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San Diego Best Value Restaurants


Looking for a steal of a meal? For a gourmet experience that won't break the bank, check out these Best Value Restaurants in San Diego that give the most bang for the buck, including fine destinations where one can dine well for a reasonable price.

Acme Southern Kitchen Southern
13/20
901 E St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Home-style Southern cuisine served up in the East Village. More...

Alchemy Restaurant Global
14/20
Dining Room at Alchemy Restaurant, San Diego, CA 1503 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92102
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Global, eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting with small plates, snacks and artistic food. More...

Baci Ristorante Italian
13/20
1955 W. Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
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A neighborhood gem, Baci serves classic Northern Italian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. More...

Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen California
13/20
2215 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Experience Californian fare complemented by house-made craft brews in Little Italy. More...

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant New American
15/20
Dining Room at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, San Diego, CA 2202 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Savvy neighborhood gem featuring cuisine from chef Carl Schroeder. 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...

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 home-style dishes in a "designed-to-share" form. More...

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria Pizza
14/20
Dining Room at Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, Encinitas, CA The Lumberyard
897 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Ste. 102
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Thin-crust gourmet pizzas, craft tap beers and boutique wines in Encinitas. More...

Brooklyn Girl Eatery New American
14/20
Dining Room at Brooklyn Girl Eatery, San Diego, CA 4033 Goldfinch St.
San Diego, CA 92103

East Coast energy comes to Mission Hills in this dynamic eatery that serves clever cuisine, handcrafted libations and affordable wines. 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...

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...

Cucina Urbana Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Cucina Urbana, San Diego, CA 505 Laurel St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Enjoy affordable Italian-American fare in a hip, rustic setting. More...

D.Z. Akins Jewish
12/20
6930 Alvarado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120
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East County New York-style deli. More...

El Zarape Mexican Restaurant Mexican
Quick Bite
4642 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
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Authentic Mexican for a quick bite in University Heights. More...

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen Gastropub
14/20
Dining Room at Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen, Oceanside, CA 626 S. Tremont St.
Oceanside, CA 92054

Eclectic gastropub with good eats in Oceanside. More...

Hash House A Go Go American
12/20
3628 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Think big. That's our advice for those en route to Hillcrest's lively Hash House A Go Go. More...

JRDN Restaurant Steakhouse
14/20
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...

Kansas City Barbeque Barbecue
12/20
600 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
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High-energy rib joint worthy of a visit for good barbecue. More...

La Pizzeria Arrivederci Italian
12/20
3789 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Authentic Italian pizza in Hillcrest. 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...

Le Papagayo Global
12/20
1002 N. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Global cuisine and live music nightly in Leucadia. More...

Lockwood Table Cafe Healthy
11/20
346B S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Casual healthy fare in Solana Beach's savvy design district. More...

Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar Vegetarian
Quick Bite
The Lumberyard
765 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Extensive menu of fresh, healthy eats in Encinitas. More...

The Mission American
12/20
2801 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Traditional American and Latino fare, along with Asian-inspired recipes with a healthy bent. More...

Naked Cafe Healthy
12/20
106 S. Sierra Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Healthy, flavorful eats in a hip neighborhood café overlooking Fletcher Cove Park and the ocean in Solana Beach. 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...

Point Loma Seafoods Seafood
Quick Bite
2805 Emerson St.
San Diego, CA 92106
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Seafood as fresh as it gets in San Diego. More...

Ranchos Cocina Mexican
12/20
3910 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Popular North Park eatery for Mexican fare, with extensive vegetarian and vegan options. 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...

Rimel's Rotisserie Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Rimel 1030 Torrey Pines Rd., Ste. E
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Kid- and pet-friendly, Rimel’s has a comfortable atmosphere and hometown feel. More...

Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen Thai
12/20
7734 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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For those Thai cravings, Spice & Rice offers traditional dishes in a nice setting in La Jolla. More...

Sublime Ale House American
12/20
1020 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078

Expansive craft beer list and casual comfort food in the North County “Beer Triangle.” More...

Super Cocina Mexican
Quick Bite
3627 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Authentic home-style Mexican cuisine from family recipes passed along to each generation. More...

Tender Greens Healthy
Quick Bite
2400 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 104
San Diego, CA 92106
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Eco-conscious eats for healthy take-out or quick bites in Point Loma. More...

Urban Plates American
Quick Bite
Del Mar Highlands Town Center
12857 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

Chef-driven, farm-fresh healthy eats and great take-out in Carmel Valley. More...

Urban Solace New American
14/20
Dining Room at Urban Solace, San Diego, CA 3823 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
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This North Park culinary retreat dishes out upscale comfort food in a hip setting with a San Francisco vibe. More...

Yakitori Yakyudori Japanese
12/20
3739 Sixth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Yakitori serves up traditional skewers of meat, seafood, eggs and veggies, along with rice and noodle bowls. More...

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