Eating out is more than just about enjoying a yummy plate of food. It’s also about the experience. We’re always on the lookout for a fun ambiance or unexpected twists. If you’re on the prowl for delicious bites in the city, we’ve gathered a list of the top bucket list San Diego restaurants to try if you haven’t already.
Cuisine: Japanese fusion
Location: 526 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Wednesday - Thursday 5 pm - 10 pm, Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 2 am, Sunday 5 pm -10 pm
Why You Need To Go: This trendy Asian fusion restaurant and club serves up delicious food and has a great ambiance. Think restrooms covered in Ryan Gosling photos and eye-catching colorful wallpaper throughout.
Lucha Libre Tacos
Location: 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103,
3016 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Hours: Varies by location
Why You Need To Go: Indulge in authentic Mexican dishes in a super-colorful setting. The entire restaurant is based on classic Mexican wrestling. There are actors in costume and even a fake wrestling ring inside the restaurant.
One Door North
Location: 3422 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Hours: Monday - Thursday 4 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday 4 pm-midnight, Saturday 10 am-midnight, Sunday 10 am - 9 pm
Why You Need To Go: It’s based on glamping themes and has safari tents covering tables with lanterns. You can order mouth-watering eats like truffle fries and baby back ribs.
Location: 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
Hours: Thursday - Sunday from 5 pm to midnight
Why You Need To Go: This colorful tiki-themed speakeasy opens November 1. We’re betting anything it’s going to be a smashing success. Think trippy infinity mirrors, globe lights, and one angry tiki god.
Trailer Park After Dark
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 5 pm to 2 am
Location: 835 Fifth Ave Lower Level Conference Room, San Diego, CA 92101
Why You Need To Go: This trendy bar serves up American comfort food and delicious frothy beer in cool, funky trailer park themed decor.
The Smoking Goat Restaurant
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 5 pm - 9 pm, Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 10 pm
Location: 3408 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Why You Need To Go: You and your friends can eat your fill in delicious French-American cuisine. Why not treat yourself to some fluffy banana bread topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert?
Juniper and Ivy
Hours: Monday - Thursday 4 pm - 10 pm, Friday - Saturday 4 pm - 11 pm, Sunday 4 pm - 10 pm
Location: 2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Why You Need To Go: This spacious, modern restaurant offers some of the best romantic dinners in Little Italy. Plus, you get to sit in cool, urban surroundings.