San Diego's newest spots are ushering in lots of sexy details — be on the lookout for hidden corners in luxuriously appointed spaces and high-glam decor at these seven San Diego restaurants and bars. Whether you go for a romantic evening out or just to bask in the beauty of a restaurant that gives equal time to good looks, use this list as your guide to everything sexy in San Diego.
Born & Raised
Little Italy’s newest steakhouse pulls out all the stops, with a bevy of details working to make it a stunner. Parquet and terrazzo flooring, fluted gold sconces and leather booths welcome diners on the first floor, while the second level reveals a garden with a steel trellis, wicker chairs, copper fireplaces and panoramic views of downtown San Diego.
1909 India St.; 619-202-4577
Red O Taste of Mexico
Know that if award-winning celeb chef Rick Bayless is attached, the restaurant is sure to be a stunner — and the fourth restaurant in this chain doesn’t disappoint. Alluring azure chairs pop in a graceful high-ceilinged room that takes cues from Baja resorts. The handblown lighting fixtures, walnut paneling and stenciled concrete floors add a touch of glamour to the La Jolla dining scene.
4340 La Jolla Village Dr.; 858-291-8360
You & Yours Distilling Co.
This bright and airy East Village distillery feels more like a living room than a cocktail bar and lounge — and it’s been popular since it opened early this year. You'll see why when you sink into those plush velvet couches with a date and one of the distillery’s handcrafted cocktails.
1495 G St.; 619-955-8755
Convoy’s new spot for handmade dumplings take cute-chic to a new level. Its bright pink walls nod to the shop’s signature beet-dyed dumplings. Shaded lamps, a cozy nook for games, macrame planters and greenery spread throughout create a date-friendly, intimate vibe.
4681 Convoy St.; 858-492-0401
Officine Buona Forchetta
Liberty Station’s new 5,000-square-foot Italian destination gets playful, both inside and out. The restaurant’s focal point is a pair of matching, gold-tiled wood-burning ovens, but the fun doesn’t end there. Chalk drawings of food are stenciled on the wall next to a mounted bicycle, and it's hard to miss the vintage red Fiat that’s been converted into a table for two.
2865 Sims Rd.; 619-548-5770
This North Park tea shop specializing in Japanese-imported matcha hits all the right notes with its drinks and decor. Bold pink hues on the chairs, walls and floor add a pretty contrast against the wallpaper's splashes of green. Fresh flowers on every table and the white marble countertop bring a bit of the outside in.
Two floors aren’t enough to contain the Big Apple charm of this Downtown bar. The upstairs cocktail lounge dubbed "Uptown” pays homage to the 1920s New York scene with inlaid subway tokens on the floor, subway turnstiles and a vintage phone booth–turned–photo booth. “Downtown,” the subterranean club, continues the trend with white tiles and subway signs.
777 5th Ave.; 619-546-4995