Where To Eat In San Diego

Five great restaurants from laid back to fine dining


Casual and Delicious

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, Coronado

If you enjoy sustainable, farm-to-table fare, craft beer flights and a funky “island” vibe, you’ll want to head over to Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge in Coronado. This hip eatery is located on Orange Avenue, in the heart of Coronado’s shopping and dining district, so the upscale beer-on-a-patio atmosphere is part of the fun. Try the Leroy’s Burger with bacon jam and house pickles.

Fun For Families

Corvette Diner, San Diego

Beehive hairdos, poodle skirts and 50s singalongs complement the hearty burgers-and-milkshakes menu at this over-the-top themed restaurant that has kids dancing in their seats. Sit in a vintage booth and sample the Hula Hoop Onion Rings, Slider Trio and Cha Cha Chocolate milkshake while watching costumed waiters entertain the happy crowd. A jukebox, a corvette in the lobby and a very cheerful staff make this diner a kid-approved experience. 


Brockton Villa, La Jolla

The perfect brunch spot, this historic cottage overlooking La Jolla Cove is a local favourite, and not just for the stunning seaside views and breezy California decor. The food is spectacular and filling, from fresh-squeezed orange juice to the famous Coast Toast, a fluffy French toast infused with citrus. If you want savoury, try the Naughty Burrito with house-made Carne Asada (grilled meat), potatoes and chili crème fraiche. 

Fine Dining

The Med, La Jolla

With its hand-painted murals, Spanish mosaics and wide-plank floors, The Med offers an elegant dining experience within La Valencia Hotel. The many-windowed dining room is set high on the cliffs of La Jolla overlooking the ocean, and the cuisine leans toward delicately prepared, fresh seafood like Maine scallops and grilled swordfish. Signature cocktails include Tommy Lee’s Breeze and Mel Gibson’s Mule, plus an extensive wine list. Finish the evening with a Mission Fig Tart or Lavender Crème Brulee.

Special Occasion

The Marine Room, La Jolla

It’s one of the most dramatic locations imaginable—an elegant restaurant built right on the beach’s seawall, where the waves cast their spray right up to the picture windows. The Marine Room is famous as the site of many, many wedding proposals. Depending on the tides, you may be looking out at a beach, or you may have waves crashing against your window. Equally impressive is the food, and the wine pairings with each course are well worth it. Try the Maine lobster and finish with the pistachio halvah gelato.

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