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Best San Diego Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in San Diego.


 

View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in San Diego

San Diego City
Coronado
Del Mar
La Jolla
North County


SAN DIEGO CITY

Amaya American
14/20
Dining Room at Amaya, San Diego, CA The Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Ct.
San Diego, CA 92130
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Amaya presents refined American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. More...

Arterra California
13/20
Dining Room at Arterra, San Diego, CA San Diego Marriott Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
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Seasonal California cuisine, sushi and a fun al fresco lounge scene. More...

The Atoll California
12/20
Catamaran Resort Hotel
3999 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
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Seasonal California cuisine along the waterfront of Mission Bay. More...

Bencotto Italian Kitchen Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Bencotto Italian Kitchen, San Diego, CA 750 W. Fir St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Modern Italian food from chef Fabrizio Cavallini. More...

Bertrand at Mister A's French
14/20
Dining Room at Bertrand at Mister A 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103
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Enjoy the unbeatable view and delicious food courtesy of chef Stéphane Voitzwinkler. More...

Bleu Boheme French
13/20
Dining Room at Bleu Boheme, San Diego, CA 4090 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
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This stylish bistro and wine bar transports diners to France. More...

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, San Diego, CA 565 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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This sleek restaurant offers a bit of everything for seafood lovers: fresh oysters, tuna sashimi, shrimp cocktails and osetra caviar. More...

Cafe 222 Breakfast
12/20
222 Island Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Hip downtown breakfast and lunch spot for more than 20 years. More...

Cafe Chloe French
13/20
721 Ninth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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A charming neighborhood café with French flair and fetching bistro-style cuisine. More...

Cafe Zucchero Italian
12/20
1731 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Authentic Italian cooking, from pizzas and pastas to veal Marsala, enjoyed on a terrace or indoors. More...

Davanti Enoteca Italian
14/20
1655 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Little Italy dining in a sexy setting with rustic Italian food and charm. More...

El Agave Mexican
13/20
2304 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110

An old-world Mexican restaurant with good food, rare tequilas and a striking interior. More...

The Grant Grill California
15/20
Dining Room at The Grant Grill, San Diego, CA The US Grant
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
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The US Grant hotel’s elegant restaurant features contemporary California cuisine and top-notch cocktails. More...

JRDN Restaurant Steakhouse
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Dining Room at JRDN Restaurant, San Diego, CA Tower23 Hotel
723 Felspar St.
San Diego, CA 92109
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A sassy hotel hot-spot with a focus on steak and seafood, plus great ocean views. More...

Monello Italian
14/20
750 W. Fir St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Italian street fare from a passionate Milanese family. More...

Old Venice Italian
13/20
2910 Cañon St.
San Diego, CA 92106
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Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, al fresco dining and a romantic setting at this Point Loma destination. More...

Parkhouse Eatery American
12/20
4574 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
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Set in a former Hillcrest home, this restaurant row favorite serves up generous portions of eclectic cuisine. More...

The Prado at Balboa Park Latin American
12/20
Dining Room at The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA House of Hospitality
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
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Eclectic dining at The Prado is a good companion to the Balboa Park experience. More...

Sally's Seafood on the Water Seafood
13/20
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Pl.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Respected hotel restaurant known for its seafood, sushi and views. More...

The Clubhouse Grill & Club M Tapas
13/20
Dining Room at The Clubhouse Grill & Club M, San Diego, CA The Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Ct.
San Diego, CA 92130
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The Clubhouse Grill offers American fare during the day and early evening tapas, but transforms into a nightspot, Club M, on Fridays and Saturdays. More...

Top of the Market Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Top of the Market, San Diego, CA 750 N. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Captivating views of the harbor, solid service and fresh seafood make a good dining triumvirate. More...

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant, San Diego, CA Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128

This al fresco dining spot features Mediterranean cuisine with California flair. More...

CORONADO

Il Fornaio Italian
12/20
1333 First St.
Coronado, CA 92118

Authentic Italian cuisine and bakery with sweeping views of San Diego from Coronado Island. More...

Market Cafe California
11/20
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Rd.
Coronado, CA 92118
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Expect casual fare like salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza, and one of the best brunches in town. More...

Sheerwater California
11/20
Dining Room at Sheerwater, Coronado, CA Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
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Approachable California cuisine and outdoor seating with ocean views. More...

DEL MAR

Cafe Secret Peruvian
14/20
1140 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Authentic Peruvian food in Del Mar. More...

Cucina Enoteca Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Cucina Enoteca, Del Mar, CA Flower Hill Promenade
2730 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92104
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Eye-popping design, dynamic food and a good locals' scene in Del Mar. More...

Kitchen 1540 Modern American
15/20
Dining Room at Kitchen 1540, Del Mar, CA L'Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Modern American cuisine in coastal Del Mar. More...

Prepkitchen Del Mar New American
14/20
Dining Room at Prepkitchen Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 1201 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92104

New American cuisine in a casual al fresco setting. More...

Sbicca Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at Sbicca, Del Mar, CA 215 15th St.
Del Mar, CA 92014
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A neighborhood gathering spot and favorite for ocean-air terrace dining in the seaside village of Del Mar. More...

Sea & Smoke, an American Brasserie American
14/20
Dining Room at Sea & Smoke, an American Brasserie, Del Mar, CA Flower Hill Promenade
2690 Via De La Valle, #D210
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Chef Matt Gordon presents American brasserie fare and culinary-inspired cocktails in Del Mar. More...

Searsucker New American
14/20
Del Mar Highlands
12995 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

A North County location of chef Brian Malarkey’s fabric-themed restaurant. More...

LA JOLLA

A.R. Valentien California
15/20
Dining Room at A.R. Valentien, La Jolla, CA The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Sophisticated dining at The Lodge at Torrey Pines with views of the famous golf course. More...

Beaumont's Modern American
14/20
5662 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Casual, high-energy setting with good food, live entertainment and a fun bar scene. More...

The Brockton Villa Restaurant California
12/20
Dining Room at The Brockton Villa Restaurant, La Jolla, CA 1235 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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California cuisine in a charming cottage above La Jolla cove. More...

Cody's La Jolla American
12/20
8030 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Enjoy breakfast all day and casual lunch fare in this quaint 1920s La Jolla cottage. More...

The Cottage Contemporary
12/20
7702 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Family-owned neighborhood restaurant in a renovated cottage. More...

The Grill California
13/20
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Casual California fare overlooking the putting greens at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. More...

Iberico Spanish Bistro Spanish
14/20
909 Prospect St., Ste. 290
La Jolla, CA 92037

Spanish tapas in a colorful, artistic bistro enlivens La Jolla. More...

La Taverna Italian
12/20
Dining Room at La Taverna, La Jolla, CA 927 Silverado St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Chef/owner Mary Ann Vitale serves up rustic Italian dishes at this cozy La Jolla favorite. More...

Museum Cafe By Giuseppe California
13/20
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
700 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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European bistro-style cuisine set at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. More...

Mustangs & Burros California
13/20
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Enjoy creative Cal Mex cuisine on the cozy patio with a roaring fire year round. More...

Ocean Terrace California
14/20
Dining Room at Ocean Terrace, La Jolla, CA 1250 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Savor Trey Foshee's California coastal cuisine in one of San Diego's most striking settings. More...

Piatti Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Piatti, La Jolla, CA 2182 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Seasonally inspired, rustic Italian cuisine in La Jolla. More...

Tapenade French
16/20
Dining Room at Tapenade, La Jolla, CA 7612 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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San Diego destination for classic French cuisine. More...

NORTH COUNTY

Argyle Steakhouse Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at Argyle Steakhouse, Carlsbad, CA Aviara Golf Club
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7447 Batiquitos Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Steak and California fare at the Aviara Golf Club. More...

Firefly Grill & Wine Bar American
12/20
Dining Room at Firefly Grill & Wine Bar , Encinitas, CA 251 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Relaxed yet savvy wine bar and grill in Encinitas. More...

Firenze Trattoria Italian
12/20
Dining Room at Firenze Trattoria, Encinitas, CA 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Lovely Tuscan cuisine in a romantic setting. More...

Mille Fleurs French
15/20
Dining Room at Mille Fleurs, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 6009 Paseo Delicias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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An elegant Rancho Santa Fe establishment that favors farm-fresh French California cuisine complemented by a notable wine list. More...

Morada California
15/20
Dining Room at Morada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
5951 Linea del Cielo
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Seasonal California cuisine at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. More...

Pacific Coast Grill Pacific Rim
14/20
Dining Room at Pacific Coast Grill, Cardiff, CA 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Cardiff, CA 92007

Perched on Cardiff Beach, Pacific Coast Grill is a good spot for sunset cocktails, sushi and Pacific Rim-meets-Modern California cuisine. More...

Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar California
14/20
2975 Roosevelt St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Enjoy Cal-French cuisine and an expansive wine list in this brasserie wine bar. More...

The Pony Room American
13/20
Dining Room at The Pony Room, Rancho Santa Fe, CA Rancho Valencia
5921 Valencia Circle
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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Enjoy upscale rustic bistro fare in an equestrian-inspired setting at Rancho Valencia. More...

Rimel's Rotisserie California
13/20
Dining Room at Rimel 2005 San Elijo Ave.
Cardiff, CA 92007
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Rimel's serves up artisan meats, along with fresh salads, rice bowls and impressive homemade sauces. More...

Veladora California
15/20
Dining Room at Veladora, Rancho Santa Fe, CA Rancho Valencia
5921 Valencia Circle
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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Rancho Valencia’s signature restaurant offers "Coastal Ranch" cuisine in a hacienda-style setting. More...

Vintana Wine + Dine California
13/20
Dining Room at Vintana Wine + Dine, Escondido, CA Lexus Centre
1205 Auto Park Way
Escondido, CA 92029
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Contemporary California cuisine in a unique glass-box penthouse setting above a Lexus dealership in Escondido. More...

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