15 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings in San Diego

The city's food scene is picking up speed with new restaurants to launch all over the county
August 22, 2016
by Darlene Horn

San Diego is about to start the fall restaurant season with a bang. There’s plenty of good eating ahead with several popular restaurants expanding, two LA concepts heading into our neck of the woods and Liberty Station dining destinations bursting at the seams. Read below on where to eat in San Diego this fall.

Herb & Eatery
Expected opening: September
Brian Malarkey’s acclaimed Herb & Wood in Little Italy is expanding to add a casual market restaurant. Prepared foods like roasted veggies, salads and sandwiches will be offered alongside coffee and kombucha on tap. On the sweeter side of things, look for housemade ice cream, cookies and other baked goods by pastry chef Adrian Mendoza.
2210 Kettner Blvd.

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Dog Haus Biergarten
Expected opening: September
This Pasadena-based hot dog franchise is setting its sights on Downtown San Diego for its 14th California location. Along with gourmet hot dogs, look for sausages and burgers plus a selection of wines and 30 beers on tap.
969 9th Ave.

Credit: Campfire

Expected opening: September
North County will be home to some outdoor fun with the introduction of this campfire-themed restaurant in Carlsbad. The 6,000-sq.-ft. project by Bells and Whistles Design will include indoor and outdoor spaces complete with a Quonset hut. To complete the campfire feel, food will be cooked over open flames on a custom 96-inch grill in the heart of the restaurant as part of the open kitchen.

2725 State St., Carlsbad

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The Hake Kitchen & Bar
Expected reopening: September
There’s a whole new reason to visit La Jolla’s seafood-centric restaurant with a Mexican twist, and it involves an ocean view with 2,000 square feet added to its space. Other restaurant upgrades include an enhanced dining space and lounge area.
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla

Moto Deli
Expected opening: September
Hungry locals in the Encinitas area looking for classic deli fare will have a new place to grab some grub. Located on Highway 101, the motorcycle-themed sandwich shop is a concept by chef Alex Carballo and local entrepreneur Mario Warman, and it will be offering chef-driven fare made from scratch. Keeping in line with the theme, the shop’s decor will have a playful nod to a mechanic shop.
810 N. Coast Highway 101

Officine Buona Forchetta
Expected opening: Late September
This popular South Park Italian eatery is planting a second location in Liberty Station. The 2,600-sq.-ft. space will include its signature gold-domed pizza oven and multiple outdoor patios at the front and back of the restaurant, plus a children’s play area.
2880 Sims Rd.

Dirty Birds
Expected opening: Late September
Historic Liberty Station’s dining scene is heating up with this restaurant specializing in chicken wings served with 30 different sauces. It’s the third restaurant in the chain, joining the Pacific Beach and College area locations, but it will be set apart by decor that will nod to its historic setting.
2970 Truxton Rd.

El Zarape Mexican Eatery
Expected opening: October
Consider this new concept a hybrid mix of sibling restaurants El Zarape Tequileria and El Zarape on Park Blvd. This project by Maritza Briceño will offer popular items from both restaurants alongside street tacos and trending food items like taco bowls and TJ dogs plus micheladas and “Mexican” mimosas to wash it all down.
3038 Adams Ave.

Barrel Republic
Expected opening: October
This self-serve tap beer concept is heading to Carlsbad for its third location. Like at its Pacific Beach and Oceanside locations, guests can taste their way through rotating beers and bar-friendly food in a sports bar atmosphere.
2961 State St., Carlsbad

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Como Ceviche
Expected opening: October
This fall East Village is getting a new tenant focusing on ceviche. This casual eatery by restaurateur Jonah Engman and co-owner William Lopez plans to serve locally sourced, responsibly caught seafood in the form of ceviche bowls, salads and wraps made to order to be enjoyed on-site or taken to go.
317 10th Ave.

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Expected opening: October
Ramen is still trending and Tajima is going with the flow by opening its seventh location in North Park. Specialty ramen by chef Sam Morikizono will be offered as well as kimchi fried rice bowls and kakuni buns found at the chain’s Hillcrest and East Village locations.
3015 Adams Ave. #B

Breakfast Republic
Expected opening: November
Residents of North County don’t have to travel to North Park or Liberty Station for pancake flights and shrimp and grits for breakfast because this breakfast powerhouse is expanding northward. Owner and proprietor Jonah Engman is putting the finishing touches on his new Encinitas location followed by one at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley, both scheduled to open in November.
251 North El Camino Real, Encinitas
6025 Village Way

Farmer’s Table
Expected opening: Fall
La Mesa is getting a new concept focusing on local flavors and fresh-from-the-farm produce by Morreale and Vincenzo Lo Verso, two figures known for Fig Tree Cafe and Farmers Bottega. For this restaurant, look for new spins on family favorite dishes.
8141 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
Expected Opening: Fall
This popular LA chicken and waffle icon needs no introduction. There’s no word on the exact opening of the new Barrio Logan location, but buzz is already building among local Roscoe's enthusiasts.
1678 National Ave.

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