tempting to assume it’s just a whimsical piece of décor, make no mistake — the still-working carousel is an antique hand-carved by master amusement-park pioneer Charles “Wolfie” Looff in 1881. Of course, the second thing you’ll notice is the inventive, French-inspired menu. So order an Oysters Rockefeller, sip some Veuve Clicquot, and go for a spin.

2401 Kettner Blvd. Suite B, San Diego, CA 92101


Nolita Hall (5.5 miles)

Nolita Hall Restaurant in San Diego

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Nolita Hall is not only the city’s most stylish beer hall, but also a culinary destination that offers elevated fine dining. This expansive Little Italy locale features vaulted ceilings, elegant chandeliers, and a contemporary design aesthetic. Enjoy a delectable menu of artisanal pizzas, shared plates, and craft cocktails while soaking in the chic and vibrant atmosphere. The combination of fantastic food, curated beverages, and modern ambiance makes Nolita Hall a must-visit spot on your restaurant tour of San Diego.

2305 India St, San Diego, CA 92101


Morning Glory (6.3 miles away)

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Morning Glory is a breakfast-only bistro, so you know you’re in for a fantastic feast when you drop in early. There’s also no way to go wrong with the greatest-hits menu here, given the presence of favorites like avocado toast, shakshuka and soufflé pancakes, as well as unexpected surprises such as fried rice with pork belly. Plus, no less an authority than the Michelin Guide recently bestowed Morning Glory with a Bib Gourmand honor. Don’t forget to grab some souvenir snaps of the interior décor!

550 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101 


Born & Raised (6.4 miles)

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Prepare to be transported back in time at Born & Raised, a stunning old-school steakhouse in the Little Italy neighborhood. This upscale establishment exudes old-world charm with its elegant décor, plush leather seating, and vintage-inspired details. Their rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city skyline, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for enjoying perfectly cooked steaks, and sipping on handcrafted artisanal cocktails.

1909 India St, San Diego, CA 92101


Cloak & Petal (6.4 miles)

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As you step into Cloak & Petal, you’ll find yourself immersed in a captivating blend of modern design and Eastern-inspired aesthetics. Located in Little Italy, this resplendent restaurant features sleek interiors, vibrant murals, and a dramatic cherry blossom tree installation — making the atmosphere just as much a feast for the senses as the cuisine. Speaking of the menu, it showcases innovative sushi creations and a wide selection of other Japanese-inspired dishes, making Cloak & Petal an exquisite destination for a refined fine-dining experience.

1953 India St, San Diego, CA 92101


InsideOUT (6.5 miles)


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Located within the lively Hillcrest neighborhood, InsideOUT offers a contemporary and stylish ambiance that combines elegance and atmosphere. Their beautiful outdoor patio features lush greenery, cozy fire pits, and twinkling overhead lights, making it an idyllic setting for a memorable dining experience. Guests indulge in some of the city’s best farm-to-table cuisine — always crafted with locally sourced ingredients — while enjoying refreshing cocktails and a delightful selection of exceptional California and international wines.

1642 University Ave #100, San Diego, CA 92103


Vin de Syrah (6.7 miles)

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Take a trip down the rabbit hole at this “Alice in Wonderland”-themed speakeasy. Nestled in the Gaslamp Quarter, the softly lit drinking den at Vin de Syrah shows off grass-colored carpeting, exposed brick walls, chandeliers, and oversized Victorian armchairs that you’ll feel right at home in. This lovely lounge’s wine and cocktail menu is among the best in San Diego, featuring exotic European reds and whites and whimsical craft cocktails. 

901 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 


Seneca Trattoria (6.8 miles)

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Seneca is a hidden gem that offers continental cookery in an exquisite ambience. The minimalistic yet sophisticated interior design is a welcoming and understated touch, allowing the focus to be on the beautifully presented dishes. The locally-sourced menu highlights seasonal ingredients drawing inspiration from Tuscany-by-way-of-California cuisine, resulting in a culinary journey that delights the palate as much as the surroundings soothe the soul.

901 Bayfront Ct Level 19, San Diego, CA 92101


The Dana is a Delicious Destination

The Dana on Mission Bay is the place to stay during your dining tour of sunny San Diego. Our superb waterfront location, deluxe accommodations and guest-friendly amenities aren’t just the best in the area, our own on-site eatery Firefly Eatery & Bar is also an elegant foodie favorite on the local cuisine scene in its own right. Have a seat at one of the fire pits in our courtyard, peruse our menu, sip a cocktail poolside and drink in the tropical-feel vibe and photogenic bayside views. But first, check out our Special Offers page to select the San Diego hotel deal that’s right for you. Bon appétit!