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.

Bang Bang

Price: 💸💸

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.

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Lucha Libre Tacos

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Mexican

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.

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One Door North

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: American

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.  

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Forbidden Cove

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Hawaiian

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.

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Trailer Park After Dark

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: American

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.

 

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The Smoking Goat Restaurant

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: French-American

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?

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Juniper and Ivy

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: American

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. 

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